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Hello my lovelies! 

I am back in the fire that is Phoenix. It is sweltering here! High heat and high humidity. Not pleasant. I am missing Wisconsin so much, I am missing the inspiration that nature gives me on a daily basis! Here it is so icky I am always in a rush to get indoors. Blug.... OK. I'll stop whining.

While I was gone I missed my art supplies so much! I actually had dreams of my paints and stencils. Lol. So of course when I got back to AZ I started playing willy nilly with everything. Sadly I haven't finished anything. I do have pictures on a few items that I have been working on.

I pulled out my Dina Wakley paints, Dye-na-flow, Dylusions spray inks, stencils and some acrylic inks and sketched and just played! 

Greetings Everyone!

I hope this post finds you well and eager to make some art!

Today I am sharing the fact that I love, love, love how the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints work on the 3 x 5 inch Gelli Plate™!

If you are interested in making quick, fun, small art, you’ll want to keep reading.

This tutorial is great for making notecards, journaling cards, gift tags, or small post cards.

Here’s the Supply List:

 Step 1:

Place a small amount of paint on the Gelli Plate in two or three colors. See photo above.

Step 2:

Use a plastic paint scraper, palette knife, or small brayer to spread the paint on the Gelli Plate™.

Step 3:

Place a stencil on top of the wet paint on the Gelli Plate™ and press slightly to make an imprint. TIP: Use an extra piece of paper, as you press, to protect your hands. I used the little book I made and shared in my last post here at artistcellar. You can never have too many layers in mixed media art!

Step 4:

Remove the stencil and place a 3 x 5 inch index card on the Gelli Plate™.

Rub with your hand and lift.

Step 5:

Add another color or two of paint to the Gelli Plate™. Spread paint with the plastic scraper.

Step 6: 

Make an imprint with a stencil as described above.

Step 7:

Place the same index card over the new color and pull your print.

The beauty of the gel printing process is that it’s a surprise every time! If you don’t like what you see, keep printing over it!

Here’s a close-up:

What I love about using the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints with the Gelli Plate™ is that the paint doesn’t dry as fast as the inexpensive acrylic paints I often use for art journaling.

This means it’s easy to go back and get a “ghost print” (or second print) from the Gelli Plate™.

Step 8:

Pull a “ghost print” from the Gelli Plate™, using a new index card.


Step 9:

Grab a new stencil and repeat!


Step 10:

Use a new index card to make a print directly from the stencil.

Step 11: 

Continue making ghost prints until the paint runs out or is too dry.

Step 12: 

Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have a collection of cards that makes your heart go pitter pat!

I hope you have tons of fun!!!

TIP: If you don’t own a 3 x 5 Gelli Plate™, you could try this process on a plastic baggie. The results will be slightly different, but still really fun!

Blessings and Peace to You!

Briana of

Greetings! Thanks for being here.

Sometimes you just want to have a little artsy paper book wherever you go. It’s great to have to jot down notes, ideas, and inspirations. This one I am about to show you would also be great for collecting collage and ephemera of the day (like fruit stickers, receipts, insides of bill envelopes, etc.)

Supplies To Gather:

Your favorite set of artistcellar 6x6 stencils

12 x 18 inch paper

Dylusions Spray Inks


Step 1:

Set out the four stencils on the 12 x 18 inch paper-three on the top and one on the bottom left.

Step 2:

Spray the stencils and the blank area of the paper with a few colors of Dylusions Spray Ink.

Step 3:

Remove the stencils and print the wet stencils on the “blank” area of the paper to add some texture.

Here’s a detail shot of how cool the layered spray inks look.

Step 4:

Fold the paper in half the long way (hot dog bun style).

Step 5:

Fold in the two ends to overlap in the middle, so you have a little book.

Step 6:

Play around with the book and check out how fun it is!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Have an awesome and art-filled day!


Briana of

Hello beautiful souls,

I've been busy creating art for gifts for friends and having a blast. I also pulled out a piece of art that had sadly been neglected for many months and decided to work on it again. The new "Tibet Series" stencils are set to hit the shelves May15th, and I couldn't be more excited to add them to my newest piece of artwork.

Speaking of pulling out older work and re-working the design I did a little bit of that too. So let's jump on in and take a look, shall we?

I did this flower of life and heart chakra piece awhile back and added some new design elements with the pocket chakra 2 series stencils.

I added the little pocket heart stencil sanskrit symbol and added the flower of life stencil in gold on the sides of the canvas as well. They were just plain black before. I love working on watercolor paper over canvas so I generally cut a watercolor paper large enough to fit my canvas, work my piece, and then back it on a regular canvas. I really love the finished look and flow of the design onto the sides. I like to keep someone's eye moving around the art when I create my pieces. So when I created some new gifts I took this same design style and put it to work. Here are some pieces I created for 2 of my friends.

I also discovered a little "art hack" as  well. I used the new Tibet Series stencil on this last gift I made for a friend so I will just show you the first parts and follow up my next blog with the finished piece. I will tell you it's pretty BA and I can't wait to gift it to my friend that will be moving to Cali this next week. So what is this little hack? Well my friend's favorite colors are green, blue, and orange. As you know adding orange on top of its complimentary color will make brown. Not really what I wanted to do on this piece so I had to get creative. I like to use distress inks and those are distressed by water and more transparent than opaque. I took a layer of white ink and inked through my throat chakra stencil first and dried it. I added my first layer of orange distress ink, but it was still too pastel looking to me.

I went for another layer of orange ink and decided to even add some red to really make that orange intense.

Next I moved onto an older piece of art I started and put down. I was working on a self-portrait "new skool art selfie" and decided this new series of Tibet stencils would be incredible, BUT... I needed to make lots of layers before adding on the new series as the top design. So my idea for this piece was to do a self-portrait of myself sitting inside of a lotus with the chakra designs. If you remember my very first lotus I created when I first joined the AC design team you will start to see my vision.

So my vision was to create a 3-D lotus on the bottom of the art to make it look like I was sitting inside. So before I can get to that part I had to get to work on the base. I started out with using chartres labyrinth series stencil and some black fluid acrylic in a spray bottle. After spraying through the stencil I used the wet spray on the top of the stencil and pressed it in a few places on my piece.

Next I wanted to add some colors so I layered stencils with distress inks. I started out with using the Japanese Geometric series stencils.

I LOOOOOOVE how the hemp flower design turned out with the shifting of the cool colors.

I finished up with using the Sri Yantra 12x12 stencil and this is where I am currently on my piece. I will start adding more 3-D elements at this point and really get more colors and layers going.

What pieces of your artwork have you decided to "upgrade" with some new design styles?

Love, light, and art,


I am back again with another project using the same face I painted for my previous post. I am a big believer in repetition of a theme or subject especially if you switch up the media you use. It gives your creativity the freedom to just focus on how you use the materials since your subject is already decided. It is also interesting to see how each media can give your subject a different look and feel.

Here are the supplies I used:

My substrate this week originally started as a decorative panel I found at the $ spot at Target. Upon closer inspection I saw that it is some sort of MDF board with a wood type veneer on the surface. To prepare the panel I first gave it a light sanding to remove the glossy surface and then covered the panel in a thick layer of gesso.

While the gesso was still wet I pressed the Penrose stencil all over the surface of the gesso to create texture. Immediately wash off your stencil and wait for the gesso to dry.

Since my layer of gesso was so thick it helped to create a subtle texture to the surface when dry. Next came a few glazes of color and some stenciling along the edges with the Quasi stencil. When the paint was dry I gave it a light sanding which highlighted the texture created by the gesso.

Using the same technique from last time, I used transfer paper to trace my portrait design onto my surface. I chose to make it off center to add more interest to the composition. I used the General's Scribe-All to trace over my lines and since it is water-soluble I was able to establish some shades to build my painting upon which started with a layer of white acrylic

Then I bounced around the painting creating more color, value and texture by rotating through using Inktense sticks, distress sticks, General's Scribe-All, Faber-Castell Aquarelle Pencils and Dina Wakley's acrylics. Every once in awhile I would give certain areas a sanding to bring back the under texture.

I was also very inspired by our very own Cristin and her magnificent use of drips in her artwork. I tried my hand at it and I am digging the layer of texture (can you tell it is my very favorite thing!) it adds. 

The final piece has a much different look than my last composition and I am pleased with how it turned out. I encourage you to recreate a subject from one of your previous artworks with a different media. You might be surprised and pleased at what the new materials will draw out of you!

Hello my lovely Lovelies!

For this weeks post I would like to share what I have been working on for the last (about) 2 weeks! I decided I would challenge myself to be part of the #100daysofart that so many people are participating in. The only problem that I had was being inspired on a daily basis! So I decided I would do some animal art, but I do not choose the animals, I have been letting the wonderful people who follow my art give me lists of animals and I use that list every day! The biggest challenge? I do not practice before I do a live stream on youtube, so you can see how I work through the challenges!

I have created all of these watercolor painting in my Jane Davenport Hot Press watercolor journal, using my Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch box, a white gel pen, posca pen, Generals Scribe all, Jane Davenport Incredible pen and colored pencils, and though you may not see it, in most of them I also used Artistcellar stencils!

To create a bit of fun and random bits of color on most of them I would lay down my stencil and use them to add some color in the pages before I started the piece. I then painted the animals letting some of those fun and whimsical colors show through. Above and below are some of the animals I have created, and at the end will be the link for the Raccoon I created yesterday! There is nothing more challenging than challenging yourself! Keep creating! xMwah!

To see the Raccoon Live stream: