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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday: Order, etc.

Happy WOYWW!

The word for the week in the 52 Weeks 52 Words Challenge was ORDER and so I spent the weekend putting my craft space in order! Yesterday, all that was on my desk was an empty space except for a few ATCs and colored pencils. Am I joining the neat team?!

Well, what's that box that you see today?  Yesterday, I read Elizabeth's tutorial on how to pick a book to alter (previously, I thought the only factor to consider was cost - it should be cheap!).  So, I took down the box labeled "Books to alter" and checked on the books inside.

Yay!  They all have sewn signatures! I am one step closer to starting an altered book.  Now if only I knew what the next step is.  Any links you can point me to?

On the top left shelf, you can see a little Nativity I made.

I used a "Yakult" bottle as a base for each figure.  A little old lady sells this probiotic drink to us every week and the pile of plastic bottles was getting too high.  I had to think of a way to recycle them.  This is what I came up with.  Maybe we can sell this as a kit in our shop.

 Then, my sketch for the Stretching to Sketch Challenge this week is a mermaid.

And, there's still time to join my giveaway!  If you would like a chance to win, just leave me a comment on the original giveaway post (not the WOYWW post).

And, in case you haven't heard, WOYWW is a link party organized by Julia for those of us who like to take a peek at workdesks from all over the world.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday: Delight!

Once in a while, I succeed in tidying up the top of my desk!  I arranged some of my finished art on the shelves... 

and cleared away the piles of stuff to drawers under my desk...
I am delighted!

On my desk is the giveaway fan I was making a few weeks ago (it used  to have a printed advertisement on it)...
Unearthed from under the pile on my desk, I was able to continue it, making a collage of houses and trees on the "morning" side.  I am still looking for verse to write on it. Something like

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;" Lamentations 3:22-23

"From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy." Psalm 65:8

I am planning to add more details or maybe I will start on the "night" side first before adding to this side.

Then I have some sketches that I made for the "Stretching to Sketch Challenge".  Kelly Berkey posts pictures of herself in different poses each week and I thought I would join in and do some practice sketching...

I started out with Stretching to Sketch Challenge Week 5.  I did this one in a sketchbook and after I started coloring it, I realized the paper was only good for pencil sketches...

 For "Stretching to Sketch Challenge Week 6", I made an ATC with pen and pencil shading...

I really believe I have improved a lot in my drawing skills ever since I started making ATCs and other art.

And, as promised, as a thank you to all my visitors and followers, I am having a giveaway!  If you would like a chance to win "A Mother's Masterpiece", please leave a comment in my giveaway post (the previous post).

Joji Roper Todd has a blog hop for artists and I linked this post to that. And to see what "What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday" is all about, drop by Julia's Stamping Ground.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I'm having my 200th Follower Giveaway!

I have reached 200 followers and as promised, as a heartfelt thank you for all my wonderful visitors and followers, I am having a giveaway!  I am giving away an original 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" mixed media piece entitled "A Mother's Masterpiece" (the title was Morti's suggestion)

Those of you who follow my blog know that the Mother and Child is one of my favorite themes.  And those of you who visited me when I shared about this piece on What's on Your Workdesk Wednesdays know that this piece has some text from a devotional which reads...

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paint his own nature into his pictures." 
Henry Ward Beecher


"In everything we create, works of art, music, literature, even our children - a bit of ourselves is revealed."

Ephesians 2:10 says "You are God's work of art" so isn't it wonderful to think that each one of us is beautiful in some way and reveals a bit of God?

This week's word for the Words of Me Project is "bliss", 
- noun
1.supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment: wedded bliss.
2.Theology . the joy of heaven.
3. heaven; paradise: the road to eternal bliss.
4. Archaic . a cause of great joy or happiness.
For me, happiness, joy, contentment come from the knowledge of God's love for me, and from the love of family and friends around me.  When I became a mother, I understood God's love for me in a deeper way.  Though I love my children imperfectly, I love them so much.  And so, I realize how great is my Father God's love for me since His love is perfect.  God is love. (1 John 4:16)  If I want only good for my children, how much more does my Father want only good for me, His daughter.  To know this, is bliss!
If you like "A Mother's Masterpiece", and would like a chance to win it, here are the rules...

1. For one entry, please leave a comment on this post.

2. As a special thank you to my followers, for a second entry, please leave a comment on this post telling me you are a follower.

3.  If you would like another entry, make a post about the giveaway, or post it on the sidebar of your blog for the month of October, and link it to this post.  Comment on this post to tell me you added it to your blog.
I will be picking the winner after October 31, 2010. 

Again, thank you so much to all those who follow my blog, come to visit me and leave me a comment to brighten my day.  It is a joy and delight to share with you and to hear from you.  I hope you like my giveaway and join it!  Blessings and Bliss to you!

The giveaway is now closed.  
Thank you very much to all who joined.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WOYWW: Gratefulness, Pearls and Lace

I am grateful!  Last week I found The Words of Me Project where Leslie is having the "52 Words 52 Weeks" Challenge, "Each week you will be given a WORD to think about, write about, scrap about, collage about and LIVE. Each word will be positive and uplifting in order to better our days, our weeks, our months, our year!"

The word last week was "Gratitude" and indeed, I have much to be grateful for.  As I continued working on my Song of Songs lady, I continued to reflect on the beautiful words that inspired me to start making her.  "How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil... You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace."Song of Songs 4:1,9  How lovely to think of a LOVE like this, that even when we grow older and wrinkles start coming out, even when we are tired and so busy, even when we are not our best selves, Someone still loves us and thinks we are so beautiful. 
By now, I have painted the background, including some text which reads, "You are beautiful, my Beloved, you are beautiful - Song of Songs."  (When I look at myself in the mirror in the morning, with my hair all over the place and with no makeup on my face, I will remind myself of these words).

I have added the lace veil and a pearl necklace.  She looks like a bride, doesn't she?  I will add a bit of gold poster paint and then she will be finished.

I am grateful that my desk is a lot tidier this week!  It's hard to find stuff when it's all buried under other things.  For a peek at more desks, drop by Julia's blog.  Doni is having a Pearls and Lace Giveaway in her blog and I'm linking this up with her link party.

And yes, I am grateful for all of you who come visit and leave me such sweet and encouraging words!  Thank you so much!  Remember, I was planning a giveaway for when I reached 200 followers?  I am grateful for each one of my followers and it's time for my giveaway!  I will make a post about it next time and I hope you can come back and join it!   

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday: Song of Songs

I really, really thought I would have a tidy desk to show this week on WOYWW (visit Julia if you don't know what WOYWW is).  I had visions of a tidy desk with everything in it's place, and right in the middle of the desk, my work in progress.  As you can see, that was just a dream.

I had started cleaning up but I just kept thinking of a few verses from the Song of Songs (Chapter 4) that I recently heard someone read out.  The Song of Songs is a love poem and is often interpreted as an allegory of God's love for his people...
How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil... You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace.

And I kept thinking of drawing a woman with a veil with eyes not quite facing forward.  I would make it a collage and use real lace for her veil.

And so I started making a portrait, even if there was not enough space on my workdesk.  I even had to put the watercolor paints on top of the pile of books and other stuff.  And see how the paper is sticking out because it couldn't fit?

So as for the tidy desk, I can always try again for next week.  How about you?  What's on your Workdesk?  Julia has the list of desks you can visit.  Why not join in?

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Life in Community Collage

Last weekend, I helped give a retreat to 60 women.  The theme was "Women of God, Women of Community, Living in the World, but not of the World".  My part was to guide them in the creative activity of making a graphic presentation of the story of their life in our Christian Community.  I took the same retreat a long time ago and I brought the collage I made then as an example.  Here is my collage...

Some of the women thought they weren't creative at all.  I tried my best to convince them that they could do it and to just give it a go.  They gamely tried doing the assignment and found out they enjoyed making them.    They discovered that they were creative after all!  Here are some of their collages...


I was soooo delighted!
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