Hi everyone and Happy June! Kirsten Reed here....Summer is in full swing at my house with two teens sleeping late, lush trees, and our good 'ole American flag hanging from outside of our house. Both Flag Day and July Fourth are approaching, so I thought I would create my artistic interpretation of the American Flag using the Seeds and Tiny Medallion 4x4" mini stencils from StencilGirl and designed by Maria McGuire. I love these little guys, and you will too, once you try them out!
Don't fret if you don't pledge allegiance to the USA ~ you can use the same techniques to make any country's flag or a completely creative flag! Just follow the basic steps I show and simply change up your color palette and paper shapes.
I started off by painting some music sheets red and marking them up for texture with stamps and ink.
Then, I tore strips of paper to make the "white stripes" and dabbed white paint through the seeds stencil and then a strip with the Medallion stencil. I did not make this an accurate representation of our flag ~ so yes, I know there are more stripes in an authentic flag! :)
Don't you just LOVE the texture these two stencils give off??? Mini stencils are perfect for creating subtle texture ~ so much more interesting than a stripe of plain white! When I look at these torn pieces of paper I think of lace!
I then tore a square and painted it blue and used the Seeds stencil in reverse, rubbing the paint off through the stencil. I call this reverse stenciling but I am not sure that is an actual "thing" :) .
I then added white on top for more depth. I went VERY light on this with the paint...just a tiny dab.
Time for glueing! I used Golden gel medium to adhere all my paper pieces the way I wanted, putting the red pieces down first on my wood substrate.
I wasn't loving the blue part ~ it didn't quite POP enough for me so I added in some molding paste through the Seeds stencil and I added some Prussian blue paint along the edges. I thought it gave it the look of fireworks and was perfect!
See the texture?
I then added some paint splatters and drips to give my flag a "fun" celebratory feel. I let it all dry and sealed it with a shiny gloss acrylic spray.
Some detailed close up shots:
Here it is in all it's glory...
Hope you enjoyed and let your flag fly high this summer!
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