Friday, 26 June 2015

2015 #12 Coral Dreams {by Diana Taylor}


2015 Theme 12: Stencils

Hi everyone, Diana here from Velvet Moth Studio, and I'm joining you tonight with a post about stencils.  I use them a lot in my work and I was thrilled to be asked to do a project with them.

This is what I came up with, a small boat filled with coral, sea shells and pearls.

My base board was an old book cover and I painted it with a wash of Snowflake and Stone Fresco paints, mixed to give just the shade I wanted.  I then added the tiniest dash of Brown Shed Fresco paint to the mix and lightly stencilled some coral onto the board.  The little boat was cut in half and attached with hot glue, and I then stamped along the bottom of the board with a stamp from the HotPicks 1201 stamp set.  I added a Tim Holtz vial to the boat rope.


HP1201

Using some old coral stencils and puff paint I made my own textured coral.  I brushed a thin layer of Xpandaprint puff paint (from Art Van Go) through the stencils and onto Lutradur, which is a meltable material that shrivels and distorts.  When I then heated the stencilled image with a heat gun the puff paint puffed up and expanded to create a textured surface and the Lutradur melted and disappeared, leaving only the coral shape.  I was then able to tear and snip the coral into the size I required.  A similar effect can also be achieved stencilling puff paint onto tissue paper, and I know other brands of puff paint work well on this. You do have to be careful not to burn the tissue paper though, as it's so delicate!    


I lightly stamped PA Mini 62 text stamp several times over the base board in brown ink and then started adding the textured coral pieces.  I also added some sea fan twigs that I had painted with Brown Shed Fresco paint.


Mini 62



I filled the boat with clay and let it dry for a few days.  I made some small clay shells, using a silicone mould and gently highlighted them with Treasure Silver around the edges.  With a hot glue gun I attached the shells in and around the boat and added some pleated silk, some old clay pipe stems, more Lutradur coral pieces and some pearl and glass beads.  A small piece of torn paper distressed with Walnut distress ink and stamped with PA Mini 62, was rolled up and put in the bottle.




I have really enjoyed doing this project and I love the technique of stencilling with puff paint onto Lutradur, it creates some really great textures.

Have fun,
Diana


This is stunning Diana,the use of puff paint is such a cool way to achieve this texture, and wow so effective. We all love to repurpose old book pages, but often the covers are forgotten: this is a beautiful way to use the cover, i especially love the loose threads still in place on the side. 


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27 comments:

Craftyfield said...

Brilliant dimensional piece! Love the Lutradur technique, I have some in my stash so I have to try it!

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Diana! This is breathtaking! You are so worthy of taking the stage for Paperartsy! There is always something new to learn from you! Exciting and inspirational! Xx

Helen said...

Fantastic texture, and a different way to use stencils.

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Wow! That is stunning. I love all the texture.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Just FABULOUS! What an absolutely beautiful piece. Lx

JoFY said...

o m word - a very lovely piece- so textured & just.. well.. beautiful!!
Jo

Ruth said...

Fantastic to see you over here Diana, and your project is simply STUNNING, definitely trying puff paint on lutrador through a stencil. Ruth x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Really imaginative, original, and effective! This would be a perfect home decor piece in our home in Brittany. A real talking point,

Lucy x

craftytrog said...

This is so beautiful and original Diana!
Alison x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Diana, this is so original and beautiful! I love it! I am a huge fan of your work and I think this is a fabulous stencil idea and an exquisite creation! xxx

Lululiz said...

Your work always leaves me breathless and speechless. You are such a fine artist.

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Congratulations Diana on being asked to feature your work here. Thanks for showing us a great new way to use stencils. You are so creative.

Jane said...

This is jaw droppingly gorgoeus Diana thanks for sharing x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wow! This is amazing project! The coral made with puff paint is a great idea and old book cover panel is stunning. Just beautiful!! xx

Lynn Price said...

Fabulous! The puff paint with the Lutradur is incredible! Love your creativity and diverse techniques. I love the shells, the sea fan, the silk, and the coral..... a beautiful and inspirational piece! Will definitely have to give the puff paint a go! xx Lynn

Living to work - working to live said...

I've got to try that technique with puff paint. I'm always on the lookout for ways to add texture to things and those seems to have exciting possibilities. Thanks for this lovely post.

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, what an amazing piece with so many brilliant techniques! I love the effect of the coral pieces and amazing to think the shells were made with moulds, - they look so real!
A fabulous make from a brilliant artist!!

Elaine said...

This is such a lovely and interesting project. It was so interesting to read about how you made the coral and also that your shells are made from clay too. Really lovely project and it has a lovely summery feel too in such light colours. Elaine

Susan Carol said...

Wow, amazing! Incredible technique, would never have guessed you started with a stencil.

Caroline said...

Oh my... breathtaking piece of art! Agree with all who say the technique for the coral is Incredible! Have to read again as don't quite understand how that puff stuff works. The boat with all the beautiful treasure & vial looks amazing, whole piece is just Fab!

craftimamma said...

What a stunning piece of work! The puff paint on Lutrador (which I've not heard of before) is amazingly realistic as are your shells and using the torn book cover is a lovely idea. Absolutely awesome piece!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Coco said...

Absolutely gorgeous piece and project!!! :) Coco xx

Deb Bradley said...

Oh wow just wow,I love love love this,absolutely stunning Debbsxx

Carol said...

Wow surreal - love it xx

Marci said...

A work of art, gorgeous!

Marci said...

A work of art, gorgeous!

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Amazing post Diana!! Thanks so much x ~Leandra

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