And here is a close up to show you some of those yummy details:
And here we go!
For this project I chose the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil, which I taped down so it wouldn't move (painter's masking tape is great for this because it comes off the page so easily.) Designer Tip #1: Using only one stencil but lots of different colors will give your piece great energy without being too busy.
I chose to use Tim Holtz Distress Paints because they are sheer enough that my words still show through the paint and I like how quick they dry. Designer Tip #2: Choose either a warm or a cool color pallet so that all the colors will blend beautifully when they overlap.
At this point I am totally trusting in the process because this is not the page I had envisioned when I started... Gulp!
First I applied the black gesso, moving my mask around, turning it over and using its edges and corners until I had my general layout...
Then I cleaned the black gesso off my mask and repeated the process using my Maya Gold paint by Viva - this paint covers beautifully and has a wonderful shimmer.
I did pull out my black waterproof ink pen and re-outline my butterflies to make them really pop... Designer Tip #3 Using Waterproof Ink is important in mixed media because you don't want your marks to run all over your page if you add more layers.
And that's it - a wonderful spread, rich with color and patterns that looks NOTHING like the steps along the way! Shower of Flutters worked so beautifully for this technique that my art brain is already full of ideas for a canvas... Happy Sigh.
In these four simple steps:
1. Apply a layer of paper in a neutral color that contain words or marks or patterns.
2. Apply a layer of colors through a stencil using colors from the warm or cool color family.
3. Lay a mask or an image overtop of your background and use a solid color paint or gesso to paint overtop of it.
4. Add a sentiment and embellish and add pen details until you are finished.
Thank you for taking my tutorial with me today, I hope it inspires you to try out some mixed media... and if it does, please do link up to our STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge this month... Anything goes except a card and I would LOVE to see what you create!
STAMPlorations products used on this project: