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2 Colored Pencil Tips | Tuesday Tips

2 Colored Pencil Tips | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 1 comment

Would you like to improve your colored pencil work? Today’s post has two tips that can help move you forward!   1. Use a Circular Motion When Coloring   One way to color is to try to creating small, overlapping ovals with gentle pressure. Try starting slow, with a light touch. (Be sure to keep your pencil sharp too.) :)   2. Layer!   Layer, layer, layer …when you color slowly, with small ovals and keep your pressure light, start layering your colors. This is a great way to bring a prettier depth and feel to your coloring. If you want a certain flower to be pink, color it pink and then add in some other colors …maybe lightly add orange or add a pinkish-purple.   Do you like using colored pencils? Do you have a favorite brand of colored pencils? What’s your favorite thing to...

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A Creative Way to Meditate on Scripture | Create a Scripture Jar

A Creative Way to Meditate on Scripture | Create a Scripture Jar

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Art Journal | 1 comment

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2   Here’s a simple, creative and fun way to meditate on God’s Word! Create a Scripture Jar. :)     1. Pick a Verse and Find a Jar   Choose a verse you’d like to create with. (Like Galatians 5:22,23.) You can use a mason jar for this, or really any jar that you’d like! :)     2. Go on a Treasure Hunt   Bundle up (if needed) and step outside …think about your verse, and how things around you might parallel the verse or parts of the verse. For example, you might dig up some green vegetation–a symbol of life. God’s Spirit gives us life! (John 6:63, Galatians 5:22,23)     3. Find More Items   Just keep collecting what you find and think fits with the verse. Don’t worry about it if for some reason you forget exactly what your thought was with something. Give yourself space to think and write down your correlations while you work and/or after you’re finished! ;) (And, if you find something you just like, but you’re not sure how it would correlate with the verse, go ahead and keep it and maybe ask your family or friends how they might relate it to the verse. Or, decide on its correlation later.)     4. Take Your Jar Inside and Pull Things Out of It   If you want, you could take a picture of all the pieces laying out separately to remind yourself later of what you choose. Here’s some thoughts on how these items can relate to Galatians 5:22,23.   GREENERY: The Spirit. The Spirit gives life!   OPEN ROSE: Love   YELLOW FLOWER: Joy: Joy can be happy and bright!   SOFT BLUE-GREEN LEAVES Peace   ROSEBUD: Patience: We have to be patient for the rose to bloom.   ACORN HEADS: Kindness: God is kind to the squirrels to give them acorns that they can store for winter.   FALL LEAF: Goodness: To be...

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A Creative Way to Brighten Your Home with a Paper Doll | Create a Paper Doll Picture

A Creative Way to Brighten Your Home with a Paper Doll | Create a Paper Doll Picture

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Art Journal | 2 comments

Here is a fun hands-on way to create your own Paper Doll Picture and brighten a corner in your home! :) Have a spot on your wall that needs to be filled? This craft can be simple and easy! Or, you can make it more challenging if you like …it’s flexible. ;)     SUPPLIES:   – Frame – Paper doll – Scrapbook paper – Scissors – Glue Optional: Garden magazines, gems, stickers, ribbon, buttons, tape, fabric, lace, etc.   This Paper Doll Picture can be created and designed multiple ways …so even though I mention certain supplies, don’t feel like you have to use exactly what I’m showing here! Let your imagination soar and create it just how you like it! :)     1. Gather Supplies and Cut Out Paper Doll   If you decide to purchase specific paper, you might want to choose your paper doll first and then take the paper doll with you to the craft store to find matching colors. (That could be fun!) :)     2. Choose a Background Piece of Paper and Cut to Size   Choose a background piece of paper for your picture! You might want to use the “substitute picture” that comes with your frame to help you know what size to cut it to. Or, you can use the removable frame back to give you an idea of sizing. Then cut out your background.   3. Design!   Cut out whatever shapes of paper you’d like, along with your doll. You could really play with this …try making hills, a garden, a house, etc. :) You can use buttons, gems, ribbon paper cut outs …whatever you might think would add to the picture!     4. Finish with a Verse   If you like, finish the picture with a verse! The verse I put in this frame (1 Peter 5:5a) and the decorated doll can remind me that humility is beautiful.   I hope you have fun with this craft! Also, if you’d like to use the same free printable paper doll I used, you can find her here!   Also, a thank-you and shout out...

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Polly Dolly | Storytime

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in Art Journal | 0 comments

To read the first part of Polly Dolly’s story, click here.   On the top floor of the little cottage was Polly Dolly’s bedroom. It had two round windows. The biggest window let sunshine fall right onto her bed. She liked it best this way because she likes bright, happy things and she never put a shade on the window. This morning was just such a bright and happy morning! Polly Dolly was snuggled down cozy and warm inside of her bed when the first rays of spring sunshine tickled her awake … To read the next part of Polly Dolly’s story, click...

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