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Stencil Art Is Accepted

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Just recently, coloring books for adults with varieties of a form of stencil art have hit the market. Admittedly, I’ve missed the coloring book days of my youth, and eventually graduated to stencils and stencil wheel art myself.

And there isn’t a thing wrong with using stencils to help form artwork for your handcrafted book material. I use it in my homemade novelettes, and I enjoy the creative process, which is pricelessly individual and toys with infinity in a self-indulgent array of endless possibilities.

All you need to do to enjoy stencil art and to add it to your self-published efforts is possess stencils.

I like shapes and geometric stencils because you can use shapes and geometrics in any way you please to add artwork to your writing themes.

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The above example was one I created for use in my novelette ” Fans “. It simply reflects distance in the story between a former star basketball father and his son who prefers soccer, while the pig images speak to an important conflict within — father versus former basketball star. The original artwork was done on graph paper.

Create at will!

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Other Dog Art Forms

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Somewhere along the way as I owned a Newfoundland dog and began writing the novelette “Factory Tails: All Good Dogs Walk on the Left”, I began to experiment with loosely drawing Ebony’s head and giving it a geometric-like background effect around the image.

One of the results is this drawing of “Rocky”, a main character in “Factory Tails”, and another version is offered below.

“Factory Tails” is a world in which dogs are the protagonists, the antagonists, and…well, dogs are all the characters in this story told in a time when only dogs remain on the Earth. Just like their human predecessors, these dogs compete for work and retirement benefits in the factory, Big Blackie Biscuits, the only working industry in the country.

You may read more of “Factory Tails” here.

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*******Credit:
“Factory Tails” and the artwork in this blog are part of the personal and copyrighted work of Barbara Anne Helberg

A Word About Writer’s Block

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Most of us on WordPress live a potential writer’s life. That is, some of us write all the time for a living, and others of us write when we have time because we love to write. We find places to write.

And some of us suffer bouts with writer’s block.

I never have had writer’s block. Nothing ever has stopped my blabber-pen!

However, I believe I do things with my writing that may unconsciously prevent writer’s block, that effectively allow me to avoid the pitfall of mental blockage.

Photography and artwork are part of that unconscious effort. I like to take pictures; the one displayed here was taken in the 1980s. (Non-digital, it uploads with no difficulty onto the modern writing sites by the way.)

When people talk to me and ask, “Where do you get your writing ideas?”, I’m sure my expression is one of incredible disbelief! That’s because I’m thinking, “What? Are you kidding? Look around! The answer is ‘life’ in all its ups and downs!”

What do you see in the above picture? Or is it just obvious to me that a storyline jumps forward here because I’m a farmer’s daughter? Old pictures, and pictures just taken, as well, and artwork are powerful forces to use to avoid, or to overcome, writer’s block. Look at pictures. Do some artwork, which, after all, doesn’t have to be Picasso-esque!

Those things help unblock the stopped words.

Never pass up the opportunity to write down your thoughts as they come to you! Keep a writing journal. Everything that can be called an idea is worth it’s weight in gold to a writer. And the more a writer observes and records, the less credence writer’s block will have to exist in his world.

See also: http://www.storypromptsdeluxe.wordpress.com

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*** Credit:
Top Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
Photographed Book Cover of “The Creative Writer”, Edited by Aron Mathieu, 1961, published by Writer’s Digest, Cincinnati, Ohio

Equine Geos

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In experimenting with my own artwork for my fiction stories, I’ve found that using simple geometrics is a good place to start.

In the artwork above, I used geometric figures over stenciled horses to complement one of my novelettes, Triple Crown Run by Smarty E. Jones, which will appear later in another of my blogs.

I enjoy using colored pencils, markers, and color, or gel, ink pens, as well as black and white drawings for my projects.

Below is another piece of handcrafted artwork which I created for “Factory Tails“, which can be read in chapters here.

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Creating my own artwork is something I like to do. It enhances my own enjoyment of the writing project at hand, and creating it is a relax mode for me as I roam the woods of wordsmithing.

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Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Canine Geos

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As I am not a true illustrator but I do appreciate “hand” artwork, I always find myself trying to create something different and entertaining for my fiction. Using geometric forms has helped me to achieve this.

The above artwork, with a basic geometric background, is an example of this effort.

I used colored pencils and gel inks to create this drawing that became a major format for my Factory Tails trilogy, from my Novels In A Nutshell series.

Cover artwork for the novelette FANS, also from my Novels In A Nutshell series, is shown below.

+++++++ Factory Tails may be read in chapters here.

+++++++ FANS may be read in chapters here.

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Geometric and Cover Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg