Monday, March 31, 2014

StencilGirl Andrea Matus deMeng Blog Hop

Welcome my friends!  If you are new here, my name is Paula Phillips also known as JournalArtista

I was so excited to hear Andrea Matus deMeng was designing stencils for StencilGirl! I received Eve, A Modern Woman.  This is a 9" x 12" stencil.  Isn't she stunning??

The first thing I started playing with was Dylusions Spray inks over the right side of a gesso'd art journal page spread.  I sprayed multiple colours and immediately closed the book.  The trick to a good result is letting the pages completely dry before peeking as well as adding a bit of weight on top of your journal.

The right hand side page turned out like this:

I took a waterbrush and moved the Dylusions spray ink around to blend and soften.  Such a fun look turned super fast and simple!  It is also a great way to practice your shadowing technique.

I also chose to start with the same technique in a smash-type book of scrapbook paper:  

This is what the two page spread looked like.  The right hand page now has a layer of gesso over it, applied with a gift or credit card:

I focused on the right hand side page.  I added three half circles of light yellow acrylic paint on top of the gesso.  I then reapplied the stencil and lightly sprayed a dark and light purlpe spray ink.  Once dry, I took a water mister and lightly sprayed the page, tilting to have the ink run slightly. 

I applied the stencil for the third time, assuring the features are aligned.  I chose a black student grade acrylic paint to sponge over the eyes, nose, lips and bottom right half of the face.  I LOVE how this turned out!

Not everything I try turns out great, check out this hot mess! :)  I am still working out the uglies on this one. :)  What went wrong?  Way too much ink, no gesso... however a good coat of gesso will save it.

Remember this technique I shared on the StencilGirl Talk Blog?  

Since I already had the black paint out and my hands messy, I added the stencil over top of the packing tape transfer.  My favourite part of Andrea's new designs is how they are the perfect addition to that awesome background you just hate to cover.

Lastly, I had a lot of extra ink on my stencil so I decided to spray it with water and place between gesso'd pages of my art journal.  Super quick background!

Don't forget to continue on on the hop!  There is a giveaway going on on the StencilGirl Talk Blog!  There will be two winners- one will receive a set of the new 6"x6" stencils and one will receive a set of the new 9"x12" designs.  Comment on all the blogs for more chances to win! Contest closes on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:59pm Central Time.

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Much Love my friends!
Paula aka JournalArtista
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