Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity in the studio! First, I got the next lesson in my layering and texture class and what do you think it was about....using stencils in your artwork!! Well, after watching Gary's video I was definitely hooked and began right then and there! I may bore you to death today because I have lots of stuff to show you!
This was one of the items laying on my worktable in that photo of WIP from yesterday.
I used several small stencils that I had and I like how it turned out.
This was also a WIP and I finished it with a stencil I made....the one I showed yesterday. This also has images from one of the stamps I carved.
Well, from there I just stenciled anything that wasn't moving!! One tip I've learned from Gary's class....he uses the 8"x8" pads of scrapbook paper to paint on! He just uses whatever pattern the paper has and paints right over the top of it....it gives a good base for the paint and sometimes if it has an embossed pattern it shows through a little bit. So I did a couple of pages like that....
This one I started with a blue background, then stenciled over that with red paint, didn't really like how it looked so I used the lace over that with a soft yellow and Voila! I like how that turned out! The lace is from a camisole I bought at the thrift shop for $1.50 and the entire thing is lace so I have lots of this pattern to play with. I don't think this piece is finished yet....it still needs something but I like the stencil effect.
Another 8"x8" paper, this time I used red and orange for the base and stenciled over with the yellow paint. I used one of those plastic canvas circles and another scrap of lace from the camisole. This one needs something else too....maybe a couple of words but I like it, too.
The layering and texture class has been a little frustrating for me but I've been trying most of them. This is one Gary calls Dragon Skin or Frog Skin. I hope you can see the texture in this picture....
This is just a texture piece. I don't know what I'll do with it but it was fun. And I did another textured piece, different process, messed it up a couple of times and finally got to this result....
I've taken a million photos of it and I can't get one that shows the true colors! The left side is not as light as it appears in the picture....the colors are much deeper and richer but you can get the idea. This one is the same technique as "Night in the Forest" that I showed earlier but this also has another technique on the left side. I love the results I get from this one but one of the frustrating things is I can't find the exact product Gary uses (he's in Norway) and the alternative takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to dry!! That's why it takes me so long to produce anything in his class. Still, I would highly recommend this class and another one is starting on May 1 if you're interested. You can learn about it here.
Ok, I think I've run out of things to show you although I have lots more that I can't share yet so more to come!!