It's A Five O'clock World -by Shelby

Receiving the large parcel containing the new Artistcellar Halftone Dots stencils and Yasutomo Mineral Paper was a sweet homecoming. From art school to the present, my life has been all about printing. The passion I felt in the printmaking studio for etching and lithography effortlessly gave way to screen printing, and then segued into the digital field of publication printing and advertising. Forever chasing perfect registration, the dots are friends who at times can be mischievous, but never dull, dancing on a variety of papers like moonbeams slipping across silk.

For someone who loves paper as much as I do, the Mineral Paper was certainly a delight. Made from rocks, it has a beautifully smooth texture. Wet or dry media are equally at home on the brilliant white surface.

It's also no secret that I adore vintage images. From the 1880's through to Mid-Century modern, the photos are the stuff of dreams for a collage artist. Who are the people in the photos? What were their lives like? What is their story?

My Muse prompted me to use a photo I have been saving for just the right project. The woman in her blue suit, white hat, and bouquet of flowers radiated the Mad Med era which I though a perfect framework for the new stencils. I couldn't help but imagine her world. Could she be a Mad Woman? What was it like to be in advertising in the 1960's? Was she waiting to start a conversation? Or was she the person to change it?

I set out to work with ink, watercolour, and acrylic paints. Below you will see just a few of my combinations using the paints with a brush, a sponge, and my fingers.

The Mineral Paper performed perfectly. The smooth surface enhanced the stenciling. I normally work on a very heavy paper or illustration board. The Mineral Paper will now be my go-to substrate. I love it! When dry, it was as flat as when I started and my colours just as vibrant. It made scanning so much easier. I finished the piece "Five O'clock World" as a digital file. Finding inspiration in the Op Art of the era, I layered my stencils to fit neatly within the clouds surrounding the woman.

Are you captivated by circles and dots? The Halftone Dots Series can be used in so many ways... conventionally and digitally. And the Mineral Paper is the perfect compliment. In collage or journaling the pairing is a perfect match that will easily allow you to express your thoughts.

After all, you can be the one to change the conversation.

You can also be the one to win a set of Halftone Dots stencils, just by leaving a comment! A random lucky winner will be picked May 11th. If you can't wait and want a set of these Halftone Dots stencils NOW... you can substitute any other set of Artistcellar stencils if you win. Also check out the rest of the design teams post, every one of us is giving away a free set!

MATERIALS USED

  • Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series Stencils
  • Mineral Paper
  • Illustration Board
  • Drawing paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Acrylic paint: Teal, Champagne Gold, Amethyst
  • Reeves Metallic Gold, Rose Red
  • Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic: Moon Violet, Galactic Blue, Velvet Violet
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint: Ultramarine, Violet, Cobalt
  • Natural Sponge
  • Calligraphy Brush
  • Fingers

 




Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau

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25 Responses

Lisa
Lisa

May 08, 2016

I can’t wait to get some mineral paper. Love this project and those stencils.

Jean Marmo
Jean Marmo

May 07, 2016

Just amazing! Love how you used the stencils!

Valerie
Valerie

May 07, 2016

Timeless!

Joey O
Joey O

May 06, 2016

I love how you told a story and described how you used the different elements. Such inspiration; great result

loeyp
loeyp

May 03, 2016

I sooo want to know what the lovely lady is thinking/dreaming about sitting there on her cloud!! Thanks for inspiring!

Felicia Aaron
Felicia Aaron

May 02, 2016

I love how you incorporated the dots in with the clouds, great effect on this piece!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :) Blessings

Carole Carlson
Carole Carlson

May 01, 2016

Love the subtle effect you got with the stencils.

Shay
Shay

April 30, 2016

Wow… I can’t even imagine how you put together that wonderful piece of art! I love how you used the dots. Thanks for a chance to win a set!

chel
chel

April 29, 2016

Oh- I love the combination of the vintage image with the halftone dots- so inspiring!

Amy M
Amy M

April 29, 2016

WOW, this is lovely. Thanks for sharing. I love your art and of course dots are so cool

Clemencia
Clemencia

April 28, 2016

I love the way you difused the dots on the background, lovely :)

Vicky Christensen
Vicky Christensen

April 28, 2016

What a lovely way to use the halftone dots stencils!

Mar
Mar

April 28, 2016

Lovely , such ellegant waiting lady. I’m curious about it mineral paper

Win Dinn
Win Dinn

April 28, 2016

Such a beautiful piece – I love your use of the imagery combined with the stencils…brilliant! Well done, Shelby.

Kathy L
Kathy L

April 28, 2016

Wow…I love this. Thanks for sharing. Not only do I love the dots stencils, but want to try the mineral paper too!

Karen
Karen

April 27, 2016

I love how you used the stencils.

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

April 27, 2016

Hi Donna May-Brunet! The image is a combination of digital and conventional materials. The woman is digital. I used the mineral paper and my brush for my stencil work. The image is ready to now become a giclee print. You know, I think I will try putting the paper through my printer…that’s a great idea! Thanks so much for your comments! :-) Any other questions, just ask.

Lori Wostl
Lori Wostl

April 27, 2016

Just got my Half-tone Dot stencils! What are you thinking getting them to me on a work day?! Can’t wait to play – oh alright – I didn’t wait tried the smallest just to make sure they work. LOL Thanks thanks thanks!

kim
kim

April 27, 2016

Such a gorgeous picture and I love reading about what inspires you! I love the dots and can’t wait to more in the hop and play too!~kim

jean marmo
jean marmo

April 27, 2016

So cool!

Donna May-Brunet
Donna May-Brunet

April 27, 2016

I have fallen in love with this piece! Hope I win these beautiful stencils. But I have a few questions. The image you used. Did you run your mineral paper through a copy machine so that the image was applied directly to the mineral Paper? Did you mount it to illustration board when finished? and, how did you incorporate your calligraphy brush? Is the Calligraphy brush used to make your thunder crack? This is just stunning. Thanks for explaining all the details, and for giving away a set of stencils. ;))

Jan
Jan

April 27, 2016

I love the woman with her perfect suit, hat, etc. surrounded by your placement of colorful (and imperfect) stencils! Great work!

Bea
Bea

April 27, 2016

Love the way it all floats together…b

Shel C
Shel C

April 27, 2016

Love how the half tone dot series stencils work. Gorgeous piece by Shelby!

Briana
Briana

April 27, 2016

Such a fun post, Shelby! I love your writing style!
Your art’s pretty amazing, too!
Cheers,
Briana

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