Thursday 15 April 2021

2021 Topic 4 Free to Fly : Follow your Dreams with EKC {by Lynn Good}

  2021 Topic 4: Free to Fly

It's mind boggling just how many different stencil techniques there are and Lynn brings a really effective one today, with a great tip about how to have a little more 'play'-time. She's ended up with a vibrant art journal page just buzzing with life.
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Lynn Good with you today, and I'd like to share with you an art journal page that I created for the topic "Free to Fly"

I loved the Kay Carley stamp set of the flowers (EKC45) and thought that with a dragonfly feature, my journal spread would certainly capture the topic.

I began the page by applying gesso to the page as this would allow me time to play with the paints before they dried.  I have then added PaperArtsy Paints - Southern Skies to the pages and using stencil PS060 and a wet wipe, removed the wet paint though the stencil. You get a sort of shadow effect with this technique as its a negative version of the stencil.


I continued this across the page using the following paint colours - Ochre, Cayenne and London Bus. All are translucent shades, which means as they overlap each other on the page, you create new colours.

I love the effect this gives - same stencil, same pattern but different colours, and where the colours meet each other creating new shades of paint too.

To blend and soften all the colours together I have used gesso with a palette knife. At this point, if you think there is too much texture to stamp on top you can sand back a little with a sanding block to create a smooth, flat surface.

I have then added the flowers from stamp set EKC45 along the painted areas and the butterflies at the top of the flowers.

The Dragonfly is from stamp set EKC24 and was stamped onto tissue and then added to the page and coloured with Fluro coloured pencils. For the final touch I have added faux stitching around the entire edges.

I love how the paint colours pop out - this is an effective but easy page to do, so i hope I have inspired you to have a go.

'Til next time - happy crafting. 



Etsuko said...

Beautiful pages! Lynn! I love how the dragonfly with bright the background. xx

PaperArtsy said...

Lovely stencil idea !! I always forget to do this technique thanks for the reminder!!

Miriam said...

Beautiful pages Lynn. I love he colours you've chosen.