Rainy day here and the big dog is having some major issues. I have a feeling we aren’t going to have him much longer. Although I’ve thought that before. Seriously, he is like 13 or 14 years old. He doesn’t understand why Mark can’t take care of him right now or that he is too big to knock into Mark while he’s walking. He thinks I’m his mother. And I’m doing the best I can. So easy peasy art it is for today.
Remember my stencil project? It kind of got lost along the way as I worked on The Book and Mark got a new hip. But I’m going to try to get back to it with today’s post being the renewal. Supplies are simple:
- sturdy paper – I chose to go with Bamboo Mixed Media from Hahnemühle
- a stencil – I chose Quilts from Dylusions (I just bought it recently cause I didn’t have enough stencils already. hahahahaha!)
- Marabu Art Crayons.
There are a bunch of crayons on the market. Marabu, Distress Crayons, Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks, Neocolor Water-soluble Crayons, and there are probably others. Those are just the ones I have. Hahahahaha! I need to do a comparison of them all. I used to be a subscriber to Art Snacks and for awhile there it seemed I got a Marabu Art Crayon in every box. Not even kidding I have probably 12 or more and they all came from Art Snacks. No duplicates either so I got lucky!
I chose a rainbow of colors and started putting them onto the page just by scribbling circles. Circles of color. Trying to get as even coverage as I could but honestly with the process I’m going to show you it really doesn’t matter. For what’s it worth, these crayons seem to work better for me if I point them straight down at the paper and work at a 90 degree angle.
I didn’t figure I needed to show you every one as I added it. Hahaha! I just went till the page was filled and yes, I know I didn’t get my colors in preferred rainbow order. Where is the Frankles when I need her?
I mentioned even coverage and it wasn’t perfect but close. Baby wipes to the rescue. I used one on a fingertip and rubbed those colors to blend the lines between the colors and to fill in those white spots.
The one-fingered-baby-wipe method 🙂 and filling in white spots . . .
. . . and blended lines. Is it perfect? No, not even close. But like I said before it doesn’t really matter. Close is good enough.
Here is what I ended up with. These Marabu crayons can also work like watercolor. You can use a wet brush and move the color around AND you can use a wet brush to pick the color up straight off the crayon itself and then paint the color onto your paper.
Next was to grab that stencil and place it over my page. I thought about trying to tape it all in place but figured that was too much trouble. One of these dogs was going to have to go outside in the rain soon and I didn’t want to spend too much time.
And here is the cool little trick this whole post is about. Wipe the color away by wiping the baby wipe over the openings of the stencil. Easiest for me is to just wrap the wipe around one finger tip and rub it over the openings. That color will wipe away. The reason you should start with a mixed media or heavier paper is because at this stage – anything less is going to pill and come apart. As it was my baby wipe started coming apart eventually. You don’t have to rub hard, you just have to do each section.
Until the whole thing is done. √
Looks hopeful, doesn’t it? Hahahahahaha! I was hopeful it would look amazing . . .
. . . and it does! Now to add tangles! And what was I saying about one of these dogs??? You totally know I’m a cat person, right? I’ll be back in a minute.
Hahahaha! There you go! All finished!