Art to proclaim God’s Goodness
Welcome to Paper Praises Art! My name is Katie Harley and I am the artist behind the name.
As far back as I can remember I have loved making things and being creative. Ask any of my family members and they will tell you that I am the queen of handmade gifts! I believe that God designed me with an artistic heart and He made me to create. I feel the most joy when I have a creative idea come to me and then I bring it to life either with paint, markers or pens.
I come from a very creative family. My mom is a great cook who can make a delicious meal out of random things in the kitchen. My dad, who is an engineer by trade, makes doll houses and bird houses out of wood. My brother David is a talented craftsman who can carve a piece of jewelry out of wax and then make it into gold.
For a long time I denied the creative artist inside of me. I let that part of me stay silent while I pursued more “practical” professions and kept myself busy with being married and starting a family. The creative soul inside of me didn’t die, but was merely sleeping. In 2015, I discovered Bible Journaling while surfing the internet and a light was lit. As a Christian, I already loved reading God’s Word. When I saw that people were drawing and creating art in their Bibles I knew I had to try it. When I began art journaling and creating, something stirred in me and I haven’t looked back. This process taught me that God made me an artist, regardless of my schooling or training, and he wanted me to use that part of me to proclaim His Glory.
Art can be used to uplift and encourage us whether we are the one creating it or admiring it. I believe that God intends for us to fill our lives with reminders of His goodness and to focus our thoughts on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely and whatever is admirable” (Philippians 4:8). The name Paper Praises refers to using art to praise His name. It also refers to his Word – which is written on paper and is worthy of praise because of how wonderful it is.
Paper Praises is part art brand and part ministry. This website isn’t mean to be all about selling my art or my products. I hope to inspire others like me who are creative to find their own artistic voice and use it to draw close to Jesus. You will find resources on this website to guide you in Bible Journaling and scripture reading as well as information about my original art and paintings.
If you are interested in learning more about me, my art or my Bible Journaling or art workshops please contact me. I would love to meet you.