The principle of "figure-ground" contrast can be phrased as a question: “Which part of this silhouetted image is “figure” and which is “(back)ground?”
|Above: printed with blue acrylic paint on white watercolor paper previously stained purple3 in random areas; mask used: S582 Tangled Pods Small (6" x 6")|
|Made with s581 Dangled Pods Small (6" x 6".)|
|Above: Left is step 1; right is step 2.|
In the close-up below, I used the same method, in multiple layers, alternating between the two 6" x 6" stencils -- Small Tangled Pods and Small Dangled Pods. The top layer of zinc white paint was made with Small Dangled Pods.
The fact that these two stencils are exact opposites makes it a lot of fun to use them together! And multiple layers make it impossible to decide which imagery is figure and which is ground.
Below is yet another example of an artwork that purposely confuses the eye as to which is figure and which is ground --
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