She Likes Bright Colors

shelikesbrightcolorsacrylic, collage on w/c paper

she likes bright colors

so she spreads her colors out 

captures night, sunrise, heat of midday, and sunset

she dyes her world with kaleidoscopic splashes 

sometimes it is her only way to fly 

The lesson this week was to make our own collage paper using glassine paper (which I inherited a big roll of – it’s transparent when glued down with gel and somewhere between tracing paper and wax paper in consistency) and used fabric softener dryer sheets (which a student had given me ages ago).

The method:  lay some stencils (3 here) down overlapping on the paper, squirt 3 colors of fluid acrylic on, roll over them with a brayer.  Then take the juicy painted stencil and turn it over on the glassine/dryer sheet/tissue paper, etc. and make a monoprint of it.  Make sure you use every drop of the extra paint on the brayer for more stenciling or just dry rolling. Let it all dry and then use the extra papers on top of your (original) paper piece for collage.  Since the designs and color palette are the same, it is not too hard to integrate it.

I had just finished reading I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban  written by Malala Yousafzai  and Christina Lamb.  In this piece color became my metaphor for freedom and perhaps my way to show solidarity for girls and women throughout the world.



  1. Love the bright colors. And how you integrated your poem, as well. Or is that Malala’s poem? see, I almost can’t tell, because your creativity has merged with hers. She is definitely an inspiration!


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