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The Good Kind of Cleaning and a Hot Mess

Playing around on a hot mess of a canvas with Stencilgirl stencils and distress crayons

Cleaning and play can go hand in hand. Not house cleaning…but cleaning excess paint off stencils.  My fast and favorite way to clean off an inky or painty stencil, especially when gel printing, is by blotting it off on another surface like an art journal or in this case a wood panel.

Since this is not the actual piece I was working on as the stencils got painty, I just tossed them on to it willy nilly. Clearly there were no worries of colors being placed strategically since this is a bit of a hot mess.  Excess paint was stenciled too since I usually have way too much paint on my palette.  Wasting color is a crime to my muse so I use every drop possible.

Playing around on a hot mess of a canvas with Stencilgirl stencils and distress crayons

Now that I had a messy place to start, the play began with careful mark making.  If you’ve seen much of my play you probably heard a bit of sarcasm in the “careful mark making”.  I just scribbled away like a little kid with Distress Crayons.
Playing around on a hot mess of a canvas with Stencilgirl stencils and distress crayons

This still looks like a big hot mess.  It has no direction and no pressure to be anything but play full of happy moments seeing the layers of colors build up.

Playing around on a hot mess of a canvas with Stencilgirl stencils and distress crayons

Paint was smeared in areas for no reason other than the fun of smearing paint and that created some open spaces.  Those open areas created places to stencil the words that summed up the meaning and reason for this piece.  Play Today.

Playing around on a hot mess of a canvas with Stencilgirl stencils and distress crayons

I could have stopped at just one Play Today, but why!  If one Play Today was good, then more is better!

Playing around on a hot mess of a canvas with Stencilgirl stencils and distress crayons

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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  • Amy Schneider May 20, 2017, 1:26 am

    Carolyn,
    The stencils you “cleaned” were already wet with paint from using them on another project?
    Amy

    • Carolyn Dube May 20, 2017, 8:38 am

      Yes, they were juicy and wet from working on another project when I cleaned them off on this piece 🙂