I took a lot of time off over the holidays since the boys and my husband were home for a couple of week and we were super busy with family stuff. While the time off was nice, by the end of winter break I was starting to feel cranky from not making any art! Still, getting back to the studio this week I've felt kind of aimless and had trouble getting back in the swing of things. I decided to combat my bad mental soundtrack of "I'll never have any more ideas or ever make any good work again" by just playing with some collage bits and making something just for fun. I've been wanting to do an illustrated alphabet for a while, so I started there, with E for elephant. We'll see what come next!
For the past six month's I've been participating in Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp. Each month provided an assignment brief and other goodies along the way, with a monthly gallery of all the projects created. Our final assignment was to create wall art with the theme of a favorite drink, something inspiring we would hang in our own space. I decided to work with the collage techniques I've been playing with after taking Mati Rose's Daring Adventures in Collage E-course and this is what I submitted. The e-course was fun ride with lots of inspiration, and as always, the push to keep making good art!
Check out all the amazing work created by my fellow bootcamp classmates on the class gallery!
As I've been exploring more layering of textures and patterns in my new collage work, I've been hankering to try my hand at stencils. I thought I'd start out low tech, seeing what I can do quickly and cheaply with basic stencils cut on my Silhouette Cameo using materials on hand. I used one of my patterns inspired by Moroccan tile designs, converted into SVG cutting files (available here).
- Cut the stencils using basic card stock
- Use blue painters tape to hold them in place without tearing the paper
- Apply paint using a pouncer, making sure to push the paint completely into the cutout spaces. (I used Liquitex Basics acrylic paint)
- Remove the tape and stencils, and instant success!
I'm excited to use these in some projects I'm working on. I also tried using easy tack spray to hold down the stencil, which worked well, but left a tacky feel on the finished design that I didn't like. The cardstock seems perfect for using a few times and tossing, but doesn't seem like it will hold up super long for multiple uses, so I plan to experiment on cutting more stencils out of some different materials to see what I like best. I'll keep you posted!