Until the Fat Lady Sings…..
Amazing the ideas that comes to one when under extreme stress. I thought I was going to have this lady finished early Tuesday night and be able to take pictures and have a post ready yesterday morning. Well, when my head finally looked up, it was way past my bedtime. I don’t have many step-by-step photos since it’s just lots of layers of stencils and paint. I thought I kind of went overboard on my Monday art journal spread, which looks so much better in person than in the photos – truly, that I decided to (try) keep it relatively simple.
First step was sketching her out, which I did last Friday at lunch:
Over the weekend I added a coat of gesso to both pages, re sketched her and started by filling her in with paint.
I should have don’t the background first, but I didn’t. Instead I just cut a mask out of paper and then did the background (ink sprays, paint and stencils). It was just awesome art therapy!!!!!
Her skirt is painted with Adirondack paint, then stenciled with orange paint (on the lower part of the skirt) followed by a coat of Silks in coordinating colors. Added a lovely sheen.
For my title, I free hand drew wavy lines, filling these in with several coats of paint:
I stenciled over the plum colored space with a slightly lighter plum color (by adding white paint and mixing it). The same for the orange space, however, I probably should have gone darker instead of lighter since it’s barely visible. Once all that was dry, I used my black big brush marker and started adding the lettering. Of course I ran out of space, so I just added it at the bottom. In hindsight, I should have added it in the upper right hand corner. And as you can see in the picture above, I messed up on her hand. The I decided the black lettering looked to plain, so I added some contrasting color with Montana Paint pens, making sure to leave some of the black showing.
Since I was so focused on painting the lady and the letters, that I almost was going to cover the “sings” part of the other page up with more paint and add it in the corner. It was way too late and you know what happens when I do that, so I played it safe and typed my one sentence out on plain paper using my typewriter, then glued it to the page and blended it in with a big brush marker.
Here’s a close up of the layers of stencils
The outlining shadow was done with the black Stabilo All pencil, using a wet brush to activate and soften the lines and create a bit of shadow. Oh, I used Memento ink around the edges of the pages. And almost over did it again, when I started stamping to add more texture. Forced myself to stop, especially when I didn’t like the way the random stamping looked on the upper part of the skirt. Am I the only one that just tends to get carried away and not know when to stop with the layers and texture????
Showed it to my husband (who didn’t “get it” – but my friends immediately did) and said “Wow, that’s wild.” Yeah, maybe but I LOVE it. I didn’t need any journaling because I will always know the reason for this page, how I was feeling during this time and who/what it’s about. I truly felt pretty dang great.
Apparently drama and stress and not being able to vocalize as I would like to is translating into some awesome art, ! Who knew!
Until next time…….. xoxoxo