I have not been well this week…another round of antibiotic and some extra sleep were necessary parts of my days.  I did almost nothing in my studio this week but I’m finally starting to feel better so I thought I would at least post this.  I found a shadow profile in a magazine that I really liked.  Although I had never done it before, I thought I’d break out the stencil cutter (looks like a  soldering iron with a pointed tip–it melts the plastic as the pattern is traced on the stencil material) and try making my own mask from the profile.  I used some old “overhead” plastic sheets that I had previously purchased for doing transfers.  Turns out they don’t work too badly for this exercise.  I’ll need to practice more to really determine how well they would actually work for making stencils instead of more detail-forgiving masks.

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As you can see, my spraying was very imperfect and some liquid seeped under the edges in several places.  Undaunted, I traced the silhouette and added some words that I thought would work well…

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And then I added black paint…

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I rather like how it turned out.  I will be watching magazines from now on to see if I spot any more images that would make great silhouettes like this one did!

Again, this is in my larger Strathmore so I photographed it rather than trying to do a combined page scan.  I am also posting this on:

Happy Friday and I hope you have a great, art-filled weekend!  🙂

17 thoughts on “TGIF!!

  1. wonderful page!! i do love the way this silhouette pops now that she was painted black. It’s fun perusing magazines for silhouettes, and I have even scanned and printed magazine cut outs onto printed gelli papers for a different effect. You can see the one I did recently on my blog post on Jan 18th. Happy PPF!

  2. Sorry you were puny. This is a delightful page and I like the idea of using magazines for silhouettes. I look forward to seeing more!

  3. I like it too! I don’t really care about imperfection in my mixed media most of the time anyway. You did really good with the stencil cutting. So sorry you have been ill. Hope you feel better really soon.

  4. We both had similar ideas, but we both played with them differently. I am wowed by your treatment of the background to your silhouette. I especially enjoy the shimmer I see there.

    • Thank you, Rosey! The shimmer is due to a spray ink that I used. I bought them on markdown from Michaels a while back. I believe they are Heidi Swapp brand. And they do have a gorgeous shimmer in them! 🙂

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