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Hello everyone!  I recently watched a YouTube video by the very talented Tamara Laporte.  She created a mixed media portrait in a loose, painterly style that I just loved, so I figured I'd take a stab at it!
Using several ink sprays in varying warm colors, I started my background with the gorgeous Arabian Nights Celestial stencil from Artistcellar.
Next, I added some texture paste thru the same stencil. To give myself a heads start (ha!) I used matte medium to apply a Dina Wakley collage face to the background.  I love how you can still see the beautiful stencil design thru the tissue.
Next it was a matter of playing with a few caucasian flesh tones to add several layers of highlights and shadow.  Below are a few pics of the progression...
I'm pretty happy with how she turned out!  I stuck with mostly cool tones to pop against the background, and I love the bright orange and yellow on her face.  The stencil texture is still visible under the paint and that is super cool!
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Hello to You!

I’ve got some more Gelli prints to share with you, using the Arabian Nights Series stencils by artistcellar.

Here’s what my beginning set up looks like:

I mostly used the Dina Wakley Heavy Body acrylic paints for the following prints.

As far as the printing process, I was experimenting with keeping the stencil on the Gelli plate, and printing on deli paper (aka dry wax paper).

In the image below, I had already printed yellow. Now I am about to print a magenta color.

With the thin deli paper, it’s nice because you can touch and see where the paint is coming through the stencil onto the surface of the deli paper.

You can always lift up a corner to check things out, too.

Next, I rolled out a midnight blue color.

Just for fun, below are few photos of layered and printed deli paper, sitting on top of other stenciled prints. There are many semi-transparent options to explore when playing with deli paper!

Happy Gelli Printing, Stenciling, and Layering!

Many Blessings,

Briana of

Greetings, Everyone!

Today, I would like to share the fun I had playing with the Arabian Nights Series Stencils and the Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts. This post will be more of a show and tell, rather than a step-by-step tutorial. I hope you enjoy it!

For today, I will focus on my use of the Shooting Stars stencil in the series.

Supplies Used:

There are multiple ways to get paint onto your paper when doing Gelli printing.

It all begins with rolling out some paint onto your Gelli plate, using a soft rubber brayer.

Place a stencil on top of the paint, and then a variety of options come into play.

It’s best to play around and experiment to find what works best.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

You can place a stencil on the wet paint on the Gelli plate.

You can then place a piece of paper on top of the stencil and rub with your hands to get inside the spaces of the stencil. Depending on the stencil, sometimes this works better than other times.

Or you can let the stencil create texture in the wet paint, pull off the stencil, and then make a print on to your paper of choice.

Below, I printed on deli paper with the stencil on the plate.

There’s often so much paint on the plate, that you can pull additional prints (called ghost prints).

This time I removed the stencil and printed on copy paper.

Since I only used one color of paint, and since there was a little paint on my plate from previous projects, my print looked like this:

I decided to add a little more contrast, so I got out some dark paint. I believe this is “Night” from Dina Wakley’s heavy body paint collection.

TIP: I spritzed a little water onto the plate to thin the paint out a little.

I went through a series of steps that sort of flow in the moment. For example, I place the stencil on the plate. I pull a print. I remove the stencil, which is now wet with paint, and I try to print that on a separate piece of paper. Now the Gelli plate is still there with paint on it, ready for a ghost print. It’s a back and forth process. Once you try it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Below is a photo of the paper I use to clean off the brayer and print the wet stencil on:

Finally, here’s the result of printing the “Night” color over the initial “Lemon” print:

What I hope you’ll gain from this post is that there are many, many ways to make prints with stencils and the Gelli plate. Again, you have to experiment and find your own rhythm that works for you. It’s all quite exciting and fun! I do hope you’ll give it a try!

Thanks for being here.

Sending Blessings to you,

Briana of

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” - Les Brown

Looking through my collection of postcards I was inspired by one that I feel epitomizes the lazy days of summer and the relaxed company of friends. In the early part of the 20th Century, real photo postcards were an inexpensive way to capture and share an event. I guess you could say it was an early form of social media. So it’s no surprise that many beach goers commemorated their holidays by languorously posing on a paper moon. And lucky for us, the photographic quality was so good that many are still in wonderful condition.

I started the project by laser photocopying a card with two girls relaxing on the Moon. This copy produced the image transfer. I’ve really been having fun with them. And it is also nice to see what works and what doesn’t. Fortunately the image transferred well on to the paper.

My stencil choice was from the Arabian Nights Series. Star & Cross filled my illustration board. It was the perfect background on which to build the collage. After attaching the transfer I was ready to create using homemade washi tape. It’s so easy and fun to produce. I put down strips of surgical tape on to wax paper and either stencil, or just clean my stencils on the tape. I keep the tape at hand and keep adding images every time I work. It’s so nice to see how the shapes and colours complement each other. Once dried you can tear just the right amount you need to add to your art. It was fun layering the tape and giving the finished collage the atmosphere of a seaside boardwalk…colour and controlled chaos.

So, hats off to summer! Hope your warm weather journeys have you over the moon and unfurling experiences like a carpet of stars.


Hello Readers!

I have been doing some experimenting and playing this week. How about you?

Would you like to play along with me?

Here’s something fun you might like to try.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Get your watercolor paper, stencil, texture paste, a plastic card, and a baby wipe ready.

Apply molding paste or texture paste with a plastic card or palette knife. Smooth the paste over and through the Shooting Stars stencil (or stencil of your choice). It feels like you are frosting a cake, as you smooth out the paste.

Step 2:

Wipe stencil with a baby wipe right away and/or rinse under running water to remove the paste.

Step 3:

Let paste on watercolor paper dry completely. Check after 10 minutes or so. If the paste does not stick to your finger when you touch it, it’s dry.

Step 4:

Get your Distress Crayons and Gelatos ready to go, as well as a jar of water and a paintbrush.

Begin to apply colors of your choice, directly onto the dried, textured watercolor paper.

I made a couple of discoveries here. The Gelatos and Distress Crayons blend together nicely.

Also, I find it so fun to apply water to water-soluble, colorful art supplies! It’s magical!

Step 5:

Continue adding color and water to your heart’s content.

Step 6:

Add a fun border if you’d like!

Enjoy your art!

Thanks for playing along with me today.

Sending you well wishes, lots of colorful playtime, and other good stuff.

All of my best,

Briana of

“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” – Cecelia Ahern

Have you ever been driving down a street and wondered…Who lives in a house like this? It may not be the largest or the most attractive, but there is something about it that catches your eye. That’s how I feel about a local apartment house with the chic name Stonehurst Court. 

In my last post I mentioned recycling tissue paper to mop up paint from your stencils. Using the tissue I covered with acrylic, I created the mini canvas you see here.  I love the freedom of this technique. You never know how much of the paint will transfer. The results are unexpected and can be a great inspiration. I still have quite a lot of paper left. I will be using it for a community project in a few weeks.

One of my favourite Artistcellar stencils is the Halftone Dots Series. With just a bit of painter’s tape you can mask off just what you need to enhance your design. Inspired by the many steps leading to Stonehurst Court’s front door the largest dots, Shadow, take center stage on my canvas. As the building is surrounded by bushes and plants, I completed the design by tearing off organic sections of the tissue and layering with matte medium. The Playful Pods shimmering in gold added just the effect I was after.

Who lives in a house like this? I like to think people who are adventurous and like to create the feeling of home wherever the put down roots. Is there a certain place that inspires you? I hope you will try the tissue paper technique and have as much fun with it as I did.


"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." - Frank Zappa

I always smile when I read this Zappa quote. When I was in Art School, as much as our instructors encouraged following our creative voice, they equally stressed the importance of sales. After all, a starving artist in a garret sounds romantic, but creativity has a difficult time thriving when you’re faced with a lack of income.

I have been working on a series of Prayer Flags using the Artistcellar Tibet Series for inspiration. They will be on exhibit at WITF-TV, our local PBS channel in Harrisburg, PA. This is my second set. The first sold at an exhibition last year. Although the new set is in the spirit of the old, I found my colour choices and positions of the stencils were evolving. As you use your Artistcellar stencils you too will discover how they inspire your work. When masking a stencil here or there, you can change the feel of your design, always creating something fresh and new.

Recently a friend gifted me with a beautifully wrapped wind chime. The deep purple tissue paper she used has a wonderful sheen and light texture. I knew it would find its way into my art. While working on the flags, I found it hard to just wash all the luscious paint off my stencils. Instead, in celebration of Earth Day, I used my purple tissue as a blotter. What better way to “Reuse & Recycle”?

When I was finished stenciling my flag, I transferred the paint to the paper. The tissue took the acrylics well and soon I had two gorgeous paint covered sheets. But this is just the beginning. The paper will be a central part of a project I will write about in the coming weeks.

Have you ever tried using up your paint on paper this way? Not only “saving” your acrylic it’s a great way to extend the life of your stencil…to have positive and negative images at your fingertips.

I suppose Frank Zappa was right. As artists we can make something from nothing.  And here’s hoping you have future sales to boot!


I can never have enough small notebooks and while I am tempted to buy up every beautifully designed one I see at the stores I find that if I make one myself I am much more likely to use it. Here's an example of one I made recently. The book structure is called a Dos-a-Dos and it two books in one!

Here's what I used:
The watercolor paper will be my cover so I start by putting a thin layer of gesso on both sides. The next layer is the Night color which I spread over the paper with an old hotel key card. This was done on both sides. Now it is time for stencils! I used the Shooting stars stencil twice on each side with two different colors. Small accents were created with the Infra stencil. The paper was then cut down to 9x4.75 and using a ruler and bone folder I scored lines at the 3inch and 6inch lines to be able to fold my paper into thirds.
Prepare the inside paper by folding the paper in half and creating two signatures with ten sheets each. The signatures were then stitched to the cover using a simple three hole pamphlet stitch. I put the completed book under heavy weights overnight to help flatten it more and now it is ready to tuck in my purse ready to be filled with lists, ideas and drawings!
I hope this inspires you to create a little book this week and I encourage you to do a quick web search for more beautiful Dos-a-Dos books. I hope you have a creative week!

Hello beautiful souls,

Sometimes you just need some new clothes because you are tired of the same old stuff, that and you have not found a style out there like something you could make yourself. I bought this t-shirt with the intention to paint on it for Christian and finally got to it. I started out with the star and cross stencil for my glow-in-the-dark layer.  I will admit this is the HARDEST layer to see since it's almost transparent. I did 2 layers of fabric paints to make sure I had a nice solid glowing layer. I checked my progress with a black light to make sure I didn't have a week blurry looking layer.  I also botched getting the design even an I didn't end on the box shape of the stencil so I have one extra line on the right side of the shirt (Oops!). I also had to repeat the stencil 3 times to make the back design to finish the block shape.

Next I used the Metatron's cube stencil with black paint since it's the central design for the shirt.

I used tape to secure the stencil and keep it from shifting as I worked. I wanted to accent some more symbols on the shirt so I chose the pocket chakra stencils. I laid out a few designs to see how I wanted to use the chakras and decided I wanted the root chakra in the center of the cube.

Here is the finished shirt design.

I wish I could have gotten a better photo of how awesome the shirt glows, but you can kind of get the idea here.

How do you keep your wardrobe exciting by making art?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

Hello again!

This week I've been super busy, I launched my first ever solo online class called "The Magic Forest". After all the excitement, I decided to continue working in my Magic Forest journal for this project. 

Today, I'm going to be using: 

To start, I used a Artistcellar Arabian Nights stencil with Adirondack color wash spray. Then, I spritzed the Dylusions spray a few times and let it drip.

Now, we can start layering collage. For this, I used e6000 glue. It's extremely sticky, but it's tough. Since this collage is thicker than normal, matte medium won't be the best choice for it. 

After gluing the collage, I used black pens and acrylic paint to doodle and add splatters.

Then, I applied the Ice Stickles Glitter Glue. The orange peel is AMAZING because it's both orange but with green glitter. It fits in well with the green in my photograph! Then, to finish it all off, I used the Artistcellar Diamond Series stencil with Gold leaf adhesive. When the adhesive had turned clear, I put a sheet of gold leaf on top and used a dry brush to move the excess. 

Ta-da! I LOVE THIS PAGE! It fits right in with my Magic Forest journal.

Speaking of, if you would like to join - the classroom is open now! You can sign up here, (and don't forget to check the description for a early bird special!)

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