Bring Back Our Girls – Art Journal 1:9

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Today’s post breaks my heart, but once I heard about this horrific event and the monsters who claim to have kidnapped nearly 300 girls and intend to sell them I had to do something. I’ve been praying for them ever since I heard about it and wanted to take part in something that would benefit these precious daughters of God.

I learned about this from a mixed media artist, Jessica Sporn that I follow. You can see her post here. I would have loved to donate a piece of art to help raise $ for these girls, however I have limited craft time and knew I could not get it done in time to participate in this auction. I decided to do what I knew I could that would most benefit these sweet girls. PRAY (pray until something happens).

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I believe that prayer with faith in God changes lives, so I am consciously praying for each of these girls for His hedge of protection for them physically and emotionally, his provision for their rescue, and for their captors to be apprehended and brought to justice.

We don’t have a large amount of financial resources to donate to help fund the rescue efforts, but I do have a few blogs that I can write on and bring awareness to their plight and ask people to pray and do what they can to help these precious girls.

I am always inspired by Jessica Sporn and her original post in the link above is what inspired both of the pieces that I have combined into my Art Journal entry for this week.

Crafting Notes: The smaller piece above I started by painting an abstract drawing using my Grumbacher water colors (I love these!). I did this part of the painting on a piece of watercolor paper on my lunch hour in my car. I could not get these sweet girls off my mind and while I painted I prayed. It started off with a bang, but then I hit a creative brick wall. So it sat until this past Saturday…

I started my 8X5.5 Art Journal entry with some gesso and again I was inspired to paint something abstract. I gave into it and painted it. I let it dry for a few days and then made a stencil using a Tim Holtz clock die. It worked okay, but I was not terribly happy with it. Later I added another stencil layer just stippling some white gesso over it, but again I was not excited with how it was looking. You can see the white framing my smaller piece.

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Saturday morning I woke up before my sweet Grandson did and had a few minutes to myself. I prayed while making my coffee and started mulling over these two pieces of abstract art I had on my crafting island. G and I went up to my studio after breakfast and I was able to finish a card, figure out how the sketch feature on my Silhouette works (so excited about the possibilities that exist), and I got inspired to finish both of my projects in one Art Journal entry!

I went to work online looking for some images to trace. I found the image of this sweet girl and knew she was just what I needed for this project. I traced her with charcoal paper and applied a layer of white gesso on her as a base coat over the water color painting on my smaller canvas. I used a black permanent marker to outline her. I then designed her dress using permanent markers and doodling with a few different bright colors. Once I had her dress done I painted her legs and arms neck and face. I went darker with her hair and finished her by coloring the feather in her hair with a matching permanent marker. I love the way she turned out (below) and went back and cut myself a stencil of her for future projects. It was time to take G and a puppy to the park so I added a layer of gel medium to my smaller canvas and let it dry while we were gone for some much needed exercise and fun.

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Time is of the essence for these girls and the clock is ticking. I had this clock stamp in my supply bag so I stamped it twice on the mini canvas. I wanted to add some texture so I used my star stencil and a Heidi Swapp stencil with some paint and some texture paste. I pray that they can see the stars at night and know that their families and other all over the world have not forgotten them and that they are calling out to God as all of us are. The texture paste adds good dimension and a lot of texture. I like to use the old cream rub ons on this paste.

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Call To Action: Life has its share of ups and downs and unfortunately for these beautiful girls this is life threatening and altering. We know the One who can save them and deliver them from harm. I pray that you will join me in praying for them and trusting our Jehovah to keep his hedge of protection around them, deliver them from evil, and provide for their safe return home and physical and spiritual well being. God can take the worst of circumstances and turn them into good.

Thank you for stopping by today and for joining me in praying specifically for these daughters of the most high God. He alone is worthy to be praised.

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee

The auction is complete and it exceeded its goal by 334%! That is just awesome! You can click on the link near the top to see all the wonderful pieces that were donated and auctioned for these sweet daughters. Thanks be to God!

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