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March 13, 2017
Hello beautiful souls,
Today's challenge was quilt squares with the new pocket quilt squares and 6x6 quilt square stencils. These new stencils remind me of the quilt my mom made for me in the early 90's. Hmmm so what to do with these style stencils to think outside the box? I decided to use a design style that I had discovered early on in my mixed-media journey where I did some cut out butterflies with some stenciling and gold outlines. I called the original piece "Becoming Real" because as I designed the butterflies on the packing paper desk cover I realized how pretty the "mess" was and decided to use it as the background. The outlined butterflies seemed to come to life out of the paper and it was a great metaphor for the transition in my life as well.
I pulled out my watercolors and go to work creating a background with some nice warm colors.
Next I began layering the quilt square stencils in both sizes to the paper with some different colored distress inks, shimmer spray, and white ink.
Next I got to work cutting out the butterflies. I first outlined them in gold and then folded up their wings to give them some more life.
Next I decided to use a canvas I had covered with tissue paper for another project and began adding paint through the stencils in blues.
I wanted to make the design pop more so I outlined the images in gold.
Here is the finished piece.
I was pretty pleased to have worked the quilt square theme into a design that didn't fit the typical style.
I also had my studio mate, Christian working with me at the art table again. It's always nice to create together.
How do you use your quilt square stencils?
Love, light, and art,
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