Blocks and Books and Giveaways, oh my!

Yay! We have a new series out! This one is nice and square and blocky and makes great texture and backgrounds! I've been playing with these for awhile, beginning with my gelli plate (naturally!) Here's what they look like: 

Open Work

Deco

Tiles

Cross-T

Aren't they pretty? Of course I couldn't just show you the designs. You can see those on the Artistcellar Website Stencils page. 

So you know how you can have a half finished canvas laying around and it's saying to you "meh." Well, I grabbed one of those canvases and just started some layering with the Blocks Stencils. And since I loved how the design team kept using crackle paste through stencils, I tried that too. Boy did I have a hot mess at the end. Now it screamed "MEH!!" But I did a little trick that my friend reminded me of... I tied it all together with Nickel Azo and Burnt Umber glazes. This is what happened. 

But check out this texture! I wasn't sure if my crackle paste would even crackle, with the humidity being 423% (or so it felt) but it turned into crackle on steroids! 

And hidden in between the texture-y goodness lay more blocks. 

I sorta like this piece now. I call it "Cracked, not Broken" The original piece was inspired by a huge sidewalk crack I took a picture of, the end result is a little more metaphorical and reminds me of that poem about "cracks letting the light in." 

This morning I was visiting Diana Trout's blog and saw this little tutorial on Twinchies. Well, these were tags that failed at paper marbling so I stenciled over them, cut them square and decided to try Diana's method. I first glued some book page words on the squares and covered the entire square in an Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. I ended coating them twice to get a nice thick gloss. I then dipped the edges in a flat gold embossing powder and melted them smooth. I grabbed another half-finished canvas I've had laying around for YEARS and gave it a fresh coat of paint and stenciling with the same Tiles stencil, and mounted the little tile in the middle of the canvas. I coated the canvas edges in the glass bead gel to give it a little bling. The funny part is that the "Beautiful Exasperation" cracked when I tried to straighten it. I love delicious irony. 

But wait. Didn't I mention in the Newsletter something about a GIVEAWAY? Yes, yes I did! I'm giving away a set of stencils and a beautiful book called "Art Journal Your Archetypes" by artist and author Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli. It is a gorgeous book filled with artwork and interviews by your favorite artists like Nathalie Kalbach, Orly Avineri, Sarah Trump, Jessica Sporn, Mary Beth Shaw, Seth Apter, and Tamara Laporte. Yours Truly has a little piece of artwork in there, representing my main archetype "Nature Girl." 

It has a section where you can answer questions to figure out what archetypes you most identify with, and half the book shows you how you can use stencils and other mixed media methods to create journal pages to honor your archetypes. It really is a unique book, with a fascinating subject, you will be sure to learn something about yourself and then want to create art about it! 

Gabrielle and I also got the chance to talk a little bit over at Google Hangouts and she recorded it for everyone to see. (eeek!) We talked about archetypes, art journaling, running a business, and other "stuff". Enjoy!

Now for the details of the Giveaway! Just leave a comment here about what you think your archetypes are. Or just leave a comment about what you think about the Blocks stencils and artwork. Or just say hi :-) I will pick a random winner on October 8th, after the Design Team has had a chance to show off their creations. You have to come back to THIS post to enter the giveaway. Only one entry per person, duplicates will be eliminated. I am giving away a brand new book and a set of stencils. And if I have more than 50 comments, I will be giving away another book and set of stencils! So share this post and encourage people to enter. Good luck and... 

Have a fantastic week! 

xoLisa 




Lisa Cousineau
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63 Responses

Kim
Kim

October 08, 2016

The book sounds fascinating, and the stencils look grand! Thanks for this opportunity!

Carol Desjarlais
Carol Desjarlais

October 08, 2016

I follow you and use your tips and ideas often. I worked in the educational systems, Native American Schools, for 23 years, retrieving youth at risk in communities at risk. I retired a decade ago and have been working on healing self since then. I would truly love to be able to utilize your book or blocks. Thank you for the opportunity and for all you give.

GJENEVE HOPKINSON
GJENEVE HOPKINSON

October 08, 2016

I find this all very intriguing. I don’t know what my type is, but would love to learn.

Jackie Smith
Jackie Smith

October 08, 2016

OMG I’m not sure what my Archetype is but I need some stencil intervention because I want those stencils!!! Would love to win the book & stencils! Thank you!

Wendy
Wendy

October 06, 2016

Love geometrics, so the stencils spoke to me immediately! Not sure what my archetype is – guess the book would really help out with that! Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous goodies!

Amanda
Amanda

September 30, 2016

Nature Girl!

Nicole
Nicole

September 29, 2016

I really like the one Zach made, love the colors. They are all beautiful ! Archetype ???? Not sure, I would have to read the book =)

Carole Carlson
Carole Carlson

September 28, 2016

Not sure about my archetype, unless it is “lover of stencils”! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Karen
Karen

September 28, 2016

I would love to try these stencils.

Deb
Deb

September 28, 2016

Hi! Love the stencils.

Susie Risk
Susie Risk

September 27, 2016

I like these new stencils especially the tile. These stencils will make some very interesting art. The crackle paste looks great. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and stencils!

Angela Grasse
Angela Grasse

September 27, 2016

I think I need to read up on archetypes to find out which I am.

Susan Partridge
Susan Partridge

September 27, 2016

The stencils are just in time for playing with my new & yet to be used Gelli Plate! I am drawn to the idea of blending the archetypes with art and just the suggestion sparks creative life in me! This is definitely a combo worth having! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Lupa
Lupa

September 27, 2016

I’m new to stencils, and gesso and multilayered artwork but one thing for sure, IT’S BIG FUN! Cool book and UBER BLOCKS!
Taking archetypes from The Tarot (Smith-Waite) I’d say Hermit and Priestess would be me. Obviously, I go back and forth and then I veer off into Fool territory…

Johanne
Johanne

September 26, 2016

I lové the new blocs stencils set and the labiyrinth one as well. I have No clueAquid of my archétypes because I don’t have any description of them. The book previews on Amazon, doesn’t shom Rheault description. I Would like to be the lucky winner of This generous give away. And I lové to See all the Beautiful art and explain actions on the Blog. Thank you.

Adriana Moreira
Adriana Moreira

September 26, 2016

Wow love those new stencils and with the crackle paste they look awesome. Thanks Lisa! xx

Susanne Rector
Susanne Rector

September 26, 2016

OMG – I love those new stencil – and would LOVE to read your book. I don’t know who my archetype is, but it sounds fascinating and I would love to find out!!! <3

lisa
lisa

September 26, 2016

love them ALL ! xoxo

Jeanne Kelly
Jeanne Kelly

September 26, 2016

Great texture from these new stencils!

APG Jamie
APG Jamie

September 26, 2016

wow, I don’t have a clue of my “type” lol it may depend on day (maybe yeah) I do this whole square’age stencil set & the book umm, yes sounds great.

tile we meet again LOL

xo

Dale Botha
Dale Botha

September 26, 2016

OMGosh! Be still my heart…..that crackle in between the blocks is so darn awesome! I had goosebumps thinking about how I could use these stencils and crackle! Fabulous new range and what a great book too. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win the new stencils and book…..yes, that will be a wonderful early Christmas gift! xx

Rae Lynn Reffruschinni
Rae Lynn Reffruschinni

September 26, 2016

I would love a copy of the Archetypes book! I have it on my to buy list. I’m not sure what my archetype is, but think it would include nature.

Terri Landreth
Terri Landreth

September 26, 2016

Really nice! I love your work and the wide range of emotions.

Bea
Bea

September 26, 2016

I guess I’ll have to give crackling another try. It didn’t work for me the one time I tried. Looks great…

Janelle
Janelle

September 26, 2016

I love the block stencils and the Broken piece that you created. It’s fabulous. All the new stencils coming out are great.

leslieb
leslieb

September 26, 2016

I really like the new stencils! I especially like the tiles and openwork. Love the idea of using them to add more texture, even to small border pieces! Thank you for the giveaway.

Joan
Joan

September 26, 2016

Love the art work displayed here. Gives me fresh ideas with which to play in my art journals!! Thank you!!

Jan
Jan

September 26, 2016

You really brought these stencils to life and gave me inspiration for how to use them! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Rita Montgomery
Rita Montgomery

September 26, 2016

I love squares and rectangles, really, anything geometric. These blocks are fantastic and would love to get my hands on them. Thank you for a chance to win.

Beverly
Beverly

September 26, 2016

I love the crackle! This is a really fun set of stencils.

Marge Taylor
Marge Taylor

September 26, 2016

I love the look of the block series and the crackle paste does look awesome! My goal for 2016 has been to try new materials, new styles in my art work and art journals, and I would love to give these stencils a whirl. I’m also very curious to see where the book and info about my archetype might lead me.

Chirp
Chirp

September 26, 2016

The archetypes I am working with right now are Wounded Child and Innocent Child, along with some kind of healthy compassionate masculine energy that I do not have a name for (yet). I would love a chance to win the geometric stencils and later today I am going to play with crackle paste! Thank you!

Anita K.
Anita K.

September 26, 2016

Awesome to see the creativity used with block stencils. I enjoyed the video chat as well. Book and Block Series stencils look like something every artist needs in their personal supply cache! I’ve been drawn to geometric shapes forever. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

alyce mcdonald
alyce mcdonald

September 26, 2016

I love all the stencils, can’t seem to not be interested in all of them I have used the cathedral corners many times, they are wonderful. I also just received the pods thing and am getting ready to work with those. Thanks for inspiring.
Alyce

Jean Marmo
Jean Marmo

September 26, 2016

Love this! When I was in school years ago, I would draw overlapping squares. Pages and pages of them. THis is definietly my type!

jan blount
jan blount

September 26, 2016

These new stencils are especially cool….my mind is running away with idea possibilities. As far as archetypes that identify with …turned 62 this year so embracing the crone is pretty active right now…with a equally big helping of magical child. This new book sounds yummy. .

Ann
Ann

September 26, 2016

The new stencils are just super and your crackle sample is so very cool.
Ann

Sara
Sara

September 26, 2016

I’m not sure about my archetype, but I know I love these stencils.

Susan Dyson
Susan Dyson

September 26, 2016

This book looks AMAZING. I am so into archetypes but didn’t even think about art journaling about them/with them/as them. Love your stencil samples, too. Very inspiring!

Kim English
Kim English

September 26, 2016

How exciting. I LOVE the new block series and your artwork. All that texture is fantastic and the layers – so yummy. Thank you for the opportunity to win the stencils and the book! pick me, pick me….lol

Dorcee
Dorcee

September 26, 2016

I love what you did with the stencils and would love my own set! Love the crackle.

Denise Huntington
Denise Huntington

September 26, 2016

Love the squares stencils, love what you did with them (especially “Cracked, but not Broken”!). I can’t watch the video right now since I’m at work…but I’ll take a look tonight to guess what my major archetype is. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great items!

Anni/Handgathered
Anni/Handgathered

September 26, 2016

Wow. The crackle sample you guys created is really inspiring. Very cool. I Googled ‘Archetype’ and got a feel of where I fall into the realm. I’m pretty much about creativity, exploration and nurturing.

Margot Bigelow
Margot Bigelow

September 26, 2016

I love the block stencils and what you’ve done with them. Just think of all the ways I could use them if my archetype was “Blockhead”. But I think my archetype (right now) might be the Child. Thanks for the opportunity to win the stencils set and the book; it looks fabulous!

Linda Reitz
Linda Reitz

September 26, 2016

I don’t know my choices for Archetype – but it would be rainy day energy if there was one. Give me a sky that is gray and trees green with vibrant life and I will be elated. Of course, Phoenix does not give me many of those, so my craft room is my retreat, with gray carpet and lush scents of paper, paint and gesso. I love all the varieties of stencils, and how you use them in so many different ways. Thanks for the inspiration.

Patty
Patty

September 26, 2016

I think I need to learn more about archetypes! I actually started to learn a little about them for my “business self” so I’d love to see how they apply to my “artist self”. I like to blend my two “selves” into my work to come up with creative ways to sell my products to my customers. I may very well learn that I’m not a split personality after all :)

Valerie Walter
Valerie Walter

September 26, 2016

Yay!!! I have been very interested in archetypes and have been working to study them through my art and I am sooo excited to see this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on it! The explorer and the magician both resonate with me quite a bit, however I can see bits of myself in so many of them as life progresses. Thanks for all you do! <3

Pam Weiler
Pam Weiler

September 26, 2016

I am not sure of my archetype, so I think this is a book I need to purchase or hopefully win. I do love Tamara Laporte.

LeeAnn Gibson
LeeAnn Gibson

September 26, 2016

I’ve been considering the book, even added it to my wishlist. It’s great to get a little more info from you! And I love the block stencils, especially the deco.

Arlene
Arlene

September 26, 2016

Lots of good stuff in your blog post today! I love what you Sid with the crackle paste and your new Blocks stencil series. So interesting. I use your stencils so often in my abstract painting work, and I love them a lot – the add such depth to it. That new book about Archetypes and art journaling is very fascinating. I want to dig into it to discover my own archetypes. Great interview with Gabrielle too..I enjoyed watching it. Good luck with your giveaway. xo

Ruth Aubertine
Ruth Aubertine

September 26, 2016

Love the new stencils and the book looks amazing!! Not sure what type I am though! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and fabulous stencils!

cher
cher

September 26, 2016

love the new set! so many possibilities! thank you for a chance to win:)

Lissa
Lissa

September 26, 2016

The block stencils are making the cogs and wheels turn in my mind! I love the art that was make with the stencils. It just draws my eyes to it! Love them!

Pam B
Pam B

September 26, 2016

Archetype to me is a recurrent design or theme used to express a sentiment.

Kathy Stacy
Kathy Stacy

September 26, 2016

I’m a stencil lover and these blocks are a great addition to any collection. I don’t know a whole lot about archetypes, but would love to read the book to find out more. Thanks for the opportunity.

Tamiko
Tamiko

September 26, 2016

Love the set. Hmm pull it all together with nickel azo and burnt umber glazes eh. That texture is pure yumminess…

April Lopez
April Lopez

September 26, 2016

I love the block stencil. I love the use of it in the background and this book looks fascinating.

Fiona Jackson
Fiona Jackson

September 26, 2016

I almost always paint faces and love doing them so much. The typical face I paint represents my inner self and my emotions, or at times The Goddess. So I’m guessing those would be my archetypes. LOVE the stencils – you have such a wonderful variety. Thanks for the chance to win some, Lisa.

Renee Zarate
Renee Zarate

September 26, 2016

Love your new release, I can tell these blocks could be used so many ways on so many projects! The book looks fascinating too.

Linda Wyatt
Linda Wyatt

September 26, 2016

Pick me pick me pick me, love the new stencils and sure could have fun with them. And the book sounds great. Pick me pick me

Jackie P Neal
Jackie P Neal

September 26, 2016

hahaaa Tile we meet again!! That was cute!!
Lisa, I LOVE what you did with the tile on canvas-brilliant!! And the new Block Series is just fabulous!! Congratualtions on another winner and having some of your own artwork published- you rock!! xx

Ina Good
Ina Good

September 26, 2016

I love geometrics so this is a perfect stencil!!! I also thought cracked and Broken was my favorite you did!!! I love red and black!!!

Franny
Franny

September 26, 2016

The red and black blocks are a striking combination! Beautiful.

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