I wanted to share with you the photographs from my Color Me Pretty column last week. This time around I wanted to work with silvers, grey tones, black, white and small dabs of neon pink. When using such strong colors, like any of the neon shades, less is more. Little gestures of these powerful colors surrounded by calming neutrals is what brings neon from the eighties into a more current, fresh look for summer projects.
I had fun using some silver leaf paint I bought at Michael's to easily transform an old frame into a mood board. After the paint dried I wrapped a piece of foam core with linen fabric and popped it into the frame with some tape. I tried other acrylic silver paints on test pieces and the effect was no where near as nice as the silver leaf paint. You just need to use it in a well ventilated area.
I realize I did not do my stenciling quite right! However, I had so much fun with my Ed Roth and Lotta Jansdotter stencils! My stencils turned out quite messy but you will have much better results with proper stencil paint and brushes. Stenciling is a fast and effective way to add patterns to anything your heart desires. I loved making cards and my little canvases that I stacked on the shelves of my studio.
I always take photos of handwritten menus when I travel. I love studying them. Sounds strange, I know. I also search second hand stores and stalls at the flea market for pieces of paper with handwriting on them. Even if the text is written in another language, I love seeing the ink on paper.
I hope you have found some ideas or a little inspiration for a creative summer project or two. I will see you back here soon.