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Hello Artistcellar friends,

This journal page started - and then sat around … not wanting to become anything for a while. But then, the path became clear - I guess sometimes I just have to listen!

So, first I started with one of the stencils from the lovely Labyrinth series.

Those stencils are wonderful - labyrinth and you don’t have to construct it!

I picked the ‘soft-curved’ one - it reminds me of a brain - don’t know why, but it just does =P (This one is called Crete.

Tracing the stencil with a pen some pink ink - and not really knowing where to go from here …..

And so it sat …. waiting …. until I saw this image on the cover of a digital magazine - and bam - the spark was ignited!

Using the same Crete stencil again, I added some texture to the page - I wanted the texture to be around her head space, so I off-set the texture labyrinth into the top left corner.

I next I added a light layer of gesso over the page - mainly to tone the ink down a bit. But as ink does what it does (and wants) the pink is coming through the gesso quite strong.

I sketch the my inspiration image on the page with graphite. As the image was perfectly sized for my needs, I traced the outlines using graphite paper and then flushed the sketch out with a blue pencil.

I block in the background and the main shapes.

See how the ink is still coming through - as ink will do.

I move on to refining the painting, adding shadow and light values to give the figure more dimensions and refining the birds.

And after a few layers of paint, even the ink fades into the background.

And I find my way out of the labyrinth … listening to the birds =)

Until next time, 

Susanne  

 

 

I busted out the gelli plate today with my Artistcellar stencils and some random acrylic paints. Good grief it's addicting!!  I like to print on deli paper because of its translucency and it's easy to tear for collage.

I picked one of my favorite prints I created to use today.  I used the Star Flower stencil from the Artistcellar Quilt Series and pulled multiple prints on the same piece.

I used matte medium to stick the deli paper down in my new Dina Wakley Blue Journal.  The geometric design reminded me of large flowers, so I lightly sketched in petals around each 'point' of the quilt pattern.

I painted a watery navy-blueish color around the flowers, still wanting some of the patterning to show thru...but think I might've been a little heavy handed.

Once completely dry, I added rough, messy outlines in black and white, not truly adhering to the exact shape of each petal.  A blob of paint in the center and TADAH! A colorful, abstract garden. 

What are your favorite stencils to use on the gelli plate?  I would love to learn some new techniques, so stop by the Artistcellar Facebook group and share your prints with us!

Until next time,
Kitty

I am very excited to share this simple but useful project with you. If you don’t know me and my art, you don’t know that I infuse everything with a dose of spirituality. 

I needed a grid plate for something I was planning and thought that this main stencil from the Sacred Geometry 2 series would be perfect (I used the Metatron’s cube stencil).

I used a 6x6in cradled wood panel as my surface and prepped it with two coats of gesso first. Each layer was carefully thought about, both regarding the stencil itself and the colors associated with it.

I used the Sea Foam stencil from the Water series with red spray paint. To me, it symbolizes flow and connection.

Working in layers like this, you really need to let everything dry before moving on to the next one. After this was dry, I used one of the Old World Map stencils, one with the smaller spaces. This symbolizes all the possible pathways towards abundance. Gold is associated with abundance, so I use a gold spray with it.

Now is a story of trial and error. I placed the Metatron’s Cube stencil and first used regular gesso. I applied it with a makeup sponge.

However, the result was not up to my expectations. It happens and it’s okay. I dried it with my heat gun before placing the stencil back over, and used extra heavy gesso instead. Much better! Why? it created a more textured effect, and it was more opaque as well. I used my Catalyst tool for it, but a palette knife would be perfect as well.

If you’re like me and you love texture, try this: apply heat with your heat gun until bubbles appear (it’s the plasticky nature of gesso that allows this effect to happen.) You can also let it air dry normally.

Green is another colour we associate with abundance. I picked several shades of ink sprays and just had fun applying them. I could have used green and gold as well.

To finish it, I used the same gold spray to pain the sides and applied some varnish on top.

Do you use crystals? Which one is your favorite? I hope you’ll be inspired by these Sacred Geometry stencils (there are two series of them in the shop) to make a crystal grid or simply a beautiful mixed media canvas for your space.

More photos :

Till next time, 

Nolwenn 

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Hello everyone!  I recently watched a YouTube video by the very talented Tamara Laporte.  She created a mixed media portrait in a loose, painterly style that I just loved, so I figured I'd take a stab at it!
Using several ink sprays in varying warm colors, I started my background with the gorgeous Arabian Nights Celestial stencil from Artistcellar.
Next, I added some texture paste thru the same stencil. To give myself a heads start (ha!) I used matte medium to apply a Dina Wakley collage face to the background.  I love how you can still see the beautiful stencil design thru the tissue.
Next it was a matter of playing with a few caucasian flesh tones to add several layers of highlights and shadow.  Below are a few pics of the progression...
I'm pretty happy with how she turned out!  I stuck with mostly cool tones to pop against the background, and I love the bright orange and yellow on her face.  The stencil texture is still visible under the paint and that is super cool!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Please visit us on FB and say Hi!  I would love to see what you've been creating!
Kitty

Hi there, Artistcellar friends.

One of my favorite ways to clear my mind is to art journal. It’s almost like meditating. Letting go of all the ‘monkey mind’ stuff that is going on constantly.

I gathered some patterned collage paper I had in my stash and using matte medium, collaged the background of the entire page with different patterns.

While the collaged papers were still wet, I added Heavy body white acrylic paint to the entire page with my palette knife.

Again, while all of this is still wet, I added some liquid acrylic ink to the background and worked that in with my palette knife as well.

Now everything can dry.

Using my black water soluble pen, I sketched a face.

Using the Tibet Series stencil set, I added the Tibetan om and the lotus flower as textures with texture paste.

I sketched the infinity knot with my black water soluble pen. I spreader burned umber acrylic ink around the edges and thinned it in a few places with sprays of water.

Letting that layer dry, I sketched the face in with the burned umber acrylic ink and a fountain pen.

Using quinacridone/nickel ago gold fluid acrylics, I added shadows and mid tones to the face, as well as some more white to the background.

Using some quinacridone violet fluid acrylic, I added some color for some depth.

See you next time! 

Susanne



 

Hey guys, me again. If you are not familiar with my creative process, there is something you need to know:  I am an intuitive painter. It means that I will start with a thought, a feeling or a slight idea and then will just go from there. I do not plan ahead. For this project, I just knew I wanted to use one of the stencils either from the Tibet series or from the Sacred Heart series.

I started with a canvas that already had some stuff on it, I often do that. It avoids the «blank surface» fear.

I simply started by picking a few colors of acrylic paint an applied them freely on my board. I kept the original thing on one corner... thinking «we will simply see were this goes. I like that corner». I do my best for not overthinking my process : I like it? I keep it. I don’t? I cover it up. Easy.

I love the Old World Maps series because it has intricate lines that are perfect for my backgrounds in general.
I used extra heavy gel molding paste, which is a pretty unique medium. Unlike gel medium, it will dry slightly opaque. I used my Catalyst tool for it but a palette knife or even an old credit/store card work just as well.

Once it’s completely dry, I applied some spray paint. I was curious to see if the gel property would actually create a resist effect. Result: it does not. But that’s okay. You can honestly use a sheer paint or nothing at all at this stage...

Now, for the focus stencil. I used the Sacred Heart: Divine stencil, which is my favorite of the four. I made my own paint using pigments and heavy gel (the gloss). Heavy acrylic paint would be perfect too, it will make the design stand out from the rest of the canvas. I would suggest you take your time to apply it. As you can see, this does not come out perfectly but I am okay with it. If you have any tips and tricks that will help me get a crisp render, please share in the comments. There is always room for improvement !

I really wanted words on this piece. I picked some positive messages from Dina Wakley’s «Word collage pack» which is simply amazing, by the way. I tore them because I don’t like scissors in general and prefer the ragged edges (you do you) and glued them with matte gel medium. I love my art to have a positive impact.

I tend to use oil pastels to add my final touches. I picked contrasting colors and added my signature symbol : three drops.

And voilà ! I really hope this will inspire you to create a meaningful piece of mixed media, something that will make your heart happy.

A few more photos :

Hello fellow artists! 

My name is Kitty and this is my first post as an Artistcellar design team member!  So excited and honored to be a part of this awesome group.

Stencils are so useful and versatile, that I find them an essential tool in my craft room.  I love using them to create easy backgrounds and as templates for doodling.  Artistcellar has tons of amazing designs that are unique from most other 'cookie-cutter' stencils found on the mainstream sites. 

I used Sea Fan, from the Coral Series, to help create an interesting background for my 6x6 journal.

I used a couple different colors of green acrylic and a cheapo make-up sponge and stenciled in opposite directions for interest.  I then used the blunt end of the same sponge to creating interesting blobs (technical term!) in contrasting colors.

After adding a few splatters, I added some brightly colored stamped images as focal points and... VIOLA!  A bright, fun page with minimal effort. 

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today! I'll be posting more soon, and would love to see what YOU create, so tag me and lets share ideas!!!

Kitty

"What seems ordinary is often extraordinary; it's all perspective." 

Hi there friends,

My name is Susanne Rector. I’m new to the Artistcellar Design Team and am super happy to be on this one! 

Originally from Germany, I’ve been living in the Los Angeles area for the past 30 years. I consider myself a multi-media artist, loving to art-journal. Art journaling to me is a great way to release some ‘penned-up’ creativity. It’s a fun way to start a little project, which doesn’t ‘have to be’ anything!

So, with that in mind, I sat down one afternoon and opened my art journal. 

I was at my new Tiny House Trailer, which I’m restoring right now. So I don’t have a lot of art materials there. Looking through what I have available, I pick a few things:

An assortment of brushes, a small travel pallet of watercolors and a few NeoColor II water-soluble crayons. Of course I’ll have some water.

Staring at that white page - we all know how that sometimes goes - nothing inspiring comes to mind … YET! So, let’s just make a background and see where it will lead us. I’m choosing to use the neocolors and scribble with them all over the page.

To soften the background scribbles and give me some ‘tooth’ for the next layer, I use white Gesso to activate the neocolor crayons.

I feel like intensifying the background and using my watercolor, staying in the same color space, I add more color and let it dry.

I have these wonderful stencils from Artistcellar which feel really inspiring right now. These are the 6x6 Water Series stencils.

Using some acrylic paint and the stencils, I added some loose texture to the background.

Having some texture on my page, I now look for some collage items in a magazine I have. I come up with a few I like. 

I especially like the girl with the blowing skirt and the mirror image of her - that feels like it wants to be on that page.

I position her and affix her with Matte Medium and let everything dry.

Next I use the Sea Foam stencil again. This time I add some dimensionally with some Modeling Paste or Texture Medium, which I apply through the stencil.

And letting all that dry again.

Time to do a little painting. Here are the colors I have available, so I’ll use them. 

My paint process is simple - I follow the light and dark shades as outlines in the collage.

I add some dry-brushed paint to the texture medium as well.

And find some words that feel right for the page. I have a Tim Holtz words collection sticker pad available to me, so I choose some from there.

And there you have it - a lovely afternoon practice of Art Journaling.

XOXO Susanne

 

 

 

Hey guys I'm Nolwenn Petitbois and I'm so happy to share with you my first project for Artistcellar!

You'll see the amount that I use the stencils especially for texture and for backgrounds but that's not all. In this first project, I wanted to do the cover of my Book of Shadows; it’s a specific system using rings, the same that you’ll find with the Happy Journal line.

The first step was to cover the ring holes with some painter’s tape. Then, I use some gesso (I should have sanded the cover first, but I didn't… that's alright though as I'm not one for perfectionism in my creative process.) I just added some acrylic paint and applied it with various tools to see how it would look. You can simply use a big paintbrush: you do you!

Once it's dry, I can have some fun with the map stencil: they are very cool! I used some acrylic spray because I wanted something quite pigmented but you could use a sponge and acrylic paint instead of a spray for sure.  Mixed media is thing of patience because I work in layers I have to let them dry in between.

As my focal point, I wanted to use the Lotus stencil from the Tibet series. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I used an embossing black pen though the stencil, and dual-toned embossing powder to make it pop.

Because this cover is made from plastic, I had to be careful not to over-heat it when using my heating tool.

I love metallic paints and used a copper acrylic sprays on the borders, with Surf stencil of the Water series. I wanted it to act as a sort of frame around the cover. I have a thing for using sprays coupled with stencils because it is fast and easy but still builds pretty layers.

After this, I came back another day (I like to space the layers now and then, to be sure everything is 100% dry) and have this feeling something is missing… but what? I go through the stencils and find one in the Sacred Geometry 2 set that calls my name. (Quattro Flower) My guts tell me to do something that can appear a little strange: create a glitter gel to add on top of the embossed lotus. This could be a big failure but I won’t know until I try it, right? So that’s what I do. I suggest that if you want to do something similar, find some very fine glitters. I used some heavy gloss gel. It will dry transparent.

I really hope I inspired you to create a beautiful cover for your journal. Here are some more close-up photos :

 

Until next time,

Nolwenn 

 

 

Hi There!

I love neon colors and the buttery feel of oil pastels. Have you tried them lately? Oil pastels are a bit messy to work with. However when you use the Immaculate Stencil from the Sacred Heart Series by Artistcellar, you can’t go wrong! It’s just pure fun!

All jokes and puns aside, today I am sharing how I used a stencil as a guide to create with colorful and messy oil pastels.

I found these Super Mix oil pastels by OOLY several years ago. I just learned that this is a woman-owned business out of California with a mission statement I love. “We love creating products that help people of all ages smile, explore their imaginations and express themselves.”

I do believe this fits nicely with the Artistcellar tagline of “Art is not optional.”

Are you ready to have a little fun today? Let’s get creating!

Suggested Supplies:

Step 1:

Lightly trace the stencil openings of the “Immaculate Stencil” with an H pencil. (The H drawing pencils have a harder lead, which allows for light lines and easy erasing, if you choose to do so).

Step 2:

Use a fun set of oil pastels to color in the outside sections of the “Immaculate Stencil”.

See the in process photo below.

Step 3:

Place the stencil back over the lines to see how things are looking.

Also, get ready to add some acrylic paint to the center.

Step 4:

Choose a color of acrylic paint that calls to you.

Put it on your paint palette, and dap into it with a cosmetic wedge.

Apply the paint to the heart in the center of the stencil.

Step 5:

Remove the stencil and have a look.

Step 6:

Use a black pen to follow the white lines of the roses.

Note: If your pen gets oil pastel on the end of it, it will not work as well. Clean off the tip of the pen with a paper towel or a piece of paper.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it helped you to let your creative side out to play!

May you smile, use your imagination, express yourself, and remember that “art is not optional”. Art is a beautiful, wonderful, healing addition to your life and the world!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

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