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Greetings Everyone!

Today, in my art journal, I played around with the 12" x 12" Water Series stencils. It has been a very snowy February, and now a very wet March here in Minnesota, USA. It felt appropriate to use these stencils! I chose the Ripples stencil from the 12" x 12" Water Series.

I was having trouble sleeping last night, so I was envisioning what I would do for my artistcellar post! Pink and water was the inspiration behind what transpired.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Make it pink.

I used pink and white acrylic paint and scraped it across the two pages.

Step 2:

Using a foam roller and deep periwinkle acrylic paint, I applied paint in the spaces of the Ripples stencil by Artistcellar.

Tip: Foam rollers work great to cover an area quickly when using large stencils.

Step 3:

Using fluid black acrylic paint and a long-handled no. 8 brush, I loosely drew a mandala.

Step 4:

Add some details, using a script liner brush.

Step 5:

Finally, add a contrasting color of acrylic paint around your mandala and the background designs.

I am sending you encouragement to play around with your art supplies this week. Make a mess; draw something simple. Do not worry about the end result, but do enjoy the process.

May it be so.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello Everyone!

I recently pulled out a beautiful set of colored pencils that I may have been saving for a “special occasion”. I decided that being alive today is reason enough to use my “good supplies”, so out from the bottom of the shelf they came.

Supplies Used

 Step 1:

Choose a stencil design that intrigues you, and that you’d like to trace.

Step 2:

Trace the stencil in your journal, using a mechanical pencil. Note: you don’t have to trace the entire design. Give yourself the freedom to pick and choose.

Step 3:

Remove the stencil from your page, and begin coloring in the shapes of the design with colored pencils.

Step 4:

Use your own imagination and library of symbols to add designs around the square shape of the traced stencil.

Step 5:

Continue to work back and forth, filling in the stencil design, as well as your own hand-drawn imagery.

Here’s a closer look at the inside of the stencil design.

Step 6:

Snap a photo and notice if there are any areas you’d like to develop further. Add your finishing touches and call it done!

In Summary

I hope this post inspires you to use your “good supplies”, knowing that now is as good of a time as any. May it be so!

Blessings and Gratitude,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

I am a person who loves music. Music moves me! Can you relate? As many of you may know the Grammy Music Awards was recently on TV. While I did not watch the Grammys when it aired, I was paying attention to Alicia Keys’ Instagram account, as she was the first female in over a decade to host the Grammys. She was so excited! The morning after the Grammy Music Awards, I scoured the Internet, trying to see a little bit about what went on. I saw a video of Alicia’s welcome speech. She was all about spreading love, kindness, and keeping the vibe high. I loved it! She also called on some special people to help her out. You can watch the video here.

I felt so inspired, that I decided to make a journal page, and I am calling it, “Keep the Vibe High.”

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

First, I wrote some bubble letters across the page spread that represented the energy I wanted to capture.

 

Step 2:

I used spray ink through a stencil. I love how spray ink fills a background with color!

Step 3:

I used acrylic paint to fill the color around the letters of the background.

Step 4:

I added some of Tam’s Inspiration Words with black acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge.

Step 5:

Using a variety of Posca Paint Pens, I outlined certain words that I wanted to stand out more.

Step 6:

Finally, I added some flowers from Tam’s Whimsy: Flower Garden stencil, using white acrylic paint.

May this post inspire you to pull that music that moves you, spread the love, and keep the vibe high.

May it be so.

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello, hello! I hope this post finds you well!

I am about to share something a little different from my normal, colorful style. Today, we will use coffee and stencils!

I have been intrigued lately with earth-based pigments. I recently checked out a really cool book from the library by Nick Neddo called The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature. While I am a lover of vibrant colors, I also greatly appreciate yellow ochre, various browns, and berry stains on paper. Are you with me?

So, instead of my usual acrylic paint, I poured some leftover coffee into a glass jar, added a little vinegar, and decided to paint with it.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Dip your bristle brush into your coffee and use both a round, and up and down, motion to get the color through the stencil.

Step 2:

Remove the stencil and check how the coffee looks. Add some coffee painted doodles of your own, using a round brush.

Step 3:

Use the Pleasantville-Big Sister’s Room stencil, to add some interesting lines.

Note: It’s okay to go over both your painted doodles and the marks from your first stencil. The layering actually ends up looking pretty cool!

Step 4:

Keep playing around until your entire paper is filled with coffee stained stencil layers.

Step 5:

Let your paper dry completely. (It does not take that long.)

Step 6:

Trace a shipping tag as many times as you like onto your background, and cut them out to make your own tags.

Step 7:

Use a hole punch as a final step. Now you are ready to decorate the tags with stamps, ink, fabric, collage paper, washi tape, or pen doodles. Hooray!

I am feeling really excited about how these turned out. I hope you’ll give this coffee and stencils idea a try!

Thank you for being here.

Happy Creating!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello! I hope you are doing well.

Have you ever had a negative “tape” or “script” play over and over in your head? You know, those messages that came from someone or some experience in your past that made you feel less than? I want you to know that you are not alone. It happens to all of us. It’s not just you.

I also want you to know that YOU ARE good enough.

Today, I am offering an idea for a journal page that is affirming of your true nature, and also reminds you to trust your heart.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Create a background wash of color using a 1” brush and Jacquard textile paint. Feel free to add some water to your page first, as that helps the color to spread and do cool things.

Step 2:

Choose the heart chakra symbol from the Chakra 2 Series stencils by artistcellar.

Apply green acrylic paint through the stencil using a cosmetic wedge. (Green is the color that represents the heart chakra).

Step 3:

Using the “Good Enough” stencil from Tam’s Inspirational Series stencils, apply paint through the stencil, repeating this message across your page.

Step 4:

Use a pencil to handwrite the affirmation, “I am good enough” all across the page. Using your own handwriting, with the word “I” helps to embed this truth into your psyche.

For extra credit, stand in front of the mirror, look yourself in the eye (the window to your soul), and say aloud, “I am good enough.”

I hope that you find this life-affirming message meaningful and take it to heart.

May it be so.

With Love and Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Greetings to you, and Happy New Year!

It’s 2019, which feels sort of surreal! Time keeps on moving forward, right?

Today, I invite you to make an art journal spread that reflects who you are and what you’d like to bring into your life.

Here are the supplies I am using:

  • Rag and Bone Bindery Large Journal
  • Jill K. Berry –Map Art Series stencils
  • Dylusions Ink Sprays
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cosmetic Wedge
  • Sakura Pigma Pen
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Ink Pads
  • Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport
  • Letter Stickers
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush
  • Paper Towel Roll

Step 1:

Use spray ink to get your background going.

Step 2:

Choose some stencils with themes that inspire you.

Below is the “Angel Cartouche” from Jill K. Berry’s Map Art Series.

Tip: I made the mistake of putting the face in a dark area, so maybe take a look at your placement before you stencil a face!

Step 3:

Create a block of color using acrylic paint. Then use a cosmetic wedge to apply paint through the stencil.

Step 4:

Add additional stencils with acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge. You can also use a pencil to trace through your stencils, and then color that space in with markers.

Step 5:

Use a permanent pen to do some journal writing.

Step 6:

Add some colorful letter stickers to spell out words that sing to you.

Step 7:

Use stamps and ink pads to add more symbols to your pages.

Step 8:

Take a photo of your journal spread so far. Squint your eyes to see the light and dark areas.

Finish off your page by adding some watercolor, water to the spray ink areas (they react to water), and anything else to tie things together.

The most important thing is that your art journal pages feel good to you. Do they represent the things you love? Do you see colors that make you happy? Are there symbols that sing to your soul? If so, then you’ve done it! You’re awesome and creative!

Thank you for being here.

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Greetings Everyone!

I hope this post finds you well.

I am always up for creating some unique mail art, and I also really love circles. I recently sent a friend a circle card with a stamp on it, you know, like a postcard, and it made it to her just fine!

So, that inspired me to create more circle cards.

Today I am making use of the incredible Japanese Geometric Stencil Series from artistcellar.

Other supplies are as follows:

  • Circle template
  • Pencil
  • Gel Pens
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cosmetic Wedge
  • Posca Paint Pens
  • Derwent Colored Pencils

My idea is to create some layers or at least a circle within a circle, using the “Hemp Flower” and “Weave” stencils.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial.

Step 1:

Play around with the stencils and the circle template to see what you like.

Step 2:

Add some acrylic paint with a cosmetic wedge through the stencil, creating an inner circle.

Step 3:

Choose a second stencil for the outer circle area.

Step 4:

Apply a second color of paint through the stencil, using a cosmetic wedge.

Step 5:

Use a pencil, gel pens, paint pens, and colored pencils to create some doodle designs. When you add your own “hand” to a card, I feel that makes it more personal and engaging.

You can even use the circle template to create another circle.

Then play with colored pencils to add some more color!

P.S. These Derwent colored pencils are so smooooooth and a joy to color with!

I hope you have fun creating a circle card!

Sending Blessings to you!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

So, it’s December. If you are celebrating any holidays this month, there are two things you might want to carry with you in your pocket, or in your heart. Those two things are the words, “Hope” and “Grace.” May it be so.

Today I am making some cards on watercolor paper, using the Artistcellar Virtues Words Pocket Stencils.

I intend to use these cards as gift tags, or as a surprise element inside gifts given.

Here’s what I did.

Step 1: Use a one-inch wide dry brush to drag some watercolor paint across the page.

Step 2: Put some of your favorite acrylic paints on a palette.

Step 3: Use a cosmetic wedge to apply paint through the Virtues Words stencils.

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, use a paper slicer to create your cards. I measured the Virtues Words Pocket Stencils, and they are 2.5 x 3 inches.

Step 5: Once the word cards are cut out, use stamps and your left over paint to decorate them!

As you can see, I tried a variety of stamps, and pattern making on the cards, using the left over paint. For the stamps, I prefer the StazOn brand stamp pads.

And to express my feelings a little further, I used up the rest of the paint on my palette in my art journal.

I just love art, don’t you?!

Thanks so much for being here and reading this post.

I am sending you blessings, peace, and warm wishes.

In Gratitude,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Greetings to You! Thank you for being here.

Today’s post is about playing with stencils, paint, Posca Pens, copy paper, and deli paper, to create transparent layers that are interesting to the eye!

Step 1:

Use the Coral Series: Star Coral stencil on a Gelli Plate.

Place a sheet of deli paper over the stencil while it’s still on the plate.

Use your fingers to rub through the spaces in the stencil.

Lift the deli paper off the plate and let dry.

Step 2:

Use a Posca Paint Pen to create a focus area, like the blue circle shown here.

Step 3:

Use the Sacred Hearts Series: Divine stencil with acrylic paint and a stencil brush.

Step 4:

Remove the Divine stencil and clean it off with a baby wipe on a piece of white copy paper.

Step 5:

Use the Jill K. Berry-Texture Series-Rivermap stencil around the heart on the copy paper.

TIP:The stencil brush or a cosmetic wedge could be used to apply the paint through the stencil. Try to allow for a variety of color variation, meaning, some areas are darker, while other areas have a lighter application of the paint. The eye likes variety!

Step 6:

Use Collage Pauge –Matte to glue the deli paper on top of the copy paper.

Step 7:

Use a paint scraper to burnish out any air bubbles and then wipe away any glue that seeped out the edges.

Step 8:

Enjoy your layered artwork!

Put it in your journal, hang it on your wall, fold it into a book cover or a card! I wonder what you will choose to do!

Thank you for playing along with this transparent layers tutorial!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello to You!

I’ve got some more Gelli prints to share with you, using the Arabian Nights Series stencils by artistcellar.

Here’s what my beginning set up looks like:

I mostly used the Dina Wakley Heavy Body acrylic paints for the following prints.

As far as the printing process, I was experimenting with keeping the stencil on the Gelli plate, and printing on deli paper (aka dry wax paper).

In the image below, I had already printed yellow. Now I am about to print a magenta color.

With the thin deli paper, it’s nice because you can touch and see where the paint is coming through the stencil onto the surface of the deli paper.

You can always lift up a corner to check things out, too.

Next, I rolled out a midnight blue color.

Just for fun, below are few photos of layered and printed deli paper, sitting on top of other stenciled prints. There are many semi-transparent options to explore when playing with deli paper!

Happy Gelli Printing, Stenciling, and Layering!

Many Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

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