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Hello, Everyone! I hope you are doing well today!

I am about to share a technique that is fun to do, but takes a little more drying time. Are you ready?

Supplies Used

First, I typically like to use techniques that dry right away. I tend to be impatient when it comes to wet paint. If you are like me, it is possible to use a heat tool. Second, the textured result is so worth the extra wait time. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Step 1:

Mix up some modeling paste and acrylic paint on your palette. TIP: It helps if your acrylic paint is thicker than the inexpensive craft paint. In other words, a heavy body acrylic paint works best.

Step 2:

Use a palette knife to spread the modeling paste and paint mixture through a stencil of your choice.

Here I am using the Japanese Geometric: Seven Jewels stencil by artistcellar.

Note: I chose not to put paint through the entire stencil. I did this to keep within the round shape I had previously painted.

Step 3:

Remove the stencil by lifting from one corner. Set your painting aside to dry for an hour or more. Drying time depends upon your climate, as well as how much paint you used. Note: Rinse the stencil right away under running water, or place it in a tub of water. Do this to avoid the modeling paste from sticking to your stencil and drying there. This is one of the only times I “clean” my stencils. You could also try using a baby wipe, but it will likely be kind of a mess, with all that paint and paste.

Since I had extra paint on my palette, I decided to grab the altered book I just started.

Here’s a little BONUS sneak peek. I did the same technique described above, only in an altered book. I also applied paint to the right side of the page spread using the palette knife.

In case you are wondering about modeling paste, there are many brands on the market. It is sometimes spelled “modelling,” and it is sometimes called molding paste. Each medium has the same purpose of adding texture to a surface.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have tons of fun with your mixed media supplies!

Creatively Yours,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello! Hello!

I hope this post finds you well.

It is early summer here in Minnesota, USA, and I am feeling inspired by butterflies lately. I found the perfect stencil to play around with. It is designed by Tamara Laporte and manufactured by Artistcellar. The stencil is called, “Butterfly Wings,” and it is part of Artistcellar’s Signature Series stencils. This set is “Tam’s Whimsy Series”. You can find it on artistcellar.com

Supplies Used

  • Butterfly Wings” stencil from Tam's Whimsy Series by Artistcellar
  • 140 lb. watercolor paper
  • black ballpoint pen
  • Pilot ultra fine permanent pen
  • Various colored pencils
  • China Markers
  • Water-soluble colored pencils (Albrecht Dürer by Faber-Castell)
  • Small brush
  • Water jar
  • Paper towel

Step 1:

Trace the butterflies using a ballpoint pen and/or a Pilot permanent pen.

Step 2:

Treat the outlined butterflies like a “coloring page” and fill in the shapes using colored pencils. I used a variety of pencils. Only some of them are water-soluble.

TIP: When you do add water-soluble colored pencils, use a small brush and some water right away. Otherwise you may forget which area is made to get wet.

Step 3:

Optional- Choose one butterfly to color in warm, water-soluble pencils and another in cool, water-soluble pencils.

Apply water to each one once you are done coloring them in.

Step 4:

Use your own mark making style and a China Marker to add designs around the butterflies on the background of the paper. Next, add some marks with a water-soluble pencil.

Step 5:

Add water where applicable, to the background designs.

Continue adding fun marks with different colored pencils and/or China Markers.

Step 6:

Add one final layer of water-soluble colored pencil around the main elements. (I used yellow.) Then add water with your small brush.

Step 7:

Enjoy your work of art!

Thank you for reading this tutorial. I hope you feel a sense of calm and relaxation as you trace, color, and add your wonderful marks to the paper!

Many Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello Creative Ones,

I was recently reminded about how much I love the combination of words with art.

I am sharing a quick tutorial of how you can create a painted background, and then add the Virtues Words Pocket Stencils by Artistcellar on top.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Watercolor
  • Gouache
  • Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
  • 140 lb. watercolor paper
  • Small round brush
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Water
  • Rag

Step 1:

Paint six loose rectangles on 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper.

Let dry.

Step 2:

Choose a rectangle and three of the Pocket Stencils by artistcellar.

Step 3:

Use a ballpoint pen to trace the word stencils.

Step 4:

Using Dina Wakley heavy body paint, or another acrylic paint and round brush, paint around the letters you traced.

Step 5:

Add any design details around your words.

Step 6 (Optional):

Cut out your card and give it as a gift to someone who could use some uplifting or encouraging words.

I hope that you enjoy painting your stripes, tracing your word stencils, and making art + words art for someone! (That someone could be you! These would make wonderful journaling cards, too.)

Many Blessings to You,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Greetings Everyone!

Today I have a simple yet effective trick for you to try with your stencils.

First, choose an artistcellar stencil with some nice openings. I have chosen the Gonzaga stencil from the Labyrinth Series.

Second, get a nice 1-inch wide brushand dip it into some liquid watercolor. You could use Ecoline, Dick Blick, Dr. Ph. Martin’s, or children’s paint. Create a painted area on a piece of 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper.

Third, place your stencil over the area of liquid watercolor. Use a small stencil brush and a jar of clean water to scrub through the open spaces of the stencil.

Fourth, soak up the extra water with a paper towel.

Lift the towel to see if you’ve soaked up enough water.

Fifth, remove the stencil carefully, lifting at one corner.

Finally, take a look at the interesting effect of the water lifting the color from the stencil openings.

Let the paper dry and flatten out.

From here, I can see journal writing around the perimeter of the design.

I also am thinking about a collage border. Hmmm.

Or, perhaps writing inside the lines of the stencil would be fun, too! What are your ideas?

There are always many, many options to explore with mixed media and stencils. That’s why I love it so much.

Thanks for having a look at this simple, yet effective technique to try with your favorite stencils! I hope you enjoy it and have lots of fun.

Sending Blessings and Creative Vibes,

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Greetings Everyone!

I am in studio clean up mode, and have been making some amazing art supply discoveries! One of which is a set of Art Graf water-soluble graphite that I purchased a couple of years ago. I recently taught Getting Started with Art Journaling at my favorite art supply store, Wet Paint, and they had some Art Graf out for us to play with. I am now totally obsessed.

Since I love doing crayon rubbings with stencils, I knew that something could be done with Art Graf and stencils.

Here’s what I came up with.

Supplies Used:

I placed the set of Art Graf, my sketchbook, stencil, a brush, and a jar of water out on my table.

Here’s what the set of Art Graf looks like:

I placed the Sri Yantra stencil under my paper.

I placed the paper back down, then rubbed a chunk of Art Graf over the area of the stencil.

Now comes the exciting part. Art Graf is water-soluble. So, next, I played with painting in various parts of the stencil rubbing.

I simply dipped my brush into water and started painting.

Here’s another look at my set up.

The ochre Art Graf (as well as the yellow, which I don’t have yet) is so rich and saturated in color!

I continued to play around with adding Art Graf as paint, or just water on the rubbing I created.

Near the end of my work time, I decided to add a little turquoise liquid watercolor over the Art Graf in the corners of the design.

Here’s what I ended up with when it was time to stop for dinner.

There’s a great video on Wet Paint’s website of the Carbon Black Art Graf in action. You can watch it here. The video is by Viarco. If you have extra time, I just discovered a 28-minute video on YouTube about Viarco and the making of Art Graf. It appears to be a Portuguese company, so the video has English subtitles. It is fascinating to watch. Go here, if you want to see more. (Oh, that yellow!)

May you make your own amazing art supply discoveries, and enjoy using them!

Sending Blessings and Creative Vibes,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

 

Hello Everyone,

I hope this post finds you well. I have been getting back into visual journaling again. Although I have been playing in my journals for years, I don’t always write about my life. It’s time for me to bring that back. I still will be creating fun backgrounds before I do the writing/journaling part because backgrounds are my favorite!

Today’s post is a quick tutorial for making a fun background page in your visual journal that you can then add a photo from your life (i.e. photo + washi tape), or some writing about your day, etc.

Enjoy!

Supplies Used

Step 1:

Use 2-3 matte acrylic paint colors and scrape them across your pages with an old plastic card.

Step 2:

Choose one of your favorite Artistcellar stencils; I am using the “Arrow” stencil from the Traditional Japanese Series.

Step 3:

Using a stamp pad like Staz On, rub some color over the stencil and into the openings. TIP-Do this gently as to not chew up your stamp pad.

Step 4:

Use a baby wipe to spread that ink into the spaces of the stencil. Remove the stencil and have a look.

 

Step 5:

Find an interesting stamp and a black stamp pad.

Step 6:

Create a border on the top and bottom of your page.

Now your page is all set for you to add a personal photo, or to do some journaling about your life!

Way to go!

I hope you have tons of fun in your visual journal!

Sending Blessings,

Briana

P.S. I am teaching Getting Started with Visual Journaling at Wet Paint in St. Paul, Minnesota. The next available class will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019. See the Events section on the Wet Paint site for more information and to register.

Greetings Everyone!

One of the things I love about stencils is that they provide a structure and/or texture that helps a page come alive.

Today I am sharing a tutorial where I use only a few supplies to create a dynamic journal page.

Supplies Used

Step 1:

Use Tamara Laporte’s Butterfly Wings stencil and trace the inside parts with a pencil.

Step 2:

Grab the Traditional Japanese Cherry Blossom stencil, as well as some molding paste by Golden, and a palette knife.

Spread the molding paste through the Cherry Blossom stencil. Decide if you want any of the pattern to go over the butterfly or not. I chose to let in some of the pattern.

Step 3:

Thinking about the rule of thirds, add the pattern from the Dylusions Alphabet Border stencil underneath the butterfly area on the page.

Use Distress Stain through the stencil, and blot up the extra with a paper towel.

Step 4:

Add water-soluble pencils to the butterfly. Then use a small paintbrush and water to make the pencil move like watercolor.

Step 5:

Create a rough paper mask for the butterfly.

Step 6:

Use Bubblegum Pink spray ink over the butterfly area of your page. Use a paper towel roll to soak up extra ink.

Step 7:

Remove the paper mask and take a look at your page!

In case you are curious, below is a photo with the spray ink and Distress Stain that I used.

I hope you have tons of fun in your art journal this week!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Would you like to hear my best-kept secret? Children’s art supplies, in combination with professional art supplies, are wonderful for mixed media artists.

There, now you know.

Today, I am sharing an easy tutorial that will add color, scent, and fun to your creative endeavors.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Place the Bodacious Pods stencil on a piece of watercolor paper.

Use the Mr. Sketch markers to loosely fill in the spaces of the stencil.

Enjoy the scents as you go!

Step 2:

Spritz the marker and stencil with water.

Use a paper towel roll to soak up extra water before removing the stencil from the paper.

Step 3:

Remove the stencil and see what you’ve got.

Step 4:

Place the Marked Series stencils all around the rest of the paper.

Color in some of the spaces with more colors from your Mr. Sketch scented markers set.

Step 5:

Spritz the stencils and marker with water.

Use the paper towel roll to soak up extra water, if desired.

Lift the stencils and take a look at the paper now.

 

Step 6:

Draw some wobbly rings around the pods stencil.

Spritz them with water.

Step 7:

Let the paper dry and then bask in the wonder of water spritzed over Mr. Sketch markers.

Step 8:

Use your watercolor paper as a journal cover, mail art, or tip into your art journal. A white gel pen would like great over some of those dark areas, would you agree?

Enjoy!

Thanks for being here! May you have a wonder-filled day!

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

I love combining more than one stencil on a card, and with Artistcellar you can get such fantastic designs using only part of a stencil.

Let’s look at how to make this mixed media, collage card.

First cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card stock to measure 4 ½” square and tape it onto a piece of scrap paper. Then take the Paris stencil from Artistcellar's Cathedral Series and tape it in place over the card stock. You just don’t want the stencil to shift around while adding ink.

Next, you’ll need some Distress Oxide inks in Candy Apple to add to only the right side of the stencil. You want your inking to be fairly uneven as opposed to one half being stenciled and the other not. Remove the stencil and wipe clean. Dry the ink and then stamp over the card with a script stamp.

Place the stencil back over the card stock making sure to align it with your stenciled image. Then add some gel medium in gloss, scraping the gel using an old loyalty or gift card over the part of the stencil with the red ink. Remove the stencil again and wash with warm soapy water to get rid of the gel.

Dry the gel medium with a heat gun, making sure to move it around quickly to avoid making bubbles form.

Take another ink pad of Distress Oxide in Black Soot and using a foam applicator apply the foam over the stenciled area so that you fill in the blank spots with the ink. You can see that I added black ink outside of the red area to make it look more organic. Take a paper towel and wipe away any excess black ink that is on the red, gelled areas.

Next take some watercolor paint and add some light blue along the edge of the Black Soot and some green splatter of watercolor paint onto the left side of the card. You’re looking for an uneven application here.

You can add another stencil with dots or any small pattern onto the left side of the card stock with some metallic paste. Nuvo Mousse in gold was scraped through this stencil to make the gold circles.

Lastly, stitch on some beads along the line of black. You can achieve this by making punctures with a piercing tool or ball head pin in a few places. Thread a beading needle with thread and tape the thread on the back of the card stock piece. Come up from the back in the first puncture you made, and slip a black bead onto the thread. Then go right back into the hole you just came out of and pull taut. Since the bead is larger than the puncture you made, it gets anchored onto the card front.

Cut out some accent layers of cardstock for the final card. The black piece measures 5” square, and the blue metallic card measures 5 ¼” square. Glue all layers onto a card base that measures 5 ½” square when folded in half.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to use stencils with cards, sign up on the waitlist for the Stencil Master Class at startcardmaking.com. While there you can also sign up to receive free, weekly projects sent each Tuesday to your inbox.

Hope to see you there!

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

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