The "I Heart Art" event was last night and brought an awesome crowd to Motorco to bid on art, eat cupcakes and beer, and support theArt Therapy Institute. It was a good time and hopefully raised a bunch of moola. Now i'm off to nap and regroup before a busy week!
Why yes, it's true! On this lovely Valentine's Day, I printed a hundred canvas bags for the Art Therapy Institute's "IHeartArt" fundraiser this weekend. I don't have printmaking equipment - not even silk screens - so I just sort of used what I had and made it work. They're not perfect, but they're sweet and handmade and I think they'll be cute at the fundraiser.
It took a lot of time to make so many, but the process was actually really easy. And I took a bunch of pictures so you can see how to do it, too.
Here are the materials:
Canvas bag (or whatever you want to print on)
A piece of cardboard (not pictured)
First, cut a heart (I did it free-hand, but you could trace one if you want it to be more precise) out of a piece of contact paper using an X-acto knife (do this on a cutting mat or piece of cardboard to protect your surfaces). Then peel the backing off the contact paper and place the stencil on a canvas bag.
Place the piece of cardboard inside the bag so paint doesn't leak through the back. Using a foam brush, fill in the heart with a layer of acrylic paint.
Gently peel off the stencil, remove cardboard, and set aside to dry.
Repeat 100 times (I used the same stencil for all 100 - it got less sticky but still did the trick!).
We're less than two weeks away from the Art Therapy Institute's annual fundraiser, "I Heart Art"! There will be live music, food trucks, beer, and a super awesome silent art auction. You can click hereto get more info and donate (or, if you're local, to buy your tickets!!!). Here is some artwork I'll be donating for the silent auction:
1) "Energy Reserves", mixed media painting (11"x13", Framed):
2) "Specimen Collection", cut paper collage (11"x14", Framed):
3) "Wild Reverie", mixed media painting (12"x14", Matted and framed):
Hopefully they will help raise a bunch of money so we can continue our work with refugee children, hospital patients, children with special needs, and many others. I'll also be hand printing some tote bags later in the week (more on that later). Fun stuff!
“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” -- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass