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Hello Everyone,

A while back I had the idea to use some Artistcellar stencils that I had not tried yet. You know, the ones in my stash. (Please tell me I am not the only one with an art supply stash!!)  I introduced the following hashtag on Instagram: #artistcellarstencilchallenge. There was not a lot of participation, which is no big deal. However, I still like this idea, as it never hurts to have a little encouragement to use our supplies on hand or the ones in our stash. Since Instagram now allows you to “follow” hashtags, I would gladly cheer you on if you do ever decide to use some of your new Artistcellar stencils and post them to Instagram with #artistcellarstencilchallenge.

Today, I am using the following supplies to create the most colorful lily pads you have ever seen!

Supplies Used:

Water Series stencils-12 x12 Lily Pads

Acrylic paint

Foam paint roller

Baby wipe

Crayola Slick Stix

Rag and Bone Bindery Large Blank Page Journal

ProArt Markers-Set of 100 colors

TIP: Back to school season is a great time to find markers and other basic supplies on sale at your local shopping spots, like Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc. I highly suggest getting a set of 100 markers. Crayola makes a set that I have been happy with, as I keep stealing them from my son’s art center. : )

Step 1:

I rolled two tones of green over the large 12 x 12 stencil, using a foam roller.

I decided to use a page spread in my Rag and Bone Bindery journal to clean off the stencil with a baby wipe. See images below.

Step 2:

I decided to add some color to those negative space lily pads.

I used Crayola Slick Stix first.

To move the color, I simply dipped my finger in a jar of water and touched it to the lily pad I just outlined.

I thought about stopping here, but pushed myself to keep going. 

Step 3:

Use a box of 100 markers to your heart's content.

I reached for my set of 100 markers for motivation, as color gets me every time. 

I noticed that coloring made me feel calm. I also noticed my brain was processing some hard stuff I’ve been thinking about lately, but my body felt calm and relaxed while doing so. This helped me to keep going with the coloring.

Below are some photos of my completed page, where I used Crayola Slick Stix, as well as markers to fill in the lily pads. 

I then added a few lines and swirly rock formations into the mix!

The left side of my page has some space for journaling or doodling, which I think will offset the lily pads and swirls nicely.

Step 4:

Add journaling or any other doodles to complete your page spread.

In Summary:

If you feel inspired, post your art to Instagram using the hashtag #artistcellarstencilchallenge. I would love to see what you create using your stash of stencils!

May you make some time to color and play, so you, too may feel a sense of calm and peace in your heart. Art is good for the soul!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello, my name is Kirsten and I LOVE making books! After my last project making a beautiful little gift box from a plain ol' box from the dollar store I had the idea of creating a box to go inside. 

Here's what I used:

  • cardstock for the main book structure
  • various collage papers, including some printed will a gel plate and stencils
  • gesso and paint
  • favorite Artistcellar stencils to decorate book
  • waxed linen thread and needle
  • awl or something to poke small holes
  • Ribbon and washi tape

The main structure is an accordion which is painted with gesso and paint with a dry brush, stencils and collage papers.

Inside the book are two signatures made from several pieces of collage papers sewn into the accordion with a three hole pamphlet stitch. 

The folded book fits inside the book and stays in place with a ribbon secured to the bottom of the box with a piece of washi tape.

I hope this little project inspires you to create something this week!

Howdy Ya’ll,

I am going to let you know that I am feeling all the feels at the moment. One thing that seems to help me in this situation is to turn to the art journal for some color, writing, and feelings of relief.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Spray Inks for the background.

Use a roll of paper towels to soak up extra ink.

Step 2:

Choose a stencil and grab your Dylusions Blendable Acrylic paint, as well as a cosmetic wedge for application.

Step 3:

Apply paint through stencil.

Step 4:

Write some comforting words around the stencil image, using a Uni-Posca Paint Pen.

Steps 5 and 6:

Use a hand-carved stamp as a border for your page.

Use alphabet stamps to print a phrase for what you most need and want in this moment.

Step 7:

Take a picture of your page.

May this light and love reach you now.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello Artist Friends,

Today is my 27th post written for the artistcellar blog. I am about to go deep, so you may wish to take a centering breath before you read on.

The art I would like to share today, is a page in my journal, inspired by listening to the audio book Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein.

SUPPLIES USED:

In the introduction of Miracles Now, Gabby says

Over the last several years, our collective negativity and fear have adversely affected the economy, the environment, and the health of all beings on this planet. Due to new technology, global warming, financial crises, violent crimes, political turmoil, and planetary shifts, we’ve become more sensitive to the energy around us and the pace of life. The world has sped up, and the changes we’re experiencing can be difficult to navigate. The intensity of this time can be very uncomfortable and, in many cases, paralyzing. (p. 1, Miracles Now, Gabrielle Bernstein, 2014)

First of all, I want to say that creative expression is so important, as we practice self-care in this tumultuous time. Keeping an art journal is salve for the soul. Of course, any form of creative expression is encouraged. For me, art journaling and writing are my go-to forms of self expression.

Second, I am a fairly happy, healthy human, but in no way is my life perfect. I don’t believe anyone’s life is “perfect”. We are all struggling; because working through life’s challenges is how we learn, grow, and transform.

I also want to say that creative expression does not need to take a lot of time to create a shift in how you are feeling. I did this journal page rather quickly, but felt very connected to something greater, full of light, hope, and inspiration.

That feeling of inspiration led me to look up the meaning of the number 27, after noting this is my 27th blog post for artistcellar. I had a sense there was something there for me to learn.

According to this numerology site here, 9 is quite a significant number.

“Number 9 is the number of Universal love, eternity, faith, Universal Spiritual Laws, the concept of karma, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, service to humanity, humanitarianism and the humanitarian, lightworking and lightworkers, leading by positive example, philanthropy and the philanthropist, charity, self-sacrifice, selflessness, destiny, life purpose and soul mission, generosity, a higher perspective, romance, inner-strength, public relations, responsibility, intuition, strength of character.”

And then I also noticed this: 

Numbers Adding to 9
 27 / 9
Artist, must lift the energies to the highest, balance and perfection, Universal Love, Brotherhood, unfolding, completion, humanitarianism, benevolent, intuitive, selflessness”
 

Interesting, right?

Okay, let’s get grounded by taking a look at the art journal page.

Allow me to share the steps I took to create in my art journal. Again, this may quick and easy.

Step 1: Grab needed supplies

Step 2: Create some marks on deli paper with Distress Crayons. Spritz with water.

Step 3: Make a print in your art journal to get rid of the blank page. (Honestly, this didn’t turn out like I had hoped, but it didn’t really matter. I did get rid of the blank page.)

Step 4: Draw into the wet areas and other parts of the journal page, using Distress Crayons.

Step 5: Create a focal point that will be decorated using Inka-Gold.

Step 6: Open the Inka-Gold container and revel at its beauty. : )

Apply the gold paint with a brush to the focal point.

Step 7: Using a pencil, write “Miracles NOW” in the gold circle.

Step 8: Use a black paint pen to make the words stand out.

Step 9: Meditate on “Miracles NOW” in that shimmering gold circle.

In summary, I do recommend Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein. Even if you only get one take away item to use and practice, that is enough.

Please take good care of yourself in these challenging times. There’s a lot happening globally and in each individual person’s life. Spread as much love as you can muster, starting with self-love.

If you feel inspired, keep a journal. Writing and art making are extremely beneficial.

Thank you for reading this post. May you be well in mind, body, and spirit.

“When the masses begin to vibrate with an energy of love, the world will no longer be a container for war, violence, and lies.” (p. 2, Miracles Now, Gabrielle Bernstein, 2014)

May it be so.

Blessings and Peace to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello again!

How long has it been since you played with Shrink Film? I found a few packages in my stash and decided to play. I had never tried to shrink an entire sheet before so I decided to try that and see if the result could be used as book covers. I was not disappointed!

Here is my supply list for this project:

  • Shrink Film (regular ol' clear stuff)
  • Cheap-o craft paints (but any water-based acrylic will work)
  • Halftone Dots Stencils (I just used the two largest dot sizes)
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Hole punch (3/16 size)
  • Basic Bookbinding supplies for the Coptic Binding Stitch

Cover one side of the shrink film with one color of dots. When that is dry cover the other side with dots in a complementary color. Repeat this on another sheet of Shrink Film. Using a hold punch punch the holes where your binding will be. Remember to punch the holes BEFORE you shrink!

Now it is time to shrink the film in your oven per the instructions on the package. It will take less than 5 minutes and it is so cool to watch!!

Cool under a heavy, flat weight for a few minute to make sure it ends up flat.

The results will not be consistent from one sheet to another and the edges most likely will not be square but that was okay with me. Time to assemble the book!

I will not include a full tutorial on preparing a book block or the coptic stitch because there are a multitude of them all over the internet that explain things much better than I could. So I encourage you to search it out and watch a few videos.

Ta Da! The final book is fun and whimsical. I like the dimension that results from having the dots on both sides of the film. It makes a cool layering effect. The color of the paint became rich and dark after shrinking and has a cool texture to it. There is a little flaking as it is just cheap craft paint so I think a light layer of a spray sealer would help. I want to try this with more quality acrylics (like Dina Wakley's paints) to see if they end up having a different texture after shrinking. 

Shrink film and stencils are a match made in heaven!

My brain is rapidly slowing down as SPRING BREAK approaches and I fear I will fall over as I teach Kinders the wonders of Still Lifes in the few days left before sweet freedom(!) and road trips(!!) arrive. Is that how you are feeling too, my fellow creatives? It is during these times where I need a simple project to rock my world and give my creativity a boost towards ACTUALLY MAKING THINGS. I explain all this to you to set the scene for a recent discovery of mine.

In my quest to use stencils in ways different from my usual, I stumbled upon an awesome texture technique that I am convinced someone has already discovered. Since I don't see it taking the crafty blogiverse by storm I must deduce that that someone lacked the proper publicity skillz to get this out into the world where it can grow and marry and make beautiful texture babies. 

Ahem.

So I will step forth and do what needs to be done. Listen carefully....

Grab your art journal, a brayer, some Dina Wakley acrylics, a paint palette, Golden Acrylic glazing liquid and some rad stencils. The ones I used here are Artistcellar's Sacred Geometry 2 and the Old World Maps Series.

Squeeze a little bit of paint and glazing liquid onto the palette and use your brayer to mix it up and smooth it out. When your brayer is evenly inked grab a stencil and carefully roll the brayer over it once or twice. Now, lay aside your stencil and roll your brayer onto a blank page in your art journal. 

TA-DAAAA!

With some of the ink transferring onto the stencil and off of the brayer it is like monoprinting where the brayer is your plate. HAVE I BLOWN YOUR MIND YET? 

And using a dark color onto a pre-painted surface is just divine. Check out this teal background with texture applied with Dina's Night acrylic paint rolled on with a brayer. YUM!

The results are random and depends on how many times you roll your brayer onto the stencil. Want a clear pattern? Only roll your brayer one revolution over your stencil. Want more "layers"? Roll a few times onto your stencil in two different places.

I am not sure if my excitement over this little texture tidbit is a result of my tired educator mind or the thrill of Spring in the air but I can assure you that it is fun and gives mad texture with very little effort. So, go ahead and try it out and let me know what you think. 

Go forth and create, my friends!