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in the studio :: 80’s art

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I hope your Friday is fantastic. I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of September. August and September are busy months around here celebrating birthdays and our anniversary. We’re rounding out the month celebrating my favorite red head and favorite daughter.

cassette tape

Emma G takes these parties quite seriously and is very meticulous about the planning. To give you an idea, I have to run all food ideas by her first. It makes me laugh, but I’m just as serious about party planning, so I try to go with the flow. Several weeks ago, she decided she wanted an 80’s themed party. I have no idea where this came from (she says she just thought it would be fun to have lived in the 80’s), but I’ll tell you what. I’ve had such a good time reaching into the past and grabbing a hold of memories. Neon, sweat bands, leg warmers, feathered hair, ah! Oh, and don’t even get me started on the music.

pacman

I’ll reveal more party details after it’s happened when I have fancy photos to show you. Today, I’ll show you the easy artwork that’s going to adorn our back veranda. I printed some 80’s icons and glued them to square boards using Mod Podge. Then, I did a coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing. Easy peasy, and I have something fun to display.

boombox

Joshua asked me three times what the pink and purple thing was. The words “cassette tape” just didn’t compute in his mind. Well, I’m off to a weekend of party preparations!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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in the studio :: royalty

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! It’s been a busy week around these parts! Last week I mentioned that our discipleship school started. It’s been great so far! We’ve also had guests visiting us from England and they were an integral part of helping us host our second ever Day of Royalty!

the bus arrives

so happy!

registration line

photo booth

Let me just tell you about Day of Royalty. It’s a day where we bring all the kids that we work with in nearby communities to our campus for a day of royal treatment. It’s a chance for them to come out of the chaos and experience some hope and peace. They were treated like kings and queens, princes and princesses. They got to jump on jumping castles and make crowns. They got to go on a treasure hunt and dress up for the photo booth. They got to just have fun and be kids for a whole day.

face painting

so cute

cuties

It’s always a lot of work but ALWAYS worth it. As you can imagine, there’s so much creativity that goes into this. From figuring out how to line up and register over 400 kids to decorating crowns and painting faces. It’s an event that takes all hands on deck which is precisely what we had. I wish you all could have been here to see it, but I pray the photos give you a glimpse of how incredible this day was!

eg

coming out of the jumping castle

reflection

group photo

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Africa creativity in the studio Ministry

in the studio :: fresh layers

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! We started a new discipleship school here in S. Africa this week. Five students from USA and S. Africa have come together for five months to deepen their relationship with God and be a part of His heart for orphans and vulnerable children. Jeremy and I are leading this school which is super exciting because, I LOVE these schools. Just look at the crazy bunch we have to work with over the next five months!

DTS 2014

One of the cool things about this school is that we are incorporating LOTS of creativity. I believe creativity is so vital. It helps us process difficult things. It helps us articulate when there are no words. There’s a freedom that happens when we let go and CREATE.

new wineskins

We started with 4 blank canvases. They’re fresh starts. The beginning. They’re new wineskins as it says in Matthew 9:17. Over the next five months we will fill these blank canvases with layers and layers of the new wine, the change, that God will be doing in us. I can’t wait to see the masterpiece that is going to emerge!

the start of something beautiful

painting

first day

The thing I absolutely love about the creative process is that there’s a freedom that happens when we push through the insecurities to create. It’s so incredibly beautiful.

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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in the studio :: studiojru week

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I’m feeling blue today, not because I’m sad but because I’m absolutely in love with the BLUE cross coming out of Studio JRU’s place! Check it out! Isn’t it fabulous?

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i have been working on a new cross and just finished it up recently!
this already has a few layers on it, but still working on it. more layers yet to come.

BluePaintedCrossStudioJRU

and here is the finished cross after the additional layers. i use watercolor in one layer and it just makes such a difference. it really brings out certain colors and changes the entire look!

ListenPaintedWoodenCrossStudioJRU

here is a close up of my lettering.

ListenCrossCloseUpStudioJRUart

so happy to share with you here in the studio today! looking forward to taking a peek into what you have been working on lately!

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Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

creativity Fun in the studio

in the studio :: super hero party

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I mentioned last week about planning the most epic Super Hero Party ever! What a blast we had dressing ridiculous and acting like crazy people! I swear, if some random person would have driven up, they would have thought we were out of our minds.

bam

My favorite part was seeing the costumes and super powers that people came up with. I saw agony on people’s faces leading up to the party, not knowing what to dress as. Creativity prevailed, and it was awesome. From M&M ninjas, to trash men, to people trying to save the world one body roll at a time, I’m telling you. It was epic.

super hero academy

Our team tried to put a lot of thought into every detail. Since one of the heroes happened to be The Informant, he kindly informed all the super heroes as they arrived to register themselves at Super Hero Academy. We gathered the best and the brightest together for graduation at the academy. As each name was called, the heroes were able to demonstrate their powers in the hopes that the rest of the heroes would vote for them, thus taking home the prize.

create

writing

popcorn

Other activities included a photo shoot against the backdrop of a building scene, a CREATE station with a real live typewriter where heroes could write a comic, and last but not least, a movie theater showing the 1960’s Batman (classic) and a FREE concession stand.

hero sandwiches

cake pops

Food consisted of HERO sandwiches, HERO snacks (veggie and fruit trays), and cake POPS. Each hero also got a snap, crackle, POP on their plate to take home for later…or not.

bang

Unfortunately the hubs was gone, but the kids and I didn’t let that spoil our fun. Joshua went as Candyman and dressed really colorful with bags of candy hanging from his pants. Emma Grace was one half of the Star Struck Sisters. I was Lady Librarian and my power was to silence a room. I was shhshing people left and right. Super annoying, but you have to play the part, right?

candyman

star struck sisters

lady librarian

shhh

It was all totally ridiculous. I realized that as I was buying party supplies and a fellow shopper asked what kind of party we were doing and then asked if it was for kids. No, lady, it was not. Sometimes, you just have to act ridiculous every once in a while, and be ok with it. Can I get an amen?

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!