Thursday, January 18, 2018


Today's post announces 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 the two sheets come in two sizes, the stencils and masks are identical in design, shown 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'll show one way I've used these stencils and masks together.  Although I have used a sponge brayer, the traditional sponge-pouncing method would work just as well.

First, I'll show the final photo -- this shows what I'm going to end up with, following a method that I learned from Mary Beth Shaw:

 These are the steps I took to get there:

The above photo shows a black substrate.  On it I've placed both the masks.  Next, I loaded a sponge brayer with heavy-body white paint.  With the brayer I added a layer of this paint over the masks.  While rolling the brayer over each mask, I held each in place with one finger.  You can even see my forefinger mark in the middle of the larger mask above!

Below you can see the results after the two masks have been lifted --

After the white paint had dried, I started my next step on the left side of the print, covering the left masked-imprint with the stencil of corresponding size (6" x 6".)  As you can see below, it was at this point that I started to use masking tape -- to make sure that the stencil had been placed exactly where I wanted it, lining it up with the masked-imprint below.

At this point, it was time to carefully mask off the mask half of this new stencil set.  This was to prevent the hole of the punched-out mask from showing up in my final image.  To mask off the mask-hole, I used a different kind of masking tape.  This yellow tape has a low-tack sticking surface -- making it easier to remove and far less likely to damage the print underneath.

You can click on the above photo to enlarge it and better see the way I shaped pieces of the yellow masking tape to cover the mask-hole on the far right.  On the left, you can see my sponge brayer loaded with a bright pink heavy-body acrylic paint.

The photo below is a close-up of the stencil now that the pink heavy-body paint has been brayered over it.  Notice how the yellow masking tape on the right has prevented the paint from imprinting the right area of the substrate.

Not shown is a view of the pink hot air balloon that appeared when I lifted the stencil.

My following step was important to note:  While keeping the Hot Air Balloon stencil taped in place, I waited for the pink paint to dry.  

After testing the pink paint to make sure it had dried, I placed my 6" x 6" Sprigs stencil atop the stencil.  (The pink imprint is still underneath this stack of two stencils.) 

Holding Sprigs with one hand, I used a fresh brayer to add a white layer of heavy-body acrylic paint.  See below: 

 The photo below shows the results after I had lifted off the masking taped "sandwich" of the Sprigs stencil and the Hot Air Balloon stencil.

And the photo below shows, once again, the results after I had repeated this step-by-step process with the 4" x 4" size--

Thank you for visiting here today!  More art samples will be posted here tomorrow.  You can follow this blog by email using the option in the upper right column.

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