Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” - Kurt Vonnegut

A collection of miniatures in a variety of media will soon grace the walls of a local gallery. The trend of purchasing small works is gaining in popularity and can be found in both home and office settings. I find viewing miniatures a fantastic way to slow down and to make time to enjoy what surrounds me…to enjoy the little things in life.

“Excellent!” I thought when I heard about the exhibit. I instantly reached for my Artistcellar Pocket Stencils. I primed a 4” x 4” canvas panel with a mixture of gesso and Sunflower yellow acrylics and stenciled on metallic gold diamond shapes. I wanted a warm background on which to build the work.

Once dried, I added the word “CREATE” from the Creative Words Pocket Stencil Series. And what a wonderful word it is…bursting with the spirit of the exhibition. The rest of the design easily fell into place. The Dragonfly stencil from the Traditional Japanese Series is the perfect complement in essence and size. I masked out two of the insects and began stenciling in a variety of colours.

I immediately think of a piece of visual art when I hear the word Create. But as we all know, there is so much more to the meaning of this word. For the wordsmiths among us I rubber stamped text to a piece of tea stained tissue paper and attached it with matte medium. The transparent appearance was just what I was after. I finished this part of the collage with a gold foil border.

The wonderful advantage of creating with Artistcellar stencils is that it is easy to mask out just what you need. The stencil designs inspire you to make your work truly your own. This is one reason I love using the Infra stencil from the Quasicrystals Series. The random dots I chose finished the piece and added the perfect amount of extra colour.

Do you take the time to appreciate the small things in life?  I hope my miniature encourages the observer to take the time to stop and enjoy the moment. Hopefully they will create and share, by image or word, the meaningful little things of their life.

MATERIALS USED:

Hello !

Right now I'm gearing up for a show in December so I'm in the phase of hoarding ALL THE ART.

Because of this, I'm painting primarily on canvas nowadays. (Though I miss my art journal so!) 

So today I'm working on an 8 x 8 wood canvas. Wood canvases are my FAVORITE for working with any kind of mixed media or just acrylic paint.

I started with a layer of clear gesso to prime the surface. Then, I picked out colors that I love in acrylic paint and started adding color randomly to the canvas. Since I picked out the colors beforehand, I know I'm going to love everything I put down and I can work intuitively and not have to put as much thought into it. This spur of the moment creativity is my favorite.

In-between layers I dried it with my heat gun. For a bubbly, grungy effect I also purposely had the heat gun too hot and too close to the surface.

Along with acrylics, I'm also mixing in acrylic mists and letting them drip.

Next, I used an Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil with DecoArt Media Mister, and when that dried I painted in some of the gold leaf adhesive. After about 15 minutes the adhesive went from a milky color to clear and I was able to do the gold leafing! 

Gold leafing is a bit scary for me because I'm not used to it and it's really different for me but I love the experimentation of new supplies. 

What is a supply that is scary for you? I challenge you to incorporate it into your work this week!

Supplies Used:

I just returned from a wonderful trip in northern Minnesota. For those of you in the Midwest, I went “up north.”

It was a sister weekend. I think this is the first time I’ve spent four days with my sister since we were children! And we had a blast!

The fall leaves are changing colors all around the state. Imagine the reds, oranges, and bright yellows against a blue sky. It’s breathtaking!

For this artistcellar post, I felt like making a little project.  I am decorating a file folder to collect nature photos, ephemera, and/or leaves! I am feeling very inspired by nature’s beauty upon returning home from up north.

Supplies Used:

Steps 1 & 2:

Apply Inka Gold through the Surf stencil over part of the open file folder. Fill in the rest of the stencil with white acrylic paint, using a cosmetic wedge.

TIP: To continue the water pattern, I flipped the stencil over and kept dabbing white paint through it!

Steps 3 & 4:

Print some nature photos on 8.5 x 11 inch copy paper. Cut out sections that please you. Glue them to the front and back of your file folder.

Step 5:

Hand-cut some letters to glue on your folder.

Place the letters before gluing to see what you think.

Step 6:

Add a layer of Dylusions paint to make your hand-cut letters pop!

Step 7:

TIP: Place and glue the first and last letter of your word. Layout the remaining letters to get the spacing visually pleasing.

TIP: Use an old catalog or junk mail as a place to do your gluing.

Step 8:

Enjoy your hand-decorated folder to collect nature photos, leaves, or related ephemera.

May you find some peace, quite, and solace in nature sometime soon.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com