The Journaling by heArt workshop is almost here (only 2 more days!), but if you're looking for something you can do while you wait, I have some tips to get you warmed up and ready!
I've found over the years, that if I want art time to happen, I have to give myself every advantage by setting things up in advance. Here are 3 ways I do that.
There are dozens and dozens of supplies you can use in art journaling and Erin and I will be covering many of them this summer, but really there are only a few basics you absolutely have to have. Pen, paper, adhesive and a little time!
Having said that, you probably have a few other things you like to use.
If you're a painter you'll want your favorite paints and brushes.
If you're more of a paper person, you'll want to gather up your favorite papers, stickers and embellishments.
If you're a doodler you'll want your pencils and pens.
If you're like me, you'll want a little of *all* of that!
Or maybe you're just beginning and you're not sure what your style is yet, in that case, just gather up the basics and move on to Tip #2. As the summer progresses you'll learn more and begin collecting your favorites.
The point is, to get a little basket, box (or *ahem* 3-tier cart), and gather up what you think you might want to use. You can always add or take away things as we go. For now we're just setting the scene.
Set a Time and Place
I'm sure you've heard the quote that says, "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
In other words, your weekly list of mundane to-dos and random errands will take all the time you have available unless you intentionally carve out time for other things. That's what Tip #2 is all about. Carving out a time and place.
You've decided you want to take this "art journaling your faith workshop", you want to spend time with the Lord and your art supplies, so the best way to make sure that happens is to decide when and where you'll do this each week.
Will you work at the kitchen table after the dinner dishes are done, in your bedroom while little ones are napping or outside on the patio in the early morning hours?
Will you take an hour on Friday, a half hour on Saturday morning or 15 minutes each day of the weekend?
Deciding both when and how long you will work on each lesson as well as choosing a cozy corner somewhere in your home to set up your supplies will go a long way in ensuring that you actually get the time to do something you love.
My final tip for you before you begin the workshop is to talk to the Lord and ask Him what He would like to show you through this workshop.
We'll be talking more about ways to do this on Friday, but for now just have a heart-to-heart with the One Who loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and listen for that still small voice.
Maybe while you're driving home from work or errands, while you're waiting for an appointment or even in the shower in the morning.
It doesn't have to be formal or elaborate, just a prayer to let Him know that you want to hear His voice and then wait.
And the Bible says He will answer you and show you marvelous things!
I hope these tips help you as you're waiting for the workshop to start. If you have any questions let me know in the comments!
I'm so looking forward to spending the summer with you hearing from the Lord, learning, teaching and sharing art with each other.
Before I go, can I ask you one question? What's the one thing you're looking forward to learning in the workshop? Leave the answer in the comments if you have time.
See you Friday!
Grace and Peace,
"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." -Jeremiah 29:13