One of my daughters asked me to teach a mini art lesson at a woman's retreat she is helping organize. I needed to come up with an idea that would be pretty simple and inexpensive. It is a Christian women's group, so I wanted to have the project tie in with some expression of spirituality.
I decided a cruciform format would work perfectly for this group. I started with placing masking tape in small strips to form the cruciform shape. By burnishing the tape with my little bone folder, no liquid would seep underneath, forming clean edges when the tape was removed.
I got the paper thoroughly wet with water, then dropped two colors on with splashing and let it bleed together and dry.
After pulling the tape off, I had many areas to fill with symbols. I used numbers, letters, names that had significance in my life. By doing a number right side up, then upside down, repeating that pattern, you can get an interesting look. Do the same with letters. If I were to do this again, I would put a word in the middle, but I did this in a short amount of time. I'm sure you can think of other "twists" for this project.
If you look carefully, you can see a strip of NEWYORKCITY--the place I went to college, and where I met Mike.
If you do this project, I'd love to hear how you have expanded the idea and made it your own.