Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious


After being challenged and inspired at a new blog, Salt, I created this page today. The text by and on the sun reads “Though my weeds be large, yet will I praise my God.” The Bible verse in the weed is

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and PRAISE to spring forth before all the nations.

I was also inspired by my husband’s words yesterday. He commented that pulling weeds is a form of worship to me. And it is. I am always amazed by my Lord and His beautiful creation every time I sit down and begin to pull. I praise Him as I pull.

Here is a glimpse of the process of creating a page in the book:

I begin by clearing off the dining room table.

Then I protect the table and myself.

Out come my supplies.

After painting with acrylic paints, I tried something new. I smeared fresh mud made by God just for this day all across the bottom of the page.

Then I glued on a photo and some freshly pulled weeds from my wet yard. They were quite easy to pull in the damp soil.

After blow drying my mud and weeds, I applied a layer of acrylic gel to keep everything in place. This can make a page rather sticky. I won’t be able to shut it for months without wax paper in between the pages, but I am hoping my mud will stay. This is an experiment. I’ll let you know if all goes wrong, otherwise assumed it worked!

For the finishing touches I wrote the text using Pigma Micron and Brush pens, tracing some with pencil for added texture.

amanda ∞

0 Comments on “Praise”

  1. Thank you so much for joining in the challenge on our newly launched Salt blog. What a lovely contribution and so interesting to see how it came together.

  2. Wow! I thought this was brilliant when I first saw it but when I read that it had real mud and real weeds – blew me away! And I love that verse. I think I am going to have to memorize it! Thank you so much for this inspiring work of art

  3. Wow, I feel like I have worshipped God with you just by reading the meaning behind your work of art and the significance behind the verse you have chosen. Bless you for joining in!

  4. Amazing work! This is wonderful and fantastic that you used real mud and leaves!! WOW! Thanks so much for playing along!

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  6. Wow what a great idea to bring God’s creation to life through the pages of a book, I love the elements you have brought into this project, well done.

  7. G’day Amanda, what a thrill to share your creative process like this, I love your piece, and it truly does PRAISE the Lord! Thankyou so much for Praising the Lord right alongside us :O)

  8. Incredible! I love everything about it – but especially the verse and the SIZE of the SUN! Love.

    My son was just commenting on how the sun, and the Son, were both the center of our lives. How appropriate.

  9. Amanda,

    I always enjoy your pages. I love this one… though my weeds be large… yet GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth from me ~ the master Gardner!

    Thanks. I am so inspired by God’s handiwork.

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