Today I am stencilling panels for Salon 2014 an international gathering of decorative painters which starts on May 1st in Seattle WA, USA. It has been a very busy week as I paint... and then repaint my panels. This is the progress of one of them.
I have stencilled these shapes with a red glue called Instant Size and will place copper and alumnium leaf over them. The stencil design is DE277 an Art Deco style stencil and I thought it may suit the theme of Salon Seattle which this year is Industrial Elegance.
I use aluminium leaf rather than silver leaf because it is cheaper and does not tarnish.
Other shapes are undercoated with teal acrylic paint.
This will form the base for a loose approximation of lapis lazuli and malachite created with paint and acrylic glaze. I enjoy creating different effects with paint but it is the first time that I have applied an interpretation of precious minerals through small shapes in a stencil.
I used two shades of green for the malachite effect and two of blue for the lapis. Squiggles of black glaze were applied to both paint finishes and both had a sprinkling of gold powder. Real malachite does not have gold in it and lapis does not have black sqiggles but this is my panel so I make the rules.
The centre piece is stencilled with DE344 Motif no 93 and incorporates the same fantasy finishes. See how the light is reflected in the metal leaf? All materials and stencils came from The StencilLibrary.
I am not totally happy with the panel yet and may change a couple of colours before rolling in into my suitcase along with others that I hope will be complete before leaving tomorrow. I'll sleep on the plane.