Friday, June 27, 2014

Food for Thought Friday for thought. :) Happy Friday!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Orly Avineri Blog Hop

Welcome to the Orly Avineri Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products!  Orly has designed a new line of stencils available through StencilGirl beginning today! :)

For my project,  I started with a background of deli papers, paint, and napkins.

I began making marks and using stencils.  The one below is Orly Avineri's Splats, Blooms, and Bones stencil.

I used Heidi Swapp's Color Shine spray in mustard and blocked off the edges so only the stencil would have spray.

I continued adding color and drips and marks and layers of stencils.

I finally decided to turn the board this way and began my composition.  Since I have been struggling with Balance in my life, this became the theme of my piece.

I used Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words stencil to stencil my word, borrowing letters from the other words to spell the word I wanted...BALANCE.  I used a hefty amount of molding paste so the letters would pop off the canvas.

Using Orly's stencil again, I repeated the theme of flowers from my background with floral portion of her stencil.  I gave my piece dimension by scraping Golden Molding Paste through it.

More Close Ups

Using some mesh from my stash to add texture and molding paste with Orly's stencil:

Using Carolyn Dube's Jumbo Vintage Type Letters stencils...

And my final piece after a coat of resin:

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Fly Away with Me, StencilGirl & Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #10!

Come join me as I use my stash & a challenge to create a new piece of art!

You don't have to ask me twice to get messy when it comes to art, so when I read Challenge #10 from Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog ~ I was scrambling to pull out supplies and make a lovely artsy mess! 

Challenge #10 Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It!
Show us your inner mixed media diva! Use spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalk, and whatever messy media you can find! Let's dig into that hoard, pull out some of that "messy stuff," and use it up! There is a mess-maker hiding in all of you! Let her/him out to play!

I started with a canvas I have in my pile of canvases with backgrounds but nothing else on them.  I call it my Lonely Tribe of Backgrounds - there are quite a few!  This one in particular I had created this amazing background with Golden Fluid Acrylic paints and glazing medium.  I allowed it dry for 24 hours and got this scrumptious background.

Here is a close up.

I began by layering different stencils with some paint to try and "unstick" my mind.  I had no plan at this point.  I love using lots of different stencils for texture and helping me free my creativity.  Read at the end of my post for the StencilGirl stencils I used.  I know, I know "Holy Stencil Hoarding!" :)

I started with the Queen Anne Lace stencil, only using the top part.  This made my background remind me of the sea and the "lace" looked like coral to me.

I used some of the stencils with Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays in various colors. I love these iridescent sprays because they are waterproof and oh so shimmery!

Look at that shimmer! Yum...

I started seeing an underwater picture and sketched out some fish.  But then I got majorly stuck.  I didn't want to cover anything but it was too chaotic to leave it like it I went a completely different route.

 I scrapped the underwater scene because there was so much of the background I loved that I would lose by having to 'paint out' with water.  I decided to sketch out a butterfly with my stabilo pencil in black.  These pencils are great because they erase with a little spritz of water and wipe with a paper towel.

I used wood icing for texture with Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words stencil and Nathalie Kalbach's What's the Point? stencil.

I began painting around the butterfly with titanium white to bring it out and separate it from the background.  I allowed lots of drippage because I think drips are gorgeous!

I continued with layers of color using splashes of Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India inks   and Daler Rowney India inks~ my favorite is the light green (it should be called lime green)! I also used lemon yellow, flame orange, teal and flame red.

 To add detailing to the butterfly, I began doodling on top of it with my white Fine Point Sharpie.  I continued to add other India inks for more color and depth around the wood icing.

Here are some close-ups of the butterfly.


And here is a photo of the final 24x24 canvas.

My butterfly is escaping a chaotic world and pursuing everything she believes in!

Hope you enjoying "flying" along with me today!

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Stencils Used:

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Supplies Other than Stencils Used In This Piece:
Golden Acrylic MediumsGolden Fluid Acrylics Sets, Set of 8   Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Water-Resistant Artists Ink, Rowney Blue