Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

I am back again with another project using the same face I painted for my previous post. I am a big believer in repetition of a theme or subject especially if you switch up the media you use. It gives your creativity the freedom to just focus on how you use the materials since your subject is already decided. It is also interesting to see how each media can give your subject a different look and feel.

Here are the supplies I used:

My substrate this week originally started as a decorative panel I found at the $ spot at Target. Upon closer inspection I saw that it is some sort of MDF board with a wood type veneer on the surface. To prepare the panel I first gave it a light sanding to remove the glossy surface and then covered the panel in a thick layer of gesso.

While the gesso was still wet I pressed the Penrose stencil all over the surface of the gesso to create texture. Immediately wash off your stencil and wait for the gesso to dry.

Since my layer of gesso was so thick it helped to create a subtle texture to the surface when dry. Next came a few glazes of color and some stenciling along the edges with the Quasi stencil. When the paint was dry I gave it a light sanding which highlighted the texture created by the gesso.

Using the same technique from last time, I used transfer paper to trace my portrait design onto my surface. I chose to make it off center to add more interest to the composition. I used the General's Scribe-All to trace over my lines and since it is water-soluble I was able to establish some shades to build my painting upon which started with a layer of white acrylic

Then I bounced around the painting creating more color, value and texture by rotating through using Inktense sticks, distress sticks, General's Scribe-All, Faber-Castell Aquarelle Pencils and Dina Wakley's acrylics. Every once in awhile I would give certain areas a sanding to bring back the under texture.

I was also very inspired by our very own Cristin and her magnificent use of drips in her artwork. I tried my hand at it and I am digging the layer of texture (can you tell it is my very favorite thing!) it adds. 

The final piece has a much different look than my last composition and I am pleased with how it turned out. I encourage you to recreate a subject from one of your previous artworks with a different media. You might be surprised and pleased at what the new materials will draw out of you!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I purchase a craft supply, because I know it’s cool, but there it sits in my studio. Has this ever happened to you?

Well, today, I am busting out one of those said craft items. It’s the Blue Moldable Foam Block or Blue Moldable Stamp.

As an expressive artist who loves stencils and mark making, having a surface to mold into a unique stamp is exciting!

I have chosen to use the Quasicrystals series stencils for this example.

This process is really as easy as 1-2-3! The directions are included with the Moldable Foam Stamp.

  • Heat the surface of the blue block for 30-40 seconds. (I used the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, and that worked great!)
  • Push the block onto a textured surface for 15-20 seconds.
  • Ink and stamp! (I used StazOn ink.)

You can heat each side of the blue block to get two-stamps-in-one. For side one, I used the Quasi stencil. For side two, I used the Infra stencil

I am envisioning how fun it would be to make giftwrap or art journal backgrounds with these stamps! How might you use the Blue Moldable Stamp and artistcellar stencils?

Are you tired of the impression you have on the Blue Moldable Stamp? No problem! Simply heat it again and repeat the process with something new! Hmmm, manhole covers might be neat, but you’d have to carry an extension cord and your Heat It Craft Tool with you! I am sure there are plenty of things around your home or in your art arsenal that would create lovely textures. Give it a try! Tell us about your experiments in the comments below or on the Artistcellar Facebook Page.

Thanks for playing along!

For more art ideas and mixed media art inspiration, visit me over at OrangeSpiralArts.com

Blessings to you,

Briana

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