One of my absolute favorite planners, Meka (IG: @yespleaseplanning) commented on one of my posts this past week.
The image above is the Instagram photo that Meka commented on. This was my illustration of Genesis 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” I used the Illustrated Faith Print and Pray shop deer with glasses, created by @saltedbrew. As I meditated on this scripture throughout the day, I thought about how hard it is for us sometimes to see the miracles God will allow in our lives, just as it was hard for Abraham to see that God could still bless him with a child through his elderly wife, Sarah. Hence, the deer with a pair of glasses…
Whenever Meka comments on one of my posts, it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, lol. This past week she shared that “there is always something new to see on my page and it’s all beautiful!” She also wanted to hear how I “manage to create so prolifically”. The part that made my heart melt: #youaregoals.
This hashtag reminded me of the reason why I named my creativity side “Confident Canvas”: we are all God’s canvases awaiting the ultimate paint job by Him. Because we trust the Original Artist, in our walk through life, we can stand tall and confident. It is because of my fear of the Lord that I believe I have been successful via art. It is important to me that those who look at or purchase what I produce have their questions answered. Today’s blog is dedicated to answering Meka’s questions…
How much time do you spend creating? When do you create?
I get up daily between 4-4:30 a.m. in hopes of beginning my bible journaling process. In the early morning, I read whatever scriptures are designated for the day (I am currently reading the Beloved Society Scripture Reading Plan). Usually, there are key scriptures that stick out of the passages to me. I will either write them down or highlight them on the Youversion Bible app. I go on about my day (work, running errands, mailing and picking up happy mail, etc.) but I will keep the key scriptures in mind throughout the day. Once I arrive back home in the evening, I have thought about the scripture so much that I have an idea of what the illustration should be. Then, I look through my files of Illustrated Faith Print and Pray Shop material, I consider my planner stickers and stamps… if nothing fulfills the image that I have in my mind, I begin drawing it!
So I guess you could say that to come up with one bible journaling page could be the process of an entire day!
Do you make time daily?
I will be honest, in the the past, no… I did not create daily. I would be tired from long days or too busy to slow down. Between running 2 nonprofits, entrepreneurship and teaching full time, my creativity would often be dismissed because I had so much to do. In 2018, I have snatched my life back and decided to restore myself. Restoration for me comes through my art and I have not missed a day of creating since the new year started. It is so important to make time, even if it is just doodling: create something every day!
The craft room where it all goes down…
Have you let go of perfection so that you can do it fairly quickly?
I am the ultimate perfectionist: even the file folders on my computer are completely organized! The perfectionism spread through every area of my life, however, I learned to let go of perfection when I began to see the beauty in it!
A crooked line, a splattered paint drop and more was such a struggle for me—I even hated layering because I wanted every part of a sticker to be seen! However, these “mistakes” added a unique character to my work, something that I appreciated as I began to see it more and more. Now, that I see the beauty in a lack of perfection, you will catch me purposefully drawing a crooked border around a page, or turning a spilled paint drop into a flower. I now embrace my imperfections!
How and when do you create?
Are you creating something every day?
Have released perfection in creativity?
Do you have any other questions you would like to see my response to?
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