This week, I played with Cecilia Swatton's Seaweed Stencil to create new mixed-media map painting!
As soon as I saw this 6" x 6" stencil, I knew exactly which maps I wanted to use it with:
a seashell-shaped map and a map I had with very similar lines and shapes as this stencil.
After collaging these 2 maps onto an 8" x 10" stretched canvas, I added light values with Unbleached Titanium acrylic and a make-up sponge:
Next, I added dark values with Irridescent Rich Silver and a 6B pencil. Then came the fun part...I placed the Seaweed Stencil directly onto my painting and applied Iridescent Antique Bronze acrylic with an ink sweeper. Then I removed the stencil and applied more Iridescent Antique Bronze acrylic with a brush.
I really enjoy using parts of the stencil and wiping away paint after stenciling, too. You can use a paper towel and/or baby wipe to subtract paint and push the pattern of the stencil back into the surface so it appears more integrated.
Next, I layered the Seaweed Stencil with Cobalt Turquoise acrylic.
Then I removed the stencil and applied more Cobalt Turquoise with a brush.
For lighter values of blue, I layered the Seaweed Stencil with Cobalt Teal, removed the stencil and applied more.
Again, I selected just of section of the painting to apply a portion of the stencil to and paint.
A little more Unbleached Titanium for more light values and some complementary Iridescent Rich Copper...
Finally, I added some Iridescent Copper Light. The very last step was incorporating the text nature – because all of my work is inspired by nature:
And here are a couple detail shots of the work:
It's such a privilege to be on the StencilGirl Creative Team!
I hope that I've inspired you to collage and play.
Have fun painting and playing and layering with your StencilGirl stencils!
Wishing you all the best,
Come back on Monday!
Samie Harding will be back with another tutorial.