Friday, June 20, 2014

A Five Pen Project

Last week, I signed up for an online painting class with Alisa Burke called Graffiti-Chic. It's five lessons about creating messy backgrounds and layering with paint, pens, stencils, stamps, and lettering. I wanted to use some of what I learned in a more subtle way with the skirt I cut out just before leaving for the retreat.





Alisa talks about pump spray paints as opposed to aerosol spray paints. The later is easier to use and the former is less toxic. I bought some four ounce bottles in gold glitter, black, blue, and fuchsia.





Both the blue and the fuchsia showed just after they were sprayed but disappeared into the fabric as they dried. That was disappointing and probably due to not enough contrast however...





... I really liked the black especially with this large paisley stencil. It has enough detail to show with sufficient open spaces for the design to remain clear instead of lost. The stencils with smaller details were not nearly as effective although I think they'll be great on a lighter background.





I auditioned a gold, a silver, and a bronze felt pen to add a dotted line around the stencil. The gold worked best. Unfortunately, one was not enough. This was a five pen project. By the way - they are MUCH less expensive at WalMart than at Michaels. The price of a three pack was only fifty cents more than the individual price.





It was easier to trace the stencil first and paint over it later. I placed the pieces side by side in a low energy attempt to make sure the stencils met well at the seam lines. I didn't measure. I just eyeballed and overlapped somewhat and we'll see what happens. I like serendipity between patterns so I'm okay with however it goes. I'm debating other ways to accent the seam lines.





There's a lot of wasted spray on the stencil so every so often I turned it over and pressed it onto a piece of beige canvas. This will be the start of another project following Alisa's instructions. It's a well done course although I'm going to have to find a less expensive way to accomplish what I wanted. The skirt fabric was $2.00 a meter in the bargain center. The six pens were $12.00 and the spray paint was $24.00 for two bottles and the stencil was $10.00 - although it can be reused.





Katherine took this picture of me wearing her Vogue 8691 with out the peplum... which I've been calling a ruffle... while I was visiting The Art Barn. She didn't recognize the pattern which Marcy says is a really good sign that you've made it your own. The wind was blowing but you get an idea of how it looks on me. It feels great. Love this rayon blend knit. The necklace is a combination souvenier/birthday present from my youngest son and his girlfriend. I asked for money for my birthday since I was just leaving on the trip and said I'd show them what they bought me when I got home.

Today, I'm meeting a friend for coffee and then my cousin for lunch. She's normally over two thousand miles east of me, three provinces over, but she's visiting two and a half hours away and driving to meet me. I'm hoping to convince her to stay the night and leave early enough tomorrow morning for the wedding she came to attend. It's not often that I get to visit with family and we're near in age and personality. It's always fun to get together.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - making it back to Michaels just before they closed in time to get the second spray bottle and have the project hung up to dry overnight

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world. No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
- Edward Hopper

8 comments:

  1. I hope you have a great day. Thanks for the tip about the class. It would be a perfect way to use up some of the denim that I have way too much of. I have a bunch of Marci's screen prints, do you think that the paint would work with them?

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    1. It'd be an expensive choice to use the spray bottles. The smaller size would be better but I'd be more inclined to use a higher quality so as not to clog the screen. If I remember right, it should be the consistency of melted ice-cream.

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  2. The whole "waste of paint" thing is why I always opt to sponge or brush stencil paint. I like the idea of using colored paint pens for contrast and emphasizing detail -- I usually just grab a Sharpie to draw on/over stencils. And I sometimes resort to using latex house paint. Once you press the paint and the pen with a hot dry iron, they last just as well as purpose-made fabric paints and pens.

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    1. What I liked about the "wasted" paint is that it pushed me to be more spontaneous with getting it off on to the canvas and from there I can explore something new but I wouldn't choose it if I needed to conserve. The pens I used were Sharpies. They worked great and I picked up a package of brush tipped ones in different colors to try. Alisa uses all kinds of paint in the class - including house. I have a textile medium that I'd probably add to house paint just to soften it a bit.

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  3. I took that class from Alisa last fall at her studio in Seaside, OR. It was a great class, and she is a great teacher. She actually made her own spray paints by diluting paint with water and putting in small spray bottles. I made several of the neon colors, and they work OK. Have fun with your creations!

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    1. I looked at her retreats. What fun that would be to go to Seaside. I tried diluting the paint when I ran out but it wouldn't spray as well and I only had fifteen minutes to figure it out or get another bottle so I opted for another bottle and I'll figure it out later. Any tips? I did half and half paint and water but it blopped instead of misted.

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    2. I think I mixed it half and half, and yes, some of the spray bottles I used did not work as well as others. The long, thin bottles seemed to work best, but not easy to find....

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    3. It was interesting because I mixed the paint and put it in the bottle that had been working just fine and it stopped working fine so it seemed like it was the consistency of my paint as opposed to the bottle. I'll try it again soon and see if I can figure it out because one of the bonuses of buying the spray paint was the bottle.

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