I traced my hands onto hot pressed watercolor paper and made three similar right ones and one left.
Click here for the link to my post about the start of the project, which I posted on January 9.
My artistic influence was the beautiful east Indian henna "tattoos" that are painted on women's hands for special occasions. I tried to create that effect with the stencils and colors I chose.
For the left, I used a stencil with molding paste, and after it dried, painted it partially with my favorite shade of turquoise acrylic. The stencil was one that I had used on the other three. I popped it in the mail and wondered how it would look when it was returned. I eagerly waited for the mailman to bring me the other people's art, and for my final, finished left hand to arrive. It was a loooong wait.
One of the artists decided to make a book of hands as the shared project, and made us each individual clay hands with an east Indian influence. The other artist made each of us a small art quilt of her hand, that is absolutely gorgeous and intricately made. There was a bit of confusion about who should mail what to whom and when.
There were holiday and health delays, but yesterday the finished left hand arrived, and I love it!
|The left hand was done collaboratively by three artists; the right hand is one of three similar I kept for myself.|
I also couldn't resist drawing and painting and stenciling and stamping on both sides of the "hand book" pages that I made for my friend Karen. She traced her hand on some heavy watercolor paper and mailed it to me. I used some of my favorite Artistcellar stencils and stamps from Ink Pad NYC and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.
|Top of Karen's left "book hand", which was unplanned and instinctively stamped, stenciled and painted.|
|This was the unfinished left hand that was mailed out.|
|These are the three right hands. Artistcellar pocket stencil words were used.|
|Reverse side (palm) of Karen's "hand book" page.|