Thought I would take you on a trip down Memory Lane at the same time as making an arty piece today.
Mel drew this brilliant Town stencil for us,
and as soon as I saw it, I thought of Culross, up near the Forth Road Bridge, where my good friend Monica and I often went, when she lived in Bo’ness, over the river.
What an enchanting place!
Not so much the Grangemouth Oil Refinery in the background, but hey! Let’s just focus on the architecture!
So today, I thought I would get arty with it, and get the feel of that town. It’s very lovely on a sunny day, but it’s also quite gritty, quite wind-worn and rain-stained, if you know what I mean. When the wind whistles through those narrow lanes, it whips up a ghost, I can tell you!
I decided to opt for the wild, raw Culross…
An embossing machine
Smear the Black Soot Distress Pad all over the stencil,
lay the white card on top of it, and run it through your embossing machine.
I invested in an E-Bosser a while ago. I would recommend it to anybody who is thinking about getting one.
The tighter you make the fit, the more paper you squeeze through the mangle with the stencil, the blacker the lineart.
Here is the transfer to the card.
I wanted a distressed, rather blotchy one.
Which is just as well – because that’s what I got!
Erhem! I am still talking about my artwork here by the way!
Next, attach the stencil to the artwork with Low-tack masking tape.
This is so easy!
Start with the grassy area in the centre of the picture. Squish the Versamark Ink pad into that area.
Now, using a paintbrush, dust the gloopy area with Forever Green Perfect Pearl Mica Powder.
Using your Versamark Pen,
add gloopy Versamark to the windows,
then paint with Forever Gold.
Now comes the arty part.
Pat and squish your Versamark ink pad all over the rest of the stencil/artwork. Over the sky and the houses.
Literally paint your picture, using Forever Blue and Smokey Blue in the sky, mixing White Pearl in for clouds.
Don’t get hung up on overlapping into another area.
That’s what makes it look screen-printed.
Use your finger to work in the powders, too.
Looks like a right happy mess.
Looks like a right happy mess.
When you lift away the stencil, this is what it will look like. The shimmer of the Perfect Pearls when the light catches it, is pretty unique.
Let’s tone it down and dry it out a little.
Sprinkle the artwork with talcum powder.
I used one of my big Stencil brushes to literally
sweep the picture clean.
Let’s get in closer…
Trim the black edges of the artwork back.
Mount on muted colours.
To get the chimney smoke, take your paper towel and lightly wipe across the sky with it.
Actually, I nearly had a cardiac when I lightly wiped the sky and this happened. Thought I had wrecked it. Then, once I took a close look, I turned it around, and thought, Yay! Chimney smoke! There’s a lot to be said for this Free Spirit kind of artwork!
Depending on how the light hits it, there is still a shimmer from the minerals, the mica powders.
But all in all, I am very pleased with this.
Another one for the gallery…
Wednesday’s Blog is something new, and the stencil is new!
So, let’s have a look at what I have used and have a
Wednesday Blog Sale!
There are 2 different sets of 7 Mica Powders on our Website,
which are already a good price.
I used SET 1.
If you buy either of the 2 sets of Mica Powders, we will send you the NEW Town Stencil FREE.
If you buy a Pack of the Square white Gelli Card, we will
give you the Versamark Pen FREE.
So you can either call the office on 01732 868215, or order online.
And don’t worry about looking for the deals on the website;
This offer will last until Midnight Friday, 28th February 2014. xx
Maybe we should have a Blogsale every Wednesday…. why not!