Today is Throwback Thursday over at StencilGirl Talk, and I jumped in this month to make a new art journal spread featuring two awesome oldie but goodie stencils (along with a bunch of others, of course!) I was really itching to use the Face Map Side Version 2 stencil by Pam Carriker, and I couldn't help but think of doing some kind of face to face concept in my art journal. So, I took that as my starting point and went with it! As I went, I added in the Fade Circle stencil by Michelle Ward - it's awesome for adding pattern to the background as well as layering with other patterns. Here's where I ended up:
I really ended up liking this spread, and I had so much fun with the process of putting it together! Here's a little overview for you of the different phases of the project.
I recently had a comment on Facebook referring me to an awesome video by Anne Bagby (Collage, Paper, Patterns, & Glazing) and I took some techniques I learned in that video as a starting point to make some collaged figures with the face stencil; that included making some black and white collage papers using my stencils, Michelle Ward's Fade Circle stencil, and a few hand-carved stamps.
Next, I traced the outline of the head on the gesso'd background - I flipped the stencil for the second one so that they would face each other across the center of the spread.
Following Anne Bagby's lead, I blocked in around the figures with black paint, leaving areas as I went to embellish the figures (no plan for what they would look like, I just went with what I was feeling at the time.)
Next I started tearing up pieces of my collage papers and adhering them in place with matte medium. I tried to do it quickly without thinking too much, but I was still considering where everything would work best - I just didn't spend forever overthinking every choice. Moving quickly and just going with my instincts and impulses led me in a kind of unexpected direction, but I found myself LOVING it very quickly.
The hair on both of them... totally my favorite part. I have no idea where the idea for the spikes came with, but I kind of adore that part of the collage.
I seriously considered just stopping here and calling it done. I loved it. Of course, you could follow along to this point and just leave it black and white. Or do more than one at the same time and go in different directions! (That's what Anne suggested in her video.) Naturally, I kept going - why stop now? The next step was to use the stencil to pencil in where the facial features would go.
I kind of sketched in how I wanted those to go and then layered on top with a permanent pen. From there, I pulled out some paint markers and started adding a few spots of really intense, glossy color.
I pulled out the Fade Circle stencil again and used some bronze paint to add pattern into the background. Normally I don't use the bottle directly through the stencil this way, but this one wasn't very juicy so it worked well (although watch out - you can tear up your applicators stenciling directly through the stencil like this.)
More color... this time using more transparent paints and glazes. I followed this with some straight bronze paint to get a bit more depth.
Some finishing details... lots of dots... done! I love it!
If you're interested, here are all of the stencils I used:
Oldie but Goodie Stencils:
- Decorative Curvy Ornament Stencil
- Decorative Medallion Stencil
- Ornamental Peacock Feathers Stencil
- Decorative 6 Petal Flower Screen Stencil
- Ornamental Floral Screen Stencil
- Ornamental Circle Cluster Screen Stencil
- Ornamental Compass Screen Stencil
- Ornamental Petals Screen Stencil