Danse Macabre Blog Hop Starts Now!

Welcome to our newest release, my dead and alive Peeps! Our newest Signature Series Artist is Béatrice Coron, a world renowned French fine artist with works of art in galleries all over the planet! She also inspires with a TED talk and tells stories created out of paper in a short film by James Stewart for TED.

I’m going to kick-off this blog hop with a little art, a little inspiration and a little secret :-) At the end of the post you’ll find our blog hop list with the names, dates, and links to the other artists participating. Be sure to visit each one on their day to enter to win your own Danse Macabre set of stencils. If you can’t wait that long, you can find them on the Artistcellar Website.

I’ll start with the secret. While I do love to feast my eyes upon “Day of the Dead” art, I don’t make that type of art often and I’m not very good at it. There are SO many other artists who make beautiful, colorful Day of the Dead masterpieces, and I salute you and admire your talents. So this was a real challenge to me. But then, why do these stencils have to be “Day of the Dead”? They don’t! They are skeletons. And ever since my own skull-bearing experience a few years ago, I have loved skulls and skeletons, sometimes to the embarrassment of my daughter, hehe.

Part of me just wanted to take the stencil, brayer either white or black paint on it, and frame it over the opposite color background. Seriously, the stencil itself is a work of art. When you see Béatrice’s other paper cuts, you’ll understand.

So, as with all projects that baffle me, I did what I always do: Just start. I knew I wanted my first project to be a journal page and I wanted a colorful background with the “Painter” stencil in black. Hmm. It took me a while to figure this out in my head. Time to get messy. My background is black gesso, I carefully taped the stencil down and got messy. I dipped my fingers in different colored paint and dabbed around the stencil. Because I am NOT a perfectionist, I LOVED the way this turned out, with raggy uneven edges. Oh, los colores!


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I finished it off with some colorful washi tape and some lettering with a White Signo pen. I left some areas around it for more journaling later, with that awesome white pen!

I wanted to play with the Dancers next (I think this may be my favorite design) and decided to try some doodling with the stencils. I traced around the stencil lightly with pencil and planned my layers, bottom to top. I imagined them dancing in a cemetery. I wanted to be abstract enough to look “zentangly” but also wanted to depict the flowered field, headstones, forest, and sky. I like it!

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Then I did what I always do and brought my gelli printing plate out. I wasn’t sure how these stencils would do with the plate, but hey, there is no such thing as failure, right? I pulled some prints. And some more. And then a few more. Tossed a good lot of them. But I absolutely LOVE the ones that came out! I like the grungy, ghostly images with an air of mystery:

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I will probably save these for a ghostly collage or journal page.

After watching a few of Béatrice’s TED talks, I was inspired to take my flashlight and a stencil in a dark room and play :-) It was hard getting a photo of this, but how cool would it be to figure out how to make a lamp to project these images onto the wall whenever you wanted?


For my last project I wanted to use the Dancer stencil again, on a canvas with Béatrice’s own words:


In case you’re wondering, yes, I desecrated this stencil! At some recent art retreats I’d gone to I noticed some artists were cutting up stencils to get rid of the frame around them, and I thought… why not? I carefully cut the frame off the dancers, used a low tack adhesive to keep the stencil in place while I spray painted the dark blue (the canvas was prepped with a cheery yellow) and embellished it later with some swirly stamps and the Brilliance White Ink Pad and red dots with a pearl pen. Even though the dancers are skeletons (ie. dead) this makes me happy! This is what the stencil now looks like – you might want to buy two if you plan on cutting :-)

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Well, I’ve taken up enough space on the interwebs :-) time for YOU to leave a comment for me telling me what YOU would do with these stencils. I will pick a random winner at the end of the blog hop (please leave contact info!) Keep checking facebook, I will post links to the artist of the day so you can check out their work and leave a comment with them.

September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar www.artistcellar.com/wp
September 21st – Jill K Berry – jillberrydesign.com/blog
September 22nd – Janet Ghio – www.janetsartplay.blogspot.com
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp – www.wonderstrumpet.blogspot.com
September 25th – Diana Trout – www.dianatrout.typepad.com

See you there!


NEW: Danse Macabre!

Artistcellar is thrilled to add world renown artist Béatrice Coron to our growing list of Signature Series artists! As a paper cutting artist, Coron doesn’t so much tell stories, as cut them. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art Center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airports and sports facilities around the world. Her views on creativity have also been featured on several TED talks.


We’re thrilled to share her work with your studio through the release of our new Signature Series set of stencils entitled “Danse Macbre.” In four playful and endearing vignettes, Béatrice highlights the never ending dance that is life:

“In life and in papercutting, everything is connected. One story leads to another. I like to think of this series as the “dance of life” as death is part of our lives. You’re only as dead as you feel!”

The dance Coron weaves highlights the everyday moments flowing through life depicted in skeletal forms: a painter surprising a fan with his masterpiece, a cat reacting to a vacuum, a dog patiently waits for his owner who’s busy online, and a pair of dancers in mid twirl.


Great for your art journal, card making or what ever your creativity can imagine, this playfully dark yet inspiring series will be a sure inspiration for your muse.

Precision laser cut from tough 10mil polyester material and proudly made in the USA, these stencils are designed to not just inspire with their beauty, but also include a resilience that is rivaled only by the desire to create.


For more information about Artistcellar stencils visit www.artistcellar.com. Art is not optional. You have to create. We understand.

Mini Pieces of Art to share

Friday’s gal Jackie here!

This week I am sharing with you a project I am working on for an upcoming art retreat I will be attending. From this first collaged piece below, I will be making mini pieces of art as charms to share with other guests.

So, let’s get to it!DSCN9455 (2)First off I adhered all sorts of left over scrap pieces as well as pieces of texture,coffee filters,netting,mulberry paper, handmade papers(these are the best for textures!) I glued everything down with Mod Podge.

Next I covered the whole sheet with a mix of black and turquoise paint-and let that dry.DSCN9456 (2)Then came the stencils with light molding paste .

The stencils I used here are Cubist and Aboriginal  both found here at Artistcellar.

DSCN9461 (2)Here I used my Inka Gold- Magenta to rub over the raised stencil areas, going back and forth buffing and adding more Inka- till I was happy with the color.

DSCN9462 (2)A little more color here and there using some gold..rubbing on, rubbing off…

Next I added a bright turquoise paint with my finger to areas around the stencils,brushing lightly over some areas and little more intense in others.DSCN9463 (2) DSCN9467 (2) These shots were taken out in the sun-maybe wasn’t the best choice as the colors are not showing their finest here-

I gave the whole piece one final coat of sealer and let it dry over night.

The next day, I trimmed up the sides and then cut strips off of the sheet and further cut into various size rectangles, making sure to get parts of the designs in each.

Each piece received a grommet and some embossing and detailing…they are now just awaiting their final clips for hanging and maybe some beads.

DSCN9486 (2)DSCN9488 (2)    I’m syked at how they turned out!

Do hope that I have inspired you today to get creative with your stencils-  now go and make your own mini art!!

Jackie “)

Stop by my blog for more inspiration!



Experimentation with Artistcellar Products

Hello my authentic 19th century egg dippers!

I don’t even know if that’s a real thing.  I spent the entire day wandering around an antique mall searching for a fez for my daughter’s Dr. Who costume – 30,000 square feet of the bizarre magpie nature of the human condition.  I am exhausted!  I also needed a low-key project, and I had piles of Artistcellar products taking up all of the usable real estate on my desk, so a journal page was born!

I started with black acrylic.


and stenciled with iridescent copper Golden acrylic through the Xs stencil.  Some day I will put that stencil in its binder, which will cause me to use something different.  THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.


I have never used Inka Gold before, and I’ve had a tub of it for a while, so I figured it was time to figure out what’s up with that stuff.  I have no idea what I’m doing.  I pressed it through the same stencil using a palette knife:


This is probably not its recommended application.  BUT LOOK.  I let it dry for a bit and then buffed it with a paper towel.  It wasn’t quite dry, so it smeared – such a happy accident!


I absolutely love how that looks.  I may have to go BUY ALL OF THE TUBS.  I can hear my Paypal account crying already.

I sketched out a strange little person with a white pencil… stupidly RIGHT OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGE.  Yeah.  Not my brightest moment.



and then painted it with acrylics.


Since I had a Viva Decor Pearl Pen laying around and since even weird winged alien things need pearl necklaces, I gave her a pearl necklace.


Which I, of course, immediately smeared with the cuff of my sweater.  Whoops.  Hey, it’s an art journal.  No one needs perfection, amiright?

I am constantly on the hunt for good white ink.  I have finally found the holy grail of the white gel pen, the Uniball Signo, but a good white ink pad has really been escaping me.  The Moonlight White Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad pretty much rocks my world.  I stamped (badly.. this is operator error, not ink error.. I suck at stamping) some Pearl Jam lyrics, first with clear stamps and an acrylic block..


(that ink went right over the top of the shiny Inka Gold with no problem.  Don’t let my weird glarey picture fool you!!)

Followed by wood-mounted letter stamps:


and then finished it off with the Uniball Signo


and here’s the page in its entirety!


Ahhhh, luminous.

Sacred Hearts Stenciled Canvas ~ Spirit

I am continuing to work on my heart stenciled burlap canvases.  This one is called “Spirit”.  I love this collection of heart stencils, they seem to have a Steampunk flavor to  them that works so well with this project.  This is the third finished canvas, there is a tutorial following if you would like to see how it was made.

To begin I have cut a piece of 6″ by 6″ watercolor paper, applied a thin layer of gesso to it and allowed it to dry.  When the paper is dry I applied Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Broken China to the panel and blended the colors with a baby wipe.

I laid the stencil called “Spirit” on top of the panel and started making an outline of the parts of the stencil with a Stabilo All pencil, this will provide shading later.

Now that my pencil marks are in place I began applying the Broken China DI with an applicator through the stencil.  This activates the Stabilo pencil and changes the color to a gray blue shade.

On my sewing machine I sewed a little here and there around the edges of the canvas, leaving the threads long for now, I’ll trim them later.

I added some stamping with Memento London Fog ink and StazOn Jet Black ink.  I applied water to the edges of the panel to break them down and age them.  Then I used a distressing tool to tear the edges and then inked them with the StazOn Black ink.

I wanted to have a small punch of red on this canvas, like the others.  With that in mind I drizzled Lady Bug red “irRESISTibles” across the top and let it dry.  I glued the gears and cogs on with a strong adhesive then added Distress Stickles into the open areas of the cogs.  A tiny rhinestone was glued onto the dove.

 The finished canvas is now ready to be adhered to the burlap canvas.  I trimmed the threads to the desired length and it is done.  Three canvases down and one to go!

Thanks for joining me today, I have had a lot of fun working on this series with these stencils. I hope to see you here next Tuesday when I share other tips for uses with your stencils.  Talk to you soon ~ Renee xx

Art Journal page with glazes and masking tape

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Happy Monday!  Today is another art journal page incorporating glazes, masking tape, and a very special quote.  You’ve probably heard this but it’s so good…
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful
than the risk it took to bloom.
-Anais Nin

Fantastic Art Supplies Used
Immaculate stencil from sacred heart series
Fibo stencil from quasi-crystals series
Dylusions Ink Sprays in vibrant turquoise and funky fuschia
rice paper
masking tape
glaze paint

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Step 1 – Immaculate stencil in black but used as a stamp not as a stencil.  Paint was on the stencil then flipped to use as a stamp.

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Step 2 – I glued down a bunch of papers with different patterns.  Then placed masking tape in random spots with the edge of a credit card to get a good stick.  After about 15 minutes, then pulled off tape and off came some of the paper leaving cool textures.

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Step 3- Now I made the page cohesive by painting on a wash.  This time I used (and often do use) a glaze from Golden.  They are thin but add color.  Rust was used on my page.

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Step 4 – Sprayed ink on rice paper.  Rice paper has a wonderful texture and absorbs the inks really well so be careful when using.  Then glued it down, added the painted yellow hansa flower, and details with a china marker.

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Stenciling with Black & White

For this Friday, I am going to let the pictures do the talking,

one, because they can and two because I am having a hard time typing due to Carpal Tunnel surgery I had Tuesday!

So, grab a cuppa,sit back,relax and have a look…

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oversprayed and painted page- makes for a lovely backgroundDSCN0113 DSCN0127 DSCN0124 DSCN0125Three perfectly beautiful pages now scanned onto my computer to use as backgrounds, cards or whatever inspiration fires up my muse!

Products used:

Thank you so much for joining me!-Stitches out next week and hope to be typing away again!

Jackie “)


Converting To Color

Aloha!  Time for a tutorial?  Let’s discuss:  In case you missed it, last week’s posts were a B&W challenge for the AC design team…this week, I’m converting that piece to color.


Two shades of Blue Gelato’s for darks and midtones…


Let’s add some orange, red and peach!  Blend with a dry soft cloth.



Why not add color to the frame?


The final step –  Use the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen for highlights on the eyes and lower lip as well as a bit o whimsy on the letters!

Tada!  Which version do you prefer?  Color…or B&W?

Theresa Plas

Studio 48 Tango LLC

Artistcellar Stencils are my Bag, Baby

NOT ONLY are they my bag, they’re also all over my bag.  Check it out:

purse finishedThis makes me ridiculously happy.  It reeks of spray paint, and I don’t even care.

It didn’t make me NEARLY as happy when I bought it, but it had a cross-chest strap that converted to backpack straps and was big enough for all of my junk, so I brought it home with the sole intention of using stencils to make it a little less awful.


Yuck.  I have been carrying this thing around for a couple of weeks and FINALLY had a chance to make it beautiful.

Since there were eyelets on the front, I used eyelets to attach some cutipants skull and crossbone ribbon to the strap.

purse5I didn’t even empty it out before spray painting the back with bright green paint.


I then added the Xs stencil in hot pink paint (yum!)


I flipped it over and continued filling my house with spraypaint fumes.  Don’t judge.  I used repetitive sprays of the Penrose stencil in orange, pink, and green along with a stenciled mixtape and arrow.

purse4I even used the Penrose stencil when spraying the chain to give it a more random appearance.


Since those pleather patches at the bottom looked totally like a monster face, I made them into a monster face.


I glued down some shrink plastic bits that I made a while back with the Chakra pocket stencils and added some awesome pins that I got at the Art is You retreat in Memphis.  I also replaced the zipper pull on the front with a charm made by my good friend Dina.

purse6To finish it off, I sprayed the top zipper green and added a glass skull bead and funky key pendant to the zipper pull.


Tomorrow I’ll let it sit outside for a while to air out, and everywhere I go I’ll be reminded that stencils and paint make everything a little more interesting.  Even my jeans.