Unfortunately i am still sick but on the mend. i appreciate all your kind words about Anthony & becoming a grandma. So while i am recovering on the couch, i thought you would enjoy seeing the process of this layout using my new stencil called Persian Gate. Letting go is an important part of creating art. You have to be able to let go of control sometimes and trust your skill to know it could lead you to something great. Of course there is the flip side and you end up hating what you created but i guarantee you learned something in the process. i also look for opportunities to take something i hate and turn it into something i love by pushing myself to keep going. i know that even if i don't like the whole piece i can cut it up and turn it into something different.
i started this layout with that premise of letting go, playing around, having fun, and just keep creating. i used Dina Wakley's Media paint on the watercolor paper. i then added some journaling and stenciled images using my 12 x 12 Geometric Art Layers stencil.
Persian Gate (TCW 472)
i then broke out my new stencil called Persian Gate. i love this simplistic form of a quatrefoil with the nice sized openings. Lots of possibilities with this one and i am going to show you just one technique you can use with it.
i placed the stencil over the painted page and added a layer of clear medium over top using a plastic palette knife, scraping through the stencil.
It's slightly opaque when wet and translucent when dry. Depending on your climate, it may take a while to dry. i usually let it set for an hour or two, sometimes more if i put it on really thick.
After it is dry, i painted over it and wiped down the stencil bits to have that color pop through. i love this technique a lot. In fact you can see a variation of it on my Rose Window Video HERE.