Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
This week has been really busy... my local allied arts council commissioned me to paint a traffic box! It's a week long process that started on Sunday, and it will end on Friday with a reception. I've been going out to the street corner everyday to add more work to it and it is coming right along. Here's some progress shots so far:
When it came time to do the Artistcellar project for this week it was a nice break to get back to working on a flat surface.. and WATERCOLORS!
I started with mineral paper (of course, I'm in love) and a quick sketch. I was inspired by the song, "My Body is A Cage."
I let the stencils sit on the paper until the watercolor was dry. Once the watercolors were totally dry I finished with acrylic paint. Overall, a nice easy colorful project to work on and relax!
This week I've been busying myself getting preorders ready for my oracle deck. In the meantime, I was going through my art studio and re-discovered Mineral Paper! Don't you just love when that happens?
I was on vacation this weekend, so I packed up some art supplies on the go -- watercolors and stencils! I absolutely love the way watercolors work on mineral paper... and I really, really love how the paper does not buckle or have any issues standing up to the wet media.
To begin the painting, I sketched out the girl and then outlined it in black ink. Then, I started adding color using various Artistcellar stencils (see supply list below).
Use your intuition and let yourself play on the page with your supplies!
I hope you enjoy this week's project - and in the meantime you can check out my oracle deck preorder at: http://bit.ly/
Do you ever find that inspiration strikes in the most random of ways? Recently I was cleaning in my art studio and I found a container of old watercolors. They are probably around 10 years old -- but they are bright, bold colors and great big bottles! I'm not sure how they were ever forgotten, but I had to pull them out to play with them right away.
I discovered that I have a love for making painted papers with watercolors and stencils! The papers can be used as collage or as a foundation for a painting later on.
Here, I grabbed a few different Artistcellar stencils and used a paintbrush to brush the watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper... however I really want to also try it with Yupo and Mineral Paper. On a few of them, I also mixed watercolor with rubbing alcohol and splattered alcohol on the page. Look at the fun textures I was able to achieve!
I went a little crazy with it because I was having so much fun playing with colors -- so I made page after page after page. Try it! I think you might find it a little bit addicting.
Artistcellar stencils used:
In my part of the world spring is upon us and I couldn't be happier! However, I'm also finding myself in a bit of a whirlwind. I have so many projects going on right now and an upcoming show at an art gallery! While it's all very exciting, one way that I de-stress is through tarot and oracle. As a side project (because I don't have enough projects - LOL) I started developing an oracle deck.
The process of creating the deck has been very relaxing and rewarding because I don't feel a lot of pressure. I started by cutting out the size of "cards" that I wanted out of watercolor paper. I'm using a mix of Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper and Arches cold pressed depending on the texture I want from the card. Cold pressed watercolor paper is a lot more textured - or bumpy... and hot press is more smooth. It's a lot easier to use with ink pens to get nice bold lines.
I've finished quite a few cards already, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to show you how I incorporate Artistcellar stencils into the oracle cards in subtle ways.
Today, I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut down to the size I wanted. Then, I grabbed an Artistcellar Cathedral Plans stencil and a Faber-Castell graphite pencil. Using only a part of the stencil, I traced around it first in pencil then added another element (in this case, a flower dropping a petal).
Because the size is so much smaller I find that I can easily finish a card in one sitting. With limited supplies, it's a project I can do on the go as well!
If you want to follow along with the progress of Dear Heart Oracle, follow along on my instagram! (@pantheartist) or Patreon! (www.patreon.com/panart)