Once upon a time I had to go to the art-supply store to get new materials. I still do, but now very rarely since I have hoarded materials over the years. My excuse for collecting was that I was teaching and needed to keep up on the newest and grooviest, but that means I have materials on hand now that I have forgotten. After switching brands of journals to the really nice paper in the Stillman & Birn black sketchbooks, I've been thinking more about drawing and watercolors because the nice paper will hold light water media without buckling. I began digging in drawers to see what implements I had. Turns out I have lots of water-soluble pens, crayons, and pastels.
Virtually untouched was a set of iridescent water-soluble oil pastels; Cretacolor makes them and calls them "Aqua Stics." Opening the little booklet inside, I noticed a suggestion for drawing on canvas. What follows are my experiments, one of which led to this mini art quilt.
Overview: I first applied gum arabic to the canvas and let it dry, then drew some shells. I then traced around the drawings to get the outlines for a stencil. I'm presenting the finished stencil in these instructions, but more for how to make stencils are here and in my book, Painted Paper.
Stencil and drawing
Tools: clean kitchen sponge; small paintbrush; cup of water; Mylar or acetate stencil (and pencil and X-Acto or art knife if you are making a new stencil)
Materials: gum arabic; canvas; Aqua Stics
1. With a clean, damp sponge, apply gum arabic to a piece of cotton canvas.