Did you ever have something bizarre happen to you? Last September I had a strange phone call from a friend who immediately thought of me after showing her a few of my oil paintings. Someone was looking for artist who could to do a poster for Consulting Engineers of Alberta for their Gala which was happening in February 2014. Well I was overwhelmed to say the least, I had never thought of myself as an artist but someone who just loved to create. But never having done anything like that, I was wondering if I could be up for the challenge- mostly Graphic Artists do this. The only requirements was that it had to have a Tuscany theme, something with Leonardo da Vinci who was the founder of Engineering and their theme for this Gala. Apparently after I had submitted my canvas they had changed the theme. So I started off using a 12"x 12" canvas which I applied light molding paste using a palette knife careful to mix up my strokes to give that Venetian Plaster texture look. I then took some Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays using gold, red, pink and copper, letting them drip down the canvas. After letting the canvas dry, I made a column stencil using blank stencils from The Crafter's Workshop. I then taped the column stencil down and apply light molding paste. I applied more molding paste and used a Tim Holtz stencil 'Measured' to the bottom of the canvas. After letting the canvas dry, I rubbed some acrylic burnt umber paint onto molding paste make it look like marble and scrubbed it off. I also added some Viva Decor inks to highlight the Ruler at the bottom of the canvas. After it was dry I then took another leaf stencil and applied more molding paste, again let it dry. Then I applied some Mona Lisa adhesive and let it dry so I could add some variegated leafing. I then floated some black acrylic ink around the columns to make them stand out. I then printed the Leonardo da Vinci and the sentiment 'Building our Place in the Community' onto acetate. Applied them to the canvas using soft matte gel and highlighted it using Viva Decor inks.
NOTE: I did not get the job but the experience was quite valuable and I had lots of fun!!