Monday, July 6, 2015

A Mini Tutorial--Painting Papers Again

I"ll  start  out  by  saying  that  I  have  a  problem  with  stencils--I  can  never  have  too  many--and  right  now--wherever  you  look,  you'll  find  new  styles,  sizes,  shapes,  etc.--which  is  fine  by  me.   One  of  my  favorite  places  to  find  them  is  at  Stencil  Girl  Products.  You  can  get  lost  in  that  place  for  hours--tons  of  stencils  designed  by  popular  mixed  media  artists.   This  time  I  ordered  some  from  a  couple  of  my  favorites--Carolyn  Dube  and  Laurie  Mika--took   2  of  the  new  stencils  I  got  and  combined  them  to  come  up  with  this  paper--


....and  I'll  show  you  how  I  did  this...

first  I  started  off  by  painting  a  background  on  a   110lb  white  cardstock paper (great  paper  from  Staples)


This  looks  great  as  is--but  I  wanted  to  keep  going  with  it.   So  I  go  out  my  delicate  surface  painter's  tape,  and  my  new  Carolyn Dube  Buildings  stencil


...and  my  black  acrylic  paint--
--some  tips--I  used  waxed paper  underneath  the  paper  when  I  put  the  tape on,  and  very  carefully  lifted  the  tape  up  when I  was  finished--I  didn't  even  wait  for  the  paint  to  completely  dry--I  wasn't  worried  about  the  paint  moving  as  I  was  more  worried  about  ripping  the  paper.   But  it's  pretty  easy  if  you  use  delicate  surface  tape--Scotch  brand.
 .......but  I  wasn't  finished.....

I  taped  up  the  paper  again,  this  time  in  the  opposite  direction  and  used  my   Laurie  Mika  stencil  using  Titan  Buff  paint.

and  that's  how  I  got  my  end  result--


 So next  I  got  out  my  gel  medium, and  some  scrapbook  paper  and  sheet  music  to  make  some  texture







I  like  to use  the  gel  medium,  because  it's  more  flexible  when  it's  dry,  and  when  you  cut  up  the  papers  for  collage  it  makes  the  textured  papers  very  easy  to  work  with.  I  pretty  much  covered  up  the  scrapbook  background  with  more  acrylic  paint,  but  I  didn't  have  to--I  could  have  wiped  some  paint  away  to  bring  out  the  original  background.   In  this  case,  though,  I  added  lots  of  layers  of  paint---putting  it  on  and  taking  it  away,  until  I  was  happy  with  it.

And  here's  another stencil  by  Carolyn Dube --this one's   great  on  its  own--


I  added  these  papers  with  other  ones  that  I  painted  and  textured,  and  even  some  Gelli  prints  thrown  into  the  mix--


I've  been  playing  a  LOT  with  these  papers  now,  but  this  post  is  getting  way  to0  long,  so  I'll  show  you  just one  piece  that  I  made  (show  you  more  in  the  next  post)

I  found  this  very  sad  cupboard  door at  a  flea  market  recently.  I  loved  the  size  (10 x 30),  and  I  knew  that  if  I  didn't get  it,  most  likely,  it  would  have  been  trashed.  It  was  in  really  bad  shape,  and  I  knew  I  could  do  something  with  it.


....so  I  started  using   my  papers--



 With  help  from  my  painted  papers  I  was  able  to  give  this  forgotten  cupboard  door a  new  life.    I'll  show  you  more  next  time......

11 comments:

Janet Ghio said...

Hi Diane--i always love to see these papers you make--another good paper to use are the papers that come free every month in somerset studio magazine--you can alter those. I have always loved the idea of using the old doors that you use. I visit your blog often but don't comment much because I do it through bloglovin and am unable to comment (the link doesn't work) so I have to go to google and put your blog address in and visit your blog independently--then I can comment--anyway--hi--

Chris Lally said...

What fun! Your wonderful tutorial is giving me courage to try my hand at these. And I love that you grabbed that wooden door and repurposed it into something beautiful! Great post - great art. Thanks for taking the time to teach. Appreciate the photos and links!

Anjuli Johnson said...

Awesome. I use gel medium all the time, but mostly as an adhesive. I need to try it for texture, too. Now my brain is going... :) thanks!!

Jan said...

I love seeing all that you show us! You inspire me to use my stuff in ways I never thought to before. Thanks.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love the papers, love the door piece! You rock, Diane!

Lisa DiNunzio said...

brava!!!
just beautiful♥

CraftyViolet said...

Thanks for the tutorial. So nice of you to share your talents with us "want-to-be" artists! Love the cupboard door now that it has been "Salterized".

Susanna said...

Thank you for showing your technics! I love how the door turned out. So colorful and beautiful!

Paper rainbow said...

I'm a huge stencil lover too. I love what you have done with that door. Amazing!!! I am in awe!!!!!

Purvi Gadewar said...

Love you tutorials! Your style is just awesome...very inspiring! What a great makeover...

Sandra Jacobs said...

beautiful as always, do you have a list of favortie supplies somewhere?

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