Remember when I wrote about Bob's 5 foot painting that will hang above the fireplace? Well, we've made a little more progress and I think it just may be completed by our housewarming party in mid December!
Looking closely at the comic book cell we are using as inspiration (and by inspiration, I mean blatantly copying), you can see the dots that create the image. Pop Art indeed, but how to make this work in the real world?
We have gone through more than a few ideas to make uniform, clean dots on the canvas:
1. Free-form it.
No way. Too easy to mess up!
2. Create a stencil
That's the ticket! Okay, now what to use for the stencil?
2a. Use transparancy paper purchased from Blick.
A little too flimsy. What else you got?
2b. Use clear divider pages from a binder
That's the ticket! Okay, how to make the stencil?
2b1. Use a rubber stamp of dots to create the shapes on a plastic sheet.
Good thought, but quickly showed limitations by giving us uneven blocks of dots.
2b2. Use a print out of dots to create the shapes on a plastic sheet.
That's the ticket! Okay, now how to punch out the circles?
2b2a. A hole punch
Good idea, but limits you to the outer edges of a sheet, meaning the stencil would need to be applied many more times, which could cause more errors.
2b2b. This screw punch from Martha Stewart.
That's the ticket! Easy to use and only hurt the hand a little after 100+ punches! Okay, now how to apply paint to the canvas?
2b2b1. Regular paint and a regular paint brush.
Being as careful as possible, and basically wiping most paint off of the brush, we still ended up with some gloppy areas.
2b2b2. Regular paint and a sponge brush.
Same result as above. (Are you now singing, "2b2b2, strangers in the night, exchanging glances. . ."?)
2b2b3. A paint pen.
Worked well on the practice canvas, but proved a bit messier when applied to the actual painting - the lack of back support under the canvas.
2b2b4. Water soluble paint and makeup sponges.
That's the ticket! This has seemed to work well so far.
I am sure with each stencil Bob will get better and better. Up close the inconsistencies can be seen, but when this is up on the wall and from a normal distance it looks pretty darn cool.
Dang, I should put that process in a flow chart for ya!
After he repeats what he's done so far about 10 more times, the dots should be dotted and the spots should be spotted. Then it is a matter of outlining everything in black and adding the text in the word bubble. After that we might be looking at a finished product! Here's a wide shot to put it in perspective: