Friday, April 26, 2019

Cosmic Penguin does the Spectacular StencilGirl® Squared Off Swap Hop


Hello and welcome! You have arrived at the StencilGirl® Creative Team’s Spectacular Squared-Off Swap Hop.

"Don't wait for the stars to align.
 Reach up and rearrange them the way you want"
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The most terrifying part of this was once I began cutting there was no turning back. I knew I wouldn't have any extra pieces to fall back on if something should go horribly wrong. I must have looked at the pieces of paper for several days, letting them "speak to me" before proceeding.

Then I began cutting...
telling myself to breathe....have faith...
The stenciled squares that were given to me came from 

And lo and behold the Cosmic Penguin was born. Once he appeared I had one of my moments where I knew the universe was leading me somewhere and I know that you must sit back and just enjoy the ride. Now, you may ask: why did I think something was going on? It's because I don't normally draw penguins, as cute as they are they are not one of my spirit animals that I am drawn to
...but the riddle will soon be solved.


Here's where I thought I was in BIG trouble.
This part happened so fast that no pictures were taken but I can try and walk you through my mental state of being. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. This could get bumpy.

The conundrance began when it came to the background. I was drawn to the stark whiteness of it, it made the whole piece feel very modern and very pop art to me but I was too worried it would be considered plain and unfinished ( seriously worried about this for several days! 😕 ) then, I thought maybe a textured white background would make it work.That will solve everything!!  I grabbed modeling paste, glitter paint and gesso and went to town, it was a frenzy of texturizing going on, splattering and mixing my art ingredients somewhat like a mad scientist in a 50's movie!! Now I decided that the all white textured background was the worst possible thing I could have done so now what? Oh did I mention I've already glued ALL MY FREAKING PIECES down? 
I calmly and carefully painted black around the penguin and the planets.
"sigh"
And now I hated it. It sat on my art desk...staring at me...

Now, I'm all about the universe talking to me all the time and if I would just sometimes get out of my own way and just listen then solutions usually present themselves so I turned off the studio spare bedroom light and walked away went to bed...but that's usually where my best thinking happens. For some people it's the shower, for me it's that moment right before I fall asleep that the problem resolves itself and out of the bed I pop...this time grabbing my Spirit Animal guide book from my night stand and I looked up penguins which I thought was ludicrous, a penguin as a spirit guide? 
(I'm such a spirit guide snob, lol ) 
But whatever universe, I'm listening...and....reading.

" You have everything you need inside you and in front of you to have a good life, so always keep that in mind."

Now if you do any kind of interpretive work you know you that you aren't suppose to translate anything in a literal sense but have an ebb and flow for what's written according to what's going on in real life. So this one sentence really stuck out, I mean I wasn't looking to find anything earth shattering revelation but it seemed to fit. So I went back to my canvas and took another look at my bumpy black background and decided, if everything is here then don't add to it, but take away from it so that's what I did. 


With a small piece of sandpaper I began sanding around each planet and the results just don't show up here but the glitter that had been mixed in with the gesso just pops and gives a stellar background!
( pun intended )

and now I love it!


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34 comments:

andrea50harris said...

Thank you for sharing. I love how it turned out!!!!

TerryO said...

I loved reading about your inspiration, frustrations, and, finally, success with this delightful piece. Really innovative use of the other artists' papers!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Love the color and blending! Penguins are a fav!

Linda Gibbons said...

AMazing work! I love, love, love the cosmic penguin!

Kelly Parker said...

enjoyed reading your process...i do the same thing, get in the zone and forget to take pictures...then it is hard to recreate what you did!

Anonymous said...

This penguin is a cutie and is having such fun!! Love it! ~Rachel

lgh said...

cosmic penquin is too cute... thanks for sharing process details! love it !

Mary Holshouser said...

Fun project. It takes several
days of plotting before I sit
sown and start a project.
Guess the universe is busy
helping all of us get an idea.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cathy F said...

I love the end result - well done! Cfrailey64(at)gmail(dot)com

Tina said...

So So wonderful!

becsflowers said...

Love that saying! can I quote you on that?

Katie said...

This is fabulous

JB said...

What a fun, creative approach!

Jean said...

What a cool piece! I love that you shared your struggles! I am always thinking and rethinking. Your final result is just perfect!!!

Patricia Ramos said...

Your Cosmic Penguin artwork is wonderful and your journey was fascinating to follow, thanks

egrupp284 said...

Love the quote you used! Looks great, too!

Unknown said...

Isn't funny how we all seem to do things that require a lot of back pedaling at times! I've started spreads before only to realize I should have done something else first... ah, happy little accidents! You did a wonderful job.

Kathleen Hartley said...

I find the same thing happening to me that you described about going to bed and having "the solution" suddenly come to you. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

our cosmic penguin could be in a cute children's book!

Denise Bryant said...

Enjoying the Squared-Off Swap Hop! Love your Cosmic Penguin!

Tristan Robin said...

I love your tale of disastrous decisions - lol - I didn't know there was any other way to create!
Your finished work is so inviting - it's vaguely mysterious and ethereal - and I'm crazy for your dapper penguin.
Thanks for sharing your roadmap to success!

Anonymous said...

Finding the cosmos is what a penguin needs to do!

PUFF

thehopefulcrafter said...

Love, Love, Love this. The penguin is adorable. Love the night sky.

Edie said...

I love this SO HARD. It is amazing!

Arlene Mraz said...

Artist to Artist...that’s where it’s “ART”.......mraz

helen said...

so cute!! thanks for theinspiration

donna joy said...

what a fun piece!

Michele said...

The result is beautiful! I especially love your description of your process; it echoes mine 100%. And both of the quotes really speak to me, too!

DJ said...

I enjoyed reading your process. The penguin turned out adorable. Love it!

The Enticing Creation said...

Such a lovely collage you create...it's out of different thinking creation,thanks for your inspiration with lovely stencil girls stencil💕💕

Hugs
Rituparna

Annette Reed said...

Great project! I love the sky. Penguins are very cute, but I'm not sure I've ever heard of one being a spirit guide. I'll stick with the Holy Spirit as my guide.

ashsvisagepublic@gmail.com said...

I really enjoyed reading your journey including the bumpy bits. To often I let the bumpy bit paralyze me (in art & in life tbh.) I need to breathe more and keep going and trusting. TFS ashsvisagepublic (at) gmail (dotcom)

Joyce said...

Thanks for sharing! I love when that kind of stuff happens to my art!

Mermaid Maker said...

What a great lesson! Thanks for sharing.