I started with one of my collaged backgrounds. The first thing I did on top of the collage was use molding paste and Maria McGuire's Greek Stitch a Border stencil to immediately add dimension to the canvas. (See top left, top right, bottom right) I then used my stabilo pencil and sketched out my basic bouquet.
After I had my basic idea of how I wanted things to look I began with stencils and paint!
For the table I used Lizzy Mayne's Eye Lattice stencil. Inside the vase I used Mayne's Flicks stencil.
To add a layer of interest to my background, I used Carolyn Dube's Cross Word stencil.
Each time I painted with the stencils, I went very light on the paint so my interesting collage would peek through. I also used Golden Fluid Acrylic paints because they are transparent.
Here is a close up of the texture and molding paste.
Here you can see how subtly I used the crossword stencil (in blue). I also used Carolyn Dube's Jumbo Vintage Alphabet stencils and hid the word "JOY" in the table.
Inside the blue flowers, I added pizzaz with Maria McGuire's Seeds stencil and her Tiny Medallion stencil in the leaves. After most of the painting was finished I took strips of my fabric printed with my past art designs on it, and cut it to add dimension and interest to the flowers.
Here are all the stencils I used:
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