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.
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.
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.