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Spray Paint, Stencils, and an Overspray Oops

When I played outside with a few cans of Liquitex spray paints, I found the gift in my overspray Oops.

It’s summertime here. Kids think of the pool. I think of spray painting outside. As I brought my Liquitex spray paints out to the picnic table, I knew there was going to be an Oops. There always is with me. The Oops today was a gift that let me see overspray in a new way.

 

When I played outside with a few cans of Liquitex spray paints, I found the gift in my overspray Oops.

 

I covered over an old canvas that never went anywhere with Cadmium Yellow Light Hue spray paint.

 

 

 

When I played outside with a few cans of Liquitex spray paints, I found the gift in my overspray Oops.

Cerulean Blue Hue spray paint and the Opera House stencil created the next layer. But there was an Oops…

Notice that messy edge where the spray paint went over the stencil? I spent about a nano second scolding myself for not putting down a piece of paper to mask it and prevent it. Then I remembered, it is just an Oops.

When I played outside with a few cans of Liquitex spray paints, I found the gift in my overspray Oops.

 

This top layer of Vivid Lime Green let some of the blue peek through creating more depth without any hard work.

How’d I do it? I put the stencil exactly on top of the image already spray painted. Then shifted it a hair to one side and sprayed.

 

The Gift in the Oversprayed Oops

Remember that overspray Oops with the blue? That overspray encouraged me to just cover the edges while I adding the green Opera House layer. The actual stencil created the frame as well as the image.

That got me thinking about overspray and how else I could use it to my advantage.

Here’s a work in progress from later in the day. It uses the overspray from the Opera House stencil to create a subtle touch to the composition. Gives me a feeling of the sunshine coming from the Chevron Doily stencil.

Once again…the Oops gives me a gift.

When I played outside with a few cans of Liquitex spray paints, I found the gift in my overspray Oops.

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  • Rinda June 16, 2014, 12:28 am

    This is brilliant! My oversprays tend to great big messes. But that’s okay, too.
    Rinda

  • Jo Murray June 16, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Nothing like a good ‘oops’ to get you thinking.

  • Boo June 16, 2014, 7:46 pm

    You are very clever…

  • Corrine June 17, 2014, 11:54 am

    Looks like alot of fun. It’s hot and humid here and I thought it might be a gelli print kind of afternoon if I can squeak it in before thunder hits. xox

  • JackieD June 20, 2014, 10:44 pm

    I love how this turned out…and the colors are delicious!