Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stencilling and mixed Media

I'm not really sure if work days get any better than last Friday!

Once again, I had the good fortune to attend a workshop
 by Chris Stuart (Fine Artz Studio) focussing on Mixed Media.

Chris showed us many tricks of the trade with transfer techniques. 
All of which were wonderfully adaptable in the classroom and my own work!
But the highlight of the day was the insight I gained into the potential of stencil work.

Can't claim fame to this one unfortunately- this is by the lovely Lucy...
..and this is just part of the work.

We began the whole process by playing around with different stencils
 from a variety of places and we even cut some of our own from a product called ezi-cut.

As you can see we are reminded about the positive and negative,
 and the mirror image of a stencil to provide variation with repetition.

Chris gave us a sheet of watercolour paper which she had prepared with inks.
I really like this starting point because to me,
 there is nothing more distracting than a white surface.

 Lucy strikes again-look at the pattern in the black bird!

We applied our stencils with gesso: layering, using sponges, using rollers .
Then, we applied inks for colours.

We repeated this process over and over..
 blocking out areas... 
creating new areas...
adding & subtracting...
layer upon layer upon layer.

Can't claim fame this one either, unfortunately-this is by Marvelous Marcus!

Now... I'm no Banksy...

..but this process is totally addictive....
 and cathartic...
I really get it!

And if that isn't enough, when you are finished doing all of that stencilling,
you can work over it with pastels, or pens, or crayons...
pick your creative weapon of choice.

This one is mine. 

Tomorrow it is Friday once more...
 and so it's time for a wine whine...

Awww, I wish I was going to another Fine Artz workshop!

Thanks Chris.

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  1. Very unique and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You are so welcome for the free pdf!!! I'm obssessed with every page of your blog!!! So creative!!! I'm your newest follower!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing.com

  3. Gorgeous! I am so glad you popped by y Facebook page.

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  5. Thanks for the great tutorial and for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

  6. This is just lovely! Thanks for sharing it :)

  7. Wowza! These are soooooooo cool! The depth and detail is amazing!

    I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  8. this looks like a fabulous workshop and no wonder you would line up for another so soon!
    ps lovely to hear form you recently


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