I started out by cutting my focal image and inking the edges. Inking helps cover the raw white edges and any cutting boo-boos.
Once my image ready it was time to get to work. I like using these panels. They can be mailed easily, propped on a shelf, or just stuck on a wall using removable wall tack.
I used the Brick Fat Plaid Letters Cardstock as my starting point. For this project I didn't want the red to pop, so much as the letters. I brushed on a layer of gesso and dried it with my heat tool. Before it was completely dry I wiped the gesso off of the letters using a baby wipe.
The top photo is before baby wipe and the photo below is after baby wipe. See how the letters pop?!
I ripped off random strips and glued them down using a matte gel.
Time to use the best tools ever. I smudged the paint around with my fingers and used a baby wipe to blend them together(bonus the wipe also cleans your hands).
Using a stencil and texture paste I added random bits to the canvas.
I used a trellis die cut next. First I used black cardstock for the base, then I layered in my Men's Plaid Cardstock, Honeycomb Stripe Cardstock, and the Tulip Wheels Cardstock.
Once those were in place I added more paint. As you can see there is not a bit of blue anywhere in my paper choices, but I added just a bit of paint to make the colors pop. There's a mustard color in there too to pull the Honeycomb and Tulip Wheels colors into focus.
This is what the canvas looked like before I added my focal image and text.
Once the lovely ladies were glued down I gave them fantastic party hats complete with Red Tear Drops, Red Dew Drops, Green Dew Drops, and Brown Dew Drops.
I printed the text on white cardstock and inked the edges in black. To finish I smudged gesso randomly on the canvas.
A closeup of the good messy paint.
The ladies giving their best party smiles.
One more shot of the complete canvas. This is such a fun and easy technique, since there is no technique. Don't forget that art is supposed to be fun! Use your fingers, smear paint, and give everyone a dorky hat.
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