Okay, I admit it - I AM A CRAFT HOARDER!
There is something very freeing about just using stuff from my hoard and making a piece of art. I did not do much thinking here. I did know what stencils I wanted to use and then I just pulled stuff out of the hoard to use with the stencils.
I had soooooo much fun working on this challenge/piece! I even gave her a name. Bella Bulb!!
Now, wanna make Bella Bulb?
- Cover the canvas with a coat of Gesso. Allow to dry or heat set.
- Grab a bunch of sprays. I am a little low on my Dylusions sprays and, since I do not have the luxury of a Michaels near me, I went to my "Hoard". I found a bunch of sprays from Stamp Zia (no longer in business but very much missed) and a bunch of Mister Huey's sprays by Studio Calico. So I grabbed them and just started to spritz away! Heat set but removed excess in areas with a paper towel.
- Then I placed the large Clock Face stencil from the StencilGirl Club) over the canvas and sprayed the London Blue Dylusions through it. Removed stencil. Heat set. Then washed stencil.
- Place (washed) Clock Face stencil over the canvas again, in the same exact position, and spray with the Calico White Mister Huey spray. You will need to shake well and get that ball inside bouncing. I wanted a "muted" London Blue color to come through. Heat set.
- Place the open part of the Face Map Version 2 on left side of piece. Hold in place and coat inside with two coasts of gesso. Heat set, wash stencil, and then do again with a skin colored acrylic paint (I used a Brasilian brand).
- Then I mixed some molding paste with some black acrylic paint and used a spatula to apply the mixture through the outline side of the same stencil. I did not want a strong black outline and the mixture helps achieve that.
- Place the "mask" - the solid face part from the Face Map Version 2 stencil- over where you painted. I placed it about 1/16" below the outline. Then I placed the 6" Peacock stencil (from the January 2014 Club Kit) over the mask. Using the same molding paste/black paint mixture from Step 2, above, use a spatula and apply this mixture through the peacock feathers - in order to make the "hair".
- I mixed a bit of blue acrylic paint with just a hint of H2O and filled in the hair. You still see the designs on the canvas, which is what I was aiming for.
- Using white acrylic paint and a makeup sponge, I placed the word "find" on the canvas where I wanted it and applied the paint. Allow to dry or heat set. Now, because I did not use gesso first, I had to do this for the words 2 or 3 times until I got the level of white that I wanted. Next up was the word "THE". Did the same with the paint.
- For the words "TO" and "MAKE" - I dug through my hoard because I knew I had some old keyboard letters. Using a hot glue gun, I adhered the letters down when I got to that area.
- Mix a small amount of yellow acrylic paint with a hint of H2O and spread it over a piece of white cardstock. Allow to dry or heat set.
- Now lay the Lightbulb stencil on the paper and, using a makeup sponge and some black acrylic paint, apply the paint through the smallest of the lightbulbs. I did this 5 times. Heat set. I then applied a light water-based sealer/varnish over the bulbs. Heat set again. Cut them out. (Note: the photo below shows that I only cut 3 of them out but I ended up cutting and using all 5 in the final piece).
- Using the hot glue gun, I applied some glue on the back of each bulb and adhered them around her face in her hair. I did not go below the hairline. And, although the photo below shows 3 bulbs, I did use all 5 of them.
- Bling!! Enough said. Using Glossy Accents, I applied Bling around her face, along the hairline. Also applied a few pieces of Bling in her hair, here and there. And I made her a necklace of even more Bling! I also gave her lips some red paint and, after it dried, applied some Glossy Accents with a bit of glitter.
- Then it was applying the fake eyelashes with more Bling! Oh, and a smaller Bling in her nose. What the heck!!
- And, since I knew all of this would be drying overnight, I applied a coat of Glossy Accents to each of the bulbs to give them a glass effect look.
- Because I felt there was something missing, I placed sections of the Clock Collage in the upper left and lower right corners of the canvas. Applied some white paint through the stencil and felt this balanced the whole piece.
- I also went and painted the 4 sides of the canvas in red paint.
Uplifting Words Stencil by Carolyn Dube
Face Map Front Version 2 Stencil by Pam Carriker
Timeless Stencil by Seth Apter
Clock Background and Lightbulbs by Carolyn Dube (from April 2014 StencilGirl Club Kit)
Peacock (6x6) by Jessica Sporn (from January 2014 StencilGirl Club Kit)
Stuff From My Hoard Used:
12" x 8" Canvas (30cm x 20cm)
Gesso by Golden
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Keyboard pieces from old unused keyboards
Normal everyday stuff - brushes, foam brushes, heat gun, makeup sponges, painters tape, scissors,
Glass or ceramic plate for mixing paints and textures