Plant the seed. Watch it grow.
It finally happened. On May 6th, what was once a casual idea, became a reality.
I met a new friend, Lindsay, at my church a couple of years ago at an intentional discipleship book study.
The book talked about how we can lead others in our natural, God-given talents and ways, without being forceful and by the book and so dogmatic. I really took that too heart because for me, that’s how I was reignited back into my faith. How can we still spread the good news in our own ways? Come to know as we were taking that book study, Lindsay told me she was painter and I was a budding, aspiring letterer/calligrapher at the time. We both had our day job careers but we also had that side creative gig that fulfilled us. Oh, creative ones. I have always felt pulled towards making your mark in the world but in a subtle and unique way. It doesn’t have to be such a remarkable action where it saves the whole world. Like Mother Theresa said, “do small things with great love”. How can I put that into action?
So, from there the seed was planted…and thus sprouted: “Bloom” a Painting + Lettering Workshop by Lindsay of Beauty of Truth Designs and me over here at Chiara Marie Letters on May 6, 2017.
Read/view on for the good, mushy photos. We had such a fun and exciting time! Can’t wait to do it again in the fall.
One day something sparked, and mentioned to Lindsay we need to team up and do a painting and lettering workshop and just see how it goes and Lindsay was on board. We pitched it to our Church and they in turn offered us their retreat house to host it at. Score…really. Venue costs is half the battle sometimes. With that blessing, everything fell into place. When you wholeheartedly put something intentional into the world, it comes back to you tenfold.
We had a morning workshop with 14 students and an afternoon workshop of another 14 students. 28 students who we got to encounter with…perhaps maybe placed a spark in. If 1 out of those 28 experienced something, our job is accomplished. Just like lost sheep, the shepherd goes after the lost one.
Anywho…it was a full day, but so blessed and fulfilling serving one another. We started the day with a prayer for being intentional and discovering our unique gifts to offer.
We first painted florals with acrylic paints. Lindsay lead this first part of the workshop. Students got to choose template version of a daisy, a rose, a tulip and more.
I lead the second part by teaching students basics of faux calligraphy and lettering and how to apply beautiful letters to their artwork. We encouraged them to pick their favorite quote or verse…anything that spoke to them.
We loved watching it all come to life. How cute is this trio of sweet ladies?
In the Light,