Watercolor Bookmarks Wordplay





Being part of a book club is so much fun, sitting around with the ladies talking about the best seller. I have a collection of paperback and NOOK books.


I usually read more then one book at a time and I miss bookmarks, because I’m forever losing my place. I used to make them all the time and have recently been inspired by my watercolors and stencils to do it again.




Using  300 lbs cold press watercolor paper, I ripped strips to get the tattered look I wanted and picked four or five watercolor pencils in the same shade range and mixed them wet on wet. After drying I used my ink pads and chosen stencils to create some fun looks. I like the stardust one best.


Happy Creating!

Melanie Statnick


A Series of Stenciled Tea Cup Cards


Stenciled card

I have been making small tea cups on water color paper with stenciled designs lately.  Some have turned into mini canvases and others have become all occasion cards.  The same technique was used repeatedly with different results, all fun.  The beginnings of each was the same, create a master board, stamp a design on a 4″ square piece of that master board, and then stencil designs on the the tea cup image and in the background.  Just to refresh your memories of the first steps here are some photos.

Create your master board

Create your master board


Stamp your design

Stamp your design


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Use pens and inks to decorate tea cups

Use stencils with pens and inks to decorate the tea cups

So using this same technique I have created a series of tea cup cards that measure 5″ by 5″ when they are completed.  Each one is different and matted onto coordinating paper.  After the panel is prepared simply mount it on a blank card.

Finished card

Finished card

And here are the rest of the cards in this set.

Queen Bee Card

Queen Bee Card

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ArtistcellarStenciledTeacups102014 039I hope to see you here next Tuesday.  I promise I’ll have different techniques to share with you on how to use your stencils to the max!  Thanks for stopping by ~ Hugs ~ Renee xx


An Aussie Kind of “Birdhouse”

Just found out that my Brothers are taking a trip to Australia in Nov.  I asked them to bring me back a piece of Aboriginal Art.  Then, I thought about making a little Aussie art myself.  I can’t help but use gobs of Color.  So… This is my interpretation of a cute little “Aussie Birdhouse”.  My supplies are listed below the first Photo.


Artistcellar Supplies:  Koi Watercolors, Silks, Gel Medium

Additional Supplies:  Small Wooden Birdhouse, Paper Flowers, Glitter, Beads and Crystal Jewels, Twings, Moss, Tree Fungus (not harmful to humans), Tissue paper, Glue Gun, Stays On Ink Pad, Music & Bird Stamp.

Choose any type of Birdhouse.  Do not Gesso this one so that the watercolors or Silks you use will act more like a stain.

FIRST:  Grab a little Birdhouse and paint it with white Gesso.


Gather items from outside where you live such as twigs, bark & seeds.  There will be a few extra items you will want to incorporate such as Paper Flowers and glitter.


I didn’t use all the items I gather but will keep it all for my next project… a little Fairy House.  ;))



Paint your twigs with bright colors.  Use Silks to give them an extra shimmer & shine.  I wrapped beads around one twig but didn’t like the look, so I used jewels and beads for the finishing touch!


Choose different colors for each side and don’t forget the bottom and under the roof.  I then used the Gel Medium to seal the colors in.  I wanted to see the grain of the wood.  I applied some Koi Watercolors to achieve the stained wood effect

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I wanted the bottom to look really cool, so I found white tissue paper and stamped music and a cute little bird onto the tissue with stays on Ink.  I applied the Gel Medium and let it dry.  I used a wooden nail file to scrape off the extra tissue on the edges.  The Gel Medium will keep the tissue in place.  You could never cut a piece to fit more perfectly than to use a nail file on the edges.



I mounted the sticks all around the base where I had glues moss.  There is a strange fungus that grows on the trees in my area and it’s quite beautiful.  I placed some of this behind the dotted green twig.  It makes it very special when you find unusual twigs, rocks or shells that you can only find in the area you live in.

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I bought some interesting beads from Michael’s on sale and attached the butterfly & heart bead to the front and side.  I added some pretty crystal beads to the back, hanging from a little twig tree I placed on the back of the house.  I glued on a few paper flowers,  I sprayed the side of the roof where the flowers were glued with an adhesive spray and dumped some glitter, (two different sizes) to just that area.  I love Color, Glitter and all things sparkly!  I think I achieved the task of bringing all of my “Loves” into one piece.  Hope you enjoyed my little Aussie Bird House.  It’s pretty wild for sure.  Koi Watercolors and Silks made this little house pop with color.  Make sure you try them out. You will add them to your “Love” list too.   I think these little houses would make AWESOME Christmas tree decorations.  Maybe designing each house with a different theme or country.  That would be really fun!

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Tree of Life Triptych

TreeOfLifeTriptychFinalA friend of mine has a cool tool that she uses to emboss paper. I love the effect, but wanted to see if I could achieve the effect without buying yet another fancy tool. I used a Tree of Life stencil that I had on hand and applied molding paste through the stencil onto a heavy watercolor paper.

indigo tree of life

Once dry, I painted it with shimmery acrylic in indigo and turquoise. The embossing effect worked, but I didn’t quite know what to do with the experiment, so it sat on my shelf for a few months.

4 tree of life

When I got my pots of old gold and green viva décor inka gold, I rubbed it on the unfinished tree of life to see what happened. I liked the effect, but still didn’t know what else to do. So, I cut three of them to a uniform size and machine stitched them together into a triptych. The pieces were joined with a strip of wool felt.

triptych stitching process

I carefully applied molding paste through three of the Artistcellar pocket stencil inspirational words, and then when dry, enhanced the words with a white signo pen. The effect reminded me of old, tooled leather, and I added some “studs” made of brass-colored brads from the five and ten to give it an Old West look.


Spooky ATC Cards

It’s almost Halloween!  Can you believe it?  Both of my kids are grown and I don’t do the Halloween thing as much as when they were little.  Now, I decorate more with Fall decorations, but I did have an urge today to create some spooky ATC cards.  I love layering stencils to create unique backgrounds.  Here I created 3 different cards all with different stencils.

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

I started with 3 cardboard cards that I had trimmed down to the 2.5″ x 3.5″ size of ATC’s.  I applied some gesso and then sprayed each of them with some mister spray inks from DecoArt Media Line and Dylusions.

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com


Then I layers each of them with stencils and acrylic paint. The black card I used ArtistCellar’s Quasi and mini Chicken wire stencils.  I had an “at sign” stencil that used with a glimmery spray.  The orange card in the center I used ArtistCellar’s Infra and Peacock Feathers from Balzer Designs.  I spritzed on a purple using an ampersand stencil I had.  The last card I layered with the Fibo stencil and turned it different directions and 2 shades of orange.

I was pleased with the backgrounds and now ready to add the final touches.

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

I stamped some spooky ghosts and a Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein on some scrapbook paper.  Fussy cut them out and gave them a distressed look with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in  Vintage Photo and Black Soot.  I also used a cobweb stamp from Stampers Anonymous and a steam punk gears stamp from RubberMoon.  I adhered the images with some gel medium.

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

I applied some Tim Holtz sticker letters to a couple of the cards.

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

ArtistCellar stencils, Spooky ATC, created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

Here they are, what do you think?  I really enjoy making these cards.  I have quite a collection so far and will need to find a way to display them in my studio so they can be seen, instead of stored in a binder.

Thank you so much for visiting with me today and remember to check back often for some more creative inspiration from our team.


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Drawing blocks & Pastel



Rainy days are made for doodling, drawing and playing in your journal. I bought some brown Kraft paper because I like the contrast with ink and other pastel colors including pastel pencils.


Last week I showed you how to break up your stencils, here is another way to do that and get creative in your journals. Using a Micron pen draw out boxes in different shapes, outline them on the inside with a thicker tip. Place different sections of stencils in each square and trace the lines



Add some words to some of the blocks also. Once you have filled in go back over some of the boxes with your favorite colors in pastel chalk pencils. Make each one different or create a theme.  Happy drawing!

Melanie Statnick


Stenciled Teacup Canvas

It’s Tuesday, time for stenciling!  I am still creating little stenciled teacups using different Artistcellar stencils, combining them for backgrounds and decorations on stamped teacups.  This is similar to the one I created last week, the same color palette but different designs.  If you have time, sit down with a cuppa and take a look at my process.

Finished 4″ by 4″ canvas

This process started just like the one last week with a piece of my master board.  My master board has stamped images on it in different shades of blue and pink inks.  To begin I cut a piece measuring 4″ by 4″ and then stamped a teacup image on the paper.

When the ink is dry I started using stencils to make the designs and lines that I would color in or doodle designs in later.

 First I completed the background with different stencils using Dylusions spray inks in a water brush type pen.  I used a Coral stencil with Fresh Lime ink.  Then I used the X’s stencil with a deep yellow Memento marker called Dandelion.  When I was finished with the background I drew a horizon line with a Micron black pen.  I used the same pen to doodle in a design on the bottom portion of the cup.  I colored in the teacup with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink ink and Vibrant Turquoise.  The Memento Marker in Dandelion was used on the handle and other parts of the cup and saucer.  I made the teabag out of a tag and a piece of twine.  The phrase was part of a longer DR phrase just cut out, inked the edges of it and after gluing it on I anointed it with a coating of Clear irRESISTIbles Pico Embellisher.  The only thing left to do was ink the edges with StazOn Chai permanant ink.  Chai seemed like the perfect color to use!  Then I adhered my little water color panel to a lovely blank 4″ by 4″ canvas.

  Now I have two.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hoped you enjoyed seeing how I use my stencils.  I like getting the maximum value out of my supplies and using them in unusual ways does it for me.  I’ll have another stenciling idea to share with you next Tuesday, hope to see you then!  Hugs~Renee


How to make Paper Flowers with “Silks”

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers

These little flowers are just bursting with color!  They are sturdy and keep their 3D look well

They are so easy to make.  No two are ever alike and they look impressive.  So instead of spending $4.00-$5.00 for a small package of flowers, you can make as many as you want, and in the colors you want!!!

Here is my Supply List:

Supplies for paper flowers

Supplies for paper flowers

These are the supplies I used to make my flowers.  You can actually cut your own flowers out from a template if you like.

ARTISTCELLAR SUPPLIES:  Dylusions Inks, Silks Acrylic Glazes.

Regular Supplies:  Watercolor Paper, Flower punches (different sizes), Glue, stamps and stays-on Black Ink pad.  Stencils will give your pedals an interesting look too.


STEP 1     Take your watercolor paper and place on your craft sheet. (important to use watercolor paper because you will have to get each piece wet.  You can use card stock as well.  But it will not dry as sturdy as watercolor paper.)   IF you want your flowers to have design on them, place your stamps/Stencils on the paper in random applications using the stays-on black ink for the stamps. (text stamps look really cool)  For stencils, Use them as you spray your paper with color. (I used Dylusions Inks, so in step 2, all the brightness of the colors became pastel in color.  If you want the color to stay, you must seal the top layers of paper with a gel medium or hair spray before you spritz them with water).


In this photo you can see the dot stamp  and the text stamps I used.  I sprayed the paper with Dylusions Inks and then activated them with a mister bottle of water.  Colors ran EVERYWHERE.  It’s awesome to watch.  Let the paper dry completely.

STEP 2     Punch out all the different kinds of flower that you have, or cut out a flower pattern with scissors.  I use 3 punched flowers to make 1 flower, and then I use 1-2 smaller punches for the middle of the flower.  After all the petals are punched or cut out, wad them up in very small little balls.  Twisting & smooching them as best you can.  BE CAREFUL not to tear the petals.  Set aside to completely DRY.

STEP 3     When petals are dry, pull them apart VERY, Very carefully making sure you do not tear the petals.  They will look distressed and crinkled.


I place each petal in my hand and use my palm to mold and shape the base of the flower into a cup shape.  Take a small instrument such as a stylus or a very small crochet hook.  Use this to bend the outside of the petals by rolling the edges onto the stylus so that each petal will have a curl on the end.

Note: to curl the ends of each peddle, use a small round cylinder to curl the tips downward as shown in this picture

Note: to curl the ends of each petal, use a small round cylinder to curl the tips downward as shown in this picture

Place a small bead of glue in the center of each petal and push one into the other as if you were stacking them together.  When you have 3 stacked together, push in one or two smaller petals to give the flower shape in the center.  Using my stylus, I pressed all the petals down in the middle until the glue became tacky and would hold the layers down.  And wha-la….  You have a beautiful, hand made flower.  I usually use a large flower punch for the base.  This piece is NOT watered or twisted as it needs to remain a flat base.  I inserted a couple punched out leaves on the side with a little glue.   But I usually take things one step up!  I used SILKS paints on the petals.  Silks are so bursting with shimmer and color.  Hopefully you can get an idea of how they look from this photo.

Silk Paints:  Lots of shimmer, shine and color

Silk Paints: Lots of shimmer, shine and color

I finished off this flower with the luscious Silks.  I usually put a crystal or pearl in the very center of the flower and push the small pedals to the outside so that you can see the jewel.  Now you can add a little glitter, and you have a pretty expensive, fancy looking flower to glue to any art project.  And…. This was my final result.  I do hope you try this at home and you MUST try the silks.  Artistcellar has LOTS of colors.  I can’t find them in my area, so I’m glad I can add more colors of silks paints to my supplies.  Whether you like a pale pastel or a glitzy glamour-us glittery look, I’m sure you will enjoy whatever colors and style you decide to make.


Note: to curl the ends of each peddle, use a small round cylinder to curl the tips downward as shown in this picture

Note: to curl the ends of each petal, use a small round cylinder to curl the tips downward as shown in this picture

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Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  Have fun with these little darlings.  Donna ;))


Frida Kahlo Santos-Style Day of the Dead Paper Doll


With Halloween and Day of the Dead around the corner, what could be more fun than a Frida Kahlo paper doll, especially with a Santos doll base?

For this fun project, I collected a bunch of vintage Halloween images and searched online for Day of the Dead images. I used a paper doll template (If you do an online search of paper dolls, there are hundreds of resouces.) I adapted a free vintage paper doll bodice, making it thicker in the waist, and using matte medium, covered it with Halloween paper. I cut the arms in half so they could be posed, and made one arm flowered to simulate tattoos.The pieces are joined with mini brads.


For the Santos skirt/bottom, I designed my own using a vintage dress form photo as my inspiration. I drew it on some printed teabags that had been stamped a little, and adhered with matte medium to heavy watercolor paper, then carefully cut it out with an exacto knife.

Frida parts

After some puttering with the elements I wanted to use, and rummaging through my many boxes of papers and pieces, I had the skirt/base, bodice and head ready to assemble.
frida without decoration

Here is the almost finished Frida. She looked a little unadorned, especially on the bottom, so I added a bunch of crazy elements: a couple of sugar skulls, a vintage cat, butterflies from washi tape, a chrysanthemum, a matching witch hat and wings. I added dabs of dimensional gold paint to give it some extra pizzaz.


Santos Frida needed words, so on the base, I added some inspirational words that were printed on silk, and trimmed the to fit. Using a black ink pad, I stamped some more inspirational words on the wings.

skirtDetail If you want to get in touch with your inner-child, or want to have some art fun with your very own child or grandchild,  please take a look at the paper dolls on my blog. I have many, many that will surely amuse, and maybe inspire you to play with dolls again.

Creating a new Art Journal Cover

Hello friends!  Your Thursday girl Carmen here visiting from Serendipity Studio and sharing with you some stencil inspiration.

I just got a brand new art journal!  I finally purchased Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions journal.  But, before I get started creating in this beauty, I need to get the cover altered.  So out came the stencils and paints.

I started the first layer with spray misters from DecoArt Media Line and Dylusions.  This was just fun and easy, I didn’t want to follow any rules.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

I like to use makeup sponges when applying acrylic paint with my stencils, but I’m careful not to have too much paint on the sponge to avoid leaking under the stencil.  I randomly place the stencils on the cover and I like to work in 3’s, meaning I use that stencil 3 times on the substrate.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

The stencils I used were from Balzer Designs (Echoes, mixed up letters) , The Crafter’s Workshop (mini chicken wire, mini chevron, harlequin) and Dylusions (letter jumble).  All of them are available from ArtistCellar.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

I love these little pocket stencils with some of my favorite words.  I applied some DecoArt Media Line modeling paste to give them some texture.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

I wanted to use some of my mono prints from my stash and add butterflies too.  So, I stamped this butterfly from RubberMoon onto a couple of monoprints.

I fussy cut the butterflies and added them to the cover with some matte medium.

I painted the elastic cord with some Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Black Soot.  It absorbed the stain as I rubbed it directly onto the cord.

I sealed the cover with this soft-touch varnish.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils created by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

Here is the completed front cover.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

The back cover.

Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

 Art journal cover created with ArtistCellar stencils by www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com

What do you think?  I’m really happy with how it turned out.  I incorporated all the things I love; words, letters, butterflies, shapes and color.

Now to create inside of the journal!


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