This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Mary Beth Shaw who operates Stencil Girl Products. Her lesson was all about building up a mixed media piece in layers incorporating, of course, stencils of varying scales. Despite experimenting with mixed media techniques for two years now, I have made almost zero progress with either layering or stencilling. I am equally inept at both. The outcomes of such lessons are never pleasing. I do keep trying though.
The aim of this lesson was to end up with a piece that looked colourfully grungy and textural, a graffiti, street art look. Mine just looks like vandalism. I had to improvise a fair bit because I don’t own many stencils and those I own tend to be small. While I don’t like the overall effect of my finished piece, there are certainly elements from the layering I will take away and use in other projects – negative space highlighting of text, a technique for creating illegible handwriting – but not all in one piece because clearly I just make a mess when I combine too many things.