Last week I was very fortunate to be invited by the fabulous Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs to participate in a stencil blog hop (here). Stenciling is not something I have done a lot of, so it was a wonderful experiment to see how I could use Julie's gorgeous stencils in my own special way. I played around so much that I ended up with lots of projects.
One of those projects was this fun and delicious pear. I love painting fruit, they offer so much color and interpretation to play with. This was a last minute thing as I created a lovely background in my sketchbook using Julie's Leaf Grid stencil and couldn't decide what to do with it. So in the end, I got out my watercolors and splashed around this pear over this textured background. I used Silks Acrylic Glaze for the background, and Koi Watercolors for the pear. I was thrilled with the way it turned out, particularly how the stencil designs showed through as texture on the pear.
I highly recommend you try this. Let you imagination go wild. When you're ready to paint over your background, then I suggest you examine the background and pick out patterns and tones that may work in some kind of subject. I didn't spend a lot of time examining this one, it kind of just worked, but it's given me great ideas for future works. I created several stenciled background as part of this project using the Leaf Grid stencil. I did couple of other pages in the same way and I'll show you those later in the week.
As a bonus, I have created a brand new Flickr group for those of you who have been inspired by this blog, or any of the art, artists, tutorials, or workshops I have offered here. This new Flickr group is a place for you to showcase your own work (click here to join). You can also promote your blog, activities, and offerings within the group discussion forum. I plan to showcase some of the beautiful work you are doing in my future posts and will use this pool as a resource. Please feel free to join this group and start sharing anytime.
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