A Place for Art

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pope St. John Paul II  

In his Letter to Artists Pope John Paul II writes to the people who "are passionately dedicated to the search for new 'epiphanies' of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world."  Art and beauty have always held a place of significance and esteem in our Catholic faith.

Art allows you to peer into the soul of the artist.  Look at a painting, a sculpture, listen to a song or witness a playwright's creation on stage and you see something unique that can only be created by that person.  Sometimes it's serene, sometimes confusing or full of pain or even full of small imperfections...and yet all of these elements add up to become something beautiful.

See...?  Imperfect and still beautiful.  And kinda weird.  But beautiful. (Our wonderful friend and teacher had this great idea to have the kids color this picture and mount it on wood given to them by a local church.  All I can say is, uh, sorry St. Joseph, Henry's medium of choice isn't crayon these days.)

And in the same way that man-made art reveals a little of the human artist, the beauty of creation, the things that take our breath away, reveal just a little of the goodness of God the Heavenly Artist.   And all I can think is Wow, we are so loved. 

While we may not be the kind of artists Pope John Paul II was talking about in his Letter to Artists.  There is still a place for art and an emphasis on making time to create it in our home.

Here is a very simple way to elevate the art created by your family. Take it off the fridge and give it a proper frame!

Art Wall Project


Frames (Goodwill and thrift stores offer affordable options)

Spray Paint (the color in the photo: Krylon Colormaster in Bright Idea) and Primer

3M Velcro Strips

Small clothespins (craft stores carry this size)

String or twine

Staple Gun

Glue Gun

The frames at Goodwill with the craziest pictures often have the best frames and are marked down at the lowest prices.  I think it's fun to imagine the people who had this stuff hanging up in their homes and what the rest of their house may have looked like...

I couldn't bear to repaint the Eiffel Tower picture or frame but the rest got a healthy dose of Primer and Paint.


I finally have a place for some of my artwork and hand lettering too! Oh, and Josh made that arrow out of scrap wood and a jigsaw! 

I also made a little holder for an air plant (tutorial will be posted in a few days). 

A close up of the frame.  I hot glued popsicle sticks to the back of the frame and glued small clothespins on top. 

For the yellow picture holder simply use a staple gun to attach cotton twine to the back of a large frame. Clothespins hang freely and can be moved around as you like.  I love having this little space for pictures and cute invitations.  All of these items simply lived in a stack on my countertops and now they finally have a home! 

Have questions?  Send them my way! 


  1. Great idea! I needed one more piece for our art wall, and the yellow frame with the twine & clothespjns will be perfect. I even have spray paint in the bright idea color! Perfect!

    1. Awesome! Share a pic on FB when you get it done! I'd love to see it! You know, I was in Michaels and they're selling a very similar frame for $40. This cost me a couple of bucks...and now I have left over money for important things like wine. :)

  2. Hey, I loved seeing that St. Joseph plaque up there :)

    1. Hahaha!!! Yes! You have the best ideas. :)

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