Tuesday, January 23, 2018

HOT AIR BALLOONS AND MASKS In More Art Samples!


Today's post continues the showing of art made with Hot Air Balloon Stencils and Masks.

For a full description of this new set, please scroll down to bottom of this post.


  

The piece above was created on a map from an old encyclopedia.  All I did was to hold down the two masks from this set, while with the other hand rolling over the entire page with a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body blue acrylic paint. 

Very similar results could be achieved using a Gelli Plate -- by placing the masks on the plate, then brayering paint across the surface of the place and masks; and, as a final step, pressing a map (face-side down) onto the surface of the plate. 

After I had created the above print, I decided to use my heart-shaped Marvy hole-punch to create little paper hearts to be added to the balloons --




Then I cut out the 6-inch square, as shown above; collaged it onto the cover of a blank 5.75"square blank greeting card (JAMPaper.com); and added an "I Love You" sticker in the upper right.

I made two more greeting cards the same way --


Above:  This card was made with the two masks.

Above:  This card was made with a stencil-print that I'd made on a page from an old encyclopedia.  After the print dried, I cut it out, added it to the card, and finished with another paper heart.




Above is my next-to-last stencil-print for the day.  I made it on a paint-speckled sheet of foreign newsprint, using the stencil from the 6" x 6" stencil-and-mask set of Hot Air Balloon Stencils and Masks. .

Below is a collaged 6" x 6" greeting card that has a base printed with my 6" x 6" stencil Tiger Lily.  The red print on foreign newspaper was made with the stencil from the 4" x 4" set of Hot Air Balloon Stencils and Masks.




The stencils and masks themselves are shown below -- identical in design, but coming in two sizes, 4" x 4" and 6" x 6".


They come as you see them here -- with a stencil (left) side-by-side with a mask (right).  They arrive in two sheets, one measuring 6" x 6" and the other measuring 4" x 4".

A mask "masks" (hides) whatever is under it, when paint is applied.  A stencil differs in that it provides details, such as the hanging gondola under the balloon and the three vertical stripes that form the balloon itself.  A stencil hides part of the background but not everything behind it, as a mask does.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

More Art Made with HOT AIR BALLOONS & MASKS

 
Today's post shows more of my art made with 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 these two sheets come in two sizes, the stencils and masks are identical in design, as shown here --


 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.

Each of today's pieces was created on papers that had been prepared in advance with a variety of methods, all explained below each photo. 

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Now to show today's art --


Above:  This background was created on Yupo, a thin synthetic material with a slippery surface.  I used this sheet of Yupo to make a monoprint with white, blue and lavender watercolors.


Above:  This background was made with spatter paint and my 6" x 6" stencil Ornamental Iron Curls.


Above:  This background was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Webbed Medallion.

Above:  This background was likewise created on Yupo, a thin synthetic material with a slippery surface.  I used this sheet of Yupo to make a monoprint with blue watercolors.


Above: This background was created with a large rubber stamp that I had carved, imitating a design I had seen online; the original design was created by Sherrill Kahn.  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

HOT AIR BALLOON STENCILS AND MASKS Used Together!



Today's post features five more pieces I've made using 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 these sheets come in two sizes, the stencils and masks are identical in design as you can see 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.

Except for the fifth and last piece showing today, the pieces in this post were made using a sponge brayer well-loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint.  The traditional sponge-daubing method would have worked, too.  Likewise, this could have been achieved with Gelli Plate printing.  All three approaches would yield the same results.

The first print below was created with the 4" x 4" mask and the 6" x 6" mask.  The patterned background had existed first -- initially it had been an art-covered page from a foreign newspaper; then I'd imprinted it with orange acrylic paint and my 6" x 6" stencil Swatton Grid.

My next step was to place both masks from Hot Air Balloon Stencils and Masks onto the paper.  I could have tried to hold them in place with my fingers but decided instead to add small curls of masking tape to the undersides of the masks; this held them securely in place on the paper. Then I loaded a sponge brayer with translucent aqua acrylic paint and rolled it over the entire surface.  




The artwork below was created in the same way.  But instead of using Swatton Grid in my first step, I used the 6" x 6" Hot Air Balloon stencil twice in creating the background. After that paint had dried, I added the two masks with bits of masking tape curled back on itself.  Heavy-body green acrylic paint was my choice when I loaded a fresh sponge brayer and ran it over the entire surface.
   



The above piece helps to demonstrate the different between masks and stencils.  Notice how the two background images are solid shapes, except for the vertical lines that indicate stripes in the balloons.  On the other hand, the two masks used in the second step were used to mask out the parts of the background that the masks covered while they were taped in place.

The artwork below started life as a blue and red print made with my 6" x 6" stencil Tiger Lily.  After that paint had dried, I used masking tape curls to secure the two Hot Air Balloon masks to the paper, then rolled over the entire surface using a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body green acrylic paint.




The first step in making the artwork below was to repurpose an old calendar page using a thin coat white paint.  Next, I printed it with both the 6" x 6" and the 4"x 4" Hot Air Balloon stencils, one in blue and one in green.  Then I placed the 6" x 6" Hot Air Balloon mask over an old painting and traced around its shape.  After cutting out the shape, I collaged it onto the surface in the lower left.





Today's final piece is below --




Here, I used the two masks from Hot Air Balloon Stencils and Masks.  I placed the masks on glossy white paper -- this time, leaving out the curls of masking tape, so that some of the color would seep under the masks.  Once the masks were in place, I added spritzes of water to the paper, then dropped some acrylic inks into the wet puddles.  I allowed the paper to dry for a while -- but before letting it dry completely, I lifted off the masks.  If I'd allowed the surface to dry all the way, the masks probably would have stuck to the paper.  After the paper did finally dry, I put the masks back in place and traced around them to better bring out their shapes.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

HOT AIR BALLOONS AND MASKS Prints

 
Today I'm continuing to use my new four-part release, Hot Air Balloons and Masks, which comes in two sheets, one 6" x 6" sheet and one mini-sheet measuring 4" x 4".

Although these sheets come in two sizes, the stencils and masks are identical in design -- see below --



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.











If the clouds above look three-dimensional, it's because they are.  I've cut them from white felt!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Fun New Prints Made with HOT AIR BALLOON Stencils and Masks!



Today I'm sharing a fun way to use my new four-part release, Hot Air Balloons and Masks, which comes in two sheets, one 6" x 6" sheet and one mini-sheet measuring 4" x 4".  Although these sheets come in two sizes, the stencils and masks are identical in design.


The photo below shows, on the left, a print I've just made with the 6" x 6" stencil.  I made it using a 6-inch-wide soft rubber 
brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paint.

Immediately after making the first print I made a second one (on the right, below).



For today's purposes, the prints themselves aren't the goal.  Instead, the goal is to load the 
soft rubber brayer with (1) plenty of heavy-body acrylic paint and (2) a strong imprint of part of the stencil design.

Right after making the second print, run the brayer over a second sheet of paper --



Above is my first set of results.  It's not the hot air balloon image, but rather, an original, repeating design forming a border.  For me, this discovery was a lot of fun!

Below is my second set of results.  Notice, at the bottom of the photo, the 
brayer I'm using.  These soft rubber brayers are the kind that I prefer.  Since I haven't tried this kind of printing with a hard rubber brayer, I can't say whether or not it would work.




To better see this soft rubber brayer, you can click on the above image to enlarge it.

Below are another two fun prints that I made this way. 







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