This Saturday I will be opening up the stamp carving door in the Do What You Love on-line classroom and thought I'd share a little here too.
I have found that as I teach this technique in class, you will either love it or you wont like it all all. You will never know until you try, but it is not just about carving but also about what you can do with with your rubber stamps that makes the class.
In a nutshell, you can transfer or draw out your image on the pink rubber that you carve on: Use a tool to start carving out your image: and keep carving then ink it so see what you need to clean up: then stamp it.
In the Do What You Love online class there are many tips, a video and patterns for you so it is a little more than what I just shared above BUT it is not hard, in fact, it is easier than you think. Like I mentioned above, it is not just about carving stamps, but also what you can create with the images you stamp. It is another form or creating art from art. To read more about the Do What You Love on-line class, click here. Hope to see you in class!
p.s. I am going to apologize in advance for the additction to stamp carving that may occur.
The words "No Matter What" have been a reoccurring phrase in my life for quite a while. It pops up in things I read, songs that I sing (and note, I don't sing good, but I turn everything into a song, just ask my friends!) and most vividly, the words "No Matter What" pop in my head all the time. (that is God sending me little persistent nudges/reminders) that NO MATTER WHAT happens or doesn't happen, it will be okay.
It is a promise.Now, that doesn't mean that things will be easy, on the contrary, things just might be tougher once you have settled on that promise but it allows you and will remind you to manage and handle things much better.
Right now, I have a close friend who is hurting and my heart is broken for her right next to her broken heart. As I type these words, I find myself full of emotion, empathy, sadness and more love for her than I can describe. At the same time, the frustration and confusion for the situation makes me fussy (it is like the mothers horns that come out when someone hurts your child) and I don't know exactly what to do for her but to just be there. To listen, to pray with and for, to support and to be a friend.
That's all I can and should so because God can and will do the rest.
When things occur and you want to strike out and protect those who are hurt, you can't. You have to be strong and courageous for them, even when, way down at your inner core you find it hard to not be mad, furious and protective. It is down in that very same place that you KNOW what you need to do...
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Prov. 3:5
and hang your trust on the fact that no matter what, it will be okay.
I am heading to A Work Of Heart in Northern California today and wanted to share with you a little more about what making art from art is...In a nutshell, it is creating art from things like this.. to create art like this... and then turn it into art like this.. and this.. and stuff like this... in journals like this.. and not only am I going to be on the road all year long teaching this from coast to coast, I am excited to announce that I will also be teaching all of these techniques *locally and on a monthly basis....stay tuned for details and make sure you are signed up for my newsletter!
For now, I must load the car and head to the airport...See you soon San Jose!
A few months ago I was invited by my friend Sarah Martin to join in with her and a group of artists from all over to participate in what is called the " The Stone Collective Project." "The Stone Collective is a community making much of Jesus as we create art, photography, prose, poems or music that commemorate the wonderful things God does in our life. Based on the passage in 1 Samuel 7:12-14, each month we will collect Ebenezer Stones as a regularly practice in the art of worship via our creativity.
I immediately answered YES because I know Sarah's heart. Then I looked into what exactly an Ebenezer stone is. It comes from the book of 1 Samuel.
"..Samuel took a single rock and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it “Ebenezer” (Rock of Help), saying, “This marks the place where God helped us.”1 Samuel 7: 12-14
Once I read that I knew exactly what I was going to share about today, which, by no coincidence, is about my collection of heart shaped stones. I have one or two that have been found and given to me by my boys and a friend but most of them I have found along the way when I was focusing on getting through situations which were difficult and I needed help (like hiking Dreaded or running long distances) and little did I know, they were my own Ebenezer rock!
Each time I find a rock, I hold onto it tightly in my hand as a reminder that it is not my strength that gets me through rough spots. No matter the size of the rock, it fits perfectly into the palm of my hand and I am able to hold onto it, focus on Gods strength and it reminds me of the things I can do through Him. Each rock has significant meaning to me and is a reminder that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phil. 4:13 By sharing my love for finding hearts along the way and sharing the meaning behind them, I have inspired others to be ready for hearts along the way because they are always right where we need them most. God is good about things like that. HE is always right there.
It's a promise.
p.s...this is my sweet niece Kamryn with the heart shaped rock she found on a hike with me when we were camping: Want to join in on The Stone Collective? Create your own Stone and link up to LIVE IT OUT! Blog. #TheStoneCollective"