Welcome Stencilgirl and Paperartsy Fans! I’m so happy to have you here for this wonderful blog hop this month! When I found out that we would have to opportunity to work with some paperartsy products I was over the moon with excitment. I actually have many sets of paperartsy stamps already which must be at least ten years old so they’ve been a big favorite for a long time!
So I was lucky enough to recieve a couple of the gorgeous Fresco Finish acrylic paints in Coral and Lake Wanaka (they have the most amazing names for their paints!) as well as a set of stamps by Ellen Vargo to use in this project. I’ve combined them with the Spring Flower Vase stencil by Suzi Dennis. This stencil is really beautiful and also quite large so I’m using an acrylic board which is 12″ x 16″ to create a really lovely piece that can hang on the wall.
To start off with I’ve traced around the stencil to get the positioning of the flower petals and leaves onto my board. I’m going to be building up a paper collage effect on the flowers so I have left out some of the smaller details on the flowers. I’ve just created some larger petals where there were several smaller ones. Mainly to save myself some frustration later on!
So using the coral paint I pulled some gelli plate prints. I’ve mixed the coral with some white and layered each paper several times to give myself a good variety of tones from the same color. The images really don’t do justice to the lovely rich tones on this coral paint.
I’ve then taken a tombow marker and used the pen to ink up my paperartsy stamp. I didn’t have an ink pad to match the color and I didn’t want to go with a dramatic black for the petals. The marker worked out perfectly and the textures available in the stamp set meant that I had a wonderful range of patterns to add on top of the printed papers.
I knew I kept collecting containers for a reason!! So I’ve cut up my papers in advance into small pieces and kept them arranged by color and pattern. I’m going to use the different papers to create shading within the flowers.
I did the same on some book text to create a different pattern and texture for the leaves and stalks.
Here are the completed flowers. I loved that I could sit on the couch and just mindlessly paste them onto the board. I’m not too worried about making sure that the lines are perfect, I’m going to be going over them in paint now next to tidy up any rough edges. I really love the depth and texture going on in the blooms. I used matt medium to stick down the pieces.
So I’ve gone ahead and outlined the flowers in night sky color paint. It’s just a cheap craft acrylic paint by Do Crafts which I’m pretty sure is not available outside the UK and Ireland. I’m fairly confident most ranges have a very similar shade though. I really love this blue shade it’s much softer than black and I love how it has made the flowers and leaves pop.
I’m using my stamps now to build up some background layers for my piece. I used some Staz On ink in teal blue and just randomly stamped some areas. I’ll be painting and stamping and layering all over my background.
Here you can see several layers of paint and more stamps to add interest to the background. I love these stamps because they have some really great options to build up texture. The one on the top right is one of my favorites, it almost looks like bubble wrap.
More texture with some gold gouache and liquid acrylics.
To finish off I painted the vase with the lake wanaka blue. It’s a lovely matt color and gives a gorgeous opaque finish.
To give it a more “water in glass” type feel I’ve added an iridescent medium over the top of the paint to give it some lovely sparkle and shimmer.
And here is my finished piece! It’s too big to photograph on my usual background so my floor had to oblige! I really love how it’s turned out. The flowers have some lovely texture to them and I will certainly be using this technique again for more projects.
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