Are children fragile? Yes, in my opinion, they need an environment in which the needs of their body, mind and spirit are met, or they will grow up with deficiencies which may be difficult to resolve during adulthood. Healthy foods, plenty of exercise, sound rest, a safe shelter, and appropriate clothing are the basic physical elements that will keep a child's body in shape. The mind needs can be met with exposure to a variety of experiences, which should include conversations, reading of various genres, exposure to all the various fine arts, creative endeavors, problem solving activities and more. The spirit can be strengthened through daily prayer, meditation, regular church attendance, involvement in age appropriate church groups, and more. However, parents and guardians who overprotect, overindulge, and over-schedule their children are actually harming them too. Children need to learn to cope with not getting everything they want, with disappointments, and with loss. They need to learn how to entertain themselves, how to solve their own problems, and how to behave appropriately. Therefore, children are fragile, but they need to develop appropriate life coping strengths through a balance of love and appropriate discipline.
|Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - August|
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Citrus
Try It On Tuesday - Sending you Flowers
Moo-Mania - Embellishments
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back to School
Inspired by children, I decided to incorporate them into my design for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - August. I began by making my background according to Tim's instructions. However, I used the Thinlits "Handwritten Love" collection and created my own words using the "Alphanumerics" dies. I also used a much more lively color scheme. Next, I cut a ruler from the "Crowded Attic" sticker collection and arranged the pieces on my background. I stapled the ends to secure them. I printed some vintage clip art from Paige Hill's Instant Memories - Children book and CD set to use on my tag. I arranged them along with a Vial Label which I had embellished with some "Remnant Rubs - Words." I stamped a swirly design from the "Purely Random" clear stamp set on the upper left corner for an added layering feel. Next, I strung a "Type Charm" to a "Pen Nib" to create an embellishment to glue over the stamped area. As finishing touches, I glued a dyed "Heirloom Rose" and strung the top with some jute rick rack and a strip of alphabet tape.
|Art Journal Journey - Time|
The Mixed Media Challenge - Get Texty
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday Week 24 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
With the theme of rearing children in mind, I completed new a mixed media page in my 14"x11" art journal. It's on one of the pages that I had used to clean my brayer during my gelli plate session last weekend. First of all, I stamped an original image of Christ that I hand carved a while back. Next, I painted a dove to represent the Holy Spirit using "Cray-Pas Expressionist" oil pastels, along with a stick of charcoal to create some shadowing in the background. Then, I used the Tim Holtz "Weathered Clock" die and cut it out of a yellow scrap of shimmer cardstock. I distressed it and glued the parts on my page. Finally, I used various styles of calligraphy to write the first verse of Ecclesiastes 3 using an EKSuccess calligraphy pen and a Uniball Air pen. I believe this scripture teaches children a valuable lesson about the good and bad times that life will inevitably bring.
Last, but not least, I have a photograph that I took with my iPhone 4, at a quiet rest-stop nature-trail along Interstate 10, between San Antonio and Houston, Texas. It is my submission as guest designer this month at Word Art Wednesday. It's a gorgeous red-orange prickly pear bloom. I cropped it digitally, edited it on Pixelmator, and layered this week's scripture art from Word Art Wednesday. It is a the thirteenth verse from Romans 15. It's a wonderful blessing that could be read to children when they go off to school, summer camp, or elsewhere. It's also a blessing that I want to leave you with today.
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