Creative Tuesdays new theme is “WET”.

So, after plunking on my thinking cap the words “a child’s tears” flooded my brain. And that’s when a sad memory surfaced.

Back in high school my art teacher made me cry (although I didn’t dare shed a tear in front of her). You see, she had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. I suppose the “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been a clue.


I didn’t think my drawings and paintings were too shabby. Heck, I even patted myself on the back with her yardstick.

Unfortunately, her poisonous words crushed my creative spirit, and I tossed my sketch pad aside for twenty-two years.

“Words kill, words give life, they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

     Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)    

Perhaps, if she had chosen kind words, my artistic endeavors would have blossomed earlier.

I can’t change the past, but I can suggest that Elementary School teachers and/or Sunday School teachers hand out these notes to their students. As the students color them in, teachers could talk about the importance of choosing their words carefully.


“Gracious speech is like clover honey—

good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.”

Proverbs 16:24 (The Message)

I’d planned on adding color to my “Bee Happy, Honey Bear”, instead I got carried away playing around with the colored backgrounds and adding the encouraging words.

Parents could also cut-out and tuck these encouraging notes into their child’s lunch bag. My mom tucked hand-written notes into my lunch bag and I did that for my kids too (I wish I had done more of that though).

Like I mentioned above, I can’t change the past but I will encourage young minds to follow their dreams. So kids, keep at it, you can do it!

Next week, these four notes (and a bonus note) will be available in My Whimsical Shop.

In the meantime, to download a FREE coloring page that will encourage the child in your life to “keep at it”, just click on the image below.


Did you know coloring reduces anxiety? It also helps inspire creativity.

How do you show love to the child in your life?

Bear Hugs and Blessings,


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34 Responses

    • All was not lost, Catherine. I unleashed my creative energies on projects like knitting, cross-stitching, quilting, and basket weaving.

  1. interesting interpretation of ‘wet’ via tears. What a mean teacher. I am glad you got back to art. I didn’t know colouring reduces anxiety, I guess art does too.
    Christine recently posted..A Long WalkMy Profile

    • I’m glad I was able to get back into creating art, Christine. And yes, coloring sure reduces my anxiety levels when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and the same goes for drawing too. 🙂

  2. Tracy,
    If this art teacher was someone you admired and respected, that would have made the comment even more convincing. I’m not sure how you felt about her before this incident, but afterwards it must have been tough to even come to class. What a shame! I’d give anything to have an ounce of your creativity! Keep at it! How sweet of you to create positive affirmations for parents to share with their children. You turn lemons into lemonades everywhere you go! Just don’t let it take two decades EVER again!

    • Nah, I didn’t admire her. She had her class pets. Mind you those class pets were very talented. As you said, I like to turn lemons into lemonade and so encouraging kids and adults too is something I may not have been able to do without that life lesson, Linda. Thanks for encouraging me too. You have a gift in that department. 🙂

  3. Nice job, Tracy! I’m so sorry about that detour to your creative spirit. I can relate to a similar situation. But clearly you have a wonderfully creative gift so I’m glad you are using it now. Good for you! 🙂

    • Hi Laura, so nice to see your smiling face. I think there are a lot of people who can relate and I’m sorry you had to deal with a similar situation too. 🙂

  4. Wow, Tracy, you sure proved that teacher wrong. I’m so sorry that you were told a hurtful lie. Good on you for not only being beautifully creative–but also for being kind and encouraging.

    Blessings & hugs ~ Wendy ❀
    Wendy L Macdonald recently posted..Dear AprilMy Profile

  5. darn that teacher, she should know better. these are the people children look up to and that’s just not proper behavior for a teacher. but I’m glad you got back at her for being creative even if it took some years.

    anyway, that is a nice piece of art and message. it’s definitely something some kids needed from time to time. nice take on the CT theme.

    hope you have a lovely day.
    lissa recently posted..The sailor mermaidMy Profile

    • Hi Lissa, you’re right, a teacher needs to uphold a higher standard, but who knows what she was dealing with in her life. She made me a stronger person. Glad you like my take on CT’s theme. 🙂

  6. That teacher should have found another career! I can’t imagine anyone being so hurtful and discouraging! Very sad. She must have been an unhappy woman. But you have certainly proved her wrong. Very sweet note cards. Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog.

  7. Tracy,
    Oh my goodness – we do have similar experiences. I have loved drawing and painting. But I had a teacher in grade 3 who took my designs in a pottery dish – an ash tray made of asbestos – and rubbed it out and said, “that’s better”. And a grade nine teacher who gave me my only C. So I dropped art and didn’t do anything except teach it until 1995. When I taught I let each child do his own expression unless it was a lesson on following instructions.
    Thank the Lord He brought us both back to knowing what He can do through us.
    Janis recently posted..Creative Tuesdays – Wet Tears for JesusMy Profile

    • Ooh, I’m cringing at the thought of your pottery dish design being rubbed. I’m also chuckling over the fact that you I both received a “C” in art. And I am glad your experience also taught you to have empathy for other children. So in the end it’s a positive thing. Yes, and I am thankful that the Lord brought art back into our lives, Janis. 🙂

        • I love looking at all the CT art. I’m always intrigued by the varied results that originate for one theme. Thanks, Janis, so popping back in. 🙂

  8. Tracy, your story very much reminds me of Niina’s shared on her blog recently. I hope she takes some encouragement with this story of yours, while being years later, not being deterred.

    anyway, this is good take on tears, if not a rather sad one too although the art itself is certainly encouraging and the drawing very well done! What did those are teachers knows? Seriously!

    Great job adn thanks for the write up here too.
    Michael recently posted..WET dog!My Profile

  9. Oh boy, how do I know that kind of teachers, I am 67 this year and I still have the words inside me – also my mothers. I know today it is jealousy that does them say that, but I still have trouble with my art and that doesn’t matter which media I am using. So ….. I hear you Tracy, indeed. I didn’t know it was you who did these little stamps – I love them. Thank you ever so much for visiting my blog 😀

    • Mariane, so sorry to hear you still struggle. Your art is beautiful and please “Keep At It”. And so glad you love my digistamps. 🙂

    • Linda, it’s becoming apparent most can relate to my post. So if I’ve helped someone that’s awesome! Thank you so much for encouraging me in my journey as an artist. 😀

  10. A teacher should know better! I couldn’t even imagine telling one of my students something like that.

    I’m glad you picked up your pad, again! You are very talented and artistic!
    Sherry Ellis recently posted..A Cinco CelebrationMy Profile

    • Thanks, Sherry! And I know you must be the kindest music teacher in the world especially after inspiring one of your latest students! 🙂

  11. How sweet of you, Tracy. I’m going to save this and use it w/my kids.
    I can’t believe that teacher said that to YOU! Your artwork is beautiful. My children attended an art studio for about 9 months here during this school year. We just ended the last of April. But my son who isn’t as confident as my daughter said he was made fun of by the teacher in front of the other students. 🙁 I felt crushed. Thankfully, they’re no longer attending. He did grow in his artistic skills, and I hope a new teacher will give him wings to boost his spirit!

  12. Oh, Tina, I am so very angry and sad to hear that your son had to deal with such an insensitive teacher!!!! I would love to feature your son and your daughter’s art on my “Mindful Masterpiece Gallery”. Your son did a fabulous job last time he submitted his snowball piece. I hope you also download the free coloring page. It’s so much fun to color!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. Oh, Tracy, in my 30 years of teaching high school, I only knew one teacher who would have said something like that, and he alone did more damage to student morale than you can imagine. I am so proud of you for surviving–and thriving–and making the most of your God-given talents. This also gives you a kindness and compassion that complement your life.
    Marylin Warner recently posted..SIT A SPELLMy Profile

    • Marylin, thank you for sharing the sad state-of-affairs created by the teacher who damaged student’s morale. And I’m certain you had a positive influence on your students. And thanks for always encouraging me. 🙂

  14. Tracy,

    I wanted to ad you to my blog side list of regualr CT contributors (congrats) to give you exposure and recognition for your commitment BUT it says I can’t as your blog is not set up with a feed. Can you fix that? Thanks. Hope you are well.

    Do pop over to to read of Alex’s own recent scholastic journey, if you’d like.

    Take care.

    • Hi Michael,
      Thanks for letting me know my feed wasn’t set-up. Yikes!
      I’ve now fixed it…I think?
      And I want to thank you again for creating CT as it propels me to create new art…although my writing is suffering because of it. LOL
      Oh yes, and thank you for offering to add my blog to your regular CT contributors. Just read Alex’s story and it was very inspiring and it will certainly help others who are struggling.

  15. )-: Your story is so sad, but I’m really glad you ended up persevering! Teachers like that are the worst. They have no business teaching. I work teaching kids in afterschool programs, and I love that type of teaching as it is fun, the students still can learn, and there aren’t the restrictions of grading, any school bureaucracy stuff, etc. I think it’s important that regular teachers during the day, and extracurricular teachers, are equally loving and encouraging to these students. Anyway, your bear is so sweet and cute, and sad! I just want to hug him and let him know he can “bee” happy, and not to be sad. Great illustration, and keep up your great art! It’s always important to show kids how awesome they are, as artistes and as people ^_^

    • Hi Donna, thank you for sharing from a teacher’s perspective. And you’re right, it’s so important to show kids how awesome they are just as people. Glad you want to give my “Bee Happy” bear a hug. You made me smile. 🙂