Today was a dreaded day for me—a wisdom tooth extraction. I’m back home and hoping the pain doesn’t get much worse, as the feeling is coming back. I am counting on the ibuprofen/acetaminophen regimen to do its thing. While it works, I am photographing and uploading an art journal project that I finished last evening.
This week’s Documented Life Project presents the technique challenge of using molding (or modeling) paste, and the prompt is “Rising to the Occasion.”
I used Golden Molding Paste, with acrylic ink mixed in, applied through stencils, for the flowers. I’m not crazy about using this medium. It gives wonderful dimensional texture, but the dimension is not visible in photographs. So, while it looks more interesting in person, I like “extra effort” (and using molding paste IS extra effort for me) to show up in the pictures of the finished project!
I have enjoyed challenging myself to think of faith art ideas for every prompt I am given, and I find it’s actually very easy, because the first thing that comes to my mind, anyway, is a Scripture passage or praise song lyrics. As I’ve said before, that’s a natural result of being in church for my entire LONG life!
In this case, the reference to “rising” called to mind one of the first verses I memorized as a little girl. At my church, the organization for girls was called “Girls Auxiliary” (later Girls in Action), or GA’s. The watchword for GA’s was the first part of Isaiah 60:1. Reading that verse again reminded me that the Big Daddy Weave song “Let it Rise” must have been inspired by that verse.
Someone will accuse you of "being very religious," since you make all these prompts about God. I know the truth. When God comes to live in your heart, and you surrender to His work in your life, He is also what comes out. Only the enemy could lead people to believe that is not a good thing. Keep up the great work!
Thank you! Great observation, and wouldn't that accusation be a high compliment--not so much that I want to be seen as "religious" but certainly wouldn't mind being accused of "making everything about God," because you are right, my art is about what is in my heart, and HE is there!
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