Welcome to our newest release, my dead and alive Peeps! Our newest Signature Series Artist is Béatrice Coron, a world renowned French fine artist with works of art in galleries all over the planet! She also inspires with a TED talk and tells stories created out of paper in a short film by James Stewart for TED.
I’m going to kick-off this blog hop with a little art, a little inspiration and a little secret At the end of the post you’ll find our blog hop list with the names, dates, and links to the other artists participating. Be sure to visit each one on their day to enter to win your own Danse Macabre set of stencils. If you can’t wait that long, you can find them on the Artistcellar Website.
I’ll start with the secret. While I do love to feast my eyes upon “Day of the Dead” art, I don’t make that type of art often and I’m not very good at it. There are SO many other artists who make beautiful, colorful Day of the Dead masterpieces, and I salute you and admire your talents. So this was a real challenge to me. But then, why do these stencils have to be “Day of the Dead”? They don’t! They are skeletons. And ever since my own skull-bearing experience a few years ago, I have loved skulls and skeletons, sometimes to the embarrassment of my daughter, hehe.
Part of me just wanted to take the stencil, brayer either white or black paint on it, and frame it over the opposite color background. Seriously, the stencil itself is a work of art. When you see Béatrice’s other paper cuts, you’ll understand.
So, as with all projects that baffle me, I did what I always do: Just start. I knew I wanted my first project to be a journal page and I wanted a colorful background with the “Painter” stencil in black. Hmm. It took me a while to figure this out in my head. Time to get messy. My background is black gesso, I carefully taped the stencil down and got messy. I dipped my fingers in different colored paint and dabbed around the stencil. Because I am NOT a perfectionist, I LOVED the way this turned out, with raggy uneven edges. Oh, los colores!
I finished it off with some colorful washi tape and some lettering with a White Signo pen. I left some areas around it for more journaling later, with that awesome white pen!
I wanted to play with the Dancers next (I think this may be my favorite design) and decided to try some doodling with the stencils. I traced around the stencil lightly with pencil and planned my layers, bottom to top. I imagined them dancing in a cemetery. I wanted to be abstract enough to look “zentangly” but also wanted to depict the flowered field, headstones, forest, and sky. I like it!
Then I did what I always do and brought my gelli printing plate out. I wasn’t sure how these stencils would do with the plate, but hey, there is no such thing as failure, right? I pulled some prints. And some more. And then a few more. Tossed a good lot of them. But I absolutely LOVE the ones that came out! I like the grungy, ghostly images with an air of mystery:
I will probably save these for a ghostly collage or journal page.
After watching a few of Béatrice’s TED talks, I was inspired to take my flashlight and a stencil in a dark room and play It was hard getting a photo of this, but how cool would it be to figure out how to make a lamp to project these images onto the wall whenever you wanted?
For my last project I wanted to use the Dancer stencil again, on a canvas with Béatrice’s own words:
In case you’re wondering, yes, I desecrated this stencil! At some recent art retreats I’d gone to I noticed some artists were cutting up stencils to get rid of the frame around them, and I thought… why not? I carefully cut the frame off the dancers, used a low tack adhesive to keep the stencil in place while I spray painted the dark blue (the canvas was prepped with a cheery yellow) and embellished it later with some swirly stamps and the Brilliance White Ink Pad and red dots with a pearl pen. Even though the dancers are skeletons (ie. dead) this makes me happy! This is what the stencil now looks like – you might want to buy two if you plan on cutting
Well, I’ve taken up enough space on the interwebs time for YOU to leave a comment for me telling me what YOU would do with these stencils. I will pick a random winner at the end of the blog hop (please leave contact info!) Keep checking facebook, I will post links to the artist of the day so you can check out their work and leave a comment with them.
September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar www.artistcellar.com/wp
September 21st – Jill K Berry – jillberrydesign.com/blog
September 22nd – Janet Ghio – www.janetsartplay.blogspot.com
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp – www.wonderstrumpet.blogspot.
September 25th – Diana Trout – www.dianatrout.typepad.com
See you there!