And so it begins…again.
Over two years ago I had this brilliant idea. It was meant to be a reminder to myself but if it also inspired others so much the better. Someone had told me to be bold. That struck a chord somewhere within and my creative side was awakened.
I wandered into a craft store looking for a stencil of letters the size I wanted. While there I saw that t-shirts were on sale. I purchased several of them as well. I already had fabric markers at home. Once I got home I made a stencil saying be bold and then one shirt at a time, emblazoned those words across the front of the shirt. I then wanted to take it up a step. I went to the big box store and found men’s long sleeved denim shirts on clearance. I purchased several and then started on them. I managed to get the words Be bold across the back of the shirts and then got busy with other things.
Here recently I wanted to do something creative. Something that took using my hands for that creative side.
I dug out one of those shirts. On that shirt I had drawn a very large butterfly with Be Bold across the center. I wasn’t happy in the brightness of the colors. I found an additive to acrylic paints that make them more suitable for fabric. When I dug through the paints I have had for way too long, I found some that were labeled as bright. Mixing them one at a time, I painted over the butterfly. Not in the manner or pattern that one would expect or normally see in a butterfly but in a way that is very brightly colored. I then added small, white flowers around one side of the butterfly. I wanted the butterfly to be bold and stand out.
I have other ideas. I’ll need to create my own stencils, but I’ve done that before. I like the fact that I’m doing these by hand. It makes them individual and one of a kind. Not perfect, but that’s good too. Perfect has its place, but if these looked perfect, without anything at all marring the image, they would appear machine made, not hand made. That doesn’t mean that there is no room for improvement, there is always room for improvement. There is always room for making something better.
We each and all have talents, knowledge and abilities. We each have a way to shine and show what we can accomplish. Those talents can be used for many things. For our benefit and for the benefit of others.
I recall reading an article about an older gentleman who knitted or crocheted small toboggans for newborn babies. There are those who make blankets for babies. Those who sew quilts for those dealing with health issues. There are those who paint murals to draw attention to various things and events.
Our talents can be used to help bring in a few dollars to supplement income. They can be used to help clothe family members. They can be used and should be. We only need to perfect those skills and use them.
I look at the shirt I finished today, and I’m happy with how it turned out, but I know I can do better. I need to learn how much of the additive to mix in with the paint to get it to do what I want. I have to know exactly how to make the stencil so to get the image I want. I need to practice and get better. I believe I will. I know I will with each shirt I design and paint.
It is important that every shirt have that Be Bold message. I need to remember. I need to not forget to be who I am, who I was created to be. I need to remember to be bold in my writing, sharing what I feel lead to share without fear or concern. I need to remember to be bold in sharing the message of faith that is placed on my heart. I need to remember to be bold in life, because God did not give us a spirit of fear. I need to remember that when I follow the directive to be bold, life is very interesting indeed.