Greetings, friends! I have been away at my annual Lenten Silent Retreat (go here to read more about it) and this year came away with Prayer Flags.
I am always regenerated and refreshed in solitude, and as such, I have learned to bring along creative supplies for just such "bursts" of creativity! Last year I and the ladies created canvas bookmarks...memories of our time together with each other and Jesus. This year, we made prayer flags from the same canvas dropcloth! (I just LOVE using raw canvas and a dropcloth (sold for protecting from paint splatters) gives me yards and yards of raw, ravel-ly area to rip, tear, stain, paint, cut, fold, spindle and mutilate as I see fit!
You may remember, last year I used the raw canvas as the backdrop for my Lenten Art Projects:
And this year, I used it to make a set of prayer flags for each of the ladies at the retreat. The canvas drop cloth comes with edges bound and hemmed, so I simply cut 6 5.5" squares near the edge and did not cut through the binding...so that the flags will already be "hooked" together and ready to hang! I then used the few bottles of paint I brought (I had limited colors, and wanted the flags to be vibrant, so rather than paint a white or beige background, I went back to "Kindergarten Color Mixing 101" and made purple, sage green and coral (FYI: Fashionistas: A VERY "in" color this spring) Of course I had to have my red and aqua and orange completes the rainbow.
I then began to think of the things I pray for or "claim" for this year for my family: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez's words about 2011 being a time of "pruning and cutting back" (DEAR LORD not another year like THAT!) and 2012 a year of Promotion, Protection and Provision! I'll "claim that!" for my family!
And Health! Yes! This year will be a year of good health for my family and friends...
A year of blessing! YES, PLEASE LORD JESUS! (The little scrolls are scriptures pertaining to God's blessing and provision)