Whew! I’ve been engrossed in summer, back-to-school and of course design, illustration and Cameo. I am constantly exploring and experimenting with what my Cameo can do.
As a vector artist, for years I’ve completed illustrations just to look at them forlornly and wish that there was a faster, easier way to make them real. Right here, right now, give me something to hold. I can’t stop appreciating my little machine that lets me accomplish that.
This month I decided I’d like to design a nautical wall canvas set appropriate for a nursery or other living space. I opened up Illustrator and created a ship’s wheel, a sail boat and a sentiment to complete the trio.
With the design fully realized I needed to make it come alive. I decided on canvas panels and a PVPP (Paint, Vinyl, Paint, Peel) method. I started by blending up some blue, white and a little black to create my own base color (the shade of blue) and rolling thatonto my canvases. Once it dried I cut out my ship’s wheel from a clear contact paper. This didn’t work great in my Cameo- it did not cut consistently. It sealed well, though. After getting it stuck down where I wanted it I coated the edges quickly with matte mod podge. Next I used a tiny paint roller and white acrylic paint all over. You may need a few coats (I certainly did). For the other shapes I used black Oracal 651. I didn’t want to use it as it costs so much more than the clear contact paper, but it only had to be cut once whereas I had repeatedly cut the clear contact paper in order to get one usable shape, resulting in lots of waste.
How does this work? Simple. First, the blue color is laid down on the canvas. Second, we lay down a protective cover in the shape of the elements we wish to have in that color. At the end, when we peel it up, it will take off the colors that come after it and reveal the blue. Pretty awesome, huh?
After getting an even cover of white I laid down my chevron stripes. These go over the areas I wish to have remain white. To protect the white the best I could, I lightly coated white over the edges of the next layer of vinyl.
When that protective white dries, you put down your grey.
Let it dry and then… start to peel. Slowly, carefully.
Reveal your chevron pattern.
And now we’ll repeat this process to reveal our blue. My panel with the lettering was the most difficult as I did not want to damage the blue layer. I went slowly and tried to stay constantly aware of how deeply I inserted my pick, which needed to go through several layers of white and grey paint to pick into the vinyl and lift it away from the blue paint without scratching the blue paint. All in all it took roughly half an hour to remove the vinyl lettering and the results were totally worth it.
In the end, I had a complete product.
My first acrylic paintings. There are so many worlds to explore. This was a fulfilling, learning experience. I had a great bit of success for a first try and know that I’ll use this method again, and I kind of can’t wait ; )
Have a Silhouettey Sunday!