Thanks for popping in.
Thought I would show you how to make your own protest banner today - well at least how I made mine yesterday.
Start out with a red stain on a sheet of coated Clarity card.
This is done by smearing the red Cranberry Crush ink pad on a blending mat, spritzing it with water, then laying the card into the wet mess.
Lift and allow to dry.
Make a couple, so you can make more than one protest banner.
There’s plenty to protest about right now!
Lay the extra long Town Stencil down on the stained card,
and drag some clear texture paste through the stencil.
You aren’t looking for total coverage - just drag and leave it where it lands.
Use a paper towel to get a rough texture before you lift the stencil.
Lift stencil and leave to dry for an hour.
The red stain shows through the clear paste when set.
The paste makes it more vibrant,
as you can see here.
Now let’s add an explosive element to the red.
Puff a tiny amount of Colour Burst Indigo to a blending mat.
Spritz with water.
Interesting to see how far a tiny puff of this powder goes.
Lay the art piece face down in the wet purple
Let the purple ink run down into the red.
Let it soak into the card around the paste.
Just let it move in between the cracks.
Add more, and just sit back and see what happens.
A mess? Yes, I think that’s what the man called it....
Mop up a little, and take stock.
Then absolutely obliterate it.
Use black ink in the house too, to really create chaos.
Then just sit back again,
and let it do its own thing.
Leave it to dry out completely.
If you take a damp cloth, you can mop the black off the paste,
off the sides of the houses.
The stain will stay dark in the cracks though,
but the red will show through again.
it’s always there, sealed in by the clear paste.
See how the walls of the houses look peppered with bullets?
That’s because they are.
so there you have it.
A simple protest banner, made with ink stains and clear paste.
Bit too heavy ?
No. I don’t think so.
Make a protest banner yourself.
Make a piece of art which speaks.
I watched a programme about Christies the auctioneers
in New York last night.
$52 million for a piece of art by Jean-Michel Basquiat,
which clearly spoke to somebody with more money than sense.
Fifty-two million Dollars.
Let me find it for you....
Call it an investment if you like.
Yes, so as I was saying,
the world’s gone mad.
If somebody will kindly give me $52 million for my banner,
I will give it all to Aleppo.
Every single cent.
Love & Peace,