So often I used a stencil as part of something, where the shapes become a piece of a larger whole, rather than the focus of whatever I’m creating. For today’s page I decided that the stencil would be “more”, more the focus and less a layer in the background. So that’s this week’s prompt: Use a stencil, but in such a way that it’s the focus of the page.
I’ll be honest, the end result is not what I envisioned in my mind’s eye, but I’ll also say what I had floating in my head was pretty nebulous and not really fleshed out. I knew I wanted the stencil to be the dominant part of the design, but that was about all.
I think what leaves me less satisfied is that the doodling really took over and the stencil design kind of fell into the background, though I will admit to liking the overall effect.
I started the page by spraying on some colors, chosen at random from the bottles scattered over my work bench. I love this particular look; complimentary colors (as defined by the color wheel) are magical when carefully combined to avoid making a muddy mess.
One of my favorite color mixes is Dylusions Pomegranate Seed and Black Marble. It produces a deep pinkish red color that is just amazing. Adding more or less Black Marble completely changes the final color, and for this page I went very deep, so that the color looks very nearly black in places. Rather than scoop a little out and mix the color, I dabbed some of each on my Mini Ink Blending Tool and let it mix on the Blending Foam.
I chose Dylusions Paint because it dries to a very matt finish that allows doodling with nearly any kind of pen.
The stencil is our 9″ x 12″ Ancient Ruins one. I picked it because I like the blocky look and because I knew those areas would provide perfect fodder for doodles.
Fantastic! Now THIS is what I was looking for. Trouble was, I had no idea where I wanted to take it next. I knew I wanted to doodle, so for a change I grabbed Gelly Roll Pens rather than the Sharpies I tend to reach for automatically.
All of the blocks are outlined with a Medium White Gelly Roll Pen. Just white; no metallic or glitter. I saved those for the inside of the block doodles.
More doodles. More and more of them. None are particularly elaborate, but the effect of them as a whole is pretty interesting. Lots of the metallic Gelly Roll Pens and I threw in a few of the Stardust ones, which have glitter in the ink.
Finished! As I said, the page is not exactly what I had in mind, but it’s complete and I can say that I do like the overall effect, even if the doodles did take over and become the focus.