Framed Art | 94:6

Good afternoon, my dears. 🙂

I received quite a bit of requests for verse 94:6 from the Quran during my pre-order too. I believe it’s a great way to remind ourselves that we are not facing hardship alone as He is the one who puts us to it, and that we’ll be rewarded with ease after that.
This is the very first galaxy order I received after posting up my gift for my favourite cousin on IG. Now that I think about it, I shudder at the amount of self-loathing that I had for myself during the process of making this piece. I was still very new to this style back then, so even when it was newly painted and still incomplete, I already disliked it, thinking it wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted it to be. However, I decided to give it a chance and continue to peel the masking fluid layer, erase any pencil marks, add splatters of silver acrylic and correcting the text with white acrylic. And this happened. *points above* It turned out way better than expected, alhamdulillah.

Never judge or compare a work in progress with the end goal that you have in mind. Otherwise, you’d have a hard time working on your art.

Posting that purple galaxy piece on IG led me to receive more requests for it. Different colours this time. I was beyond excited to make them, knowing that each piece that leaves the home studio is unique in its own way.

Here’s a WIP/BTS shot. As you can see, only the text was drawn in pencil. The galaxy background and paint splatters all around were done freely/randomly. Below are the steps that I usually take to complete a galaxy piece!

  1. Draw text in pencil.
  2. Cover text with masking fluid using a thin, old brush.
  3. Optional: You may choose to add a few dots of masking fluid all over/around the text.
  4. Leave to dry.
  5. Start painting the background with the colours of your choice.
  6. Leave to dry.
  7. Peel/erase masking fluid layer.
  8. Add splatters of silver acrylic using an unused kid’s toothbrush.
  9. Leave to dry.
  10. Correct any paint/acrylic that got onto the text with white acrylic.

And that’s about it. Process is long and tedious, so I’ve got people asking me why I didn’t choose to get it done digitally instead. It’s faster, fuss-free and hey, easy money. Well the truth is, getting it done digitally leaves me less satisfied because I know that 1) each piece will no longer be unique, and 2) I don’t get to paint with my hands.

Anyways! Do give it a try and have fun! 🙂

Love,

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