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Our Wednesday Blog is always something new, and I wanted to show you this new Birdhouse stencil, which comes with 2 birds.
I was in the Clarity Laboratoire (our kitchen) yesterday, and wanting to figure out how Open acrylics work.
It was the actual birdhouse I was interested in, the bit that falls out.
So I got my Golden Open Acrylics out, and brayered a thin layer of it over my 6 x 6 Gelli Plate and placed the stencil pieces on the paint.
I used Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.
The open acrylics dry much more slowly, so you can do other things with them. That’s not to say they’re better than the faster drying acrylics we usually use. Not at all! Just very different.
They behave differently…
So, I blotted the lower part with copy paper for the land, and blotted the sky area with bubble-wrap. Patted it here and there with a tissue…
Sheryl Crow was keeping me company, the late afternoon sun was warm through the window, and I was in my element.
I took a corner of copy paper and made sure I had blotted well in the lines of the bird-table.
These paints stay open longer, wet longer, so you can play and manipulate at your leisure.
Then I carefully lifted the mask-stencils off,
and simply pulled a print on the white card.
And what I got was fabulous.
Just like an over-exposed photo.
Although I had fully intended to add more layers and more colour,
I knew in a moment, the piece was complete.
And could I ever get the same again?
Not in a month of Sundays.
It took 2 minutes to create, not longer,
but hours of WOW!
When I showed it to Jim (who has a degree in photography),
he immediately said, “Solarization. Looks like a photo which has been deliberately over-exposed”
So I just wanted to share this with you.
It may not be your cup of tea at all,
but for a slosh of paint, a stencil and a bit of bubble wrap on an Easter Monday afternoon in my kitchen –
it certainly gave me a sense of artistic well-being.
That’s it, isn’t it.
It’s that Nirvana Moment.
You can have your champagne and your caviar,
your diamonds and your flashy car;
The joy to be found in paint and ink
is far more precious,
don’t you think?