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Hello, hello! I hope this post finds you well!

I am about to share something a little different from my normal, colorful style. Today, we will use coffee and stencils!

I have been intrigued lately with earth-based pigments. I recently checked out a really cool book from the library by Nick Neddo called The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature. While I am a lover of vibrant colors, I also greatly appreciate yellow ochre, various browns, and berry stains on paper. Are you with me?

So, instead of my usual acrylic paint, I poured some leftover coffee into a glass jar, added a little vinegar, and decided to paint with it.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Dip your bristle brush into your coffee and use both a round, and up and down, motion to get the color through the stencil.

Step 2:

Remove the stencil and check how the coffee looks. Add some coffee painted doodles of your own, using a round brush.

Step 3:

Use the Pleasantville-Big Sister’s Room stencil, to add some interesting lines.

Note: It’s okay to go over both your painted doodles and the marks from your first stencil. The layering actually ends up looking pretty cool!

Step 4:

Keep playing around until your entire paper is filled with coffee stained stencil layers.

Step 5:

Let your paper dry completely. (It does not take that long.)

Step 6:

Trace a shipping tag as many times as you like onto your background, and cut them out to make your own tags.

Step 7:

Use a hole punch as a final step. Now you are ready to decorate the tags with stamps, ink, fabric, collage paper, washi tape, or pen doodles. Hooray!

I am feeling really excited about how these turned out. I hope you’ll give this coffee and stencils idea a try!

Thank you for being here.

Happy Creating!

-Briana of

Hello Creative One! This is Briana from Orange Spiral Arts.

I have a question for you today. How do you feel about rubber stamps? Do you think that trend has come and gone?

Perhaps after this post, you will fall in love with your old rubber stamps all over again (if you aren’t there already).

This week, I visited my local thrift store, and I found a baggie of rubber stamps for a few dollars. I didn’t love all of the stamps in the bag, but there were two that I could not wait to try.

I decided to make a handmade greeting card, which is one of my favorite things to do.

First, I stamped the guy holding the coffee cup in the middle of the card. Next, I stamped stars all around him. Sometimes I’d stamp twice before re-inking, to give the background some variety. I used my go to stamp pad, black StazOn. (The Ranger Archival Ink Pad is also a great choice.)

As you can see, I’ve got my stencil at the ready. I love the irregular rays on this Sacred Hearts: Immaculate stencil from the Sacred Hearts Series stencils.

Using a ballpoint pen, I traced the rays around the guy holding the coffee cup. I also went around the stars, rather than putting a line through them.

Here’s what the scene on my table looks like so far. (Sometimes it’s nice to see a visual of the supplies used.)

Next, I used the colorful, water-soluble Caran D’Ache crayons to add some pop!

I started with oranges, yellow, and lime green.

Next I added light blue.

With a wet paintbrush, I pulled the color out from the center, to the edges of each ray.

I had tons of fun making this card.

TIP: If the card is buckling a little from the water, place a piece of wax paper over the art; then set a stack of books on the card to help it dry flat.

As you can see, rubber stamps are fun to play with. I especially like combining stamps and stencils together in my art journals or handmade greeting cards.

What are your favorite art supplies for stamping, printing, and stenciling? What do you like to use for adding color? We’d love to hear your preferences in the comments below!

For more art inspiration and ideas, you’re invited to visit Briana’s site at

Blessings to you! Happy creating!



Lovelier than a thousand kisses,
Smoother than muscatel wine.
Coffee, I must have coffee,
And if anyone wants to give me a treat,
Ah! Just give me some coffee! - The Coffee Cantata J.S. Bach

Coffee. Or as we say where I come from, “cawffee” is more than just a morning ritual. Its intoxicating scent eases you into the start of the day. Rich and bold, it is a relaxing conclusion to the evening. It warms you up on a cold day or cools you down in a variety of disguises from iced to ice cream. It’s an excuse to meet and share time with friends. No matter how or where it is served, I love it!

Working on my next collage using the wonderful Halftone Dots stencils I moved on to my next new love: Mineral Paper. Sleek and smooth, made from rocks, I couldn’t wait to try it out with a variety of media. It took the acrylic paint I stenciled on like a dream. No buckling or wrinkling. I was left with a wonderfully smooth, flat surface.

But would the mineral paper hold up to something a more liquid? I reached for my ever present cup of coffee. I covered the sheet with a general wash. While drying, I sprinkled on both wet grounds and instant granules. The page performed just as described by the Yasutomo Company. No bending. No warping. Just a flat surface – as pristine as when removed from the pack.

I loved the way the paper responds to wet media, but I wanted to try just one more effect. When dry I spritzed the sheet in several areas with my spray water bottle. The mottled look was just what I was after. Again, when dry the Mineral Paper remained flat, smooth and ready to be scanned.

Of late I’ve been in a ‘50’s kind of mindset. I decided to add the image of the surprised woman. But what could she be thinking? Did she just make a fantastic discovery? Of course! It has to be the best things in life.  And what could be better than a reassuring rotation of Art, Sleep and our Daily Brew? Who wants to join me?


  • Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series Stencils
  • Hand cut stencils
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Mineral Paper
  • Coffee, Lots of Coffee: Brewed and Instant
  • Vintage Image
  • Drawing paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Acrylic paint: Teal, Amethyst, Plum, Soft Gold, Berry, Worn Penny
  • Reeves Metallic Gold, Rose Red, Copper, Silver