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Hello beautiful souls,

We're off on another adventure with gifts and creating for our First Friday event.  I've been working on some more 4x6 pieces on watercolor paper. Let's dive in and take a look, shall we? I created this first piece for a friend since he had invited Christian, my friend Eryn, and myself to a kombucha class with him. One can't come empty handed, you know I like to ask favorite colors and things before creating a piece and then go from there. I started out with a layer of water colors and used cool colors of: purple, indigo blue, and sky blue for my base layer with water colors and shimmer water colors (a girl likes sparkles!)

Next I did a layer using the flower of life stencil with some white outlines and then layered on the pocket stencil chakra series with some distress inks.

I like to define the layers so I added some black outlines with some Molotow markers and then added some texture with texture paste and the chakra 2 series pocket stencils.

I wanted to make sure the color on the modeling paste stood out and wanted to make them metallic, but contrasting with the gold background so I did a little test before making it permanent. I used some modeling paste on some watercolor paper and then used some distress inks and watercolors to get  a copper metallic look.

I then did this same technique on my chakra piece to finish it off.

I will be doing First Friday with a friend next week so I wanted to have a  nice collection of different things for sale so I decided to create some 4x6 art on watercolor paper. I originally wanted to create a background and do a cool mixed-media girl on top, but the piece was so beautiful I didn't want to cover up any of it. I think I had the best luck with these awesome backgrounds using really intricate stencils. I did a base with blotchy watercolors to start out and then began layering.

I really love these oranges, pinks, and purples together. Next I used the hemp flower stencil  with distress inks to create my first layer along with some white ink.

I love the labyrinth series stencils so I used chartres and anasazi on top. I love how you can see all of the layers in this photo.

I did some outlining in black on parts of the top layer stencils to finish up the design. I am SO in LOVE!

I wanted to take this same style and create a few more pieces, but since the stencil designs aren't as intricate they have a more loose feel to them.  I started out with: greens, blues, and yellows for the base with some shimmer watercolors and regular watercolors.

Next I inked the layer with the seed of life stencil. I love how this looks!

I went for the last layer using chartres with purple, but I feel like the bottom layer got a bit lost.

I did one final piece before calling it a night at around 2am this morning using the crete stencil.

How do you like to do your layering?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

Well I had a blast with the crackle paste this round! I learned some awesome things too so I am excited to share those things as well. So let's dive in! I like to start out with a 4x6" watercolor piece to try out the design and then go bigger. So for my first piece I rocked the chakra, pocket chakra and pocket chakra 2 stencils.

As you can see the crackle starts out white, but that's boring, right? So why not get down and dirty with some colors?

So here are some helpful tips I learned while working with this super sweet medium. On the website it suggests that you use matte medium to help the crackle stick to your piece better, but if you forget to do that when you start you kinda have to go backwards. Luckily you can still do that after you put your paste down. So you want to let the crackle paste dry. DON'T try to speed up the crackle with a dryer or you will not allow the medium to crackle on it's own. If you want big cracks you want a nice thick layer. Thinner layers will create thinner cracks, but be careful. The thinner the layer the flakier the little crackles, and when you put the matte medium on top you will lose it on your brush. The crackle doesn't really like to let all colorful things stick like watercolors so you need to get creative. On my heart sanskrit piece I used alcohol inks and the liquid solution to thin down and blend the color. I just squirted them right from the bottle on my piece and let them drip. When I was creating both pieces of artwork I flipped between both while I learned how to use them.

So let's take a look at my Om piece using the 12x12 Om crown stencil. I got my background nice and poppin' with some super bright colors, layers, black, white, drips, inks, and watercolors. I laid my Om on the top with the crackle paste and got to work.

It was pretty with just the white. You can actually see the distress inks penetrate the surface and bleed through, but they were a little too subtle. I started out with some opaque inks, but the crackle was so delicate before I learned the matte medium trick.

So I did the inks and then did the matte medium. This is not a water based ink so I didn't have any of the ink come up on my brush when I painted on the protective layer. So you want to keep that in mind as you do your matte medium layer. You can see the places where I lost some crackle, but it looks distressed and goes awesome with my piece. I was kinda digging the kind of tie-dye easter egg look, but it was pretty pastel.

I decided to get down with some alcohol inks and distress inks to really make the crackle pop, but then things got to be a little too much, and I was losing those awesome layers I had build up.

I got a little stuck so I posted on Facebook and asked friends to help make some suggestions. I got things like outline in white, black, dark blue, and some greens. I had already tried to outline in white but it still wasn't  enough to help. I decided to go for metallic gold so I  covered the Om in white ink and then got out the dylusions ground coffee spray, some other sparkle sprays, and I finished off the look with Viva Decor Inka Gold. I deiced I want to to clean up the outline so I addedd a paint pen in metallic gold as well and the constrast was pefect. I LOVE how well this piece turned out especially after the mess I started out with Lol.

What awesome saves have you done with your work when you got stuck in a design rut?

Until next time...

Love, light, and creativity,

xo Genea

I've really enjoyed seeing what the other designers have created with Artistcellar's new Chakras 2 Series Stencils. Having these design in three different sizes really adds to their versatility.

Today I am bringing you a mini accordion book I created using the pocket size of the Chakras and the Chakras 2 series stencils.

Here's what I used for this book:

I first applied a thin layer of gesso with an old hotel key card to one side of my paper and let it dry. I then used a brayer to apply a few layers of Turquoise and Lime acrylic paint.

While the paint was still wet I put down the Surf stencil and used a baby wipe to wipe away the exposed paint, removed the stencil and let it dry.

As a final layer I put down the Brain Coral stencil and sprayed a light layer of the blue Dylusions Ink.

For the other side of the paper I put a single thin layer of black gesso applied with the old hotel key card. I cut this paper into four 3"x12" strips and accordion folded them. I attached each one to the other with a piece of washi tape. Tada! My finished accordion ready for some artistic content.

On a separate sheet of Strathmore paper I used a makeup sponge to apply Night paint to the Chakras pocket stencils and after they dried I cut them out and edged them with Inka Gold. I then glued them in my book leaving a black page between them. On the blank pages I used white paint to stencil the corresponding Chakras 2 series stencils and then wrote the names below and beside the symbol.

Our finished accordion is simple and informative. I hope you make time this week to create an accordion book of your own!

Hello my lovelies! Today I am sharing with you a sweet little piece I was inspired to make using the new Chakra 2 stencils! I used both the pocket size and the 6x6 sizes. I also used Dylusions ink sprays in a non-traditional way!

I had already been playing with these awesome stencils for a while and I had just finished using them in the traditional sense by spraying dylusions sprays through them, and me being me, I decided not to waste the spray left on the stencils. I reactivated the sprays by misting with water and I just smushed them onto my hot press watercolor paper making some awesomeness!

I then used a wet paint brush and the dirty stencils as a palette to paint this sweet relaxed  face along with the using 2 of the pocket stencils, Third eye and Throat. In my mind to symbolize speaking with empathy, trying to see how my words and actions will impact others for the new year, which is one of my resolutions every new year and these stencils inspired me to share it visually. 

If you would like to watch my process check out the video below!

Big Hugs and Mushy stuff to you and Happy new year!

- Shana Bird