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Hello everyone!

I'm so excited about today's project because not only does it make an awesome gift for others - it is also a great thing to make for yourself, and since it's my birthday today - that's what I'm going to do!

This weekend I went antique shopping with my family and I found this incredible vintage book! For this particular book, the pages didn't lay flat quite like I need for the perfect art journal - but I knew exactly how to remedy this. 

First, I started by cutting the cover off of the book. Then, I grabbed some watercolor paper and started making signatures. Just fold each paper in half, then stack 4 papers together. This makes 1 signature. I ended up making 5 signatures total, but only used 4 of them. This is a great way to use up the scrap papers in your studio too! Here, I incorporated a few pages that I had already created with Artistcellar stencils and watercolor

Once I had all my signatures ready, I used an awl to poke 3 holes on each end, exactly 1 inch apart. I did this with all signatures and then also with the covers, make sure not to get my stack out of order. 

Then, I thread a needle with dental floss -- yes, you heard that right! Dental floss. A little unconventional maybe, but it serves as a waxed thread and it's SUPER STRONG. Added bonus, it smells minty. :)

To finish the book I followed the coptic stitch binding technique which allows for the book to lay totally flat !

You can find a ton of great videos on youtube for the coptic stitch method... it's pretty easy and creates an incredible art journal in the end!

Hello again! 

This week is extra exciting because NEW STENCIL RELEASE! And this time - it's faces!

The new stencils are called "Fowler Faces" and they were designed by mixed media artist, Kylie Fowler. Eeee!

I love using portraits in my art journaling and mixed media paintings, but I still find using portrait stencils to be super fun as a launch point. It's also great for anyone who has trouble with proportions, etc. 

You will see in the video that I end up taking a different direction than what I started with - and that's okay. Don't be afraid to change course halfway through. 

I also had an issue with video'ing, so you miss some of my color, but you will still see how I set up the collage/spread. I hope you enjoy the video I created for you today!

Supplies used: 

This week, I started working in a new little journal for the Columbia Center for the Arts, “Collective Wisdom: The Artist Sketchbook Project”. Basically, I just fill this little journal with – whatever I want ! – and then send it off to live there! Pretty cool, huh?  I have to fill it by December 1, so I've been diligently working on filling this little guy up.

Today, I started with no plan in mind other than I knew I wanted to use some of my brand spankin' new paint and stencils! To start, I used a paper towel to "dab" some Dylusions Paint in Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue. Along with the paper towel, I also used some brushstrokes here and there for some different texture.

Next, I used Artistcellar's Arabian Nights: Celestial stencil with DecoArt Media Mister in Carbon Black. What a contrast!

For some extra fun, I brought out the old favorite - the Pearle pen in "ice white" for some extra dot details

and then finished off with some acrylic paint and a paintbrush to brush on the lyrics, "Reaching out to embrace whatever may come."  

That is a snippet of a favorite song of mine, "Lateralus" by Tool. As I create I'm always listening to music, and this one just happened to be playing at the time.

Ta-Da! Super simple art journal spread that is so visually appealing!

I also love that I was able to morphe two of my favorite things together - art and music! Speaking of, I'm currently teaching in Mixed Tape II with Effy Wild and Sarah Trumpp and I would love for you to join us! Class has started but you can still sign up, and since you have forever access there won't even be a rush to catch up. Sign up here!: http://bit.ly/MixedTape2

Hello!

Today we are going to explore art journaling inspired by Poetry!

I'm using a poem called "93% Stardust" by Nikita Gill, which goes as follows: 

"We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names."

I hope you enjoy the video I created for you!:

Supplies used:

 

Hello again !

Recently we celebrated the summer solstice! To celebrate, I picked some flowers and herbs from my garden and made a sweet summer bouquet. Pictured is Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Roses, Black Magic Petunias, Marigolds and Lavender. 

Where is the smell-o-vision when we need it?

Anyway, from there I also set up some pretty things, wrote down some wishes and burned them and completed a tarot spread. 

After a long day at work, I found it was the perfect ending to the day. 

The celebration helped inspire this art journal spread that I have completed today. I rarely use a lot of orange and yellow in my work but wanted to challenge myself to step outside of my box of blues and purples. 

When I was developing my Dear Heart Oracle Deck I ordered "testers" from a few different companies. This particular deck was a dud, so I had it just lying around -- I pulled "Passion" from the stack and used it as my launch point.

I started by layering Artistcellar Quasicrystals stencils with Wonderstrumpet "Crystal Points". To get an awesome glimmer and texture, I used Golden Glass Bead Gel on a palette knife through the stencils. 

Once dry, I spritzed Adirondack Color Wash spray in "Butterscotch" along with Dylusions "Lemon Zest" and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in "Cross My Heart", "Marmalde" and "It's Orange"... Whoa! THE TEXTURE! To finish it up, I grabbed a tag that had been tossed in a drawer in my studio and used hot glue to attach the oracle card and finally attach the tag to the page.

That's it! Super easy, colorful and pure texture gold. 

Happy Summer, everyone! See you soon, but in the meantime you can find me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/panart

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be sharing with you this week! 

So I had a bit of an accident at the dog park, my sweet pup was running with the rest of the dogs and knocked me down! I know he is so sorry! 

The bad part, I fell straight back and caught myself with my right arm and did a good number on my back and right shoulder, so a bit of a hiatus was forced upon me. I am still sore so I have decided I will be working lefty until I am healed!

This week I wanted to play with the newest of the Artistcellar stencils, the Tibet Series. I acutally have an idea for a painting but without the control of my right hand I decided to forego the paint and do some art journal work!

I have a friend Shannon that comes over every Saturday and we have what we call "Shantime" where we create and learn from each other. This week I talked her into playing with the set of stencils and then further talked her into letting me share what she created!

Without planning to, we both started our pages in our dylusions journals with a line of of the lotus flower stencil across the bottom and that is where similarity ends...

For my journal spread I used watercolors to create my line of lotus flowers along with colored pencils and acrylic paint.

I then used Dy-na-flow in turquoise along with India ink in teal to create a fun drippy background over the top of some watercolors through the Eternal knot stencil allowing the drips to go over my lotus flowers.

Then for a challenge I decided since I am all lefty I would try my hand at creating a girl using an assortment of paints including Dina Wakley in Ocean and Fuchsia, colored pencils and regular pencils. I used the Buddha eyes on the opposite side  with the word overcome to signify my new lefty status.

Shannon on the other hand (pun intended she is right handed! lol) decided she would use paint for her lotus flowers and created a body of water for them to float on. She then went on with metallic paint and painted the Tibetan Ohm Symbol, Buddha eyes and the Eternal Knot using metallic paints. Then went over them using dylusions sprays, and for more fun she used the stencils again to ghost the symbols into the page.

We had so much fun creating our journal spreads using the new stencils, it is always so much more fun to share art with a friend and I am truly blessed to have so many I hold close to my heart!

Big hugs and mushies to you

As school is winding down for the year this art teacher is trying to finish strong. Thank goodness for my art journal and Artistcellar stencils to help me decompress after a hectic day at school.

Here are the supplies I used:

I found a page in my journal where I had already used the Fire Coral Stencil with Dina Wakley acrylic paints to create a background that also had the remains of a failed portrait. I had "erased" the painting with isopropyl alcohol and abandoned the page but there was still evidence from pencil marks of what the face looked like.

I decided to resurrect her and place a lotus blossom crown on her head as well as resurrect a supply I don't use very often: colored pencils.

I used a black paint pen to draw the face and features back in and then used black pens of various widths from the Artist Four-Pen Set to create details, form and texture. The Lotus Blossom was applied with gesso and when that was dry it was oulined with the black paint pen and then filed in with a Gold Pitt pen and the petals colored in with Moonlight Gelly-Roll pens.

To add color to the hair and skin tone I layered Prismacolor pencils until I was happy with the result. A distress crayon was used to create subtle rays of light in the background.

I am very pleased with the result. She turned out beautifully! It was relaxing (to me) to add little details and layer colors to my heart's content. My colored pencils were like getting together with an old friend and finding out nothing had changed between us. Since this is in my art journal I do not consider her completely finished. One day I might be flipping through the art journal and inspiration could hit once again where I add more to her story. Always a work in progress, just like all of us!

I hope you have a creative week and you say Hello again to a supply you haven't seen (err, used) in awhile. :)

So as I said in my last post I have been taking part in a Faces of February challenge, I have been making a face everyday, using different mediums or styles. So that being said, this post is not about a face I did! lol! because I have to plan these out a bit I just wanted to play and do a bit of playing with stencils and paint today!

I started by getting out my Gesso and covering something I didn't care for in my Strathmore Journal. I completely covered my pages in layers of color using multiple stencils, (here is the list: Playful Pods, Japanese Geometric, Traditional Japanese, Halftone Dots, Marked Series and Steampunk, I thinks that's all of them!) and Dina Wakley Acrylic paints.

I grabbed my Generals Scribe-all pencil and made some simple scribbly sketchy flowers on the pages. I then used gesso to outline them.

I grabbed more of the Dina Wakley paint and mixed it with some gesso and made some beautiful blendy loveliness around the flowers.

After that I just went willy nilly, grabbing more paint, some pens and the generals pencils to play until I was done having having fun! The last thing I did was add some simple silhouettes of a fairie and random bugs and some purposely sloppily written "It doesnt have to be fancy to be fun"

This process is by no means something that I created but it is a wonderful way to play with my supplies and make something that I enjoy looking at! Here's the video: 

 

Big hugs and Mushy stuff!

Shana Banana

Good Day Artistcellar Readers!

Here’s Today’s Supply List:

Have you heard that even artists need to do a little warm-up exercise, just like athletes and performers? Sometimes I remember that little tip, and sometimes it sort of naturally happens. Like preparing for this post, for example. On my art table, I had a piece of newsprint with some black painted lines.

I thought it might be cool to put a stencil over the top. I tried it, I liked it, but it wasn’t where I wanted to go, so I called it a “warm-up”.

What this warm-up did for me was helped me start a new art journal spread as I cleaned off the “Brain Coral” stencil with a baby wipe.

I am just getting several page spreads into the large 9x12 inch journal by Jane Davenport, sold at Michaels.

Feeling inspired by the work of Artistcellar design team members, I decided to take out the awesome 12x12 “Om” stencil.

Tracing and painting in something usually feels too fussy for me, but I tried to push my limits a bit.

So, I traced “Om”, using a black Sharpie paint pen. It was a little tricky to go over the middle of the journal spread, but I did it.

Next, I filled in the stencil shape with the same black Sharpie paint pen. The results were a little too scritchy scratchy for me, so I used black India ink and a paint brush to smooth things out.

Third, I added some colorful spray ink spots.

Since the black India ink wasn’t all the way dry on that “O” it ran a little. I like it, though.

Finally, I added a border of one of my hand-carved stamps, using Staz-On ink.

This was a good experiment for me. And where is the best place to conduct such experiments? I would suggest an art journal is the best place. There is freedom in playing without fear of “messing up.”

In conclusion, Artistcellar 12x12 stencils are awesome! Creative warm-ups are good to do. And, an art journal is a place for artful experiments. Let yourself go!

Thanks for reading this post!

Blessings to you, and Happy Creating!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

While I really enjoy my job being an elementary art teacher it does feel like I need to ooze creativity at every turn. Since we've been on winter break I've enjoyed the time spent at home with my family watching Christmas movies and trying to catch up on household chores. My creativity has enjoyed a short break as well but it is time to make some more messes in my newly organized creative cave and, as expected, it is a little sluggish to start. So today I am sharing with you the tale of two pages in my art journal, a place I can make really great and really NOT great art.

I started with a surface that has a thin layer of gesso on it. When dry I picked out two 12x12 stencils from the Coral series and using a few of Dina Wakley's new paint colors I laid down a messy layer over the whole page.

Then, before the paint dries too much I lay down my chosen stencil and taking a baby wipe I gently wipe over the surface lifting the wet paint through the stencil. The result is beautiful but remember you need to start with a dried layer of gesso for it to work. I repeated this technique on the neighboring page with a different stencil and colors. 

When this was dry I wondered and wondered what to do next. I grabbed a couple manila tags and painted them and then used one of the stencils again to put another layer of color.

I decided to create a face on one of the pages and using a sketch of mine with carbon paper I transferred it to the stenciled surface. Then using water soluable graphite pencils, distress crayons and various colors of Dina Wakley acrylics I attempted to bring the face to life.

Unfortunately I wasn't feeling it and I ended up wiping the whole thing off. It has left a pretty interesting surface with the face still showing so I think that all is not lost. I need to just leave it be for now so I turn my attention to the opposite page.

The tags I painted fit nicely on the page and I glue them down. I then decide that I need to switch gears before I get too frustrated. I decide to make my tags into houses so I pull out my stash of handmade paper scraps and start creating a cut paper collage. Houses are a familiar trend in my work and I tend to create them when I am at a loss. I am using a gel medium to glue down my papers. 

Here is where I have ended up and you know what? I like it. It's simple and whimsical and makes me smile.

It's okay to create something simple especially when you are getting back into a creative routine. I tend to overcomplicate things so this was a nice reprieve. When you choose a familiar theme and medium to create in, it will rev up your creativity and help get things running smoothly again. What would you choose?​

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