Sunday, April 16, 2017

He is Risen! Happy Easter!

 Happy Easter from our house in Maine,
to your house and home!
Hallelujah, He is risen!

I found this photo online about three Easters ago 
and I have been using it for my Facebook profile photo.
Since then I have gotten interested in 
Bible journaling and I thought it would be a challenge
to try to paint this in my Bible to remember this
Easter weekend. 
From the crucifixion on the cross,
to the tomb,
to our risen Lord and Saviour,
Jesus is Lord!

My first real 'painting' experiment went really well.
I prepped the page first with a clear gesso,
I want to still be able to read the scripture
through the painting.
I used a pencil to sketch the layout,
and Schmincke watercolors for the painting.
The water made the page ruffly,
it has flattened out a good bit overnight.
I am sure it will eventually lay flat.
I'm told I could iron the page,
but I'm afraid to. 

Happy Easter, All!
Have a blessed year.
We serve a risen Lord!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Eve

  1. The Old Rugged Cross
    George Bennard, 1913

    On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
    The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
    And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
    For a world of lost sinners was slain.
    • Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
      Has a wondrous attraction for me;
  2. For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
    To bear it to dark Calvary.
  3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
    A wondrous beauty I see,
    For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
    To pardon and sanctify me.
  4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
    Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
    Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
    Where His glory forever I’ll share.
  • So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
    Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross,
    And exchange it someday for a crown.

    Art supplies: gelatos, sponge, Golden Fluid Acrylic,
    and Artists' Acrylic Clear Gesso.

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday at the Cross - Maryland

Power of the Cross
Stuart Townsend and Keith Getty 

Oh, to see the dawn Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
'Finished!' the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.
This series of photos show the
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church
in Silver Springs, Maryland. 

 What a beautiful facility of all wood and
lovely grounds full of spring time flowers and growth!
 There was a lot of attention to detail. 
 I believe these are pink dogwood blooms.
But I could totally be wrong. 
 Yeah.  No idea.
Just a few more days until Easter,
the day we celebrate the resurrection of
our Lord and King. 

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday at the Cross - Louisiana

It's About the Cross
by the Ball Brothers

It's not just about the manger where the baby lay, it's not all about the angels
who sang for him that day. It's not just about the shepherds or the bright and shining star, it's not all about the wisemen who travelled from afar. It's about the cross. It's about my sin. It's about how Jesus came to be born once so that we could be born again. It's about the stone that was rolled away so that you and I could have real life someday. It's about the cross. It's about the cross. It's not all about the good things in this life I've done. Its not all about the treasures or the trophies that I've won. Its not about the righteousness that I've found within. Its about His precious blood that save me from my sin.
The beginning of the story is wonderful and great, but it's the ending that can save you and that's why we celebrate. It's about the cross. It's about my sin.
It's about how Jesus came to be born once so that we could be born again.
It's about God's love nailed to a tree.
It's about every drop of blood that flowed from Him, when it should have been me. It's about the stone that was rolled away so that you and I could have real life someday. It's about the cross.
It's about the cross.
I took this photo at the 
Hope Haven Garden Memory
Gonzalez, Louisiana. 
The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday at the Cross - Ontario

At the Cross
by Chris Tomlin

There's a place where mercy reigns and never dies,
There's a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide.
Where all the love I've ever found,
Comes like a flood,
Comes flowing down.
At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life.
I'm in awe of You
I'm in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
and my sin washed white.
I owe all to You
I owe all to You Jesus.
There's a place where sin and shame are powerless.
Where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness.
Where all the love I've ever found.
Comes like a flood,
Comes flowing down.
At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life.
I'm in awe of You
I'm in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
and my sin washed white.
I owe all to You
I owe all to You Jesus.

I took today's photo a couple years ago at
Calvary Baptist Church
in Midland, Ontario, Canada.

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter is Coming - Florida

Counting down to Easter Sunday.
When I think about Easter,
I think about the cross.
And Jesus.
On the cross.
And then risen.
And I am so thankful that He
made that sacrifice for me.

Each day this week, 
I hope to post one of the cross
photos I've shot around the country.
This particular cross is from
Highland Baptist Church
in Lawtey, Florida. 
The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

More Spirography

 A couple posts back I showed you some art 
that I am calling
Easy in concept.
Not so easy to pull off as your little spirograph
wheels slip and slide all over the place.
 I finally got up the nerve to try it again.
Not even kidding!
I am pretty happy with the two pieces above.
I will probably go back later and add more to each.
At this point I was afraid of messing them up.
 So. How does one do spirography?
I should have taken an earlier photo,
but this is when I remembered.

I used a new pen called a Pilot Precise V5 -
basically a cross between a gel pen and a micron - 
and traced a couple disks from my spirograph set,
then started adding some loops.
I basically decided if I was holding off for perfection,
I would never be able to complete one.
 One way to fix some of those messed up ends
is to add some thickening of the lines on
those points.
See that turquoise speck sticking out in space
on the left hand side?
 I covered it up with a purple line 
that I had to decide what to do with.
 So I added those lines to every section
and aura-ed them.
That means to add another line that mimics it.
Then I filled in those sections with purple.
I went around all the edges and blended in the little
lines that stuck out here and there.
And called it done.
Not hard to do with a little imagination
and some determination.

It's the art term of the week here at
The Creator's Leaf! 
The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I Washi Taped My Bible :)

 Having a lot of fun and enjoyment working 
in my journaling Bible. 
Still not comfortable with any of the preparation
steps I've tried in order to use watercolor
on those thin pages yet.
In the interim, I though I'd use washi tape
to mark the first page of every book
in the Bible.
It's a good thing I have a ton of washi tape.
I had no idea I had around 100 rolls.
I guess a girl can never really have too much
washi tape.
I do use it for a lot of things.
I like the color it's bringing to my Bible.
And it is a 'dry' media.
That's a plus.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New Floral Tangles

 There are a lot of new floral tangles online right now.
I like tangling gardens - so I thought I'd try a few.
I hadn't done much drawing since my surgeries,
so this turned out as a nice surprise.
It's 5.5" x 8.5".
I drew most of this yesterday and sat down to
finish it and shade it this afternoon.
Shading just adds so much to your art.
I know. I know.
It's boring and tedious.
Yes. It is.
it makes such a difference!

Some of the new tangles I tried are:
alcatraz, barbet, orchid, plum lei, biskus
daidai and anooka.
I also added some zinger, beadline, and mooka.

A really fun piece to draw!
In case you are new to my blog -
anytime you soon pink words,
that is a link.
Easy to remember.
Pink = link.
You're welcome.

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Art on a Shoe String! - Spirography©

My new word for this artstyle and I'm 
putting a © on it! Hahaha!

Actually spirography is a real word that has
to do with breathing measurement and
breathing capacity.
I believe it correlates to the zentangle art form
due to the relaxation and calming effect
your breathing and tangling can give. 
Hence, spirography! 
Here is where the 
Art on a Shoe String 
part comes in!

To get started - grab your old spirograph 
from the attic, or basement, or eBay, 
or the local Good Will, or thrift shop, 
or dollar store, or the nearest kid! 
Seriously, there are so many places to
find a spirograph for next to no money -
or free!
Then just have fun and go for it!
 I used my regular tangling pen -
an 0.1 micron.
(Some people use colored pens,
colored pencils, gel pens, 
anything with a narrow tip.)
For paper, I just used card stock.
Nothing pricey in this art project at all!

Not as easy as I remember it being as a kid.
Or maybe we just kept right on drawing
over those slipped lines and 
loved it anyway.
I had the hardest time.
The inner ring that I had my pen in
kept slipping above the top edge of the
boundaries ring.
 I was getting really discouraged at this point.
But I am no quitter. Hahaha!
So I kept trying.
And trying. Ugh. 
Actually, 'ugh' was the word for the day.
I looked through what I had and found one
red loopy line that wasn't too bad.
Then I added some tangles.
Nothing too fancy to get started.

In the photo just above,
the red line is the spirograph part.
The black lines are the tangling I added.
You can see that the tangling takes your
eye away from the boo-boos.
 Today I pulled my extras sheets out of the
trashcan, seriously, and tried again.
This one wasn't too bad.
I lifted my pen too soon and moved the ring.
Then I realized I hadn't completed the line
but it was too late to figure out how to fix it.
 I'm going to show you step by step
how I tangled this.
I started with some simple perfs (little circles)
around the spiro-ed section,
and made two pencil circles around the whole piece.
A couple simple lines divided this into 
more sections.
 Then I started joining the lines together
with triangles. Easy peasy.
 I turned the triangled boxes into a
somewhat version of knightsbridge.
 I thought about leaving the piece at that point,
but it didn't seem finished.
So, I added another circle around the 
outside and a little flying geese.
I liked how the piece looked at that point,
so I called it complete and shaded it.
I love shading -
although I hate to do it.

I will keep working on this art style.
Because it is so much fun!
And so affordable!

Art on a Shoe String comes from the idea
that art doesn't have to be expensive
to be fun and enjoyable!
I hope this series of posts help you
realize that you can make beautiful
art without it being costly.

The Creator's Leaf