Cristin Creates Calm.

When I started working on today’s project – the theme that kept coming up for me was "calm." I wanted to create calming artwork in a calming environment. For me, the way to begin is always lighting a bit of incense or white sage. Scent helps me start the calming process. Next, I grabbed the Sacred Geometry 2 stencils. When I look at them, I find them mesmerizing – and definitely calming!

This time, I decided to pick a color scheme before I started. Sometimes I do this so that I can work without having to worry much about what color goes with what, or what I should use where. Today, I’m going to use Titan Buff, Cobalt Teal, Magenta, Payne’s Grey, Dioxaxine Purple and of course – Fluorescent Pink!

I started with an Aquabord from Ampersand. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t gesso it, however, I had recently painted something on it that I didn’t like. So gesso first it is.

Next, I added a layer of Dye-Na-Flow in “Midnight Blue”. Before it dried, I also sprinkled some salt. 

Let it dry completely, then wipe the salt away. I think it leaves a cool texture to work with. 

Next up, I used Sacred Geometry 2 stencils with DecoArt Media Mister in “Purple”. I’m not worried about adding more layers on top of this because the mister dries permanently. 


Once that dried completely, I brought in some more white gesso so I could have a nice surface to draw on, but I wanted that gesso to melt into the painting so I let it drip. 

Next, I sketched and then painted it with the colors listed above. I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Golden High Flow. Then, I finished it off with white highlights with my Uniball Signo UM-153 pen. 


I hope you have enjoyed this process and that you have found your calm along the way.​

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


1 Response


March 26, 2016

So many great tips, Cristin! Thank you!
Salt with Dye-Na-Flow, DecoArt Misters are permanent-who knew?! Now I do, thanks to your great post!
Oh, and those neon pink spirals on her cheeks are THE best!
PS The idea of using smell to begin the calming process spoke to my soul!!! Thanks for including that bit of detail.

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