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 was...so 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:

Just click on each one and it will take you directly to the page to purchase.

  
  

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               







81 comments:

  1. Very pretty. I love all the colors together.

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  2. DON'T TELL ANYBODY, BUT YOURS IS MY FAVORITE. I LOVE YOU TECHNIQUES, AND THE COLOR IS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOU TUTORIAL

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  3. I love all the tiny details with all the layers going on. Just wonderful.

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  4. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is my new favorite painting of yours, Kirsten!
    What a fun process and I learned about new art supplies, too! :)
    Just beautiful!!

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    1. Awww you are making me blush Mary ~ thank you!

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  5. The depth to the layers is fabulous!

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  6. Your canvas is absolutely amazing! thanks for the DIY!

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  7. Love your butterfly. Your colors are amazing.

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  8. I'm in love with your butterfly! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I LOVED the background to begin with and you rocked it for the final piece!

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    1. I loved the beginning background but never figured out what to do with it. I am glad you liked the final piece :)

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  10. Oh my, that is just amazing. I love the amount of color you used. Absolutely stunning.

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  11. OMGosh! All of the colors and textures and layering! I love this.

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  12. Oh My MY!! What a masterpiece canvas you created at the final day!!! The colours, textures dimension you created.... just blow my mind..... LOVE LOVE LOVE the BIG BUTTERFLY!!!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for the compliments and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  13. WOW! I LOVE the Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints! (Will have to put them on my Wish List!) LOL What a GORGEOUS CREATION!!!!!!!!!! :D Just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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    1. You will NOT be disappointed ~ love these paints! thanks for stopping by!

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  14. interesting. Have a great day

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  15. What fun to be so free with the paint - looks like a mess - and then a few strokes brings a beautiful butterfly to life. I have to get back into painting. it's so messy but such a great creative outlet.
    thanks for sharing the detailed pictures.

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  16. Great way to use a gorgeous background that you don't want to hide too much. Love it!

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  17. Beautiful layering of the stencils and color.
    Thanks for hopping with us!

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  18. Amazing work, love the layers of stencils!!

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  19. I love your butterfly! This is wonderful & I will use your ideas for some of my paints that I am NOT so happy with or haven't done anything with. THANKS!

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  20. Love the result! Sorry I got into this so late.

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  21. I just love this! I had never thought to try making a background like that, and now I'm absolutely going to do it. And your final product is gorgeous!

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  22. Wow! Totally ART! This is wonderful. I love the addition of the text! Thanks for being part of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

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  23. WOW, I have NONE of the supplies you used. Can I shop at your house? Great project.

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  24. WOW, I have NONE of the supplies you used. Can I shop at your house? Great project.

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  25. I love the process of pulling out a section of the background and making it the focal point. I must try this. Very beautiful Kirsten.

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  26. Oh Kirsten, such beautiful colors!

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  27. OMG Kirsten - you've done it again! Outstanding work! I love everything about it!! The colors, the stencils, the textures, the composition, the words, the feeling of flight - what a great job! I don't think I've seen ANYTHING you've done that I didn't LOVE! Thanks so much for being a part of the design team and the blog hop!

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  28. I love how you pulled the butterfly out. Looks great!

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  29. Who would have thought to use all those stencils....WOW! What an amazing background. Love how this turned out. It is truly an inspiration. :0)

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  30. WOW this is totally amazing I can only dream of making something so beautiful! Love the colors and the butterfly turned out sooo pretty! Thanks for sharing you awesome talent!

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  31. The colours and stencils are amazing! Love it!

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  32. love the colours so many layers love what you've done

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  33. wonderful technique and I love the butterfly! So glad you didn't cover up all that beautiful background.

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  34. I absolutely LOVE this canvas--LOVE! You know what?? I loved the original background you did too!!! I "BELIEVE" this is a winner!!!

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  35. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your process with us, too!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  36. Thank you for choosing my stencil Queen Anne's Lace as part of this complex and fascinating artwork ... flowers and butterflies go together, as you have so beautifully shown us here!

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  37. Love the color combinations and the stencils are to die for

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  38. I absolutely love your background! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Oh Kristin,! You have so inspired me to become a StencilGirl Hoarder !! Perfect timing ;-) love your Art !

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  40. Oh... I adore your fabolous canvas. How clever you achieved collecting all the colors allthough it could have turned into being messy. That butterfly stands out !!! AMAZING !!! Thank you for sharing your creativity !!
    Hugs from SPAIN

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  41. I really like the layers of color. Gjeneve@ gmail.com

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  42. I really like the layers of color. Gjeneve@ gmail.com

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  43. Wow!!! What an amazing journey/process. I love how you have a canvas stash to pull from and then just go from there. Beautiful piece.

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  44. Your piece is an amazing work of art! Thanks for all the pictures of the process! Love the colors and all the layers! Thanks for hopping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  45. Look at you using all of those treasures!!! I adore this piece Kirsten! That first background was just as yummy as the finished piece!! exquisite really! ")

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  46. Beautiful! Love all the layers of color and texture.

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  47. Great piece! I especially loved how you used the various stencils inside the butterfly for texture. I love my Stencil Girl stencils :)

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  48. very NICE!!! your colors and images and BELIEVE! Wondeful, love it! :))))) thanks for the instructions and supply info, too! Anniep

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  49. gorgeous! I love the background canvas just by itself but with all the extras it is beautiful!

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  50. I love the idea of using boards just sitting around waiting for their turn to shine, I'm looking at 7 of my own.... Butterflies are great to use for this, lots of great colors!

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  51. Thud! That's the sound of me falling off my chair! This is truly a work of art and most assuredly no longer a member of the lonely background tribe. This background has taken wing and been transformed! Awe struck!

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  52. This is beautiful! I love how the butterfly appeared and you were still able to showcase this beautiful background you created! Awesome work! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  53. I really like this technique. Thank you for sharing it!

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  54. Wow! What an array of stencils! And your piece is stunning! Couldn't believe it! This blog hop has introduced me to so many talented artists like yourself and how to use these products so easily. Don't think my projects will look anything near this but will be playing some after I get some of these great stencils! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. Love the use of jewel toned greens! Not as popular as other colors, but stunning! Reminds me of growing things! I love that Queen Ann's Lace Stencil! Going to order that one next. Beautiful work!

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  56. What always amazes me is that you can take a beautiful background that's great as is, and be brave enough to attack and make it better! Thank you for showing the way.

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  57. Wow! You are amazing, Kirsten! I love what you did here, so many layers and such interest…thank you for sharing your techniques and supplies!! I thought I had enough stencils, but no - I need just a couple more...

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  58. Oooh I see a few more stencils I'd like to add to my collection! Great project, Kirsten :)

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  59. Wow, this is a masterpiece! I love all the colors and the stencils you used. Thanks for being part of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

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  60. I love your butterfly and the backround too. Thanks for showing the step by step process.

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  61. I LOVED the backgrounds you make and the idea of having backgrounds ready ahead of time. But I really, really like the way you show & tell the steps in the process and your thinking process...Great blog and projects.thanks for sharing.

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  62. Love the stencils you used as well as colors you layered.

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