bible art

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

my first love

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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