Thanks for popping in.
How are you?
We have had a great day.
This afternoon I finally got round to some real art-the-way-I-like-it time. A bit of paint, a bit of spit, a brayer, a canvas.
There’s nothing quite like just rolling your sleeves up and going where it takes you….
I think what spurred me on today was this fantastic stencil which Mel has designed for us. Jim made me a set to try out before we go into mass production, to make sure all the tangs are in the right place, and well. I couldn’t stop. I am so chuffed with it, I have to show it to you, even though it won’t be available until the first Sunday in February, when I am launching this and two other spectacular stencils on the 2-4 art show on Hochanda.
I made several pieces in the end, and would like to present them to you today and tomorrow, if that’s okay.
This was a simple one.
WHAT A STENCIL !!!!!!
To be able to draw a woodland montage of all these animals is one thing, but to draw it in such a way that all the right bits fall out to make a stencil, and yet the personality and integrity of each animal is still retained – now THAT is a skill not many of us possess.
But Mel does.
And when you get hold of this stencil, you will understand.
it is just so charming. There are so many different applications flying through my head!
But let’s start with the simplest.
All you do is brayer paint over the stencil with paint, then place the wet side down on a piece of our new Designer card, and run it through a die-cutting machine, (aka mangle) to transfer the paint.
But which paint? I hear you ask…
Well, not fast-drying Paperartsy Fresco paint today!
It dried and stuck and peeled the card and all sorts!
But we won’t throw it away. I have another idea for later.
Let’s try again, but this time with a slow drying Golden Open paint.
Mount this up on a piece of the matching Designer paper, and it really shows off the artwork.
So what about the other mess?
Let’s try a Photo Transfer trick to a canvas board.
Spread the photo transfer medium to the canvas board and the picture,
then place both wet sides together and squish together with a brayer. Leave to dry for an hour….
Add a little water to a sponge and start rubbing away the back
Rub, rub, rub…
It’s like a magic trick. And it is supposed to look grungy with bits missing, so just go for it!
Here are my finished pieces from this afternoon’s session.
Tomorrow, if you fancy, I’ll take you through the large canvas on the left, step by step. I really enjoyed doing that one.
Thank you Mel, for a superb stencil.
Love & Hugs,