Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bonfire Night

It is time for the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  Toni who is our hostess for this one calls it Remember, Remember, the 5th of November and here is how she describes it:

I've got a 'bonfire night' challenge for you this month. As a child, I used to love bonfire night. My dad would come home from work with a box of fireworks and packets of sparklers for us and we couldn't wait to get outside and enjoy the show! I'd love to see your art works based on fire and fireworks. Think bursts of colour. Let rip with the colour sprays, glitter, and paints. Let's have a bit of fun and brighten up these dark days with COLOUR ! Just remember it must be mixed media and include stamps or stencils or even both.

Bonfire night is a celebration only found in the UK and since it doesn't happen here in Canada, I struggled with what to make.  I could have made something bright and colourful that bore no resemblance to the celebration or I could try to be literal.  I decided to be literal and although this is a simple piece, I hope it does justice to the theme.

I started by covering a 6"x6" canvas board with black Gesso (Liquitex) and then dry brushed some Stormy Gray Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart) over it, wiping some back with a baby wipe.

Next I used Miss Moneypenny, Goldfinger and Vodka Martini Metallic Paint (IndigoBlu) through a fireworks stencil (custom made by my husband) to create the bursting fireworks with a gradient of colour.

The next step was to use Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a stencil called Whimsical Houses (IndigoBlu) to add the three small houses.

After the houses were dry I placed the stencil back over them and used Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) to give them some colour.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and if you don't live in the UK, just get out your stamps and stencils to show us a colourful creation.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous canvas Cec, love the dark back drop for the houses and the firework explosion. Sue C x


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