ArtLab episode 3

Welcome to the third episode of ArtLab!

If you happened to miss the second episode last week, you should totally go read it… Allison made a beautiful dewdrop card and Artist Trading Card (ATC).

Today I will be showing you an ATC I made inspired by my longings for summer… But I also used an inspiration from Pinterest…


I used the brown popsicle for my ATC today…


The main thing I used today was watercolor pencils (but you could also use watercolor paints or regular color pencils). I also used oil pastels and a fine-point Sharpie.

It was simple, but I think it turned out great :D. I loved using the watercolor pencils, ’cause I loved how I could smear it with a wet paper towel so easily. Do you see how the brown went outside the lines a little bit? I actually love that look!

Now that I think about it–it would be cute if I had cut little pieces of colorful card stock for the sprinkles instead of using oil pastels!


Two weeks ago, when I was making my envelope (for the first ArtLab), I felt like the envelope wasn’t good, because it wasn’t perfect. I wanted to quit, just because I didn’t think the flags were perfect. But then I realized–nothing is perfect. The small imperfections are usually what makes the homemade card extra special.

And let me tell you, the ATC I made this week was just the same. I felt like it wasn’t good enough to show you guys. The sprinkles didn’t stand out enough. Or the pop wasn’t a perfect size. But then again–mom inspired me. She got me back to the table, and I finished my ATC.

So if you’re feeling that your art or something you’re working on isn’t perfect, remember nothing ever is. And I’m glad, because the imperfections are what makes the world a more interesting place. Heck, each one of us is a huge imperfection, but God calls us “friend!” And He chose us even though we are full of imperfections. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Do you ever get discouraged with a creative project you’re working on? What do you do to inspire yourself to finish it?


“I have called you friends… You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last .” John 15:15-16




19 thoughts on “ArtLab episode 3

  1. It’s so cute, Hayley! I also really like the “paint outside the lines” look. 🙂 Yes, it’s so true about the imperfections both in us and in art!


    • So true!! In the end–I’m always happy with my art, ’cause like you said… The imperfections is what makes the art special =).


  2. That looks amazing! It’s making me hungry for a chocolate Popsicle. 🙂 I like how the brown comes out of the lines.

    My novel is the main creative project that I’m working on, and I’m getting pretty discouraged. I’ve been working on it for over a year, and I’m only about halfway through. I think it won’t be long enough, or that the MC isn’t lovable enough, or that there’s no plot. But then I tell myself that it’s just a first draft — and first drafts are supposed to be terrible. I read a quote once that said, “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”


    P.S. I got your letter! 😀 I put my reply into the mail today, so expect that.


    • Thank you!!

      Aw, I’m sure your novel will turn out great!! Actually, I KNOW your novel will turn out amazing because you’re a magnificent writer!! And don’t worry–you’re further than me to becoming a published author ;). That quote it SO true!!

      I got your letter last week!! And I loved your envelope ;). But I have something to admit… I haven’t wrote your note yet O.o I’m sorry!! I’ve been really busy :/. But I’m gonna work on it tomorrow ;).

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  3. If you trade this card in the ATC trade, and I can do the trade, maybe I could trade with you forthis one! I am not a very good artist though.


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