Wednesday, February 25, 2015

StencilGirl Guest Designer Diana Trout

Welcome to 
Guest Designer

For my post for StencilGirl, I chose a couple of my favorite stencils from StencilGirl: the arched cobblestones remind me of Italy and who doesnt love a doodle sunburst?

(make sure to scroll down to watch Diana's video)

I enjoy exploring altered substrate surfaces to build layers of patterns. Sticking to analogous (neighboring colors) is a wise choice so you dont wind up with mud. You can use any kind of acrylic paints. I also used Golden Glazing Medium (matte). This creates sheer colors.

If you practice making mud by mixing complementary colors, it can be beautiful. Look at the neutrals above the quote in the picture below that I got from mixing purple into yellow.

You can see a close up of the layers from another piece I was playing with. The Squares and Circles stencil was stenciled using gel medium. I let that dry before stenciling the sunburst from the Shattered Stencil.

The gel medium really alters the way the paint soaks into the paper as you can see below. The untreated area looks like grout giving a mosaic look to the background. Here I used the Fishscale Brick Stencil.

I added some drippy paint and then some gold ink to finish things up. As usual, I didnt know where this page was leading me until I came to the collage part. 
I picked a quote that appealed to me. 

Watch the video below to see this page come alive:

Can't see the video? Click HERE.

Its always a  magical moment when that final image swims to the surface. 
Thanks Mary Beth!

Find out more about Diana on her blog HERE.

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  1. What a great page! I usually use water, but seeing what you did with glazing medium has me thinking I need to give that a spin instead and I have a hard time talking while painting too!

  2. This is just gorgeous! I absolutely love the colors and patterns that you used, and the final result is just stunning!

  3. This is fabulous and I intend to try the medium instead of water also. I keep forgetting to do it so I am going to make a note to keep at my art table.

  4. Love this page. So creative and interesting. I also enjoy that you talk all the way through your videos. I am always looking for tutorials with talking instead of music :) Great job!

  5. Love it! Thank you for showing us how you did it. I've been using glazing medium for quite awhile now, and it has really made a difference in the quality of my work. Its effect is downright magical!

  6. This is beautiful. Loving the palette.


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