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Greetings Folks

Have you ever created something that you weren’t satisfied with? You just didn’t like how it was turning out? Maybe you were even feeling like you just wasted some very good art supplies! Hmmph.

I am here to tell you that that’s part of the process, and it’s going to be okay. You don’t have to love everything you create. Each time you attempt to make something and use those precious art supplies, you are learning and growing. Try to give yourself a break, alright? You are doing good work!

Today we will look at how I made use of spray inks, the Crown Chakra stencil, and Dina Wakley Acrylic paint on a piece of Mineral Paper. This art creation definitely had a stage that had me wondering if I could save it or not.

Stepped Out Process Photos Below

TIP: Put a large piece of paper behind your work area before using spray ink. They can be unpredictable.

I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in pinks and purples over the Crown Chakra stencil.

Perhaps I sprayed a bit too much, because when I lifted the stencil, I saw this.

I tried to print the wet stencil on the bottom half of the paper, thinking I might be able to get a clearer image. However, that didn’t work as I’d hoped.

I put the Crown Chakra stencil back on and used a cosmetic wedge and Dina Wakley acrylic paint to try to save myself.

I ended up painting around the sprayed and painted stencil image. I felt like it was sort of starting to come together.

Since I am not one to waste paint, I started painting the borders around the two Crown stencil images. I sort of felt like Josef Albers, so that was fun!

As you can see the wet print of the stencil needs a little help, so I worked on that section next.

I put the stencil back on the Mineral paper, and applied some acrylic paint with a cosmetic wedge. (Have I mentioned how much I love the Mineral paper? It’s thin but tough!)

Pictured below is what the image looked like after removing the stencil. Can you see where I applied paint?

Yet, there’s still more work to do!

Now things are looking better.

Does anyone else reading this have a secret love with brown paper? I do!

The great thing about smartphones and photography today, is you can easily crop your images and turn them into something new!

I am pretty sure this piece will end up in a mixed papers handbound journal. It might even make a great cover! We shall see!

I like having options, don’t you?

Thanks for being here and playing along with me!

All of my best,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

The Self Is Born in the Stars – Carl Jung

I’ve always been interested in Tarot. The cards intrigue me…not so much as a tool for fortune telling, but more of a way of discovering what is happening in the present and how it will  shape the future. I am by no means an experienced reader. But I do find comfort in handling the cards and finding my part of the story of the symbols.

As with many of us, my life has been quite hectic of late. And I find time seems to be moving at an accelerated rate.  I’ve been told that life gives you what you need if you are receptive. And what I needed was some time to stop and reflect.

Looking through my collection of Tarot cards, I was drawn to The Star card. Stars are visible in the Universe because of the cradle of darkness. So too, we shine when we have been through a difficult time and come through with strength and faith in ourselves.  I decided to use the card as the basis for my work using the Artistcellar stencils.

The Star Card is aligned to the Crown Chakra. I started the collage using Prismacolor pencils on rough drawing paper and the Crown Chakra stencil. When finished I built the collage around the stencil drawing. The vintage images of the Marseilles Tarot, the palmistry hand, and the night sky fell into place.

I can’t get away from the Mineral paper. It is wonderfully adaptable to any media. My acrylic paint using the Halftone Dots stencils stayed as vibrant dried as they did wet. The Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic kept their incredible shimmer, which is sometimes lost on other substrates. If you haven’t tried this paper...you must! The results are delicious!

It has been a brilliant education getting familiar with all the products Artistcellar has to offer. I have tried techniques that are new to me, and hopefully will stir your interest as well.  This brings me back to The Star card.

The card is one of personal transformation, new ideas, and opportunities. The thirst for new journeys can be of a physical or spiritual nature.  But above all, The Star is one to encourage you to have faith and believe in yourself.

And what better way to be true to yourself than to write your own story across the sky?

MATERIALS:

Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series Stencils
Artistcellar Stencils: Pocket Stencils – CHAKRAS – Crown
Hand cut stencils
Mineral Paper
Vintage Images Tarot Card, Palmistry
Drawing paper
Prismacolor Coloured Pencils
DecoArt Metallic Acrylic paint: Teal, Amethyst, Plum
Reeves Metallic Rose Red, Copper, Silver
Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic: Moon Violet, Waterfall Green, Galactic Blue, Velvet Violet

I saw my first crocus a few days ago.  The thin green striped shoots pushing through the earth was a joyful sight. Although we had a relatively benign winter, seeing the crocus renewed my trust in the natural energy of the seasons. It is wonderful to just simply be.

Inspired by the Artistcellar Pocket Stencils I chose to work with the Crown stencil from the Chakras series. The Crown Chakra is the center of consciousness and spiritual awakening. It is the place where we connect not only with our deepest self, but with our higher power and are able to appreciate the bigger picture of life. When our Crown Chakra is open we are filled with trust, faith and devotion. Inspiration has a place to ripen. We are mindful.

Like most collage artists, I have an envelope of bits and pieces…torn paper, postcards, tissue paper and the like. Working intuitively, I pulled out whatever came to hand and started gluing the papers to my illustration board substrate using matte medium. I worked quickly and allowed the shape and color of the papers to find their own space on the board.

Once dried, I sponged on a selection of metallic acrylic paints. I chose several shades of violet acrylic for the Crown stencil, the color related to this chakra.

I love the Pocket Stencils series. The size is perfect and I always find just what I need to enhance my work. Creating this collage was no exception. And there it was, the word “trust”. It is the embodiment of the chakra. Using Lapis Blue Dina Wakely Acrylics, I sponged the word on a piece of gold tissue paper. As with all Artistcellar products, clean-up is quick leaving the stencil in pristine condition, allowing me to focus on creating new work.

Faith and trust frees our spirit. We move in harmony with the wisdom of the universe.  Once we find our mindful, quiet space inspiration is unrestricted.  And we can simply be.

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Materials Used:

Assorted papers: newsprint, Russian passport, Tissue, Magazine paper, Wax infused paper, Citra Solv paper, postcard, tea stained wax infused paper, coffee stained paper, library card

Artistcellar Stencils: Pocket Stencils – CHAKRAS – Crown; TRUST  & SEEK stencil

Hand cut Stencils

Liquitex: Matte Medium

Deco Art Metallic Acrylics: Splendid Gold, Berry

Plaid Metallic Acrylics: Amethyst, Plumb, Blue Topaz, Champagne, Aquamarine

Dina Wakely Acrylics: Lapis Blue

Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic: Moon Violet, Waterfall Green, Galactic Blue, Velvet Violet