Painter of happy. Believer in whimsy. Seeing God’s smile in the everyday.

Let's Sketch a Flower Bouquet! 💐

art bible verse flowers sketch Mar 07, 2024
 

 We are sketching a flower bouquet today! 

My hope and prayer is that we truly feel the smile of God! You can get some paper, pens, and start writing, drawing or just listen and enjoy! We will be creating around two special scriptures today. “You made me so happy, God. I saw your work and I shouted for joy.” Psalm 92:4(MSG) and “And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh yes, Affirm the work that we do!” Psalm 90:17 (MSG)

Step 1:

Pause, Pray, Write Scripture, Draw. Write Psalm 90:17 on a piece of paper. Think about what “the loveliness of our Lord” means! How can you translate this verse into your daily life?

Step 2:

Flip the piece of paper over and start drawing your bouquet of flowers! Start by drawing a wonky flower shape with a brush pen, and then draw the vase shape from the first flower. The vase is almost a ‘V’ shape and then a shorter, upside-down...

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Paper Phone for Lent! ☎️

 

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)

We are in the season of Lent! Counting down to Easter! This is a project I do every year for lent, and I wanted to share it with you, too! So we are making a paper phone! I was asking God how I can be closer to Him, and He showed me the sweetest way. I wanted to have something where I could think about God every time I pick up my phone. It’s about slowing down during the day, taking a pause, and every time you want to pick up your real phone, pick up your paper phone instead!  

Step 1:

Trace around your phone on a piece of paper. Layer two pieces of paper, and cut out the shape so you have two pieces of paper the size of your phone. Then staple the sides. Cut out curves or shaping so it looks more like the shape of your phone. *Insight* Vacare Deum: means Space for God, Vacant, Making...

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Matthew 5:14 Girl 💗

 

“You are here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept, we're going public with this.” Matthew 5:14 MSG

Step 1:

Using a pen, draw a border around the page of your sketchbook (I’m using a Moleskine sketchbook), adding little hearts in the corners.

Then, I’m going to start drawing a girl in the middle. Starting with half circle for the head, and two curves for the hairline. Finish off the top of the head with two curves and a wobbly circle on the top left to look like a bun. 

Then, draw two little lines for the neck and curve down for the shoulders and arms, where it almost is a triangle shape. Draw a horizontal line at the top of the shoulders for the top of the dress and bring the edges in as you come down to the waist. From the waist, bring the edges way out to create a big ball gown dress! Draw any details for sleeves, trims, flower belt, and draw little lines from the sleeves for the arms. Make the girls...

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Let's Make a Mini Valentine Card! 💗

 

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 ESV

In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a mini valentine card! Using pens, markers, watercolors or whatever you have available! Let's doodle a pink and red card together!

Step 1: 

Start by reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-6, and pick one thing on that list to pray for God's help with. Start drawing the heart with pencil or pen. Write in bubble letters the word, "LOVE". Draw a scalloped edge around the heart. Remember to keep it wonky!

Step 2:

Now, let's add color! Using the size 8 brush, add water and use the hot pink watercolor along the scalloped edge. *Tip* The more water you use, the lighter the color will be. Now, add the pink color to the "L" and "V". Take a red marker, and...

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Joy Flower 🌼

 

“The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” - Nehemiah 8:10

For today’s mini art tutorial, we are going to be drawing and painting a Joy Flower, based on the verse from Nehemiah and my new 2024 calendar, which features this fun flower. All you need to create this little art piece is some paper, a pen, a paintbrush, watercolors, and washi tape. I hope this serves as a reminder that God is our joy and strength. 

STEP 1:

I’m using mixed media paper, and I’ll just take my scissors and cut it a little smaller into a more wonky shape. I’m going to make mine into a little card, but you can do whatever you would like with your own art piece! 

I am using a size B Faber Castell pen. Draw your flower petals, and remember that they can be totally wonky and different sizes. Then, draw a circle in the middle with the word “JOY”. Next, add your stem and leaves. Doodle the words to your verse at the bottom of your page.

STEP 2:

Now, let’s...

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Lemonade Girl Art Tutorial 🍋

bible verse girl watercolor Oct 05, 2023
 

“Be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6 (MSG)

I have been developing this little lemonade series around this verse. And I love thinking about when life gives you lemons, we can make pink lemonade! 

Today, we are doodling a lemonade girl and adding some watercolor paint to her to create a little art piece. Wonky is the word and this can be completely unique to you and your art style.

STEP 1:

Create your girl’s head by drawing a U shape and then adding two lines for her hair and then two pigtails. For her face, I will draw two curved lines with eyelashes, a nose, and her mouth. Continue to draw her neck, an arm coming up to hold a glass of lemonade with a straw and some lemons.

STEP 2:

Draw her skirt coming down and her two legs. I usually look where the waist is and draw the legs coming down from there. Draw her other arm next to her body and add some stripes to the skirt. I’ll also doodle a little flower on her shirt too....

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How to Create a Bliss Station For Creativity 🎨

bible verse watercolor Sep 29, 2023
 

“And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work we do. Oh yes, affirm the work that we do!” - Psalm 90:17 (MSG)

I love this verse because it speaks so beautifully of creating and living an art-filled life - whether that is painting, gardening, baking, anything! We are going to take this verse, write it, paint it, and I’ll also share with y’all what a bliss station is and how to create one in your own home. 

STEP 1:

Write out the passage on a piece of paper. I am using a piece of mixed media paper and a Faber Castell SC pen. We are going to use this verse as a sacred prayer for our bliss station.

STEP 2:

Let’s add color and details! I'm using Prima Marketing Classics Watercolors to add paint and decorate this verse. I’m coloring hearts and adding some yellow and blue dots. I’ll also doodle a little border with flowers. This is so simple and easy, and now you have a pretty verse for your bliss station...

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Autumn Card Tutorial 🍂

fall watercolor Sep 21, 2023
 

“Be alert. Be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out!” - Isaiah 43:29 (MSG)

 

Yay for Fall! 

We’re starting a new season, and turning the page to a new chapter. 

Just like this week’s verse says, “God is doing something brand-new!”, we’re going to write this verse, doodle and paint a simple fall leaf, and create a little autumn card for yourself or a friend. 

I hope this helps y’all look for the surprises that God has for us during this time of the year, and think of this as a fresh start in your own life!

STEP 1:

Let’s make our card! You can use any type of paper - I’m using handmade cotton deckle edge paper. Fold it in half and write your verse with a permanent pen. I’m using a Faber-Castell pen. I love getting a verse out of my head and onto paper because it really helps me see things in a new way. I’ll also doodle a few flowers and leaves. Plus,...

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Watercolor Pumpkin Tutorial 🎃

fall pumpkin Sep 13, 2023
 

“Souls who follow their hearts thrive.” - Proverbs 13:19 (MSG)

I am so excited to paint a pumpkin with y’all today using some watercolor paints! We’ll be building on the skills we learned last week doodling a pumpkin, and now we’ll be adding some bright colors and washi tape. I’ll also be sharing all of my favorite supplies for creating this festive, whimsical pumpkin - perfect for the new fall season!

STEP 1:

Start by drawing a wonky circle and adding a stem. Then, add some lines to your pumpkin and doodle on some flowers. This should be quick, fun, and completely imperfect.

STEP 2:

Now let’s add color! I’m making this a little abstract and just adding orange and pink watercolors to my pumpkin and stem, blending the colors together. Then, I’ll add some little areas of blue and red both to my stem and my pumpkin. Finally, I’ll add yellow to my flowers. I’ll also paint a quick pink border to my art piece too.

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Doodle Pumpkins 🎃

fall pumpkin Sep 07, 2023
 

And now, God, do it again. Bring rains to our drought-stricken lives so those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, so those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” - Psalm 126 (MSG)

I’m reflecting on Psalm 126 today,  journaling this passage, and doodling some pumpkins. As we head into a new month and a new season, I would love for you to claim this verse over your life.

I also have an upcoming workshop on September 28th that I am so excited to share with y’all, and that project is based on this verse. We will be painting a blessing pumpkin and journaling this verse around the pumpkin too. Pumpkins can be a word picture for this verse, so every time you see a pumpkin or create a pumpkin in your artwork, you can be reminded of this meaningful verse! Sign up HERE!

When I am practicing my art journaling, I use something called the SWIPE method. I read scripture, then I write it, then...

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