My sweet friend Nathalie is once again hosting her fabulous Creative JumpStart online idea fest.
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The theme of this year's Creative JumpStart is "Out of the Box."
Each artist was simply asked to interpet the theme in their own personal style. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone came up with!
And now onto our fabulous guest....
Hi everyone. I’m Consie from Atop Serenity Hill and today I wanted to share with you how I used DecoArt’s decorating paste and a stencil to embellish a couple pieces of canvas that I then turned into a wristlet.
I started by painting two pieces of primed canvas (approximately 5”x7.25”) with Liquitex Basics in Cobalt Blue Hue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Phthal Ocyanine Green and Titanium White, adding some White streaks with a comb.
The stencil I decided to use was Julie’s Celtic Heart Bits because I loved all the little details I could choose from in addition to the overall design. I taped off one of the hearts and also a small “leaf” shape to create my flowers.
I used a skinny palette knife to scrape on the decorating paste through the stencil to make the flower heads and the leaves. The stems were done freehand. Tip: make sure you wash your stencil immediately after using the paste so that is doesn’t dry. It is impossible to get off after it dries! The paste takes 4-12 hours to dry depending on the thickness. I just left it overnight.
To create some depth and to take advantage of all the texture from the paste, I drybrushed the flowers with Magenta first; let dry a bit; then White. The leaves were drybrushed with Hooker’s Green mixed with a touch of White. I then used my Inktense pencils (matching the colors as best I could) to add shading around all the elements to help them pop off the surface even more.
My next to last steps were to add a White painted scalloped border at the top, shaded with an Inktense pencil; add in some Sharpie and black Painter’s paint pen doodle marks; and lastly, a couple of White dots of paint.
Finally, I sewed the two pieces together, adding in a black zipper and a grosgrain ribbon handle. I found that the decorating paste was a great choice for the canvas because, when dry, it had the flexibility to handle being on a surface that would get used a lot. I kept the thickness of the paste fairly thin, so I’m sure that helped.
I hope you enjoyed this project and that it will spark some ideas for yourself and your stencils! You can find out more about my art on the blog: Atop Serenity Hill. Thanks, Julie, for having me as a guest!
Note from Julie: As a side note, if you're not a stitcher, I noticed that Amazon has some pre-made canvas wristlets that you can purchase for less than $15 and then customize use Consie's surface techniques!!
My name is Consie Sindet. I live in NJ with my husband, and I blog at Atop Serenity Hill about my creative journey. I have been making a living with my painting skills for the past 14+ years. I taught decorative painting for over 10 years in my home studio, at a local community college, at Michael's Arts and Crafts, and as a different take on the home party idea. During that time I also painted many murals in both private homes and businesses. I still paint murals on occasion and enjoy transforming a room.
I spend most of my summer in the world of face and body art. I love painting on people. It is the greatest thrill to watch your artwork come to life....literally!
I discovered mixed media this year and have jumped right in. I love trying new techniques in all different mediums so this was a perfect segue in my journey. I believe that we should never stop learning and while I embark on my creative journey to try it all, I invite you to share my experiences with me! You can find me on my blog and follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
P.S. The winner of the spot in "The 12 Artsy Ornaments" online class giveaway is...