So they're gorgeous, right? And super medieval, which is kind of the idea. And perfect for many of my German-castle-and-monastery-inspired ideas. And very fun to play with. So here are a few things that I've been working on, with a hearty helping of the medieval sauce.
This panel was the result of me playing with the stencils applied one after the other in layers with heavy body gesso.
I had so much fun with the layered panel that I decided to do little ones, with a coordinating shadow box.
And this is how they look now. Still not finished, the moss isn't secured, there will be more in the shadow box, but I liked the layers of color.
Closeup of the treatment on the textured ones.
I went to experiment with some offprints that I did with the gesso-y stencils from those two projects onto cardstock, and had some misfires. But those misfires led me to end up doing this:
Regular gesso and homemade ink spray using a Distress Ink reinker, on watercolor paper.
I love the vines painted around the arch. So I copied that style and cross-referenced it with some motifs in an old medieval manuscripts textbook of mine, and tested it out a bit, and then bit the bullet and went for it:
Detail painting is hard! I have trouble making accurate brushstrokes, even with a tiny brush.
So far I've only done one side of one window. But all three windows will be surrounded by the time I'm finished. I want to add some shade and highlight to the vines as well. But at this stage I'm pleased with how they're coming out. I'm hoping that when they're finished and trimmed up, I'll have something that will remind me of our time in Germany but with my own personal seasoning. Some modern seasoning in the medieval sauce.