Sunday, March 28, 2010


Here is what I've been working on this week...three pieces of art for our church. Three of us have been meeting since January to update the foyer. It's been an amazing process....gathering paint swatches, finding new furniture, and updating the room. Many hands worked together and made it all possible.

We wanted some art that coordinated with the new furniture, filled the space, and was meaningful. After looking around, we decided it would be best to make something ourselves. When I saw this idea I knew we could adapt it for the space.

A week ago I walked around and traced people's arms during coffee hour. I painted the canvas the same color as the opposite wall. High school students cut out the arms for me, and then I traced them on to the canvas. I used acrylics and pastels on the trunks. The students and my kids helped me cut the leaves from old church hymnals.... and inked with Tim Holtz's distressing ink....

We hung them on Saturday, and I'm really happy with the results.

A brief explanation....

I'm so thankful for the friends who helped me Saturday cut, ink and, modge-podge the final leaves. It evolved into a beautiful community building project.

Here's the other side of the room.

Now I can focus on enjoying the week with the kids, and preparing our yard for the annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday.



  1. What a moving piece of art for you and your congregation. It is so impressive and inspiring. I am all about personalizing pieces..and this is above and beyond that element.


  2. beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. They are just beautiful Julie!! Well done to you, they look fabulous:) Wishing you a wonderful week ~ Tina x

  4. What a great idea for artwork Julie. I love how you have personalised it and made it special for so many people. How thoughtful and inspiring. It turned out beautifully! xx

  5. You all did a fabulous job. I love them. What a great addition for your congregation. Thanks so much for sharing them with me.

  6. These are amazing! I love what the arms represent! How unique and wonderful for your church to have!

  7. This was so creative. I graduated in art history, and I always struggle with hanging anything on my walls that isn't a family picture, because I want it to have meaning. What a great idea with symbolism.

  8. Oh Julie they are amazing, you are so talented!
    Thanks for your kind comment on the oudoor posting. My in-laws just went back home to Joliet last week. They were pretty sad to leave the 80 degree weather here, they started looking at homes here so we are getting excited! Enjoy putting your your chandelier up, how fun!!! Show pictures :)
    Take care-

  9. Great job! I love Tim Holtz's distressing inks. I have all of them and use them all the time! Your art turned out great!

  10. Julie you are so creative! It's so special! Great job!

  11. i love that project - that would be fun to do with the kids :)

    Sausha @ {show & tell}

  12. Your creativity astounds me! Great work!