I've always loved the shapes of vases because, to my eye, the majority of them suggest the feminine form. My 9" x 12" stencil Two Vases (featured in my last post) is one of two vase-design stencils I've developed for StencilGirl:
The other is my 9" x 12" Vases stencil --
It was Vases stencil that I grabbed when developing the background of the painting below:
Having painted that background with full-strength heavy-body acrylic paints, I decided to add a layer of water-diluted white gesso to "knock back" the original background, with the goal of making it look less prominent and more visually distant.
After waiting for my background to dry, I used a sponge applicator to add heavy-body orange acrylic paint thru one of the two vases in my 9" x 12" stencil Two Vases, creating the dominant orange figure.
With the same stencil and another sponge applicator, I added a faint green "echo"-image on the far right. (You can click on the above photo to enlarge it and better see that detail.)
After those acrylic paints had dried, I came up with a homemade stencil by freehand-drawing a smaller vase of the same shape as the dominant orange figure. After drawing that outline on cardstock, I used fine-detail scissors to cut it out. Then I mixed Golden Titanium White liquid acrylic paint equally with water, and added a little Golden Air Brush Medium. I poured that mix into a mister bottle and sprayed the resulting white paint thru the opening I'd cut out.
I use these homemade acrylic sprays rather than commercial sprays because this gives me freedom to mix any "hybrid" color combination that I want.
And, when working on canvas, I use acrylic spray paints because they are waterproof once dry.
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