I started out with the thought of just doing her face and the iconic eyebrows, but afters hours of pouring over her pictures, again, and just immersing myself into her art and lifestyle, I just let go. I embraced my inner Frida.
I was influenced by this painting of hers: The Wounded Deer
But instead of grounding her image in the pain and suffering that she experienced over her lifetime, I morphed her spirit into a free flying bird. Free of the pain, free to go and do what she wanted without any constraints.
"Later in her life, Kahlo was interested in ancient Eastern religions and mysticism, and The Little Deer is an assimilation of her Mexican and European heritage with these ancient beliefs. The image is of Kahlo’s head placed on top of a stag, which is pierced with arrows. The arrows no doubt refer to her own pain and suffering due to her injuries, as well as her injurious marriage to Diego Rivera. At the bottom of the painting, Kahlo has written “carma,” alluding to these ancient mystic beliefs. She also combines the eastern belief system with Aztec. An ancient Aztec symbol, the deer symbolized the right foot, and in this she was alluding to her injured right side, the foot of which had been crushed in a bus accident, and right leg being fractured in eleven different places. One year before her death, her right leg was amputated up to her right knee, due to complications from gangrene." WikiArt.org entering this in Art Journal Journey - Frida
This is my journal page after I had gently ripped off some netting that I had glued down with my Helmar Collage Paste. After removing the netting I was left with some very textured surface which I then covered over with the left over paint from my brayer. I always keep my journal open to pages that I had messed up when I am playing with my gelli plate, so no paint gets wasted!
Sometimes from mistakes, you get cool textures. Both pages pretty much had the same overall effect of leftover collage paste, glitter and netting imprint. I REALLY liked it and never would have been able to achieve this effect if I had wanted to....even if I had tried really hard! lol
So these pages were left open while I made my Gelli prints, rolling the left over paint that was on the brayer onto the pages. After I made my prints, I was then left with this mess on my Gelli plate:
One of the easiest ways to clean off a dried Gelli plate is by removing the paint with packing tape. Lay it across your plate, rub it, and pull it off to reveal an almost perfectly clean plate.
Of course, then you have all these lovely translucent strips of tape to play with so I did what any creative person would do....used them! I adhered them onto the journal with my Helmars Decoupage Paste and I really liked how they looked. They are the same colors but more intense looking when over laid across the painted pages of the journal book. You can see where I marked them to be cut so I would have an even border around them leaving the texture visible.
I used my Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste to adhere the strips of painted packing tape to the page. Once that was done I used Sharpie marker to sketch out a skyline and the Statue of Liberty onto the packing tape for my layout design.
Over on the Helmar blog today I made stencils for Gelli printing by using the Foam Glue. I hope you hop over there and check it out, so much better than using a hot glue gun!
My second short story is up over on the Rapid River Art & Culture Magazine and it just thrills me to be published, especially considering that I am no writer by any means. If you have a moment to click on the link and read it, it's appreciated by both me and my editor. :)
I have been trying to work on my water coloring which has been fun doing but definitely has a learning curve. The art of Plein Air also has a learning curve, one aspect is carrying your equipment out to the site which is expressed in the story itself. And writing a story to be published is yet another learning curve.
Dang, there are so many curves I'm surprised I can walk a straight line anymore! Or am I weaving, and I just don't know?
OK, I've entered yet another "popularity contest and I wonder why I do this to myself since I don't have an abundance of "friends". Trust me, I am not one of those people who go around and "friend" everyone on Face Book, I am choosy! lol Which works great in keeping a wonderful support group, but works against me in situations like this. So if you want, please go VOTEfor me...you are appreciated and thank you!