Art Stuff



You must pray at all times as the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. Pray for the things that are needed. You must watch & keep on praying. Remember to pray for all Christians. ~Ephesians 6:18 (NLV)~


  • Prepare your heart for the situation you are going to dig in and pray through.
  • Seek Him, Serve others, Sacrifice, and find Scripture to help you along the way


  • The purpose of Praying Through prayers is to help you stay focused and wait “well” for God to answer your prayers in His perfect timing.


Materials Needed:

  • Journal or old book
  • Minimum of 10 pages (to be glued together)
  • Liquid glue, Mod Podge, or matte medium
  • Paint brush
  • 4-6 binder clips
  • Newspapers or wax paper (to protect table surface)
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting board/cardboard (to put beneath for cutting pages)
  • Gesso
  • Small items (representative of your issue you’re praying through)
  • Paints, markers, decorative papers, tapes, etc. (anything to decorate the top page of your shadow box)

Cutting a Shadow Box

1-For a Shadow box, gather at least 10 pages, paint the edges with glue – you may want to make the “back” page a group of pages or the back cover of your book, giving you a more sturdy surface

Shadowbox 2

2-Clip edges with binder clips


Shadowbox 1

3-Once dry, remove clips and draw where you want boxes to go on the top page

Shadowbox 3Shadowbox 4

4-With an X-acto knife or box cutter, cut through all of the papers to form openings in the book/journal
Shadowbox 5

Shadowbox 6

5-If you plan to paint the top page of the shadow box, you may want to gesso it so it can take the paint and you can do more to it.

Shadowbox 7

6-Insert small items, papers, etc. in to boxes. Secure with glue.

***I forgot to take a pic of my “almost” finished shadowbox! I will today!***


7-Decorate outside/top page with paints, markers, other decorative papers, etc.

Shadowbox 8


  • Going forward you can continue to pray through until you see/hear something happen. Continue to add items to your box or create other boxes for new prayers.



Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with My right hand that is right and good.

~Isaiah 41:10 (NLV)~


  • Prepare your anxious heart by praying another scripture: Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • Take whatever it is that you are fearful about to the throne of Jesus and know that He will take this fear away from you in His perfect timing.


  • The purpose of “Fear Not” prayers is to give you assurance that He hears your pleas and already knows your fears and He WILL be beside you as you get through this dark time.


Materials Needed:

  • Watercolors (Optional)
  • Paintbrushes (Optional)
  • Water (Optional)
  • Crayons or Oil pastels
  • Tea candles
  • Matches or lighter
  • Markers/Pens

Crayon Encaustic (VERY simplified version!)

Encaustic is a wax-based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.

*I painted my journal page first just because I wanted it to have a different color background. You may choose not to paint your journal page.

1-Light the tea candle and get crayons or oil pastels ready.


2-Hold the crayon/oil pastel over the flame until it starts to melt. *Do NOT let the crayon/oil pastel get BLACK or it will turn the pigment black on the journal page (unless that’s the “look” you’re going for!)      


3-Quickly drag & twist (don't "color" like you are coloring in a picture) the crayon/oil pastel on the card wherever you would like the pigment to go.


4-The crayon/oil pastel will dry quickly, so you have to repeat the process again and again until you get the desired color or texture. It will make the page heavy so don’t go too crazy!



  • Going forward you can continue to pray for fears that appear real to you and Praise Him for taking care of the fears you no longer have!

Small Group examples:Fear-Encaustic1 Fear-Encaustic2 Fear-Encaustic3 Fear-Encaustic4 Fear-Encaustic5 Fear-Encaustic6



But when you ask you must believe & not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown, & tossed by the wind.

~James 1:6~


  • Think of a BIG, AUDACIOUS prayer you would like to pray, but don’t have the courage to pray.
  • Even if sounds crazy, write it down!

Remember, “The more faith you have, the more specific your prayers will be. And the more specific your prayers are, the more glory God receives”. (Mark Batterson – The Circle Maker)


  • The purpose of an audacious prayer is to pray a prayer so big it WILL require divine intervention.
  • The goal is not to get what you want, but to glorify God by praying for the promises He wants for you.


Materials Needed:

  • Circle stencils, stickers, or anything circular
  • Crayola Watercolors, paint brushes, water (paint circles)
  • Permanent markers (Sharpie or Bic) or color Pencils (draw circles)
  • Other embellishments to decorate your page (stickers, yarn, wire, etc.)

1-Write your audacious prayer in the middle of your journal page. (It doesn't have to be in the middle, but unless you're comfortable with hand lettering, it's best to start in the middle)



2-Circle your prayer with paint, drawing, stencils, stickers, etc. *You can "circle" your prayer all in one sitting or you could add circles each time you pray.



Audacious circle


  • Going forward you can continue to place circles around your prayer as you pray and praise Him each day.



On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

~Psalm 145:5~


  • Haiku is a Japanese writing style traditionally consisting of 17 syllables and written in 3 lines of 5, 7, & 5 syllables.
  • Usually referring to nature.
  • Think of a prayer you would like to pray and how you could reduce it to a short haiku.


  • The purpose of Haiku poem/prayer is to reduce a complicated thought into a simple and beautiful prayer
  • The goal is to get you to think simply and not to over-think/over-analyze your issues; therefore giving you time to LISTEN to what God is trying to tell you.


Materials Needed:

1-Choose 2 liquid watercolors and pour into small cups


2-Use dropper to drop 3-4 drops of paint onto paper

3-Blow paint around paper to make random lines


4-Repeat with 2nd color

5-Let dry

6-Look at blown lines – what do you see?


7-Practice writing Haiku on scrap papers while paint dries


8-Transfer Haiku to blown lines paper

Torn paper not in journal

Torn paper not in journal


Torn paper added to journal

Haiku art2



All scripture is breathed out by God & profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, & for training in righteousness.

~2 Timothy 3:16~


  • Think about times when you’ve needed a verse of scripture to hang on to, to read again and again to get you through a situation – How did that/those scripture(s) help you through?
  • Pray that God will show you several scriptures to encourage you when you’re feeling down. Open Bible and Pinterest are some great resources for finding verses!


  • The purpose of personalized scripture cards is about having a reserve of Bible verses for you to turn to when you’re down. You don’t have to search; you just turn to your stack of cards and start praying!


*This project has two parts: 1) creating a pocket in your journal, 2) Personalized scripture cards. We will make the pocket first (3 versions), so you have a place to put your cards.

Envelope Pocket - Materials Needed

  • Journal (1 blank page)
  • Envelopes (variety of sizes)
  • Paint (optional if you want to paint your envelopes or page first)
  • Mod Podge, Matte Medium, or Liquid glue
  • Brushes
  • Water & container

Directions for Envelope Pocket

  1. You might choose to paint your journal pages BEFORE you attach your envelope for this one. Once dry, do the following:Envelope1
  2. With Mod Podge or matte medium adhere envelope to journal pageEnvelope2
  3. Decorate as desired.

 Personalized Scripture Cards - Materials Needed

*Depending on the size of your journal, you will have to decide what material and size best suits your needs. You want something that’s a bit heavier than regular paper, so index cards are a good weight by which to judge other papers.

Directions for Scripture Cards

  1. With each Bible verse you choose, replace your name where it says “You” or anywhere it would fit and sound correct
  2. Write one verse per card
  3. You can also type the verses and print them out, then attach them to a heavier paper for the cards
  4. Decorate as desiredScripture cards2
  5. Store in pocket (created with directions above)Scripture cards1


  • Going forward you can use these cards in times when you need some assurance that God is with you and will see you through any situation.
  • You can also substitute another person’s name if you are praying for someone other than yoursellf.



 Encourage one another and build each other up.

~1 Thessalonians 5:11~


  • Find a word you would like to use for your acrostic prayer. (Acrostic poems are ones where each letter of the original word is listed vertically and then a new word or words are formed from each letter & written horizontally.)
  • It could be a word that has to do with the “issue” you are praying for.
  • Use a thesaurus if you need to find other, shorter words for the one you’re looking to use


  • The purpose of an acrostic prayer is to really focus on an issue you are seeking God’s help by breaking it down into smaller parts.


Materials Needed:

  • Painter's Tape
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Crayola Watercolors
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water & water containers
  • Permanent markers (Sharpie or Bic)
  • Color Pencils
  • Scrap paper or other journal pages


1-Using several pieces of painter's tape (number depends on the word you use for your acrostic) place the tape vertically or horizontally on your journal page for each letter/word

2-Use watercolors and paint over the entire page. Set aside and let dry.

IC-Day4_2 IC-Day4_3

***Now work on your acrostic poem on a scrap piece of paper****

For my example I used the word LISTEN:

3-Write the word vertically putting one letter on top of another

4-List as many words as you can think of that begin with each letter and that have something to do with your prayer.

L  look, listen, learn, lean in

I – intentional, invigorating, increase, inspiring

S – silent, sweet, sorry

 tell, truth, talk, tolerance, trials

E - energy, everlasting

 need, next, never, never again, numerous

5-Decide on one word with each letter (mine are in bold)

6-Write a phrase or prayer using those words and write it like this:


My example:

        Leaning in to listen to His word

        Intentionally praying for our lives to be debt free & a plan to get there

        Silent moments to hear His voice

        Trials teach us how to live in grace

        Everlasting love and peace

        Never will He leave us or forsake us

7-Carefully remove the painter’s tape on your journal page and then transfer what you wrote on your sloppy copy to the final versionIC-Day4_4 IC-Day4_5 IC-Day4_6


  • Going forward you can use this page as a place to meditate on your issue or you can use this technique to write other words/scripture in your journal.


Deomai Prayers for Journaling


This week’s journaling activity is about Deomai Prayers. (Deomai is Greek for “specific” prayers – pronounced day-oh-my)


I have done these artworks as paintings and as journal entries, so you are welcome to try it any way you would like. The directions below are for journal entries. Painting instructions are at the bottom of this page.


Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ~Romans 12:12~



  • Think about an issue you are struggling with now – What are you seeking God for with this issue?
  • Find a scripture to help you focus and pray about your issue. Open Bible is a great resource!



  • The purpose of Deomai prayers is to really focus on an issue you are seeking God’s help, praying long and hard about it, and having a Bible verse to help you along the way.



Materials Needed (Text or Image Transfer):

  • Journal or loose paper that will fit in journal
  • Bible (old one that you don’t mind “repurposing” – If you do not feel right repurposing an old Bible, then please don’t! You can also type and print your verse on a computer/printer.)
  • Tapes (variety of clear tapes – Scotch, packing, etc.)
  • Shelving or Con-tact paper (clear)
  • Glue, Mod Podge, or Matte Medium
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water (for cleaning brushes and for dipping shelving paper)
  • Cans for water
  • Bowl (for dipping shelving paper)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Permanent markers
  • Other embellishments
  • Hot glue & gun (Optional)


  • Write your scripture on a piece of paper or type/print it
    1. Be sure and check the size of your journal so that the words will fit!
      I printed mine, then reduced it about 17%.

      I printed mine, then reduced it about 17%.

    2. For shelving paper, measure the amount of paper you will need to cover the image/text – cut the paper to that size
      Measure on the BACK of the contact paper just in case you could see your marks.

      Measure on the BACK of the contact paper just in case you could see your marks.

    3. Peel off the back of the shelving paper – place over image/text
      Peel & stick

      Peel & stick

  • Place tape or shelving paper over the image/text and smooth out any air bubbles or bumps. For TAPES, leave a small corner up so you can grab it to pull it back off.Deomai4
    1. FOR TAPE (Scotch or packing) - Once smooth, GENTLY pull tape, with image/text on it, off of the paper
      Word transfer

      You might have to press down & pull again. Differences in papers make all the difference! But, it's trial and error!

    2. For SHELVING PAPER – Put paper into WARM water bowl and gently rub the copy paper off the back of the shelving paper
  • Plan where to place tape or shelving paper into your journal BEFORE you adhere it to a page
    1. Once you’ve decided where you want it to go in your journal, use glue, Mod Podge, or matte medium to attach it to your page
    2. Once dry, you can draw, paint, add more embellishments to the page
Be careful not to rub too much after you put it in the water. You can see where some of my words almost rubbing completely off!

Be careful not to rub too much after you put it in the water. You can see where some of my words almost rubbing completely off!


  • Going forward you can use this page as a place to meditate on your issue(s) and pray this scripture or others (you can always do another page or add to this one)
    Small group gal - Ashley

    Small group gal - Ashley

More pics coming from Creative Awakenings small group! 


Prompts for the 21 Days of Prayer and Art Challenge are now ready and can be found on the Creative Awakenings Page here!





I’m excited to announce the 2015 Creative Awakenings 21-Day Prayer & Art Challenge! Our church, Church of the Highlands, (check out their site here) does 21-Days of Prayer in August and 21-Days of Prayer & Fasting in January, so I thought this would be a great time to try an art and prayer challenge here at When We Listen.

Okay, so here’s the plan:

  • For 21-days we will pray for a variety of issues and create art surrounding those prayers
  • We will use index cards (4” X 6” or 3” X 5”)
  • We will use (or learn to use) a variety of art mediums (i.e. art materials)
  • We will use a set of prompts to guide us through the 21-days



I will post the prompts, hopefully 2-3 days at a time, beginning August 1, 2015. You can find the prompts in the Creative Awakenings tab here in the blog. I will also post my examples of my index cards and am hoping you all will post yours as well.


*Not sure if you can upload pics in the comments section, but if not, PLEASE email them to me and I can upload them. I really want us to share in this challenge!



*The ONLY requirements are that you have access to a Bible (could be digital or hardcopy) and that you work small, hence index cards. I found these cute index cards, bound and in a colorful cover, at the Dollar Tree.



Index cards at Dollar Tree!

Index cards at Dollar Tree!

But, you can get whatever size, with or without lines, and bound or not bound. You’re choice!


Other “suggested”, but still optional, materials:

Drawing materials: pens, markers, inks, color pencils, crayons, oil pastels, etc.

Painting/Staining materials: watercolors, acrylics, watercolor pencils, tea bags or coffee filters

Collage: decorative papers, found text, magazine clippings, old books, found objects

Printmaking: stamps, stencils, tissue rolls, found objects (wine corks, plastic forks, etc)

Sticky stuff: stickers, washi tape, masking tape, painter's tape, duct tape, etc.

* I will make suggestions of materials, but you may choose to use whatever materials you have handy or are comfortable using.

*Also check out When We Listen’s Pinterest page for lots of ideas and links!


Okay, so why index cards?

For one reason, they’re small and do not take a lot of time, which none of us have anyway. The second reason is I follow a really cool gal, Tammy, of Daisy Yellow and she has a fun Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. I asked Tammy if it was okay to “repurpose” some of her prompts to fit my prayer challenge, and like the gracious artist she is, she said, “Yes”.  Thank you Tammy! Please check out her page here….very cool stuff!

Okay, so why 21 Days?

Research has shown it takes a minimum of 21 days to form or break a habit. Notice I said “minimum” of 21 days. So, 21 days of praying and creating art will only get you started, it probably will not form a habit, unless you keep it up.

You will have to take it beyond the collective challenge and make praying and art part of your daily lives if you want them to become true habits. When I started running last summer, it took me a good two months (about 60 days) to really form a habit. Only when I missed a day or two did I realize how much I missed it. A true sign it had become a habit! It had become part of my daily routine.

Okay, so why Art?

Since I’m an artist and art teacher, I would say, “why NOT art”, but that’s probably not what all of you are saying.  No worries! That is perfectly fine! This is meant to be fun and purposeful for YOU and YOUR relationship with our Heavenly Father, not your artistic abilities.

We’re all equipped with different talents and gifts He meant for us to have. Not a one of those gifts is any better than the other. I can’t sing a lick, but I bet many of you have beautiful voices. I “try” to sing at church or in my car, but please don’t ever ask me to sing a solo! If you do, it will be the last time you do! I love to listen to beautiful worship music and admire those who can sing, but I also know He gave me some talents that He wants me to share as well.

Another reason is for the pure joy and challenge of it. I often catch myself doodling while I pray, so I thought about how I could work art into my prayer life in a more purposeful way.

There are prayer and Bible journals, which I do as well, but this seemed like a fun way to get a community of believers together to pray for each other, share their lives with each other, and create artworks around those prayers. I’m a visual learner, so working out my issues in a visual format always helps me see things I wouldn’t otherwise see. I’m praying it will do the same for you.

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Please share the Challenge with everyone you know and share your pics with us! Use the hashtag #creativeawakenings to let everyone see what we're up to!

So, get ready to pray and create!



Speaking and Making Art in Castleberry, Alabama

Here are some pics from my first "official" When We Listen Workshop. I shared my kidney donation story and how the Lord spoke to me during the entire process, we had an awesome steak dinner, and we also made some really cool art. We had a blast!

Thank you ladies of the Vine and Branches Baptist Church and Castleberry community!

All the ladies with their Deomai Prayer Paintings

All the ladies with their Deomai Prayer Paintings

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Newest Deomai Prayer Paintings are Finished!

Just showing off two different ways of creating personal prayer paintings. I did these two based off the two winners' from our drawing a couple of weeks ago. They gave me a favorite scripture and favorite colors and then I went to town!


Scroll down on this page to learn how to make your own personal prayer painting. Happy painting and praying!




If you signed up for the blog last week (June 18-25) OR you sign up this week (June 25-July2) you will be entered into the giveaway for TWO wristbands. Sign up today! I will announce the winner(s) next Thursday (July 2).

Also, if you are interested in purchasing wristbands, let me know (leave a comment here, message me on FB, or email me - and I'll see what I can do.



We had so many people Opt In to the Blog and Like the FB page over the past three weeks, I decided to select two people for the Personal, Customized Deomai Prayer Painting! Yea!

Thank you all SO much for sharing the blog and reading it! 

Because of all the attention the blog has gotten, I've been asked to speak at my first event next month. Another Yea! I'll share more about that next week, now on to the drawing........

1st Deomai Winners!

1st Deomai Winners!

1st Winner from the Blog is......Cortnee Driggers!

1st Winner from FB is..........Jennifer Clifton!


****Ladies, I will send you a message and find out what colors you like and a favorite verse of scripture you would like on your paintings.*****

Thank you again! I will have another drawing in a couple of weeks. Not sure what it will be just yet, but I'm thinking...........


Enter to Win a Personal, Customized Deomai Prayer Painting!

You Pick the Scripture!

You can enter TWO different ways (and yes, you will be entered twice!)

  • Enter your email in the Receive Updates and New Stuff form on the right side of this post. (Plus, you will get When We Listen delivered to your email inbox! A twofer!)
  • Make a comment on the newest post (When Sin is a "Good" Thing)

Deadline for this drawing: Thursday, June 18



(Pronounced day-oh-my) 

Greek for “Specific Prayers”

This painting does not have collage papers on it.

This painting does not have collage papers on it.


The idea to create these paintings came from reading Mark Batterson’s, The Circle Maker, and participating in a small group where we painted circles around our prayers for six weeks. I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to do more with the paintings, so while working on one of the group’s paintings I began to add wire and small papers where I wrote my prayers (along with dates of each prayer). Then I attached the papers to the wire so I could continue to pray circles around the promises I felt God had for me. I haven’t finished that one yet, because the promises have not been fulfilled, but I know they will be in God’s perfect timing!


God must be telling you to pray for something too. Depending on your specific prayer needs, you might want to find a scripture to focus on as you pray. Open Bible is a great resource for finding specific scripture topics to accompany any situation you are facing.


I encourage you to seek Him every day and when you do, write down the date, a specific message you receive from Him, or thoughts you have that day. You can attach them around the painting to the wire with glue, tape or staple. Or you may prefer to keep your prayers and notes in a journal of some sort.

This painting does not have collage papers on it.

This painting does not have collage papers on it.

Materials Needed

  • Small, square canvas (I use 6"X6" wrapped canvas)
  • Scrap papers for collaging (old books, hymnals, maps, scrapbook papers, etc.)
  • Liquid Glue or Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paints
  • Assortment of Paintbrushes
  • Circle Stencils or Tracers (old CDs are a good size!)
  • Pencil
  • Permanent Markers
  • Wire (12-18 gauge)
  • Staple Gun & staples
  • Pliers
  • 3D Paints


  • Tear small pieces of collage papers and glue flat with Mod Podge
  • Once dry, paint canvas with a base color (color of your choice)
  • Let dry. Trace a circle on canvas.
  • Write scripture on canvas (within circle – in any order/design you wish) – You may want to write/draw it lightly with a pencil first to make sure the words will fit and the words look like you want them to.
  • Once you are satisfied, trace over words with permanent marker.
  • Add more paint, if desired.
  • Once dry, take wire and measure pieces 1 ½ -2 times longer than each side. Cut four pieces the same length.
  • With pencil or other tubular stick, wrap wire one piece at a time to make coils.
  • With the staple gun, hold wire at one end and staple. Continue down the side putting 2-3 staples on each side.
  • When finished, you may want to add other decorations with 3D puff paint. This is optional.


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