Here's my supply list overview:
Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate
Yummy colors to play with:
Media Fluid Acrylics from DecoArt Media:
- Pyrrole Orange
- Quinacridone Red
- Cobalt Teal Hue
- Banana Cream (this one is by Americana)
+ small dot of Dark Grey Value 3
Stencils to hoard (oops! I mean to 'use'):
Deconstructed Floral Bouquet
Creating UNITY with RepetitionRepetition, one of the Principles of Design, is helpful when you're layering. Repeating elements (shapes, lines, colors, textures, etc.) creates unity within a work of art + helps you keep control as you build up layers.
Here are 3 tips on making this work:
1// Limit yourself to 3 or 4 stencils + colors, repeating them as you go.
2// Play with a variety of sizes.
3// Overlap elements. (Use deli or tracing paper add extra dimension.)
Remember, once you master the rules, you can break them mugs like a #BOSS!
First, I decoupaged a yellow + orange gelli scrap onto my journal page.
Then stamped with the Alphabet stencil; outlined certain areas with pencil.
Glued a piece of deli paper tagged with my graffiti writing - making sure to overlap some of the Alphabet stencil + pencil marks.
Add handmade washi tape.
Finally, I applied paint with my fingers into the Deconstructed Floral Bouquet stencil. Wipe away some paint with baby wipe.
|Creating UNITY with Repetition | collage by Martice Smith II|
Oh look, there's more!
Here, I spread a very thin layer of modeling paste through my snake skin stencil. I played around with the ratio of modeling paste + water vs. modeling paste + glazing medium.
My goal was to experiment to produce a translucent effect.
I discovered that I like the mixture of glazing medium the best. (The texture of the modeling paste softens up compared to the mixture of modeling paste + water, which produced teeny tiny air bubbles with no raised areas.)
See how the magenta peeks through the gray? That's because I used glazing medium!
Don'tcha just wanna touch it? Go ahead, I know you do!
...and of course, more hand-lettering ;-)...
Notice that I incorporated THREE variations of my hand-lettering:
variation #1: I wrote directly on surface of the page with a black ink pen
variation #2: using the handle end of my paintbrush, I wrote into the acrylic paint while it was still wet (gray area)
variation #3: I used a black Sharpie to write chunky letterforms onto a scrap piece of deli paper.
Great way to repeat the same element, in different ways!
What elements do you intentionally repeat in your mixed-media collage works? If you're not sure, take another look at a few of your journal pages to find them!