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Feeling a bit Moroccan with The Crafters Workshop Stencils

I have always wanted to go to Morocco.
With The Crafters Workshop, I came close today.  The Lacy Tiles stencil designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer made me think of Moroccan tiles.

This was a start, stop and redo project taking about 8 hours.  I began with a gessoed substrate and actually used a different stencil and when I colorized it I did not like the look.  SO, more gesso.  I layered tissue papers, music sheets and text pages.
I then added images from our Vintage Text pages with gel medium and stenciled TCW Light and Fluffy texture around them.    


Loved the texture of the stencil but disliked the images...I literally tore the still damp images off in pieces which created even more texture. (loved that) Now for colors. I stenciled acrylic paints onto the non-textured areas. I mixed colors as I went, mostly heavy body acrylics. I used my fingers to create the randomness of color.

I wanted softness, rubbing with titanium buff acrylic paint.  The richness of all the layers of paints really spoke to me, that feel of ages old tile work.
I incorporated a paint I adore which is quinacridone, using interference green-gold oxide and another of  yellow-green.  The blue was India ink which I used bold then softened with buff.  You can see the shine of the interference above.
To add even more definition I used TCW Shimmery Goodness with a small brush into the recessed areas of texture.

I again went to my stash of vintage papers and gathered some pages from an old Arabic language book.
I sprayed goosebumps mist onto the finished piece for even more a luxurious appearance and a reminder of the elegance which can be Morocco.  I realized it still needed more.  I have a box of jewelry pieces and found the earrings, removed the backings and affixed with E6000 for a permanent hold.  The finishing touch was with my fingers and titanium white paint around the edges for definition.   HOPE YOU LIKE IT!

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The CraftersWoskshop Stencil Lacy tiles STENCIL
Canvas Board substrate
Vintage text and Foreign language
Goosebumps spray
Chip Brush
Gel medium
my jewelry stash
Assorted Acrylic paints
TCW Light and Fluffy modeling paste (AMAZING)

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