Online Pumpkin

This past week we have had fun new stencils to play with,just in time for Halloween!

Béatrice Coron’s  new stencils are called Danse Macabre Series featuring four fun stencils of skeletal figures doing everyday things…such as working on the computer- Online- hey, just like me!

This is what I did with my new stencils… using the Online one-DSCN9509



Pumpkin Covered with a coat of gesso


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and details added




Glued onto pumpkin with Mod Pauge added orange tissue paper to DSCN9518background~





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Thank you to all of you who have stopped by every Friday and left such nice comments! You guys are the best! xo

I have had alot of fun these past 6 months, creating with some cool stencils and yummy new paints and really had fun posting alongside with my other DT gals, Gabrielle, Renee, Sarah and Ma Dear,Theresa! I’ll miss you all- but I too will stalk you online! teehee

Congratulations to the new upcoming DT  crew- have fun ladies!!

Jackie P Neal “)


Breathing New Life Into Gelli Prints With Danse Macabre

Greetings and semi-sad salutations, my little pumpkin pies!

I have had such a wonderful experience during my time here as a design team member for Artistcellar.  New friends were made, much brainstorming was done, many many late nights were.. umm.. lated.  Thank you to all of you for reading along every week – your comments and excitement and general awesomeness have made my heart super happy!

OKAY let’s have some art!

I was SO PSYCHED when these stencils showed up in the mail.  Skeletons.  Could I be any happier?!?!  Okay maybe if they were all wearing octopus hats and getting attacked by zombie cupcakes (hey Lisa, get on that, wouldja? haha!), but this is a close second.  Here is a fresh page in my art journal using the Dancers stencil:

gelli10The stencil design is so perfect on its own that I wanted to figure out a way to showcase it without just framing it and sticking it on my wall.  Still an option. ;)

If you have a Gelli Plate, I’m sure you have a pile of prints that are… shall we say… godawful.  I know I do!!  Maybe even several piles.  Since I can’t bear to just throw them away, I’m always looking for interesting ways to use them.  Enter a stencil with lots of open space and this GODAWFUL Gelli print (in my defense, this was a print that I grabbed any time I had wet paint that needed to go somewhere.. but really.. it’s awful):

gelli1Since all of my go-to colors are in there (seriously, every single one!!), I chose a dark purple acrylic paint and very carefully applied it with a makeup sponge:


Sheez, 105971059157 times better already.  Once the paint dried, I cut it out and carefully traced around the figures with a Uniball Signo gel pen.  I also used the same pen to give them teeth because everything in my world has teeth, including cupcakes and excluding my dog:



I was trying to figure out the best way to add this to my journal and happened to glance at the shelf where I keep my hoard of Halloween ribbon.  I figured that polka dot stuff would make a great frame.  Or a busy and obnoxious frame.  Sort of the same thing in my book.

gelli4I’d like to tell you that I have a hoard of non-Halloween ribbon, but I would be lying.  I have exactly four rolls. Whatever, don’t judge.

I attached the print with double-sided tape (the good stuff that takes an act of Congress to remove):

gelli5And then I laid ribbon on top of the tape.  Easy-peasy!


I bought a set of sugar skull stamps on a marathon shopping spree and decided this was a good place for them.  I used them with the Moonlight White Brilliance ink pad.  I have so much love for this ink pad!  And my stamping was not even terrible!  WOO!!


I sat here staring at the dancers trying to come up with some wonderfully moving sentiment, and the whole “dance like no one is watching” thing kept popping into my head.  That whole phrase is one of those things that I Just Don’t Get (mostly because I could care less if anyone watches anything I do, really, unless I’m stealing candy from a baby or something, which I would probably never do… unless it was really good candy), so I came up with this SUPER CLASSY SENTIMENT:


followed by…


That’s right.


There is some hot bloghop action going on around here!  Go give a visit to all of our hopping artists, leave a comment on their posts, and you can win a set of Béatrice Coron’s Danse Macabre stencils!!  You don’t want to miss them, they’re amazing.

September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar
September 21st – Jill K Berry –
September 22nd – Janet Ghio –
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda –
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp –
September 25th – Diana Trout –

OH LOOK today is another project from me!  DOUBLE TRUMPP DAY.

If you want to keep up with my crazy, you can follow me on facebook, stalk my blog, get cozy with our madness on Wonderstrange, or support my cheap Chardonnay and Sriracha habit in my Etsy store.

I’ll see you on the flip side!

Stenciled Tissue Box

The Danse Macabre stencils are the amazing creation of Beatrice Coron, an internationally famous papercutting artist.  She tells her own stories through papercutting.  Here is a link to a fascinating speech she delivered not long ago at TED about Creativity.  The names of the stencils she created for Artistcellar are Painter, Dancers, Housework and Online.  I thought it would fun to showcase all of them on a tissue box and keep the colors to a minimum.  I have included a short tutorial showing how to do this.


I started with a blank tissue box that I purchased several years ago from Oriental Trader.  To make it sturdier I applied a heavy, rough coat of gesso to the exterior and allowed it to dry.

I wanted the finished look to be like old stone with moldy shading like you see on gravestones that are a couple of hundred years old.  To achieve this color I used Memento Luxe ink in the Espresso Truffle color and applied it with an applicator.

I did this with each of the stencils and then folded the box together.  I brought in a splash of color by using tissue tape on some of the seams.  I did all of the sides of the box this way and here is how they came out.

The Dancers

The Painter


These are fun stencils.  I know someone around here will catch a cold this year and need a laugh when they feel “half dead”.  Thanks for stopping in today, I’ll be back next Tuesday with more stenciling ideas.  Until then, take care.  Hugs~ Renee

There is a blog hop going on right now if you are interested in seeing the work of some great artists and maybe winning a set of these stencils for your own collection!

September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar

September 21st – Jill K Berry –

September 22nd – Janet Ghio –

September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda –

September 24th – Sarah Trumpp –

September 25th – Diana Trout –

Skeletons doing the Monster Mash

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Happy Monday to you all!
Today is my last post as a Design Team member for Artistcellar :-( super sad face.  The last 6 months have been so much freakin’ fun!  Big shout out to Lisa C, Queen Bee behind Artistcellar for giving me the opportunity to create with awesome supplies along side my talented designer team members – Jackie, Renee, Sarah, and Theresa.  Be sure to connect with me either on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, or Pinterest.  Cyber hugs to you all!
I’m so glad I get to leave you with some dancing skeletons!  This new series by Béatrice Coron will enliven your Halloween decor for sure.  AND… be sure to check out the blog hop with all these other creative, wonderful artists who are showing off the skeleton series.

September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar
September 21st – Jill K Berry –
September 22nd – Janet Ghio –
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda –
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp –
September 25th – Diana Trout –

Awesome Art Materials Used
Dancers stencil from Danse Macabre series
Xs stencil from Lynn K’s Marked series
Diamond Border stencil by Dylusions
8×10 canvas board

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Step 1 – I painted the board orange. After that dried, I painted white stripes across the dancing pair.  Did you notice the lady has a hair bun?  Then I painted in the black stripes.

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Step 2 – I used the jagged, rough diamond shapes on the Dylusions stencil with black paint and a make up sponge.

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Step 3 – I used the Xs stencil with a cheap craft paint first, which I sort of regret doing because it wasn’t vibrant enough.  So then I went in with a full body acrylic paint and applied the bright yellow light hansa just using the biggest X.

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Step 4- I cut a small paper circle, applied heavy gel medium on the paper, and wound this awesome yarn on it.  I’m sorry I do not remember the name of this yarn.  I’ve had it for y-e-a-r-s.

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Step 5 – Again using the heavy gel medium, I glued a yarn frame around the dancers.  Then glued down the yarn circle to finish it off.
peace. love. and dancing skeletons to you!


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
September 21st – Jill K Berry –
September 22nd – Janet Ghio –
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda –
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp –
September 25th – Diana Trout –

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 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