In early March of '21, StencilGirl Products released my 4-part series Abstract Composition Backbones Masks -- s864, s865, s866 and s867... and I did a number of write-ups, with step-by-step photos, showing some of my experiments with these masks.
Having checked old blog posts from that period, I see that not all of my experiments got covered in my blog. Today's post changes that.
This project started with my cutting s866 from its 6" x 6" outer frame.
Then I used green masking tape to secure it to a sheet of paper previously painted copper-and-black (with touches of blue) acrylic liquid paints. The tape had two jobs -- to hold the mask in place while I applied fresh paints, and to establish a cruciform shape that extended above, below and on both sides of the 6" x 6" mask so that my finished project would measure 9" x 12".
|Above: the mask has been stained pink from use in a previous project.|
|Above: A layer of Titan Buff acrylic paint is being sponge-applied over the green tape and the mask s866.|
The photo below shows my results after lifting off the tape and mask.
|Above: I have turned the paper 180 degrees. I follow the practice of turning my abstracts to check their structures from different angles. A successful abstract "reads well" when turned upside-down or flipped to either side.|
In further developing the piece, I used a black felt-tip marker to strengthen some of the lines that'd been created by the mask:
|Above: Having decided to return the piece to its original orientation, I gave it another 180-degree turn. I've drawn the black lines in the upper right in preparation to make this my focal area. For the same reason, I used a pale pink Gellato crayon to further brighten some areas. The pale pink next to the strong black creates a high contrast in values. This in turn attracts the viewer's eye to the focal area.|
|Above and below: the pale pink Gelato crayon is on the far right. Moving left from there is a black Stabilo pencil, a black marker and a Sharpie metallic copper marker. The Stabilo pencil was used to add subtle smudges of black in a few areas.|
As this point I called it done and set it aside to be matted.
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