Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NEW NEW NEW Cluster -- Double Exposure -- Love it or Cringe at It

This artwork may appeal to some, repel others, and make still others want to reach for those 2-color cardboard glasses handed out at 3D movies.  I fall into either category 1 or 2.  Not sure yet.

I used two stencils to create this image -- Warped Holes 9, by Lizzie Mayne, and my brand-new 9"X12" Branching Blossoms Silhouette, newly released at

And I used an idea that has been presented by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  I tweaked Julie's process, starting with the same basic steps she did, but then launching into another direction, after asking myself,  "What if ...?"

In going thru the process, I made the happy discovery that Branching Blossoms Silhouette is ideal for this technique because its design automatically divides the image-area into vertical halves.  I took advantage of this by making a shift in hues between the vertical left half and the vertical right half.

I started with a sheet of 140-lb. hot press (smooth) watercolor paper, securing it to my work surface with masking tape and using the same tape to align my Branching Blossoms Silhouette stencil in the center of the paper.

Starting with an Ink Sweeper and ending with a cosmetic sponge, I daubed acrylic paint thru the stencil openings and across the paper.

This was what I saw when I lifted the stencil --

Next, I taped Branching Blossoms Silhouette back onto the paper.  I could have aligned it perfectly with the original print, shown above, but instead, I decided to take a risk and line the stencil up just slightly off-register with the original print.

Above:  Placing the stencil off-register creates these uncovered white areas.
Above:  a close-up of the off-register placement of the stencil over the original print.
Then I taped Lizzie's stencil over mine...

Above:  Lizzie's stencil still bears the multiple colors of acrylic paints from the last project!

Below:  a close-up of Lizzie's stencil over mine.

...and starting applying color thru both stencils, still using the daubing technique with acrylic paints.

My last step was to remove both stencils for the grand unveiling.  And what I saw is the image at the top of this post.

My 9"X12" stencil Branching Blossoms Silhouette is now available at ... enjoy!  And please check out all of my posts under the umbrella-label NEW NEW NEW -- which gladly announce the release of 6 brand-new botanical-themed stencils.  Each post in this cluster covers 1-2 techniques/projects while introducing the new stencils.  To see all posts in the cluster, please click on "Older Posts" at the bottom of this webpage.  Thanks!

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