I am a design team member for Retro Cafe Art Gallery and once a month I have the privilege of creating something from Retro's huge inventory of crafting supplies and posting about it here. As soon as I have completed a post, I am already thinking about my next one, so much so that I am always really early. This month was the first time I can remember that I was unable to find the inspiration to complete even one of the three projects I started for this post.
It's hard to wrap your mind around the devastation and loss of life from hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the earthquake in Mexico and most recently, the loss of lives in Las Vegas. It's an emotional roller coaster and it's more than anyone's heart can bear to take all of it in and yet to move on with my blessed life almost seems to border on the edge of forget. I don't want to forget. I want to mourn for those parents, for those families, for those friends of loved ones. I want to remember those that left this earth so unexpectedly. I want to remember the humanitarians, the unnamed people, the medics, the firefighters, the heroes. I want to remember all the good that was and all the good that is and all the good that continues to shine through even in the darkest of times. So with all these feelings preventing me from completing the projects I started, they led me on a journey to this one at the last hour, and this one felt right....
"I Will Remember You".
I love the articulated Santos Cage Dolls, this is one of the large ones. The face is one of the molded faces from artist Lyn Belisle. This is how I started:
Next, paint the entire piece with a layer of white gesso. Let dry.
Paint the cage and body with Golden's Paynes Gray, including the arms that are not attached to the body yet. Make a thin wash of the Paynes Gray and go over the face. Next dry brush all over the gray with an Ivory acrylic paint to give it texture.
While that is drying.
Paint the crosses with Paynes Gray, Ivory, Burnt Sienna, Van Dyke Brown.
On the bottom of the cage, add scrapes of art paper, over lapping them. Wash over the papers with thinned down Golden -Van Dyke Brown Hue. Once dry, use your stencil for the crosses with Ivory acrylic paint. The stencil I used is from the Limited Edition Fundraiser +ArtistsforArtists+.
Next, go over the entire piece again with a thinned down wash of Van Dyke Brown Hue, including the face and the arms. Let dry.Use the stencil again for the upper body.
Attach the arms once the stenciled crosses on the upper body are dry. Cut and snip the brads to shorten them on the back.
Add more texture to the crosses and attach them to the slats on the cage using the white tacky glue.
The cards in the background of my photos in this post are all beautiful art cards by Artists; Julie Prichard, Lynne Perrella, Judi Riesch, Laurie Mika, Lisa Hoffman, MaryBeth Shaw, Michelle Ward, Sam Ward and Andrew Borloz, who collaborated with Michelle Ward for the +ArtistsForArtists+ Limited Edition Fundraiser. The link is on the Supplies List where you can order these cards, donate to a worthy cause and receive the cross stencil that you see on my Santos Doll.
Small Wire cutters
Artist Paper Scraps
Aves Apoxie Sculpt
Golden Paynes Gray
Golden Burnt Sienna
Golden White Titanium
Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue