Welcome to the Medieval Leaves stencil test drive!
Four amazing artists are in the driver's seat today: Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey; Corinne Gilman - Sparkle Days Studio; Maria McGuire - Believe Dream Create with Maria; and Ronda Palazzari - Help Me Ronda. Wait until you see what they did with this stencil from Stencil Girl!
I created this template when I was designing a line of ceremonial plates and platters for the Jewish festival of Passover.
The motif is based on the acunthus flower --
a big design element in Byzantine and Medieval architecture and art.
Here's how the motif looked in the tableware I designed for Aviv Judaica, Ltd.
I wanted to express my feelings about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in my art journal. The senseless loss and inherent goodness and innocence of children has been very much on my mind.
I used a credit card to scrape Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Gold, and Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylics on my journal pages:
I used white gesso to stencil two layers of the medieval leaves on both pages, not caring where the second layer overlapped the first. On the left side of the spread, I masked off part of the stencil to isolate one of the "leaves," and overlapped the second layer of white leaves with a third layer of blue leaves. I cut up extra collage paper I had painted for another project to make the dots. On the right hand side, I sketched the face of a young girl.
She is loosely based on this gorgeous little girl we met during our last service trip to Guatemala:
I stenciled golden leaves in her hair, added clip art of a child laborer from the turn of the 20th century, and a beautiful quote by Mahatma Gandhi, from a speech he gave in 1931 at the Montessori Training College in London: "The law of love could best be understood and learned through little children."
So many people are doing acts of kindness and compassion in memory of the children who were killed in Connecticut. It appears that there will be a real discussion about gun control and how we care for people with mental illness. Although their time on earth ended way too soon, those children are teaching us the law of love.
I also made some tags -- which I still have to embellish with some ribbon or twine so I can tie them onto gifts. They all include the word "Joy," which I'm feeling like we can use these days.
I hope I've given you some ideas for using the Medieval Leaves stencil. Now don't delay -- go
visit Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey; Corinne Gilman - Sparkle Days Studio; Maria McGuire - Believe Dream Create with Maria; and Ronda Palazzari - Help Me Ronda!
Congratulations to Nettie, who linked up to the Hebrew Calligraphy test drive with this gorgeous bag:
Starry Night stencil is on its way to you!
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And look at this beautiful journal page that Gloria Zucaro created for Artists in Blogland's most recent Fall Fearless and Fly challenge! Recognize the Medieval Leaves?
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Linking up to Frilly & Funkie (make it a tag), Paper Issues (It's Your Life), Simon Says Stamp and Show (Gift-spiration) and of course Paint Party Friday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Art Journal Every Day, Artists in Blogland and Create With Joy.
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