Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I thought I'd try something new. This month, I'm working hard at being thankful for things. I don't know about you, but it's so easy for me to start wishing I had more or wishing I was someone else doing something else.
I really don't like feeling this way. So this month I'm figuring out ways to shoot those thoughts down (Katniss Everdeen style, of course).
So let's begin this journey with a crapt that will (hopefully) help me to be more thankful. This week's crapt is a container which will hold our daily record of things we're thankful for. Inspired by this awesome post, I made my own batik-style paper and used it to cover the container.
- empty and clean oatmeal container <-- crap!
- exacto knife
- paper bag (or any paper)
- craft paint (black and other)
- sponge brush
- paper towel
- Mod Podge (or any other glue)
Step 1: Cut out an opening on the top of your container.
Step 3: Draw your design with crayon. Be sure to press hard and cover your entire sheet with crayon. This process will take a long time and your fingers and wrists may get sore. (Ok, I admit. I've got weak wrists and had to take several breaks.)
Step 4: Mix your black craft paint with a bit of water.
Step 5: Crumple your entire drawing. (The crumpled bits will allow your black paint to adhere in interesting ways.)
Step 6: Cover your work area with scrap paper. It's going to get messy.
Step 7: Begin batiking! Using your foam brush, brush black paint over your drawing. Then, before the paint dries, use a paper towel to wipe the paint off. Repeat this painting and wiping process until you've painted and wiped your entire drawing.
|As you can see, crumpling the paper added lovely black lines. Also, I forgot to color in parts of the paper, resulting in black areas near the paper towel.|
|Does this make me a real artist?|
Step 7: Let your paper dry. (It won't take very long.)
Step 8: Glue your paper onto your container. I found my design to be rather dark, so I painted a green heart to lighten everything up.
Step 9: Create mini "I'm thankful" sheets.
I've placed the container, sheets of paper, and a pencil near our television. Every day hubby and I are going to record at least one thing that we're thankful for and place it in the container. Hopefully this act of recording daily blessings will help grow a spirit of thankfulness in us.
Do you have any nice ways for living a contented life?