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Music really moves me, both emotionally, and often I can’t help myself from dancing, either. Lately, I have been experiencing some of life’s challenges. Challenges and change are a part of life, but that doesn’t make the experiences any easier to get through.

So, when life is tough, I turn to art and music.

I created the following journal page with inspiration from singer/song writer Ellis Delaney. She is so authentic and inspiring.

The Ellis Delaney song that moved me today, and for several days throughout the last several weeks is called, “Grace”. It’s on Ellis Delaney’s Evidence of Joy CD.

You may watch a video of Ellis singing this song on YouTube here.

Now for the journal page.

Step 1:

Trace your hand.

Step 2:

Choose some pocket stencils to use.

Step 3:

Use some Tim Holtz Distress Stain to create a skeleton like pattern inside your hand.


Step 4:

Use Derwent Inktense Blocks to add some color.

Step 5:

Use a small round brush and water to blend the Inktense lines.

Step 6:

Use another pocket stencil from the Quilt Series to add to your page. Apply Distress Stain through the stencil.

Step 7:

Use Virtues Words Pocket Stencils. I was looking for some Grace with these. :)

Step 8:

Use a cosmetic wedge and Dina Wakley acrylic paint to stencil your words on your page.

TIP: One of the great things about Artistcellar stencils is that you can see through them for better placement. See photo below.

Step 9:

Use Distress Stain to fill in some of the background and scribble out some of your emotions.

Steps 10 & 11:

Draw a symbol or image that makes you feel better. I drew a little rainbow with colored pencils.

Write some song lyrics that have been playing in your mind lately. I wrote the chorus for “Grace” by Ellis Delaney. The chorus goes like this:

“I have a heart that’s breaking
Just need some space to fall apart
I have been stubborn lately
running from your


If you love folk music and female singer/song writers, I highly recommend the following women currently residing in Minnesota, USA: Ellis Delaney and Lynn O’Brien. Their music is uplifting and down to earth all at the same time.

Sending Many, Many Blessings to You,

Briana of

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

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