Saturday, September 27, 2014

October Inchie Art Challenge (Heart of Worship)

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 sgranthon88@yahoo.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:
L-L-L-600
luv this clean and simple card design with a four square made of three inchies raised on tape and the spot of the fourth inchie stamped with a sentiment...


Enjoy, Sandra

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Seeds Planted

Mixed media artwork in progress. Layering tissue paper, painted pages, metallic acrylic paint,  Japanese handmade paper, doodle transfers on wood. Now I start to add details with micron 01 ink pen.




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Heart of Worship

Artwork by Jerenis, age 11 (DO SOMETHING CLUB leader) collage heart used to create prayer cards for Children's Ministry Sunday School - Imparting Grace Ministry at Restoration in Christ Church, Mount Joy, PA. August 2014 theme is HEART OF WORSHIP. The lesson for August 17th was on the Holy Wedding.


This past Saturday the leaders of the DO SOMETHING CLUB created beautiful collage hearts. We spoke about Psalm 100
and how God wants us each to praise and worship our Savior Jesus Christ. For through his actions of love we were all saved. He gave His life on the cross so we may all be forgiven from our sins and have a personal relationship with our creator, GOD.

To have a personal one-to-one relationship with God is the act of WORSHIP. When we praise we celebrate with our voices, our hands, and feet and make a joyful sound to the Lord. But when we worship we do this on a one-to-one connection. YOU & GOD. This is done when we pray and mediate on the words of scripture, when we pray directly to Him and share all that our heart has to offer.

The more we read scripture and meditate on the truth the more our heart grows with spiritual strength. The more we pray and give thanks, and ask for forgiveness for our sins of the flesh (for we are all a work in progress... we are still in the PROCESS OF BECOMING); the more God reveals our purpose in life.

We want to fill our heart with love, peace, joy, truth, forgiveness, faith, trust, and all things worthy of our Lord. Leave no room for the enemy to take up shelter.

We want to be ready because Christ is coming to receive his bride, the church. The holy wedding is an event meant for all who have their eyes on Jesus and their hearts full of worship for God. For God created Jesus and us. For He loved us most!

Blessings ~ Sandra
(Mentor to the DO SOMETHING CLUB Leaders: Jerenis, Ryan, Justin, Yaneiris, Kayloni, Sasha, and Anthony)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

God Sends Special Messengers

Bookmarker size 3 x 8.5 inches (free to download and share)

A is for Angel

God Sends Special Messengers
{ Luke 1: 28, 30-31 }

28 The angel came to her and said
“Greetings! The Lord has blessed
you and is with you.”

30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be
afraid, Mary; God has shown you
his grace. 31 Listen! You will become
pregnant and give birth to a son, and
you will name him Jesus.


Exploration Questions:
When an angel delivers God's message to you 
how do you normally respond... with fear, doubt, 
worry? What does God expect for us to do when
he guides us with the angels he places in our life?
What are the consequences of believing or doubting God's message? Are you open to receive his message and live your life upon his will or do you still hold tight that you are in control of your destiny?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Life Learners Know Creativity COUNTS!


If you have ever experienced any change in your life either with your family relationships or friends, or at your job you are very aware that CREATIVITY COUNTS! It takes creativity to have a positive transformation experience. God created us to be creative beings. But of course it takes WORK and practice. Much, much practice to come up with a variety of problem solving solutions that can be agreeable to more then one person. Making art is a process that has helped me to keep my creativity alive. It has helped me think outside the box when working in community collaborative projects and it has also helped me when keeping my household happy with dinner recipes that are sure not to bore the Foodies in my life. Variety is key and change, transformation should not be feared or even worse IGNORED. 

 Mainstream society would have you believe that creativity stops after elementary school or at best when you are done with a formal educational engagement (high school, college, etc...). YES, Creativity is as important in education as literacy but let's not stop there. WE ARE TO BE LIFE LEARNERS not just formal brick and mortar learners. This means that we never stop learning, or thriving to learn more, to be creative, to overflow our artist tool belts with tools for how to make positive changes in our lives and in our world. 

It has been my life experience that by keeping my creative mind active (by art journaling, painting, drawing, making STUFF...) I keep my my brain in a healthy function tapping into my Art Memories for resources and exploring the lively world around me for inspiration. We do not live in a vacuum nor create in one, thus why I became a blogger and follow other bloggers. 

I salute all the men and women who feed their creativity. More I SALUTE those who use it for the good of  humanity. God bless ~ Sandra


Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters"


Friday, July 25, 2014

Do SOMETHING!

Years ago I prayed to God and asked him the question.. what are my "gifts, my blessings from you?". How should I use those blessings? God has been good to me and answered my prayers through the creation of my art ministry (Alchemy: Art Memories) and as of a year ago lead me to serve on the ministry team of Ministry Minjah Elohim as the Webpage Graphic Designer. My husband serves as the Treasurer. What a blessing this call to action has provided me. My personal relationship with God has grown tremendously and I see no end in sight. Only new adventures to discover, explore and enjoy for the GLORY OF GOD. Below is the something new God has called me to be involved in. ENJOY ~ Sandra

DO SOMETHING CLUB

The DO SOMETHING CLUB is a group created to share how families, friends and communities share God's message of Love to empower the little children to come closer to the kingdom of heaven. We are nurturing the next generation of disciples to continue where Jesus left off - to fore fill the Great Commission.

Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you."



Group theme is ... DO SOMETHING! 

Question: What are you doing to show God's love to the little children in your life? All acts of love count.. from a hug, a kiss, to reading the bible and praying together and teaching your child how to say grace before a meal, how to ride a bike or clean their room... we are blessed with the time God provides us. How are you using that time to glorify and honor his name in the heart of a child? Please share your stories, pictures, videos here on our facebook group page. When we unite as a body of the church and share our stories of victory we bear good fruit and build his kingdom. God bless ~ MME Team

A child's prayer postcard. A reminder of what God wants children TO DO. Print size is 5x7 inches.

Share God's blessings. Please download and print this sweet postcard size reminder that GOD is calling you to DO SOMETHING to build a heart of worship in the life of a child. Post it at home in your child's room, in your kitchen, at your church youth room or anywhere children gather in your community. Better yet, give it to a child to invite them to have a relationship with God and learn about Jesus. When you do please take a  photo of what you did with it and share it here

God bless ~ MME Team
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