Hopefully, you're keeping cool in your corner of the world. It's blazing hot here, but that's normal for Texas.
I found a cool challenge for you so you can escape the heat and learn a new trick or two. Nathalie Kalbach is a mixed media artist who creates stamps and stencils that show her love for her town Jersey City. Click here to find out more about Nathalie and her challenge. I recommend following her on Instagram. Just search for her name. The challenge is called Stencilbop and it's about using your stencils in tons of cool ways. The challenge prompts are released each day in August.
Her first Challenge was to use your stencil with acrylic paint. I used a make up sponge to dab paint through circle stencils, For me that is the easiest way to apply paint through stencils. I used a variety of circle stencils in a variety of sizes. I tend to start with a light color with a bigger stencil and gradually get smaller and darker. And of course I have to add journaling.
The 2nd prompt was Eye Candy, so use your favorite stencil. I love so many of my stencils! I chose Cell Theory by TCW and sprayed Dylusions Spray Ink through it and then spritzed it with a ton of water to get some drips. Then I doodled a giraffe with a Retractable Sharpie ( I love these pens)and some florals, adding details with a Pink Posca Paint Pen--say that three times fast!
The last one I'm going to show you is Day 8 Fusion. In this one you fuse acrylic paints and stamping to get delicious results. I started with a layer of Dina Wakely Media Turquoise paint over a dried layer of gesso. Then I used Dina Wakely's bull's eye stencil and some of her marine paint for my background, dabbing lightly. I'm sorry I can't provide a link-it seems there are no Bull's eye stencils left. Any circular stencil should get you the same results. For the stamping I reached for my Tiny Tree Ring stamp. I tend to use it whenever I can, because it's a great stamp for art journaling and mixed media. I used Distress Ink in Blueprint for stamping randomly in the background. I quickly and sketchily drew a botanical shape with a Stabilo All Pencil. I also journaled on a scrap of mono print. I felt the page needed more black to support the black of the pencil, so I stamped my Tiny Tree Ring stamp a few times in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. That balanced the page.
I know the Challenge has started, but the prompts go out and you finish when you can. The group participating is very supportive. Join us.
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