Friday, January 19, 2018


Today's post features art I've made using my new four-part release, Hot Air Balloons and Masks.  This new release comes in two sheets -- one 6" x 6" sheet and one mini-sheet measuring 4" x 4".

Although these sheets come in two sizes, the stencils and masks are identical in design as you can see here --

Above:  the stencil is on the left.  The mask is on the right.

Note:  A mask "masks" -- that is, hides -- everything that you place under it.  The function of a stencil, on the other hand, is to give you an imprint of an image that can contain more details than a mask can.  In this case, the image is a hot air balloon with three vertical stripes.

Today I'm sharing an "out-of-the-box" fun way to use  Hot Air Balloons and Masks.

The photo below shows, on the left, a print I've just made with the 6" x 6" stencil.  I made it using a 6-inch-wide soft rubber brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint.

Immediately after making the first print I made a second one (on the right, below). 

For today's purposes, these prints themselves aren't the goal.  Instead, the goal is to load the soft rubber brayer with (1) plenty of heavy-body acrylic paint and (2) a strong imprint of part of the stencil design.

Right after making the second print, run the brayer over a second sheet of paper --

Above is my first set of results.  It's not the hot air balloon image, but rather, a repeating design that creates a border.  For me, this discovery was a lot of fun!

Below is my second set of results.  Notice, at the bottom of the photo, the brayer I'm using.  These soft rubber brayers are the kind that I prefer.  Since I haven't tried this kind of printing with a hard rubber brayer, I can't say whether or not it would work.

To better see this soft rubber brayer, you can click on the above image to enlarge it.

Below are another two fun prints that I made this way. 

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