RaraMakes

Sharing colour & encouragement through mixed media art

Coleraine, United Kingdom | 214 Sales

RaraMakes

Sharing colour & encouragement through mixed media art

Coleraine, United Kingdom 214 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   Welcome to my print shop! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Local customers, please know you are welcome to purchase directly and collect. Just pm me :)

Custom Bible Lettering Prints - permissions for NIV Translation & The Passion Translation - £20 plus cost of print size you desire. [e.g A4 custom Bible lettered print = £20 + £13.99 plus shipping, if not collecting personally.] Custom print sizes available are: A3, A4, A5 & A6. Please note that these custom prints will then likely be made available for general sale here in the shop at a future date. If interested, please pop me a message via the 'Request Custom Order' button :)

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Last updated on Sep 17, 2018

Welcome to my print shop! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Local customers, please know you are welcome to purchase directly and collect. Just pm me :)

Custom Bible Lettering Prints - permissions for NIV Translation & The Passion Translation - £20 plus cost of print size you desire. [e.g A4 custom Bible lettered print = £20 + £13.99 plus shipping, if not collecting personally.] Custom print sizes available are: A3, A4, A5 & A6. Please note that these custom prints will then likely be made available for general sale here in the shop at a future date. If interested, please pop me a message via the 'Request Custom Order' button :)

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October ‘All Things New’ Print of the Month offer! Enjoy 20%off these selected prints - in all their available sizes - by entering the code: PRINTOFTHEMONTH20 at my Etsy checkout!
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Enter code: PRINTOFTHEMONTH10 at my checkout to receive 10%off any size of my popular ‘Blessed is she’ brush-lettered prints!
Excited to share my newest work! ‘My deep need calls out to the Deep Kindness of Your Love’ is taken from Psalm 42 in The Passion Translation Bible. A4 & A3 prints are now available in my shop. [This is a zoom, please click tag for the full image]

About

So..who's Rara?

Hello and welcome! I’m Karen and I am the artist behind and proud owner of Rara Makes. Thank you for visiting my little shop, it makes my heart so happy to share my work with you.

So,'who is Rara?' Well, nearly 12 years ago our first nephew Jonny was born and as kids often do – he struggled to say my name correctly. Somehow it came out as Rara and so, since then I have had the joy of being called 'Auntie Rara!' But it’s not just Jonny and his two younger sisters who now call me Rara – the adults in our family have joined in too :)

But there’s deeper significance in this name for me and why I have chosen to use it as my banner. 

Since my earliest days I have loved any form of creative craft or artistic expression. I was born into an exceptionally creative family of artists, musicians, bakers, gardeners, singers, writers and poets and I have always been encouraged to walk in my giftings. And I did, but not in the way I longed to. Somewhere along the way I became stuck and didn't know how to get unstuck! I knew I had a deep well of creativity inside but I didn't know how to really access it and honestly, became afraid of even trying! 

Over many years of my friendship with God he has used visual art to impart deep truth and gift real healing to my heart. Time and time again his timing has been just right and I love the depth of connection I have with Father God through the medium of art. A dream began to grow that maybe, one day, I too could work as an artist and paint pictures that would release something of the Fathers love to others. My dream – that the Spirit would help me to create pieces which minister deeply - in divine connection and encounter. 

In the Autumn of 2015 God, in His kindness, began to help me begin the process of becoming “unstuck”. Initially by leading me into environments where I encountered play. I began volunteering with a church project. It’s aim – to help vulnerable young parents develop and maintain intimacy with their children via “play”. Through it God was gently showing me that he wanted me to come at my art in a childlike way – to play, learn and grow through it. 

I cannot emphasise how powerful this idea of “release to play” as been in bringing my creativity to life. Something happens when I sit on the floor of my studio and simply listen and wait on God. Colours, patterns, pictures and words rise up as I trust the Holy Spirit to lead me – I feel that which is “uniquely me” is given permission to shine. Best of all these new ways of seeing and hearing him are blessing others too! I hear more and more stories of how the Father is speaking tenderly to those who own my prints.

And so my creative work comes under the chosen name, ‘Rara Makes’ – the childrens name for me - because it serves as a reminder that my creativity is unlocked and I am brought alive most powerfully when I spend childlike ‘play’ time with my Abba.

The mixed media paintings emerge out of very freestyle spontaneous layering of paint & collage, where I’ll use any number of things…gesso, torn papers, paint, fabric, stitching and text to create texture and depth and connection. I also love intricate, tiny detail and so this comes to the fore with some of the painted birds and butterflies that you will see in some of the pieces. Once the original painting is complete, I then scan it making it digital enabling me to then print and package as required. I have worked hard to ensure the print quality is extremely high and I place a very high value on the “experience” of receiving the envelope in the post.

I also love to letter verses from the Bible. I really believe in the power of declaring Gods word over situations and circumstances. Having His Word visible, at eye level, in my home is something I find life-giving and encouraging. Particular verses will minister to me in certain seasons and so I will paint them and put them up where I can clearly see them. And its a joy to be able to also now make these available as prints, following the same process of painting, scanning and printing.

All this creativity happens in my little studio room in our home we’ve christened ‘Hope Cottage’ just 10 minutes from the stunning rugged beauty of the Causeway Coastline, Northern Ireland. But home is wherever I’m with my Jonny, my handsome, bearded husband without whose cheer, encouragement and support Rara Makes may still be just a tucked-away dream … and our wee cat Bessie!

When not in the studio or crafting, I love to potter in the garden or wander our lovely beaches.

Exhibition quality prints of my work are available in my Etsy shop.

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