Saturday, September 26, 2020

Art Journaling Lately


Art Journaling Lately

This morning I received an email from Holly Schrader. Holly teaches middle school art in Stevensville, MD. Holly came across my "I Am" mosaic art journal page while looking for ideas for an art lesson focusing on social emotional issues. 

Holly adapted it to fit her lesson and this was her students first project of the year. Holly also submitted one of her students projects to a virtual student art show that was hosted by the First Lady of Maryland. Each county was allowed 2 entries and out of 24 counties her student's work was selected! You can see the sample Holly made for her students below along with the artwork her student, Chloe, won the award for. I love it when something I make can spark creativity in others. And I REALLY love it when they share their stories and art with me! Thank you Holly! And congratulations to Chloe!!!

Chloe's project

Mrs. Schrader's example

I am slowly trying to finish my 100 Day Project. When I took a break from it to do the Thessalonians Words Challenge I had 19 days left. I am now down to 9. I have not been working on it steadily, but I intend to finish it! My project this year has been #100daysoffoundwordscollage. Here are a few of my favorites from days 1-50. All of my pages from the 100 Day Project can be found on my Instagram feed (@foundonbrighton).

Day 38

Day 33

Day 39

Day 41

Day 43

Day 4

Day 10

Day 12


Day 21

Day 23

Day 90
I had a few projects in mind for September, but honestly there hasn't been a lot of art time this month. I've taken on a new project at work helping with resources for families in our school district while we are doing remote learning and the development phase of that has taken a lot of time. I have also been getting out of the house more and going to estate sales. I ran into some great ones so make sure you check out my Etsy shop. I'm always adding more items. Especially vintage books, papers and office supplies to use in collage and art journaling. 

I hope you are enjoying the start of fall - my favorite season! And I hop everyone of you is healthy and safe. Thanks for following my creative journey!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Thessalonians Revisited

Thessalonians Revisited

It's been a little over a month since I last posted here. Once I posted my last post for the Thessalonians Words Challenge, I took a break from my blog. I often find after posting daily for a month straight that I need to take some time off from it.

That is not the case for making art. I don't often find a need to take a break from it for the simple reason that making art and getting creative are a vital part of my life. My time spent in creativity is like nutrition to my spiritual, emotional and mental life.

I haven't left the Thessalonian letters yet. In addition to the Words Challenge I have also spent the summer doing a Bible study through these books with a few friends. We have just a few more weeks before we complete 2 Thessalonians. 

I have found so much encouragement in these letters for the times we face. I have found over the past few years that I cannot align myself with either of the two major political parties in the U.S. Both have such glaring faults and both seem to be leaning toward the extreme ends of the spectrum. Which, I believe, is what is causing such extreme divisiveness in our nation. That divisiveness is in direct contrast to how Christ calls us to live in the world, and it deeply saddens me.

I find myself often, through this Bible study in Thessalonians, seeing a clear call on how followers of Christ are called to live:
Encouraging one another to live lives worthy of God; encouraging, strengthening and building each other up in times of crisis; increasing and overflowing in love for each other and for everyone else; living in peace with each other; being kind to each other and to everyone else; being joyful, continually praying, living with gratitude. *

What I haven't found in Thessalonians is fighting with each other and using hateful language on social media, hating people who disagree with you politically, putting national rights before our call to sacrifice and to serve and love others, hating those who look different than you, being unkind to people simply because of their political views, their skin color, or their economic status - I don't find any of these in the Thessalonian letters, or for that matter, anywhere in the New Testament where we take our call on how to live as Christ's followers.

I can get upset easily about the divisiveness that is plaguing our nation, and even our churches, but I have been trying to use these admonitions from Paul to remind me of who I am and how I am called to live. We need to stand against the inclination to allow thing like politics and racism divide us and cause us to hate. We must love, and let that be what guides our words, our attitudes, and our actions. Would you join me in this? If we live this way, imagine what can change!

I had originally planned on doing the Thessalonians Words Challenge in my junk journal, but then had changed my mind and did it in my everyday Leuchtturm journal. I had made a collage of the Thessalonians words in my junk journal before I began doing the daily challenge posts and art, but I forgot about it until I picked up my junk journal to begin a new challenge. It was a pleasant surprise!

My Leuchtturm journal started getting pretty chunky after the words challenge.

Later this week I'll delve into the other ways I have been keeping my art practice active. Blessings to you all!

*1 TH 2:12, 3:2-3, 5:11; 1 TH 3:12, 4:9, 2 TH 3:3;  1 TH 5:13, 5:15, 5:16, 5:17, 5:18.