I also used a zebra striped tissue paper from the gift wrapping section, a chipboard crown and letter as well as jewel embellishments and clips to complete the look. On the crown I used the music note paper and pieces of torn sketch paper applied using painting medium as my adherent. All the while I pray and listen for God’s heart to be expressed. I sponge paint the color on the canvases and chipboard pieces with very wet acrylic paints, and then add the embellishments.
This past week I had the opportunity to create this expression of God’s love as a gift for someone I’d never met before. Sandi Krakowski is pretty awesome as I learned yesterday! Thanks to my friend, Angie Leigh, I was able to attend her #saturdaywithsandi event in Dallas.
Angie suggested I make a gift for Sandi and give it to her at the event. I think about these types of things but rarely act upon them. This time I followed through. As the week to attend approached I began to pray for Sandi and the event.
I guess it shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but it always catches me fresh and new when God inspires me to create by talking to me about who the creation is for – even if I don’t have their name or have never met them before. I have often heard people ministering in the prophetic say that they “see after people in the Spirit.” I understand, at a deep level what this means. You can see depth, value and maturity in people you’ve never met before when you pray for them and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you revelation in order to encourage and build them up.
This project involves creating a decoupage effect on the canvases by cutting strips of tissue paper I purchased in the scrap booking section of Hobby Lobby.
The Scripture comes to me while I am working on the crown. All I have is “She’s a jewel in His crown.” So I use Google search looking for the Scripture related to that phrase. After a few seconds of pinwheel work, Google displays Zechariah 9:16. I read it in several versions before settling on the second half of the verse in the New King James Version.
I script it out a couple of times with a ruler by hand and then make the ink bolder. I read it serveral times… Did I say that? Yes, I think I did.
Here is the way it appears on the artwork. “For they shall be like the Jewels of a Crown, lifted like a banner above His head.” Zechariah 9:16
Before too long, I begin to select the little art cards fixed to the canvas at the bottom of the page. Each card has a Scripture related (from left to right): 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 You are a love letter; Ephesians 1:3-6 Identity in Christ; Proverbs 13:12 A Dream Fulfilled; Jeremiah 30:2 Write it down; Isaiah 6:8 Send me.
I sit back and feel like I’ve spent most of my life knowing this woman as I type out a letter to accompany the prophetic word of affirmation represented in the art.
I didn’t understand what the word would mean to her, but to me it felt deeply personal. When she walks out on the stage during worship you can tell she is a worshipper at heart which is what God told me about the music notes. But, what would blow me away… She walks over picks up a microphone and shares her testimony about how she had been a worship leader and singer, but an illness had robber her of that ability at one point. That day, yesterday, she opened her mouth and her heart as a forerunner for those who needed to be encouraged to run after something they felt had been taken from them.
As she begins to sing I remember the crown and sit down and write to her that I had heard she was a worshipper and that is why I included the worship notes.
AMEN. Hallelujah. I love it when what I believe is God’s inspiration is so affirmed.
Prices vary based on the embellishments and size. If you would like to host a group event where you and friends gather together to produce a similar work of art based on God’s promises to you in this season email me as well.