I have so much fun playing in my studio with new techniques - and today I have a canvas to share with you as the fruits of my labor.
The Art Anthology paints that I used created the perfect background for this bright and whimsical piece.
So let's talk about how my background was created. The Art Anthology paints are vibrant - so I always start off intense and tone the colors down as I work with gesso. I worked on a 12 x12 cradled wood board, and primed it first with the Art Anthology gesso. The background was sprayed with Patience and Glorious and after that was dry, Raider was sprayed through a doily stencil.
Patterned paper was torn, the edges were dipped in the Waimea Bay Blue and then adhered to the canvas (to start the sky area)
I "white washed" the canvas with gesso to tone it down and blend the colors.
I stamped lace trim images and heat embossed with black powder.
Without moving the stencil, use a palette knife to spread AA Velvet paints through the stencil. Since the paints are semi-transparent, you will still be able to see parts of the stamped design.
(I used Aloha, Fiesta and Lagoon)
I used stencils and modeling paste to add more relief to the piece, and used my finger to rub the Velvets around the raised areas.
The final thing I did for the background treatment, was I drew vein lines over some areas using the Dimensional Crystal (ok - this stuff is awesome!) I used the Peony and Mermaid.
So this canvas was ready to be finished. I just added the focal elements to the lovely painted background and completed it with a few embellishments.
If you have any questions about these techniques, just let me know! I'd be glad to answer them.