Saturday 4 July 2015

2015 #12 Layered Triptych {by Elizabeth Borer PA Signature Designer}

2015 Topic 12: Stencils

Hi there everyone Liz here, I’m back with a project centered around the use of stencils . I’ve only used two PaperArtsy stencil sets for this project but by layering the designs over each other the effect is dramatic and colourful.

I painted a wooden triptych with Little Black Dress, back and front and sanded any rough spots before adding another coat. I then stencilled the leaves from PS006 around the edges of the panels using white paint.I kept adding leaves (some hanging from the top of the panels) until I felt that the whole thing had enough cover

When the white paint was dry I washed some of the transparent colours over the white. I started with Pumpkin Soup and Limelight and then added Beach Hut. To create darker areas I added South Pacific, Hyde Park and Blueberry. I used the transparent colours so that the white stencilled areas showed through creating a watercolour effect. Don’t worry if the colours go over the black paint as they add to the effect around the edges and can be painted over anywhere else.

I then stencilled more leaves, again using white paint, over the original leaves. In this picture the finished colours of the first layer can also be seen. I washed colour over the second layer of leaves, this time using more green such as Hey Pesto and yellow to create brighter colours .

I added another layer of leaves, this time using Grunge Paste to add dimension. I mixed the Grunge Paste with Green Olives to avoid having to paint over the dried paste.

To make the Grunge Paste leaves stand out I applied Treasure Gold over the leaves. The easiest way to do this is to replace the stencil and then rub the Treasure Gold onto the leaves. This avoids blobs of gold in the wrong places!

I then stencilled the flowers from PS003 randomly over the panels. Don’t worry if a flower goes over the grunge paste leaves because the gold can be reapplied after the flowers are painted. I used Nougat for the brighter flowers and added a little brown paint to the Nougat to make a slightly darker colour for flowers that are tucked behind other flowers .

Again I used the  transparent colours  to colour  the flowers, here I started with Pumkin Soup and also Autumn Fire. Because some of the flowers were stencilled with darker paint they will be darker when finished adding to the dimensional effect.

To create darker areas I added Eggplant and some Plum. I then added Bougainvillea to some of the petals to make them nice and bright. If any of the Grunge Paste leaves have been painted over they can have some more Treasure Gold added at this time .

I painted some Smoothy White Stamping Card with Nougat and stamped the face from Ink and the DogWW6 onto it. I like stamping faces onto paint like this because the skin colour is already done and the base colour is light enough to add any other colours as I have done here. I have used a frame from my stash, which was painted black and coloured with Treasure Gold, to frame the stamped face. This was stuck in place onto the triptych.


To finish the project I rubbed Treasure Gold around the edges of the panels. I then rubbed Treasure Gold onto some flowers and butterflies which were then stuck to the project as shown .

Well that’s all for now folks. It’s amazing how much can be created using only two stencils , and I didn’t even use all of the designs on the stencil sheets. I hope that this has inspired you to create something bright and colourful. Bye for now.


So good to have you back Liz. Your use of opaques/translucent paints to build up the layers is exquisite, by introducing warmer hues such as Autumn Fire you have created a rich opulant effect.
We would love you to join in with challenge #12: Stencils If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Stencils link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 12th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


craftimamma said...

Beautiful stencilled piece Liz with such a lot of depth and texture too and all from just 2 stencils! The black background really does give a dramatic effect.

Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is incredibly clever, Liz, it shows such skill! I thought at first it was a background paper you had used. I have been using some of your stamps recently and they are exquisite,

Lucy x

Helen said...

Love this, Liz! the layered stencilling is quite gorgeous.

Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous, I love all the layers of colour & texture.

Corrie Herriman said...

Beautiful, love all the layers !
Corrie x

PaperArtsy said...

Wow. The layers look superb Liz!! Love how you build up the depth and colour with texture and paint. So clever!

rachel said...

oh so very beautiful - love it xx

Julie Lee said...

Wonderful use of layered stencils, Liz. I love how those colours work so well together too! Beautiful xxx

Anonymous said...

Exquisite! Beautiful layers and I love the femme as the focal of the artwork.

Etsuko said...

What a amazing stencils technique and fab colours, beautiful creation. xxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Just brilliant! Lx

Cocofolies said...

This is a wonderful triptych, love the depth and unusual colours. Coco x

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SCarol said...

Stunning! Love how vibrant it is and the way you've layered the stencils. Must try that.

ionabunny said...

Wow, what a fun idea. Must try. TFS. Hugz

Daniele said...

such a lovely piece Liz, love the build up of the stencilled leaves x