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Mixed media stenciled wall art that started as one big mess and became something wonderful

Making a mess is all about discovering what can happen. Sometimes, it’s more mess. Sometimes, it’s something I love. The fun is I never know which it will be when I start playing.

This wood panel began with layers of texture. No goal, no plan, no direction – just a mess of textures. Those mica flakes from USArtQuest attached with glue through my Arched Aqueduct stencil was the only part of this I liked. I really didn’t like the dark color or anything else on it, but that keeps the mystery alive since I never know what just one layer will do to it.

Mixed media stenciled wall art that started as one big mess and became something wonderful

When I added the white paint using my Alternating Diamonds stencil from StencilGirl, suddenly I loved it. So much so that I added another layer in blue right on top of the textures along with a little white washing on the bottom. Mixed media stenciled wall art that started as one big mess and became something wonderful

Just one layer and what was yuck was transformed to something I wanted to put on my wall. Thanks to serendipity, there was just the right amount of space for the title of this, Discover using the Now is the Time stencil.

Mixed media stenciled wall art that started as one big mess and became something wonderful

A bit of scribble journaling to capture the feelings of this play with a Pico embellisher completed it.

Mixed media stenciled wall art that started as one big mess and became something wonderful

The adventure of going from ugly to something I want to hang on the wall is one of the many reasons I love mixed media play. So next time you have an ugly layer, just know that you may be only one layer away from something you love.

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  • Jean Marmo January 17, 2017, 12:39 pm

    I need to learn to do this!

  • Michele Engel January 20, 2017, 12:34 am

    I love this piece, Carolyn! Definitely one of your best!