Calling all christian artists!
Do you want to incorporate your desire to create art with your love to praise God daily?
Well an inchie art challenge might just be what God is calling for you to do. We always tell the kids in our weekly bible studies class to dig deeper into the lesson - into the word of God. God is calling for us to do the same. Not just weekly, or monthly, but daily.
|Three handcrafted collage artworks each is 1x1 inches in size. This is an example of 3 of my inchies I created in the past.|
Yet, just like many of you, I have a full schedule and do not have hours to devote to making art. Well how about a 10 minute inchie artwork? As christian artists we are called to read our bibles daily and live through God's wisdom. I find myself reading the word and then I am slammed by all things earthbound (traffic, work deadlines, family responsibilities, church responsibilities and so on). How about a pause before we go from our spiritual sanctuary to our earthly trials? God wants to lead us to pause after our daily readings and meditate on the word. Using our creative spirits we can create 1 by 1 inchie art that reflects the emotion, the theory, the "word" that God is preparing us to use through our daily trials and tribulations. God wants to see our love for him in action! He wants to see if we glorify him in our daily challenges. A 1x1 inchie artwork to put in our pocket, purse, wallet or digital photo album might be just the reminder we need to carry us through the day when life pushes on our spiritual armor. When life pushes hard we can pull out that day's inchie artwork and reflect back to the scripture that inspired it. As a visual learner I keep God's wisdom with me through my artwork. He transforms my Heart of Worship with each brushstroke, painted page and sewn fiber. God loves us as we are but he also loves us too much to leave us there. He is calling for a relationship with each of us. A daily one to one relationship.
The October challenge will be called - Heart of Worship Inchie Art Challenge. You can work in whatever medium you desire (watercolor, mixed media, doodles, collage)...what ever God puts in your heart to use to share his wisdom in your artwork.
These are the only guidelines:
1.email me at email@example.com or comment below to let me know you plan to join the October challenge so I can add you to our group Heart of Worship facebook page.
2. art format is 1 x 1 inch canvas
3. photograph your final artwork and post on the group Heart of Worship facebook page daily (you pick the time early morning, late evening)
4. share the scripture you read prior to creating the artwork when you post to the Heart of Worship facebook group page - example:
Hebrews 11:1-2 Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past.
optional: you can share on your personal blog your daily inchie challenge artwork and go deeper into the scripture that inspired the artwork. You can share how God is working in your life and link to the fb group page "Heart of Worship" to encourage your readers to view the other artist postings. When we create in a community we grow his kingdom and we are blessed and become blessings to others.
One thing I have come to discover in my faith walk is that God's love is eternal and when we share his word we grow his kingdom. Making art is my passion but loving God is my purpose for living. Combining the two together is a gift from God. Are you ready to open your Heart of Worship to grow God's kingdom? This is my first attempt at facilitating an online art challenge but I know God will guide me and he will bring his angels to help me in the journey.
FYI: this art challenge is open to all ages. I have invited some of the children from my Saturday DO SOMETHING Club arts & crafts group to join the challenge as well. This is not about being perfect at creating art this is all about giving God the control to use your artistic creativity to share THE WORD, to share the gospel, to grow his kingdom. So please let's be respectful and be followers of Jesus through the process of creating and sharing our artwork.
Here are two web pages that share what inchie art is and might inspire you to join the inchie art challenge: