I learned an important lesson while making these. If you are spray painting outside in the summer make sure your material doesn’t warp in the sun. Lesson learned. But I think it gives it character.
This second one was painted on a vinyl record. I saw an ad in the classifieds for a box or records for sale. My mind started working on all sorts of artistic ways to use them. This was the first way. I did a few other paintings that I will post later. And I’m working on a bigger project using the records that i’m really excited to finish. I’ll post photos when it’s ready to share
I was really happy with the way this one turned out. I did it a little bit backwards. I painted over the abstract background and used it it as a layer of the stencil.
This piece also represents an improvement in my mental state. I decided to force myself out of my comfort zone. After battling an army of self doubt I gathered up all my courage an opened a store on Etsy. This was a HUGE step for me. But once again as soon as I was finished setting it up I had this awesome feeling of accomplishment. That feeling only got better when I sold this piece. I was so excited. I squealed the news to my husband and called my mom. I felt like I could really call myself an artist now.
The lesson I learned is that there are some great things waiting for us outside our comfort zone
I thought I would share another page from my “Art” art journal. For me art really is manic…by several definitions.
It can be frenetic, obsessive, crazy, overwhelming in good and bad ways. I never really figured out if art brought on the mania or if the mania brought on the art. They just kinda went hand in hand.
Here’s more of my fan art. I made these stencils and then used spray paint to paint them on 12×12 canvases. Each of these were 4 layers of stencils. If you’re interested in making your own stencils there are many good videos on Youtube.. The success of the stencil depends alot on how much time you take designing it and then taking your time in cutting it out. Its not rocket science and it doesn’t take a lot of artist ability to be successful. Its a great project for anyone. And fan art paintings like this make great presents because you can make if for anyones tastes. Try a one or two layer stencil to start.
There’s kind of a lesson end learned with this painting. I was going to use heavy gel medium and black paint to cover the painting and give it texture. Then scratch the word TRY through the black layer to be able to see the multicolored painting underneath. Well instead if using black paint I used black gesso. Let’s just say it was not successful. You can’t scratch through gesso very well. So I had to change direction and cut the letters out of a different painting. I then amended the title to TRY……again.