Thursday, March 5, 2015

At Night

Over at the Mixed Media Place the Creative Gym exercise is black background with all the colors of the rainbow. Not sure if it is all of the bare tress right now - but for some reason a dark night in the forest came to mind.

I decided I wanted a textured background as well so adhered crumbled tissue paper to my art journal spread.

Once dry I painted the entire background with black Gesso. I stumbled across this you tube tutorial and was not sure how I was going to make this work, but decided to give it a go. So my next step was to Spray several colors of Dylusions Spray Inks through a handmade tree stencil.

After the spray inks were dry I lined my stencil back up and applied the white gesso. To make the stencil, I free handed the trees onto a piece of plastic and then cut it out using a wood burner.

Here is the finished result. I was very happy with how this turned out. Love the texture and the bright colors.

Lastly I typed the quote out onto cardstock, cut it out, and inked up the edges a bit.

Be sure to stop on over to the Mixed Media Place for even more creativity. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to try a new technique out even if you are not sure how it is going to work.


  1. Your background work is stunning with all its detail and textures! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

  2. Hi there,
    I'm hopping over here from the Mixed Media Place Challenge, having participated in it myself, I wanted to see what everyone else did. I just love the look crinkled up tissue gives to paintings and your journal page shows off the reason why so well. I also really like the way you drew your trees for your handmade stencil. The elongated trunks gives this dancing beneath an aurora borealis look to them when combined with the way you chose to spray your inks. It's just so magical looking. I love it!

    May your muse shine brightly!

  3. Love the texture the tissue paper creates, and how the black trees are forming like a backdrop! It feels almost a little eerie.

  4. Hi Stacy! I saw your project, it's awesome. I love the way yours came out. Glad to see you're still out here.

  5. background work is stunning fabulous effect with all its detail and textures!

  6. I really love how this turned out. Its dark and mystical but bright at the same time. I love the texture created by the crinkled tissue paper, I will have to try that :)

  7. This is really cool! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!