Layers, yummy layers. I enjoy working in layers and being able to see through every one of them and get a peek of what’s lying underneath the surface.
For today’s project, I picked the Elephant Parade stencil as my focal point and I had an idea in my head of several patterns shining through the silhouette. So, I grabbed a 5×7” canvas and added a wash of Dina Wakley Lime color. Then I added the first layer using the Hamburg, Toledo and Art Deco stencil and three different shades of green.
For the next layer, I picked a few different washi tapes and randomly adhered them to the background.
I wanted to add more stenciled layers. To avoid a chaos on my canvas, I painted a light layer of Gesso on top of the first one. Then I used the same three stencils, this time with different colors, one of them in a more contrasting orange shade.
It was time to create the elephant silhouette. I started by placing down the mask and adding two layers of Gesso around it.
Next, I switched to the elephant stencil and added a shadow to the inside of the elephant using a Faber Castell Gelato in grey.
The white washed area was a little too white for me, so I covered the elephant again with the mask and then added a blush color through the Lily Wallpaper stencil.
Here you can see all the yummy layers shining through and building the body of the elephant.
You can also see parts of the washi tape, for example the globe. Enough to be interesting, but not enough to draw the eye to it.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my layered canvas and feel inspired to create your own textured images.