How are you surviving the stay-at-home orders? I have to say complying with the safety regulations doesn't bother my little, introverted self at all. While my work-from-home job providing teacher support is in overdrive, the fact that I actually get to be at home affords me a little cozy mystery art journaling time at lunch and in the evenings when I leave the office and walk six steps to the craft table.
I broke out the paints, and I'm art journaling with the Cedar Wells Book&Brush Club gang again. Those of you whispering over there in the corner....yes, I know Sarah and her friends are fictional characters. However, they’re always having conversations in my head, anyway, so why not join them!
FOMMF? Fear of Missing Mystery Fun? Do you have it?Of course, the stress is real, but not to worry! Grab that cozy mystery you’re reading (you are reading one, aren’t you?) and some art supplies—watercolor or mixed media paper, markers, paints, colored pencils—whatever you have on hand and create an art journal page about the book.
Sarah’s friend Trudy always creates journal pages that include recipes from the books they’re reading. Taking a lesson from Trudy, I created some art for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke. Maybe I’m done with this one...maybe not. :) I think it needs a few more references to the book, although part of me wants to stop with the dairy cow and the recipe for Hannah's Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies. By the way, did I say I love cows?
How many clues and references to the book can you hide in your journal page without giving away the mystery? Think all five senses when you read, and jot down some notes to help you remember until you’re ready to get creative!
I created a Backgrounds 101 video to help you get started with your cozy mystery art journaling page. In the video, I talk about some inexpensive supplies I use and two ways I paint quick backgrounds.
Do you have any favorite journaling techniques? Be sure to share your ideas and mystery art journal pages with us!
And, as always,
May God's Word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.
What’s on the sunny side of your life these days? Have you stopped long enough to soak in and appreciate God’s blessings? I know we are in the midst of a pandemic. Families have lost loved ones, people have lost jobs, and small businesses have had to close up shop. Can there possibly be a sunny side?
Yes, indeed, my friend. God is still God, and He is still in control. Grocery stores and medical centers are still open. Social media is being used to broadcast His Word world-wide in place of the traditional church services, and Jesus is still saving souls!
The wildflowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and everyday masked heroes have replaced the sports celebrities who thumb their noses at our country. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings! May we take nothing for granted.
Check your smile today! Try it out on someone and see if you get one in return.
Let your light shine, my friends.