Negative Painting — Part One

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My inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite crafting magazines and websites — Cloth Paper Scissors.  In this blog post (http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/perfect-mothers-day-art-project/), the author writes about a process called “negative painting.” With this technique, you start with a colorful background and then use a solid color to paint around the objects you want to show rather than by painting the objects itself.

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I began with dark colors — blue, purple, and magenta — and worked on two canvases at a time.

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I continued adding additional colors,

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lightening it up as I went along. I applied paint mainly with a paint brush, but my hands and fingers also got involved!

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Once I was happy with the background colors, I began adding other marks. I stamped circles and added lines with paint and the edge of a credit card.

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I used stamps and stamp pads to add more details. My final touch was to use my Gelly Roll pens to add lines, squiggles, and writing (any words I could think of) all over the board.

Next week, I’ll show you the crap I ended up with as I completed the negative painting!

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