I've mentioned before that I'm taking an online "kourse" from Sketchbook Skool, and now that the semester is half over, I thought I'd share some of my work from the first half of the kourse. I'm taking the "Beginnings" klass, which has been pretty good so far. If nothing else, it's gotten me to pick up my sketchbook a few days a week. I try to do something creative every day so even if I don't sketch I'm doing something, but since I want to build my drawing skills I really wanted to do more, and now I am! If anyone is interested, I'm using a Fabriano "Venice" sketchbook that I got with a coupon at Michael's. The pages are nice and thick with a bit of tooth, so they hold up to watercolor if I want but also for colored pencils and pen or pencil sketching and it's easy to carry around.
The first klass was taught by Danny Gregory, and we had two homework assignments. One using specific techniques and then sketching something meaningful to us. I drew my new ring that I got shopping with my mom on the wharf in Monterey.
The second was to sketch something every day of the week... and I sketched something for every day of the week, but since I was in Monterey when the klass started I got a bit behind but caught up before the first week was over.
Lesson 2 was taught by Koosje Koene and we learned about drawing an object by layering with colored pencils (I drew Ranier cherries) and also going out and drawing in public (I went to Millennium Park after work last week, which took much more effort on my part than I originally wanted to put in, but it ended up being a relaxing, beautiful, and fun evening.) You can see another sketch I did in here of my awesome new Uppercase magazines.
This current week (new weeks start on Fridays) has been taught by Prashant Miranda and we learned more about seeing the colors in our surroundings, and taking note of the little things going on in our lives every day. Also using watercolors. So during lunch I did a quick sketch of what was on my desk - it was a good snapshot of what I was doing at work. Then I worked on watercolor washes and sketching by doing a scene through the window of my house. I did the watercolor first and added a bit of ink on top.
I also have a few other sketches... some random ones that I drew a week ago in my living room while I was trying to practice perspective... I need more practice. lol.
In the meantime, the 2nd half of Sketchbook Skool awaits, and this Saturday is my 3rd week of my Beginning Figure Drawing class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The first week was intro, slides, supplies, and some basic introductory techniques which involved lots of stick figures while we worked on visualizing the positioning of the models' spines, shoulders, etc... it was one of those frustrating things that you don't really enjoy, but you know you need to suck it up because it's going to make it so you get so much better than you would otherwise be. So I sucked it up. Last week we were able to move forward a lot and I saw so much progress in 2 weeks! Here's a peek from after the first session finished:
We're saving work from each week to put together a portfolio for critique on the last day of class. I may or may not share some... we'll see. Since it's figure drawing I want to be careful about what I post since my 6-year old niece frequently sees my blog over her mom's shoulder :) But I'll maybe share a bit if I have some that will be okay. But I'm super excited to be seeing success, and I think it will help my overall drawing skills.
So with that, I'm off! It was an early day at work today (although not nearly as early as some!) and I'm beat!
If you're stopping by for the Traci Bautista / StencilGirl blog hop, scroll on down to the next post!
And now, I'm just doing a little catch-up post with some random projects I've done over the last 6 weeks or so that haven't been posted here yet.
First up, an online mixed media class that I did in early June... I overdid the texture on the underpainting, but I do like it and I learned a lot.
Next up, I downloaded the Art Journaling LIVE courses and went through the one by Dina Wakley. I ended up going with really dark colors - must have been in a mood, and I don't exactly love the right side, but it was a good exercise.
Then... I got the new Paint Mojo book by Tracy Verdugo and went through one of the exercises and I also love this page. There's journaling on it, but it's in the base layer so you can't see it which I love :D
And... last week I discovered a new-to-me magazine. I'd heard of it, but never really explored or appreciated it until now... Uppercase Magazine - I explored, drooled, subscribed, and picked up a few back issues at the same time. It's not a cheap magazine, but it's beautiful, inspiring, and very well designed and produced. I was pretty excited when my issues came - and so quickly! No six week wait for a new magazine sub to kick in. Nice. I'm trying to sketch more, so after going through my new goodies, I sketched these too. They're just so pretty! Inside and out.
And speaking of sketching, I'm currently working my way through the Sketchbook Skool Beginnings class (are you sensing that I like to take classes? lol. Just a bit ;) I've been keeping up pretty well on my homework and I'll do a post on that eventually as well. In the meantime, I've got another fun project to do, so I'm off to play with paint and stencils! Later!
I'm so excited about today's blog hop! I love Traci's work and I was pretty psyched when I found out she had stencils coming out. For today's project, I received Circles Circles to play with. If you know me at all, you know I love me some circles! So I couldn't wait to use this. And I used it a lot!
If you follow Traci's work, you know she has a new book that just came out called Printmaking Unleashed so, inspired by the idea of printmaking, I used this stencil to make a mini art journal with background pages full of lots of prints and mark making using this awesome stencil.
The finished book measures 5.5" tall by 4.25" wide, and there are 40 pages packed in there! There's a thumbnail gallery of all of the inside pages at the bottom of the post if you want to see the whole thing. In the meantime, here's a peek into the process of creating it, along with some of the different techniques I used.
First, I got 11 sheets of paper roughly the same size (one will be the inside cover.) I had cardstock, deli paper, cut up manila folders, and some Rives BFK printmaking paper that I cut from scraps from another project. I also pulled out my Gelli Plate and brayer since I knew I wanted to do gelli printing as the basis of most of the pages.
Here's where you want to have all of your paper handy ahead of time. I put the stencil down on the painted plate and then used a sheet of paper to print through it, and was able to pull a second print as well.
Then you lift off the stencil and put another sheet on the plate to print the reverse of the stencil with the paint that was under it. Sometimes you can also get a print off of the stencil itself. I got some faint ones that I built on top of. I repeated this several times, and changed my color palette halfway through to add some variety. On some of the papers, I didn't print, but instead cleaned my brayer on them to just lay down a wash of color... you'll see how I used that further down.
Once the pages are printed, it's time to start adding more layers! I put away my gelli plate and got out stamps, inks, rubons, and more stencils. I'll share just a few of my favorite ways that I layered on top of my prints.
First up, part of why I love circles is because they create these happy little spaces just waiting to be filled. For this one, I used the Hunab Ku stencil by Mary Beth Shaw along with a foam stamp that I made out of it to fill in some of the circles.
Next, one of the options for how to use the papers that just have paint straight from the brayer. I layed the stencil on top of the painted surface and then used my blending tool to ink over it so that the color showed through.
Another fun way to layer... I got my Circles Circles stencil back out as well as the Runes stencil by Jessica Sporn and layed the circles on top with the Runes underneath and then inked through them (being careful to keep the circle stencil in place as I moved the smaller one underneath.) Then I went back over with my blending tool and ink to add a bit more color to some of the areas that needed definition.
Above is one reason why it's cool that these stencils are so thin, and below is another! This time I used one of Traci's stamps to stamp through the openings in the stencil (I lined it up with the print underneath.)
And one more layering photo... in this one I just used paint and a sponge to daub through one stencil directly onto the page. I just watched the lines to keep it within the circles, but you could also layer the stencils like I did with the Runes stencil above.
Once all the pages are done and dry, you can do a quick and easy binding technique to make a little pamphlet book. I fold all of the pages individually with a bone folder, stack them inside each other, and then use an awl to make the holes going through all the pages at once. I used binder clips to hold my pages together while I did this.
Then you make the cover. I took a piece of thin chipboard (I save the pieces that I get in the mail if I order paper or anything. The envelopes you get when you order from StencilGirl work well too - just sayin' ;) and cut it so it was about 1/4" larger than the pages on all sides. Then I fold it in half and center the paper that I've chosen for the inside cover and adhere it with gel medium.
Once that's done, find a piece of decorative paper or another print for the outside - it should be about 1/2" bigger on all sides than the cover. Center the cover and adhere with gel medium, and then clip the corners as you see in the photo below so that you don't get lumps of paper in the corners when you fold the flaps around. Once that's done, center the inside pages and use them as a guide to poke holes in the cover, and then tie it all together. I used a piece of waxed linen thread.
The other stencils used in the book not yet linked up are:
Here's the thumbnail gallery, and make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for the next blogs on the list and a giveaway!
Links for today's blog hop:
And... of course, it's not a blog hop without a giveaway!
Update! The winners for the blog hop prize have been announced... congrats to the winners!
For those who haven't joined in yet, you have until tomorrow night (Sunday, 6/29) to leave a comment on Monday's blog hop! Scroll down 2 posts for my project if you haven't seen it yet.
And now for today's post... I got the rest of Orly's StencilGirl stencils in the mail this week and really wanted to do something else with them. I started flipping through my notebook where I clean off my stencils thinking one of those pages would make a good background. I found one that was just perfect for what I had in mind. I went ahead and traced the stencil on top of what was on the page with a sepia Pitt pen and just started going to town.
The background is from where I cleaned spray paint off of two of the stencils I used on my stenciled cardboard art journal from a few weeks ago... these stencils were Unfinished by Seth Apter (orange) and Celestial Grove by Kae Pea (you can just see a few hints - it's in green.) Seth's stencil ended up being really perfect as the background - I love how it peeked through the holes as I worked and added meaning to the page.
The stencils from Orly's release that I used on this one are Subliminal Skull and I used the roses from Splats, Blooms, and Bones. I also added butterfly wings from the Nature Notes stencil by Roxanne Evans Stout.
Once I finished painting, I used paint markers, oil pastels, and my Stabilo All Marks pencil to add some hints of color, detail, and shading.
A bit macabre? Sure! But what I love about Orly's stencils is that using them kind of helps enable the freedom to go outside of my comfort zone and be a bit more honest and raw in my journal. It's like the stencils gave me permission to go someplace uncomfortable. I love that.
On to the next project :D
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You may have seen a few photos on Instagram / Facebook from the class I've been taking... I was in Drawing: The Artist & the Sketchbook at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC.) They have a really good continuing studies program and I happened to find out about this class and was able to sign up the day before it started. It was a 5 week course, 9am-4pm on Saturdays. My professor was leaving for Korea before the end of the class, so we had a make-up session last week and we'll do a follow-up in August to share our work from the summer. I can't believe it's already over, but it was such a great class and I'm so glad I jumped in and took it!
Our first week, we had a great demo on basic bookmaking along with a really good lecture about paper. Then we went to Blick as a class to buy the paper we needed for our books and came back to make them. After we made our books, we had a great intro lecture to how some of the great artists of the past used sketchbooks as a part of their process and looked at different samples. It was so cool!
The second week we started out with a watercolor demo and then went across the street to the Lurie Garden at Millenium Park to do some plein air sketching. I wandered around a bit taking photos, and then went across a small hill and was suddenly struck by the most stunning view! One of the volunteers at the garden stopped to chat with me about what they had done - it was landscaped as part of a contest. So beautiful! Especially with that fantastic skyline in the back. This is the view I settled in to try and capture.
I also got a few pictures in other parts of the garden. They had these gorgeous white anenomies all over the place and I loved them! I took this picture while under great personal danger from an extremely angry bird who apparently had a nest nearby. All was well, though... I got my picture (because I obviously wasn't going to sit there to sketch!) and backed off and we made peace. Or at least he didn't chase me. lol.
Week three was about primitivism and its impact on modern artists, especially Picasso. We had a great lecture and then went over to the museum where we went through a bunch of the works in the Modern wing (really fascinating lecture!) and then our teacher took us to the Native / Meso-American and African displays for us to sketch (African art had a huge impact on Picasso and others at that time, which makes total sense now that I know that.) I also went to the nearby Asian galleries and sketched Vishnu and Buddha before going back and sketching a bunch of African statues and masks.
Both sketching days, the teacher would come around and find us and look at what we were doing and offer suggestions. It wasn't a drawing technique class, but we got a lot of tips and I saw improvement even in just a few sessions.
The last two classes were all about learning to use our sketchbooks as springboards for larger works (like so many others - I love Delacroix's sketchbooks!) He had challenged us to think of taking the different things we'd done and using inspiration to take something we'd sketched in class and turn it into something bigger. I had been really impressed by several of Picasso's works, but I also loved the sketch I'd done of an African headdress (2 photos up.) Below is a photo of the actual headdress:
I decided I wanted to try and blend this with Picasso, and the teacher gave me a little guidance on how I might try and take it further than I'd originally planned. Here's the Picasso I was using as inspiration - It's called Still Life, February 4, 1922.
You can totally see why I thought they went together, right? lol.
So I did an initial sketch on the brown paper on the table and got super excited about it. Then I did a first iteration (we were encouraged to do multiples of the same thing in a row for practice and progress.)
I absolutely loved my original sketch (obviously, since I cut it out and kept it!) But I was trying too hard on the first "real" attempt... trying to match Picasso's lines using pen and ink instead of a brush. I was also sloppy in my background and it was too bold without reason. But it was a fabulous learning experience. I started a second one and the teacher was pretty psyched about what I was doing at the end of that class. I picked it up again in the last class and then quickly moved to a 3rd version after talking to him and identifying what I loved about my sketch and didn't like about my first two versions.
Anyway, I'll definitely keep working in my sketchbook! I'm signed up to start Sketchbook Skool in July, and also registered for another class at SAIC - Beginning Drawing, also starting in July. I can kind of draw, but I have no formal foundation aside from exercises I've done from books and infrequent attempts at drawing stuff, so I really want to go back and start filling in some of those gaps so I can get better.
Anyway, this class was awesome - I learned a lot, and it really opened my mind and took me out of my comfort zone. I can't wait to keep going with new classes! How lucky am I to have pretty much the best art school in the country right here? Along with one of the best museums in the country? And I've already been to two art festivals this summer. I have to say, I'm liking living in Chicago so far! (Of course, I haven't been here during a whole winter yet. Let's talk again in March. lol.)
I have to say, I was pretty excited when I found out that Orly Avineri had stencil designs coming out with StencilGirl... I've been following her work for years! And I was doubly excited to participate in today's blog hop sharing her new stencils... available starting today!
This is the stencil I received to work with... it's called Soft Bones and I kind of love it.
When I saw it, I immediately thought that I wanted to do something in encaustics with it. Why, you ask? Well seeing as I've never done any work with encaustics, it seems like the natural choice, right? But I wanted that kind of soft, melting, dimensional, layered, slightly translucent look, so encaustics it was! (Maybe also an excuse to try it out and use the supplies I'd gathered? It's possible, lol.) I figured if it didn't work, I would use it another way, but no harm in trying!
Here's what I did, and below are some details... (and be sure to scroll all the way down for the other blogs to visit, as well as a giveaway!)
First... I wouldn't suggest that a first timer try this without some prep work. I was actually pretty intimidated by the medium and held off on it for a long time because everything I read about it started talking about ventilation, fire extinguishers and safety measures, etc... which you absolutely need and should follow. But it's not as scary as it might seem. I read a bit, watched some short videos, but also watched this online encaustics class by Michelle Belto and took copious notes! (If you're interested, that class is worth the price of the download.)
This is not a tutorial... just sayin'. Because, you know... one sort-of-successful encaustic painting does not an expert make! But these are general steps that I took so you can see how it came together :)
Step 1: Safety first! Mise en place... get everything in place. I did this in my kitchen on my stove-top (using a small electric griddle with temp control and a surface thermometer) so that I could use the hood to draw up the fumes from the melted wax.
Step 3: Start adding the base color. I added just a bit of melted turquoise into a pot of encaustic medium to get a translucent paint. It was still pretty heavily pigmented... I would go much more translucent next time.
Step 4: Use a stencil to add some color and texture to my background. (This is the Twinship stencil by Cecilia Swatton.)
Step 5: Add a bit of color with an oil stick (I happened to have some of these from years ago and had never known what to do with them. Don't you love it when you can dig out something like that and put it to work? Also, you fuse this layer too.)
Step 7: Time to add the top layer... Orly's stencil! I used a pearlescent copper from Enkaustikos. Looking back, I'd probably have gone with white or something that would really stand out more from my background. Live and learn!
Step 8: I spent some time working on ways to make the top image stand out a bit more. I could probably have left it - it looks pretty darn cool, but it was a bit too subtle for what I wanted. In the end, I made it red, but still wanted it to stand out a bit more. I pulled out my clay carving tools to do a little carving in the wax.
I hope this gave you some ideas for using Orly's new stencils... and don't forget to keep hopping to see what everyone else has done!
Gwen Lafleur <-- You are here!
Before you go... make sure you leave comments as you go through the blog hop because...
All comments will be entered into a giveaway! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 29th at 11:59PM Central Time, and the prize? 5 lucky winners will get one of Orly's new stencil releases. The winner will be announed on StencilGirl Talk.
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All this week the creative team for StencilGirl Products has been joining in with Craft Hoarders Anonymous for a fun blog hop using the mixed media supplies we're all hoarding in our stashes. I know I have more than my fair share, so this particular challenge was made for me and I was super excited to join in!
The challenge: show off your inner mixed media diva using spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalks, etc... Pull out the "messy stuff" in your stash and get to playing. Um... I think I have some of that stuff! :D
For this particular challenge, I decided to do an art journal page using lots of different supplies and mediums with the Ripples Stencil by Michelle Ward as the main design element of the page. I had an idea of what I wanted to do in my head and decided to just give it a shot and see if it came out. I'll admit... it was touch and go there for a while, but then it started to come together and I kind of love it!
Here's my final art journal page, followed by a little (or not so little!) tutorial on how I did it.
For my "messy stuff," I used stencils, paint, spray ink, light molding paste, modeling cream, Viva Ferro (or tinted coarse molding paste), PanPastels, Silks, Liquid Pearls, gel medium, and ink / stamps / pen to finish it off. Whew! For my journal, I work in a large Dylusions journal.
So let's get started with the process!
Step 1: Crafty mise en place... gather your supplies: paint, stencils, painters tape, and the basic mediums and brushes... I picked two colors of paint and two stencils to use for background work in addition to my main stencil.
Step 3: Use stencils to add some layers to your background. I used the Map Stencil by Mary C. Nasser and Words to Live By by Carolyn Dube. I started by spritzing Dylusions "After Midnight" spray through the Map stencil, and then I pounced white paint through Words to Live By with a stiff bristle brush. (Keep in mind that the paint will pick up the color of the spray beneath it. Kind of a cool effect!)
Step 4: Lay down the main Ripples stencil and isolate the area where you want to put down molding paste with painters tape.
Step 5: Using a palette knife, spread a thin coat of molding paste into the opening. Note again that the molding paste will activate the Dylusions ink underneath and it will tint the paste. In this case I would usually tint my paste with paint before applying, but since I knew it would pick up the other color, I waited - I added the color I wanted on top after it dried.
I repeated this step a few times until I had molding paste in all of the areas I wanted. If you work quickly, you won't need to clean your stencil in between. I did it asap afterwards to make sure I got the gunk off before it dried.
Step 6: Add Silks and Ferro into some of the other open spaces on the stencil. You could also just do all of the areas with molding paste and then paint them later... or leave them all white. For the Ferro, if you don't have this, you can use a coarse molding paste and tint it with paint, Perfect Pearls, Silks, Primary Elements, etc...
I decided to use the orange Ferro as my pop of contrasting color against all the blue... I figured this would be my main focus for the page and highlight the stamped image I wanted to add at the end.
Step 7: Collage patterned paper into the design. I picked a scrap from an old atlas page and traced the area I wanted onto the paper through the stencil just using a pencil. Then I cut out the pieces, applied matte medium to the backs with a brush (holding the pieces in my hand) and then applied them to the page through the stencil (keeping it down for placement.) Once all the pieces are down, pull the stencil back off and go over the tops with more matte medium to seal them. This part is a bit tricky - the matte medium will also activate the Dylusions, but in this case I didn't want the color to spread, so I had to be careful and washed my brush a few times during the process.
Step 8: I took off the stencil and pulled out my PanPastels and a Sofft applicator. I wanted to keep with the blues / greens so I used the Pthalo Blue Tint and carefully applied it over the dried molding paste. I love PanPastels with molding paste... they're like peanut butter and jelly!
And here's what the page looked like at this point... kind of a hot mess, huh? But I knew I had another layer coming, so I wasn't too worried... yet! lol.
Step 9: Fill in the remaining open spaces with Viva Modeling Cream... I used silver since it would give a little shine without competing with the rest of the page. You could also just use more molding paste and paint it silver or another color. Or just use Silks or straight paint. I wanted the dimension, though.
Step 10: Starting to look a lot better, but it still needed something to unify the whole page, so I went to my go-to supply... Liquid Pearls! I used Adirondack dimensional paint in Stream, plus Liquid Pearls in Platinum Pearl and Cantaloup.
Step 11: Add stamping and journaling. I stamped a sentiment from a Tim Holtz set with black Archival Ink and then added journaling with my white UniBall Signo pen (it has to be SUPER dry before you do the writing so you don't ruin the pen.)
Step 12: Finally, (because this truly is a 12-step program,) I sprinkle the dry page with baby powder and then kind of buff it in so that you can't see it. This does a pretty good job of making it so the pages don't stick together which you really need, especially with the Liquid Pearls.
I hope you're enjoying this week's blog hop! I can't wait to see what everyone else does for this challenge :D If you participate, come back and link me up! And make sure you visit each of the blog posts on this week's blog hop because...
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Take your time and visit each blog showcased every day this week and leave a comment.
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You will have until Sunday, June 22nd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winners will be announced on the StencilGirl Facebook on Tuesday, June 24th.
I shared a few sneak peaks of this last week on Instagram and Facebook, and I finally got all of the photos taken and edited so I can share the entire book.
So here you go... my latest cardboard art journal - this one is almost entirely stenciled. Just a warning... tons of pictures in this post! I'll share the pictures and a few close-ups as well as links to the stencils. I didn't think to take pictures from the very beginning of the project, unfortunately. But I took 7 pieces of cardboard, picked out 12-13 stencils, and grabbed several cans of spray paint (I used Liquitex Professional and Montana Black.) I sprayed the front and back of each of the big pieces that made the pages and then the front of the small piece that's on the cover. Then I just started layering and decorating and writing as I went and bound all of the finished pages together in the end. (Different from my previous books where I bound first, gessoed, and then decorated.)
Background is the Squares & Circles stencil by Jessica Sporn, and on the smaller piece I used Zen Landscape by Jamie Fingal. The lightbulb is a foam stamp I made from the April Stencil Club set designed by Carolyn Dube (alphabet in the background is also from that set) and then "Enter" is from Seth Apter's Inside Out stencil.
The background on the left is Circle on Circle by Mary Beth Shaw, and on the right is Celestial Grove from Kae Pea.
On the right I added an image from the large May club stencil by Terri Stegmiller. It seemed like those two stencils were just meant to be together!
The left hand page I wasn't sure was going to turn out, but in the end I love it! And I like that I'm embracing purple again after years of shunning it a bit. I used the Layered Peonies stencil by Jessica Sporn for this one. And lots of Liquid Pearls, because it's me. lol.
For this one, I used the Five Hamsas stencil, also by Jessica Sporn, to get the texture on top of the background shapes. For the window, I used the Inside Out stencil from Seth Apter (which I stenciled on the back of the window, so it was kind of inside out!)
The right side was the 6x6 from the May Stencil Club set.
This was a fun pair of pages! Background on the left is Circle on Circle by Mary Beth Shaw and on the right is the Unfinished stencil by Seth Apter.
On this side, I added the 6x6 peacock stencil from Jessica Sporn's January Stencil Club set and then on top of that was Quatrefoil Mix by Michelle Ward.
The right side was another where I mostly wanted the background to show through, but I did use the 4x4 stencil from the April 2013 Stencil Club set to get some lines on there as texture.
Background on the left is Crop Circles and on the right is the Gears stencil, both by Mary Beth Shaw.
On the right, the yellow in the background is the X & O stencil by Andrew Borloz. The circles are the Journal Texture #1 stencil by Pam Carriker and then the butterfly is from the May Stencil Club kit by Terri Stegmiller.
And the back cover... background is Tribal Leaves by Kae Pea.
Whew!!! That's it... LOTS of stenciling here, which I absolutely loved. It gave it a different look from my previous cardboard art journals and I had a lot of fun layering and playing with my stencils along with different techniques and mediums.
So... it would have been nuts to put techniques on here for every page, so if you have a question about how anything was done, just leave me a comment. I'll collect them from here and Facebook and they may turn into future blog posts!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day!
Here's my project - it's an 18"x18" mixed media canvas with acrylic paints, molding paste, and of course... lots of stencils!
I have a little tutorial to show how I made this, so if you have a chance, head on over and check it out!