|Temple Guardian Spread, Right page|
There are a lot of layers here and the last bit, the journaling, has still to be added.
I collaged images of the Tara or Guanyin being protected by a temple guardian.
The first layer of the page was a hand made stamp using Wood Icing on styrofoam
to create the stamp. I painted over the stamped images with iridescent acrylic. I
used my Big Shot to emboss sticky backed metal sheets (Ranger) with an embossing
folder called "Pattern and Stitches Set" by Tim Holtz. I used the metal strips for a
border all around my pages. I last added the mandala using a stencil from the book
Stencil Me In, by Marthe Le Van. This book, which I found on sale, included 28
light-weight stencils! I used color box ink and a cheap pouncing tool, which is just
a stick with a foam gumdrop shape attached that you can find at any art supply
store along with the craft paints. I really like the subtle look of ink applied this way.
Finally, on the edge I tried Faber Castell Gelatos , which I had never tried before. A
pigment stick sort of creamy like lipstick. The fuchsia line on both pages was done
with a Gelato stick, blended with my finger. Will try those again! I have found them
in small sets of related colors at craft stores. I had not found the National Geographic
images of the Chinese figures found in a cave when I prepared this page with all
the right colors. Overall, my favorite thing about these pages is the range of colors.
I remember once being in an American Hindu temple that had walls of this color.
I was told, at the time, that this pinkish color is the color of the heart and supports
meditation. I had good fun cutting out shapes from the fabric picture on the
magazine pages to fit the upper corners.