Step 3: Hopes & Dreams

Building on the layers of stenciling which include symbols of hope for a new future (see earlier post), the next step is to choose a silhouette of a woman or a child to symbolically represent yourself or your child. There are 20 choices sized to fit the 8x11 paper. 
The sample shown represents my son and the hope and prayer that I've always had for him: that he could and would run with freedom. Take a piece of carbon paper and place it face down on the art; position the silhouette on top. Use a #2 pencil and trace the outline of the silhouette. (Remove tracing paper.) Use tempura or acrylic paint and fill in the silhouette.