Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Poetry Journal

Supplies:

·      Mountains Are Calling Stencil
·      Centered Stencil
·      Rubbermoon CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE stamp
·      Moleskine journal
·      Gesso
·      Acrylic paint
·      Mod Podge
·      Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate


1.      PREP THE BLANK SLATE

I am of the mind that one cannot have enough blank books around the house, so it was with great excitement that some arty friends and I busted open a pack of blank Moleskine journals this week to alter.  I started with a layer of Gesso.  Think sloppy, fast painting. 


2.     LAYERING THE ACRYLICS

Remember how fun it was to finger paint as a child?  Using a Gel Printing Plate is nearly as enjoyable and almost as messy.  Add colors of acrylic to the plate, blend using a roller, and lay down your stencils.  For this cover, I used the river and sun portions of the Mountains Are Calling along with the Centered stencils.  I was pretty happy with the bright greens of Centered, along with its placement flanking both sides of the journal’s spine.



3.     STAMP & X-ACTO

Stamp CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE on a pretty blue piece of scrapbooking paper.  Trim around the outer circle.  I used my X-Acto Knife to cut the sky from the inner circle.  This allowed my bright acrylics to serve as a bright sky.  I even trimmed and adhered the tiny moon.




4.     POETRY JOURNAL COMPLETE

Once the glue is dry, add a layer of Mod Podge.  Next step?  Write and write and write!




ENJOY!

Solar Eclipse


1.      GATHER THY PAINTS

I recently finished a round of mandala stenciling on a backyard retaining wall, so my spray paints were still out and ready to go.  I don’t often use spray paint on such small canvas spaces, but the choice proved interesting and wildly creative.



2.     TINY CANVAS

I used two differently sized framed canvases for this project:  3 x 5 and 3 x 3.



3.     SPRAY & STENCIL

If there is one thing I’ve learned in using stencils, it is to not strive for perfection in lines and space.  This isn’t new information, necessarily, as it is general practice for any kind of art I’ve attempted.  The moment I realize this in any new project, the more pleased I am with whatever whimsical results follow.  You’ll notice here I did not use one sole stencil, rather I pulled and painted from three.  I placed a baseline color of white and built from there. 



4.     BACKGROUND

Here are my backgrounds.  Amazon boxes and a the work bench in the garage came in handy for this type of painting.





5.     DO SOME STAMPING 




Stamping gave my backgrounds a chance to dry.  On a decorative texted piece of scrapbook paper, I stamped out two moons of choice and watercolor crayoned each.

6.     ASSEMBLE 





The moment of eclipse!  Adhere images to backgrounds.  Stamp word “Spirit” to the 3x3.  Add star gems to both.  Use paper towel bits to rub acrylic paints to the edges of each canvas and a bit of Mod Podge to seal each piece.  Finished just in time for the 2017 solar eclipse.

ENJOY!