Here's the finished piece - it measures 24"x24"
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I had a general idea for where I was going to go with this, so I started by cutting out different sized rings from sheets of cardboard.
Next, I coated all of the rings with molding paste. Do you have to do this? No. But I wanted to get rid of the cardboard texture and also coat the edges since I knew they'd be visible and I didn't want the open sides from plain cardboard. This was tedious, but I'd probably still do it if I had to do it over again.
While the molding paste was drying, I took several sheets of deli paper that already had some paint on them and stenciled on top of them with a bunch of my new stencils. For this first one, I used the Decorative Medallion stencil, the Decorative Curvy Ornament stencil, and the Decorative Filigree Ornament stencil. Then I colored them in with paint markers.
Next up, I stenciled all over the paper with gold pigment ink and my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Love how this came out! I'll have to do this again so I have a few more sheets of this.
I did more stenciling, including some on plain copy paper, to get a large variety of patterns that I could use to collage the canvas. The other stencils I used here are: Decorative Folk Flower Screen, Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen, Ornamental Circle Cluster Screen, Ornamental Petals Mask, Ornamental Embroidery Stencil, Ornamental Compass Mask, Ornamental Compass Screen, and Ornamental Floral Screen. (So you know, basically all of my stencils. Ha!)
Next, I just started ripping them into pieces and collaging them onto the canvas with gel medium. I added some ransom style letter stickers, some patterned paper, stamps, and other bits of ephemera here and there to mix it up a bit.
Once the background was collaged, I placed the cardboard circles and adhered them into place with heavy gel medium.
Next, I started painting out the background with a mix of red, orange, and yellow acrylic paints.
I left it light or completely open here and there so that there would be places where the background would be more visible.
Finally, I went through and painted the circles gold. I had originally thought that it would be easier to do it last instead of painting them before gluing them on, but if I did this again I would definitely paint them first - I think it would be easier to keep from getting paint on them while adding in the background color than the other way around, but it worked out in the end!
Here you can see the cool dimension you get from the circles - I added some shadowing under each with paint to emphasize it a bit.
A few close-ups so you can see how the background is still there as a layer even though I painted over most of it.
(Those runaway letters above have since been put back in their places more permanently!)
So there you go! I hope you enjoyed this month's project! If you're inspired to make one of your own, make sure to come back and link us up!
Until next time, happy stenciling!