Grace to Be a Beginner

I indulged myself last Sunday and had a crafternoon date with one of my friends. Those who know me know that I love to dabble in arts and crafts and, perhaps more significantly, I love hoarding arts and crafts supplies with no idea how to use them (of course hoarding is a relative term, as I am severely limited by my budget).

Liz made this gorgeous page, with Gelatos, and stencils, stamps and inks.

My friend, Liz, on the other hand, not only has a stash that can rival any craft store's, but also knows how to use her stuff. So during our crafternoon, she attempted to teach me how to do art journaling, and how to use the Faber-Castell Gelatos I received as a gift a few years ago. Liz quickly blended scrumptious Gelato colors on my journal page (a gift from another friend--I am blessed), then added texture with stencils and ink pads, and little details with stamps. Then she brought out her letter stamps and pressed "make time" onto my journal page, one letter at a time but so skillfully that it looked like it was stamped on as a single image. And she was so efficient! Affix stamp, ink, stamp, clean, return to holder--she was a one-woman production line.

I asked her stuff like how do you know what colors to put, and where do you put them? How do you know what what you've put is enough? How do you know what design to make? And she said, "I don't know how to teach you that." She can teach me techniques, but that special touch, that artistic eye, that's something that comes from within.

And *this* was my first attempt. It is wonderful to keep an open mind so you can actually learn something new.

When Liz left, I attempted to replicate the page she made. But apparently my 'within' wasn't filled with too much artistry. Still, it was an enjoyable time, and I am excited to try art journaling. I posted Liz's creation and my efforts on my Instagram and Facebook page, and Janet, another creative, artistic friend, praised my efforts (I think) and said one of the nicest things. She said, "We need grace to be a beginner."

And this is still me, being a beginner. I also tried calligraphy, which I sort of learned the basics of several years ago, and never practiced, and therefore never improved at.

I love that. Grace to be a beginner. It reminds me that I need the humility to accept that I cannot be instantly brilliant at whatever I try to do. It reminds me to be humble enough to know  that there are things I will not good at, things that so many other people will be able to do better. It reminds me of the discipline needed to be good at something; the need to keep practicing; the need to discard pride and the thoughts that people will see your botched efforts and think less of you (lesson learned--more often than not, people don't really think of you at all).

And yet another thing I tired and did not have the discipline to practice: brush calligraphy

It reminds me that I do need grace, and that I am grateful for the grace that I receive every day.

(And I really need  to practice).

I also tried watercolor. Yes, I need more practice.

But it did come out nice. Sort of.

It's also a great reminder for me as we do school. My girls are beginners when it comes to a lot of things that we are covering. I need the grace to give them because they are beginners. Grace passed on is a wonderful thing.


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  1. Raine Hermoso Prudente says

    You’re still pretty good!

  2. Thank you!

  3. I love that you are so willing to try something new! What a great example to your children that we don’t stop learning!

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