Creating with Stampstracts with Kae Pea
To begin your 'stamp painting' I suggest you just choose a handful of your favorite StampStract 'images', a waterproof ink pad in black or dark grey, some scrap paper and just start stamping to play with composition and as a 'warm up'. Once you are ready to start on your painting, I highly recommend using a claybord substrate. This surface has maximum 'forgiveness' and if you stamp something you don't like, you can easliy wipe it away using a baby wipe. Remember that that this stamped, first layer is only a base and much of it may be covered up.
Start on your board by loosely stamping your composition. Keep in mind as you are working, that uneven numbers seem to work best visually and keeping the focal point a bit off center is also a good 'rule of thumb'.
Compositionally you want to strive to keep the viewers eye traveling around inside the parameters of your painting and for the eye to not be directed outward. You accomplish this through keeping the elements of design in mind: Balance, Scale, Unity and Variety, Color Emphasis, Line and Asymmetry.
Once your base layer is stamped you will want to begin painting using your choice of acrylic paints. (of course you may use any type of paint that you like and/or other mixed media such as pencils, pastels or crayons-but in this project I focus on acrylic paint.)
If you are using Claybord, be patient with the process, as it is a slick surface and may look streaky and uneven at first. I recommend building many layers and thin washes of color.
Choose your color palette and begin laying down 'blocks' of color. Again, I suggest the working in odd numbers and uneven sizes for this part of the process too.
Note that in the above photo I have laid down 3 colors in 'area swatches' of 3's or 5's. I have kept the areas asymmetrical and made sure they were not all the same scale. I continue to build upon the colors and blend the 'seams' (where the colors meet). I will also use white gesso to build opacity between layers and then wash colors over the gesso again. It is a process of putting down, taking back up and doing it all again. Sort of like a good hair washing...Rinse and Repeat!
Remember you can remove mistakes or unwanted lines using a baby wipe.
You may want to use white gesso and/or paint to go over your stamped lines to give the illusion of a more painterly look. Continue to layer and build your colors and deepen areas with darker values.
After continuing to build my layers, deepen my darker values and add highlights then begin to use your stamps as subtle texture, 'inked up' with gesso and some of the paint colors you used.....this will add interest as well as help to unify your painting.