If you have not done so already please pop over to Patter's blog HERE as her devotional thoughts on Happiness or Joy is worth reading.
It is so true that as believers in Jesus Christ, we can have joy no matter our circumstances are. It is not the joy that the world thinks of - it is deep seated joy in knowing the love of our Heavenly Father because of what Jesus has done for us in dying on the cross for our sins. The scripture I chose for my artwork - John 15:11 " these things I have spoken to you, that my joy in you may remain, and your joy may be full." It is Jesus joy within us - nothing to do with our outside influences that we are to take hold of.
For my artwork this time I did not get any paint on my fingers. I was pushed for time this week in wanting to get my artwork created. I looked in my stash of old pieces of background papers I created years ago and found the ones I have used. Here is a link to some ideas of using ink pads and is you read the section "distressing" that is the technique I used all those years ago to create my papers just using photo copy paper.