Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mermaid Canvas Using June StencilClub Stencils

Hi - Jessica Sporn here to show you how the June StencilClub stencils led me to this pretty mermaid canvas.

When I received the stencils, I was struck by their organic, flowing shape.   I decided they were perfect for an abstract canvas.

I prepared a 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvas with gesso, and randomly painted it with some of my favorite colors.

Then I pulled out some complimentary colors (these are all Golden Fluid Acrylics), and started making shapes and patterns with the stencils.

I had so much fun playing with these shapes.  I kept rotating the canvas, without thought to top or bottom.

Though I planned to start "knocking back" some of the areas, at this point I "saw" a woman's head and long flowing hair in the top right corner.  Do you see it?

I let her guide me, sketching in the places for her features, a flower crown, and her flowing hair.  (And so... goodbye abstract canvas, hello mermaid!)

Then I turned to her face, and shaded it in.

The stencils lent themselves perfectly to an "under the sea" effect.

As I finished her, I remembered a song by one of my favorite singer songwriters, Jonathan Brooke, called "Always," about a mermaid.  I journaled about it in her hair, and added some of the lyrics to the bottom of the painting.

I hope you enjoy playing with the June StencilClub Stencils designed by Cecilia Swatton!
I certainly did!


  1. Thank you, Jessica! I loved the excitement you showed in creating this artwork -- boldness of color with a spirit of adventure! May I ask your permission to use one of the above images in a new post to my blog?

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia - and of course - always!

  2. OMGosh! Those are beautiful! each step is lovely, some of them I'd love as just abstracts! Thanks for sharing your work Jessica, it is inspiring! Cannot wait for June's stencils now!

    1. many thanks - I really enjoyed the process.

  3. She is beautiful. What a beautiful back ground that surrounds her and that hair... perfect.

  4. So beautiful. Each step is art on its own. Just love it all.

  5. This is gorgeous! I would never in a million years have gone that route with these, but now I'm looking at them in a whole new light! Thanks for the inspiration (and the beautiful eye candy :D)

  6. Even if I hadn't seen your name attached to this beautiful piece, I would have known it was yours because of the beautifully recognizable face, along with the bright colors you used. I love her and her gorgeous long hair. You always inspire me to just relax and play and watch my piece emerge.


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