Monday 19 November 2018

2018 #20 Foiling: For the Wall with I&D Stamps {by Leandra Franich}

 2018 Topic 20: Foiling

Tonight it's my turn to share an idea with foil. I'm obsessed by abstract art, and the Rothko style of canvases with blocks of colour is the basic idea I was emulating. I was also struck by an utterly gorgeous background that Debi Adams recently blogged here for stencil girl. 3 hours later, a new piece for my kitchen to fill a gap where a clock recently fell off the wall and broke. ~ Leandra

Hi everyone,
In this post I thought i'd go back to the old school gold leaf, the flaoty stuff that gets everywhere! Well i have a tonne of sheets that you certainly should use in a draft free zone!

I was thinking I would use Debi's colour palette as linked in the intro, but as usual, turquoise had to enter into the equation. Which actually turned out OK, because the wall in my kitchen is also that colour! So the piece has a home!

So I usually start with putting something on the blank surface, in this case, I decided that it didn't need to be too lumpy, so grunge paste was out, and instead I opted for layers of old papers and tissue. Knowing that they would likely be obscured, but also liking that they would still catch the paint, so I did deliberately ensure there were wrinkles in the tissue.
Here they are in place, directly onto a Canson Mixed Media board, they are quite thick, a bit like grey board, but more sucky of moisture...which means they do tend to buckle. As ever keeping things vertical and horizontal, just in case words ended up visible later on. Call me pedantic! But, I cannot cope with stuff on angles!

No process pics sorry, but I was literally using my whole hand to add and spread the paint (I was NOT going to pick up the phone to take photos!).
How to apply, well, paint a blob on, and then I used all my fingers to massage the colour into an area. A fine misting of water to blend it out was helpful, as Fresco dry soooo fast. If things got too heavy and opaque, I did use a baby wipe to knock things back a bit. It is just a matter of adding, blending , rubbing and so on until you get it how you prefer.

I tried to keep Midnight, Chocolate Pudding, Mahogany and Sargasso to the lower section. 

For the upper third, Buff, Terracotta, Stone and Chalk were my selections.

I did occasionally use Seth's technique of painting onto a piece of card, and pressing that onto the surface, and that worked really well with the paler shades at the top section to pick up the highlights. Overall, start dark, then work to your lighter shades so the depth is trapped in the lower layers.

I only added Sargasso after building all the other colours, I created a defined line between the two zones, knowing the foiling was going to be used as a bridge. There was a natural division with the straight edge line of some papers I had deliberately placed at the beginning. I do fine, when you add a contrast colour, you immediately get something 'wow' with contrast.

I found some foiling adhesive from a cazoodle years ago that had literally gone off in the bottle. I remember it as a thin, runny glue, and it was now thick and gluggy and curdled. Once dry, it stays tacky to accept the leaf, so  I figured it would still work, and used a finger to rub it along the 'line'. Within a minute of so I plonked a gold leaf sheet over the top, and found a soft brush to apply some pressure onto the gold leaf. As expected, it stuck to the adhesive, and fell away from the unglued areas. Another bonus of chalk paint, gold leaf will not stick to it!

I then added some stamping in archival inks. I knew I was going to add more paints on top, and I had lost my words underneath from the tissue, so I figure I might try to reinstate some stamped interest.

The round pattern is from Seth Apter Set 08 (ESA08)

and the rest are old Ink and the Dog sets.
Clocks Set 6 (C6)

 Words Set 4 (W4)

Here's a close up of the foil. I tried to rub it away so it wasn't totally solid.

And you can see some of the stamping on the backgorund here...although once again, not to stay visible for too long!

So my next plan was to try and soften both the upper and lower sections with more paint, ideally chalk or buff. I kind of wanted peeks of the deep colours showing through, but an over all white-ish, minimalist piece. However, distracted in trying to get the balance right,  every time I added white, I kept going back to adding more midnight, more chocolate, more buff, and so on until the words had all disappeared again!

And then I had it pretty much neutral, but added infusions (Black Knight, In the Navy) to the lower section. I also used a water based pen to add a black line along the 'dividing line' and then used a damp brush to blend that out for a bit of structure.

Next to the frame. I have a bunch of 12x12 wood frames that arrived here with the glass all smashed. I kind of knew this piece would need something to pop off. There was an insert, plywood, which I painted black, and then rubbed a dark Treasure gold over that so it looks almost chocolate colour. Onto that I stamped Words Plate 1 (W1) in Jet Black Archival ink.

That was dropped into the Little Black Dress painted frame, onto which I pressed Midnight pre-painted onto card randomly, to create a subtle contrast.

And here is the finished piece on the wall, in daylight. 

Chuffed how this has turned out, however I just wish it was bigger! I MUST buy a huge canvas and create a much bigger version for a wall, maybe the lounge. We have recently had it redecorated, so there are spaces waiting for something!

Thanks for joining us again, and I hope you get a chance to do some foiling before the challenge closes on Sunday!

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Simply make something arty relevant to the topic, and link your creation from any social URL (eg. Instagram, Pinterest, Blog Post etc) sharing your original make to this challenge page.

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Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous - love the shadowy depths at the bottom, the bright sky above, and the fabulous textural wrinkles. The glimmering foiling on the horizon is so beautiful.
Alison x

Helen said...

I love that! the shimmer from the gold foil is fabulous.

Miriam said...

Oh Leandra. It's always such a treat when you show some of your work. This is truly gorgeous. I love it!

Keren Baker said...

That’s a stunner. Love the block of gold and all the layers of colour. That black frame is the perfect foil! x

Ruth said...

Wow, love this, what a gorgeous piece of wall art, the colours are perfect with the shimmer of gold. Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

When I saw the collection of fragile papers I knew that it was for me! Can see the landscap3 too. Fabulous! Love the gold foil! Total class, back of the net! Xx

Debi Adams said...

OH my gosh! Leandra, this is amazing! I have been wanting to add touches of gold for a while but I always seem to forget. You completely own this. The gold just sealed the deal. I am in awe of your talent.

Clare said...

This is stunning Leandra. I love how you built up the layers of your masterpiece. The colour palette is gorgeous and the gold gives it some opulence. It would also look lovely in my front room ;-). I may have to have a go!

Raquel Burillo said...

I love the colour combination and how beautiful it has turned out after so many layers! An amazing piece of art! :)

Art By Wanda said...

This is really fabulous, Leandra!!!!!!!! All those layers and texture and pure fabulousness!!!!!

Etsuko said...
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Etsuko said...

Splendid art panel Leandra, love the how you have created many depth layers with Frescos and them technique process. And the result is amazing art. Thank you for sharing this. xx

Unknown said...

View from wood, across the lake at sunrise. Beautiful.

craftytrog said...

Ooh! This is so gorgeous and inspiring Leandra! Wonderful layers and depth! Love it!
Alison xx

geezercrafter said...

Fab layers and textures, magical colour gradients, love it!!!

Flo Langley said...

Fabulous project :)

Paper Wishes said...

You are the queen of paint blending and layering and the gold just top it off beautifully. It would look fabulous as a huge canvas on a big wall.

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is just STUNNING Leandra! Wonderful blending, choice of colours, textures, layers ....... it could hang on my wall any day!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! That is scrummy!

Craftyfield said...

Fabulous canvas, the depth of the colours the crinkles and the gold... all works beautifully together!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful colours! The gold leaf really did 'behave' Chrisx

Julia said...

A stunning piece of art, how clever you are! The gold and turquoise work so well together, I love abstract art.

Darcy Marshall said...

Fabulous, it looks like a sunrise over water with a reflection.

Cocofolies said...

Stunning piece Leandra!!!
I love it to bits. You created a really beautiful work and abstract painting with lots of layers, depth, and gorgeousness.
The foil is the icing on the cake, just perfect here. Wow!
Hugs, Corinne xx

Corrie Herriman said...

Absolutely gorgeous !
Corrie x

craftimamma said...

Simply stunning! Xx

Seth said...

Those colors, that texture, the shimmer....this is magic.

Mac Mable said...

Stunning piece of contemporary/abstract wall art. Looking forward to seeing a larger canvas too. Fabulous inspiration, learnt lots and thank you x.

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous Leandra... the process pictures are awesome... I think you should actually do some more posts in the future.. interesting that would be..

Lucy Edmondson said...

This turned out really well. It's nice when you are on the blog, you should make things more often,

Lucy x