Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mask and stencils

It may not look like much because it's all I have today, but I'm so proud of this piece I made yesterday.

I started by laying down some watercolors (pink and yellow), then made a mask for the hair while that was drying. I used repositionable glue to hold down the mask, first one direction, then flipped to the other. When these watercolors were dry, I added the love stencil and punchinella (sequin waste) using dye ink and a finger daubber. Then I used my new black acrylic paint to outline the hair. I finished it off with two birds in the hair of one of the images. Feel free to enlarge to see the details. This piece is 8.5 X 11 and I am thrilled with the outcome, even though it is simple. I've made so few things lately that turned out well, this put a smile on my face.

And since I am stenciling, I thought a few of my readers might not know how to make their own stencils. So I found a web site devoted to just that. It is called Spray Paint Stencils. The tutorial for making your own reusable stencils is far better than anything I could offer. It is here. If you click on the first link, which is their homepage, you will find a ton of images you can use to make your own stencils. Thought you might like to try your hand at one. Have a great Thursday.

18 thoughtful remarks:

Theresa said...

So clever Elizabeth and love the color scheme! Thanks for the link to stencils - am going to have to check it out!

Tess said...

Oh Elizabeth this is adorable. I thought the two birds were bows at first. This would be perfect as a gift made for my niece and granddaughter. They are best friends. I love the 60's tie dye colors. Great job with this one, I see why it made you smile...it made me smile too!

Clare H said...

its fab!!! you should be thrilled, i would be

Bea said...

OOOOOOOOoh, I like that, very cool. Elizabeth have you been involved with Yahoo groups over the years? With Belinda? I remember an Elizabeth in the groups when I was participating, just wondering. Thanks for the link for the stencils. I think I might try that for some leaf shapes that I have been collecting this summer. :)Bea

Mar said...

it is always a thrill
no matter its size when a study results in a positive outcome...YAY!

Terri Kahrs said...

You SHOULD be thrilled, Elizabeth! Your chosen color scheme is absolutely 'yummy' for want of a more descriptive word! Beautiful! Hugs, Terri xoxo

PS Did Bleubeard ask you to add those little birds????

Dianne said...

these look fantastic! color combinations very balanced and lovely texture...I really like the transparency and brightness of watercolors & acrylics. this stenciling business may be something I should try...

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ooh love it Elizabeth, love the colours :-) Love the little birds - didn't spot them till you said though.
Anne x

Lynn said...

you so kindly share so many interesting sites and info. Thanks!

Doone said...

I am never sure if people are offended by comparisons,this is so stunning - and very Andy Warhol (whom I happen to love)

good stuff...hope you find the comparison favourable...

Dx

Diane said...

I love the colors too Elizabeth--what a great technique this is, and thanks for the stencil link!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I will wait until they go on sale...they were quite expensive for my budget right now so I will wait a little longer to play...Lovely images. Are the fabrics still soft when you have heat set them? Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Tammy Freiborg said...

I see two artists in a state of peace, joy, and community!

dining tables said...

You must be proud in those amazing art works. It is so unique and I think it you can sell that piece for a very good price. I wish someday that I can buy one of your creations.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

This is SO fun- I love the laid back relaxed colors you chose and the birds and lettering are the perfect finishing touch!

apaperbear said...

Welcome to the addictive world or stencils! Once you use stencils you never go back babie!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

really crazy about he colors you used Elizabeth! AND you have in intrigued over making stencils ... so many fun things to try!
oxo
p.s. glad you got your computer woes squared away
we had an odd shut down of our computer and then I noticed I had some crazy russian comments on my bbb ... about a dozen ... WPress does such a great job of catching SPAM I was shocked to see those!
things seem better today!

Melinda Cornish said...

I like this a lot.....what fun!