Madonna and Child with Dolphins

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The dolphin was an early symbol in Christian art. Because dolphins swim alongside boats, they represent Christ who guides believers to heaven. More about the dolphin as a symbol for Christ can be read here.

More importantly to me, dolphins grieve and mourn their young.  The reason I chose dolphins for this painting is simply because I’m grieving and need help. I pray that God will help me back to the surface, just as dolphins help those in distress.

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Light modeling paste brushed onto hair and baby’s blanket…


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Lines drawn through the wet paste for texture…
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Paint rubbed over dried paste on hair and baby blanket…
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Add adhesive to areas where gold foil will be added and let dry…
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Gently rub gold foil (gold side up) over adhesive to add shiny gold leaf accents…
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Love the hammered look of the star…
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Have a blessed first week of Advent, friends. Thanks for stopping by.  ~Scarlett
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Christmas Card-“The Gospel According to John”

This photo of my oldest and youngest child has a “Madonna and Child” look about it that I like.  The photo itself is grainy because of the high ISO setting in the dimly lit hospital room, so I decided to use it as a template for a Christmas card.

First I cut out the general shape in some decorative paper, and then I cut up the photo into sections to use as templates for the details of the picture.

And I had to take a break at this point to do bedtime routine with my dumplings, but I worked some more on it at night.  These next three  pictures aren’t great, but I’ll post them anyway just to show you how it came together.

At first I tried sheet music as the background but I decided on a dark brown circle card instead. Then I added a smaller circle of coordinating paper to frame Mary’s head.

I have a lot of bibles that have fallen into disrepair so I pulled one of my smaller texts out and found the title page for the book of John to paste on. I also cut out “swaddling clothes” from the first page of John: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)

I wound up using the sheet music to make a double-layer star topped with a gold sequin, all mounted on a 3D dot.

I put the finishing touches on it this morning–some prisma-glitter on Mary’s clothing and a bit of distressing ink here and there.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week full of Christmas cheer! We’re eating way too many sweets and watching too many movies over here!  haha! Oh well.  It’s only once a year.

God bless you and your family as we head into the final week before Christmas.  ♥