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Monday, July 20, 2020

United As One - Hero Arts Release!

Today we are celebrating the release of an amazing partnership stamp set at Hero Arts. This set is so important, and so needed. It's the first of several, and I couldn't be prouder to be part of Hero Arts, helping to make the stamping landscape a bit more inclusive.

The stamp set is called United As One, and it is a partnership with two wonderful, kind and amazing women - Dana Joy and Pocono Pam. The best part? 100% of net profits from this 6″ x 8″ stamp set will go to Racial Justice charities of Dana & Pam's choice.

Originally I was going to make a card with the powerful stamps in the set, but as we went into this past weekend and lost an American hero, I was called to put my emotions down in my art journal. Of course the entire country mourns the loss of Civil Rights icon John Lewis. But here in Atlanta, I think the heartbreak is even a bit more palpable.

I began by putting down some Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints. I primed the pages of my art journal with her gesso, then added a base of Lapis and Tangerine paints.

For Congressman Lewis' likeness, I found an image on the internet, printed it out, and used a transfer technique to get the outline of the image down on my page. (I couldn't find my transfer paper (!) so I just put pencil lead all over the back of the printout, then traced on the front side. The pencil lead transferred to my page.) With the outline in place, I added the rays around his head using the Hero Arts Sun Background Stencil with Lapis, Ocean and White paints. Then I very loosely painted in his image. I used Gilt and Medieval paints, thinking the metallic colors were fitting for this tribute. I added a bit of Ocean paint to his suit as well.

I very roughly added the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in the background (which we hope will soon be renamed for Congressman Lewis), where he famously walked across and was beaten during the Bloody Sunday march in Selma in 1965. I added a bit more stenciling in the background using Tribal Shapes Stencil, with more of the same paints. And here is where I brought in the United As One stamps. I stamped out the words from the set - "respected", "appreciated", "supported", "necessary", "loved" - all words that bring to mind Congressman Lewis. I also stamped the "together we can make a difference" three times on the pages.

 I'm very happy with how these pages turned out. I often turn to my art journal during emotional times. I like to say I'm "arting out my emotions". 

Want to see more inspiration with this amazing stamp set? The following artists are sharing projects today, using either this United As One set, or We Stand With You from The Stamping Village - both release today!

Hero Arts - Daniel
Dana Joy
Pocono Pam
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Michelle Short

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. What a powerful and beautiful work of art!

  2. WOW Libby! This beautiful!!! Love that you "art out your emotions". Thanks for all of your support!!!

  3. You created very powerful and beautiful art journal pages using this very specail stamp set! Thank you for sharing your art with all of us!!!!

  4. Oh Libby, I have cried all weekend with the wonderful tributes to Congressman Lewis. Your tribute to him is so powerful. Thanks for sharing it, and showing how art can bring his important message to our crafting community, too! Aren't these sets so fabulous?

  5. WOW! What a wonderful job! I knew who you were creating before I even read the description! Truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Libby, I know exactly what you mean about John Lewis!! I left a comment on another stop on the hop that I intended to use the set to scrapbook about John Lewis -- I think here in DC he also made a huge impact. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Beautiful journal pages, Libby, and such a lovely tribute to John Lewis!

  8. This is powerful and inspiring. Thank you. I love the collaboration behind these new products and the idea that more and more white folks, like me, are starting to learn about American history we were never taught, about systemic racism which continues to this day, and about steps we can take to help bring about the change we want to see. Your art is beautiful.

  9. Was not expecting to see a mixed media installment on this hop. Very cool. I like how you utilized the word phrases from the stamp set.

  10. Wow! Love the artwork on your journal pages. What a great way to pay tribute to John Lewis.

  11. Wonderful, powerful pages Libby. I can understand you 'arting' out your emotions - I remember using music the same way, when I still played
    Stay safe


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