Grace Mendez Life Book 2016
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Life Book 2016 Update

I’m still loving and making time for Life Book 2016.

In my first post about Life Book 2016, I expressed the way I get projects done. I make it a priority. It has a place in my calendar. Of course, this means other things go by the wayside. We have to choose where we spend our energy. I used to sew everyday, or at least five days a week. I still love to sew but sewing doesn’t get my attention like it used to. Plus, I stopped making a living by being a seamstress.

As you can see from my examples, the Life Book 2016 projects vary greatly week-to-week.

One week may be watercolor and the next may have collage and acrylic paint.

So far, I’m still working without stencils in my projects. I think it has to do with using them so much in the 80’s that I am really over them.

I do have a few stencils, mostly alphabets or the ones that I have saved from when my kids were small.

I think that the reason for my so-far refusal to use stencils has been a way to stretch and grow as an artist. I ask myself, “How can I make the tools that I have mimic the effect of stencils without using them?”

To me, a lot of the stencils that I see are about pattern. I teach the Zentangle® method of drawing which is all about patterns. Not using stencils is a way to practice what I teach.

Once in a while I’ll make my own stencils out of a manilla folder or Tyvek to use with a Gelli Arts® plate. When I make my own, I’m assured that it is unique. I won’t see the exact same stencil in someone else’s artwork.

Grace Mendez Life Book 2016 Week 06
Grace Mendez Life Book 2016 Week 06
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