Hunting down a great thrifted frame is one of life’s little joys if you ask me. When the frame has one of those old cardboard pieces of artwork still hanging around, I say even better. I’m going to show you how to use a cheap, outdated picture I got in a thrift store to make a beautiful DIY typography wall art piece you’ll love.
This dusty old frame and scenic photo landed in my possession for a mere three bucks. Seriously, does it get better than that? I think not. Little did I know how special this ratty piece of art would be to me. It’s the new year and I have been feeling God grasping my chubby little cheeks and turning my head saying, “Look at ME. Look to ME. Refocus and put first things first.” Now, I know I am not imagining this realignment, it has been beckoning for too long to be made up. Deep in my gut I know what the Lord means, I ventured off his path a little, making my own little side street that runs parallel to his will for me. Not really doing anything wrong, just carrying the load myself, spinning my wheels and forgetting what He called me to do in the first place. Do you believe a thrifted frame can be a breakthrough? Well, it was for me and I’d venture to guess it can be for you too.
I knew I wanted to take this scenery pic and paint over it to make a cute sign to hang in my office. Plain and simple, black and white, a frame with some words. That is all I was going for.
I started by painting the warped scene with white paint and immediately as the paint was drying I felt the urge to wipe it away, to peel it back and let the old picture shine through. As I smeared paint and the image re-emerged I felt God saying, “Remember your purpose.” Over and over this phrase washed over me as I wiped away the layers I had added, to perfectly reveal a glimmer of what was before.
We all wonder what our purpose is in life and as I have walked closer with God over the years and soaked in His word, I have found that our purpose is really no secret or mystery. Our purpose is to serve the kingdom and deliver the message of salvation for as long as we are alive and breathing. HOW we walk in our purpose is the real question to be answered. Rest assured, we all have a different call to serve the kingdom, a different equipping to bring the gospel to life, and no matter how much you feel un-purposeful, God filled you with your very own method of ministry.
God gave me a creative gift to see beauty in the broken, cast out and tossed aside. He gave me a creative eye and a passion to fill a home and make it pretty. That’s great and all, but it’s not my purpose. My purpose is sharing with you how I see God in all the treasures when I’m flexing the gifts He gave me. My ministry in this life is to inspire others and set you free by unleashing the talents you have bottled up and unexplored. I’m here to help connect the dots between talent and purpose. So that you can march on and do the same. Our purpose is to point to God in all that we do, whether that be scrubbing toilets, knitting blankets, transforming junk or closing multi-million dollar deals. In your talent lies your purpose, your medium, your way. For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
It’s so easy to get lost and off track in this crazy world that tells us to self seek and do what feels good, pursue perfection and a cream cheese carved life. But God is gentle and kind and he will call you to lift your head. He will nudge you back to his path if you’ll have it. And trust me it feels better than anything this world can offer. The load is lighter and the reward is sweeter. So if you feel the call to remember your purpose I softly whisper, “go”.
Making your own one time use stencil with your Cricut is easy. Just start a new project and type in your saying, select a great font ( I used Aprillia Font from my own font stash for this project). I type each word individually and then move them together in a layout I like and then weld the words together to create one uniform piece. You can cut the letters and adhere the vinyl as the words, or do what I did and make a one time use stencil from contact paper. Size the words to fit your canvas and cut them on your Cricut or Silhouette. If you are making a stencil, remove (weed) the letters and leave the negative. You will need to use transfer tape to transfer the stencil to your canvas. Remove the transfer tape and smooth the stencil. Paint over it and remove the contact paper stencil for perfect typography letters. I sanded mine down a bit for a worn feel, but you can leave them solid if you like.
A quick dry brush of chalk paint on the frame and my new thrifted artwork was ready to hang, loud and clear in my office. Constantly reminding me of what I need to remember!
Whenever you craft or work with your hands I encourage you to ask God what he has for you in that project. He is so keen to talk with you if you will only listen. I hadn’t even asked that question in a while and as soon as I did – there He was, anxious to fill me up again. This piece is literally one of the first projects I have felt God so near to me in a very long time. I am so thankful for the forgiveness God doles out so quickly. So see – junk can be a gospel breakthrough, it’s all a matter of the lens we look through. Blessings to you today as you reignite your passion to walk out your purpose!
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
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