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Whew! What a month it’s been! Thanks to everyone who’s stuck around while we go through the Artfully Letting Go series!

We’ve done some crazy things this month. You can see the whole list of 31 days HERE (or just click that button over on the side)

We’ve prayed and painted. We sketched and traced. We had fun and took a mini vacation. We took a shower.  We’ve laughed and cried (not you? ok, maybe just me) We’ve walked thankfully and gave ourselves grace. it was a good month for Letting Go of all the things we’re holding onto and learned how LET GOD take control.

It took 31 days to get it through my head… but it was such a good exercise! I’m so glad that I took on this crazy challenge :)

What about you? Did you “let go” at all this month?? Please let me know!!

love you guys!

xo-kimberly renee

ps- I promise not to blab your ear off so much in November! hee hee.

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One of the goals in this whole “letting go” business was so that we could find peace. But peace with what?

Peace with your neighbor? with your spouse? with your friend? Nope, this is all about finding peace within yourself.

How do we do that?

We don’t.

We quiet our hearts enough to find the peace of Christ : see these verses:

“and let  the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. and be thankful.” Col.3:15

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” Phil.4:7

“For God is not a God of confusion but of Peace” 1 Cor.14:33

Peace is a gift. A gift we can seek from Him who gives freely.

This whole business of “artfully letting go” has been a process to quiet ourselves enough to find this gift. To find this peace. Sometimes the only way I can get my brain to shut up long enough is to do something creative. sometimes it takes a little thanksgiving walk like we did yesterday, sometimes it takes painting for hours on end to be able to find moment of quiet, to be able to seek  His peace. For each of us it’s going to be different. Some people can find peace every single time they sit down to pray. Some of us it takes a lot of letting go of all the stuff we’re holding onto to finally be free to quiet ourselves before our Lord.

a huge part of letting go i’ve learned, is to learn the art of being still.

“Be still, and know that I am God;   I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

hopefully, this month of letting go has given you a chance to “be still” and let go and find peace… :)

this is my “letting go” idea for today.

go for a walk. {or, in my case, sit on your porch while it’s snowing. (in OCT!)}

but as you walk:

you will see different things, thank God for the beauty around you.

you will think of different issues going on right now in your life, thank God for the fact you get to experience it.

as you think of all the work you have to do, thank God you have something to do.

as you think of different people, thank God for them.

{even if it’s someone you don’t really like…} thank God for them again.

thank God for your ability to go for this walk.

thank Him for showing you all the things to be thankful for.

it’s wonderfully freeing to be thankful.

what else are you thankful for today?

if you’ve missed any other of my 31 days of letting go posts see them here.

 

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sometimes to “let go” I just work in my art journal.

note: an art journal is something deeply personal, like a diary, but it may or may not be filled with pretty pictures. they may be ugly pictures! it is NOT perfect! that’s the beauty of it! it’s a place to just get out ideas on paper, to doodle, to make a mess, to let go of a little bit of silly creativity and luckily a journal is personal and no one is going to see it, so it is a way of letting go of the imperfection. journal-3

whether it be a study of another picture as you learn how to draw faces…

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or some completely random clocks and cages modge-podged together because, I mean, that just makes total sense when that’s just how you feel…

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or maybe it’s just a silly girly little pencil drawing.

any way, it’s a way of letting go and taking a few minutes to find peace in making a little bit of messy art. 

dearest friends, don’t even think about what you’re doing and what it should look like. just let your pencil drawer, or your paintbrush paint, even if it’s something silly and immature like a little girl holding balloons.

For more inspiration about art journaling check out this blog HERE. She has been working for the whole month on her own art journal. and it’s beautiful. and totally, perfectly imperfect.

xoxo-kimberly renee

sometimes, the simplier the better.  sometimes simple is the best way to let go.


this painting from a couple of years ago is still Husbuddy’s favorite one.

some days when he reminds me of that, i’m a little offended  because it is by far the easiest and simpliest painting i’ve ever done.

but sometimes, you just gotta roll with the fact that simple really is better.

{please, ignore the nail holes!!*eek, pink cheeks*}

my original goal for this painting had been to copy the Audrey Hepburn “pop art” paintings that you could get really cheaply at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Ikea at the time. like this:
but we didn’t have the dough even if it was “cheap”.
so i made my own! and i personalized it!
it’s not exactly what we look like, i’ll give you that. {especially since my dear father-in-law made fun of this painting back in the day…but i think he was looking at it upside down or something} but, it’s fun and did i mention that it’s still Husbuddy’s favorite?
oh, yup. already mentioned that. well, he reminds me all the time…
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so today, i’m going to teach you how to make your own Black and White Personalized Pop Art!
{if it seems too hard still, or you’re afraid of paint, don’t worry,  it will also be a listing in my etsy shop and i could make a custom one for you!}
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SUPPLIES:
-canvas
-black and white paint
-pictures printed out to the size you want them
-exacto knife
1. paint the canvas with the white color. i know it seems redundant, but this way, if you mess up you can touch it up with the white color! otherwise, there’s no way to touch it up (trust me!)
2. cut out the details that you want to show up on the canvas. this picture looks funny because i first put it through the “posterize” filter in photoshop. when i do that, it makes the dark areas stand out more, so it’s a little easier to figure out which details to cut out.
3. hold up and admire your cut out picture, see if there is any thing missing… what’s tricky is making sure that you don’t cut the whole face out… it would defeat the purpose. we’re going for just cutting out the shadows and leaving the areas we want white.
4. use the image like a stencil and carefully paint the face onto the canvas!
get your second image ready.
5. hang up your genius artwork that you just adore.
6.admire and see if there is any white “touch ups” you need to do. (for example, in the image above you can see that there are a couple splotches on his shoulder and lapel… i just painted a couple coats of white over that area, see below)
so easy! so sophisticated!
and now you can go impress your husbuddy (or beautiful wife) with your own version!
(or like i said, i can do it for you, for sale HERE)
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May you let go through a simple piece of artwork today my friends!
xo-kimberly renee

 

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hi friends,

for today, I want you to go grab a cup of tea (or coffee if that’s your preference) and grab a pen and a piece of paper. 

Today’s exercise is all about letting go through prayer.

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take a breather.

take a moment to sit in your favorite chair with your tea and to think.

think about all the things that are weighing you down. it won’t be hard, we’re quiet for a moment and they all come rushing into your mind.

as each thing pops into your mind, write it down.

as you write it down, imagine that you let the “thing” disappear. give it up to God and let it go. imagine that as you write it down you’re placing this worry in God’s hands. don’t worry, His hands are way bigger than yours. He’ll take good care of it. don’t think of it again.

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do this until your mind is clear.

until you’ve given everything up to God.

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May you, my friends, find peace today in letting go of the things you are holding on to.

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Psalm 55:22

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”

-1 Peter 5:7

breaking bread with friends is one of my favorite things.

i love sharing laughs and spending the time together. i’m so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people in this seminary community. i can’t think of a better way to “let go” then spending time in fellowship with dear friends. so to celebrate, today’s artful project is all about that!

(kinda?)

make your own anthropology-like zinc letters!

the tutorial is  HEREdon’t you just love it? thank you pinterest! :)

 

 

 

or about a million.

just for the fun of it! :)

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I’ve been meaning to do this for a while… to change something I know I love, but don’t use as much as I would if it was just fixed a little bit :)

I have this dress, from a couple years ago: this picture is from our 2nd Anniversary!

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it was a really good sale from Anthropology! I wore it more often a few years ago then I did this summer. I kept wanting to wear it this summer but I didn’t feel comfortable in the halter top anymore.initial dress layout

so I wanted to change it to a skirt.

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today I decided to go for it.

(please excuse our messy room!eek!)

I just cut off the top and added an elastic band.skirt

so now I have a new maxi-skirt!

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hopefully now this skirt will get more use!

now, is there something that you could change just a little bit to get more use out of it?

xoxo-

kimberly renee

before:after:

let’s all just take a few moments today and have fun letting go while we play with photoshop :) have fun! no rules! no reason to have to make it look a certain way. just make a little art :)

ok. go!

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there ya go.

that was fun huh? only took a few moments of playing. :)

If you don’t have photoshop, there are plenty of free editing programs to use! they are just as fun!  one of my favorites is picnik. I blogged about it here if you want to learn how to use it.

it was fun playing, friends!

xo-kimberly renee.

 

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