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“There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all” 

"In My Life" - John Lennon

Of late, the Full Moon has been my time of introspection. Urged on by the changing of the seasons, so it was again this month. The feeling of melancholy surrounds me as I see the leaves change colour and begin their spiral dance to the earth. And the progression continues with change as the only constant.

I have mentioned how much the Artistcellar Labyrinth series has inspired my work. Believing in Synchronicity, they came to me just when I needed them most. This time my chosen stencil to work with was Gonzaga. I love the clean straight lines. It would be a superb counterpoint for the elements I collected for the collage.

A new medium for me is the Deco Art Media Crackle Paste. Application is easy and all that is needed is a palette knife and patience to allow for an adequate drying time. I picked a piece of copper metallic writing paper for my substrate. As I spread the paste through the stencil I wondered how it would hold up. Would this technique be its demise? It’s an interesting process to watch. The thickness of application varies the size of the eggshell cracks. And like magic…there they were. I pulled the stencil away from the paper and started my clean-up. I’m happy to report, as with all Artistcellar products, cleaning was easy and the stencil held up beautifully. Quality, quality, quality!

Hearing “In My Life” on the radio brought back so many wonderful memories from a time before email. It’s no secret that I am a passionate lover of the written word. Letters, postcards…anything in the mail is nourishment for my Muse! I relish the anticipation as much as the delivery. Just to see an address in a familiar hand is uplifting. I wanted my theme for the collage to be the art of correspondence.

I admit I find it difficult to meditate. So many ideas, so many images interrupt what should be a place of quiet and wonder. By using the labyrinth as the focal part of my work, I am getting closer to quieting my mind. The Labyrinth pulls together my random thoughts. So the work you see here is an attempt at stream of consciousness meditation, for lack of a better phrase.

It was time to complete the collage. Drawing from my Book of Backgrounds (aka the Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journal) I selected other stencil designs I created: Halftone Dots, Seafoam, and Open Works from the Blocks series. Placing the images went smoothly…as if they knew where they should “live”. I allowed myself to feel, and to journey looking back at what once was with a definite optimistic view of the future. I recognize that accepting change is an integral part of the progression.

In my life all these places had their moments. And for that I am grateful.


Shameless Plug: The Labyrinth Series in addition to other works incorporating Artistcellar Stencils will be on exhibit at the Oyster Mill Playhouse, Camp Hill, PA November 4 through November 20, 2016

Hello beautiful souls!

I was vibing on tiny art again this week and kept at it with the shrinky dink pendants. What can I say. I like cute tiny things ;)

I used my very favorite stencils again: sacred geometry, sacred geometry 2, and labyrinth.

Here are some of the pieces I've created.

I really enjoy picking different color schemes and colors for the ink and outline colors for a different look.

The nice thing about this design is that it can be unisex so it's really perfect for anyone. 

What are your favorite ways to incorporate stencils into your artwork? Do you like to take your style and see how many different ideas you can create?

Love, peace, and creativity,


Happy Friday!

I hope that you are having a wonderful week... and now as we wind down into the weekend I have a fun project that will hopefully provide you with relaxing meditation. 

I found some rectangular pieces of wooden chipboard at Michael's this week, and I brought them home and painted them corresponding chakra colors - dark blue, purple, light blue, green, yellow, orange and red. 

Once the paint was completely dry I used the Artistcellar Pocket Chakra stencils, black modeling paste and a palette knife

To finish them off, I added Viva Decor Inka Gold to the edges, and a layer of Gloss Varnish over the top.

On the back, I wrote out the name of each Chakra and their definitions, like so: 

  • Crown - Inspiration, Spirituality, Connection
  • Third Eye - Inspiration, Imagination, Self-Realization, Intelligence
  • Throat - Communication, Creativity, Intuition, Self-Expression
  • Heart - Trust, Compassion, Love
  • Solar Plexus -  Self-Confidence, Emotional Regulation, Ego
  • Sacral - Emotional Identity, Creativity, Pleasure, Sexuality
  • Root - Physical Identity, Ambition, Stability

These cards are beautiful AND sturdy -- so you can refer to them time and time again when in meditation. I recommend keeping them in a special place -- I'm going to keep mine near my crystals!

Today I bring you a final project using the delicious gelli-printed inchie squares (for now...bwahahaha!) If we look back, my first paper quilt used larger squares on a medium sized surface. Then I pushed the idea further by using smaller squares on a larger canvas. This third project was in part inspired by the fact that I had a multitude of squares leftover and knowing if I stashed them away they would certainly be forgotten. Amiright? Another inspiration was the fact that the designs of two of the new stencils from the Blocks series, Open Work and Deco, were perfectly sized to work with one inch squares! I grabbed my art journal, the stencils, Dina Wakely's white paint, some Mod Podge (or Ranger's Multi-Medium would work beautifully as well) and my little squares and got to work.

After finding a nice empty black page patiently waiting to be adorned I applied the designs of the stencils to the background with white paint and a sponge. Then I tossed my squares down and started shifting them around until I got a pleasant arrangement. This was very therapeutic for me which was exactly what I needed since I recently returned to my job as an elementary art teacher and it's been hectic and awesome all wrapped up together.

When an order was decided upon I glued my squares down with Mod Podge using a foam brush and making sure I had a layer of glue underneath as well as on top of the squares.

My finished page has all my beautiful squares lined up quite neatly. Sometimes I get messy with my artwork but there are times when I need order and simple beauty to fulfill my creative side. It felt good to just make something that was pleasing to look at and used up a supply I didn't want to be forgotten. Plus, anytime I am able to create something in my art journal is a great day.

After writing this post I am inspired to write these thoughts on the page in my art journal so I can remember the beautiful inspiration I had. I most likely will use my trusty fine tip Sharpie Poster-Paint pen.

Here's to working an idea more than once and seeing what magic happens when you create a series! Monet did it with Haystacks and van Gogh painted over 30 self-portraits. Don't be nervous about creating multiples of one thing, you will pleased to see what happens both in your craftsmanship and your interpretation of the subject matter.

Happy Creating!

Hello, hello! It’s good to have you back on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Today, I am sharing some stepped out photos of a handmade greeting card with a special message just for YOU!

The supplies I used are as follows:

Step 1: Dab some Dina Wakley Lime paint through the Halftone Dots Shadow stencil.

Step 2: Add some Dina Wakley Ruby paint through the Halftone Dots Midtone 2 stencil.

Step 3: Add Dina Wakley Sky paint through the Halftone Dots Shadow stencil.

Step 4: Add some Dina Wakley Lemon paint to your palette. Use up some of the extra Lime, Sky, and Ruby paint and create concentric circles on the front of your card.

Step 5: Scrape some Dina Wakley Lemon paint over the back of the card and on the front around your concentric circles.

Note: This Dina Wakley paint was such a pleasure to spread with a plastic card. You know how I wrote earlier that this stuff glides like “buttah”? Well, here’s where you can really get that joyful experience.

Step 6: Using Dye-Na- Flow liquid color, paint a word of your choice in the center of the concentric circles.

Keep playing with the Dye-Na- Flow to add lines, borders, and other embellishments.

Step 7: Here’s how things are looking so far after doing some doodling with black ballpoint pen:

And here’s the special message I want you to receive: Believe You Are Loved.

Step 8: Mail your handmade greeting card to a friend or loved one who may need to hear this special message today!

Notes: I know I am not the best designer. My circles were not spaced correctly, my art is a little messy, and my lettering skills could use improvement. However, I don’t let this stop me from using my creativity and my whole heart. I encourage you to let go of any perfectionist ideas you hold about how your art should look. The recipient of your lovely card will not give two hoots about perfection. What matters most is what comes from your heart!

Many Blessings and Happy Creating to You!
-Briana of

Hello my lovely lovelies!! I am here again to show you the fun I have been having playing once again with the Blocks Series stencils.

I really do love this set, I think they are my new favorite! 

I dont know what it is about this set but they make it so easy for me to keep white space in my journal spread.

My supply list is an easy one, Matte medium, Dylusions spray ink, my Faber-Castell 4B water-soluable pencil, Dina Wakely white acrylic paint and of course my journal and stencils.

I started out by prepping my page with Matte medium, I decided to coat it so that the spray inks wouldn't soak into the paper so much. I used the ink with a brush instead of the the sprayer to get a different look. I simply dipped my brush into the bottle and smooshed it through the stencil, when my brush started to dry out I dipped it in a bit of water to continue creating a gradual muting of the color through the stencils.

After looking at the pages I decided only to work on one side of the 2 pages and I was concentrating on keeping it simple. I used my Faber-Castell water soluble pencil to sketch out a simple face blurring the hardness of the line with a damp brush. When I wanted a bolder line I would wet the surface then use the pencil on the damp surface.

To add more depth to the face, I used white paint to add highlights to the cheekbones, nose, eyes and shoulder. The paint reactivates the spray ink so it takes a few layers if you want a pure white.

After much play I decided that she would be an angel and added wings, again using the pencil and white paint.

I think my self-challenge of trying to make simple uncluttered pages is progressing well. Someday with practice I will get it to a point that I feel I have the knack of it down to a skill!

Keep creating my lovelies!!!

Big hugs and mushies!


“Don’t think. FEEL! It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!”   -Bruce Lee – “Enter The Dragon” 

The Artistcellar Labyrinth series holds great inspiration for me. The variety of designs is an encouragement to slow down and listen, and to allow their voice to guide you. Or in the words of Bruce Lee, “Don’t think. FEEL!”

So it was, during the last full Moon, with my Strathmore Journal in hand, that I started my next design. I chose the Anasazi stencil. My heart was telling me it was the right one to use.

I stenciled directly on to the page in my Journal with Dye-Na-Flow Midnight Blue. By drying between applications I was able to produce a dappled effect of varying shades. Once the base was complete I layered lunar inspired colours of metallic acrylic. Warm highlights were added to accent and compliment the cool.

It is wonderful to experience the positive aspects of the full Moon by revising goals and setting intentions. Because of this powerful lunar energy, meditation is encouraged. I find just looking at the Moon introduces calm and stillness to what is usually a frenetic life. Mindfulness is highlighted. It is the perfect time to seek the benefit of walking a Labyrinth.

It was my time to put the work together. I’ve mentioned that I am compiling a great collection of images in my journal and from there I chose a watercolour swatch in shades of indigo. I also selected the Open Work stencil from the new Artistcellar Blocks series.  It has become one of my favourites!

The Bruce Lee Estate recently released a series of his 1968 pocket notebooks.  He filled them in neatly written script noting appointment details, affirmations, and his philosophy on life. They are inspirational. Reading through them, you can’t help but see how his life and work were intertwined…the fluid with the sharp, the public with the personal, and the strong with the sensitive. But above all, he had the power to still the mind and allow his spirit to soar. He found the compliment in opposites. 

I kept his quote foremost in thoughts while working and allowed the collage to build itself. I wasn’t thinking of technique but rather was permitting the elements to find their own home. I allowed myself just to feel. When my collage was finished, I knew I had discovered a place of deep stillness. And once there I too did not will miss all that heavenly glory.


Until next time, visit my blog! 

Sisterhood of the Muse

Wow! Artistcellar had 63 comments on the blog post so I'm giving away TWO sets of Archetype Books and Blocks Stencils! Thank you to everyone who read the post and left a comment to win. 

I confess, I have a love/hate relationship with Giveaways. I LOVE to give stuff away, it truly gives me joy. But I hate that I can't give away something to EVERYONE. (I wouldn't stay in business long!) So I have to just choose two artists :-( So this is the moment you've been waiting for... I used to pick two numbers, and counted comments and the winners are: 

*Drumroll Please*


"Love geometrics, so the stencils spoke to me immediately! Not sure what my archetype is – guess the book would really help out with that! Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous goodies!"


Susan P.

"The stencils are just in time for playing with my new & yet to be used Gelli Plate! I am drawn to the idea of blending the archetypes with art and just the suggestion sparks creative life in me! This is definitely a combo worth having! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!"

Congratulations! I have emailed both of you, so get your addresses to me speedy-quick so I can get your book and stencils out to you. 

Again, thanks to everyone who played. Now go create something! 

xo Lisa 

Hello beautiful souls!

I had an amazing time at our regional area Burning Man event in Wichita, Kansas called, Resonance. I had the opportunity to share some art and paint on people with body paints. Here is a piece I did on my new friend, Brandy's leg using the Flower of Life stencil and Crown Chakra Pocket Stencil. I used my body paints along with a little bit of mineral make up eye shadow to add some sparkle. Pretty sweet, eh?

There was another artist we met there that was also from Kansas City. She is a professional body painter and her gift to the burn community was painting on people! Here you can see the awesome work she did on myself and Christian.

For the last night she painted on everyone with uv reactive paints so that we all glowed in the dark! I asked her to paint Christian and me similarly :)

It's another week of fun with tiny wearable art! I had some much better success with my heat gun this round!

How cool are these?! I had a great time using the Blocks Series and Sacred Geometry 2 Series stencils. I mean how cool is it to not only make mini art, but mini art you can wear?! 

I just wouldn't be me if I didn't take my art style and repeat it in different mediums. I did the same awesome labyrinth style as my labyrinth lotus, but on the shrinky dinks for a pendant as well! I am absolutely smitten by the Labyrinth Series stencils.

I even had my studio MMM (Mixed-media man) studio mate back to making some art with me.

He was back at it with his unique style he calls "stretch painting".

Life is pretty fantastic when you get to not only make art, but to share it with someone you love! What is your latest favorite design to create? Whom do you like to join you in your studio?

Love, peace, and art,


Hello starshines!

I've had some Dye-Na-Flow inks for quite some time... however, until now I had only ever used it in paintings. I knew they could be used on fabric and I wanted to explore!

I started with a tie-dyed piece of cotton fabric. I bunched the fabric up, rubber banded it and tossed it in a ziplock back. From there I poured in Midnight Blue, Turquoise and Bright Green. I set it aside for about an hour and then pulled it out to air dry. Once completely dry, the fabric can be ironed to heat set the dye. Pretty awesome right?

My discovery doesn't stop there...

I also found that I could use the dye to create sun prints!

To do this I placed the fabric flat on a canvas panel and used a foam brush to add thick layers of the inks to the fabric. While the inks were still wet I placed the new Artistcellar Block stencils on the fabric and took it outside in the sun. I let it sit outside for just about an hour and then brought it in. When I removed the stencils it was like magic!

This technique is SO much fun. It requires just a bit of patience but the payoff is so great.

I loved the results so much I decided to give it another go... this time with an even bigger piece of fabric. After brushing the ink on, I played Artistcellar Blocks stencils and the Chakra series pocket stencils and placed it out in the sun.

This time, when I brought it back inside I added white pearl and black fabric paint with a brush and a Tim Holtz metal embellishment. Then, I grabbed a wooden dowel rod and super glued it to the back of the fabric, and finished it off with a piece of thick string to hang it up. A tapestry!

I love using these dyed fabrics to decorate in my home. They make a perfect pop of color and my personal favorite is using them to help display my crystal collection.


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