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« on: May 14, 2018 06:16:30 AM »

I made this for geekgirl1000100 in the 6x6 Art Swap...



I thank her for allowing me to experiment! She is an awesome artist and a friend and pretty much lets her partners have artistic license...

My younger sister had given me a lot of tools for dot painting because she thought she would like it but didn't...I wasn't sure I was going to like it any better...too time consuming, I thought.

I started to do a layered piece but everything looked so muddied and like a bad palette board of greys and ugly browns, so I ditched that one...

Then, I decided I was going to try a pour...again, it was probably not the best paint so the colors ran together into a monochromatic look, that I was not happy with...strike two! lol

My third attempt was with encaustic...I love encaustic...I use a mini quilt iron to do my encaustic work, but my bees wax was old and the entire piece came out yellow/brown...I wanted bright and happy!  UGH!

The deadline was looming, so I was in the do or die mode of crafting!

I started by painting flat black over a freshly gessoed canvas. I didn't like the flat look so I stenciled on lightly some gloss black.  Still not enough texture for my taste, so I stenciled again with a bit of white mixed with the black, ie. grey...

I used a thin white paint pen to draw the flowers but they looked so wimpy...I decided to try a few dots, then next thing you know, I was dotting everything... thanks to my little sis, I am now addicted...she will be getting a piece I made for her as well.

Some close ups to show the texture:

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018 06:29:53 AM »

Wonderfully done!
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018 06:46:56 AM »

This is so cheerful and beautiful! Well done. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018 08:35:47 AM »

It's so sweet, bright and cheerful. I really like the black back ground, it allows the colours to shine and makes the white stand out. I have a couple of paint pens but meh, they are not awesome. I will have to try again until I find something that creates such clear circles, I love the look.
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018 08:54:48 AM »

The circles were made with a clay sculpting tool, not the paint pen...some were made using the end of a plastic crochet hook...some with a q-tip...thanks...I also love the black background and just found out that you can get canvas already black now!! 

https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-black-cotton-canvas/
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018 09:16:19 AM »

This is such a happy piece, I really like how the dotty flowers pop against the black background! 
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018 09:44:50 AM »

lol it is not the work of the masters you saw in your tour of art, but I do like the black background/floral combo and will explore that more in the future...still life...not fantasy flowers...thanks!  It was fun...
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018 10:39:36 AM »

That came out lovely!  I'm sorry you had so many stops and starts on the project, but the results are worth it. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018 11:03:47 AM »

Thanks!  When you get paired with an awesome person whose art work you admire, the ideas seem to flow but the execution is a bit tougher!

I am working on expanding my artistic techniques and am lucky to be paired with people on Craftster that allow for "experiments"! lol
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Love your art. Great colors.
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