I had lots of fun creating this small art piece in honor of the 2018 Olympics. I was inspired by the Visible Image Stars and Stripes Stencil from Topflight Stamps. And of course, I had to put my CraftyPaws twist on it so it features dogs. LOL I’m sending this to a fellow dog-loving friend who used to watch the Olympics with me when we both lived in L.A. We used to joke that maybe the one event normal people like us could compete in was curling. hahaha
For the background, I used an inexpensive piece of Seth Cole Heavyweight Watercolor paper (if you want a more deeply colored saturated look, I’d recommend a less absorbent paper like Strathmore Bristol Paper or Strathmore Watercolor Paper). I actually used some DAP Kwik Seal Latex Caulk as a modeling paste alternative and pushed it through the stencil with a palette knife to get some fun texture at a great price!
After letting it fully dry (doing the next, very watery step requires full drying or the caulk could lift up), I sprinkled some Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Indigo, Merlot, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson. Then for a little added shimmer, I spritzed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sheer to disperse the pigment granules. To keep the caulked stars and stripes more white, I re-wet those areas with water using a paint brush and dabbed up as much loose pigment as I could with a paper towel. I love the blurry yet bright patriotic background.
For the international doggy athletes (hehehe), I used the following Copics to color the Katzelkraft Dogs and Funny Accessories:
American Doberman (I cut off and re-attached the ears so they would show beyond the top hat):
Top hat and tie: R27, R29, B24, B28, C1
Collar: B24, B28, Y19
Doberman dog: E23, E25, N4, N5, N7, N9; R20 inside ear (I docked the tail as well); and C8 for the nose
British Husky (I covered up the tongue with the scarf):
“Burberry” scarf: C4, C8, E53, E55, and fine point of Festive Berries Distress Marker
Derby hat: C4, C6 and C8
Husky dog: C1, C2, C6, C8, B000, B01 and B02 with R20 inside ear
Italian Basset Hound (I fussy cut the eyes and overlayed them on top of the hat so that the hat would sit down on the dog’s head):
Gondolier hat (I added brim trim and streamers): E50, E53, E55, Y11, B97 and B99
Basset hound dog: W0, W1, E55, E57, E59, W7; R14 and R24 for tongue; and C8 for the nose
Podium: Y11, Y26, Y28, E43, Y15, R14, R24 and R27
Bone: C0 and C1
There was a lot of fussy cutting, altering, doodling, etcetera, and while time consuming, it was sooo much fun. I was totally in my crafty zone!
I popped everything up with double sided foam dots and also backed the entire stars and stripes background on a sheet of fun foam for added dimension. For a bit of added fun, I also put together 3 strands of DMC gold metallic thread and tied it around a bone to hang in the air in the upper right of the scene. This bone is the sweet treat prize that all the dogs are eyeing. 🙂 For a finishing touch, I added shine to the bone and all the puppy eyes and noses with Ranger Glossy Accents.
The following is a video share, including the stenciling and color bursts spritzing process:
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This doggy Olympics piece is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Love is in the Air Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Love/Anniversary/Thinking of You Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Art Impressions Sweet Treat Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Love Challenge