I found this Dia de los Muertos Mask large stencil over at Stencil Girl by artist Andrea Matus deMeng. I've never really played much with the large stencils but I fell in love with this one right away and thought I would give it shot. After perusing the site and reading some great tips by the artist, I proceeded to get my girl onto a 12" by 12" wood birch panel and then a funny thing happened... I had a change of plan.(It actually happens a lot). Not long ago I ordered some 4"X4" wooden birch panels with a different venture in mind and that hasn't happened yet, so I completely changed direction and went for the "Why not" plan. The worst that could happen is that it wouldn't work and I would be back to the 12" by 12" panel.
I ended up using 9- 4"X4" wood panels in rows of three. Once I got the stencil on the top completed and painted on all squares (and trust me, there was a lot of lip biting there), I gave the sides some paint using fluid acrylics and let everything dry.
(You can even change her face around, which was pretty entertaining)
I couldn't wait to flip all the pieces over and start on the backs which would become the hidden shrines. I loved alternating all the colors, being messy and neat all at the same time. I found it so intriguing that behind this Dia de los Muertos painting there were 9 individual shrines hidden that no one could see unless I chose to turn one over or all of them.
I love that they can be separated, hung, or stacked together in various formations. Great for wall art, but I first envisioned shelf art since they stack and then I fell in love with them laying flat on my coffee table and moving the different blocks around..a pretty cool conversation piece. It took everything I had not to complete the insides of the individual shrines.
However, I knew if I were purchasing this piece, that would be the draw of my heart to be able to create and personalize the inside of each Shrine and make it my own, or you can leave it as it is.
Thank you Tina Walker for such an amazing collaboration and inspiration by some very talented artists and friends. This is a short list of some who blogged about it. Be sure to give them a visit.
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If you are reading this, then Thank YOU for being here and be sure to check out Stencil Girl if haven't already. You can find this Dia de los Muertos Shrine of 9 in my Etsy Shop.