Mother’s Day goodies!

If you’re anything like me, you’d love to share a little something with the precious “moms” in your life…. without breaking the bank!

well…. I looked around my craft closet (hey, some of us have clothes closets, shoe closets, junk closets…and why of course….CRAFT closets!)…. I wanted to use what I had and yet, create something personal – quickly!

This is what I came up with… watercolor faith quotes!  You can create the same or similar look with pretty much what you have on hand (yay!)

These are the supplies I used:IMG_6029

  • 6″x6″ artist watercolor tiles (you can use mixed media paper or even a good heavyweight paper like printer brochure paper)
  • plastic baggie
  • crayola markers (water based)
  • permanent black marker (PrismaColor or Sharpie)
  • scissors
  • washi tape
  • water spritzer bottle
  • heat tool

 

To help you get started, I created two templates (print here -> faith quotablesIMG_6030

To avoid wonky cutting, I added a line border & allowed extra room for the watercolor by making the art 1.5″ smaller than the canvas

The first quote was created in a separate program using my handwriting; the second was created with text boxes in WORD using different fonts…this is where you can really let your creativity shine!

IMG_6031Once I cut out the desired quote, I attached it to the back of my canvas with a small piece of washi tape (painter’s tape works too!), making sure the image was positioned however I wanted the final quote to appear

Since watercolor paper is so thick, I needed light shining from the back to trace.  A window works great for this – in my case I simply used a white background on my iPad – it was just bright enough to be able to see the wordingIMG_6032

Next, I used a permanent marker to outline the larger word.

You may need to exercise your patience muscles a bit – take your time…. and remember…. like all faith art, it’s not about perfection – enjoy the process!

 

IMG_6033I usually freehand the smaller wording, but if you intend on tracing, I recommend that you go ahead and finish the wording before adding color – this way you can be certain it’s visible!  I like to use a finer pen for the smaller words – just be sure you’re using permanent ink so that it doesn’t run when you add water in the next step.

You can see that my outline isn’t “perfect” – not to worry – once the lettering is filled in, it will take on a personal touch

 

Now…. the fun part! COLOR!!!  

You may want to practice this part a few times 

IMG_6034The easiest way I found to transfer color is by spritzing the canvas with water first – just enough to dampen the surface – keep in mind, I used this technique for watercolor paper, but I’ve used on lighter weight paper before – it just takes a lot less water.

Get your baggie and scribble some color on in a pattern similar to what you want the end result to look like

I like to use two shades of the same color family – in this example, I have two shades of blue.  In some of my other examples, I got really wild and chose two separate colors – just be sure they don’t make brown when mixed!

IMG_6035Once you have color on your baggie, flip it over and place on top of your canvas

Run your fingers over the baggie to transfer the color onto the canvas – give it a minute to absorb, and then carefully remove the baggie.

I use the Ranger Distress Sprayer & really like it because you can “dribble” or “mist” water onto the canvas –

You can see where the ink is fairly concentrated in some areas – slowly mist/dribble the area with water until you start getting the watercolor effect.  To keep the water puddles from running, I use my marker to hold the paper down while drying with the heat tool.

Remember, you can always build more color – just start small and repeat the process!

Once the color has dried, fill in your lettering with the permanent marker.  If you want to get really fancy, you can embellish with white ink – I use a UniBall Signo 153

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LordThat’s pretty much it!  I hope you’re inspired and encouraged to give this a try!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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geckos and grace

I am so blessed to know this precious woman! She’s sharing some good TRUTH today!

toni's thoughts from the shallow end

It’s that time.

Spring seems to have sprung. This week we’ve moved from last week’s cool mornings to dog breath humid by 5:00 AM.

Warmer weather brings more than budding flowers, mosquitos, and flip flops. Warmer weather wakes up the geckos.

I’m not a fan of geckos for one reason.

But this post is not about geckos.

The reason I’m not a fan of these little darlings is because my fourteen-year-old daughter is terrified of them.

But this post is not about my daughter.

I drop my daughter off at my mother’s house each morning so she can catch the school bus. Then I drive to work. Like everybody else, our morning routine is lackadaisical until one of us realizes we have two minutes to brush teethe, pack lunches, put on shoes, be in the car, and get it be moving toward Mom’s.

And every warm day at Mom’s it…

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My Love Dare with God – Week 12

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Can it really be the last week??????  For some, you may be thinking, “FINALLY!” — but can I share something really incredible?  After this week, you will have the gift of seeing this particular piece of the puzzle…. a bag full of tools that can help you seize more opportunities to love…. to boldly go thru doors and let God’s love be known to others in a powerful way.  This is Living My Love Dare with God… but first things first…. let’s work through Week 12

Dare days 38 – 40  – we continue with topics that are a deeper, as they directly focus on our relationship with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  Fulfills Dreams – seeking God for direction  and leaning on God to open your heart to the beauty of dreams
  • Endures – the no matter what kind of love
  • is a Covenant – not a contract and so much more than a promise

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 12

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My Love Dare with God – Week 11

wk 11Week 11 – Dare days 35 – 37  – we are on the home stretch!  And although the topics are a deeper, they directly focus on our relationship with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  is Accountable – the impact and importance of godly women/men in our lives
  • is God’s Word – the many tools available to us that help bring God’s Word to life and help us apply it to our daily walk
  • Agrees in Prayer – the power of prayer with others

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 11

 

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Welcome to The Table

Welcome to the TableI shared this post on Facebook, and then it dawned on me that I didn’t write about it here first!  So…. here it is….

I’m so excited!!! My brain has been going a million miles a second….flooded with ideas….

I shared a video on Facebook about the book “The Turquoise Table” – it’s all about creating community in our own front yards by reaching out & loving others….

In case you haven’t followed recent posts on my blog, I started writing and sharing a bible study based on the Love Dare book (you can read about it here: https://celetac.com/my-love-dare-with-god/ )…..and yes, it’s about loving others!

And then, a friend at church invited me to join a group…. Fighting dirty…loving big… it’s all about getting out of my comfort zone by physically reaching out to love on others…

Well…. I’m not really out and about daily, and lately cancer challenges have really been a pain in my backside (literally! 🤣) – I’ve found that when I am out, lingering to reach out is much more difficult physically than emotionally

Notice a trend????

Well….as I read the book (The Turquoise Table) I’ve been thinking, “where can I put MY table???” I live at the back of my complex & my cottage gets very little traffic 😏….down the way, a neighbor sat out chairs, but that didn’t seem quite right either…

As I was engrossed in the book (thank you Amazon Prime!), I kept asking God, “where’s my table?????”

And then…. as I was preparing to work on the Love Dare with God study, it hit me…. THE CRAFT ROOM!

My complex has a room designated for crafts, but it’s rarely, if EVER used! They also have a COFFEE ROOM; it’s on the 2nd floor… the BEST part???? They are both near me!!! The main activity room for the complex is at the front of the property & a bit far for me to walk on a regular basis, let alone carry beverages or crafts… notice a ‘God Thing’ happening here????

No Strangers HereHonestly, I was so excited that I just had to walk over for a visual of each room 🤓….. the only thing it didn’t have was a billboard saying,

you asked Celeta, here it is…..love God

Yes indeed….. I found “my” table….first things first though….finish the Love Dare study, and THEN leap out of my comfort zone again and watch God show off 🙌🏻

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