As much as I love Photoshop and digital art, there are times when I just need to play with paint and paper. That's when I work on my projects for Paper Traders, a Yahoo group that offers challenges, swaps, and fellowship for artists of all levels of experience.
This year, I'm participating in a word prompt challenge in which we're offered a theme and technique to incorporate into a monthly art journal page. This month's prompt was "Give More"and the requirement was to use graphitti style lettering in the design.
Graffitti-style lettering? Does that mean using spray paint? Yes! I finally had a use for that can of black Liquitex spray paint that had been sitting on the shelf gathering dust.
I started off by loosely applying adhesive letters to the page and spray painting that area. After pulling off the letters, I added acrylic paints in a variety of oranges, yellows and reds. Nancy Baumiller's collage images worked perfectly for the page, and I finished it off with gelatos, adding color and shading. It's not my typical page, but I like it. I think I'll be buying more spray paints, and I promise they won't be sitting on the shelf.