This is where I took a walk this week — the Denver Botanic Gardens. My first in-person "visit" with my friend Karen in 3 months.
I can see the gardens from my apartment balcony and very few people are walking around. That made me feel better about going there and seeing they required everyone wear a mask made me feel even safer. Staying 6 feet away from other people was easy and just seeing all the beautiful flowers in full bloom raised my spirits.
I took lots of photos in preparation for an online nature journaling class I am taking from my friend Judith Cassel-Mamet in July. The class is full but she will launch this class on Teachable soon. Check out her schedule at https://www.jcmamet.net
I'm not into drawing/painting from nature but I know I will learn something I can apply to my artistic expression. And, I'm interested to see what it's like learning on a platform like Zoom instead of in person. So many changes in our lives, so quickly!
When I decided to end my "mask factory" I had a list of things I wanted to do when I returned to making art.
The funny thing is, I wanted to make masks! I didn't connect the two ideas until today.
So, in mixed media art, there are "stencils" and "masks". If you have a stencil, the areas that will print are cut out. With masks, the area you print will be the outline of the image. I had this photo of my nephew who was wearing a cowboy hat and his shadow was projected on the ground. I loved the image. So I printed out the photo and traced it on a sheet of overhead transparency plastic I had in my stash. (you could use anything -- mylar, etc). I cut it out and painted the edges with acrylic black paint.
The image on the left is the mask, on the right is what it looked like on a journal page.
Simple, easy to do and fun. So look through your photos and make some original masks for your self. A fun day of art-making.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!