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All I Need is One Word and Other Stuff

I can’t believe that we are already six days into the new year. We are and I’m happy about it. What have you been up to?

As for me, I have a beautiful Erin Condren planner to fill up with blogging topics, books to be read, novels and novellas to be written, art journal prompts to tackle, and Zentangle artworks to leave for random people to find. I have asked three of my friends to help me leave the pieces in random places in another state. The thought of someone finding my artwork and smiling makes me smile.

I did go through with my locking session. It two days, but I LOVE IT! I couldn’t ask for a better gift.

My husband thinks I’m crazy, because I have been snapping selfies like crazy. I’m not a picture person at all. I just love my new do.

I have decided to do something I have been wanting to do, but never have…art journaling. I’m not the greatest artist, but I feel like I can do a little something with different medias. I came across Journal52 a couples weeks before the new year. I said I had to try it. Read up on it and see if you want to join the other 9.5K+ people. The first week’s prompt was pathways. This is what came to my mind.

Now for the topic of my post. I don’t do resolutions, but I did find focusing on one word through the entire year is doable for me. Last year was a real humdinger for me. To many sad moments to think about. Just know it was enough to rock my faith in God. As I prepared for the new year, I asked God to reveal to me the one word I should live by and at first I thought it was compassion. However, God told me I have that. What he wanted me to do was to rejoice His name through the good times and the humdingers.

My one word is:

My hubby used one of my completed Zentangle tiles to fill the letters and the background. I have this to look at for one year. I love it.

Do have a resolution or one word you’re focusing on? Share it with me.

Btw, I am currently reading Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson. It’s the final installment in her Timely Death series. Boy am I going to miss these characters.


Until next time, I’m rejoicing and I hope you are, too.


Stumped by Oil Pastel Vanish

We are constantly doing something crafty at my house. I like to make sure technology has not kidnapped the brains of my children. Sometimes we have to go back to the old things that worked years ago.

A couple weeks ago, I asked my sons to create a piece of art to fill in the wall space in our house. My house is definitely kid friendly. Most of the artwork was done by them and that’s what we used for the decorations.

Artwork done by my son, Xavier.

Artwork done by my son, Xavier.

My son worked on this all day. He did a sample drawing first on paper, then he used oil pastels to add it to a canvas. I know nothing about oil pastels. I asked my husband’s best friend, who is a talented artist what to use to preserve the artwork. He told us oil painting varnish. I went to the store got some. Asked the sales lady how to use it. I did it and stopped after I did the entire background. It looks like I ruined my son’s hard work. He said it was fine still, but I was afraid to touch the wolf with the stuff.

Xavier's wolf with the oil painting varnish.

Xavier’s wolf with the oil painting varnish.

To make matters worse, the varnish doesn’t seem to be drying. The bottle did not have any directions on how to use it. Xavier says that the wolf is popping out more now with the smeared background. I guess I can see that. I wish I knew if the varnish will ever dry. Now I need to get turpentine to get the vanish out of my paint brush.

What did I do wrong? Or do you agree with Xavier it looks fine?
I’m still on the fence with using oil pastels.

Butterfly and Yellow Umbrella

I did this ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) for my friend. Her 37th birthday is today. I must say I was impressed with the outcome and did not want to give it to her. However, when I began creating it, I knew it was for her. She says she loves it. I really hope she does. Presents like this one comes from my heart.

I used all sorts of art supplies to make this piece come to life. Markers, pens, colored pencils and watercolored paint. It’s drawn on watercolored paper.

Butterfly and yellow umbrella

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