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Hello beautiful souls,
Making your own shirt designs is so much fun. I decided to do a *fancy* design on the back of Christian's shirt as well as make a shirt for myself. I'm all about intricate so I wanted to make sure the back of Christian's shirt was as awesome as the front. For the back shirt design I chose sri yantra to start things off and then followed the design down the spine with the pocket chakra stencils.
I wanted to make the sleeves of the shirt extra awesome as well so I decided to put a pocket chakra om stencil and slit cuts down each sleeve. I wanted to add some cuts to the back of the shirt as well so I decided to do slits down either shoulder for some extra details and to repeat the sleeve design.
I had planned to have a picture of Christian wearing his shirt, but forgot to take one at Ecstatic Dance here in KC the last time we went. Technically you aren't allowed to take photos to protect the sacred space for others to express themselves, but sometimes I sneak some photos of just us or my oracle cards I pull.
I even made a shirt for me. I had been saving my white tank tops to tie dye, but we didn't get to that yet. I really wanted to make myself a shirt as well so I decided to use this tank top and thought I could always tie dye over the top later. Win, win, right?! I decided to do things the smart way for my shirt by making a proof of the design before adding it to the shirt. By doing this you can make sure that things line up and that you don't mess up the design on your shirt. I made 3 proofs for the front and back design of my shirt before choosing a finished design for my tank.
I used: Buddha eyes, lotus, flower of life, hope, and chakra pocket stencils. I was originally going to do the Hope face instead of the Buddha Eyes, but decided I liked that design best for the front of my shirt. I took a canvas and put a plastic bag over it to make a base on which to paint my shirt. I also had pretty good luck using a flat box (I used a hula hoop box my hula hoop came in and that was great. You could also maybe try a pizza box). First I laid down my flower of life stencil with glittery gold fabric paint.
Next I used my lotus stencil with a dark purple. Since I didn't want the back petals to be part of the design because I wanted it to look like the flower of life was sitting inside of the lotus I just didn't sponge those in. You could also tape over the part of the stencil design you don't want just so you don't get any extra lines.
I decided I wanted to use the third eye, and crown chakra pocket stencils to finish up my design for the front.
Woot! Looks pretty awesome! I wanted to get my shirt done in time to wear it for ecstatic dance that night so I gently dried the front with my heat gun and placed some wax paper over the front design to protect it.
I rotated my shirt to the back side and began the back side design. I decided to just do a simple line of the pocket chakras down the spine instead of doing anything super fancy.
Super in love with our new shirts! Expect a photo next blog.
Do you make your own art clothing? What are your favorite art materials and stencils to use?
Love, light, and creativity,
Hello beautiful souls,
I am so excited to show off my piece this week! I took my original 4x6 Buddha designs and enlarged the idea to a 12x12 canvas! It is pretty freakin' exciting! Here are the originals so you can see the transition.
I also took an idea from one of my early posts on the AC team when I created my "Labyrinth Lotus" design. Here is the original design:
I really loved how my "Eye See Wisdom in the Stars" piece turned out so I started out with the same techniques by using watercolor with my dylusions ground coffee spray. I sprayed through the Buddha Eyes stencil and used papers to block out the rest of the paper. Next I used the wet stencil to make mirror images on a few other spots of the watercolor paper to start out my layers.
I also used the Om stencil to help fill in the white space.
For the next layer I filled in the white spots with some very soft dabbed water colors in some lovely purple and purply-pinks and added some water drips over the ink spray to cause some nice drippy spots.
I added some angelina film in little torn pieces and hit it with my heat gun to make it crinkle. The crinkles really reflect the light and add some awesome texture.
*insert crinkleplasticcu and crinkle plastic all*
I wanted to make the eyes really stand out on The center Buddha so I added some modeling paste and distress inks to add texture and layers.
Now that I had the bottom layer of my piece done, it was time to work on the edges and 3D details.
I began working on the center of the lotus and added layers of acrylic paint, dylusions coffee spray, and viva decor inka gold.
I began working on the petals for the lotus, but tried a different designs before coming up with this color combination.
I used the Arabian nights stencils and did a different design and color combination on each petal. These are seriously some of my very favorite stencils! I think I have used them on all of my most recent designs. I wanted the inner petals to have some interest to them as well so I used the flower of life pattern on the inner petals.
I attached my lotus to the center of the canvas bottom just under my modeling paste Buddha eyes so it looked like the lotus was opening up just under them.
OMG so awesome!! I finished up the sides by painting them in the same colors of the canvas with acrylic paints and using the hemp flower stencil to decorate the edges.
Here is my completed piece:
How do you incorporate elements of your older designs and combine them to create intricate finished works?
Love, light, and creativity,
Hello beautiful souls,
I am so excited about this post since I have been on such a roll with art since my new 4x6 pieces I did for first Friday. I started out working on this piece from a 4x6 piece I used to save some of my dylusions ink sprays from the back side of my stencil. There was so much ink that would be wasted so I used some 4x6 pieces of watercolor paper I had to pick up the excess inks. I used to kind of not like this stuff because it does pick up the back layer when you try to paint over it, but when I did these next pieces it really was just perfect and now I kind of want ALL of the dylusion ink sprays, lol.
Here are the 4x6's I used as a base with the Buddha eyes stencil.
I used the dylusions "ground coffee". I started out by filling in some of the white spots with water colors using a dabbing motion to softly add color. I used 3 different purples and then topped them with 3 purple distress inks and the flower of life stencil. After that I did some drips down the piece using water from my paint brush rinse jar. As you can see the drips and layers of stencils look awesome already!
Then to finish it off I added all of the fine details with some metallic gold paint penned in the pupils of the eyes, the swirl in the middle of the face and on the forehead. I added a few drips of gold since my gold pen leaked when I was outlining some details. Oops! This is mixed-media art so we just call that a "happy little accident" and add things to make it look like it was intended. I finished off the design with a few doodles in black.
Here is the finished piece.
I was so freaking excited with this piece! I just love all of the layers and details. I love how the ink, distress inks, and water colors have such pretty translucent layers. I was so excited about the 4x6 I just HAD to try making a shrink plastic pendant to match!
Here is the pendant before I shrunk it down. I love that you can get a feel for the layers in such a small piece. The piece is about 2.5" before it shrinks down to about 28mm.
Here is how it looks tiny size. So awesome! I even turned it into a necklace and took these necklaces with me to first Friday.
You can see it here with its other friends.
I also made another 4x6 with the other print I had, but I decided to make this one more masculine feeling. I used reds, oranges, yellows, golds, and blacks with a white ghost layer and the star & cross stencil since it was chunkier.
I am really in love with this one too!
I can't wait to show you what I have in store for my next post. There are just so many elements to the design it needs its own post.
Do your one of a kind designs turn into a series?
Love, light, and creativity,
Hello beautiful souls,
I had so much fun with this latest piece. I guess I have been kind of on a yellow kick too. I really dig the nice warm happy colors in this piece. I did a TON of layering and took a lot of pics to show the transformation. Let's dive in
First off I started out with a nice variation of warm hues of: pinks, oranges, and yellows in water colors. I received the Arabian Nights series stencils and totally fell in LOVE! For the first layer I used the "Celestial " stencil which is awesome because it also has a sacred geometry shape in in like "Square Rose".
Next I did some layering with the"Shooting Stars" stencil. I used some nice purples and blues to simulate a nice sky look.
I even discovered something super cool with my hula hoop tape! I cut out some little dots with a paper punch I have. I used my heat gun and blasted then with some heat. The heat made rainbow colors appear!
Next I added some white sprays to create some opaque layers.
Then I kept adding on the layers.
I love how you can see the white spatters over the hula hoop tape dot! Here is a shot of the background before I started adding the 3D elements.
I love adding texture and 3D elements to my pieces so I used my cricut machine and cut out these BA flower of life shapes and these moroccan style stars.
I used my heat gun on the Angelina Film to create the crinkles. Making crinkles in the film allows the light to really bounce all over the piece and create some gorgeous texture.
I call this piece "Inner Wisdom". I took so many photos to really capture all of the incredible design elements.
I was super excited my idea with layering texture paste and the Angelina film turned out. The crinkly film didn't let the texture paste lay super flat, but I used a mechanical pencil tip to remove the messy parts of the paste. I then painted the texture paste with water colors, and used some Viva Decor Inka Gold to add some pretty gold highlights.
Here is the finished piece in the sunlight.
I even took an Insta video to capture all of the details
How do you like to use your Angelina Film? What ways do you add 3D elements to create depth and visual appeal
Love, light, and creativity,
This week I have some new mediums to play alongside my artistcellar stencils.
To start, I grabbed an 8 x 10 piece of hot-pressed Fabriano watercolor paper. This paper is nice in that it is both 140lb and hot pressed AND it doesn't break the bank. Good watercolor paper tends to be really expensive, and while worth it - I can't always afford it!
Next, I started auditioning some Artistcellar stencils on the page. Here, I'm using Tibet Series: Buddha Eyes, Cathedral Plans: Notre Dame and Cathedral Plans: Amiens Plan. The Cathedral Plans series stencil is a longtime favorite of mine for backgrounds. They are so versatile and I've found use for them in many different paintings.
With a palette knife, I scraped Golden Glass Bead Gel through the stencil. Let me tell you -- this stuff is awesome! Glass beads inside the medium really shimmer and shine and it works beautifully with the stencils!
I let it dry completely, and then I started dripping strings of Golden Tar Gel throughout... the tar gel appears white, but it will dry pretty much clear and adds great texture (similar to creating lines with a hot glue gun).
This is a super texture rich page and it was such a fun way to experiment with new supplies and old favorites.
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
Hello Beautiful Souls,
I used a mixture of some nice pinks, teals, purple, and some olive-y limes. Next I did some outlining in black with my Molotow marker and then sprayed some of the base with a water bottle and let the ink run.
I really love all of the layers in this piece. I took advantage of the layering process and made some extra art things for later
I used the extra liquid from my Ground Coffee Dylusions spray.
I finished off my piece by stenciling the Tibetan Om symbol on the sides, top, and bottom.
Do you create little extra "for later" art with your extra liquid when using your stencils?
Love, light, and art,
“Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Could anything be more uplifting than seeing a row of decorated flags floating in the Spring breeze? I have long been captivated by the dynamics of fabric and wind. I get the same feeling of bliss seeing laundry hanging on a clothesline as I do when dancing with veils. The graceful movement of soft cloth echoing the direction a breeze is meditative for me…a way to slow down and become mindful.
Traditionally Tibetans believe in the power of decorated Prayer Flags. By hanging the flags along mountain tops in the Himalayas the prayers and mantras are blown by the wind to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The wishes are not carried to the gods, but instead benefit all who are embraced by the wind. Subject to the elements, the Flags symbolically become part of the Universe, fading over time. New flags are hung beside the old; a sign of the ever changing wheel of life.
Inspired by the new Artistcellar Tibet Series I was ready to craft my own flag, the first of four I hope to create. As it is the colour of Air and Clouds I purchased white chiffon fabric. It is quite transparent and will easily float when caught by the wind.
To keep the fabric from slipping when stenciling, I used an old screen printing trick and sprayed a light coat of repositionable adhesive to a large piece of cardboard. It made acrylic application easy and if luck was with me I was hoping to remove the cloth with little damage. The top of the flag was the perfect spot for the Buddha Eyes, also known as the Wisdom Eyes, stencil. I chose shades of blue acrylic paint…the colours of sky and space…and a wonderful way to show the Lord’s existence around us.
Spring has certainly arrived with flowers blooming in their beds. It is here in the garden that I find complete serenity. Our bearded irises are now gloriously cloaked in a vast spectrum of lavender to deep purple. They share the garden, living side by side with pansies of yellow, orange, and violet. They, like the Flags, will eventually become part of the Universe as their blooms fade and die. Hoping to hold the memory of this moment, I stenciled the bottom half of the flag inspired by the flowers. The perfect stencil for a kaleidoscope of colour is the Halftone Dots series. Layered, they recreated the riot of colour on display in the garden.
Once dried, it was time for the moment of truth: the removal of the fabric from the cardboard. Just as I had hoped, it peeled off easily with very little distortion. I wasn’t sure if the acrylics would stiffen the chiffon. I am happy to say it was anything but. Even with multiple layers of paint, the finish is muted and sheer, almost dreamlike. And best of all, hanging from a dowel rod finished with wooden end caps, the stenciling on both sides is equally as nice.
Of all the wonderfully creative benefits Artistcellar products have to offer I especially love the way they encourage me to think, slow down, and become mindful. Now more than ever we need to surround ourselves with empathy, strength, peace, and above all wisdom. My hope is that wherever you may be, may the wind caress you and the serenity of my garden encircles you.
Hello beautiful souls!
It's time!! Are you ready to check out the new Tibet Series Stencils in action?! They are so awesome!!
I'm excited to finally reveal the rest of my artwork photos with the new series. I used the Wisdom Eyes of Buddha for both of my pieces thus far. Here are the finished photos of my piece I created for my friend, Leon that moved to California.
I used some gold and outlined it in black to make the eyes really stand out. I love all of the layers in this piece!
I am still working on my girl piece as we speak. I have really been working on the layering.
I wanted to create some 3-D elements so I used some texture paste, and the 12x12 flower of life stencil. I was impatient so I was using my heat gun to speed up drying time. I ended up getting these cool bubble textures in the paste! Neato torpedo!
I played with some alcohol inks, and some inka gold and created this cool kind of frog bump/dragon scale look.
I kind of stopped at this next point. I have so many layers, colors, black, white, and gold going on I am not totally sure what to do here, or to just leave it and continue on with the rest of my girl and the bottom lotus design. Here I used some more texture paste and the Wisdom eyes of Buddha stencil. I had tried to just use some pens to trace around the stencil, but it didn't have enough umph to the texture paste was PERFECT!
What's your favorite "happy little accident" you discovered while creating?
Love, light, and art,
As artists, our art tends to evolve with us. New life experiences, emotions, inspirations and yes, even art supplies can all help turn our creativity in different directions.
Right now, the direction I've been taking involves mineral paper, watercolors and Artistcellar stencils.
I was over the moon with Lisa's Artistcellar package containing the brand new stencils - Tibet Series Stencils. If you follow me through facebook or instagram I'm sure you have seen the stencils in action already... they made me swoon!
Today, I made a short little technique video to show you one watercolor/mineral paper/stencil technique that I accidentally stumbled upon and I LOVE!
To showcase one of my favorite stencils from the set, I also created a couple of girls from the Lotus Flower stencil.
I started with the stencil as the base, and then used a pencil to sketch the girl "growing" from the center. Next, I filled it in with watercolor and ink.
The two girls below were both created on different paper, so you will see the dramatic change that using different paper can be. First is created on mineral paper, and the other is on a hot press watercolor paper.
And below, here are some examples of other paintings I created utilizing the technique demonstrated in the video!
With each new release, I'm always amazed at the magic Lisa creates with her stencils... and the resulting artwork to follow. I hope you will find inspiration with the new Tibet stencil series -- and perhaps you discovered a new technique to play with today as well.
See you soon!