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How would you like to turn a cheap plain t-shirt into something artsy & one of a kind? Join me for Stenciled and Sprayed where you will be turning shirts, aprons, canvas totes, heck, anything fabric or cloth you want to bring, into works of art.

When people say, “OMG, where Did You Buy That?!” You get to say, “I made it!”

The most important thing that you will experience during the day is FREEDOM. The freedom to play. To let loose. The exhilaration of releasing your creative impulses. That’s the long lasting joy of creating. As you play, I’ll be there to guide you and answer all your questions.

ZERO experience needed! Here’s just some of what will be covered as I break it all down step-by-step.   

  • How to use Marabu Fashion spray and StencilGirl stencils
  • Time-saving shortcuts
  • How to combine stencils to create your own design and how to get multiple looks with the same supplies
  • 4 different splatter techniques so you can be delicate or go full Jackson Pollock
  • Plus, you’ll go home with your very own secret weapon of an applicator

What will we be using? Marabu Fashion Spray and StencilGirl stencils – all provided for you! In fact, any of the special supplies, I’m bringing so you can pack light.

All you need to bring is:

  • a sharpie marker
  • scissors
  • paint brushes (a variety of sizes from small to large)
  • a cup to clean your brushes in
  • 4-6 plain (white or light colored) fabric items you’d like to art up.

What can you art on? Anything that is white or a very light colored fabric. These items will be your blank canvas for our day of play together.

Does it have to be all cotton? The more cotton there is in it, the better it takes the color. The “proper” amount is no more than 20% synthetic but I do 40% all the time because I buy very inexpensive t-shirts and they have held the color well. I’ll explain how to set the color the easy way during our day together too.

How much should you bring? Bring at 4 -6 items like t-shirts, button-down shirts, skirts, aprons, canvas totes, canvas sneakers, fabric, or anything else you’ve got.

Where can you get these? First, look in your closet. White shirts with stains on them are great to use, that spaghetti stain will be completely covered up! Next, check out thrift stores, craft stores, Target, online, anywhere you like to shop for white fabric items.

This is a day of pampering because Glenda Miles is our host extraordinaire – she knows how to take care of us so we can focus on the fun! Your lunch is included as well as munchies during the day from the Mockingbirds Cafe.

When and Where? 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Pendleton Art Center in Middletown, Ohio. One of the many reasons I love this place is the amount of space we have. It’s big, like roller rink big, so that means you have plenty of space! Plus during lunch, there are art studios to explore.

Cost: $130 that includes refreshments & treats AND your lunch from Mockingbirds Cafe, all the specialty supplies including all the Fashion Spray and use of StencilGirl stencils, and your take-home goodies like my secret weapon of an applicator.

Come join me for the day and feel the freedom of play as you create colorful wearable art!

Get registered here and get ready for a day of creative play! 

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I’ve been asked if Liquitex’s Acrylic Gouache works with a gel plate.  Yes, you can but there is something to keep in mind. I love the effect of it, but you want to be aware of it and why it’s happening.

Something I’ve noticed is that when people understand why something is happening on the gel plate it changes things.  Decisions are easier. The fun goes up exponentially.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to understand the whys and hows of what you’re making, check out my online workshops.

What is acrylic gouache? It’s as if watercolors and acrylic paint had a love child.  If you add water to it, it behaves like a watercolor- becoming very translucent. If you use it straight out of the bottle, it is very opaque. 

When it dries, it’s permanent, meaning that water won’t reactivate it. It is a very matte finish which means pens can write on it and I’ll be sharing what I did with one of the prints in my next post. 

Those little areas of white, that’s where the paint was beading up on the gel plate. If you use a thinner layer of acrylic gouache it can bead up. Is this good or bad? Neither, it’s just what it does.

I love the look it adds to a print, so that is a bonus to me.  Be sure to watch in the video (around the 3min. point) where I talk about how using a new plate vs. a well-loved plate and how that impacts the beading of the paint.  

One of gouache’s superpowers is its opacity.  That teal just pops on the purple!  

Why didn’t the paint bead up when I used the Speckles and Spots stencil?  That’s because I used more paint. Not a ton more mind you, but more than when the purple print was made.

That’s the same reason the red print didn’t bead up much either.  You’ll see the pockets of white are only around the edges, where there was less brayering and less paint.  

So is acrylic gouache good for gel printing?  That depends on what you like/want in a print. If you like that little touch of beading, then yes.  If you like matte paint that you can write and journal on, then yes. 

That’s the cool thing about art and play, there isn’t a right or wrong answer, just the answer that is best for you!

Here are the supplies 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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The Unexpected Collage

It was an unexpected collage that happened in today’s play that started out with intense frustration. Frustration that came from a computer challenge where I was at the point of either getting a sledgehammer or my art supplies to deal with it.

Sure, I got my frustration out through play but just when I thought I was going to have this amazing creature in my collage and it turned into something so FAR from that- let’s just say a toilet is involved.  Yup, that was like a head slap from my muse and it was just what I needed to shift my mood.

Curious about what acrylic gouache is? I’ve got a video all about it here.

Start by scribbling with Art Crayons, and I do mean scribble, all over some paper.  Any paper will do- especially one that has such small type on it you can barely read it!

Then rip it up into as many pieces as your heart desires. Big or little, they’re all good!

Using gel medium collage it on to a page.  This is when those random backgrounds in your journal come in handy.  Just pick one and start gluing!

I had hoped to get an elegant imaginary creature, but instead, I got a person sitting on a toilet reading a paper.  But if that’s what shows up, then let’s go with that!

To create the background, acrylic gouache was stenciled on using the Alternating Ovals stencil.

To bring in more color, yellow acrylic gouache was painted loosely around the shapes.

The title said exactly what I was feeling – whatever- but with a playful eye roll towards my muse since she sent me toilet person.  The word is from the Teenage Angst stencil and a bit of white paint quieted down the background.

You can write on Liquitex’s acrylic gouache but it has to be dry.  I didn’t want to wait for that so I used a Stabilo pencil to add some of my thoughts.

Once again, play and art supplies take the yuck out of the day.  By the time this page was finished, all the frustration from the computer had melted away.

So if you ever happen to get frustrated, try getting out your art supplies and just scribbling and ripping!

Here are the supplies 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!

The Marabu Art Crayon colors used were: orange, sunshine yellow, gentian, turquoise,  kiwi, rose pink, pomegranate, & cherry red.

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