Artistcellar Blog

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Hello Everyone,

A while back I had the idea to use some Artistcellar stencils that I had not tried yet. You know, the ones in my stash. (Please tell me I am not the only one with an art supply stash!!)  I introduced the following hashtag on Instagram: #artistcellarstencilchallenge. There was not a lot of participation, which is no big deal. However, I still like this idea, as it never hurts to have a little encouragement to use our supplies on hand or the ones in our stash. Since Instagram now allows you to “follow” hashtags, I would gladly cheer you on if you do ever decide to use some of your new Artistcellar stencils and post them to Instagram with #artistcellarstencilchallenge.

Today, I am using the following supplies to create the most colorful lily pads you have ever seen!

Supplies Used:

Water Series stencils-12 x12 Lily Pads

Acrylic paint

Foam paint roller

Baby wipe

Crayola Slick Stix

Rag and Bone Bindery Large Blank Page Journal

ProArt Markers-Set of 100 colors

TIP: Back to school season is a great time to find markers and other basic supplies on sale at your local shopping spots, like Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc. I highly suggest getting a set of 100 markers. Crayola makes a set that I have been happy with, as I keep stealing them from my son’s art center. : )

Step 1:

I rolled two tones of green over the large 12 x 12 stencil, using a foam roller.

I decided to use a page spread in my Rag and Bone Bindery journal to clean off the stencil with a baby wipe. See images below.

Step 2:

I decided to add some color to those negative space lily pads.

I used Crayola Slick Stix first.

To move the color, I simply dipped my finger in a jar of water and touched it to the lily pad I just outlined.

I thought about stopping here, but pushed myself to keep going. 

Step 3:

Use a box of 100 markers to your heart's content.

I reached for my set of 100 markers for motivation, as color gets me every time. 

I noticed that coloring made me feel calm. I also noticed my brain was processing some hard stuff I’ve been thinking about lately, but my body felt calm and relaxed while doing so. This helped me to keep going with the coloring.

Below are some photos of my completed page, where I used Crayola Slick Stix, as well as markers to fill in the lily pads. 

I then added a few lines and swirly rock formations into the mix!

The left side of my page has some space for journaling or doodling, which I think will offset the lily pads and swirls nicely.

Step 4:

Add journaling or any other doodles to complete your page spread.

In Summary:

If you feel inspired, post your art to Instagram using the hashtag #artistcellarstencilchallenge. I would love to see what you create using your stash of stencils!

May you make some time to color and play, so you, too may feel a sense of calm and peace in your heart. Art is good for the soul!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of

Greetings Everyone!

Thanks for being here to read this post. I am experimenting with some new supplies in my art journal. I hope that you’ll feel inspired to play along!

Supplies Used:

I have been drooling over these Cathedral Plans Series stencils, as I’ve been watching fellow Design Team member, Cristin, use them in her art. 

So, today, I pulled out my 9 x 12 mixed media art journal to give them a try. 

I also really love the Tim Holtz Distress Stain. I went for that first to begin creating an easy background.

I was trying to decide how I wanted to use the stencil, as it has such cool details and lines. I chose to use some neon paint with a cosmetic wedge through the stencil, on the right side of the spread.

Next, I used a Crayola Slick Stick to create some edging.

I took the marked up stencil to the left side of the spread, and “cleaned it” with a baby wipe. 

TIP: Baby wipes are such a great tool to use with stencils and mixed media!

What I discovered is that the baby wipe blends the Crayola Slick Stick. This was fun to see!

Next, I added a couple of collage elements. One is a torn piece of stamp decorative paper, and the other is a torn piece of striped tissue paper.

TIP: Collage Pauge is one of my favorite wet mediums to glue with. It does not smell, and it feels smooth to the touch. (I often use my fingers to spread the glue).

I wanted to try that blending technique again, so I put some orange and yellow Slick Stick down on my pages.

Below is a picture with the baby wipe, after I used it to blend the color around.

TIP: Some artists even keep their colorful baby wipes to use in their art, once they dry. Oh, the mixed media possibilities are endless, aren’t they?

Next, I used a regular no. 2 pencil to add some journaling. I love pairing writing/words with visual images.

I decided to highlight some of the words by outlining them with a black Elegant Writer. I was pleased to see how well this pen worked over the Distress Ink, paint, and Slick Stick.

That’s the end of my process. May you feel inspired to create some pages in your art journal! I find the experience centering, calming, and a good release of emotions. I wish this for you, as well.

Blessings to you,

Briana of