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February 22, 2016
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou
Hello, hello, everyone! My name is Briana Goetzen. I am thrilled to be a part of the Artistcellar Design Team. I am a multi media artist and Expressive Arts Coach who believes in the power of creative expression. I seek to inspire you to get in touch with your own inner strengths, wisdom, and creativity, so that you may be more whole, more connected, and more true to YOU!
Art supplies (and books) have been my true love since I was a child. As an adult, the world of mixed media has also made my heart go pitter pat. Stencils in particular get me “crazy excited”! Do you know the feeling?
I adore the stencils here at Artistcellar. The quality is superior, and the designs speak to my heart and soul.
Typically, the art I create and teach is with a “process over product” philosophy. This means that I believe getting present and enjoying the process of “playing” is more important than a specific end result. (My goal is less stress, MORE JOY!)
Below is an example of how I work. Imagine me in my messy art studio with a fresh pack of QUASICRYSTALS SERIES stencils. My time is limited, so I quickly grab some paint bottles in colors that please me. I’ve got my paint, stencils, and cosmetic wedges ready.
My process looked like this:
With the “Penrose” stencil from the QUASICRYSTALS set, I used craft acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge. I started from the outside with the bright red-orange, then transitioned to pink. With a clean cosmetic wedge, I switched to dabbing yellow in the center of the stencil. Finally, I added a little lime green on the outside edges of the yellow center.
Excited to try more from the QUASICRYSTALS series, I grabbed a random piece of paper in my art studio. The multi-colored metallic circle (or Ënso) I previously painted, would look great with the “Quasi” pattern inside. Black acrylic paint would create a nice contrast. You can also see I tried a few dots from the “Infra” stencil, over on the right side of the paper. Loving the “Infra” dots led me to experiment with an overall pattern on some deli paper! Again, I am still using black acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge with the stencil.
Pictured below is the deli paper on top of the two previous stencil pieces.
I am an avid art journaler, so I am always trying out new ways to add layers and interesting elements to my pages. Can’t you just see an “Infra” stenciled deli paper flap, attached with some washi tape, over one of QUASICRYSTALS stencils, on a journal page? Yum, yum, yum!
Yes, my process is a little random, but I’d rather be making art than just thinking about making art! Agreed?
Plus, artful play is good for your health! (Remember, less stress, MORE JOY!)
Lastly, I must mention that my other favorite set of Artistcellar stencils is the Signature Series MARKED by Lynn Krawczyk. Below is a picture of the “Tracks” stencil, where I was playing with modeling paste, spray inks, and graphite scribbles.
Thank you for reading this post! I can’t wait to share more Artistcellar goodness with you in the coming months!
I’d like to invite you to subscribe, follow, or peek around my Orange Spiral Arts blog and social media links below. Creative expression can help heal your hurts and transform your life for the better. Express yourself! Be freeeeeeee!
Blessings and Peace,
PS If you are local to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, I offer art workshops for adults on a regular basis around town! If you are states or oceans away, I have some online offerings as well.
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