Friday, December 11, 2009

Sketchbook Project - Almost Finished!

I guess I have been a busy little bee trying to finish up my pages for the Sketchbook Project: Danger! Danger! theme. A friend of mine showed me her zentangle doodle, she colored hers in rich earthy colors, and it gave me the bug again! I had to doodle another one! I can't believe how addicting yet relaxing they are! I was thinking about Jesus and how complex He is and how He is everywhere at anytime and so awesome... this is where my thoughts led me. As I drew out His name I felt so much peace enveloping me. What does this have to do with a Danger! Danger! theme? I added this because to me knowing Jesus is life and without Him what do we have? I guess this is the reason for the last three pages.
I just finished reading a fabulous book called "Blessed Child" by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright. It was an amazing read. The story taught me a great deal about what really is important in life. There was a saying that a pastor said in the book that went something like this..., "Whoever said that a twisted hand made straight was more miraculous than a healed heart?" What a great question! We concentrate so much on the flesh in this world that we tend to forget that it's the heart that is important. I am thankful my mind and heart have been on Jesus lately. I did get busy there and I hate it when I do this to myself! Why is it that when we know the answer to what we need in our lives we do everything but what is good for us????
Well, Happy Creating everyone!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Next Few Pages Danger Danger Journal

These are my next installments towards completing my Danger, Danger Sketchbook from Arthouse Coop Project.

The first one is the World of coarse with the signlanguage letters of "Love". I think it's pretty self-explanatory as our world is lacking love in many areas and therefore it is in "danger".

The second one I loved doing because of it's calm and fairytale like colors and shimmer (I'm not sure if you can see the shimmering effects of the paper, I used my twinkling H20's of coarse!) Early on in my relationship with my husband I realized that I placed really high expectations on him to be my 'Knight in Shining Armor', I even jokingly called him my 'Knight with No Armor' because of my disappointment that he wasn't as 'Prince Charming' as all the fairytales I read and gave much too much importance too. I think girls are drawn to fairytales as children and then it matures into romance, but not realistic romance really. It all looks great on the page or in a movie but try and duplicate that in real life and things usually aren't as grand! My hubby found it very hard to live up to the men on my soap operas that I used to watch. God has shown me since then that this was not fair to my husband. A relationship is nothing like a fairytale and the "Love" that is shown in fairytales or in "Romances" or "Soap operas" is not real. Real love is the complete opposite where you are not even thinking about what you will receive but what you give to the person you are in love with! It is a oneness that only comes from God and it is meant to be beautiful and everlasting. It is a team effort where it takes two to build the team and work to becoming one with each other.

The last page... this idea came to me from my youngest son. He told me the idea and spread the image around my mind until it came out on paper. I remember bringing home my report card when I was little and it usually was me disappointed in myself for not doing better, I know that as a parent it would be a lot different if my boys came home with report cards like the boy in this drawing. Scary business indeed! lol.

I am having fun with these pages and have seven more spreads to go. I hope the ideas continue to come to me! If you have any ideas let me know.
Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Next Danger, Danger Pages

Next installment of journal pages for my Danger Danger sketchbook. The Tempation page: My oldest son gave me this idea as we were reading the Bible where Jesus was tempted for 40 days. He said that I should do a page on temptation and this is what came out of it. I used my "Cuddlebug" for the lettering of 'Temptation' and worked my way out from there. I prepped the page first with my Twinkling H20's. The saying on the page has been one of my favorites for many years because it is so true... those people who do all they can to deceive others are really creating tangled webs around themselves. When we give into tempations around us this does the same thing. I asked myself... what comes out of giving in to temptations? Maybe temporary pleasure, but in the long run it isn't a good thing. It puts our lives in Danger, like too much chocolate makes us gain weight and then there are health risks etc... or giving in to temptation takes us away from God and essentially away from life with God - it puts our eternity in Danger. This page really made me think a lot about my life and what things I give into... such as drinking Diet Coke when I know it's bad for me! It is definitely a temptation that I give into.

The next page I had a little fun with! I drew a young girl almost druelling over the new shoes in the window of a store. If you notice there is a credit card coming out of her pocket just waiting to be used! lol. I tried to show how stores display their items for sale to look like "THE BEST SALE EVER!" and I wanted to show how easily we are drawn into sales - especially SHOE SALES! LOL. I put it in a TOP SECRET folder because I wanted to have a little fun with it. I wrote a warning sign on top of the folder stating it was a sensitive subject and viewer discretion is advised to kind of play with the reader. I hope it is enjoyed! I had fun making it!

I am working on a page my youngest son suggested and I will post it soon.
Hugs to you all.
Happy Creating Everyone!