Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly, not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 NLT
Here is today’s word and page. The verse says it all. This is truly where I am right now in life. Posting this from my phone and signing off to spend the evening with my love, after I read to a child, of course.
As they rode along they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized? He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went into the water, and Philip baptized him. (Acts 8:36, 37 (NLT)
It’s late, and the day was long. I am excited to share what I created based on the theme of water, though.
I worked on this in 15 minute blocks of time in my room. One day my bed won’t be my workspace, but today it was. It was an emotionally challenging day, and I found that the process of tearing paper and arranging and gluing it was grounding.
Today’s page is torn paper collage. I began with the water background. I took a picture at the end of each work session.
Here I continue to build the water working in a circular direction.
Finished water. This leaf was my inspiration for the design. I loved the look of it floating on the water. I debated leaving this the finished page. Bur there were these cute underwater animals that looked happy and playful. I decided to add this smiling beluga and smirking seal for fun. I also added a stream of water down the side with the title at the top.
My daughter added her own touch to my underwater theme and had me laughing hysterically when I discovered it. It was not glued on. I took the picture for fun. I mixed some blue-tinted water with modpodge and coated the picture for effect, inspired by my fishpage. I also added silver glitter to the stream of water and the edges of the leaf.
This is the finished work. It is another one that I like better in real life.
The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7 (NLT)
Knowing that Friday is minor prophets day, I chose a bleak-looking National Geographic from my stash and brought it to the TV room where I have my morning quiet time. My idea was to read, choose my word, then look through the magazine for a few minutes for inspiration.
I don’t always have three hours to spend poring over my page and hunting for images. I knew that today would need to be a quick session. Pictures of dwellings caught my attention, and I tore them out. Later, I cut them and assembled them on the page, like so.
She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
Proverbs 31:22 (NLT)
Today finds me inProverbs 31. I knew immediately I was going for purple, my favorite color.
I began with a base of Inktense purple.
Then I waited and looked through magazines for inspiration, and this happened.
I don’t have a step-by-step, but here is today’s creative process described by one of my children who spends quite a bit of time with me.
Aighty, so my mom worked for three hours straight (no exaggeration and no bathroom breaks) on this one page, constantly saying, “Oh, this looks pretty good, but it looks like I could add something.” And she sat there flipping through all on-hand magazines with her bony tendrils trying to find the thing that the picture looked like it could use. Finally, she said, “This looks good.” AND THEN SHE SAID, “But wait…. it could use something….” Eventually she accepted the fact that it looked fine and she just went with what she had.
I guess time really does fly when you are absorbed in what you love to do, and I needed this creative space today. (And I am positive it wasn’t three STRAIGHT hours and that I took bathroom breaks.)
Here is the open journal. I find it interesting that purple is opposite mountains. Also, there is something added after the above page was finished. Because it could use something.
I really love this page. And here is a post about one of the Proverbs 31 women in my life. I love her a lot, too.
I looked through a folder of cut-out magazine pictures, and inspiration came. I did not document the early stages of work, but I began with the large mountain at the top. From there I cut various mountain ranges from scenes and began assembling them like a puzzle, working from the top down.
A flow developed resulting in this.
Next I added a strip down the left side, title at the top, and John Muir quote at the bottom
I cut and added bits to the side for more blended color. I thought this was the finished piece.
But, wait! There’s more! Look closely at the sky where there is textured white paint. Also see if you can tell where I squeezed in a final mountain piece.
THIS is the finished page, and it is one of my absolute favorites. I was so excited about it that I did not even notice my daughter taking a video of it coming together.
I am grateful to have made this project a priority this month. Each day brings new insight and anticipation for what is to come. It is kind for my heart.
What do you do that is kind for your heart, Dear Reader? Feel free to share! I am curious.