I really need to remember to take more photos of my process- sorry:
This first one is when I am already almost done with the canvas. I started with a stenciled base using heavy modeling paste. One of those big stencils you get at Michaels.
I then painted it with some Josonjas acrylic -rose madder and a teal color (can’t remember what brand)- I did a lot of pastels in greens, pinks and yellows and then sprayed some workable fixative over it before my next step.
Following all that, I attached some crocheted lace pieces with some mod-podge-which I painted over with acrylic inks and rubbed over it with dark glitters. I also affixed some green cord with more modeling paste and covered that with glitter as well. I also rubbed the areas around the lace with some dark colored pastels followed by more workable fixative. Some various ink drips here and there and voila!
This piece just seems very dark and brooding- I prolly was fighting with my ex at that point. I wish you could feel it, it is so full of texture!
Thanks for playing folks!
So today I find myself with quite a backlog of work that hasn’t been blogged, so instead of doing a post for every piece, I figured I would just post some pics on two or three posts instead. I hope you enjoy them!
While working in my Dylusions Art Journal, I had an epiphany. At least it was for me. I mean, there’s a better than average chance that someone way better than me has already thought of this, but I was really psyched when I thought of it. So, what’ s this earth shattering idea? Embossing with a stencil! So easy. Just lay your stencil down( in this case I usedJulie Fei-Fan Balzer’s heart stencils and a broken diamond stencil). I used a Versamark pad, but you could use an embossing pen as well to color it in. I then applied white and satin pearl embossing powders and voila!
Then I decided to do a resist with the big heart ,so I applied some gelatos and gave it a wipe with a baby wipe. On the second page I tried distress inks but I didn’t care for it, so I settled on ink sprays (October Afternoon) dried it then gave it a wipe. When I was done with that, I did some close sprays to get a drip effect. I don’t know how done I am with these pages, but I really wanted to share my idea with you while it was still plainly visible on the pages.
I hope you have learned something new. Now go play with your stencils and let me know if you have some creative ways to use them!
So I had a fair sized piece of foamboard left from my Christmas project and I decided to throw some art on it. Of course.
I started by using some of the spraypaint I had left with some 6×6 stencils, covered that with some paint and Liquitex acrylic ink, more stencils with ink sprays,some dress pattern papers ,stamped with some Martha Stewart bird stamps, random doodles..Christy Tomlinson pattern stamp etc…..Also the white dots are done with inkssentials enamel accents. Whew! Talk about the longest, run on sentence!
Oops! I almost forgot to tell you about the tag. It’s one I did previously with various layered stamps and a Tim Holtz sentiment stamp.
Now on to the photos!!
I found a stack of blank cardboard coasters I bought a long time ago and just never did anything with- so I thought they might make a good project for my art class. This was so simple and I think they turned out awesome!
I started with a layer of paint(it’s better if it looks kind of rough and uneven)- dried that then grabbed a stencil and sponged another paint color on top. Then pick a 3rd paint color and give it a light go over-I rubbed off some of it with a paper towel so it would look more aged and rough. Then just follow up with several coats of mod podge glossy acrylic spray on sealer. You can see on the blue coaster I outlined the stencil pattern with white pen to make it pop. Also on both coasters I painted a little of my stencil color around the edges.
I haven’t actually put a glass on it yet, so I can’t tell you how well they actually work-but they look good!
The caption on this page is a quote from a Florence and the Machine song ” It’s hard to dance with the Devil on your back, so shake him off.”
Ain’t that the truth! I have not been doing much dancing for quite awhile-but lately, things have definitely changed for the better- I’m hoping I have shaken him off for good now. Believe it or not I know someone who absolutely detests Florence! How can that be, you ask? I only wish I knew. Tsk, tsk. Here’s the video for an added treat:
And here is the page:
I know, I know- it’s been forever since I posted anything- my house has been in an uproar, and I have just been really distracted by things lately and just haven’t created much art at all-but the last several days I have been KILLING IT! I don’t know what’s come over me- but I just have to share what I’ve been up to. And this is after I spent practically a week not sleeping ,not eating-couldn’t focus on anything useful- I completely stopped cooking dinner for days- I was a wreck basically. But now, thanks to ALOT of prayer and determination- I think I have conquered the beast and I’m back to almost full brain function! So, to prove it- I wanted to show you one of my favorite art journal techniques and how to apply it to a scrapbook page.
The first thing I did was paint the background grey, then mix some modeling paste with some red paint and scrape it over a damask stencil on top of the dried paint- here is the art journal page with this technique in the background. Here is the scrapbook page where I used the same background technique:
I know it’s not the best photo ,but frankly,I’m kind of lazy and this is as good as it gets today!
You can see the damask pattern here and there- over that I stamped a Donna Downey dress form foam stamp with black paint-rubbed some light blue here and there and laid down some papers and voila!
I hope this has helped you see how versatile these techniques really are and how you can use them in all sorts of art applications-Cheerio!!