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DAY 21 – August 22, 2015
PROMPT: Reflection & Going Forward
SCRIPTURE(S): Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Nehemiah 4: 6-18
6We kept at it, repairing and rebuilding the wall. The whole wall was soon joined together and halfway to its intended height because the people had a heart for the work.
7-9 When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairs of the walls of Jerusalem were going so well—that the breaks in the wall were being fixed—they were absolutely furious. They put their heads together and decided to fight against Jerusalem and create as much trouble as they could. We countered with prayer to our God and set a round-the-clock guard against them.
10 But soon word was going around in Judah,
The builders are pooped,
the rubbish piles up;
We’re in over our heads,
we can’t build this wall.
11-12 And all this time our enemies were saying, “They won’t know what hit them. Before they know it we’ll be at their throats, killing them right and left. That will put a stop to the work!” The Jews who were their neighbors kept reporting, “They have us surrounded; they’re going to attack!” If we heard it once, we heard it ten times.
13-14 So I stationed armed guards at the most vulnerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords, lances, and bows. After looking things over I stood up and spoke to the nobles, officials, and everyone else: “Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
15-18 Our enemies learned that we knew all about their plan and that God had frustrated it. And we went back to the wall and went to work. From then on half of my young men worked while the other half stood guard with lances, shields, bows, and mail armor. Military officers served as backup for everyone in Judah who was at work rebuilding the wall. The common laborers held a tool in one hand and a spear in the other. Each of the builders had a sword strapped to his side as he worked. I kept the trumpeter at my side to sound the alert.
Art Supply Packets: I found having a small bag of art supplies with me during this 21 days made it easier for me to create while I was traveling. Granted I forgot things a couple of times, but having simple supplies with me made it harder for me to find an excuse not to create. Here is a couple of snapshots of my bag. It was a freebie from Blick I received at a national conference, but you could use a plastic pencil pack or some other small container. School supplies are everywhere right now! Just saw some cute ones at the Dollar Tree yesterday.
Small palette of watercolors
Paintbrush that holds water
Assortment of markers, pencils, etc.
DAY 21’s CARDS
Reflection: Look back through the cards you’ve made during our 21 days. Do any of them stick out more prominently than others? Did some of them really speak to you throughout these 21 days? Are there some you would like to revisit? Have some of your prayers been answered already?
I wrote out prayers of thanksgiving for what I felt like the Lord had showed me through these 21 days, a favorite new scripture, and then added some doodles. (Gel pens, color pencils)
Going Forward: Do not stop with these 21 days! You are on a roll now…keep pushing forward! Make a plan for how you will continue to pray and seek Him every day. You may not make art every day, but you can take moments to pray throughout your day. Intentionally and purposefully create works of when you have the time and energy. Try doodling from Day 15. (Same materials: Gel pens, color pencils)
Look back through the entire 21days. Wow! That’s a lot of prayers and a lot of art! I’ve truly enjoyed leading this 21 Days of Prayer and Art Challenge and I hope you have too. I’m praying that everyone keeps up the practice, in one form or another, and continues to seek God in everything you do.
I will start a small group in a few weeks at the university in Troy and I’m calling it the same name as our challenge, Creative Awakenings. We will focus on praying and art, sort of like we did here, but more in journal form. I’m sure I will share some of these prompts and hopefully some of your examples. It’s not too late to share them! Please send your pics my way. Would still love to share! Blessings everyone!
In His Grace,
Day 21 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 20 – August 21, 2015
PROMPT: Games as Prayer Prompts Use a game with cards (ex. Apples to Apples) and pick a random card. Think of a situation or something you could pray for based on that card.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
ART MATERIALS USED:
Game cards/pieces OR copies of games cards/pieces (I used Apples to Apples game cards)
Acrylic medium OR Mod Podge
1-I randomly grabbed two cards from the decks in the game box and found "Misunderstood" and "Virtuous".
2-I painted the card first, and then I reduced and copied cards from the Apples to Apples game to fit on the index card (You could draw an image from the game or if it’s an old game, missing pieces, you could use an actual card from the game)
3-I wrote a scripture talking about intercessory prayers on the back of the card
4-I took one of the words from a game card, “Virtuous”, and looked up synonyms of the word. I then wrote the words all around the card as positive self-talk to myself.
Day 20 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 19 – August 20, 2015
PROMPT: Opportunities to Pray Throughout Your Day
SCRIPTURE: James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Sybil Macbeth, author of Praying in Color, calls her style of praying Prayer Popping. She just blurts little prayers up to God throughout the day. Sometimes I think we all do this, especially when we’re stressed, but what if we intentionally sent prayer pops up when we were given a visual prompt.
Say you see a fire truck or ambulance, so you pray for healing and for 1st responders.
You see a park bench, so you pray for the homeless.
You’re eating a treat, so you pray for the ones who are hungry.
I saw this broken insect on the track yesterday, so I stopped and prayed for the broken and broken-hearted.
Art Materials Used:
1-I took my prayer focus "brokenness" and wrote it in the middle of my card.
2-Then I colored the entire card with black and purple (creating sort of a dark/gloomy feel)
3-Then to truly make it feel broken, I crumbled it, tore it, etc.
4-I found a scripture I liked and wrote it on the back of the card.
5-Then I used duct tape and a bandage to look like I was mending the tears. I also added the Bible verse to the band-aid.
Day 19 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 18 – August 19, 2015
PROMPT: Pray an Audacious Prayer (that’s a REALLY, BIG prayer!)
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 6:1-16 (The Jericho Miracle)
A couple of years ago I ran across Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker, and it truly changed the way I pray. Batterson retells a story of Honi, a first century BC eccentric sage, who prayed some audacious prayers for rain to soak the land around Jerusalem. Long story short, he drew a circle around himself and told the Lord he would not move from that spot until He sent rain to soak the land. And it happened.
Batterson also recalls the story of Joshua and his 7-day march around Jericho. You know the story. For six days they marched around the city (a circle) and then on the seventh day they marched, the blasted trumpets, shouted, and the walls came tumbling down.
There is nothing our God can’t do! He is honored and He honors big, bold prayers. He is not offended when we ask big things of Him. He’s offended if we don’t. Batterson puts it perfectly, “If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention.”
So, with this prompt, write out and pray a big ole, audacious prayer and draw circles around it every time you pray it.
*Anything you can make circles with!
1-You could paint the card or you could just write your prayer out and then draw circles. (I chose to paint the card first.)
2-Write out your prayer & other scripture (I wrote one scripture on the back of my cards)
3-Draw circles (you could do one big circle or multiple)
Day 18 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 17 – August 18, 2015
PROMPT: What Do You Fear the Most?
SCRIPTURES: 2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
We all have some fear that may or may not be rational. Regardless, to us, it is a scary proposition!
Mine is failure. Failure of bombing a lecture. Fearing of stumbling all over myself if I’m unprepared. Failure of going out on a limb to do something that I “think” I’m suppose to do and then it flop.
But, we’re not suppose to fear anything because we can do ANYTHING through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
1-Take your fear and write it on a card (I chose to write it in red, center it on the card and draw a jagged oval around it).
2-Next, I wrote some of the outcomes of the WORST things that could happen if I did try something new (at least in my mind!).
3-Then I wrote some of the BEST things that could happen if I did give it a shot.
4-I decided to add some color and brighten it up a bit, while downplaying the word “Failure”. (You may choose to color it in a different way)
Day 17 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 16 – August 17, 2015
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 1:4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Magazine pictures/text (or other images – you could draw or use some of your own photos)
Acrylic Medium or Mod Podge
TECHNIQUES USED: Collage images
Most of us, especially women, seem to constantly struggle with personal identity. We question if we’re good enough, pretty enough, etc., so today’s prompt wants you to step back and see all the good things that you are. No negativity today!
1-I painted the background so I would have a color to begin my collage. While it dried I found text and images from magazines of things I like (tulips are one of my favorite flowers, I love a good pump and jewelry, etc. Then used acrylic medium or Mod Podge to collage the pieces together. You could draw images, use photographs, or simply write words that describe you.
2-Part of this prompt was to write an acrostic poem about yourself (remember Day 4?), so I also painted the back of my card. (It didn’t look too pretty while it was drying!)
3-Once dry, write your name, nickname, initials, etc. and find a word, a positive word, that tells us something about you and is a positive affirmation of you with each of the letters.
4-Once I wrote my acrostic I went back to the front and thought of more words to describe me.
Day 16 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 15 – August 16, 2015
PROMPT: Doodle a Word
SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Pens or Markers
TECHNIQUES USED: Taking a person, concern, need, issue and praying around it while doodling around it.
Where this prompt came from:
This “doodling a word” is something I do when I’m somewhere I can’t really pray out loud or I don’t have my prayer journal with me. I did this a lot as I prayed as an intercessor for people at a LIFE Retreat back in the spring. I would write out a scripture and then make doodles, patterns, designs all around it while I prayed.
It really does help to focus your mind and keep you praying for a specific amount of time. My “doodling” proved beneficial and was recently backed up in a new book I’m reading, Praying in Color, by Sybil Macbeth.
1-Take a word, an issue, a scripture, etc. and write it simply and in the middle of the card. Decided I would do one for my kids.
2-Draw a line, a design, or a doodle around the word or scripture. Thicken lines. Add patterns, shapes, and/or designs in and around the words.
3-Add color wherever you feel like the design needs it.
4-Fill in open areas with smaller lines.
5-Pray as you doodle. Here’s another one.
DAY 14 – August 15, 2015
PROMPT: A Sign of Things to Come
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Where this prompt came from:
While I was running in the very HOT summer heat last week, I ran across this small red leaf on the ground. It was surrounded by green everywhere, but I picked it up and thought, “huh, a sign of things to come”....cooler weather!
We never seem satisfied with the weather, the season, our clothes, our weight, our hair (oh, heavens, our hair!), but there usually is something better on the horizon. When I found that small red leaf I was reminded of how God never gives us more than we can handle and He is always working on the plan, the better plan, He has for us. Even the heat of the summer will soon fade away and cooler weather will come our way.
So, think of something you could trace or draw that reminds you of better things coming your way.
Repurposed Bible pages or other text
Acrylic Medium or Mod Podge
Acrylic Paint (Orange & Red)
TECHNIQUES USED: Negative Space – The space around & between the subjects of the image
1-Take text from a book or from the Bible (you can copy it if you don’t want to tear your Bible) and cut or tear it to about the size of an index card
2-Using acrylic medium (or Mod Podge) to adhere the text to the index card
3-Let it dry and then trace or draw an image onto the text.
4-Paint around the image you drew, creating the negative space.
5-You may need to add more layers and more colors – let the layers dry. You can add details, if you like, to the negative space/shape, or leave it solid.
6-You could leave it like this, or you can add text on top of the paint. I added the scripture verse on mine. Again, your choice.
Day 14 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 13 – August 14, 2015
PROMPT: Feelings in the Middle of a Storm
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.
Music Videos: Casting Crowns Praise You in This Storm AND Laura Daigle's Trust In You
Crayons or Oil pastels
Matches or lighter
TECHNIQUES USED: 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 card first just because I wanted it to have a different color background. You may choose not to paint your cards.
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 card (unless that's the look you're going for)
3-Quickly drag & swist (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. I chose to put it around my scripture.
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 card heavy so don’t go too crazy!
Day 13 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 12 – August 13, 2015
PROMPT: Personalized Scripture Cards
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
TECHNIQUES USED: Wet-on-Wet Method of Painting
A friend gave me the gift of personalized scripture cards a few years back and I LOVED them. Whenever I’m feeling down I just flip through the cards and pray scripture out loud and things seem better almost immediately.
Here’s an example from a local Alabama company that does this for you. The company is called Sweet as Honey.
There are also several artists on Etsy that offer an array of cards.
OR you can make your own. Proverbs 31 Ministries has a cute idea to create your own personalized scripture box. Check it out here.
You can use any of the Proverbs 31 prompts for this index card challenge or just find a scripture you like and insert your name.
Here is my scripture of choice: (I replaced my name, Kelly, and her in every place the scripture had “you”)
Give, and it will be given to Kelly. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into her lap. For with the measure Kelly uses it will be measured back to her.” Luke 6:38
1-Paint an index card, or several cards, if you would like a set of cards.
- Get the card wet (you can drop a few drops of water with your paint brush or spray it with a small water bottle). Don’t saturate it, just enough to wet the surface. This cool waterbrush holds the water while you paint! You can find them here, although they are a little pricy, but worth having one or two.
- Load your brush with paint (that means put a lot of watercolor paint on your brush) and then let the tip of your brush barely touch the wet surface of the card. The paint should start to bleed (spread) into the water. If it doesn’t, you need more water.
- You can blow on the paint to make it spread more or turn the card in different directions to make it spread.
2-Once dry, write the scripture (with YOUR name) onto the card. I also used color pencils to add some “doodles” in the corners.
Day 12 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 11 – August 12, 2015
PROMPT: Worship Music
SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
TECHNIQUES USED: Painting to music
I’ve used this technique before to get students to relax, loosen up, or to get them to really listen to different types of rhythms.
You may want to work larger, allowing yourself room to really get into the music and move your arms and body, and then you can cut the larger paper into index size. I’ve done two different examples (larger, journal size and index card size).
1-Turn on some worship music and don’t paint YET. Relax and let the Spirit take over.
2-Once you feel moved to start painting, just let loose! (You may paint something recognizable, but you don’t have to. I find it helpful NOT to paint a “something”, but rather just paint to the rhythms I feel through the music. You will end up with a very “abstract” type of work.)
Here was my “warm up” painting. It was a slower song (sorry, forgot to write it down – playing Pandora station) so I used Cool colors (blues, greens, & purples).
3-You might want to paint several pieces/cards and then let them dry.
Here is my index card. This was a more “upbeat” tempo song (Jeremy Camp’s Same Power) so I used Warm colors (reds, oranges, pinks, & yellows).
4-While the paper is drying, look for scripture or write prayers you would like to memorize or study. (Remember Open Bible has a Topical Bible that can help) OR you could write the lyrics of some of the songs you listened to. That’s what I did with both pieces.
6-if you worked larger, cut the papers down to index card size.
Day 11 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 10 – August 11, 2015
PROMPT: Noticing the Beauty All Around Us
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 145:5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Decorative paper (large enough to make a pocket on index card
Glue (stick or liquid)
Other embellishments* (Working on this one at work in Troy & forgot to bring my bucket of bling! So, feel free to add to this one.)
TECHNIQUES USED: Creating a pocket & collecting things from Nature
1-Choose a decorative paper that is a good bit larger than an index card
2-Trace the index card on the back side of the decorative paper
3-Then cut the decorative paper about ½”-1” from the traced line
4-Next, cut the corners so you can fold the sides and bottom to create the pocket.
5-Fold and glue one side at a time.
6-Each corner should be square. You can fold & glue the ends or cut them.
7-It will look like this once finished.
8-While the pocket is drying, paint the index card with a contrasting color (sorry, forgot to take a pic of this step!)
9-Once dry, turn the decorative paper over and decide how short you want the pocket to be.
10-I didn’t like the straight edge, so I trimmed it down a bit further and made it curved.
11-Glue the decorative paper (ONLY on the edges) to the index card to create a pocket. (Be sure to check your spelling, unlike me! I also didn’t bring any extra paper with me, so I had to make it work.)
12-Go for a walk and find wondrous works the Lord has put in our paths. Granted, they need to be small enough to fit in your pocket.
13-On the back of the index card, write a thank you note or prayer thanking the Lord for His beautiful works.
Day 10 Challenge D-O-N-E!
DAY 9 – August 10, 2015
PROMPT: Looking at Scripture/Prayer in a Different Way
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
White crayon OR oil pastel
Permanent pen/marker (thin tip)
Radial Balance Designs (see definition below)
Crayon Resist technique
-For this card, I found several scriptures I liked and wrote them in different radial designs using a crayon resist technique to decorate.
-Radial Balance: creating equilibrium within a circle.
There are basically three types of radial balance. 1) Spirals (think of a snail), 2) Radiating out from the center (think of a pizza), 3) Concentric (think of a target)
-I did one card for each style just so you could see the difference, but you may choose to only do one.
1-Choose the radial balance style you would like to write your scripture or prayer
2-Write your scripture/prayer around or on lines (you can LIGHTLY draw the spiral, radiating points, or circles if you need them to write your scripture, then erase). Use the permanent ink pen to write your scripture/prayer.
Example of words written in a spiral.
3-Using a white crayon or oil pastel, draw lines/circles/spirals between the words. Press hard so that you have a heavy line.
4-Using watercolor paints, paint over the entire card. Paint will NOT stick where there is plenty of wax crayon/oil pastel; it “resists” the crayon.
See the spiral drawn in and around the words?
Day 9 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 8 – August 9, 2015
PROMPT: Definition of a Word
SCRIPTURE: The psalmist wrote, “Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.” ~Psalm 139:4~
For this card, you probably need to do the art part stuff first, so it can dry while you find a “word to define”.
2 Cards (one to cut & one to put the design/word on)
Paint (I used watercolors)
Other paints or stamp ink
Sponge or stamp to use on the stencil
TECHNIQUES USED: Cutting/Using a Stencil
I painted two cards I planned for my words/designs to go on and then set them aside to dry.
Cutting a stencil:
1-Take an extra index card and fold it in half [either hotdog (horizontal) or hamburger (vertical)] – Mine is folded hotdog style first.
2-Draw a few shapes or designs on the edge of the fold (you can just cut random shapes)
3-Then fold however you want – Think of it as a rectangle snowflake – keep folding and cutting until you get the desired design
4-Here is my finished stencil. I repurposed another painted card that I didn’t use.
5-Now, place the stencil on top of the painted (hopefully dry by now) card
-Here is what they look like once they are printed.
6-The word I wanted to define was “Steward”. With all my prayer focus on debt and financial issues, I’ve been praying that the Lord will show us how to be better stewards of what is already His.
I Googled the word and found this:
Steward - a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something.
noun: steward; plural noun: stewards
Origin: Old English, 17th Century
7-Then I wrote it on both cards (a little differently), and Ta-Da:
Day 7 – August 8, 2015
PROMPT: Haiku Writing
Psalm 145:5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Permanent Markers or Pens
Washi Tape (you could use decorative painter’s tape, duct tape, etc.)
The above list was all I planned to use, but then it looked too plain, so I added:
-First, let me define Haiku. A Haiku Poem is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.
First Line = 5 Syllables
Second Line = 7 Syllables
Third Line = 5 Syllables
-Once you have your haiku written (I would suggest writing it on a “sloppy copy” first) BEFORE you write it on your index card.
1-I chose to paint my card first, so if you want to do this, paint the card, let it dry, and you can work on your Haiku while it dries.
My Haiku Example:
Seeking Your face first = 5 Syllables
He rose and concurred the grave = 7 Syllables
Let the whole world see = 5 Syllables
*I was listening to Laura Story’s song, Mighty to Save, when I wrote that! Pretty cool, huh?
2-Next, write your Haiku on the index card
3-Next, use some Washi tape (or painter’s, masking, duct tapes) to decorate the edges. You could also make a design with the tapes – it’s YOUR card, have fun!
Trick to keep the end of you tape from not being found….add a hairpin to the end! (Sure I saw that on Pinterest, somewhere!)
I thought it looked a little plain, so I added a piece of twine and a couple of buttons. (It may be a little thick when added to my index stack, but we’ll see)
Day 7 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 6 – August 7, 2015
PROMPT: Pray for someone you wouldn’t normally pray for
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Old Bible papers (I have several “old” Bibles that I don’t mind repurposing, but if you don’t feel comfortable with doing that, then DON’T! You can copy pages or use other papers)
Decorative papers (Scrapbooking, wrapping, etc.)
Glue/Mod Podge/Acrylic Medium
Markers (I used metallic Sharpies)
-First, think about someone you have issues with or maybe haven’t talked to in a long time. Now pray for them. Yes, pray for them! Whether it’s you or the other person are the reason you’re not talking, it really doesn’t matter. Pray for them!
My Example: Sorry, nope, I’m not sharing the name of my person, but there IS a person or two I’m praying for.
-Take that prayer or another scripture you find and write it on another piece of decorative paper (Bible pages, scrapbook papers, wrapping papers, etc.)
-This is some wrapping paper I have never used. I measured it to the size of an index card, cut it out, then carefully torn the edges so it was not so “straight”.
-Told you I wasn’t saying “whom” (who? whom? I can never get that one right!) I was praying for, but I wrote down their names (3 to be exact) and colored the edges of the index card with silver Sharpie (coordinates with the silver in the wrapping paper leaves).
– I took the verse I found about forgiving (Luke 6:37) and wrote it on the BACK of the wrapping paper.
– I ran out of room for the chapter and verse, so I wrote it with the leaves on the FRONT of the paper with silver Sharpie so it blends with the silver leaves.
-This paper becomes your COVER over the name(s) of the people/situations you are praying for. So, essentially you are COVERING THEM IN PRAYER!
-I placed a small amount of glue on the TOP, BACK of the black paper and glued it to the index card, so it becomes a flap on top of the card.
-Let it dry for just a bit, then you can fold it flat and add to your other index cards.
-Pray for this person or people every day as you go to Him with your praises and your worries and watch how He mends YOUR heart when it comes to dealing with these people!
Day 6 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 5 – August 6, 2015
PROMPT: What Did You Do with Your Hands Today?
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
2 Chronicles 15:7 "But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
My Example: Today I cleaned the condo and worked a little. (Exciting day!)
Scrap paper or copy paper (large enough to trace your hand)
*Access to a copier or printer that can reduce images OR stencils of a hand (needs to be small enough to fit on your index card) OR you can draw a small hand onto the index card
-First, trace one of your hands onto a piece of paper (you could also trace a child’s hand or another family member)
-With a copier or printer reduce your traced hand until it’s small enough to fit on an index card (there are templates or stencils you could also use)
-Traced hand at 100%
-Hand reduced 50% & again at 80% (not shown)
-Cut out the reduced hand and trace it onto the index card (you can trace multiple ones if you want)
-Write in the hands or around the hands what you did today OR you could write a scripture instead. You can color or paint the card in any way you want. I chose to use markers for my card.
-I wrote one of the scriptures on the back of my card.
Day 5 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 4 – August 5, 2015
PROMPT: Acrostic Prayer
SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage one another and build each other up.
*For this one, you need to do the artwork first, BUT read all the directions FIRST!
My Example Words:
Permanent markers (Sharpie or Bic)
-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.) Keep the word fairly short like PRAY, PRAYER, PRAYING, or another word you would like to use. (It could be a word that has to do with you’re the “issue” you are praying for. For instance, mine could be DEBT)
1-Using several pieces of masking tape (number depends on the word you use for your Acrostic) place the tape vertically or horizontally on the index cards for each letter/word
2-Use watercolors and paint over the entire card. Set aside and let dry.
For my 1st Example I used the word LISTEN:
3-THIS 1st ONE IS YOUR “SLOPPY COPY”, SO WRITE IT ON ONE CARD THAT YOU WILL THROW AWAY
4-Write the word vertically putting one letter on top of another
5-List as many words as you can 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
T – tell, truth, talk, tolerance, trials
E - energy, everlasting
N – need, next, never, never again, numerous
6-Decide on one word with each letter (mine are highlighted in yellow)
7-Write a phrase or prayer using those words and write it like this:
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
8-Take the painted index card, carefully remove the masking tape, and then transfer what you wrote on your sloppy copy to the final version
9-Use markers or color pencils to write your text in the blank spaces on the painted card. You may want to write them in pencil first to make sure all the words will fit!
Day 4 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 3 – August 4
PROMPT: A Goal & A Plan to Deal with Your Issue(s)
Proverbs 21: 5 - The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. (ESV)
Philippians 3:14 – I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
-Look back at Day 1 – your issue(s) and scripture(s)
-Side 1: What would it look like if this issue were resolved? Write it out AND draw something to represent what that feeling might look like. (e.g. free from sickness – picture of a sunshine or flowers – something happy/pleasant/healthy; healed relationship – pic of people together – again, something that makes you feel happy, etc.)
-Side 2: Write out your goal AND plan to make that resolution happen.
My Example: Debt (my issue) – what would it look like if it were resolved (free of debt)? We would be free of worry, at peace, and we would have the ability to do more for others
Side 1: I actually did two cards for the same issue. Card 1 has a Peace Sign with Debt Free written between the fingers. Card 2 has a Sunflower with whimsical designs around it.
Side 2: On one card I wrote my Goal and Plan and on the other I wrote Freedom and Ability to Help Others
Pencil and/or Pen
*You could use other things to draw and color your card.
-Side 1 - I traced my fingers shaped in a Peace Sign, then used my pencil to round out all the lumps and draw fingernails & wrinkles (used some Artistic License on those lines! LOL!)
-Then I simply colored the hand, background, and words with crayons (Still love that smell of new crayons!)
-Same with the Sunflower. I drew the sunflower with a pencil and added extra whimsical lines, then colored it all using crayon.
-Side 2 – I used a fountain pen on the side with my goal and plan and crayons for the other card (Freedom)
Day 3 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 2 – August 3, 2015
PROMPT: Favorite Quote
Find a quote you particularly like and if you don’t have one, look here at Brainy Quote for some ideas. Or look at my Pinterest page or other Pinterest pages for quotes. Once you find one, write it down.
My Favorite Quote: “Ancora Imparo.” ~Michelangelo~ (It means “I am still learning”)
Tea bags (I used 3 wet bags)
Color pencils (Neutral colors) OR markers, crayons, paints, etc.
- Index Card 1 –
- I rubbed wet coffee grounds all over the card until it stained to the color I liked
- Let it dry
- Write favorite quote and decorate using Neutral colors (blacks, greys, browns, whites) – I used color pencils
- Index Card 2 –
- I used wet tea bags to stamp and rub over the card until it stained to the color I liked
- Let it dry
- Write favorite quote and decorate using Neutral colors (blacks, greys, browns, whites)
*Using wet tea bags or wet coffee filters will stain the index card(s). You can do one or both sides, but depending on how much tea/coffee you use and how long you leave them on the cards, they will probably bleed through a little.
*FYI - If you write the quote first and then the stain is sort of dark, you may have to rewrite the quote.
I don't drink tea and I no longer own a traditional coffee maker, so I tried using coffee grounds straight from my Keurig.
I found some tea bags in my cabinet (maybe I need to do some cleaning out this week too!) and tried it again using this method.
-Then use neutral color pencils, paints, markers, etc. (Neutral colors are blacks, greys, browns, whites) to write your quote and to embellish your card.
Here’s my finished pics:
Day 2 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Day 1 – August 2, 2015
PROMPT: Deomai prayers (specific prayers)
-Take an issue(s) that you think (or know) is holding you back from reaching your goals or dreams.
-Find a scripture that you would like to pray to help you deal with your issue(s) that’s keeping you from your dreams.
-These types of prayers are called Deomai prayers – Deomai is Greek for specific prayers (pronounced day-oh-my)
-One side of the card will have the word(s)or issue(s) and the opposite side of the card will have the scripture(s). If you have more than one issue, you may need more than one card.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. (ESV)
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV)
My issue is debt and financial issues.
My scripture is Luke 16:10-12
Computer (for printing words/scripture)
Computer paper & ink
Packing tape (could use Scotch tape or other clear tape as well)
Acrylic Medium OR Mod Podge (just fyi, MP tends to stick pages together)
Paint brushes (variety)
Shape stencils (Oval) – you can also cut a stencil using cardboard or cardstock paper
Acrylic paint – Black
Permanent Makers - Colors (Sharpies or Bic)
- I typed out my word (DEBT) and the scripture, and then used a transfer technique to pull the words off the paper and put them on the index card
Here’s a couple of pics:
I placed two separate pieces of tape, one over the entire word (not shown) and one over the scripture and pressed down all over it – Hint: Hold on to one end of the tape so you can pull it back off!
SLOWLY pull the tape off picking up the words (and some paper) as you go – If some words do not “transfer” to the tape, you may need to repress and try again – Not all of my letters transferred on the scripture.
Text from old books, hymnals, Bibles, etc. work SO much easier!
- Side 1 (I used the lined side) with my word or issue (Debt) – I painted this side of the index card with Crayola watercolors
- Once dry, I traced an oval stencil onto the card (or you could just draw a shape large enough to write your word)
- I placed the DEBT word (pulled using the transfer method described above) in the middle of the oval using Acrylic Medium (you could use Mod Podge as well, but MP tends to stick pages together)
- Let that dry, and then literally paint over it – covering it as if to “mark it out” or get rid of it!
- As you do, pray for the Lord to take this issue off your plate or to grant you grace to deal with it until a later time.
- Side 2 (blank side) I used Acrylic Medium to attach the scripture I chose to pray for my debt/financial issues (again, you can use Mod Podge)
- I then used color permanent markers to draw Zentangle-type designs around it (that is just ONE link to many, many Zentangle designs!) – Remember this IS the COVER of your index cards
Here’s a pic or two:
Day 1 Challenge D-O-N-E!
Yea, the day has come to give you the prompts for Days 1 & 2 (August 2 & 3) and beginning our 21 Days of Prayer and Art! – I know, I know…..it would have been much easier to start on the 1st so that's why I'm giving them to you today, but I’m also trying to do this in conjunction with our church’s 21-Days of Prayer. So here we go.... BTW, if you are just joining us, scroll down past the second prompt and read WHY we're doing this and WHAT you will need to participate.
Also, don't forget to share your creations with us! You can either email them to me and I'll post them (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR you should be able to post them to our Facebook page. Don't forget to the use the hashtag #creativeawakenings when sharing.
Praying for ALL of you! Invite your friends to join us too!
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 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! Or share on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. #creativeawakenings
*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.
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!