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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?​

Hello moonshine!

This week I'm exploring a technique that is not new -- but new to me. I have heard of it for quite some time but I never tried it out. Let's just say -- once I gave it a go -- it unlocked a whole new world. I've been using it in so many different ways with my projects. Today, we are doing a matte medium transfer ... among other things. I hope you enjoy the video I prepared for you this week. :)

Supplies Used:

(One fantastic resource for ephemera - specifically vintage photographs is a EPHEMERA group on facebook! This is the one I belong to, and my source for the picture used today: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312456512291650/)

Today we have a special guest blogger, former design team member Linda Edkins Wyatt! I was thrilled when she agreed to come up with a post, and she even used several stencils that are on sale this week at Artistcellar :-D. I hope you enjoy seeing her process when creating a special Reiki Morning Prayer journal page. -Lisa 

To christen my new Dylusions square journal, I decided to do a two page spread using some of my favorite Artistcellar stencils. I am particularly fond of the Chakra stencils, which come in a six inch square size and also as a set of pocket stencils, which are conveniently the exact size of ATCs. The Diamond Series heart stencil, Sacred Heart Divine stencil, and Jill K. Berry Map Series Global Compass Rose combined nicely with the Chakras.

I started by prepping the pages with gesso.

When it dried, I sponged some light lavender acrylic paint through the crown chakra stencil, followed by the heart gem with aqua paint.

I randomly grabbed stencils, mixed paints, and sponged away until almost the whole spread was covered. I had the idea of putting a favorite Buddha quote on the right side, so I blocked that space out with a piece of cardboard.

Once I finished the stenciling, I stepped back and looked at it. Ugh! It was garish. With Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s tips from a recent class ringing inside my head, I took some black acrylic, watered it down a bit, dipped in my art toothbrush, and splattered away. Better, but still kind of…boring.

Julie’s other tip from the class was, when something isn’t working “knock it back,” so I applied gesso to tone the colors down. Better. I added some strokes of white acrylic here and there until I liked the background.

I had a vision of using my calligraphy markers and adding my favorite Buddha quote: “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” I pulled out my phone to Google the quote and to be sure that the words were correct. Much to my dismay I discovered that it is a fake Buddha quote. Good words to live by, but fake, fake, fake.

I threw caution to the wind and decided to just write the Reiki Morning Prayer on the pages, using an ordinary Sharpie marker, with my semi-sloppy handwriting sprawled on the page. I did not Google the words, I did it from memory. There are several variations to the wording on the Morning Prayer, but they all have the same intent. I also purposely left the pencil marks under my writing as a reminder of my own imperfection—I am a Virgo and constantly try to be perfect, to be correct, and to strive for excellence. The pencil marks peeking out remind me to slow down, relax, breathe, be thankful, and just be.

Howdy All!

One of my most favorite things to do is to paint on paper. There are many uses for painted papers, but mostly the process is what thrills me. There is an artist I admire, who also adores painting on paper. Her name is Jane Davies. Like Jane, I love to use stencils and paint to create patterns, textures, and marks on paper. So, I immediately thought of Lynn Krawczyk’s Marked Series stencils, and I got to work painting on some paper!

In addition to the Marked Series stencils, I am also using craft acrylic paint, Dina Wakley acrylic paint, a paint scraper, a paint brush, and crayons from the Dollar Store. Oh, and I am painting on 50 lb. drawing paper, nothing fancy.

First, I scraped on some turquoise paint in two different shades.

Some of the scraping happened with the stencil underneath the paper. This creates an interesting texture. (See below)

I started adding some other colors of paint, as well as some crayon.

As I am working, I am thinking about color, pattern, texture, and contrast.

I definitely needed some orange in there. Not only is orange opposite of blue on the color wheel, but it’s my favorite color, and it’s Halloween in the USA, so there you go; orange.

More painted lines and shapes . . .

Now back to the paper with yellow. (I worked on two papers at once).

That was fun!

Here are the two painted papers side by side.

For more artful color patterns and inspiration, I invite you to check out my workshop in 21 Secrets-Color, Color, Color-Draw, Paint, and Print Artful Color Patterns.

I hope this post encourages you to take some time for yourself to play with stencils, paint, and pattern!

Many Blessings!

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Its my turn again! I am hoping you are all doing well my Lovelies!

This weeks play time ended up totally different than what I had first planned to start out with. The start of my page I wanted to be sweet, maybe a girl with a teddy or something equally sweet. But my page turned into this worried girl.

At first I was frustrated and was going to start over, but after some deliberation I realized this is what a journal is for. I may not write my feelings down in words but the face I painted shows how I have been feeling as of late. I have multiple family members that have medical issues that are very scary right now and this causes me to worry, and worry causes anxiety. These are the times when I should be working in my journal the most but I tend to lock up and it's a fight for me to get into my studio, but once I do I feel all of my anxiety start to melt away. Sometimes I forget what the best medicine for me is.

To start I used my Stathmore Visual Journal, starting with a page painted in a sloppy black layer. My girl and the idea I had for my page were inspired by another artist, Mindy Lacefield. So I started my girl using a palette knife to lay down some white Dina Wakley paint for her head and shoulders, I then used some of the other vibrant paint colors from Dina to create shadows. I used my Generals Scribe-All to add definition to some of the features. I then went in with more of the paints to add more definition using brushes and palette knife.

For the background I used a big paint brush to 1st do a layer of orange to which I added some stenciling. I decided to cover it and I used another layer of paint using white this time. I decided I needed a bigger shape in the back ground so I used Bodacious Pods stencil from the Playful Pods series using orange, then using green to fill in space.

I love how this page turned out, it shows how I was feeling but also shows the bright outlook in my background, which encompasses my fake it until I make it way of life! And so far I'm winning!

So I guess my lesson learned is that I need to use my journal as way to better myself instead of worrying what I think everyone else will like! If you would like to watch my process take a look below at my video up on youtube.

Big Hugs and Mushy stuff!!!

- Shana Banana

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