I’ve been doing a bit of crafting this week, as I haven’t had a lot of teaching appointments.
The first thing was a 18th birthday card for my niece in Canada. I’m afraid I forgot to take a photo of it.
Next week I am going on a workshopp-y conference-y thing in Munich – the publicity has described it thus: “Come and Grow: Say “Yes” to God’s Call to Service will enable lay persons to gain a fuller understanding of their personality style and God given gifts to empower them to creatively serve God’s people”
I remember that Myers-Briggs personality profiling was quite the “thing” when I was just starting work, and I remember having a very interesting book about worship and your Myers-Briggs profile. I lent it to someone and never got it back, but I do recall it being very helpful and reassuring. I am hoping that this course, or whatever, will be equally helpful.
I decided that I wanted to take a small gift for everyone, so I have spent some time making 42 bookmarks…
Here are four of them! I drew 5 different designs, which I then printed onto glossy photo paper (which is why there’s the flash glare in the photo) Then I wrote different Bible verses – encouraging, challenging, helpful…I will ask the facilitator to hand them out randomly, trusting that the right verse will be given to the right person who needs that verse (or will need it in the future)
I have been asked to facilitate a calligraphy course (hah!) in May. It is a L-O-N-G time since I did any “proper” calligraphy, and I don’t really feel qualified to teach it, but have rather been steamrolled into it. I am hoping that people will have low expectations!
In preparation I thought I’d root out some examples of calligraphy that I’d done in the past, and I found this book:
Covered in beautiful marbled pâper, I think it was a gift from a friend when I was at College.
This is the title page:
and inside I have calligraphed various of my favourite poems. This is the first that I wrote inside:
“Love” by George Herbert
And this was the last…
“Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti
I remember doing this at my first lodgings during my first year’s teaching in Maidstone, sitting at my landlady’s big oak table. That was 34 years ago! However, inspired by the need to practise a little, and by a tutorial on “The Postman’s Knock” blog, I played about with some watercolour paints and some ink yesterday and came up with this:
I’m kind of pleased with it. I’m not much of an artist, so was genuinely happy with certain parts (like the rose, and the feathers) Other bits less so – the branches are a bit “meh” – but it’s quite a good thing to have tried.
Have you ever come across something that you created long ago? And have you been tempted to try your hand at it again?