She wore masks.
Layers and layers of people she could call on who were fierce and strong and hard and capable.
It was comforting to have people to be instead of her own self; people who could step up where her own self might fail. Or succeed. The burden of either was overwhelming and crushing, and her people could bear the weight much better.
But her heart longed to be seen, to be heard, to be able, to be open. To love.
And every so often, in unguarded and quiet times, she would slowly peel away the people, layer by layer, putting each aside to wait to be called on again.
In these quiet, naked times, she listened to her heart’s desires, and allowed herself to love.
And it was in these times of loving that she would know that she was also loved.
Fiercely. ~ Molly Alexander
1. Decoupage various decorative tissue paper pieces to the canvas and let dry completely.
2. Using the inks and a paint brush, cover the canvas and decoupaged tissue paper with different colors, creating shapes with the ink. Layer the colors on top of each other, waiting for each layer to dry before adding more layers of ink until you are satisfied with the background design. Let the ink dry completely.
3. (Optional): spray dry background with a thin coat of workable fixative and let it dry
4. Trace the stencil onto the canvas using a light-colored pen
5. Using the stamp inks, stamp your Zen Doodle Cloud design randomly onto your canvas. Don’t worry about stamping onto the stenciled face – it adds whimsy and texture.
6. (Optional): After the ink is dry, spray another thin coat of workable fixative and let it dry
7. Paint in the face with the ColoriQue inks, creating layers of ink. Let each layer dry before you add the next layer.
8. When all is dry, use the gold gel pen to trace around the stamp design and to add more design to the rest of the canvas.
• ColoriQue Inks: Moss Landing, Black Diamond, Snow Summit, Frisco Bay, Poppy, Honey Bee, Pink Ice, Ruby Slippers
• Clearsnap Colorbox Crafters by Ann Butler: Tangelo, Aquamarine, Limelight
• Rita Barakat “So You Say You Can’t Draw” Stencils
• Rita Barakat “Zen Doodle Cloud” Stamp
• Clearsnap Art Daubers
• 8” x 10” Canvas (I used one that I had already painted on & recycled it for this project)
• Tissue Paper
• Decoupage glue
• Sponge brush, various paint brushes
• Gold gel pen
• Paint palette
• Optional: Workable Fixative
Enter to win this Giveaway from Rita Barakat & Lisa Marie Jimenez. 2 lucky winners will win “So you think you can’t draw” stencils (1) 8.5 x 11″ & (2) 6×6″ stencils from Rita Barakat and ColoriQue in Honey Bee, Moss Landing & Pacific Ocean from Lisa Marie Jimenez. 1 winner will be chosen from the entries on Rita Barakat’s website and 1 winner will be chosen from Lisa Marie Jimenez’s website. Giveaway is open to USA residents only. Giveaway runs 11/1 – 11/29/2017. Winner will be announced 11/30/2017.