Wednesday, May 31, 2017

More SASSY SPRAY!


In following yesterday's post, today I'm posting another artwork (on a 12" x 9" gallery-wrap canvas) that I've created with the same "start-technique" mentioned yesterday.

Again, I used a pair of Sassy Spray stencils that I'd slightly altered... 




 I'm not at liberty to describe the technique that I used on this painting, since it was shown on a video that's included in the June 2015 Stencil-of-the-Month package for StencilGirls' StencilClub members.  This package can be back-ordered; directions are here

At this point, I'm considering this artwork finished.  Usually I take the form forward from its "start-step" but this time I decided not to.


Sassy Spray in its entirety looks like this:





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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SASSY SPRAY 6" X 6" stencil -- Reworked Art



Earlier this month, I posted an artwork I'd made on canvas using a pair of Sassy Spray stencils that I had slightly altered.  This is what the art looked like at, then:




I liked all of it except for the upper left side.  I wasn't satisfied with the focal point that I'd tried to establish there. 

So I re-worked the art.  Its new version is below --





I'm not at liberty to describe the technique that I used to start this painting, since it was shown on a video that's included in the June 2015 Stencil-of-the-Month package for StencilGirls' StencilClub members.  This package can be back-ordered; directions are here

But that process was only the start of this particular acrylic painting, done on 12" x 9" gallery-wrap canvas. 

After that first step, I used a variety of sizes of flat-tipped brushes to add yellow highlights in emphasizing areas of the design.  I also added a number of layers of zinc white acrylic paint to mute areas of lesser interest.  And I used a nearly-empty bottle of this paint to add a spatter in the lower middle area.

When I came back to re-work the piece, I repeated the start-technique in one area on the right side.

Then I used Gelatos.  I applied them dry, then brushed over them with liquid acrylic matte medium, to spread the color, and set it.

I also masked off a small area on the right before spattering it with the same zinc white paint that I'd used originally, in making spatters elsewhere.

Sassy Spray in its entirety looks like this:





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Monday, May 29, 2017

3-Layered Stencil Print


This post focuses on multi-layering.  Today's art sample started life as a Gelli Plate print using my stencil Facets.  Altho Facets is rectangular, measuring 9"x12", the background image here is round, since I used the 8-inch round Gelli Plate.   




The middle-layer print, made with green acrylic paint and a sponge applicator, was created using one of my just-released stencils, Curls.

The top layer was made with a 4-inch-wide sponge brayer, loaded with heavy-body yellow acrylic paint, using another new 6" x 6" stencil, Lines and Squares.

The original piece of paper was cut from one of those gigantic rolls of heavy-duty paper used by contractors and other builders, as a protective cover for hallway carpeting and similar areas.  It's tough paper, meant to be walked on and abused, but the "wrong" side of this paper is smooth -- and a shade of salmon-mauve that I find attractive.  I bought my roll of this paper in a household paint supply store.

Stencils used in this post:


Curls 


Lines and Squares


Facets Stencil (9" x 12")

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

More Stencil-Combo Prints Made with My Brand-New Stencils


Again today I'll post yet more stencil combinations, using the full stencils and placing them atop one another -- either directly on top, or off to one side.  I'm still making the prints with a 4-inch-wide sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic paints.  My substrates are "found" papers of various kinds. 



Above: Ski- Lift Works was the main stencil used here, on a substrate that had been previously printed with on a Gelli Plate.  On the right, I made a direct print with the stencil, using green paint.  To the left of that print, I made a "rubber stamped" print by flipping the stencil over -- while its paint was still wet -- and pressing it to the substrate.  Another layer in this multi-layered print was made with Sassy Spray.

Above:  On blueprint paper, I first printed with Sassy Spray.  The stencil I used in my top-layer print was Ski-Lift Works.
Above:  I used Sassy Spray for the top-layer (yellow) print.  I chose green paint for the bottom layer.  The stencil used there (with green paint) was Pavilion Shadows.

These 3 stencils look like this:


Ski-Lift Works 
Sassy Spray 
Pavilion Shadows

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

More Prints Made with ORNAMENTAL IRON CURLS 6" X 6" Stencil


Ornamental Iron Curls has grown into my favorite of my four May-4-released stencils!












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The Ornamental Iron Curls 6x6 stencil looks like this:




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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Smorgasbord of Prints Made with My Four Newest Stencils


Variety spices life!  Today's post has a little of everything.





Ornamental Iron Curls was used to make the top layer (yellow) in the above print, done on blueprint paper.  Under that layer is an orange print created with another of my four new stencils, Sassy Spray.

Below, Sassy Spray appears in more prominent roles:



Ornamental Iron Curls was used in making the first layer in the above print, before Sassy Spray was used to make the top layer with white acrylic paint.


Above:  With Sassy Spray, I made a yellow print over multi-colored paper.


Above:  The layered print above was made with Sassy Spray and Pavilion Shadows. 

My fourth new stencil, Ski-Lift Works, was put to use in making the print below --






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Thursday, May 25, 2017

More Stencil-Prints? Oh Yes!


Yes, I have still more prints made with my four May 4-released stencils!



Pavilion Shadows over Ornamental Iron Curls on textured foil 

Ski-Lift Works


Ski-Lift Works 


Sassy Spray over Pavilion Shadows

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Prints Made with Stencil Combinations!


Today's post shows prints made with the combination technique shown step-by-step in yesterday's post.

Below:  Heron stencil combined with Ornamental Iron Curls stencil.  Both stencils measure 6" x 6".




 Below: Pair O' Parrots stencil (6" x 6") combined with (left) Pavilion Shadows and (right) Sassy Spray.





Below: Pair O' Parrots stencil (6" x 6") combined with (left) Ski-Lift Works and (right) Ornamental Iron Curls . 





Below:  Heron stencil combined with Ornamental Iron Curls stencil.





The May-4-released abstract stencils, in their entirety, look like this:


Ornamental Iron Curls 
Ski-Lift Works
Sassy Spray
Pavilion Shadows

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Unique Way to Combine Stencil Prints!


Years ago, when designing art rubber stamps, I enjoyed combining silhouettes of recognizable forms with abstract patterns. 

Recently, MaryBeth Shaw and Carol Baxter gave me the idea of creating the same kind of imagery simply by overlapping stencils.  Their idea became today’s post.

My first step was to match up a few of my May-4-released stencils with silhouette stencils I’ve previously designed.  

The photo below shows Heron and Pair O’ Parrots paired with Ornamental Iron Curls and Sassy Spray.  Later photos will show that I eventually included Pavilion Shadows, as well – to give each parrot an abstract pattern of its own.


The Heron stencil -- not easy to see here -- is on the left and Pair O' Parrots is on the right.  This second stencil was used in an earlier project that left yellow paint, making this stencil easier to photograph! Under the bird stencils are Ornamental Iron Curls and Sassy Spray.

After taping the silhouette stencils to my paper --




-- I used the same masking tape to block off the tops and bottoms of each of the three bird shapes.  What I left open was the center of each of these silhouettes, as shown below:




 Over the top of these openings, I taped the abstract stencils.  Notice in the photo below that I didn’t bother to tape over the feet and lower legs of Heron; there was no need, since I knew from the taped boundaries to avoid this area with the first application of paint.




Using heavy-body green paint and a Smudgee, I daubed paint through the three abstract stencils layered over the two silhouette stencils.

Left to right, below, are Curls over Heron, Pavilion Shadows over the left Parrot, and Sassy Spray over the right Parrot:




The photo below shows the paint daubed through the abstract stencils, before the stencils have been lifted.




When the stencils were lifted …




… the printed abstract areas appeared.  Click on the photo above to enlarge it and better see details.

After these areas dried, they were covered with masking tape.  Then, more paint was daubed through the newly opened stencil areas – the tops and bottoms of the bird shapes:




If the finished prints need small corrections, a Sharpie pen of matching color works beautifully. 

Watch for tomorrow's post to see the finished prints!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

ORNAMENTAL IRON CURLS 6" X 6" Stencil


Today's post focuses on just one new stencil, Ornamental Iron Curls --












When I'm all done making prints, I feel surprised at the variety that's possible with just one stencil -- with help, of course, from piles of already-prepared background papers.

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