I started by creating an underlayer of painted papers, security envelope pieces, and book pages. Then I gave it a coat of clear gesso because I forgot to put the white gesso on at the beginning. I love how the clear gesso can save me when I need it.
I followed with a transparent coat of magenta and red paints from Golden and Amsterdam. Then gave it another coat of red to really bring out the deeper red that I wanted on the piece.
I cut the stencil from cardstock paper that I taped together because I didn't have anything large enough. Finding something big enough to draw a large circle was a bit tricky but finally, I used a ruler and held one end in place, put a pencil in one of the holes that are there in case you want to put it in a 3-ring binder and used it like a compass. The medium circles were made from a dish, which also took some trial and error. The smallest circles were easy. I used a circle cutter from a scrapbook thing. And Voila!
So here is the final piece. It has a nice gold finish with the quin Gold wash and it is currently hanging in The ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA. If you're in the area, I recommend you stop by. There's a lot of nice work there and the theme this month is a burst of color.
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