Monday, October 31, 2016

How to Make a Bottle Brush Stamp - Part 2 of 2 - Did it Work?

This is a Bottlebrush stamp that is ready to be used
Fig.1 Ready
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Acrylic paint
Craft paint
Poster paint

The Bottlebrush (Callistemon) plant was chosen because the end of the plant somewhat resembles a brush. Several varieties of plants and trees were tried and all failed by losing their leaves on the canvas. This post shows that this plant shows some promise for making a paint pattern.

This post shows the four steps if this Bottlebrush stamp can be used in your artwork and kept in your studio.

Step 1: Fig.1 and fig.2 shows the Bottlebrush plant ready to be used.
All the stamp needs is paint
Fig.2 Add paint
Step 2: Fig.3 and fig.4 shows that adding paint to the end of the Bottlebrush plants makes interesting marks on the paper.

This Bottlebrush stamp can be used to scratch the paint
Fig.3 Laying on  
the canvas
Notice the green paint and this is the product of the Bottlebrush stamp
Fig.4 Patters from the 
Bottlebrush stamp
Step 3: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows the paint stamps on the paper canvas. This Bottlebrush stamp was fun to see if it would work but it should not be in your studio. As soon as the Bottlebrush leaves were dried the leaves started to fall on the canvas.

The brush will spread the paint on the canvas
Fig.5 Scratches paint on canvas
Here the Bottlebrush stamp mixed the paint to create its effect.
Fig.6 Another example of stamping
Step 4: Fig.7 shows the stamp after being rinsed. The Bottlebrush stamp is falling apart and this shows that this brush is a one time use. This stamp should not be used in your artwork, specially if your using oil paint. Bits and pieces of the leaves when dry will gladly fall into the paint, but on the other hand this could be called mixed media. Then this stamp would work well for this type of painting. Fig.8 shows the dried up Bottlebrush stamp. Peel of the vinyl tape at the top and unravel the green plant wire and use it for your next stamp. The tree branches can be reused but the Bottlebrush plant will need to be disposed into the plant bin.
The Bottlebrush stamps once the paint was removed was finished and needed to be taken appart
Fig.7 After washing
If used dried the Bottlebrush stamp will leave its leaves to mix with the paint
Fig.8 Dried up leaves

How to Make a Bottle Brush Pattern Brush:
Part 1 of 2 - Assembly
    Part 2 of 2 - Does It Work?

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