Thursday, October 6, 2022

9" x 12" Stencil FANTASIA L450 -- in Multiple Roles

Starting today's post on a high note is a gorgeous creation by Karmen Staveland --

Above:  Notice how beautifully Karmen used my 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia L450 to print with pale lavender against a dramatic black background.  The entire painting is a gem, and the placement of this lavender print is the cherry on the cake -- how's that for mixing metaphors? 

I could certainly benefit from taking a page out of Karmen's book in designing my next painting!   

In the meantime ....

Above is the imprint left on a stretched canvas after I'd sponge-applied multiple shades of acrylic paint with 9" x 12" stencil Fantasia L450.

Soon thereafter, noticing that this stencil had acquired a coating of paint layers from earlier projects, I decided to alter it with scissors.  I love using pieces of paint-stained stencils as collage elements. That's what I did below --

Above:  This mixed-media collage is yet to be finished.

Below:  In this detail of a larger painting, a part of Fantasia L450 was paired with a rough sponge and heavy body acrylic paint.  The result has a rough texture that, to my eye, adds interest to this area of the artwork.   

Next up:  a print made with Fantasia L450 as its top layer, created using opaque acrylic paint.  The opaque paint covered some of the pink-and-black layer underneath, while leaving enough visible to create a complex and interesting image.  (The pink-and-black layer was made with bright pink acrylic paint atop black cardstock.  I used Trivet B s167.)


Somewhat similar in appearance, but different in technique, is the simple print below.  I used one color of acrylic paint for the majority of the print, but switched to a near-complementary color for one small area.  This use of near-complements gives the blue area a visual "pop."  The print's background is foreign newsprint, some of which remains visible thru the paint.

Below are more art samples made with  Fantasia L450 (which, incidentally, is actually a mask, not a stencil.)  The three similar pieces below were all made with the subtractive/reductive technique.  Want directions for this technique?  Just check here; this link will take you to my old blog, now discontinued and replaced by this blog.

Fantasia L450 in its entirety looks like this --

Above: Like many of my masks and stencils, this image was developed by combining photos I've taken at botanical gardens, greenhouses, etc.

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