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