An Art Smorgasbord

I had a very busy week with lots of different influences, hence my art smorgasbord for the week - LOL!  What's new, right?  

Hand lettered and Doodled Art Journal Pages
Colored Pencils, Micron Pens, & Markers
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #99
Denise, Roger and Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Y is for You
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #265
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #139
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Dion's Friday Sketches #18
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
This week we hosted Vacation Bible School at my Church, and I was asked to be in charge of storytelling.  As part of my personal daily preparation, I took a Bible verse from the lessons in the curriculum to do some doodling in my art journal.  They helped me focus, enhanced my understanding of the stories, helped trigger my creativity, and allowed me to practice my Lindsay Ostrom inspired lettering.
Happy Greeting Card
Paper Piecing, Die, Punch & Hand Lettering
Freshly Made Sketches # 142 - by Jennifer B.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W is for White
With a couple of birthdays coming up, I was also inspired to make these colorful birthday cards with a white accent cupcake band.  You may recognize the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man die, whom I altered and gave him a couple of balloons to make him look more festive.  Last summer, I gave him a flag for a piece inspired by the techniques of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013, which you can see here.

Happy 4th of July!
Americana Collection Vignette
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #130
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Gallery 9 {Sitting by the Window}
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 17 Year 4
On Saturday, I was inspired to put together a 4th of July vignette around a line drawing of my Church, which was done on a vintage window by Sarah Maxwell, a good family friend.  I used a vintage USA Flag; a hand painted plate of the Statue of Liberty that I did a couple of years ago; handmade wood cuts by May Carsten, another family friend; a hand thrown plate by Nancy O'Brien, another family friend; a small Steinbach Uncle Sam Nutcracker from my private collection; my tag collection on a vintage oil can birch tree branch arrangement; a star hartstone cookie mold; a handmade paper cut; and some votive holders.  I believe I captured the spirit of this important holiday.

Hope you enjoyed my art smorgasbord - LOL!  I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave such thoughtful comments in my last post, as well as everyone who is following my blog.  Blessings!


Denise said…
I always enjoy Your blog even if I don't comment usually.Your artwork inspires Me to continue with My own.Blessings to You and Your's-Denise
Leovi said…
Estos diseños son maravillosos!
Tenia Nelson said…
Awesome creations!!!
Jen Timko said…
Another inspiring post! Love your take on the FMS sketch. Glad to see you this week at FMS!
Lmkazmierczak said…
Loving your embellishments on some great verses♪
Anonymous said…
Can imagine that they put you in charge of story telling:):) You do it all the time, on your blog! The first pic caught my eye, because it tells of God's love - and He wants to have a relationship with each of his children (so opposite from appeasing an angry deity!!)
Unknown said…
You have done such an amazing job. It has been a pleaser to look through your work.
Heather said…
Fabulous joirnal pages Arnoldo, I love your colourful cards - a great design and fabulous papers!!! Tim's umbrella man is stunning - brilliant the use of balloons!!

Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,
Heather xx
Your journal is so inspiring in more ways than art! Love the vivid colors and the verses! Umbrella Man looks bright and festive on these cards too! Happy 4th!
Jen Mitchell said…
Wonderful art. Such great designs. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!
fantastic artwork Arnoldo!
Photo Cache said…
very creative.

frankly my dear
Sharon Madson said…
Oh,my goodness! I love, love, love your bible verse doodle journal. Your balloon man/ cupcake card is fabulous. Wow!is all I can say on your window decorating. Love the vintage look of it. Well, you are super talented. Thanks for sharing.
Helen said…
Great post. Helen 2
Robyn Oliver said…
Hi Arnoldo...oh yes I am impressed with your post this week, love your doodling artworks. Thanks for visiting my desk Happy WOYWW and have a super week RobynO#8
Julia Dunnit said…
So you can do fab lettering as fab! Love the Americana vignette too!
Unknown said…
What a lovely smorgasbord! I particularly like your writing. Great variety and very artful!
Have a fun week
Gillian #28
Unknown said…
Your art journal is truly amazing. It makes me want to do one so I think I shall. I hope pencil crayons and a few gel pens will suffice to start. Anyway I shall go back and gaze some more. The Word Art Wednesday team appreciate seeing the inspirational and wonderful project pages you’ve posted today.
Carole Robb Bisson
My goodness! What a wonderful array of projects indeed! It's always a joy to see the variety and breadth of your artwork. I admire your versatility and how you seem to shine with any style or aesthetic. I thought your bible journal pages were simply incredible and I liked the inspiration to doodle to increase understanding. Great idea and something that I will definitely need to try!
Faye said…
A delightful array of wonderful art illustrating scriptures, Arnoldo. I especially love what you did with Is. 43, which I love.
Hi Arnoldo, hope you are well, love the Tim Holtz cards, it makes a nice change to see them used with such bright colours.
Happy crafting and have a good week, Angela x #48
Donna B. said…
Wow, I really love those colorful doodles and your hand lettering. They are very inspiring to me. And those cards with umbrella man are so happy and bright -a little different from how I'm used to seeing umbrella man. Love them.
Leslie: said…
Love YOU for sharing such wonderful covers about God's love for us.

abcw team
Indrani said…
Fantabulous creations! So much talent!
Happy ABCW!
SCarol said…
I love your bible verse pages, the lettering is wonderful.
Debbie Rock said…
WOW! I love your journal ... I can't draw even a straight line (nor a wonky one!!!) so really admire your beautiful lettering and your stunning hand drawn images! Happy WOYWW'ing! Love Debbie #21 xXx
Winnie said…
Love your journal! What a fun way to incorporate scripture and art! I was not familiar with that lettering style, off to check it out some more! Your clever use of the umbrella man is fabulous. Some lucky recipients! Wishing you and your family a very Happy 4th of July!
Giggles said…
Super fun it all! Those verses and your lettering is wonderful! Specially love,"why are you afraid, do you have no faith!" I loved vacation Bible school when I was a kid!! Enjoy the Summer!

Happy Independence day too!

Hugs Giggles
Valerie-Jael said…
Lots of beautiful creations again! Valerie
Borqna said…
Happy July 4th!
Whole family I wish a lot of joy, health and success!
Amazing decoration the home for the holiday! - Bravo!
I love your journal too!
/Thank you for your comment in my blog!/
Good luck!
Linda Kunsman said…
I love your celebration-of art!! The lettering is so creative and reminds me I need to get back to more practicing myself:) Fab cards for the sketch challenge-clever idea to use the cupcake paper border and balloons. Gorgeous patriotic vignette too. Happy 4th and happy weekend!
Photos by Stan said…
Love your postings!! Although I am not a man of faith, I sense yours, and I am touched. Have a beautiful weekend.
Margik said…
Me han encantado tus paginas del diario, sobretodo el tipo de letras, tan variadas y tan bonitas. Las etiquetas tienen unos colores fabulosos y el sello de Umbrella Man queda muy bien ahí. Tu escaparate es genial con tantos objetos y detalles, no sé donde mirar... Un gran post.
Te deseo un buen fin de semana!
Ariel said…
All your art works are fabulous but I love your Biblical journaling pages the best. They are so full of color and meaning
Happy July 4th
Alicia C said…
For some reason your writing didn't show up on my tablet but the images did and they are lovely and masterful! Uplifting too
Christine said…
lovely spiritual pages! Happy 4th Arnoldo!
Zana said…
Love your art this week, in particular your bible art journal pages, I love the Isaiah 43.1 verse. Your illustration portrays it so well. Have a good week.
DVArtist said…
As always your art is lovely and inspiring. I do like your 4th of July piece. My brother passed away on this day 4 years ago so I enjoy seeing nice displays for this day.
Have a safe and happy 4th
sheila 77 said…
I really like your pages with the clever lettering and I especially like the fishes. Hope you are still finding plenty of time for art.
Nana Jo said…
What a blessed gift of beauty and faith you are sharing with your art. There is so much nourishment for the eye and soul here. I love the journal pages!
Unknown said…
Wonderful smorgasbord! I especially like the bible verses and the lettering you chose to go with them. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.
Irene Rafael said…
What a week of creativity. I especially enjoy the variety of styles of writing you use and your 4th of July display. Have a lovely week.
Your art NEVER ceases to amaze me, Arnoldo. I just LOVE the art journal and the birthday cards are amazing as well. You've always blown me away, and it just keeps getting better (I that's even possible). Have a blessed week. I'm SO grateful for you,
and thank you for sharing with us.
Word Art Wednesday
Deepa Gopal said…
Visiting your space gives a myriad things to enjoy! Loved each and every bit :)
Melanie said…
Hey, like the lettering and quotes a lot. And the cards you made are so pretty. Hope you will have a nice weekend.
Liefs, Melanie
Meihsia Liu said…
Love your great creation. Your cards are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)
Barb Cady said…
Your journal is coming on wonderfully and will be a joy to look back on! Love the vignette beautifully put together! Lovely post as ever Arnoldo. Xx
Lorraine said…
love the bright colours
carol l mckenna said…
Lovely creations and so filled with love and peace ~ admire your strong belief ~ thanks, xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
Unknown said…
Love your art journal pages! Your vignette is great too, so imaginative :) Happy Paper Saturday (sunday!)!
Kim said…
Always a joy to come to your page. You inspire so much creativity. I love the journal pages...the different fonts really change up the style. I also love your American vingette. Happy SS
Great sketches, Arnoldo. LOVE your lettering, which I always struggle with. Also LOVE your gift package. Wonderful pieces and words of encouragement. :)
Your hand-lettering looks wonderful, and the birthday cards are gorgeous!
Anna-Karin said…
Another wonderful post! The journal pages are lovely and so are the other projects. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!
manomij said…
I notice you are as busy as I am :) Happy Paper Saturdays! I love your hand lettering.Warm wishes Manon
Wonderful journal pages! Beautiful :)
Bella Cirovic said…
Thank you for sharing to {sitting by the window}!
stefanie stark said…
I enjoyed your art smorgasbord very much! Thank you for sharing the lovely journal pages with the wonderful lettering and cute illustrations and the lovely colorful birthday cards as well as the fantastic decoration!