This trick very straight forward.
I have used the large 8″ x 10″ plate
(special offers on all our Gelli Plates this Gelli Week)
and some Magenta Open Acrylic.
A5 Heart Bird Stencil:
8″ x 10″ Gelli Plate, using your Speedball Brayer.
Place the right size card underneath, too.
Lay the lovely stencil down in the wet paint.
Roll over the stencil with the brayer, covering it with paint too.
The idea is to apply good pressure to the stencil.
Lift the wet pink stencil off carefully;
perhaps you can use it in a minute,
once the plate is clean again!
(I stored mine on a second Gelli, because it was lying there!)
If you look carefully,
you can see the imprint of the stencil in the pink.
Now your Gelli Plate is clean,
you can place the wet stencil paint facing down on the Gelli Plate, roll over it with a clean stencil to transfer the paint to the Gelli, and pull another print of the stencil image itself, like this one, which I made with a little blue paint added to the stencil to refresh it:
You can just keep going, adding a little more paint, pulling a blue print on top of the pink ghost print, and so on…
But I want to focus on the dark Magenta artwork….
Decide where the light source is,
and then, using a charcoal pencil,
start adding a line of shadow to the logical lines.
Work from the top, and keep reminding yourself where the light is coming from.
I basically went down and to the right with the shade.
This is all the same piece of artwork from start to finish – but I am working from home and the light is different from day to day and room to room!
Just goes to show you;
you would think it was a completely different colour paint. Nope.
Let’s get in closer…
avoid drawing charcoal over the white guideline that the stencil gave you.
I used my finger then to sweep the charcoal away from the lines;
in other words,
I went with the flow – literally!
It looks a bit rough when you start smudging, but persevere…
that’s what erasers are for!
I went back in with the charcoal pencil
and reinforced the shade line, too.
When you step away,
see how it really looks as though there are 2 layers?
Now it’s time to use an eraser to bring in highlights again.
Clean up obvious smudges, and bring out the white stencil etching again, too. It really starts to pop out at you.
This is the charcoal pencil set from Derwent.
We also sell excellent Eraser pencils from Faber-Castell. They are super for getting right in on the line.
So let’s take a close look.
The Stencil imprint in white is clearly there, but the charcoal pencil throws a super shadow, which really makes the whole thing appear 3-dimensional.
But what about the middle?
What shall we add?
Does it need anything?
What do YOU think?
Tell me what YOU would do at this stage;
I have to go and spend some time with Gracie!
Just look at the difference in colour!
Photo taken outside…
Photo taken inside…
The outside one is true.