Wednesday 31 July 2019

'Be You' canvas by Karen

A step-by-step for you today to round off this month celebrating wonderful nature and leading in to the next month's focus on paint.

The background for my project starts with layers of Eco Acrylic Paint brayered on to a 20 x 20 cm wood backed canvas panel. I started with Turquoise, adding small amounts of paint randomly on to the canvas then rolling it out, paying attention to the edges and being sure to leave some white showing through towards the centre.

 I repeated the process with Cadmium yellow ...
 ...and the Phthalo Green and finally with a very small amount of White to soften the layers underneath.

To build more layers and interest to the background I sponged some more White through a stencil in random places. I then brayered Prussian Blue paint on to some flower stamps to add these to the background and coloured them with some diluted paint to make them a bit more solid. Prussian Blue was also sponged round the canvas to frame it.

Some Prussian Blue was also sponged through a different stencil but I forgot to take a photo of this stage!
I stamped a dragonfly on to watercolour paper and coloured this with Turquoise, Magenta and Prussian Blue Eco Acrylic Paints using a fine brush and diluting to blend the colours.

I used the blunt end of a brush to add dots of White paint for details on the design.

Once dry, the dragonfly was cut out and glued on to the canvas leaving the wings free. Finally I added some text by stamping on watercolour paper, cutting around this, edging it in black and gluing it on.

You can, of course, use these techniques with any stamps you own or by collaging other elements on to your painted backgound. Hope this inspires you to get brayering!

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