Let’s go Faux

I used a technique today to produce a masterboard that looked like Gelli Plate art but is really fake (faux).  Instead of using my Gelli Plate I used my craft mat to create my background paper.  Then I used a couple of my stencils on top of the color bring it all together.  I used the background to make my card for today.

ArtistcellarFinalCard2015 012Instead of using acrylic paints today I used Radiant Neon re-inkers from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko.  I applied small amounts of different colors, Neon Electric Blue, Purple,  and Pink to my craft mat and then sprayed the inks with water.  Next I ran my brayer through the colors to blend them.  I laid my watercolor paper on top of this and then cleaned off the mat.

ArtistcellarFinalCard2015 001I added Electric Yellow and Green inks on to the mat and used the brayer again.

ArtistcellarFinalCard2015 002I took the same piece of paper and pressed it down onto the inks.  When this was dry I added some black splashes, also with a re-inker.  To join all the colors together I brought out a couple of stencils, Chunky Chevron and Sea Foam, spread a little white gesso through the stencils and set the paper aside to dry thoroughly.  I used an old Rx bottle and some Electric Blue ink to make the circles randomly on the masterboard.

ArtistcellarFinalCard2015 003


When the masterboard is completely dry it can be cut into whatever shape or size needed.  I cut it into 4″ by 6″ pieces to make cards with.  I used a Donna Downey face stamp to make this card.

ArtistcellarFinalCard2015 007I added some highlights with a white Signo pen and a touch of color to her eyes to personalize it.  Then I matted the postcard on black cardstock and used a Dina Wakley stamp to add the sentiment.  The entire panel was then mounted to a blank card.

ArtistcellarFinalCard2015 012This is my last posting for Artistcellar as a Design Team member.  I certainly appreciate all the kind comments people have left me along the way and really want to thank Lisa for making this such a great experience.  Big hugs to all of you!  ~ Renee

I’ll still be posting on my regular blog at http://renee-boltonhouse.blogspot.com


Tea Bag and Vintage Photo ATCs

final 3 large size

For several years, I have been experimenting with using dried, empty tea bags in my art. I used to print on them using stamps and white printmaking paint, but decided to see how using stencils would work with the white paint and teabags. The short story—great!

atc tea1

I started with some ATC blanks—I like the Art Canvas ATCs from USArtquest, which are lightweight and strong. I coated each blank with matte medium and gently placed the teabag on top. I pulled the bags carefully around the edges of the card, folding the corners so there would be no lumps or puckers, and wrapping them around the back.

atc tea2

The color of the teabags varies according to brewing time and type of tea. Ordinary tea gives a nice warm brown, and I love the Yogi tea called Muscle Recovery, which gives a pretty yellowish color. There are often happy accidents with staining on the folds that gives interesting texture to the bags.

atc tea3

I added an extra layer of matte medium on top of the bags—I was afraid that the wet paint might cause the bags to “grow” while I was stenciling, but the top coat of matte medium prevented any puckering or growth.

atc tea4

I tested three stencils: Balzer Flower Piecing, Balzer Deco Doily and Crafters Workshop Mini Damask. Two of three worked well, but the mini damask was so delicate that the thick white paint smeared and blobbed—most likely the fault of the sloppy artist more than the stencil. I wiped off the excess paint off the card and moved ahead anyway.

atc tea6

On the flower piecing card, I added a small vintage photo of my mother that had been output on printable cotton, and surrounded it with lyrics from of John Lennon’s “Instant Karma.”

atc tea good Helen7

atc tea good helen 8

For the doily stenciled ATC, I used the same photo and more Instant Karma lyrics, but arranged differently. For the ATC with the smeared stencil, I adhered a small image of my parent’s wedding photo (December 1945) with matte medium. The photo had been output in sepia tones on Extravorganza printable silk and was very delicate and sheer. I added a piece of lace at the bottom, and with a silver mini brad, attached a cross and an appropriate quote on love from a Yogi Tea hangtag.

final 3 large size

Create Everyday Art Journal Page

Hi Friends!  This is Carmen! This is my last post as a team member for Artistcellar and I’m so appreciative to Lisa for the incredible opportunity she has given me.  I’ve been part of a team that had some very talented ladies and I learned from each one of them!

create everyday journal page 4

I started this journal page in my altered book journal that already had some left over paint on it from another project.

create everyday journal page 1

I started adding layers of acrylic paint and modeling paste using Balzer Designs Aboriginal, The Crafters Workshop Chicken Wire, and Cursive Alphabet.

I also added some more color with DecoArt Media Line’s Misters in White and Yellow to drip down the page, I love that look!

The flower was created with my favorite Fudeball Pen and some Ranger’s Stickles Glitter Glue.

create everyday journal page 2

One of my hashtags that I use in my social media is #createeveryday . It’s something I really try to do, get in my studio and create something in my journal.  It doesn’t always happen, but I try.

create everyday journal page 3

I love how the colors and designs came together on a page that already had paint on it and I really didn’t know in what direction it would go.  But, that’s art, you simply sit down and create.

Thanks so much for visiting friends and I encourage you to continue visiting Artistcellar for Signature Designer releases, art journaling supplies and creative inspiration.



Drawing Inspiration



I found some inspiration today from Dina Wakley in her book Art Journal Courage. I also used her paints in the mixed media art journal page. It’s been awhile for me since I played. I have been drawing and using watercolor to enhance skill for some time, it was nice to get my hands dirty.

I put Gesso on my page first then added some Lime green paint , scraping this with a old card. I then used the Arrow stencil over top and with a damp cloth rubbed away some of the paint. I repeated this step with the Turquoise paint using a star stencil



I drew an easy flower shape with a water soluble graphite pencil and went over it with a  round brush. I traced over some stars, and painted in the petals with White and Magenta. .


I finished up with some stamps, pitt pens and Dylusions Spray.

Happy Creating!


Jane Davenport’s Tilted Up Face


ArtistcellarMarchJDFacesNotebook 020This is part 3 of my stencil holding book series.  I love Jane’s stencil called Tilted Up.  She is traced with a Stabilo pencil, which will smear to create shading and then colored in with Pan Pastels.  The stencil is stored in the pocket on the opposite page.  Here is a step by step explanation of the process used in creating these pages.

I began by tracing the stencil onto the watercolor paper with a Stabilo pencil.

ArtistcellarMarchJDFacesNotebook 014Above the traced face I made drew three lines with a light pencil to write on later in permanent ink.

ArtistcellarMarchJDFacesNotebook 016Using Pan Pastels and a pencil I sketched her hair and colored in the image.

ArtistcellarMarchJDFacesNotebook 018As you see on the left side I have folded up the page and glued it to make a pocket to hold the stencil and sketched the stencil a few times so I know what it looks like.  I wrote a phrase from an old song above her head in black ink.  She’s my gypsy girl.

This is my fun way to store my favorite stencils.  Take care and I’ll see you next Tuesday!  hugs~ Renee



Everything… And… The Kitchen Sink!

I’ve never tried to work on a mandala before.  The only thing I really know about them is that they are, round.  So…  I pulled out every kind of art supply that I had, which included “The Kitchen Sink” and decided to use it all.  What colors to use was easy.  My favorite color, red, and anything that would blend well with it.

The theme of my project was “Ring”.  When looking at it from the sides, you can not tell where it starts, nor where it ends.  It doesn’t have a beginning or an end!  And so it is with God. The Bible says He has no beginning and no end.  It hit me!  Like the circle of the ring. In Greek the words are Alpha and Omega.  I printed and wrote out several scriptures that applied to the character of the ring.  A great way to explain God.  What better way than with art. I am very grateful for the gift of creativity and artistic abilities.  It’s a perfect way to express myself and the things I love.  And so… on with the tutorial.


This was an interesting project that continued to change with each layer.  I did have trouble keeping the circle looking like a circle but I would apply a stencil with a circular design to it to keep me on track.  In the end, I wandered off the circle path a bit, but I was able to achieve a few interesting plays with everything in my kitchen sink of artist supplies.

Artistcellar Supplies:  Visual Journal, Silks acrylic glaze – Spicy Tomato, Tim Holtz Distress stain – fired brick, Dina Wakely acrylics – Ruby and Blackberry, Dylusions Ink Sprays – After Midnight, Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Sakura Gelly Rolls – White,  Faber Castill Gel Sticks, Derwent Inktense blocks, Koi Watercolor set, Crayola Slick Stix, Viva Decor Inka Golds,  Ranger Archival ink pad, Dina Wakley White Gesso,  Artistcellar Stencils – Sacred Heart Series – Immaculate, Cathedral Series – Amiens

Additional Supplies: Glitter, Dyna-flow fabric paints in Hot Pink and Red, Golden’s Interference acrylic in Blue hue, letter stamps, word stamps, bee stamp, fountain pen, stencil brush, Perfect Pearls, Golden Acrylics, H20 watercolors, Pan Pastels,  Zig Real Brush – light gray, My own hand made journal with canvas cover, and several, well more than several small sized Milky Way Candy bars. I can see that a few of them actually made it into the photo below.IMG_5449The first step was the biggest one. Starting with a red pan pastel circle in the middle of my journal page and then creating a circle around the pan pastel with Viva Decor Inka Golds, began my mandala. It was up for grabs at that point. I started applying every red or pink artist supply I had. There was no order, only application.


Here I am applying Dina Wakley’s Acrylics – Magenta to my circle.  I took a small brush and blended this color into the edges of the main circle.

IMG_5451I continued to move out from the center with Gelatos or Gel Sticks. I love these guys for their rich colors.  But, FYI, they react to water, so it would be difficult to apply matte medium to your piece unless you used several layers of pastel fixative to set the gel stick  permanently.  A very worthwhile step.  IMG_5457

These Inktense Blocks react to water as well but become permanent when dry. The luscious colors and smoothness makes these a must have!  You can decide on any color and it doesn’t have to be just one.  Let your imagination  and random thoughts choose what colors go where.

IMG_5460It seemed to me that my circle was a bit wobbly.  So I took out one of my stencils and sprayed it into the center with Dylusions Ink Sprays.  Love, love, love these inks. I blotted off my stencil in my Visual Journal on a blank page for future art projects.


My doilies stencil really helped in correcting my circle construction and I just couldn’t pass up using Artistcellar’s stencil – Immaculate in the center and again, I used Dylusions Ink spray – After Midnight as a darker color to make the stencil stand out against all the hues of reds and pinks.IMG_5637

Second Step: After applying all the products I listed above, I made sure it was completely dry.  Then I started adding text with Pitt Pens, calligraphy and fountain pens, letter stamps, and White Gelly Roll and Signo pens.  Some of the words and letters were accented with White ink while others were shadowed with Zig Clean Color real Brush – Light Gray. I printed large letters and wrote very small with a fountain pen on the edges.  I added dots of white and black and drew circles around these little circles.  Using a few stamps with swirls, I stamped a few around one of the layers.  I am also Glitter Queen and I would put it on everything if I could.  But I controlled myself and added a little pink to the main rose and a little green to the leaves.




I also added tiny little bees with a stamp I had and accented them with a Signo White pen, (best ever white ink pen in my opinion!)  and topped their little bodies off with a  hot pink gelly roll pen.




The Third step:  The edges around the pages seemed too open and needed a bit of closure, so I took out my Artistcellar stencils from the Cathedral series – Amiens and used a stencil brush to fill in the four corners.  I used Dina Wakley dark blue acrylic to give the edges a deeper hue than the rest of the piece. The last thing I did, which was my favorite,  was I took Golden’s Interference Acrylics in the Blue hue and painted over all of the darker paints to include the rays coming out of the heart stencil.  This is a very strange and yet awesome product.  You can only see its effects on dark colors, but oh my… the effect is exactly like the shine and translucent color on dragonfly wings.  Shimmers of color you can only see when the sun or light hits it a certain way.  I can’t wait to try it on an art journal I am working on. Lots of Dragonflies.

While photographs do not represent this unusual paint’s qualities, I think you can see a little of its effects on the rays and the heart.



It is difficult to see the true impact of the Interference acrylics, but you can see some of it on the corners of the cathedral stencil and the Sacred Heart Stencil.


But, when it was all done, I thought it had been a wonderful experiment that actually turned into a very pretty mandala in my own personal hand made Art Journal.  I hope you enjoyed this experiments with me.  So… make sure you stop by and stock up on a few artist supplies and products that you DON’T HAVE and combine them with the supplies you DO HAVE, and create a little experiment with color all on your own.  The sky is the limit.  So aim high and make sure you use as much color as you can.IMG_5657

Have a great week! Try something fresh and new! I just received 4 more stencils from the Artistcellar store.  Cannot wait to use them.  Maybe I will have them in my next tutorial.


Explore Hidden Corners

Explore Hidden Corners detail

Creating unplanned collages in a journal is a practice that is good for the soul, and something that I need to make time for daily. It is very freeing to just grab four or five unrelated papers and randomlyusing matte mediumglue them onto a blank page. You never know where it will lead, how it will turn out, and what thoughts and emotions it will evoke.


I rummaged through my scrap box and chose a few background papers, and selected a couple others for a possible central figure. Step one has a section of a magazine ad and some vintage paper that had accidentally been sprayed with lime and turquoise Dylusions ink while working on another project. At the top, I added a piece from a magazine story on decorating and fabrics.


I love butterflies, so the central figure is a royalty free butterfly from The Graphics Fairy. The page began to feel like I had opened an old trunk in the attic of grandma’s farmhouse, so I added a lacey Victorian effect with white printmaking paint through an old Crafters Workshop stencil. To add to the old attic feeling, I dabbed on antique linen Distress Stain, which enhanced the aged appearance of the newsprint.



Thinking of old houses and attics, the words “explore hidden corners” popped into my head, so I used tiny alphabet stamps with a black archival ink pad to write the phrase. Next, using a Pocket Stencil, I added the word SEEK in two places using a fine black pen, gray Tombow brush tip marker, pencil and white Signo pen. One of the SEEKs changed color from light to dark, and the other faded from dark at the top to light on the bottom.


The final touches were some white dots, some black and white random triangle created with the Harlequin stencil, and a strip of butterfly washi tape on the bottom.


Easter ATC Cards

Hello friends!  This is Carmen, Easter is just around the corner and Spring crafts are so popular right now.  This week I decided to create some Easter inspired ATC cards with paints, stencils, scrapbook paper and even some washi tape.

Easter ATC 7

I’ve made my own ATC cards before, but I really love these from Inchie Arts LLC, they hold up to wet medium and have a textured side that makes them perfect to use with Gelli Plates.

Easter ATC 1

I first adhered some torn pieces of book page and scrapbook paper with gel medium.

Easter ATC 2

Using Balzer Designs stencils, echoes and swirly garden, I applied some Dina Wakley paints in Tangerine and Lime.  These vibrant colors are perfect for Spring!

Easter ATC 3

I’ve had these My Mind’s Eye washi tapes for a while and they were the perfect color palette for this project.

Easter ATC 4

I fussy cut some butterflies from a printable I have in my Pinterest board, and gave it some color with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.

Easter ATC 5

To write the words I used Imagine Crafts irResistible Pico Embellisher.  These are great for details and writing, but you definitely have to watch how hard you squeeze or you will have a big glob.

Easter ATC 6

Easter ATC 7

I really love how these came out.  They will definitely make a wonderful addition to my ATC collection or I may send them out to a special friend as an Easter present.

Thanks so much for visiting friends!  Make sure you come back again to see more creations by our team!



Irish Rose



Wild Irish rose wasn’t just a song. We normally associate roses with England, but the Celtic Irish Rose has been a long time favorite in song and in tattoo art.


I used the immaculate stencil and the Letter Jumble to create the card cover.


I used the Inktense blocks to paint in the rose and a mix of the Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I enjoying making simple card covers using a variety of products here. The watercolor brush by Koi is my go to brush for everything.

Happy Creating


Making Faces with Jane Davenport’s Stencils

Last week I started to make and decorate my stencil holding book for all of my JD face stencils.  This week I am adding to the book using stencils from the group called Jane Girls Series.  Here is one that I did using the stencil called Face from the Jane Girl Series, coloring it with Pan Pastels.

AlphaGirlStencilJournalThis is the process that I used.  I began by tracing the stencil with a pencil and then a Fude Ball pen.  The pencil lines can be smudged to create shading later.

BoltonCampOutMarch2015 001

BoltonCampOutMarch2015 002I used Pan Pastels to color in the face and background.  I did an outline of the stencil on the pocket page to show where the stencil is stored.

BoltonCampOutMarch2015 007If you stop by next Tuesday I will have a sample of the stencil “Tilted Up” also colored with Pan Pastels added to the book.  I hope to see you here!  Thanks for stopping by.

~ Renee xx