TruthScrap2016

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Saturday I had the priviledge to attend Truth Scrap 2016 online with a couple hundred other people! It was hosted by Lain Ehmann and there were six awesome artists participating!

From Truthscrap.com;

“Truth Scrap is the galaxy’s ONLY online, live virtual art and crafting event focused on celebrating the intersection of faith and art. With inspiration brought right to your desktop, there’s no need to change out of your PJs because you’re logging on, right from home!
If you want to learn more about the HOW and WHY of infusing your creativity with your faith, Truth Scrap is the event for you. Learn new skills while getting a new take on old favorites! And with six energizing, talented instructors, you’re sure to be inspired.”

And was I ever inspired!

The artists were all new to me except for Stephanie Ackerman who I’d ‘met’ a couple of years ago with the Documented Life Project and this year with the Documented Faith Project.

Friday night we had a PJ Party with Lain Ehmann to talk about what was going on Saturday and make sure our computers were up to all the excitement. It was a LIVE event with the artists and it was SO much fun! It is really different to see and hear them talk about their art live than just reading their blogs; although I love exploring blogs to see all the inspirational stuff that is found there.

The whole ‘show’ was on West Coast time, so that meant that on Friday I had to stay up past my bedtime a little to join in to see, hear and follow along with the jocularity of the group, but it was worth it. I didn’t stay for the whole party, anxious for the morning when it would start and pretty much incapable of keeping my eyes open for the whole thing, but wanting to be sure my computer was going to cooperate. Of course, I was up before the dawn… here… so that meant five and a half hours before the fun began, but that was okay.

Of course, I can’t share the workshops with you, but I will share all their websites so you can take a look at them and ‘meet’ them, too!

1. Lain Ehmann; Life in the Fast Lane ~ Our lovely hostess, was fun and funny and did an extraordinary job! She managed the whole thing, along with her trusty staff behind the scenes and I loved it when her dogs kept getting let into the room. You have to know how that turned out. The dog wants in; the dog wants out. My dog gets preturbed if you’re in a room and the door is closed and wants in… then wants out… so add a LIVE broadcast and you can imagine.  Hop on over to her website and you can find tons of workshops to take!

(Saw last year’s TruthScrap workshops there just now and I’m in trouble. I want to go take those now!)

2. Florence Antonette introduced us to Bible journaling in her lovely style. She emphasizes using what you have, as do all the artists, which I loved. I really enjoyed seeing her work and, of course, have bookmarked her blog so I can go back and visit her to see what she is up to.

3. Stephanie Ackerman shared her gorgeous doodling and lettering techniques for the margins of your Bible. I took her class on her website just a short time ago and Loved! it! I encourage you to, also. And take a peek at Documented Faith 2016 and see all the happy, prayerful goodness there, too.

4.Liz Hicks decorated a journal start to finish for us! It was beautiful! I was mesmerized watching the whole process. She started with a Bible scripture, writing in on her prepared journal cover, then painted, stamped, doodled, all that painty-goodness until she called it finished. It. Is. Gorgeous.

Since I just ‘met’ her yesterday, I haven’t explored a lot of her blog, but I encourage you to go over and visit! Let her know I said ‘Hi!’.

No, maybe not. She doesn’t know  me. She’d just nod and say, ‘Yeah, okay.’

5. Heather Greenwood talked about using Lists for Bible journaling and showed us how she used her art to enhance her little list book that can be taken with her wherever she goes and add to her lists whenever the thought comes to mind. I loved all her tips and tricks to her art.

There were all kinds of ‘ah ha!’ moments; or lightbulb moments, as Stephanie Ackerman says, (of course I hear the charecter from Dispicable Me in my head every time I say ‘lightbulb’,  during the day seeing all the different process that these artists go through when they are playing with paint, etc.

6.Erin Bassett talked to us about using a Bible verse to guide your art and your life while we got to watch her art process. If you haven’t heard of the One Little Word movement, you can read about it just about anywhere. There are many different versions and takes on it. That link there is for Ali Edward’s website. I have thought about this, also, but wanted to use it faith-based and have been reading different things online, and here is Erin with that exact thing! Loved listening to her speak about it and am definitely going to listen (and watch!) her video from Saturday again.

7. Andrea Chebeleu showed us how to make an Upcycled Journal! THIS is AWESOME!!  I have seen things around blogland, but to see her create it right there LIVE was amazing. I am SO going to make these and I’m sure some will be making it to special friends that will enjoy them. The ideas are swirling around my head so loud I really should to be writing them down. Making a list. Gathering all the special little bits that I would put in them for each of those people I want to make them for.

Andrea is the Heart and Soul of A Work Of Heart in San Jose, California. If I ever get to do the cross-country trip again her shop will be on the list for ‘I HAVE to got there!’ If you happen to be in the area, please go visit her and let me know how awesome her place it, okay?

Whew! That was a lot.

So, all the artists are linked above, but here is another list for you. Have fun visiting them!

Find Lain Ehmann here — http://lainehmann.com/

Pop in to see Stephanie Ackerman here — http://www.homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/

Florence Antonette’s beautiful blog is here — https://www.cocoadaisy.com/blog/

See what Liz Hicks is doing here– http://blogerisms.blogspot.com

Heather Greenwood is hanging out at her place here–  http://www.heathergreenwooddesigns.com/

You have to go visit Erin Bassett in her place in blogland here — http://www.erinbassett.com/

And pop over to Andrea Chebeleu’s shop here until you can actually go into her studio! — http://www.aworkofheart.com/teachers/andrea.asp

I’m going to go get paint on my fingers now.

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