Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

Good day to you, dear readers.

I always like to start out with a little gratitude. Thank you for being here!

Today, I’d like to share an art journal spread I created using supplies available at artistcellar.com

I am working in my brown paper bag journal that I learned how to make in Misty Mawn’s Embrace Yourself Workshop (2017 online class). I am sure there are tutorials on YouTube, as well.

I am starting the art journaling process on a page spread that already has gesso and a little collage under the gesso. The pages look like this:

I am using the Labyrinth Series Stencils by artistcellar.

I grabbed some Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint, a paper plate for a palette, and a cosmetic wedge. I applied the paint through the stencil, and it turned out crisp and wonderful! (See the three, step-by-step photos below.)

TIP: Dab the cosmetic wedge in the paint. Then dab some of the paint off of the cosmetic wedge before applying it to the stencil. This helps prevent “globbing”. Is that a word? Even if it isn’t, I bet you know what I mean! : )

Next, I used a Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen to do some journaling.

I wrote, “We weave in and out of the labyrinth of life, love, faith, & understanding. In & out & back to center. Finally when we are centered & grounded, we can make sense of it all. We can see anew & believe in the good.”

Next, I pulled out the fabulous Derwent Inktense Blocks that everyone adores! The color is highly pigmented, and they are water-soluble.

Aren’t the colors just “scrummy”? (I am not sure why I am making up words today, but I am going with it!)

I applied the Inktense color over my journaling.

Here’s a closer look.

These Inktense Blocks feel like a firm chalk pastel, but they are water-soluble. See the next two images below.

Apply water with a brush to the Inktense color and voilà!

Here’s the finished art journal page spread.

Ultimately, my hope for me, and for you, is that we can all “believe in the good.”

Blessings and Peace to you!

Happy creating with your stencils, paint, and other colorful supplies!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello beautiful souls,

It's always exciting to go visit a friend's or family's studio and create together.  My mom invited me over awhile back to come create with her in the studio. We even had some studio helpers along with us, my dog Leeloo and mom's dog, Lucy.

I decided to teach her how I do my little 4x6 watercolors.

First we did a layer of watercolors as our base. Here is mom's watercolor piece.

I chose some nice bright pinks, oranges, and purples for my piece.

Next we did some inking and stencils with some distress ink pads. I used the chartres stencil for my piece and mom used the seven jewels stencil. 

For the finishing touches I outlined my piece in black and mom did hers in gold.

While I was at mom's I decided to make her a few prints with my carved stamp from last weeks post. The first ones turned out so pretty until I used my heat gun to speed up the process of drying the ink and melted the yupo paper, OOPs!

I did another one since I melted the first one and left this one to air dry. 

What friend's or family's studio is your favorite place to go create? 

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

Don't you love making gifts for friends? I always get the best ideas when I do! This new design is no exception. So first let's take a step back and see how this idea came about. Do you all remember my Labyrinth Lotus petals I made in the very beginning?

I did these super intricate petals using the Chartres Labyrinth stencil. I think it has to be one of my all time favorite stencils. Not only is the design gorgeous, but it's so incredibly detailed! Once the petals were done I assembled it into my very first lotus.

Next I moved onto the 4x6 art cards I created to gift at Resonance, our Wichita, Kansas regional burning man event.

I had so much fun taking this design and creating so many beautiful things. These cards were fun to create because they were a nice quick and beautiful piece of art to hand out. 

After that I had the brilliant idea to create a functioning light with the lotus design so I decided to create the labyrinth lotus design on some small paper lanterns.

I must admit I didn't finish the string of 10 lanterns after creating this one. The design was very beautiful, but it took so long to create each lotus and they ended up pretty large. I was only able to get 2 layers of petals attached to them just to keep their size moderate.

After that I had the brilliant idea to make this art wearable! Yay! A little ode to my  art jewelry making that was my primary method of making a living for 12 years.

Here you can see the pendant before I shrunk it down into it's tiny version.

Next I added this little beauty to some recycled sari silk and attached an adjustable clasp.

So what was this new idea? Well I decided to jump back to the petal design so, of course I HAD to use greens and blues. My friend's favorite colors are: purple, pink, and blue. Here you can see our pendants side by side.

I took this shot in my hand so you could see their size shrunken down

Now for the finale.........

I added my friend's petal to some gorgeous matching recycled sari silk cord and added some adjustable chain and a crystal dangle to finish it off. 

How do your designs evolve? Do you love the first design or the last the best?

Love, and light,

Genea

"Say not, ‘I have found the Path of the Soul’. Say rather “I have met the soul upon my Path’"-Kahlil Gibran

Have you ever walked a Labyrinth? Have you thought about it, but perhaps don’t have one near enough to easily visit? If that’s the case, the newest addition to the Artistcellar stencil collection is for you!

Unlike a maze with twists and turns designed to challenge the walker with the possibility of misdirection, think of a Labyrinth as an empathetic guide. Regardless of design, the winding paths all lead to a single point. The objective of a maze is to reach the center. The objective of a Labyrinth is to reach your center.

Labyrinths embody the saying “It’s all about the Journey”. Not aligned to any specific religious tradition, the beauty of walking a Labyrinth is its ability to slow you down and allow you the opportunity to seek comfort and wholeness for your soul.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful Labyrinth at the Unity Church of Harrisburg. Built in 2007 it is of a medieval or Chartres design. I have walked it and continued my journey in their Peace Garden, always leaving relaxed and renewed. This is the reason why I was delighted to receive the new Artistcellar Labyrinth Series Stencils…and so happy to see the Chartres design is included. And as with so many things in life, it came at just the right time.

This Summer has been a whirl of activity…some wonderful experiences and others less so. But one thing is certain. I need to slow down, to regroup, and to revive. Having the stencil in my hands was the first step in the right direction.

My Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journal has become my “go-to” at the moment. I like the size and quality of the paper. The Chartres stencil was a perfect fit on the page. My stenciling efforts are now part of a growing collection of images ready and easy to use.

I had a general idea of the elements I wanted to include in my final design.  Looking through my box of acrylics I chose colours in the purple family:  Amethyst and Plum and gold for an accent. I wanted a slightly worn feel, so I began stenciling with a natural sponge. Although the colours complimented each other, and I liked the texture, something didn’t feel “right” about it.

After cleaning the stencil I went back to the box of acrylics to choose shades of green: Aquamarine and Blue Topaz.  And suddenly everything fell into place. The texture and colours worked just as I imagined. I added further highlights of sunflower and Viva Decor Inka Gold which I burnished with a soft cloth to a brilliant sheen. To complete my image, I placed it on a background mixing the sense of earth and a sky sprayed with stars.

And there it was…the Labyrinth just as I envisioned it. A sensation of well being washed over me, just as it does when physically walking the winding path. Still, one aspect of the work puzzled me. I’m normally not a great lover of shades of green and usually don’t feature it in my art. But here it worked. And thinking it over, a thought came to mind: The Heart Chakra. Of course…just working with the Labyrinth stencil guided me to reach my center. And there I placed a Heart Chakra symbol.

I have read of the use of “Finger Labyrinths” for meditation. After creating with the Artistcellar stencil I firmly believe it works.  I would like to share this with you.  Please feel free to download my art and walk the Labyrinth with me.

And why not try your hand using the new stencil series in your own art? As with all Artistcellar products, the quality of the stencils opens the door to creativity for years to come.

Will you walk the winding Path to find your center? I’d love to hear about your adventures.

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