Angelic Vision for Halftone Dots -Kirsten

One of my favorite things to use in my art are repeated elements.  Such an easy way to create rhythm, continuity and texture. One of my favorite elements are dots, circles, round things. Dots as texture is just yummy and is a simple way to add a bit of interest to anything you are creating. When I am stumped as to what I should add next? Dots. When I need a little texture? Dots. I have bubble wrap, sequin waste and other recycled packaging that I use to create dots. Recently I got my paws on the new Halftone Dots stencil I admit I squealed a teeny bit. Oh man, these stencils are a game changer. They are great on their own and even better layered one on top of the other. They don't quite line up which ends up being divine and they are not perfect circle dots which makes them oh so interesting to look at. Have I convinced you yet? Read to the end as there is a GIVEAWAY you need to be a part of!

For this weeks project I pulled out an abandoned canvas (please please please tell me you have those too!!) with a textured red background. Hmmm, what should I add next? Yep, you guessed it, DOTS. Keep reading and let me take you on a journey of my artistic process with oodles of pictures.

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Let's get started!

I applied two layers of acrylic paint with the two larger dots stencils (with a make-up sponge) and let the paint dry a smidge between layers.

I tore a sheet of dictionary page to create a landscape and attached it with gel medium. Using Dina's Night color I glazed the edges of the canvas to add depth.

The next layer is white paint and the next size down of the Halftone dots. I also added a green wash to the dictionary page landscape.

At this point I decide to put the focus of the composition in the sky. To define this focal point I used white paint to create a circle and tried out some metallic paint for contrast. 

I decided three angels would occupy the space and cut out dresses from more dictionary paper and heads from thin chipboard. I glued the dresses down with soft gel medium and added a wash of white to them. To the heads I started adding paint for the faces.

I ended up using alcohol to rub off a few layers of paint in the circle area and liked it better that way. I sketched in the arms, wings and faces of the three lovely ladies. I also added yellow around the circle area too.

I thought I would create their faces on chipboard and then attach them but scratched the idea and went ahead and painted them directly on the canvas. The following pictures show the evolution of the characters with their faces, arms, wings and crowns.

To further define the focal point I added a raw umber glaze to the outside of the circle. As a finishing touch for the angels I added gold leafing. 

So there you have it! I have a few finishing touches I want to add but am going to let it sit for a day or two to let it simmer. For sure I will be adding another layer to the outside of the circle with the smallest dots stencil to add more (you got it) rhythm, continuity and texture.

I'll be sure to share the final result on my blog so keep in touch!

And now for the GIVEAWAY! Each of us on the Design Team has the opportunity to give away one set of the Halftone Dots to one lucky person who leaves a comment. So, leave me some love in the comment section and maybe you'll walk away with these fabulous stencils. Hooray! (ahem, be sure to comment on my fellow designers' posts as well for 5 more chances to win!)

 




Lisa Cousineau
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17 Responses

Donna May-Brunet
Donna May-Brunet

May 09, 2016

I just love your angels. I love the way you made a background pattern with the dot stencils around the angels. You can’t tell they are dots until you look closer. Just another inventive ideal use of these stencils. Can’t wait to try these. Hope I win.

Candice
Candice

May 09, 2016

How sweet

Karen
Karen

May 08, 2016

I love Angels!

Lisa
Lisa

May 08, 2016

Wow. Amazing. Love the colors. Those angels are adorable.

 Carole Carlson
Carole Carlson

May 08, 2016

Thanks for the peek into your process.

Jean Marmo
Jean Marmo

May 07, 2016

This is so amazing!!

Valerie
Valerie

May 07, 2016

Lots of layers! <3

Jackie P Neal
Jackie P Neal

May 07, 2016

Kirsten, Absolutely beautiful!! I just love your angels!!

Sarah
Sarah

May 06, 2016

What a fabulous piece of art! I love the use of the stencils!

Joy Danielson
Joy Danielson

May 05, 2016

LOVE this piece. So many layers – fascinates me. Thanks so much for sharing the step-by-step process. Would love to get those stencils and try my hand!! Kudos to you. Joy

Briana
Briana

May 05, 2016

Kirsten! You are such a great writer! I enjoyed reading your post!
Although I love your final piece, I keep going back to that first photo of the red background, yellow dots, then orange dots on top of that. What a fun background! Thanks for sharing all of the goodness. And don’t forget to tell us where to find your blog, so we can see the final-final piece!
Cheers,
Briana

chel
chel

May 04, 2016

So inspiring- these stencils (and you art!) are amazing!

p j
p j

May 04, 2016

Love everything. Thanks for walking us through your process. What sweet angels!! If I had the stencils I’m sure I could put them to good use. Awesome

Bea
Bea

May 04, 2016

Sweet angels…b

kim
kim

May 04, 2016

Love theses stencils and all of your wonderfully amazing circle! The angels are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!~kim

Vicky Christensen
Vicky Christensen

May 04, 2016

Very cool, thanks for sharing your process!

stephanie
stephanie

May 04, 2016

How pretty!

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