Stencil Play with Margot Rowan

Margot Rowan
March 27, 2018
December 1, 2017

Abstracts and Stencils

Create a fun background, I chose a color palette of blues and greens and titan buff with hits of pink and purple for sparkle to finish

  1. Chose a small square canvas to play with
  2. Choose a dark blue, like Prussian blue, and a teal or aqua, along with two shades of green to create contrast
  3. Mark your canvas, I knew I wanted to lay the stencil on the right half of the canvas so I laid the heavy darker colors on the left side
  4. Once you like your background lay your stencil in place and put a thick coat of the super heavy gesso
  5. Once dry, rub a van dyke brown, liquid golden color over the canvas so it can give a richness to the white and sit in the creases.
  6. Add your sparkle with some bright paint colors, I chose pinks and purples
  7. HAVE FUN and you're done.

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Margot Rowan is an accomplished artist specializing in abstract design. Her father was a commercial artist and oil painter, following in his foot steps she became a graphic designer after having studied art in college, where she received a minor in fine art. While abstract is her specialty, her passion to paint can also be seen in her pet portraits and representational art.

"Breaking a blank canvas with paint is exciting as you watch the evolution of how it magically reveals itself. It's  a remarkable way to show your voice, and the journey involved to be patient with the process is limitless."

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Margot is grateful to have lived in beautiful landscaped parts of North America. She left Toronto for Muskoka in Northern Ontario, to then Halifax, Nova Scotia, Vermont, Seattle and finally Colorado where she resides in Lafayette with her husband, two boys and three dogs.

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