Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Created Byhand Challenge - Stencils

I have been intrigued by Michelle Ward's latest Crusade - Come Over to the Dark Side. I love the idea of layering gesso and paint over a black background. When I saw the stencil challenge over at Created Byhand, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with this technique.

I started with black cardstock and scraped gesso over it randomly. Then I did the same thing with green and pearlized purple acrylic paints. When I was happy with it, I used the waste from a sheet of Grungeboard flourishes as a stencil and sprayed it with black paint. The bird is from Oxford Impressions. It's stamped on Grungeboard and cut out - it's a great way to get a nice, solid image. I added a bit of cheesecloth that's been dyed with distress ink and a few stems left over from a silk flower spray.

LOVE this technique and will be experimenting some more with it. Thanks for the inspiration Michelle!

11 comments:

  1. very nice. like the texture you added too

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  2. The Dark Side, huh??? Great piece, Shelly!

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  3. great piece..i will have to check out her site.

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  4. Very spooky - very Goth. I really like that background technique.

    Cyndi

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  5. Gorgeous Shelly!!! I love the bird and the cheesecloth there!!You know how I love texture :)

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  6. Spectacular and spooky! Love it!

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  7. I love the layers on this piece! Wonderful!

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  8. Amazing work and i love that swirl shadow
    hugs June xxx

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  9. How cool is this!!! Love your work and the background technique is perfect!

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