Helps for Your Helping Stones

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The One Who Goes Ahead of Me

I am in Charlotte for the She Speaks Conference. I arrived today and was assigned the smallest car I have ever driven. It feels like driving my Dad's lawnmower. Zippy and fun!

On the plane, I had a reassuring chat with God about where this is going...what I will take away from this conference...if I am ready for meetings and classes...what did I forget to prepare. In the end, I knew that it was not anything to worry about. So, I will go and enjoy the experience. God has been here before me and that's all I need.

Serve wholeheartedly (Ephesians 6:7),

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Helping Stones

This month, it has been a delight to teach a women's class using the Helping Stones concept. The class is on the 5 Tuesday nights in July. Every night, we do a 30 minute devotional and chat about what we are learning and the things in it that we can apply to our lives.

 These are some of the project we have made to remind us of God's words we are reading.

 And also, some of the women who are in the group.  

 One night, we even had a little Reader's Theater in which Bonnie was a shepherd. I am sure the fabulous prop helped her stay in character.

This past week, God reminded us that guarding our hearts is a very important responsibility that have been given to us. 

We have taken that to heart. By making visual art reminders of what we are learning, or remembering, we are keeping God's word close to us.

Several of the class members have told me what a great encouragement it is to see that piece of art hanging on the wall. Every time they walk by, it reminds them of God's love, or God's gifts.

Love one another (John 13: 34),

Sunday, July 13, 2014

TUTORIAL: Watercolor Pencils

TUTORIAL: Watercolor Pencils

TUTORIAL: Transferring a Pattern

As For Me and My House

 This is a page in one of my journals. It could easily also be hung on the wall. it would just need a ribbon, wire, or cord hanger. I used watercolor pencils to "paint" it, and pretty much, it is just like coloring. Anyone can make art with watercolor pencils, and it is fun.

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

In this chapter in Joshua, we see a Joshua who is close to the end of his service to the Israelites, and he has called them together to discuss their future. He reminds them of what God has done for them. He also reminds them that serving the Lord is a choice, and tells them right then if they want to serve another god, to choose him and get to it. But, Joshua and his house will serve the Lord. To make that statement, all in the house must have followed his lead; his family and his servants. I am surmising that did not happen without teaching and discussing, and making God a topic of conversation regularly.

We have learned from the Israelites that it does not work to pledge service to God and never think about it again. That is how idols become interesting and God gets forgotten. Serving the Lord is an ongoing, continual decision.

Make your piece of art to remind yourself and your family. Discuss it. Put it where everyone can see it and be reminded.

 To make this, you need:

  • watercolor paper, lightweight: 90 lb. (you can buy this in a pad or by the sheet at your craft store.
  • watercolor pencils (These come in a set. Take your weekly coupon to your local craft store and you can get a set of 24 for just a couple dollars. The inexpensive set works just as well as the expensive. Isn't that great?)
  • permanent black marker (use a fine Sharpie or a Micron pen. You can also use an expensive brand if you are dying to spend a bunch of money.)
  • Sharpie markers in colors you like or want, to add to your art
  • a water brush or a round paintbrush with some clean water (a water brush is a hollow plastic brush that you fill with water)
  • #2 pencil
  • eraser
  • a print out of the pattern (you will find it by clicking on the free patterns tab at the top of the page)
  • Optional: a copy making store. You need a commercial printer. The ink jet printer on your desk will not make a waterproof copy. The big machine at the copy store that uses toner will make a waterproof copy) You will not be able to use the copy machine transfer if this is on a page in your journal.

Here is what you do:
1. Transfer the pattern on to your watercolor paper, following the pattern transfer tutorial. Or you can print out the pattern, put the watercolor paper in the copier, and copy the pattern to the watercolor paper with the push of a button.

 2. Loosely color in all sections with watercolor pencils. See Tutorial for coloring techniques.

 3. Using the water brush or the paintbrush with clean water, brush over the watercolor pencil color, one section at a time (see the bottom left section of the design). This gives your work a watercolor-y look. 

4. When the paint is dry, outline and add details with Sharpie markers (bottom left section).

5. With black marker, add any scripture verse you want.

Frame it, hang it, tack it to the bulletin board.....

Practice hospitality (Romans 12:13),


Please take a look at my Pinterest board titled Helping Stones. Use it to find inspiration. I will be pinning art pieces/projects including painting, papercrafting, doodling, and whatever else I find. I will add to it frequently, so click the "follow" button!

And if you have a similar board, comment below so I can follow yours too!

Look to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4),