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Gwen Lafleur!!!!Hi everyone! I'm Gwen Lafleur and I'm so excited to be sharing my first post here on the blog.
One of my favorite techniques is to use molding paste together with stencils. Usually I put the molding paste through the stencil, but today's project uses the stencils to create a layered foundation and then the molding paste goes on top.
Here's the final project - it's an 18"x18" mixed media canvas.
So getting started, I gesso'd the canvas and then laid down several patches of paint using three colors. I made sure to leave a bit of white space so that it wouldn't be solid color on the finished product.
Next, I started pulling out my stencils. I used a stiff, dry paint brush to kind of stipple or pounce the paint through the openings. Just keep the paint light so that you don't get a lot spreading underneath.
Tribal Leaves stencil by Kae Pea, the Pods stencil by Jane LaFazio, the Sea Urchin stencil by June Pfaff Daley, and the Optical Large stencil by Michelle Ward.
Next I picked a few more designs to give just a bit more contrast and to fill in a bit more of the open space. I wanted plenty of stuff going on for the second part of the project!
April 2013 Stencil Club set designed by Mary Beth Shaw, and then finished it with some black lettering using the Vintage Script stencil by Cecilia Swatton.
So with that, the stenciling was done and I wanted to add just a bit more to the background. I used my fine line applicators to draw circles with paint and to do some teal splatters - I wanted to introduce a bit of contrasting color and tie in with the color I knew I wanted to use on the top layer. I also added some random green circles using a Molotow paint pen.
And now you can see what the foundation looked like... there's a lot going on, but it's exactly what I was looking for.
With part one done, you'll want to prep for part 2 - getting ready to add the molding paste.
I used regular molding paste because I knew I was going to use a very thin coat and because I was working on canvas. I did a similar project in my art journal and used light molding paste for that. I also used some fluid acrylics to tint the paste, palette knives, and a cup with a lid to mix and store. What I have mixed above was exactly enough for my entire canvas (a few tbsp worth of molding paste and 10 drops of paint.)
Next, decide what design you want to do. Because my stenciling was all circle and oval-ish, I went with leaves to tie in with the foundation design shapes. I used a Stabilo All Marks pencil to trace out the first section of the design, and then I used my palette knife to start adding the tinted molding paste to the canvas, working my way around the design.
At this point you could call it done. I kind of tend toward the "more is more" philosophy, and I may have a slight addiction to Liquid Pearls, so I pulled some out to finish off my canvas.
And that's it! I painted the edges of my canvas and hung it on the wall!
I hope you enjoyed today's project! I had a lot of fun making it :)
That's really cool! I love the black lettering. I love what you did with the molding paste! I would have second guess myself on that part! Did you add water to make it more translucent?ReplyDelete
Thanks Caroline! No water added... I just made sure not to add too much paint when tinting the molding paste and I spread it on very thin... that gives it the translucent effect. If you want it more opaque, you can put on a heavier layer. It just depends on which look you're going for :)Delete
Just elated over your work ! All my favorite colors. It just speaks to my heart.Delete
Gwen it's absolutely stunning! I love your technique and the resulting canvas it gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Wonderful! Thanks for the process.ReplyDelete
I love this! Definitely going to try this technique! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Gwen, for choosing my Vintage Script stencil as part of the background in this beautifully bright and cheerful artwork! The colors and artwork are real spirit-lifters!ReplyDelete
Just beautiful!! love the step by step and I adore the results! well done! (oh, and nice choice of stencils. :-)ReplyDelete
Welcome to the team, Gwen! Love your new approach to modelling paste....and the final piece is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I'm really loving this piece....great color combos!!!! Great to see you sharing your inspiration here.ReplyDelete
Just stunning!!! Thank you for sharing!!!ReplyDelete
Welcome! What a gorgeous piece! Thanks for sharing it and your process with us.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed your tutorial. The end piece is stunning! I'll have to try it out soon.ReplyDelete
A BIG WOW with super,pop colors!ReplyDelete
Welcome to Stencil Girl!! Love what you created here...Beautiful colors!ReplyDelete
Amazingly beautiful. Love the colors and all the hidden layers!ReplyDelete
Welcome! Love your project, what fun. I love learning new things. Great postReplyDelete
what a beautiful finished piece and your step out photos and explanations are just perfect. Awesome post!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this process with us. I really love the colors and textures of your background, and the finished piece is stunning. I'm trying to understand why you would create such beautiful texture and then cover most of it with another layer. In the end, the piece is remarkable. I'm still learning the process.ReplyDelete
Covering up is definitely something you have to get comfortable with! I knew I was going to do that when I started, so I made sure that I didn't get too attached to any area. That's also part of the reason why I made the molding paste layer so thin... you can still see a lot of the original pattern and texture showing through so you don't lose it entirely.
This technique actually works really well when you're trying to do a really busy page or canvas and it gets areas that are really muddy or you end up not liking it... then covering up the parts you don't like and letting other areas show through is a great way to "save" your work or tone down something that got a bit busier than you'd intended.
Of course, if you absolutely love your patterned layer, you can always just leave off the molding paste and stop there!
I'm glad you liked it! And I'm still learning the process too :)
Hi Gwen, thank you for taking the time to respond to me. I'm going to give your technique a try this coming week. It will be fun to experiment.Delete
It gave the leaves the opportunity of "popping out at you" being the primary focus of this piece. I am thinking if securely placed on your canvas, a stencil would work as well as opposed to drawing out your leaves free-hand? What are your thoughts on using a Stencil Gwen? I like the concept and the different molding paste textures when working with normal paper to canvas. Very educational, thankyou!Delete
Welcome Gwen! You're canvas is stunning!!ReplyDelete
what a fabulous piece Gwen!! Love how you explained your process- just gorgeous!!!ReplyDelete
I liked the canvas before the paste also! just saying") Jackie
LOVE! Everything about your canvas is fantastic! I'll be trying this very soon! Thanks Gwen :)ReplyDelete
Wow Gwen. Your tutorial is so awesome. As a newcomer to this process, I sometimes have had my inner self arguing about layering over something that I have become too attached to. But the way you layered it to let the previous paints/stencils to peek through was like a light bulb turning on. I think a much lighter layer is what I need to do. Please consider doing more tutorials...I learned so much from you today. Hugz!ReplyDelete
I adore that you shared your beautiful creativity with us. Want to take a crack at it with animal shapes...all dog breeds.ReplyDelete
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Very inspiring! I can't wait to try it.ReplyDelete
So grateful for your visual plus written step-by-step instructions! I can hardly wait to try these techniques. (btw, I, too, have a slight addiction to liquid pearls ;o)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous and love the step by step.ReplyDelete
WOW! Absolutely love that! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful directions and pictures!ReplyDelete
Finally an artists that explains her process with patient step by step methods. This si a gem! I will share with my HS students and share results with you.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the tutorial, Gwen! I can't wait to give it a try!ReplyDelete
Amazing, as always. I am ready to try this and have ordered the two stencils mentioned. I really love your creativity and your inspirations.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, as always! I'm struck by the notion that art by Gwen is similar to cooking/baking with Martha Stewart: a TON of steps, but always delicious and worth it!!ReplyDelete
This looks really nice. I love that first layer just by itself.ReplyDelete
Gwen....your wonderful molding paste mixed media tutorial inspired me! I printed it off for quick referral with each step; I really enjoyed the process...so much going to my childhood! I would like to share a photo of what I created with your "easy-to-follow" tutorial with the use of assorted stencils and acrylic paints! Thankyou for inspiring me....ReplyDelete
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