Paper Quilting with Stencils -by Kirsten

I was in the mood to explore color and texture so I grabbed the Labyrinth series along with some Dina Wakley acrylic paints, a brayer and a 5 inch square Gelli plate. Let's do some Monoprinting! 

The paper I used for this printmaking adventure are 4.25 inch squares of Canson mixed media paper

After a whirlwind printing session where I didn't clean my brayer at all and just layered paint color over paint color on my palette as I worked I was left with almost 20 squares of color and texture goodness.

I picked out my 12 favorite squares and arranged them in a grid. Using regular scotch tape I taped them together on the back side. Then, using spray adhesive, I mounted my grid onto a large panel and then trimmed the panel down. 

Here is what I have so far, a paper quilt!

I wanted the squares to seem more integrated with each other and so I used some vine charcoal and scribbled on the seams and rubbed the charcoal to blend it. 

This created a subtle shadowing and I felt it brought the different squares together as one big happy family.

I am going back and forth about either adding a quote, layering more pattern (dots!), details or color,  or just leaving it as is. What is the story I want to tell?

I come to this point often when I work and I find my creative brain needs me to set them aside to let them simmer. Right now it is propped up on the side of my work table patiently waiting for me to tell the rest of its story. If you are ever in this situation just trust the process. Keep the artwork out where you can see it everyday because your creative self will be inspired and you will know what to do next.

 What do YOU think I should do next? 

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Lisa Cousineau
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2 Responses

Sandy
Sandy

September 26, 2016

Love the new block stencils. They have so much potential!

Jane Schneider
Jane Schneider

September 22, 2016

Kirsten, I took your quilting idea and did it to one sheet of subtle printed wrapping paper – layed out the stencils then used several colors of spry ink – the end result was a fabulous background mounted to wood to then paint a portrait on top. Thank you for the inspiration

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