After a leisurely coffee in bed delivered by hubby i spent a few hours on Sunday at my art desk. I started by gluing an elegant, scalloped black and white serviette to my page; what a great texture a serviette makes.
I knew i wanted to try out one of my new stencils from The Crafters Workshop designed by Dina Wakely.
Gorgeous fine dots in fabulous patterns, simply perfect for borders. I used a flat stippling brush loaded with plenty of paint and took my time to apply the paint as the holes really are quite small. I can see this stencil becoming fast becoming something i reach for regularly. I think the dots integrate the serviette well into the page.
Then i wanted background flowers but not the pretty type. Dandelions stamped in three stages of bloom seemed just right. Now for some colour. Some homemade ink sprays in three colours, a few squirts of water and it all blends beautifully. Then as i stood back I felt the serviette needed a few more layers of colour so i applied a stencil print in bright orange a few times.
To highlight each dandelion head i used 1) faber castell’s gelato’s in orange swooshed around with a wet paint brush, 2) a red Big Brush pen 3) a white gel pen for dots and squiggles 4) Then it was too gaudy so i toned parts of it down a little with a few squirts of dylusions ink spray in white.
The fiery reds and oranges and the field in bloom spoke to me and whispered the word passion. And I asked myself ‘What is passion?’ And i decided it was the perfect word. A life lived with passion is a life well lived. Yes the passion of love but much more than that: enthusiasm, zest, abundance, tackling new things, seeking opportunity, connection, creative expressions and fun too.
I have laminated a set of the alphabet to use as stencils. Instead of drawing around the letters and cutting them out this time i thought I’d try a different technique. Just dabbing paint around them. Not cheap transparent white paint though, a good quality Jo Sonjas white tube worked beautifully.
Notice that the words aren’t very clear, so i ended up wiping the dylusions white spray off the inside of the letters with a wet paint brush. Makes the word passion pop off the page. In art there are no mistakes, we just change things round.
It is good feeling to be passionate about one’s work of art. I enjoyed every minute of my Sunday at my desk. Hope you have enjoyed hearing my creative process.