Artistcellar Blog

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Hello again!

This week I'm creating a different type of project -- OUTSIDE OF THE JOURNAL!

Many of you already know I created an oracle deck called Dear Heart Oracle. My deck has been sitting in a white jewelry-style cardboard box. It works perfectly -- but it needed some bling.

First, I reached for the Dina Wakely heavy body acrylic. I love this paint! It's so pigmented that it doesn't require multiple coats. First, I did a layer of "Ocean" on the bottom of the box. Then, I used a paper towel as a sponge to add a bit of "Turquoise" on the box. 

For the top of the box, I used Dina Wakely's "Blackberry Violet" with "Ocean". Then for some extra texture and bling I used the Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil "Seed of Life" with Golden Glass Bead Gel. 

The Glass Bead gel has tiny beads of glass so it will be super sparkly!

To finish it off, I used E6000 glue with a plaster of paris mold of a doll head, that I painted with Art Alchemy Opal Magic Blue/Pink paint.

That's it! 

Does the outside of the box make you want to open it to see the magic inside?!

Hello starshines!

In my part of the world spring is upon us and I couldn't be happier! However, I'm also finding myself in a bit of a whirlwind. I have so many projects going on right now and an upcoming show at an art gallery! While it's all very exciting, one way that I de-stress is through tarot and oracle. As a side project (because I don't have enough projects - LOL) I started developing an oracle deck.

The process of creating the deck has been very relaxing and rewarding because I don't feel a lot of pressure. I started by cutting out the size of "cards" that I wanted out of watercolor paper. I'm using a mix of Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper and Arches cold pressed depending on the texture I want from the card. Cold pressed watercolor paper is a lot more textured - or bumpy... and hot press is more smooth. It's a lot easier to use with ink pens to get nice bold lines. 

I've finished quite a few cards already, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to show you how I incorporate Artistcellar stencils into the oracle cards in subtle ways. 

Today, I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut down to the size I wanted. Then, I grabbed an Artistcellar Cathedral Plans stencil and a Faber-Castell graphite pencil. Using only a part of the stencil, I traced around it first in pencil then added another element (in this case, a flower dropping a petal). 

Next, I used a pen to ink the drawing and then a waterbrush with Twinkling H20's and watercolor. To finish it off, I added white highlights with a Uniball Signo-UM-153.

Because the size is so much smaller I find that I can easily finish a card in one sitting. With limited supplies, it's a project I can do on the go as well!

If you want to follow along with the progress of Dear Heart Oracle, follow along on my instagram! (@pantheartist) or Patreon! (www.patreon.com/panart)