Sacred Collage by Shelby Pizzarro

We came whirling
out of nothingness
scattering stars like dust.
The stars made a circle
and in the middle
we dance.


A fragment of a Rumi poem came to mind when the Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencils arrived in the mail. I couldn’t wait to open the packet and spread them out on my work table.

The concept of Sacred Geometry is intriguing. Its principles unite patterns and proportion in the spiritual and natural world. Although I am just a novice, for me every day is a new discovery of how the sacred symbols bring order to our world. The unite us. They help us to see what we have in common…the feelings and hopes we all share. They help us to understand the world around us and within us.

Every stencil in the new collection is lovely but my eye kept coming back to “The Seed of Life”. The Seed of Life is about the magic and mystery of creativity. The seven circles, who some feel represent the seven days of creation, interlace. It is this pattern that forms the Flower of Life, one that decorates religious buildings and art throughout history.

Could it be this time of year, just on the cusp of Spring with daylight stating to push back the night? Could it be the fact that the new stencil series is beginning to help artists expand their creativity? Could it be the fact that I have always been inspired by circular designs? For all of these reasons, and more, I followed my Muse and began to work.

Sunflowers always remind me of the Rumi poem…scattering stars...or seeds…in a circle. The majestic flowers follow the sun by turning their heads throughout the day. The way in which they seek the nourishment they need and their beautiful golden yellow petals, never fail to inspire me with hope and belief in the future.

With my materials at hand, I started the work. Heavy watercolour paper is the substrate for my collage. I sponged the background with a variety of metallic acrylic paints and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist. The stencil was added next using gold metallic acrylics. I added torn handmade paper and fragments from a Math book. Using an Artistcellar Pocket Stencil, I sponged on the word “SEEK” in Lapis blue.  Next followed the sunflower and dried hydrangea petals. The collage was completed with additional stenciling.

So in the end, we are all seekers. By whatever method we arrive at our own spiritual truth, one thing is certain. We all aspire to dance in joy. And may you find your own circle of stars.

Materials Used:

Artistcellar Stencils: Sacred Geometry 2 and Pocket Stencils

Tattered Angels: Dragonfly Glimmer Mist

Deco Art Acrylics: Splendid Gold, Berry

Plaid Acrylics: Amethyst, Plumb, Champagne, Aquamarine

Dina Wakely Acrylics: Lapis Blue

Dye-Na-Flow Dye: Turquoise

Stickles: Black Diamond

Arches 140 lb Watercolour paper

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16 Responses

Jacklyn Young
Jacklyn Young

March 07, 2016

Beautiful creation! Great Giveaway!

Jaci Saunders
Jaci Saunders

March 06, 2016

I love these stencils and scared geometry. I get such a peace when I look at it. Thank you for the give away

Anne Squire
Anne Squire

March 05, 2016

Love the story told and art you created from the Rumi quote

Denise Spillane
Denise Spillane

March 05, 2016

Love your art, these stencils are so wonderful. So many ways to use them!

Jane Christensen
Jane Christensen

March 05, 2016

I loved hearing about your sister’s trip and the inspiration for this project. Turned out just beautiful and what a wonderful thing that you now have a permanent memory in your art journal! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Jen Stevens
Jen Stevens

March 05, 2016

Yay sooo fun and beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win! Love artistcellar stencils!

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

March 04, 2016

Thanks so much Jackie. Your thoughts lift my day! :-)

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

March 04, 2016

Thanks so much Karen. :-)

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

March 04, 2016

Thank you for your comments Jeah! :-)

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

March 04, 2016

Teresa…Thanks! :-)

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

March 04, 2016

Briana…Thank you! Hope you’ll visit again :-)

Briana
Briana

March 03, 2016

I love all that you wrote here, Shelby.
Your collage process was fun to read about, too!
Thank you!
Briana

Jackie P Neal
Jackie P Neal

March 02, 2016

Absolutely Stunning Shelby!
Not only is your work with the Seed Of Life Stencil beautiful, but so is your poem intro!
Glad you are a part of Artistcellar! they have found a gem in you and your art!
Jackie P Neal

Teresa Arsenault
Teresa Arsenault

March 02, 2016

Wow. This is gorgeous!

jean marmo
jean marmo

March 02, 2016

Love all the layers and colors! Just wonderful!

Karen Elaine
Karen Elaine

March 02, 2016

Beautiful and inspiring!

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