Frida Kahlo

Yesterday I got my monthly StencilGirl Club stencils. It included a stencil of Frida Kahlo, as well as images that went with the Frida theme. This set was designed by Pam Carriker. This morning I went up to my studio and made this page in my journal.  (click on image to enlarge)

Frida Kahlo

All of the images on this page were included in the collection, with the exception of the tree. But the parrot had to sit somewhere! To stencil Frida and her signature I simply used an Adirondack Paint Dabber. No need for a stencil brush…just dab! How easy is that? I stenciled the roses around her head because she frequently wore them in her hair. This was a really fun page to make.

Most of my artsy friends are *really* into Frida. I didn’t really understand the draw. No pun intended! Then I watched the movie “Frida” with Salma Hayek. Wow! Now I get it. She was an amazing woman. She was severely injured in a bus accident when she was 18 years old. During her two year convalescence, painting was her solace. She had a mirror mounted over her bed so that she could paint her own portraits. She didn’t paint for anyone but herself. Her paintings were her autobiography.

I want to learn more about Frida. In the meantime, I offer this journal page as a testament to her. I hope it inspires you to find out more about this fascinating woman.

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