Often, I enjoy using stencils and masks designed by other designers at StencilGirl Products. These creative designs fascinate me -- I wish I had designed them myself! -- but "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride; if 'ifs and ands' were pots and pans, there'd be no work for tinkers."
One of my favorite designers is Traci Bautista (whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person, many years ago.) It was mostly her stencils -- Soulful Scribbles Let Go (9" x 12") in particular -- that I customized with scissors and used in today's project. Another stencil I used here is Lizzie Mayne's 9" x 12" Scattered Stencil.
I'll start today's post showing my finished artwork on a large stretched canvas --
Here are the steps that I took....
Having already established a magenta-and-blue background, I moved forward by placing the scissor-customized stencils and masks in a design flowing across the width of the canvas --
|Above: Some of the stencils were already paint-stained from having been used in previous projects.|
The next two photos show a pair of areas on the canvas after I've (1) secured the customized stencils and masks using green masking tape and (2) used a plastic art spatula to spread heavy body gloss gel thru all the stencil and mask pieces:
Below: the stencils and masks have been lifted off (and placed into a water-filled basin so that the thick gel medium won't dry; heavy-body media of this kind, if allowed to dry on stencils, will clop openings. The soak basin keeps that from happening, and holds the stencils until I have time to clean them at the end of the painting session.)
|Above: This is a close-up showing a large section of the canvas after the stencils have been lifted off.|
Extra heavy-body acrylic gloss medium, white when first applied, will turn transparent after drying overnight. This is shown in the next photo ....
|Above: a close-up showing detail after the gel has dried to transparency.|
I started to pour Golden High Flow acrylics across these textured areas ....
... and, as shown above, I thinned the color in some areas and encouraged the colors to run and spread, using a water-filled mister bottle. The photo below shows the entire canvas after this first layer of color (blue) has been added:
After the blue layer had dried, I introduced Golden High Flow metallic gold. I took the same steps as with the blue -- tipping the canvas and water-spritzing it to keep the gold paint moving into random patterns across much of the surface.
|Above: An area of the canvas with metallic gold added.|
The finished artwork appears at the top of this post. To sum it up, I applied 3 layers of Golden High Flow, allowing each application to dry before adding the next -- first blue, then gold, then magenta.
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