Many, many thanks for all the best wishes for my brother Steve.
He is doing great, and I am sure that very soon, the scar on his neck will just be his second smile, as a friend so nicely put it.
While he was in hospital, I made a piece of artwork which kind of depicted what was going through my head at the time.
See if you like it. And even if you think it’s a little obscure, there is bound to be something you can extract from it.
You can see here, I have shown a young lad in a doorway.
Steve is and always will be my younger brother.
No matter how old we get, he will never catch me up!
In the bunting I have written
"Some good will come of this."
So yes, I was certainly very pensive the day I lost myself in this piece for an hour.
Let’s just go through the stages:
Brush through the Abstract Squares stencil No. 1
with the Clarity Stencil brushes,
Flick some water at it, and blot with a paper towel.
Outline every section with a black Micron Pen.
Go freehand - it’s easier.
Using a make-up sponge and Black Soot Distress ink pad,
add the young lad from the Men & Boys Wheelie Stencil.
Mask off the area with Post-its and add shade.
Move the Post-Its in to the actual door, and add a floor.
Cut a mask for the door (I tore mine with a ruler),
and replace the mask using low-tack Stencil tape.
Time to do a double stencil trick:
Add the Brick stencil over the top, and lightly,
dust the Black Soot Distress Ink through the bricks
with a stencil brush.
Add Trust from the Word Chain No. 6
Trim the artwork.
Edge with Bundled Sage and a Blending Tool.
Edge with a black Sharpie pen and a ruler.
Mount on a complimentary colour card.
If you like, you can add a panel using the scrap you cut off.
The C-Thru Ruler is brilliant for this kind of work.
For lining up etc.
Add some bunting with the pen.
By painting the bunting with water and blotting, you can whiten it.
Look up close...
Add a few decorative dots
and count the number of flags you’ve got...
Then write your message, or your thoughts.
This artwork was never intended to send to Steve.
No, no. This was my way of dealing with the situation.
Some people drink, some people eat.
I go to the back of my cave and doodle.
Much better for you!
Have a great Sunday