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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Playing with Stencils ~ 4 Riley

Hello Everyone!  Sue Lelli here today with a canvas I made for our ePlay Get Altered Challenge to create with stencils.  I had so much FUN making this canvas of my friend's granddaughter.  I was intrigued with this photograph he took of her jumping, trying to make her long curly hair fly over her head.  I got his permission to use his FAB photograph for this project:
I am so pleased with how it turned out!

I am going to "travel" around this canvas to show you up close photos of my stencil play and list which of the many stencils I used:
I Spy:
TCW Mini Texturized Stencil - circle clusters, chevrons on 4
TCW Mini Specimens circles and butterflies
Tim Holtz Distress Paints - 3 shades of pinks 
Here is a good photo of the chevrons and more butterflies

In the upper right corner I spy:
The same stencils with the addition of:
Art Anthology Dimensional Crystals in Peony for the dots on the letters of her name

Here you can see whare I added the TH Melange tissue wrap on the flat area of the canvas to be a background for the photo.

On another piece of tissue, I spelled Riley's name with rub ons from my stash and outlined them with several different black markers including my new Fude Ball 1.5 MM black pen.  I also wiped some gesso around the edges of my photo with my finger.

I took this side view photo so you could see the dimension of my flowers and how I outlined the frame with black paint.  When the paint dried, I used Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal in Blizzard and Peony to break up the starkness of the black and to add yet another layer of texture.
Now for some process photos:
Here is the plain canvas.  First I applied gesso.  Then came the white embossing paste and stencil phase.  This took a while because many times I over-lapped the images.  There was some drying time involved.  I wanted you to see the stencils and the plain area I purposely left so the photo would fit.  After the embossing paste was dry, I painted the entire canvas with TH picket fence distress paint for a solid base.

For this color effect, I painted the canvas in three sections with TH Distress paint for a gradient look.  I used:  Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, and Victorian Velvet.  I flipped the canvas upside down with the darkest color on top and liberally sprayed water on the paints so they would run.  I LOVE the end result and have to say it is even prettier IRL!

Here's a photo of how I added the mini chevrons to the chipboard number.  I painted it first with white gesso for a base then layed the mini texture stencil over it.
This is how it looked with the embossing paste.
This is how it looked after I removed the stencil and the embossing paste dried.  I then applied TH Spun Sugar paint to it for some color.
In this photo I wanted you to see the black paint around the edges and the Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal paint in Blizzard and Peony.  I LOVE how this frames the canvas and makes everything else POP!
I hope you like my canvas and I hope you come play with our ePlay Stencil Challenge!  We would LOVE to see your FAB creations!  Plus you can win a $25 voucher to use in the eclectic Paperie Shop!
What are you waiting for???!!!


toni said...

Fabulous canvas Sue! Love your stencilling and choice of colours. The photo is gorgeous and your canvas really does it justice ! X

Micki said...

Gorgeous Sue, love all that texture especially the embossed stencils. And the black outline around the canvas with the added Dimensional Crystals is awesome. Beautiful canvas. Your friend will love it.
PS: Great shot of Riley!!!!

Wida said...

that is so cool, I don't have the patience to do it, but so admire the result!!! Gorgeous hot pink makes it pop!

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Lovely canvas! Great stencil effects!

Unknown said...

Oh this makes me happy Sue. I love the detailed texture with the stencils and embossing paste. Awesome canvas! That is one sweet little girl. :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful work of art! I really appreciated the detailed photos of the process. Verrrry educational. Thank you.

mamablitger said...

Sue what a great way to show the fab photo. Really love all the texture you achieved. And yes it takes some patience to wait for the embossing paste to dry. Especially the very pretty way you used it.
Thanks a lot for sharing your art and for the detailed photos and explanations.
Hugs from SPAIN

Julia Aston said...

Wowza Sue! what a wonderful canvas - First - what a fabulous photo to highlight on your project - her flying hair is SO fun!! and I absolutely love all of the dimension you achieved with your numerous stencilings! the drippy pinks and black framing is awesome too!!

Andiepants said...

I spy....a great canvas! That photo is wonderful!! So much wonder you wanted to used it. Love your techniques with the stencils girl.


Mary-Ann Maldonado said...

Love this piece of art. Great color choice.