Today I completed the last page in my Art Journal. I seem to have a circle thing going on with clocks, a bicycle and painted orbs. I looked up the symbolism of circles and found this explanation on Catherine Beyer's Alternative Religion About.com page.
"Circles commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. Without beginning or end, without sides or corners, the circle is also associated with the number one." If you want more information on circles, check out Catherine's site.
To make my painted orbs, I used this Circles template. I originally purchased this template to help me draw eyes. But I actually only use it to paint circles in my art work.
There seems to be two schools of thought (or practice) regarding the cleaning of templates and stencils. Some artists allow the paint to build up on the templates. Others wipe them clean after each use. I like to clean mine immediately. As you can see from the photo, I wasn't quick enough - and some paint still remains on the template.