Last week, University of Saint Mary President Diane Steele dropped by one of my classes to ask me or one of my students to decorate a baptism stole for one of our own esteemed colleagues who is getting baptized this Friday.
Given the seriousness of the event and the once-off support media, I chose to take the task on myself so as to make sure it was a well-executed piece. I took pieces of some of our logos and printed them out at the proper scale, handcut them into stencils, and painted them onto each side of the stole. I then freehand-painted somewhat stylized fire and water below the stencils. I took my time in doing it, and it even surprised me how long it did take - around 7 hours! But I think it turned out quite well.