Monday, June 6, 2016

From the sand and the shore - part 1

Forgive me for being MIA on the blog since April ... I actually posted the day before my rotator cuff repair surgery. It has been a long road and I'm still on it. I am thinking, pondering, reflecting on this journey and how it has impacted my life.  But before I begin to write those thoughts and reflections, I wanted to share a little stenciling fun- this is a work in progress. Everything right now takes me a lot longer than normal.  I was happy to be able to create the background for my paste papers ( and even using my left hand for some of the stenciling...I'm right handed).  I'm not sure what these beginnings will become but that is the fun in beginning- to see where it goes and how it grows. 

Here's a list of what you need...


Heavyweight paper pad
Paper towels 
3 acrylic paints  -varying shades in the same hue
White and/or black acrylic paint
Lumiere iradescent paints-choice of color  
Art screens (Ann Butler Design) by ColorBox
Plastic credit card or spreader
Paint palette


1.  Using plastic credit card or spreader, randomly apply medium shade of paint to paper to create a background with color. 

* I keep the paper attached to the pad and slip a paper towel between the sheets. It gives stability to the piece of paper and protects my workspace. 

2.  Place stencil over painted area in a random fashion, moving after each time you apply paint. 

Using the dauber, apply the varying shades over the selected area. Finish with white and or black to create bold areas and places of contrast. 

3.  When finished, flip to a new page and place the painted side of stencil down onto the paper and with paper towel, apply pressure over the stencil (See picture on the left). Lift off to reveal a new beginning of a background paper. 

My papers are drying and will be ready for the next part in the paste paper journey. 

Until next time, whether you  have limitations right now or are limitless, I hope you'll find a little time to create with what you have, where you are  and what you can do. 

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