Monday, May 15, 2017

Mixed Media Yin Yang - Peace and Harmony

I've posted a few Yin Yang pieces on earlier posts, but I decided to post this one because it is much bigger than the others, measuring 24" X 24" and it was inspired by the red and gold colors I saw at the Chinese New Year's Parade in New York City's Chinatown this past January.

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.

Although the stencil is on top of this, you can clearly see the collage layer and variation it creates in the red paints.

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!

Once the stencil was cut and taped in place, I used a metallic champagne craft paint - two coats.  I like this color because you can add a wash and give it almost any metallic color you want.

Here it is with a wash of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold - I love that color.  It makes everything so vibrant and warm.  and I started playing with some collage for the corners here.  I used dictionary pages with the terms peace on one and added a Chinese character for peace in the sense of serenity and balance.  On the top dictionary page, I used the dictionary entry for harmony.  I added some paper that I had printed using a Gelli Plate and some chocolate candy wrappers - because what else says peace and harmony like chocolate??  Nothing.



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.

Thanks for checking out the blog.  Feel free to leave a comment or question.  I wish you a day filled with peace, harmony, and balance. (remember to work and play!)