A guest post by Carolyn Dube
When I was 18, I knew it all and thought I had a clue as to what direction my life was going. All those who are well past 18 know that things didn’t go as I expected and planned . . . . Several years later, with 2016 right around the corner, I shouldn’t have been surprised when my plan took an introspective turn as I captured the twists and turns of my life in a little art play using calendar tools.
The play started with a reverse stencil print that I made while Gelli® printing with my Blueprints stencil. I keep a stack of papers in my studio so that any time I need a place to start, I’ve got it!
How did I make this particular print? When I am using stencils on the Gelli Plate® there is usually lots of paint on the backside of the stencil. To clean off the stencil and not waste a drop of paint, I grab a piece of dictionary paper to make a quick print. Once it is dry, it gets added to the stack of prints for future use.
To represent in the element of time, I used my Never Ending Calendar stencil from StencilGirl. Bits and pieces of both sizes were used to fill in the shapes by picking numbers and months that had special meaning and significance for me. Cosmetic sponges cut easily with scissors so I trim them down making them small enough that I didn’t have to mask anything off when stenciling only certain numbers or words.
As tempted as I was to leave the monochromatic look of black and white, color won out in the end. Since I’m using a stencil, I was able to take a short cut to make it easy to add the color. I put the stencil right back on top of it so that it masked off, or protected, the black areas.
With the lines protected, it took no time at all to use a cosmetic sponge and some acrylic paints to get the rainbow involved. Life is colorful and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Try making your own calendar for 2016. It makes each day a bit more colorful!
Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products and check out her four new DVDs from North Light!
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