The Positive and the Negative

kathySIG

For my first post this month, I have to be honest, I wasn’t feeling inspired.   When I feel this way, I love to peruse Pinterest and YouTube for ideas or check out my favorite blogs for  inspiration.  I found a canvas project on the Ranger site using the Tim Holtz dragonfly die cut as a mask.  This is a favorite die of mine, and it got me thinking about how I could cut stencils and masks using dies. Oh, the possibilities!  I had stencil sheets that I never used so I cut out the dragonfly, and now I had the mask and the stencil to create my projects.

If you’re wondering what the difference is between a stencil and a mask, here is my explanation:  A stencil has open areas that allow media through and results in a positive image.  A mask is used to cover the surface and allows media around it resulting in a negative image.  It’s always nice to have both the positive and negative images to work with.

So for my first project, I used the mask to create a negative image on a 6″x 6″ canvas with lots of texture around it.  And, of course, Art Anthology paints and sprays bring that texture to life!

Dragonfly

I liked the results so much that I made two more using the butterfly and bee die cut masks

Dragonfly, Butterfly, and Bee

Dragonfly, Butterfly, and Bee

Check out How to Create a Textured Dragonfly Canvas by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

 

Dragonfly Detail

Dragonfly Detail

Bee

Bee

Butterfly

Butterfly

Guess what?  I have another project to share using the dragonfly stencil to make a positive image.  I prepared a 9″ x 12″ canvas using lots of stenciling and paint layers.

Stenciled Canvas

Stenciled Canvas

Check out How to Create a Dragonfly Canvas by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

 

Dragonfly Detail

Dragonfly Detail

As a final step, I added a bit of clear Distress Crackle Paint to the wings and after it dried I applied Silk Tie Colorations Spray with my finger.  I let it seep down in the cracks then wiped the excess off with a baby wipe.  This final step really made the wings look realistic.

Dragonfly Canvas With Vines

Dragonfly Canvas With Vines

So go make some stencils and masks with your dies and use Art Anthology paints and sprays to make pretty things!

Kathy Adams

 

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