Inspired by one of the videos of StencilGirl's MaryBeth Shaw, I've tried something new -- using stencils and masks with low-viscosity media. Using low-viscosity ("runny") media means taking risks! And getting surprises! Because runny media will flow under the the areas of a mask or stencil that would otherwise remain paint-free.
For this series of experiments, I chose Sumi ink. This black ink beads up when brushed across paper with glossy surfaces as well as paper previously coated with acrylic paints. Sometimes the beads are small; other times, they stretch out into pools. Either way, the lift of the stencil or mask will bring a surprise. No two prints will match, nor will any of the prints be exact replicas of the stencils or masks used in their creation.
For my approach, I wasn't stingy in the amount of ink I used; instead, I brushed it in generous swipes over the stencils and masks. This guaranteed a lot of beading and pooling on the papers under the stencils.
|Above: On acrylic-painted paper, I used the 6" x 6" stencil Kaleid.
|Above: On acrylic-painted paper, I used 6" x 6" stencil Pavilion Shadows.
|Above: On acrylic-painted paper, I again used my 6" x 6" stencil Kaleid. Besides being coated with acrylic paints, this paper was textured. Its original source had been an outdated Braille catalog.
|Above: On acrylic-painted paper, I again used 6" x 6" stencil Pavilion Shadows.
|Above: On glossy photo paper, previously printed with a photo, I used Sumi ink with my 6" x 6" stencil Trivet C. Trivet C is one in a series of trivet stencils I've designed for StencilGirl.
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