I've always been really fascinated by the Beatles and that period of time in the 60s and 70s when people really started protesting. I've had a hard time imagining a world wherein I'd be so compelled to speak out and actually get out of my house with a bunch of other strangers and stand in a street. When I was a kid, I imagined a time when I would actually care enough when the problems would be important enough, and I worried about what that future would actually look like.
Well, now I no longer have to wonder. We are in that future. We are in jeopardy of letting those deep values fall away and succumb to hate and fear. I believe that humankind is a hopeful species, one that celebrates differences and cherishes basic tenants of love and kindness. So, I let my voice be heard.
Tonight I stood with other strangers in a street with a sign.
Now, I want to take a second and say, I don't want to talk about the recent events. I don't want to argue and fight. I want to make my voice of peace and love heard over the recent fear and hate that has been poisoning our world.
I don't think I'm alone in being more comfortable at home than at a protest. I don't think I'm alone in feeling strange about making signs. I know I'm not alone in having to learn how to be an activist.
I also know for sure I wasn't the only one in my city to realize that I needed to step up and make my support and love known for my fellow humans.
Tonight I made my first sign, this is how you can make your own.
Step 1: First, I took a canvas, just a blank canvas. You can use a board painted white or even cardboard. However, I happen to have a tonne of canvases at my disposal. Also, I wanted it to be reusable.
Step 2: Then, I used painter's tape to tape out the letters L, V and E. I didn't tape out O because how are you supposed to tape out a circle. I didn't want to fight with tape. You see, I hurt my dominant wrist the other day. So I can't paint like normal. In fact, I'm typing this with one hand. So I had to find some hacks, luckily that means it will be simple enough for anyone to do.
Step 3: After I taped off the letters, I started finger painting with my left hand. I used bright yellow to make an O, then added the rest of the colours of the rainbow, painting over the tape. I wanted the colours to be the spectrum of the rainbow. So, I blended the yellow into orange, the orange into red, red into purple and finally purple into blue.
Step 4: After everything was coloured the way I wanted it, I peeled the tape off (actually, I had my family help me.
That's it! Super simple!
The tape left the letters white and even gave them a rough effect on the outside, which I like. I finger-painted it and had my sister help me with a brush, but you don't need to do that. I also added fingerprints around the O and mixed some colour around, just for fun.
There are so many different ways to do this. You can spend a lot of time on it, adding details like henna patterns. You can do it in one colour, or put actual rainbows behind it. Add a maple leaf for an O, write other messages in the letters, add handprints, fingerprints and more!
Traditionally it's the artists who speak up and create protest pieces in the form of music, sculpture, painting and more. So, spread some love around. Use this to go and spread your message of love at a protest or event that you think could use some love.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love.
Photos from tonight: Jan 30, 2017