Friday 22 July 2011

52 pages 2011

page 29. Community.

Never is community more apparent than when we stand shoulder to shoulder for the common good not fighting..but definitely with force. Seeking change demanding reform...we do this using our vote. It doesn't always work but it is our right to wield this power. For women it was not always so. ..and so I got to googling the suffragettes.

I had some Indian ink out for another project, so I painted my page with ink.

I wiped it back with a baby wipe.

I sprayed over this with a blue shimmer spray.

then I found my Suffragettes image and printed that to photo paper. I sanded back the edges then laid the photo over various stencils and sanded again. this is like doing a rubbing with crayons it has the same effect. However you do have to use a rigid stencil as you need strong edges a flimsy acetate stencil will not work. I used an alphabet stencil and sanded over the letters VOTE and also a flower stencil in the corners.


While reading about the Suffragettes I kept seeing images of the jewellery they wore, which was predominantly silver purple and green. So I set about making a replica piece just from chipboard and plastic gems.

I finished the edges by dipping them in clear versamark and silver UTEE. I then rubbed black stazon over the edges to dull them.

On the back I stuck down a crumpled and distressed vintage ballot paper.

I wrote my journalling quote on and added a little UTEE to the edges.


  1. this is a great piece and what a conversation starter too!

  2. That's a lovely piece! I especially like the use of a baby-wipe: gad, where would we be without them??

  3. Wow, that's a really emotive piece of art and it depicts the theme so well.
    I was at the new museum in Liverpool on Wednesday and I was intrigued by a statue of a suffragette depicting their cause. It was so intense and had amazing skulls around the hem of her skirt. I bet you'd have loved it.
    Love JoZarty x

  4. Wow, love that edged effect with the Versamark and Utee - such a great piece!

  5. This piece gave me goosebumps! I find it very emotional at a deep level. I have a brooch from my great-grandmother that I have always suspected was a suffragette piece. Love this page!!!