Happy Independence Day to all my USA friends. There was a great program on National Public Radio recently about the different ways people celebrate July 4th. For some, it memorializes independence from Britain, for others it is independence from slavery, or obtaining citizenship, or being granted asylum.
I decided to memorialize this July 4th with a flag celebrating the recent US Supreme Court decision striking down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. This flag was inspired by the amazing Sue Pelletier.
I made the flag using prints made with my Gelli Plate. I collaged them in blue, off white and red on a 9 x 12 canvas board. I dragged molding paste through my Starry Night stencil from Stencil Girl in the blue box. I embellished the red and off-white stripes with corrugated cardboard, and the dots and dashes stencil. I wrote the words using my super skinny brush and black fluid acrylic paints. Gelli Arts is having a giveaway of their 12 x 14 gelli plate on their Facebook page. All you have to do is post your artwork with stars and stripes by July 4th! And of course, this flag is going to make an appearance at Simon Says Stamp and Show "Stripes"challenge, and Carolyn Dube's Colorful Gelli Party!
While making this flag, I got kind of "Red White and Blue" happy, and also made this design for the City Crafter Cottage Quilt Challenge. I painted the elements using watercolors and gouache, and repeated and assembled them digitally.
and another design for the Simon Says Stamp and Show "Stripes" challenge! With this piece, I painted the dog and cat, hill, house, trees and background, separately, and then collaged them in photoshop, where I also manipulated the images digitally.
Whatever freedom and independence you are embracing, have a wonderful July 4th! Linking also to Inspire Me Monday, Make It Monday, Be Inspired and Be an Inspiration, Glue It On Tuesday, and Creative Every Day.
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