I miss my husband Brad. I wanted to share with you my new stencil I created with his passing in my mind. His birthday is August 17th. I wanted to make something that could hang in my studio so he is there with me every day. About a month and a half after he had passed, I created this stencil for The Crafters Workshop. It was released this month.
It is to remind me of our adventures, and that day on Santa Monica pier, where this photo was taken. It was such a beautiful relaxing day for both of us.
It encompasses Brad so well. Being at the beach and people watching.
I started with a 12″ x 12″ burlap frame, and used gel medium (any brand) to apply a sheet of collage paper (found at Jo-Ann stores). While the paper as still a little damp I placed masking tape onto the paper and lifted it. Some of the paper came off, giving it a beautiful torn effect. I diluted some gold metallic paint and painted over the paper. When it was dry, I stenciled the words of the stencil onto the paper using black acrylic. I outlined the words with a taupe color marker to make them pop. I kept the stencil in place and stenciled the remaining designs with robin’s egg blue acrylic paint. I created dots and circles (paint cap) with gold paint. Lastly I stamped a rubber stamp with a script design onto the broken heart. When you break it down in steps this canvas was really very easy to create.