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Hello beautiful souls!

Do you ever just look at something on your table and decide it needs to be made into art? That's what happened with this lamp. I had so much fun doing my galaxies I decided to work on a lamp using the Metatron's cube stencil.

I had some fun with some distress inks, and some fabric spray. I love how the wet spray reacted with the inks. As you can see the lamp looks different when illuminated and when it's dark.

The colors and details are much prettier with the light off, although I had to take this photograph with lots of lights on to capture the photo. So it's a bit better looking with just the single lamp lit. I added some spatters of white for stars and some glow in the dark spatters for it to glow when not lit as well.

 

I am not totally done with the lamp yet as I'm trying to decide what it needs next to look great illuminated and dark. I think I will probably go for adding some fabric painted images and some more glow in the dark embellishments. The lamp inspired a few more ideas which is pretty exciting!

I dug out an old shirt and decided to make some dread headbands by cutting across the length of the shirt and then cutting up the back to make a nice long soft band.  I took out the chakra pocket stencils and used fabric paints to apply the design.

I learned it takes VERY little paint to use on the tiny details of the stencils. You can see where my paints bled under the stencil. I fixed this problem by using less paint and a make-up sponge and stamping on top of a glass plate so that the surface was very flat and couldn't get wet (my table cover is packing paper which absorbed some moisture and curled).  Next I went for adding the pocket sanskrit characters on top of the chakras in a glittery gold. As you can see the gold was not bold enough to stand out on it's own. I tried to wet the fabric and remove it, but that didn't work so I had to get creative.

I decided to use black to apply the sanskrit characters so it would show up better. Again, I realized just how little paint I needed to use for the stencils so it didn't get blurry.

Here is how the band will look worn. You wrap it around your head like a headband, tie it underneath and bring it back around to tie your hair in a ponytail :)

I had so much fun with the first band I wanted to do something even more amazing for the second band. I started out spraying some watered down glittery fabric paint to create some sparkle on the base and then added the flower of life stencil pattern to the background in glow in the dark paint. You can't really see the pattern at all in the light and I couldn't get a good image of it glowing in the dark so unfortunately you just have to take my word that it's awesome! I then applied the crown chakra and third eye chakra stencil in the 6x6 size over the top blending the chakra colors from purples to blues and then indigo to purples. I love using gradient colors!

Next I added the sanskrit pocket stencil design to the centers of the chakra images in black.

So exciting! I can't wait to make more. I need to go pick up some cool tie dyes form the thrift store or make some of my own and add some more stencils.

What creative ways have you used your stencils?

Love, light, and Art,

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

Hello beautiful souls,

OMG.. did we get some amazing new toys in our most recent Artistcellar box! Are you excited to follow up on my last art piece? I knew you'd be sitting by your computer eagerly awaiting the cliffhanger reveal. LOL. So without further adieu, may I present my most recent masterpiece, The Flower of Life Heart Chakra with Heart Chakra Sanskrit Center!

I used: 12x12 Flower of life stencilheart chakra stencil, and sanskrit anahata. I used the viva decor inka gold to really make anahata sing. Isn't it beautiful?!

Next up I wanted to play with the Japanese Geometric Series

so I did some little 4x6 water color cards. I used some red, orange, and yellow as the base colors, then shifted the order, used some distress inks for the stencils, and the sanskrit and outlined them in gold. I added some white ink for a lighter contrast with the halftone dots stencils. I didn't intend for it to look Christmasy, but it kind of looked snowy with the white ink. I called this series "SeaZens Greetings"

I wanted to create another one of my mirrors using the labyrinth series stencils, but this time I did it on black. I really dig how the colors look much more bold rather than pastel by changing the base color.

My MMM was in the studio with me again this time creating lots of layers with his piece. I took 3 shots to show the progress as his artwork changes so much with each step

Christian used the 12x12 star coral with some ranger texture paste.

Since I was feeling the mirror thing I was excited to do a chakra and sanskrit mirror series. I did a little paper template first to plan out my design.

I like to do a little template first to get the "design bugs" out before moving on to the finished product. Generally I tend to do some problem solving in this step and find this to be a helpful tool as not to "mess up" my final piece. I decided to use the 6x6 chakra series stencils and repeat the crown chakra stencil since my spacing involved 4 characters per mirror. I did the design so that the mirrors can be hung side by side and follow along the chakras in order :D I like organized design like that. I did the sanskrit in some gorgeous metallic gold paint marker to make the design pop. Could you totally see these in a yoga studio?!

I made so much art recently with the new batch of goodies I have to wait til the next blog to show you all just what a blast I had with the speedball lino cutter and speedy carve blocks we received. I learned so much about myself and design too, so stay tuned for next weeks blog!

Have a wonderful start to your new year and we will see you soon!

Love, peace, and art,

Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

It felt great to get back in the studio, not only for myself, but for my MMM (Mixed-Media Man) as well. There is something really great about getting to create with your love. We decided for our one year anniversary we would have a "One year ARTiversary" and go create in the studio together. I had a nice primed piece of fiberboard waiting for some paints and I got to work with my water colors.

 

I received the 12x12 Flower of Life sacred geometry stencil in this month's box and I couldn't wait to give it a test drive!

I really love this nice large size for this 12x12 piece. I got some felt tipped paint markers to try out on this fiberboard since it shreds up my Molotow markers, and the paint pens were a hit! They were just perfect for this size stencil and art piece.

We decided to do some live feed streaming from the liveme app which was pretty cool. At one point I had 43 people watching me create!

If you look closely in this photo you can see me taking a photo of Christian working and see me in the video screen on my phone. Christian tried recording from his phone on his end of the table too, but for some reason his recording was 3 columns with lines through it. So weird. I am kinda bummed too because I bet it was cool to see things from each of our perspectives as we worked at the same time. Christian was rockin out the chakra pocket stencils and the square rose sacred geometry 6x6 stencils for his piece.

I just love how Christian's pieces go through so many changes while he works. He does this awesome bumpy paint technique you can see in the square rose photo. I love how he clustered the little chakras as well. Next Christian did some paint layers on top of the inked chakra stencils.

He decided to take it a step further and even do some cut outs!

A little pro tip for making stencil cuts in your canvas is to put the stencil on the backside, trace the image in pencil, and then use an exacto knife to cut it out.

I did some inks on my piece after I did the sacred geometry layer and used the heart chakra stencil.

Christian wanted to do some painted pieces to layer under the chakra cut outs and asked me how I did my watercolor technique. I think it's cute he meshed our styles for this part. The results were pretty amazing!

You can see the hemp flower design peeking out from inside the solar plexus stencil. Here is his piece so far. I can't wait to see how much it continues to change as he continues creating!

So you will just have to stop back next week to see his finished piece and mine as well. I had to stop taking photos of my piece as I got to use the NEW super *secret* stencils that will be hitting the shelves in January! So stay tuned for some more awesome artiness! Until then...

Love, light, and art,

Genea

Today we have a special guest blogger, former design team member Linda Edkins Wyatt! I was thrilled when she agreed to come up with a post, and she even used several stencils that are on sale this week at Artistcellar :-D. I hope you enjoy seeing her process when creating a special Reiki Morning Prayer journal page. -Lisa 

To christen my new Dylusions square journal, I decided to do a two page spread using some of my favorite Artistcellar stencils. I am particularly fond of the Chakra stencils, which come in a six inch square size and also as a set of pocket stencils, which are conveniently the exact size of ATCs. The Diamond Series heart stencil, Sacred Heart Divine stencil, and Jill K. Berry Map Series Global Compass Rose combined nicely with the Chakras.

I started by prepping the pages with gesso.

When it dried, I sponged some light lavender acrylic paint through the crown chakra stencil, followed by the heart gem with aqua paint.

I randomly grabbed stencils, mixed paints, and sponged away until almost the whole spread was covered. I had the idea of putting a favorite Buddha quote on the right side, so I blocked that space out with a piece of cardboard.

Once I finished the stenciling, I stepped back and looked at it. Ugh! It was garish. With Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s tips from a recent class ringing inside my head, I took some black acrylic, watered it down a bit, dipped in my art toothbrush, and splattered away. Better, but still kind of…boring.

Julie’s other tip from the class was, when something isn’t working “knock it back,” so I applied gesso to tone the colors down. Better. I added some strokes of white acrylic here and there until I liked the background.

I had a vision of using my calligraphy markers and adding my favorite Buddha quote: “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” I pulled out my phone to Google the quote and to be sure that the words were correct. Much to my dismay I discovered that it is a fake Buddha quote. Good words to live by, but fake, fake, fake.

I threw caution to the wind and decided to just write the Reiki Morning Prayer on the pages, using an ordinary Sharpie marker, with my semi-sloppy handwriting sprawled on the page. I did not Google the words, I did it from memory. There are several variations to the wording on the Morning Prayer, but they all have the same intent. I also purposely left the pencil marks under my writing as a reminder of my own imperfection—I am a Virgo and constantly try to be perfect, to be correct, and to strive for excellence. The pencil marks peeking out remind me to slow down, relax, breathe, be thankful, and just be.

Hello beautiful souls,

One of the very best things you can do is create art with friends. It's exciting to share the artistic experience with others especially when they are new to creating. My partners in the studio this week were Christian, and our new friend, Jewell. You can see the concentration on their faces as they create.

Jewell wanted to create a special birthday present for her boyfriend's Mom. This was her first mixed-media piece and she ROCKED IT!

Jewell used: Chakra Pocket StencilsChakra StencilsMetatrons CubeViva Decor Inka Gold, and texture paste.  Didn't she do an amazing job?! She was super stoked about her piece and I was really excited about how quickly she learned.

Jewell and I worked on our pieces at the same time so I just walked her through the steps I like to do when I create mixed-media pieces. I decided to start off by layering on some different scrap book papers and then based my color palette on the paper. I really liked the flower design on the scrap book paper I had so I chose to use the crown chakra stencil as my large accent. I added some Viva Decor Inka Gold to some places in the flower to add some interest. This stuff is seriously one of my very favorite things I like to use for some shimmer and shine!

I wanted to add some depth and dimension so I added some awesome texture paste and used the O's stencil from the Marked Series stencils. 

I had some fun coloring my texture paste with some alcohol inks and letting it drip.

Here is a shot of my piece so far. I still have a ways to go, but I ended up stopping here for the night.

Christian was working on some more of his stretch painting except he has brought that technique to using some 3 dimensional pieces as well. Here is a shot of his work.

How do you like to start your mixed-media pieces? What types of materials do you like to use to create texture and depth?

Love, light and creativity,

Genea

Greetings!

This week I'm working with chakra's again -- but with a little bit of a different approach. Lately I've been having a lot of fun using Amazing Mold Putty and creating molds of various items I own --- especially from my doll collection. I've been creating artwork on canvas with these pieces. Today, I wanted to create a painting on the theme of the "Third Eye".

Every time I think about this -- it reminds me of one of my favorite Tool songs by the same name. Before I started painting -- I lit some candles, turned on some music, and used a tiny bit of Clary Sage essential oil in my brush water. 

I have created a little video of what happened next:

Supplies Used:
- 5 x 7 canvas
- Ephemera 
- Artistcellar Chakra Pocket Stencil - Third Eye
- Doll face made out of plaster, broken into pieces
- Artistcellar Block stencil
- Matte Medium
- DecoArt Media Mister - Carbon Black
- Modeling Paste
- Golden High Flow - Indigo
- DecoArt Glazing Medium
- Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Light Patina
- Dina Wakely Black
- Dina Wakely Blackberry Violet
- Prima Art Alchemy Wild Fuschia
- Dye-Na-Flow Midnight Blue
- Uniball Signo UM-153 pen
- Gloss Varnish

Hello creative friends!

So maybe you remember these petals from my last blog post.

Well they have come a long way since then! So let's talk about this exciting new design I have created called the "Labyrinth Lotus". I had worked on some lotus petals for this design way back when I first started my mixed-media journey when I did the "Becoming Real" piece with the butterflies. I set the idea on the back burner as other ideas came up and finally got some time to revisit this design. 

First I created the center of the lotus with this honey comb texture using some: liquitex paint, Viva Decor Inka Gold, and some Dylusions Spray in Ground Coffee (even the name makes me want to go start my coffee pot and pour myself a cup)! 

Next I moved onto my petal designs. Here are a few photos of my previous petals (chakra series pocket stencils) so you can see how much they have evolved in my new design.

Here are a few photos from the process of the new "Labyrinth Lotus" petals. For my petals I did many different steps to the front and back of the petals. On the front side of the petals I color gradated them in 3 different colors with water colors and added some shimmer.

Next I applied the design using the Labyrinth Series Stencils (COMING SOON!) They are one of my VERY favorites and I would HIGHLY recommend them 😉 On the back side of the petals I used some distress crayons

to outline the petals and used the Viva Decor Inka Gold to give them some real shine.

When I mean shine, I mean SHINE! Just look at all of that luster from the gold, Yum!!

Next I attached the petals to the flower doing 3 layers. Here is the finished Lotus!

Since this lotus is SO SEXY I even made a video so you can see the layers of the flower! 

 

The most exciting thing about creating art is watching it evolve. This design really inspired me to keep dreaming of ways to make it even better! What's the next step? Well I started working on paper lantern string lights! Here you can see the start of the design.

Just look how large and detailed the petal is for this design. I can't wait to get this first light done so I can have an idea of how they will look! So I won't stop there! I already have a few more ideas. What's next after that? Well I bought one of these larger paper lampshades from Ikea

and I will make a large size light for a room, BUT.. I will need a few more tools for that project. Oh and I didn't stop there! So what could be bigger and better than that you may ask? Well how about a sculpture for Burning Man! Oh yeah, baby!! I am in the process of dreaming up a large scale design that hopefully 6 people will be able to climb inside. This is in the very early stages so all I can say now is how excited I am to have been connected with some other amazing artists that will help me make this dream come true. I think it will be one of the highest honors an artist could receive to not only create a sculpture that large, but to work on it with other artists, haul it out to the desert and let the masses enjoy your wondrous creation!

Let those creative dreams soar and see where they take you!

Much love, art, and bliss, Yours Always,

Genea

Hello again!  

Today, let's find inspiration in color and chakras, shall we?

So, I found some masking fluid this week and I was so excited to use it on a project. I grabbed a piece of matboard and the Artistcellar Diamond Series and Sacred Geometry 2 stencils. I used a stiff brush to apply masking fluid over the stencils. Once the masking fluid was completely dry, I painted over the entire board with Dye-Na-Flow in "Midnight Blue" and "Turquoise". Then, I removed the masking fluid to reveal the white board underneath. It turned out so cool!

On separate pieces of cardstock I used a palette knife and black modeling paste through the Artistcellar chakra stencils and then cut them out, painted over them with their corresponding color in watercolor, and then added some gold Viva Decor Inka Gold around the edges for a little extra pop. 

Next, I glued the cardstock chakras to my original matboard background and topped them with a gloss varnish because I want them to shine!

To finish it off, I added some dots to the background with Pearl-Pen in "Black" and "Ice White"

I just love how vibrant and bright the chakras are against a interesting and drippy background!​