If you don't know Mary's work, she is very inspired by maps -- something I love as well. So I was very excited to receive her stencils.
I covered two pages in my altered book journal with an atmospheric wash of white gesso and Teal paint (Golden Fluid Acrylic). I used a cardboard strip to spread the paint, and added the white and teal in alternating "scrapes," so they wouldn't completely mix together.
I decided to focus on the right hand side of the spread, and rubbed some white paint around the imprint made by the 4 x 4 stencil (my favorite).
Then, thinking back to a recent blog post by Mary, in which she highlighted the work of Federico Cortese, I painted paths around all the circular shapes, finding circles within circles. You can see that blog post (part of a Friday series where Mary highlights other artists) here.
I used different colors of Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and matte medium to glaze the different areas.
Then I doodled in the white "roads" and some of the colorful blocks.
I came back in with the globe from the 6 x 6 stencil.
In order to "calm" the page, I glazed over the color blocks again, this time with Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.
I added scribble journaling, and came back in with some of the delicate marks from the 9 x 12 stencil, which look like writing or symbols when they are out of the context of the globes. I also used my Portfolio Pastels for some heavy duty shading around the white globe, to make it really stand out.
A quote by Anais Nin finished off the page: "Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people's." Isn't that a good one? Create YOUR perfect world.