Trades for the Upcoming Art & Soul Retreat

September 26, 2013 · 9 comments

One of the fun things going on at the Art and Soul Retreat is an opportunity to participate in trades.  From what I understand, you bring some artwork or supplies or whatnot that you can *trade* with someone else at the event.  I had no idea what I had to offer, but I thought I could at least make some blank cards.




I don’t know how those mixed media artists get such great backgrounds and color (thus….going to the retreat for classes :) )  But I thought I would just dive in with what little I knew and go from there.  That sounds like just so much of my life:  diving in with what little I know and going from there.







For the background, I used one of my favorite devotionals:  My Utmost for His Highest (did you know there’s an app for that classic?).  I got this particular copy from a used bookstore to use specifically for artwork.




The gal is reminiscent of a drawing a 10 year old student for me two decades ago (she was a real sweetie).  For the dresses, I used paper I had previously made with acrylic paints.  Then I adhered the pieces on, used pen work and pastels and sequin waste.  The gal was supposed to be holding the balloon.  And then I thought, while reading these bits of devotionals….no, she really needs to let it go.




So she did.   And scripture and life and experience gave ample words to put on those balloons.

Let go…of fear.

Let go….of believing you don’t have enough.

Let go…of perfectionism.

Let go…of believing your self-worth is tied to your productivity.

Let go…of what people think.




I figured that maybe these gals might be a blessing.  And maybe the *right* person will get the *right* card and be encouraged where they need it.  And then perhaps the *trade* will be for real.  Trading things like comparison or shame for hope or peace.




On the backs are scripture.  I know that   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…(2 Timothy 3:16).   Maybe it will comfort.  Maybe it will convict.  Maybe it will teach.  But the Lord promises that they will not return void.




I’ll be putting my business card in each one.  I’m only sorry I’m out of tracts :)  In any case, I am hopeful that these will be a little sunshine into whatever lives need that sort of warmth.