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Greetings, Everyone!

Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you? Well, I would like you to know it. I appreciate you being here, reading this post, and getting ideas for your art. I appreciate you supporting a small business like artistcellar. In fact, you are quite wonderful. You are shiny as a sparkling diamond, and as “glow-tastic” as the brightest neon Gelly Roll pen! Really, it’s true! You and your creativity matter. I just wanted to let you know that you are appreciated, sparkly, and “glow-tastic”!

Today I am going to use one of the Diamond Series stencils in my art journal. I am currently working in this amazing, Large Blank Page Journal by Rag and Bone Bindery. As one of Rag and Bone Bindery’s new brand ambassadors, you could be a lucky winner of a $75 gift certificate by entering my giveaway! Enter to win right here! (Pictured below are several sizes of Rag and Bone Bindery’s Blank Page Journals. Aren’t those deckled edges yummy??!!).

For this current journal spread, I am working in the Large Blank Page Journal with the bright orange patterned cover.

Above, you will see an Art Foamies stamp, some texture from a children’s texture roller tool, and rolled out acrylic paint, using a brayer. The Radiant Stencil from the Diamond Series is ready and waiting for paint.

I applied purple paint through the stencil using a cosmetic wedge. I created one on the left side of the spread:

And one on the right side of the journal spread.

From here, I pulled out my Gelly Roll pens and started to doodle, draw designs, and write on the page. I was sitting outside on a beautiful summer day, just enjoying the warm air and breeze. Moments like this are important.

The Moonlight Gelly Roll pens are my favorite. I seem to have the most success getting them to write.

After I doodled on the diamond, I extended the doodles around the page, too.

I enjoyed these moments in my journal.

May you find the time to take a break, work in your journal with some fun supplies, and enjoy some fresh air. May it be so.

In Summary

Art journaling is relaxing and fun.

If you like handbound blank journals, photo albums, binders, brag books or need a guest book, feel free to enter my giveaway for a $75 gift certificate to Rag and Bone Bindery.

You are appreciated! Thank you for being here!

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello again!

This week I've been super busy, I launched my first ever solo online class called "The Magic Forest". After all the excitement, I decided to continue working in my Magic Forest journal for this project. 

Today, I'm going to be using: 

To start, I used a Artistcellar Arabian Nights stencil with Adirondack color wash spray. Then, I spritzed the Dylusions spray a few times and let it drip.

Now, we can start layering collage. For this, I used e6000 glue. It's extremely sticky, but it's tough. Since this collage is thicker than normal, matte medium won't be the best choice for it. 

After gluing the collage, I used black pens and acrylic paint to doodle and add splatters.

Then, I applied the Ice Stickles Glitter Glue. The orange peel is AMAZING because it's both orange but with green glitter. It fits in well with the green in my photograph! Then, to finish it all off, I used the Artistcellar Diamond Series stencil with Gold leaf adhesive. When the adhesive had turned clear, I put a sheet of gold leaf on top and used a dry brush to move the excess. 

Ta-da! I LOVE THIS PAGE! It fits right in with my Magic Forest journal.

Speaking of, if you would like to join - the classroom is open now! You can sign up here, (and don't forget to check the description for a early bird special!) http://bit.ly/PanArtMagicForest

Hello!

Today we are going to explore art journaling inspired by Poetry!

I'm using a poem called "93% Stardust" by Nikita Gill, which goes as follows: 

"We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names."

I hope you enjoy the video I created for you!:

Supplies used:

 

Hello again!

Do you ever find that inspiration strikes in the most random of ways? Recently I was cleaning in my art studio and I found a container of old watercolors. They are probably around 10 years old -- but they are bright, bold colors and great big bottles! I'm not sure how they were ever forgotten, but I had to pull them out to play with them right away.

I discovered that I have a love for making painted papers with watercolors and stencils! The papers can be used as collage or as a foundation for a painting later on.

Here, I grabbed a few different Artistcellar stencils and used a paintbrush to brush the watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper... however I really want to also try it with Yupo and Mineral Paper. On a few of them, I also mixed watercolor with rubbing alcohol and splattered alcohol on the page. Look at the fun textures I was able to achieve!

I went a little crazy with it because I was having so much fun playing with colors -- so I made page after page after page. Try it! I think you might find it a little bit addicting.

Artistcellar stencils used:

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This week I've struggled with a bit of a creative block. It doesn't happen often -- but when it does it hits hard! For some reason, everything I went to work on turned out horrible -- really, really horrible. I realized the correlation between the projects was that they were all quite small... so for this project I pulled out the big guns! A large piece of watercolor paper.

I prepped it by grabbing some inspiring ephemera and used matte medium to "glue" them down. Next, I added a shabby layer of gesso just to push some of it back and help it not be so crazy.

True to my nature (especially lately) I grabbed a DecoArt Media Mister in "Carbon Black" and the Adirondack Color Wash in "Butterscotch" along with the Labyrinth stencil set, and one of my favorites from the Diamond Series Set.

After the sprays, I added another light shabby layer of gesso, and then used Dina Wakley "Black" paint to doodle on the page. I started with a portrait, and then decided to go ahead and add in a lotus flower as well.

Next, I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Black, Payne's Grey, Titan Buff and Titanium white to paint the portrait. These are some of my favorite portrait colors (especially the Payne's Grey and the Titan Buff combo -- yum!)

I also added bits of metallic gold, because I love the way it pops off of the painting when paired next to the Black and Payne's Grey.

The Diamond Series Stencil "Flanders" is one of my favorite stencils EVER, especially the center design. I used it on the dress of the girl, with some crackle paste.... I loved the way it turned out!

To finish off the painting, I added some white highlights with a Uniball signo UM-153 white pen and Inka Gold in "Gold" throughout.

I also added some song lyrics that inspired me as I painted -- "Eleanor Rigby" by ... *drumroll* The Beatles!

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Hello again!

Did you know that Frida Kahlo's birthday is in the month of July? True story, she was born on July 6, 1907. For the last couple of weeks I have been celebrating her artwork and legacy and today is no different!

I wanted to do something a little bit different than a portrait this time, so I found a Frida quote and set off on a inspired painting!

Today's quote from Frida is, "I paint flowers so they will not die."

To start, I traced around an Artistcellar Diamond series stencil with a General's Scribe-All pencil. I didn't trace around the entire stencil because I think it makes it pretty interesting if you pick out sections. Next, I used a Koi waterbrush and some watercolors to paint in the entire stencil. I let that dry completely so that it could be an awesome under-layer for later!

Then, I continued with my Scribe-All to sketch in some floral illustrations and of course, our quote of the day. When I had the drawing right where I wanted it, I outlined with a black acrylic paint pen.

Next, I started tossing some color at it. I used some fluid acrylics (in the flowers), and watercolor for the background.  I wanted it to be a little bit brighter and colorful because Frida was a very colorful lady... to do this, I added in Dylusions Spray in "Cut Grass". This added a perfect pop of extra color that I needed. In some areas I was a little more precise with the brush, and in others I added drips and splatters and was just a little more messy.

To finish up the painting I simply added white highlights and doodles throughout.

That's it! What about you? What is your favorite Frida quote?

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Hello again!

Since my last project I have discovered -- the gel printing plate! I know, I know... where have I been right? So I started this one with a gel print with some Artistcellar stencils! I used the Halftone Dots Series, Sacred Geometry 2 and the Diamond series with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Payne's Grey, Dina Wakely's Turquoise acrylic paint, Golden High Flow in Indigo and Green Gold, and Americana Multi-Surface Acrylic in Deep Turquoise. 

Once the gel print was dry, I taped off the edges with blue painter's tape and then added a wash of watercolor over the print with a koi waterbrush. Then, I cut out a silhouette from a magazine and traced around it with a Scribe-All pencil

Next, I used some black gesso and covered everything that wasn't in the silhouette... and added some drips of Golden's green gold and a little bit of Dylusions paint in "cut grass". 

To finish it off, I brushed some liquid glass over the silhouette because I wanted it to be glossy!

That's it! It was a very easy -- but very fun project and I really like the results.​