A cheery hello to my fellow stencil lovers! Today I'm honored to be back on the StencilGirl blog as a Creative Team member and a Guest Designer.
If you follow me on Instagram you likely know that I'm a huge fan of Frida Kahlo. With both the day of her birth and the day of her passing coming up in July, I wanted to create an ATC shrine, or nicho as they're called in Spanish, dedicated to honoring her.
I started with some StencilGirl stencils, paints, clear glue, gesso, brushes and a shrine kit that I purchased from RetroCafe. If you're into woodworking you could likely whip one up on your own, but this girl... not so handy with the power tools, so buying a pre-fab kit was the way to go.
For the shrine itself, I used:
Meanwhile, I used some gel medium to adhere Frida head, that came included with the kit, onto the board backing.
I set that aside to dry as well.
At this point I wasn't yet entirely sure how I was going to decorate my shrine, but I knew it was going to be painted so I gave it a coat of gesso.
Side Note: If you are going to place items inside your shrine, you can paint and stencil your pieces before assembling them.
Once the gesso was dry, I gave it a couple coats of paint. I chose to use an impasto because you get great coverage and you can see all of your brushstrokes. I thought it would add to the Mexican folk art look I was going for.
Next it was time to stencil! I used a cosmetic wedge to sponge on paint from the Pilgrimage to Mexico stencil.
Because this is a border stencil, it was easy to stencil on the design around the edge of my shrine.
On the back I used the Ornamental Compass Screen and set it aside to dry.
Since I knew that I was going to affix my ATC to the outside of my shrine, rather than place it inside, I measured and trimmed some card stock to size and gave it a coat of gesso.
I used a bit of washi tape to isolate the sections of my stencil that I wanted to use on my ATC.
At this point I'm just building layers, knowing that I may cover up some parts of the initial stenciling.
I decided to incorporate more stenciling so I reached some heavy body paints and a few more of my favorite stencils:
To add extra visual interest, I grabbed a water brush and my favorite mark making pens and pencil.
It wouldn't be complete without a quote from the great Frida Kahlo herself, so I typed one out and added it to my ATC.
I used clear glue to affixed my completed ATC to the edge of the nicho, added the Frida head, and done!
Thanks for following along. I hope that my project has inspired you in at least some small way.
Happy stenciling and of course, Viva la Frida!