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Free prints now available for download

For a while I have been thinking about what my true intentions are for my art, my shop, my gifts that the Lord has given me. When a friend of mine called me up to pray about our creative endeavors, I jumped at the chance to bring all of this before the Lord. Here is where I landed, I believe in the power of the Word of God. This Word is unimaginably beautiful on its own, and greatly to be desired. I know this, because I experience it myself. The more I dive into it, the deeper I delve in, the more remarkably dazzling it is, and the more I want of it. This is no working of my own, but a work of the Holy Spirit within me. All that to say, I believe in this. And I draw and sketch and paint and journal these words because they are beautiful, not to make them so. 

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So when I create a piece of art displaying these words, I am penning words that have moved me, and changed me, and will continue to do so as I hide them in my heart. God's words need no embellishment to be lovely, but as God created us as visual beings, a creative beings, we are drawn to artful things. And so we benefit from artful expressions of His perfect Word. 

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That being said, I want these expressions, inspired by Him and for Him to be available to anyone who wants them. So I have decided to post each and every print I have made and offer them as free downloads here on this sight. And as I make more, I will post them here as well. 

So please, click the link above to free scripture print downloads and look around! If you see one that you like, click on the image and you will be redirected to a pdf version to download. Then you can print the high quality print document yourself and it will be ready for framing or gifting. Download one or all, these are free for your use. (I do ask that you not take the images and change them in any way or sell them as your own. Honor system here. Thanks!)

Please share the page with anyone who you think might enjoy some free scripture art! 

With love and blessings!! 

 

In case you are wondering (and because several people have asked) yes, my etsy shop is still up and running with all of my rustic wooden signs, and I am excited about adding some new products come spring, so be sure to keep up with the changes there! You can receive my occasional newsletter alerting you of new products and sales by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/bqa8Jr

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I love art of all kinds. I paint, sketch, enhance art digitally, and dabble in chalk art. Ideas are constantly flooding my mind with new projects, too many to actually accomplish. 

In my shop, I have a custom order listing where I can design a print to your specifications. This is my most popular listing and keeps me pretty busy, so I only list a limited amount at a time. 

Recently, I had a pretty special request. My friend's husband knocked on my door with a giving key in hand and asked me to create a piece of art that would feature this key and include a treasure chest and a verse about leadership. His hope is to display the art on his desk {so it can't be too big} and give the entire piece to someone he mentors in the wisdom and truth of the gospel.

Did I mention I also love a challenge?

Immediately my wheels began spinning. I don't really work in mixed media much, so the key threw me a bit. But when I came across my super talented and creative friend, Amy's, etsy shop I got inspired.

I decided to take on a form of art that I have never tried before, intricate paper cutting. My plan was to cut the treasure chest design out of paper and have the key slide into the lock. The paper cut design will sit slightly forward in a shadow box frame and the verse will be hand-lettered on some fancy paper in the background. {I'm thinking wood grain.} Sorry if you can't picture that. This is a work-in-progress, but as soon as I am finished I will update this post with the final result. Assuming of course that it doesn't all just go up in flames.


Paper cutting is a meticulous form of art. Very time consuming and detailed. What you see in this picture is only about 1/3 finished and has taken several hours. As I was sitting in the quiet this morning, the only audible sound the soft cutting sound of my knife, a metaphor came to mind.

There are several tiny pieces of the paper that I want to cut away and discard and I work very carefully to do so. The same is true of me, I am daily being cut apart, gently, patiently by a loving artist who is creating a good work in me. 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
— Philippians 1:6

I must work slowly to get good results. Sometimes I wonder why God doesn't just get on with the work he has to do in me. Do you ever wonder why sanctification has to exist at all? Why can't we just move straight from justification to glorification? Maybe it is because His work is gentle, and kind. He doesn't want to rip us to shreds, he wants to create something beautiful. And that takes time. 

for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
— Philippians 2:13

If I don't miss a piece that is meant to be cut out, then the picture won't look right in the end. God will cut out all of the dross and throw it into the fire in order for me to be conformed to the image of his son, his completed work in me.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
— Romans 8:29

If the paper could talk, surely it would express pain in the process, after all my knife is sharp. Oftentimes I rail against the process of my sin bits, little and big, being cut away. It doesn't feel good. There is pain in the process. But the end result is so worth it. 

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
— Psalm 51:15-17

A sharp knife and a steady hand yields better results that a dull knife and a lack of intention. God's sharpest tool is his word.  He uses it to cut the dead off cleanly, without injury. I, unlike the paper, can resist this and in the end be torn up a bit. But if I let the skilled artist use his sharpest tool, I will come out with a clean wound that is able to heal and grow.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
— John 15:1-5

Who knew there was so much encouragement in cutting paper? I certainly hope my friend, her husband, and the eventual owner of this piece will be as blessed as I was in creating it. It is truly a blessing to me to be able to create art that point to the true Artist. Thanks for letting me invest in you in this way!


Grace and Peace,

Elizabeth Ann

Small Business Saturday!

Happy Small business Saturday to you! Today is a great day to out (or online) and support the local business owners who work hard, pay close attention to details, and know you by name! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite small businesses, both local and online!  

Local

Smith's Market

Located on South Main street in Hutchinson, this market has all the small town charm you could ever want! My kids love the jellybean wall, and I always find lots of goodies for myself too!

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Brewed Awakening

This newly relocated coffee shop is also on South Main street. It was a lot of space and has a calming atmosphere and exceptional coffee.

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Seredipity Cupcakes

Cupcakes and polka dots. Need I say more? My fave is the espresso cupcake, obviously.

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Renu

This shop opened this year on Main Street and immediately called my name. The owners have a knack for refinishing furniture and collectables in the most appealing ways. And there is a "junk" room upstairs where you can find your own treasures to put a diy touch on!

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Online

Gracelaced the shoppe

Ruth Simons is a mom of 6(!!!) boys and has an incredible heart of her Savior which pours out into her beautiful watercolor paintings. She does custom family crests that will take your breath away and always offers treasures of grace along with her paint offerings.

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I went to high school and college with Leslie for a bit. Her shop inspires me and her outlook always makes me smile. She has some really cool calendars available in her shop right now. And right now through Monday you can get 25% off her shop with code HOLIDAYDEALS

 

I hope you enjoy shopping today and giving some love to some small businesses!

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And remember, you can get 25% off my shop gracefullhome AND buy two get two FREE until midnight tonight (CST)!! Use code grace25 at checkout and leave a note letting me which free prints you would like!

 

 

Imperishable

"Then I wish I was never alive." My 5 year old's response to the fact that getting shots is a part of life. "So you think it would be better to have never been alive at all than to experience a very short amount of pain?" I asked somewhat shocked. "Yes." His answer definitive, unwavering. I tried to explain to my little boy a deep and complex truth. I'm not sure it went very well as he moved on to asking for ice cream at the first sign that mom was done talking. But it served a purpose in speaking to my own heart because, while I may be a little less dramatic or vocal about it, I do try to avoid pain at all costs. The pain of disappointing someone I love.

The pain of being rejected.

The pain of being losing something I hold dear.

"Sure, shots hurt buddy. But only for a little bit. And they aren't even something bad that is happening to you. In fact, they are something good  because they are protecting you from something potentially much worse." Was my reply, which I'm sure sounded more like the mom from Charlie Brown the second the word 'potentially' exited my lips.

We moved on and the conversation was filed away in the distant, foggy memory part of my day until I was about to go to bed and I went in to kiss him goodnight. I began to think, if he truly believes that he would be better off never alive than face hardship, what does that say about his belief system? I think it means that feeling pain is absolutely the worst thing he can imagine. He wants to be pain free all the time. He is a little feel-good seeker. And as his mother, I want this for him. Naturally I don't relish in the thought of him experiencing the unpleasant things in life, whether physical or emotional. But I only know of one place where that is possible. There is only one place pain free and only one way to get there. The believer in Christ is promised this place, but to get there they must experience pain on some level. Now I know some people die in their sleep and some people die suddenly, and then there were those just taken up in a whirlwind, but to a certain degree I would argue that every death experience has an amount of pain associated with it.

I believe God to be sovereign over all. ALL. Perhaps he uses the pain to point us to him, to help us to be thankful for the times we are not in pain, to minister to those suffering alongside us. But tonight I was struck by another thought. Would I get very excited about a place where there is no pain if I never experienced pain myself? Would I cherish the man who will wipe every tear from my eyes is I had never cried about anything? No, of course not. It would be like telling a child who has never tasted a pea that they are moving to a town where they will never have to eat peas again. "Big deal, I don't have to eat them now," they would think, "and by the way, what's a pea?"

 

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This week I completed the first custom order for my shop. A print of 1 Peter 1:23. In Christ I am not an imperishable seed. What makes this verse mean something to me? The fact that I feel and experience my perishable-ness every day.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

I feel my perishable-ness and I don't like it. I am a big feel-good seeker. I envy success, my motives are often out of whack and reveal a heart that wanders quickly. But I am told that I am an imperishable seed. And by the word of God through his son I know that one day I will not envy or seek my own good, and I will always have perfect motives! This perishable feeling is temporary! I can be joyful because I know the pain, and I know it will someday be over. What I glorious day that will be! I to think, I could have missed it all if I had never been alive.

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Follow your dreams. Seems harmless enough, right? After all, a dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep.... I have been pursuing my dream of opening an Etsy shop to sell some of my artwork. And I got to see that dream come to reality when my shop, gracefullhome, opened on Monday!  I have been sketching and using it as a means to connect with people since I can remember. I recall drawing a picture for my best friend in first grade and giving it to her as a gift. I remember feeling like it was a special sentiment because it expressed without words how I felt about her, I liked her very much!

In middle school I spent my time (probably time I was supposed to be studying history) doodling and sketching on my book covers and notebooks. One particular sketch caught my dad's eye and quickly made it to the fridge. He said, "You have a knack for lettering." And to this day he still talks about that picture.

Mostly what I sketch is what is on my heart. Verses, songs, quotes... many themes are from my childhood and teen years, but mostly I pour onto paper what God is stirring in my heart at that moment. Sketching has become a way or me to linger with the Lord and take pleasure in the lesson and truths he is teaching me. It is a form of worship for me, and I have been praying over the last few months as this dream started to materialize that this shop would point to him, my first love, and that my heart would not tend toward another love as soon as the dream was realized. This is something I still need to pray. Now more than ever as I fight the temptation to check the shop every half hour!

 

I also do custom things that people order. For example, my pastor had me put together this for a mother's day gift to every lady in our church this year.

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And this one was made especially for my friend's son.

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Last night I started a new custom order. The job is to sketch the word "Dreamer". But I had to stop at Dream.

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This little project of mine is exiting for me. It's a whole lot of fun, and it hopefully blessing others as well. But what is the real dream?

The real dream is that every knee would bow and every tongue would praise the name of Christ Jesus. (Romans 14:11)

The real dream is that he will come again, and when he does he will find his children holding fast to the faith. (Hebrews 10:23)

The real dream is preaching the gospel to ourselves every day and actually believing it. (Romans 5:8)

The real dream is not only being hearers of the word, but doers. That we can be his hands and feet here. (James 1:22-24)

Maybe words sketched on paper can help accomplish that in some hearts as they hang on a wall. That is the dream.

 

 

For another great post about dreaming big - but keeping your first love visit HERE.

 

Thanks for reading and coming alongside me in this journey! I hope you are blessed!

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