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Create Daily Week 1

One of my favorite blogs is written by Alisa Burke. I stumbled upon her blog early last year, when I was just starting to get back into art and design. She is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for my creativity. When she announced that she was having an online class called “Create Daily,” I knew I had to sign up. It started January 1st and everyday for 30 days she will give us a task to complete or an idea to ponder. So once a week I will be sharing my creations from this class.

This week, on day 2, I created a happy birthday piece for Sissy out of random things I found around the house. Here are the items I started with:

Day 2 - Gathering

And this is what I created!

Day 2 - Finished

Here are my other creations so far from the class.

create daily ball point sketch

create daily ball point sketch




You can see more of my photos by visiting my Flickr page.







Inside My Sketchbook


Over the course of a few days, I had been working on a new sketchbook page. I was determined to finish it, even though I wasn’t happy with the color scheme, and there were a few things I’d change if I were to do it over again.

I was sitting at the kitchen table adding the final touches with my sharpie when the phone rang. I spoke briefly with someone and as I turned to go back to the table, there he was.

Holding a bottle of green paint in his hand.
Green paint was on his shirt.
Green paint was globbed on his hand.
And laying underneath his hand?
My sketchbook.
Green paint globbed on the page.

At first, I admit, I was mad, but I did hold my tongue. This child has a lot of difficulty with touching things. He just can’t resist. If it looks shiny, interesting, dangerous, yummy, or breakable, he must touch it. But as I cleaned up his hands and the sketchbook page, I started laughing.

Here I was, upset with him for getting green paint all over his hand, his clothes and my page (which I didn’t even like that well.) And the word jumped out at me like slap in the face. Blessed.

How many times am I in the midst of trial, but too scared and overwhelmed by the “giant” to see the blessings? How often do I miss a blessing because I am too focused on things that aren’t that important? Why is my perspective so often skewed that I can’t recognize a blessing?  Why do I sometimes receive a blessing, but perceive it as a curse?

The song “Blessings” by Laura Story is a beautiful illustration of God’s mercy and blessings in a believers life. I can get so focused on wanting good health, peace and comfort, that I miss the blessings all around me. Even worse, I may be tempted to accuse God of not answering my prayers, or to doubt His love, faithfulness and mercy.

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

May my eyes and ears be opened to the blessings I receive each day from my family, my friends, my church, and my God.

My First Painting…in a Long Time Anyway

I haven’t painted an original picture in a long time, probably since Intro to Painting in college. I had the canvas, and the acrylic paint, but I lacked the idea. When I attended the funeral of my friend’s sister a couple of months ago, the pastor shared what her favorite Bible verse was. As soon as I heard it, I knew I had the idea for my first painting. It would be a gift for my friends upcoming birthday.

So I set up and started painting, stamping and writing. I used acrylic wall paint that has been sitting in our mechanical room since we finished the house. I used my index finger, the cap from a medicine bottle, the wrong end of a paintbrush, the cap to cover a screw head, and a cork from a wine bottle to stamp some of the images. I used a Sharpie paint pen to add the black lines and the words.

And here it is, my first painting in about 10 years.

DIY – Painted Pumpkins

Painting pumpkins is SO much easier than carving pumpkins with young children. Carving has its place – please don’t misunderstand. But when your children all are under the age of 7, painting is the way to go.

Things You’ll Need:

Newspaper – to protect your table
Acrylic/Craft paint – Apple Barrel worked well on our pumpkins
Paper plate for pallets
Water cups, napkins, and towel
Other Optional Items: Stencils, stamps, spray paint, paint markers

Within half an hour we had each finished painting our pumpkins.We had an Indian, a unique pumpkin face, a colorful abstract and a monogram.

For my monogrammed pumpkin, I used the end of a cork to make the assorted dots, the end of a paintbrush to make smaller white dots, and the tip of my index finger to make the red circles around the large circle. I did try to use a regular sharpie to add the lines, but a black paint sharpie worked much better.

And…bonus…I did not have pumpkin guts or pumpkin stink anywhere on my body.

We were all very happy and had a fun time.

So what is your favorite thing to do with pumpkins, carve them, paint them, or eat them?

If you want to get more inspiration for fancy painted pumpkins to decorate your home, check out these links:

Painted Patterned Pumpkins – Alisa Burke

Pumpkins with Panache – Cloth, Paper, Scissors

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