Hot Trend: Layering Tips from Somerset Apprentice Artists

Just like you can layer a tank top underneath a flowing blouse to give your outfit a pop of color, you can layer different materials on top of one another to achieve a blend of hues and textures. From Kraft tissue paper to ink sprays, stencils to gel sticks, there is a variety of tools and media you can use to build an amazing focal point in your mixed-media projects.

Somerset Apprentice is your go-to source for learning about the building blocks of creating art. This publication is ideal for artists of all skill levels; beginners will appreciate easy-to-follow instructions and seasoned artists will enjoy expanding their artistic repertoire with new, innovative techniques.  Each issue boasts detailed snapshots, step-by-step instructions, and tips from professional artists to help guide you in creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are a few fun tips from some of our talented artists featured in our current Spring ’12 issue.

 

Good Credit

Layer paint onto the pages and roughly blend with a paintbrush. Use an old credit card to scrape over areas and to move the paint around.

- Linda Fazzary

 

Back, Back, Back it Up

To create the background, cut vintage book pages and scanned letters into squares and adhere to the board with matte gel.

- Michelle DeFillipo

 

You Tell the Story

Select a phrase or sentence from your vintage book pages that suggests the story, theme, or message behind your composition, and apply with matte medium.

- Ivette Newport

 

Just My Type

Using a typewriter, type a title onto a scrap of muslin. Adhere the title over the lower front of the photograph with a light coat of soft gel medium.

- Rebecca Sower

 

Observe and Combine

The beauty of abstract art is that you can do whatever appeals to you. I challenge you to look around your workspace and observe what you have laying around and see what kind of things you can combine to make your own piece of art.

- Ruth Rae

 

Find Your Medium

I love that [the acrylic paint] dried quickly and is made from plastic and is so durable that you can layer it, sand it, and start over repeatedly! Sometimes I go back into paintings from years ago to freshen them up a bit or completely rework them.

- Mati Rose McDonough

Find these artists’ projects and more inside of the Spring ’12 issue of Somerset Apprentice, and get to work on learning a new skill or two! Send us a photo showing off your new trade at blog@stampington.com.

 

Top photo: Priscilla Jones, Autumn ’12 (available September 1st)

Bottom photo: Hanne Matthiesen, Spring ’11

 

 
 

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5 Responses to “Hot Trend: Layering Tips from Somerset Apprentice Artists”

  1. Linda Cain says:

    Backgrounds make a BIG difference!

    ~Linda

  2. Maureen says:

    Layering adds so much dimension and texture to any project. I sent you a photo of my latest creation that shows how I used layering. Thanks for the inspiration and the great ideas!

  3. Doreen says:

    Great tips! I’m just discovering collage art and these ideas will be put to good use.

  4. Ella says:

    I love these ideas! Thanks for gathering inspiration and sharing this bouquet of talent :D

  5. Gina says:

    Very nice to have suggestions and tips from the artists. Thank you!

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Just like you can layer a tank top underneath a flowing blouse to give your outfit a pop of color, you can layer different materials on top of one another to achieve a blend of hues and textures. From Kraft tissue paper to ink sprays, stencils to gel sticks, there is a variety of tools and media you can use to build an amazing focal point in your mixed-media projects.

Somerset Apprentice is your go-to source for learning about the building blocks of creating art. This publication is ideal for artists of all skill levels; beginners will appreciate easy-to-follow instructions and seasoned artists will enjoy expanding their artistic repertoire with new, innovative techniques.  Each issue boasts detailed snapshots, step-by-step instructions, and tips from professional artists to help guide you in creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are a few fun tips from some of our talented artists featured in our current Spring ’12 issue.

 

Good Credit

Layer paint onto the pages and roughly blend with a paintbrush. Use an old credit card to scrape over areas and to move the paint around.

- Linda Fazzary

 

Back, Back, Back it Up

To create the background, cut vintage book pages and scanned letters into squares and adhere to the board with matte gel.

- Michelle DeFillipo

 

You Tell the Story

Select a phrase or sentence from your vintage book pages that suggests the story, theme, or message behind your composition, and apply with matte medium.

- Ivette Newport

 

Just My Type

Using a typewriter, type a title onto a scrap of muslin. Adhere the title over the lower front of the photograph with a light coat of soft gel medium.

- Rebecca Sower

 

Observe and Combine

The beauty of abstract art is that you can do whatever appeals to you. I challenge you to look around your workspace and observe what you have laying around and see what kind of things you can combine to make your own piece of art.

- Ruth Rae

 

Find Your Medium

I love that [the acrylic paint] dried quickly and is made from plastic and is so durable that you can layer it, sand it, and start over repeatedly! Sometimes I go back into paintings from years ago to freshen them up a bit or completely rework them.

- Mati Rose McDonough

Find these artists’ projects and more inside of the Spring ’12 issue of Somerset Apprentice, and get to work on learning a new skill or two! Send us a photo showing off your new trade at blog@stampington.com.

 

Top photo: Priscilla Jones, Autumn ’12 (available September 1st)

Bottom photo: Hanne Matthiesen, Spring ’11

 

 
 

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