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Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

“Open to me, so that I may open. Provide me with your inspiration. So that I may see mine.” – Rumi

I believe in Synchronicity. I believe you get what you need when you need it most. I enjoy creating prayer flags and decided to continue the series. I knew I was on the right path when the Rumi quote crossed my Twitter feed. It was what I needed when I needed it.

This flag is larger in size than the others in the series. I knew the Artistcellar 12” x 12” Sanskrit Om was perfect for this design. Om is a “seed” mantra and is related to the Third Eye the Sixth chakra. Exploring this chakra, your energy to "see" clearly is heightened. The Third Eye renews our ability to view the world and ourselves with hope for the possibilities of life. Most importantly, your Third Eye is the window to experiencing the feelings of others from their perspective…to revive our ability to empathize with those we meet.

To keep the fabric taut while I worked I covered my poster board with a light coat of spray adhesive and positioned the flag. The weight of the fabric is great and shows the stenciling to its best advantage. I chose colours that symbolize the feeling of serenity and are uplifting to me. Once Om was dried I continued with the rest of the design.

Another advantage of working with Artistcellar stencils is the variety of sizes available. The bottom of the flag is filled with two sizes of the Seafoam stencil. I have been creating collage art on rocks, most recently at my local library. The shape of the stencil reminded me of those rocks and the inspiring quotes our group added to each one. The Halftone Dots added a punch of colour.

Now that the flag is complete it will hang with the others as a daily reminder of the spirit of Om. May we all be open to each other and share what inspires us most.


  • DECOART: Splendid Gold, Blue Harbor
  • PLAID: Color Shift Blue Violet Flash, Calypso Sky
  • DYLUSIONS PAINT: Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass, Fresh Lime, London Blue, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink
  • REEVES: Bronze, Gold
  • 7 oz. COTTON DUCK FLAG: 18” X 28”

Putting marks, paint, ink, and color on paper is one of my favorite things to do. As
a mixed media artist or dabbler, you might feel the same way, too!

Over time, I have learned that I am not into perfection. I much prefer play and experimentation.

Today, I invite you to play with copy paper or drawing paper as your substrate.

It’s easy to assume that such paper is not up to the task for mixed media play. However, through trying things, I have learned that I love thinner paper for the following:  collage (it’s easier to cut and glue), handmade envelopes (it’s easier to fold), and book making (more pages fit into a signature with thinner paper).

Tips for Using Copy or Drawing Paper

Tip No. 1:

Starting with a scraped or brayered layer of acrylic paint adds some durability to thinner paper.

Tip No. 2:

When using a stencil, brayering over it makes for a messy result. I would recommend using a cosmetic wedge or a stencil brush for applying the paint, even with larger stencils like this Chakras 2-Om Crown, 12 x 12 stencil.

Tip No. 3:

Spray inks work great for large stencils, like the 12 x12 Coral Series, as well as the Chakras 2-Om Crown, 12 x 12 stencil.

I envision some lovely handwriting/journaling in black ink, to the right of this OM symbol.

In summary, there’s a lot you can do with “regular” paper. Acrylic paint makes for a great base layer. From there, adding stamps, stencils, handwriting, ink, markers, and watercolor are just some of your many options.

May you give yourself the privilege of playing with copy or drawing paper sometime soon. It’s quite fun! And who doesn’t need more fun in their life, right?

Sending Blessings and Gratitude to you all,

Briana of

Hello my lovely lovelies!

Today I am sharing a small project I completed today, it is a gift for a friend for the holidays.

I started by grabbing my 12"x12" OM stencil, as plain canvas bag, my Inktense blocks or pencils and Dye-Na-Flow inks.

I start by placing my stencil on my bag and tracing it using an Inktense pencil.

I then used a brush to paint the stenciled with Dye-na-Flow in Sun yellow and Magenta. I then sprayed the canvas with water so the Dye-na-Flow and the Inktense bled together creating a wash of color.

With the canvas bag still wet I grabbed a few Dina Wakley paints in Lemon, Magenta and Ocean to add some dimension.

I decided to add more pop to it by using the paints and Dye-Na-Flows until I was happy with how the bag the looked!

I really hope my friends likes her present!

Big hugs and mushies!

Shana Banana

Hello! Today is all about mixed media layers and inspiration from the Om symbol. 

I hope you enjoy the video I made as a result:


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