Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

Love is in the air, and I don’t mean only for those who are in a relationship, married, or partnered. There are all kinds of ways to love and be loved. In fact, self-love is huge in my book. It’s the foundation for which we make room (in our lives, in our hearts) to allow in love from other people.

I am one who believes in the power of love. I believe in the power of giving and receiving kindness. I most certainly believe in the healing power of art.

So, let’s make some hand-painted and stenciled paper to use as the foundation for handmade valentines. Create them for yourself, for your friends, your neighbors, your family, etc. The world can always use a little more vibrant color, light, and love from you. Let’s begin.

Step 1:

Dribble paints on your watercolor paper. (I used a variety of pinks, reds, and white).

Step 2:

Spread paint with a wide brush. (Enjoy the wonderful colors that appear before your eyes!)

Step 3:

Place a stencil or two on the wet paint. Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to remove the paint through the stencil.

Step 4:

Continue using a variety of stencils, removing paint through the stencil.

TIP: If the paint is getting too dry, you can spritz plain water through the stencil, and then wipe away the paint.

Step 5:

Get out those spray inks and stencils!

TIP: For a crisper image, hold the spray ink further away from your paper.

(The closer you are, the wetter and more blurred the end result appears.

The image below shows too much spray ink, sprayed too close to the paper. It’s a learning process, and I am still learning. It’s okay if you are, too.)

TIP: After you’ve sprayed the ink over the stencil, use a paper towel roll to soak up the extra ink. (I learned this from Dina Wakley or Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.)

I had an absolute love affair with this Dylusions “Cherry Pie” Ink Spray. The color is just sooooooooooo delicious.

Step 6:

Add the Heart Chakra stencil in bright green.

Step 7:

Once your background paper has dried, use a heart template or paper punch to cut out your valentines.

Hand them out, mail them as a surprise, put them in your art journal, etc., etc. The possibilities go on and on! Be sure to save at least one for yourself.

I had a blast making this background paper. I am so grateful for artistcellar and other makers of quality art supplies. We need to play, enjoy color, and express ourselves. We need to give and receive love. If Valentine’s Day is hard for you, please be kind to yourself.

You are worthy. You are loveable, and you are loved.

May it be so.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Wow! It is a little hard to believe that we are right on the edge of 2017. Where did that year go? I don't know about you, but I am excited about closing the chapter of this year, turning the page, and starting anew in 2018. 

With the New Year right around the corner I have been doing a lot of planning and goal setting and thinking about what I want to focus on. One of the goals that I have set is strengthening my knowledge and practice with tarot and runes! 

Runes are very, very new to me. A friend just recently gifted me my very first set! Today, I wanted to transform a little canvas pouch into a nice rune bag. You could also use it for tarot cards - or even things like pencils, pens, makeup... anything you could ever need a little bag for. 

I knew I wanted the bag to be really brightly colored, so I reached for Marabu Art Spray in "Red Orange" and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Marmalade" to pair with my well loved Artistcellar stencils.

Stencils used: 

To finish off, I incorporated some DecoArt Media Mister in Carbon black with the Sacred Geometry 2 stencil and the Third Eye Chakra stencil. I like that the black adds some nice contrast against the bright background.

Then, for extra shine and GLITTER (!!!) I added Ice Stickles Glitter Glue in "Orange Peel". 

I LOVE THIS BAG! How can one resist taking a peek at what's inside?

What are your goals for 2018? Is there anything new you want to learn? (Perhaps you would like to join me in a year-long exploration of Tarot/Oracle and journaling? I'm teaching in Pull Pen Paint 2018! For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/PanArtPPP18)

At this time of year our thoughts naturally gravitate to those we care about and how we can make the Holidays sparkle just for them. And there is no better gift, in my opinion, than one you make yourself. I recently picked up a lovely white silk scarf and took design inspiration from the Artistcellar Chakra Pocket stencils for my next Team project.

A close friend has been attending an annual women’s retreat for the last twenty-five years. For her, it is a time to reflect and rejuvenate. As they have the numerous opportunities to meditate throughout the weekend, I wanted to give her something special to take along the next time she attends.

I started the project by spraying repositionable adhesive on to a piece of poster board. When sufficiently tacky, I carefully unrolled the scarf. I have found that this is a great method of keeping fabric in position, allowing you to work without worry.

The Artistcellar pocket stencils are the perfect size for so many projects. The Chakra stencils performed perfectly. I placed each one under the other in the correct position. I was delighted that this formation easily covered half of the scarf, just as I intended. I applied the associated colours to the correct Chakra from violet to red. Once each colour dried I stenciled the Halftone Dots with abandon in an array of acrylic colours moving from cool purples to fiery scarlets and every shade in-between. Adding sparkle and magic I sponged on gold and bronze dots down the length of the scarf.

Once complete, I slowly peeled the scarf from the poster board. I was happy to see the acrylics bled through leaving each side equally bright and visually pleasing. The scarf still maintained a soft and airy feel to the touch, a quality I love about silk.

While creating the scarf, the Chakras allowed my senses to experience the beauty of serenity and peace. This is the gift I wish to offer my friend…even just for today.

MATERIALS USED:

Hello and may this post find you well!

Today, I’d like to perhaps take you back to your childhood days of folding paper notes and making paper toys. This could be a fun gift for someone this holiday season, or it could be something you use, just for the joy it brings!

Supplies Used:

Step 1:
Scrape paint over a piece of ledger paper or another sturdy copy paper, while having a 12x12 stencil underneath. I used the Sea Foam stencil. See the fun texture?

Step 2:
Measure the square size you’d like to work with. I measured out an 8x8 inch square on the painted ledger paper.

Step 3:
Follow the directions for making a “Cootie Catcher” paper toy in the book mentioned above.

Note: I am NOT a perfect measurer or cutter or paper folder. So, I want to assure you that this will still work with some inaccuracies.

Step 4:
Now it’s time to add some Artistcellar magic, using the Chakras Series Pocket Stencils! Apply paint through the chakra stencils, using a cosmetic wedge, to the inside flaps of your soon to be “Chakras Catcher” paper toy!

Step 5:
Then apply paint through more of the Chakras Series pocket stencils to the outside squares of your paper toy.

Step 6:
Add the final or sixth chakra stencil to the middle of the paper toy.

Here’s another look at the outside stencils.

Here’s the paper toy, “Chakra Catcher,” in action:

May you find much joy in making and giving your paper toy!

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Have you heard about the painted rocks? People paint them and then leave them around for strangers to find? I recently found out it was a "thing" and loved the idea right away!

One of my favorite things is "abandoning art" around town for people to find. In fact, at the last First Friday KC I showed up with a purse full of prints and dropped them about the entire evening. It's kind of fun to leave a little trail in a large crowd like that and notice just how fast they get swooped up. 

Sometimes, I drop things around town and simply post a "clue" to its whereabouts online. I've had people send me photos after they discovered and let me tell you, it's awesome for them AND me. So, I set out to paint some rocks. I picked out a few and then cleaned them up with soap and water. It doesn't take long for them to dry if you sit them outside on a sunny day.

Then I picked out a couple of colors and started painting them. Once dry, I decided to add some glitter. Because.... well, GLITTER. Ice stickles glitter glue is perfect for this and pretty much the most non-messy way I've discovered to work with glitter. 

Then, I pulled out some of my Artistcellar pocket stencils to create some designs with Dylusions paint and a little q-tip (it worked perfectly!), and used fine detail brush for edging, highlights and to bring it all together. 

Check out the end result!

Overall, not very time consuming but SUPER FUN to paint some rocks, and I can't wait to scatter them about. I hope they will be something that brightens someone's day... and the world could use more of that, don't you think?

Supplies Used:

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

Hello Creative Beings! Because I need a little more balance in my life and motivation to practice meditation, I decided to make a meditation banner using Artistcellar pocket stencils Chakra Series, ATC cards and Splash Ink.

To start this project I punched holes in all four corners of each card and got out my trusted Splash Inks in Magenta, Yellow and Blue then painted 7 ATC cards with each Chakra color starting with purple for the Crown Chakra. To make purple, I mixed magenta and blue according to the color chart in the Splash Ink package. Then, I mixed up an indigo blue for the third eye chakra, light blue for the throat chakra, green for the heart chakra, yellow for the solar plexus, orange for the sacral chakra and lastly, ruby red for the root chakra. I was able to mix all of these colors easily with only three colors using Splash Ink.

Next, apply gloss medium over the stencil with a palette knife using a scraping motion. Lift the stencil carefully from the card and put the stencil in a bath of water to make cleaning easier. I chose clear gloss medium to scrape over the stencil onto the ATC cards so the color will come through after drying.

 

Cover all cards with the gloss medium using a different Chakra stencil. Set aside to dry until the gloss medium is completely clear. I use this drying wait time to clean my stencils thoroughly.

 

After the medium was bone dry, I brushed on titanium buff and titanium white acrylic paint over the entire card.

When the paint is just dry enough to touch, use a baby wipe to gently remove the white paint from the chakra to reveal the color underneath. Do this step with all cards so all color is removed off the gloss medium area. Touch up areas on the card if some of the paint was removed from around the chakra.

 

I inserted antique brass eyelets and connected the chakra cards with antique jump rings. You can also use ribbon or thread to connect the cards.

Once all the cards were connected I mixed a wash of Splash Ink and brushed it over the cards and wiped off the excess color for an antique look.

Here is the finished banner hanging on my bedroom wall next to my mirror. I plan to use it every morning during meditation to start the day and when I travel, I can fold it up and take it with me. Namaste :-)

Supplies:

  • Splash Ink Acrylic Mixing Colors
  • Artistcellar Pocket Stencils Chakra Series
  • Strathmore Artist Trading Cards Illustration Board
  • Golden Gloss Medium
  • Holbein Titanium White and Titanium Buff Matte Acrylic
  • Eyelets
  • Jumprings
  • Standard hole punch
  • eyelet setter
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