it is well with my soul

I tried very hard this Christmas to make everyone's gift. Some were more successful than others. This was one of my gifts for my Mom.

When she saw it, she cried.

She cried because these are lyrics from the song, It is Well with My Soul. This song was played at her father's funeral and her sister's. It carries strong memories and touches her soul. When she hears this song, she is instantly taken back. And almost every time it is played, she cries.

So knowing that it is so meaningful to her, I thought about using it for her gift. I just didn't want it to upset her whenever she saw it. I was hoping that instead, seeing it would bring back all the amazing memories and stories, that naturally get forgotten about everyday.

In making this, I had to make some decisions. I thought it would be nice to display the lyrics in a bold, modern take since the song was so old. I liked the mix of ideas and themes. For color choices, I knew I wanted the piece to be warm. I wanted her to feel alive when she saw it. The background is natural, but the letters are metallic. I used acrylic paint for both.

I absolutely love the way this turned out. And Mom does too. We miss you, Nana, Papa and Lisa.


  1. This is beautiful and my favorite song. I am going to have to try this. You did a great job. I'm not sure if Jane is your mom or your nana but she is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Kim! Jane is my nana and we miss her everyday! I am thrilled that you are going to try it too. I'd love to know how it turned out. Good luck!

  2. Hi! I found this on pinterest and I'm in love! Nothing like a good hymn quote! Can you tell us more about how you made it? What did you use for your surface (canvas)? Did you stencil? I'd love to make one, but I don't want to experiment! I'm just not that crafty! lol

  3. Hi Stacy!! Thank you for your comment! :) This was so easy and last minute- I made it Christmas Eve! Yes, those are canvases from Michaels. Also I used really cheap acrylic paint for the background. I mixed together Americana's "Sand" and Americana's "Terra Coral" until I got a nice warm neutral. The letters were painted with Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color in "Copper". I love this color!

    For the letters, I used Bebas New font on Text Edit (I didn't have Microsoft Word at the Time) at 800 pt.
    I printed out the letters and cut them out individually without any border. Then I taped them to the canvas and then used a pencil to lightly trace around the letters. Then I took the paper off and painted in the background and then the letters. I did 1 coat of the background since it was light like the canvas, and 2 coats on the letters.

    Looking back I should have painted the background before tracing the letters. This would have been much faster and easier. So definitely do that!

    Please let me know if you have any other questions! I would love to help :) Also I want to see how yours turns out so please leave me a comment where I can see your beautiful piece!

    Good Luck!!

  4. Lark,
    Thank you for this. My mom and uncle would sing this song as a duet when I was a kid. And then, by request at family members churches. My grandmother passed last year and this would be an amazing tribute to her memory. She loved this song.

    1. Hi Jennifer! I am so sorry I never replied to your comment. I have since started another blog, http://constantlylovestruck.blogspot.com. It is such a great song, and I am so happy with how these turned out. You should give 'em a try! :)