A Weekend of Art

Banner3333333threehearts2Last weekend I was blessed to be chauffeured by my Hon- to Valerie Sjodin’s amazing art studio in Oregon for a grand weekend of painting.  How fun to walk into the studio and be warmly greeted by a sister in Christ who I have only seen in photos on her blog, VisualBlessings.blogspot.com.  What a wonderful delight to see and touch her art and take in all the bright colors that depict the glory of our Awesome God in such a wonderful way!  She is truly a beautiful artist inside and out.

Of course we all got to work right away making our art journals.  I have continued to work on mine at home and have changed it several times, but have finally settled on my inside pages with the theme of “My sheep”.

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This was my first class using acrylic paints. Valerie suggested the Golden Fluid Acrylics – they are so smooth, bright and beautiful in color!

We learned how to stitch our binding on our journal and she showed us many of her fancy ideas that she uses in her own journals such as making swirlies out of paper (these are so fun, you won’t want to stop and get back to painting), making marbled prints on watercolor paper and tissue paper, making spray paint, making stripes for the edges of our pages, highlighting the edges with paint and so much more!  It truly was the best time I have spent making art on a weekend retreat.

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I added a little paper buttoned insert that I made when I returned home. On the inside it says, “Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” -Psalm 100:3

Here is a close-up of “My sheep” that I decided to keep as my theme in this journal as well.

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The spray paints were super easy to make and added so many more possibilities for our personal journals.  We also used stencils of all shapes and sizes and the marbled paper that we made was fun to create using shaving cream!  Yep, I said shaving cream 🙂

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We even designed our own tissue paper!

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If you ever get a chance to take an art class, especially one of Valerie Sjodin’s, I highly recommend it.  It was soooo worth the personal investment.  Here is a picture of one of our many fun workshop moments:

Blessings for a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  Father, thank You for the freedom You have bestowed upon us to worship you in Spirit and in Truth.  “Come Lord Jesus, Come.”

Constance

You can find more info on Valerie’s Workshops by clicking here.

“My sheep” have arrived!

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Well, after a long and much needed break to end our 18th year of homeschooling…  (WOW! where has the time gone?), I have picked up my paint brush again and decided to try my hand at mixed media.  After taking a class with Cathy Bluteau and learning how to make some whimsical houses, I made a few journals and canvas pictures and they turned out really cute.

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But as I began my art journal titled “Waiting For Jesus, 2015” while taking an on-line class with Donna Downey, “Inspirational Wednesday”, I made a page that turned out so cute, I just had to make a journal and two cute little canvas paintings as well.

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I will be attending a workshop this weekend to learn from a wonderful Christian artist, whose art I have enjoyed over the past couple of years.  I am extremely excited to attend the workshop and will be following up with a blog post as soon as I return early next week.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  I love hearing from you and hope that you stop by often through the summer months.  I plan to let my imagination flow with praise for our Awesome God and all He has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Blessings for a wonderful and peaceful SimplyLiving summer!

Constance