Sunday, February 1, 2009

Graffiti Stencils

I love the graffiti look and I also love working with stencils, so naturally I've come up with my own graffiti-like stencils to use in my art.

The one shown below was made by photocopying an image from a hairstyle book onto card-stock then using an x-acto knife to cut it out. A tedious process in itself, but well worth the results.

The page it's shown on was one I had heavily collaged, then decided I hated the way it looked. So I added layers of paint over it to cover most of the collaging. Then I applied the stencil to it using a round brush and light blue paint.

Yesterday my son and I spent the better part of the afternoon and evening making journals and painting pages. While we watched a movie in bed, jammies on and snacks by our side, we worked on adding images to them. He decided to work on his pages unbound and I decided to work on mine bound. Either way is fine, it's just a matter of preference.

With a big box of collage fodder between us, some UHU glue sticks, scissors and a couple of bed trays we spent hours pasting papers into our journals. It was great to see what images he choose and how he arranged them on the pages. There's nothing like working side by side with a seven year old to keep your art feeling loose and playful! Blessings come in all shapes and sizes and having art time with your child is definitely one of them.
My favorite swimmer, Michael Phelps, caught smoking pot . As far as I'm concerned, the only regrettable thing is that he was foolish enough to be photographed while doing it. He is just a college kid after all and can't be expected to act "perfect" all the time. Not that I'm saying a top notch athlete and role model should be doing illegal drugs. Or that anyone should for that matter.I'm just saying that he did something that a lot of younger (an older) people do and it isn't the crime of the century.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE the stencil-wicked cool!!!!

    Don't kids rock!?!?! My boy loves working in his journal too though his heart is more to drawing comics and I want him to follow his heart and make his comic books ;)

    HA HA HA on M. Phelps-the guy on the news today commented "THIS is news? A 23 year old smoking pot??" Well said. The junk they report as news with the real stuff going on in the world makes me shake my head...


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