Here I create a wonderful mixed media piece using Shawn Petite’s stencils and downloadable collage pack elements which I combine with modelling paste and a lovely grungy background.
Firstly I downloaded Shawn’s ‘Hello Beautiful’ collage pak and stuck the pages down with matt medium onto my 40x30cm artboard. I distressed my background by adding raw umber and titanium white with my brayer. I then created another layer with yellow ochre and white. I was careful to leave specific areas of interest from the base layer to show through.
I used Shawn’s ‘Vintage Pattern 4’ stencil to create a patterned background and then used modelling paste with Shawn’s ‘Vintage Pattern 2 and 1’ stencils to create the patterned butterfly wings. I used the ‘Vintage Pattern 4’ stencil combined with the modelling paste to add an ornate frame to the corners of my picture.
Once I had done this I felt that the patterned background looked too strong so I decided to knock it back with a mix of raw umber and white. I felt this gave it a lovely 3D effect.
I then added black to the raised stencilled areas of the butterfly wings and a mix of white and phthalo turquoise to the corners. This helped the areas where I had used modelling paste to stand out. I dripped a watery mix of turquoise down the centre of my picture to draw one’s eye to the centre. I distressed the background further with a watery mix of raw umber and white and that was the background complete.
I added a rich gold haphazardly to the wings and corners to give an aged ornate feel and then chose words that felt complimented my picture. I printed, cut out and stuck down the words with matt medium.
Finally, I used my stabilo pencil to add a bit of definition and then a watery mix of raw umber to help the words and the butterfly to stand out from the background.
I absolutely LOVED creating this piece and am very pleased with the result. I will definitely use Shawn Petite’s stencils and beautiful downloadable collage sheets with modeling paste again! I really hope that you enjoyed watching my process and that you will have a go at creating your own piece!
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