Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
Faces! Faces are one of my very favorite things to create. When I got my hands on Artistcellar's new stencils by Kylie Fowler I was excited to see how my artistic process would work with these new tools.
Here's what I used:
To start off I prepared my background on the Mineral Paper by placing the stencil on the paper and liberally spraying the three colors of Dylusions Ink Spray on the surface.
Before lifting off the stencil I placed another sheet of Mineral paper on top on the stencil, making a stencil sandwich. This way I can get two prints from the stencil and use all the ink I sprayed. I separated the "sandwich" and let the papers dry. Since the ink spray is reactive with water and the Mineral paper allows ink to wipe clean it will allow me to create some beautiful effects with water.
I decided to create a simple border to my composition by painting with water and then rolling a paper towel over it to soak up the water and ink. I also flicked water droplets onto the surface and used my paper towel roll to lift up the activated ink and water to reveal more random dots in a white color and created more stars for my sky background.
Before I get to more of the water magic I need to get my focal point in my composition. I chose the Hope stencil, which is an angle that I don't usually draw, and the stencil was a great way to get used to how the lines and shapes should look. I used Night paint and a cosmetic sponge to put the stencil on the paper. While that dried I used the Gilt Paint (an awesome metallic gold) to add stars to the sky.
Now I am ready to add highlights and mid-tones to the face by simply using a brush and water. I wet the ink to swirl it around and wipe off certain areas where I want highlights. I can move the color around to create value. I let it dry several times to make sure I don't over-work it and lose too much of the ink.
To add color for the face and hair I used Dye-na-flow and FW Acrylic Inks. I also used more Night paint to add more shadows.
Lastly I add to the border with multiple lines from an acrylic paint pen as well as color from the inks.
It's lovely and I am so happy with the results!
“Postman’s bag is always heavy because it carries the life itself: It carries all the sorrows and all the joys, all the worries and all the hopes!”― Mehmet Murat ildan
Have you ever waited for the postman to arrive? I am sure you have, if you are like me. And do you ever wonder what is in their mailbag? Of course there are bills, and junk mail, which can be a treasure trove for collage artists. But do you ever wonder about the other mail…the messages of delight or passion or longing? And is there still room for them in the age of texts and email?
I recently received a nice collection of acrylics from Artistcellar. They were new to me and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. The Dylusion Paint series is blendable and quick drying, manufactured with journaling in mind. The colours are vivid in the wide mouth tubs. I wondered if they would keep this wonderful quality once applied to my substrate.
I decided to work on illustration board. Rather than prep with gesso, I simply lightly sanded the surface and applied the Squeezed Orange Paint. Coverage was quick and easy, although it didn’t dry quite as fast as I thought it would. But sure enough, the orange kept its vibrant glow after drying. I next stenciled with Quasi from the Artistcellar Quasicrystals Series using the Dylusion Spray in Bubble Gum Pink. Although you can still see the stencil if you look closely, the Paint absorbed the colour. Not what I had in mind for this project, but a finish to keep in mind for the future.
I wanted to put the rest of the colours through their paces, so I sponged them randomly through my Diamond stencil. With the open stencil area it was easy to see how they performed. Again, as with the Squeezed Orange paint, I am pleased to say Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime, and London Blue were easy to work with and held the brilliant colour you can see in the tubs…even after layering paint on paint.
With the background finished I continued by attaching a vintage photo I found in an old magazine. The postage stamps and Priority label just seemed to fit so well with our postman. I found a rubber stamp with beautiful calligraphy. Could the message on the stamp be from a letter in his mailbag? Why not? I inked the stamp with Vibrant Turquoise Paint and stamped on to very fine tissue paper, then attached with matte medium to the board. The final touch was to stencil the Infra image in gold.
Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic, but seeing the postman with his mailbag does pull at the heart strings. And yes, I believe there is a place for "real" mail in the age of texts and email. My question is this: Is there someone who would love receiving a real letter from you? And would decorating it with your stunning art bring joy to you both? Many believe that letters mingle souls. I know I do.
Now I KNOW I want to experiment with the stencils using them to create artistic quilts, (and how fun would it be to sun dye fabric with Dye-Na-Flow ink?!) but for now I wanted to figure out a way to use the stencils in a totally off the wall way.
So... I made a lotus!
To begin, I sprayed the art journal page with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Verdigris". I just wanted to get some color on the page -- once I sprayed it, I set the book aside and grabbed a loose piece of watercolor paper. I had already used this paper to doodle on, so I turned it over and started spraying the "Star Flower" stencil with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in "Ponderosa Pines Olive". I gave it a quick dry with the heat gun and then used scissors to cut out the flower petals.
Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the petals down and add a stem. I wanted more color on the page, so I used the pocket stencils with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Tarnished Silver" as well as Dye-Na-Flow in Turquoise and Dylusions spray in "Crushed Grape". I also added some black acrylic for more contrast and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen to add the quote!
I hope you have fun playing with these new stencils! I am already brimming with ideas, they are so versatile and I haven't seen anything like them before!