Rainbows are happy and colorful but they symbolize so much more that just that! They are the hard won reward for making it through a difficult storm. Arting with my Painted Rainbows stencils is one way that I celebrate the journey of making it through those tough times.
In the video, you’ll see 2 techniques – how I create the rainbow and how I use the paint drips to create a quick dripped edge on my art journal.
To build the rainbow, I start by stenciling only some of the colors through the Painted Rainbows stencil with no precision.
Why is there tape on the stencil? Because I felt like a straight line at the bottom instead of the drips today. Masking with just a piece of washi tape, I have the option to make it fit my mood and as a bonus it will hold the stencil in place. Since washi tape is low tack, it will be easy to remove without ripping any paper.
After I’ve removed the stencil, then I add in the other colors. Using a cosmetic sponge imprecisely, I let the colors overlap and mingle. A piece of paper is acting as the mask for me as I do this so that my bottom edge stays crisp and straight. Next, it’s on to using the drips!
Now for the drips! I love the look of dripping paint but don’t have the patience to wait for dripping paint to dry. Using a stencil to create them means the dry time is much much shorter.
In the video, you’ll see how I move the stencil up and down to create drips of different lengths and why I flip the stencil over and use both sides for the drips.
After doing a few of the drips, the analytical portion of my play began. I make it sound like there was deep thought involved but not really. I just looked at the drips and decided where I wanted a longer one or a shorter one and then found that size on the stencil. But that is more thinking that I usually do when playing.