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Blocking In or is it Blocking Out?

This past weekend I played along with the free Creative Retreat - Art is Magic and loved all the mixed media painting and collage workshops shared particularly those that were featuring various methods of blocking in the negative space.  Today I thought I would share my take on the lesson shown by artist Stephanie Lee.  This method (shown by Stephanie) again allowed me to use up some of the scraps of both papers and collage images I had left over from other projects.  I had my favorite Red Butterfly Image and a couple of Vintage Valentines Images on hand from Altered Pages Collage Sheets.

I chose to work on loose sheets of Water Color Paper with the idea of adding this along with the others I created over the weekend to a journal - I taped the edges to create a border and also to stick my page down onto my work surface.  Next, I collected my scraps together and started to stick them all down onto my page using Gel Medium as both my adhesive and as a sealing layer once I had done this. 

Once the Gel Medium was dry I put out some white paint with a few other paler color and started to paint over the background leaving my chosen collage elements showing, and also parts of the background showing through.

With the paint layer applied I took my stylus tool and used the sharp point to scratch some patterns and lines into the paint.  And in places added some further color with the paint.  I then took some modeling paste and a stencil and added further details to one part of the page.

This page has a somewhat shabby vintage feel to it which is not my usual style, but I love it and really enjoyed creating this page I am sure to use this technique of Stephanie's again from time to time particularly when I have an assortment of collage image leftovers from other projects.


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