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European Woods with the Crafters Workshop

Sometimes things just speak to us. The Crafters Workshop Aspen Trees Stencil (art by Victoria Case) spoke to me.
Being Fall it felt right, but you know me.  I did not follow my initial plan.  I had printed a Halloween collage and felt it would be a great one with children walking in the woods.
Then as I mixed colors I got a deep dark European forest feeling. As I worked I found that a tryptych was my goal. Same stencil, different colors and techniques. 

My 6x6 gel press plate was the perfect tool, along with my daubers.   They make the paint glide on!

Working with negative space can be tricky, I went through several attempts and tossed the papers,  because I was not getting the results I wanted.  
( I used an 8.5 x 11 smooth white cardstock)
I layered the mixed colors using both the Gel Press plate with the stencil and backgrounds painted direct to paper.  I placed some with single inages and some with three overlays.   Experimenting is what makes it good!
I mixed paint colors except the orange, I liked it's true brightness.   The green used Kale and Lemon Chiffon, the purple was Blueberry Pie and 
grape Jelly.
As I mixed and stenciled and painted, it became evident to me that I was in foreign territory and what better way to acknowledge that than with foreign postage?
These three pieces will be mounted and framed as a Fall decor piece for my home.  

The Crafter's Workshop heavy body acrylic paints
White cardstock

Thanks again to The Crafters Workshop for being our Muse.


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