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Hello my lovely lovelies!

It's my turn again to share what I've been playing. Remember this picture from last week?

I decided I would play with this one a bit more and it turned out nothing like the start of it!

I was looking at this piece and realized I have done many like this with a girl off center with glorious wind whipped hair. I didn't want to do another one. Lol!

So I grabbed my Sacred Geometry and Tibet stencils and set to covering her up.  I wanted to get messy! So I did by finger painting using Dina Wakley paints and getting my fingers all messy.

Then with the Dina Wakley paints in Black and Ruby I made wonderfully watery drips and messy lines and marks all over the canvas board.

Those marks turned into first one face then a second appeared in the chaos of the piece, which made me very happy! I highlighted the faces with a white sharpie paint pen and more Dina Wakley paints in Elephant, Turquoise and Ruby

I love the colorful chaos of this piece, the almost willful look of the female face on the right and the wistful look of the male on the left. It has deeper meaning for me but I won't go into my drab here!

I definitely think this piece turned out to be not the norm for me. And I love how deliciously messy my hands got!

Big hugs and mushes to you!

Xoxo! Shana

Hello my lovelies! 

I am back in the fire that is Phoenix. It is sweltering here! High heat and high humidity. Not pleasant. I am missing Wisconsin so much, I am missing the inspiration that nature gives me on a daily basis! Here it is so icky I am always in a rush to get indoors. Blug.... OK. I'll stop whining.

While I was gone I missed my art supplies so much! I actually had dreams of my paints and stencils. Lol. So of course when I got back to AZ I started playing willy nilly with everything. Sadly I haven't finished anything. I do have pictures on a few items that I have been working on.

I pulled out my Dina Wakley paints, Dye-na-flow, Dylusions spray inks, stencils and some acrylic inks and sketched and just played! 

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?!

This week I want to share with you what I created with the collage papers I created from my last blog post. Remember these?

Here's what I used:

One more thing before we start. I don't have any process photos (GASP! I know!). I was going along with the creative flow and didn't even realize until I was finished, dagnabbit. But, on the other hand, I do have 12 finished faces to show you!

My process is as follows: In my little Moleskine I pre-gessoed a bunch of pages so the page is ready to go when I am. I decided I wanted to fill this book with faces but before I draw the faces I add a few layers of color onto my page with paint and stencils. Using a foam wedge makeup sponges makes this process easy. While those layers dried I went in with my paint pen (black or white) and drew faces on a few of the pages. (Nope, no pencil first! Just go for it! To make it even more fun I used a continuous line on some of them.) For the other pages I cut face-like shapes from my homemade collage paper and glued them down with matte medium. To review: On some pages I drew a face directly on the stencil decorated background and on others I drew a face on top on collage paper that was cut to a face-like shape and then glued in the book.

Oh look! I do have a process shot! LUCKY!

This shows some stencil layers and collage paper cut to a face-like shape.

Now I just use my imagination and paint the faces fabulous colors remembering to use complementary colors to help make things POP! Don't layer your paint on too thick since you want the underlayer texture created by the stencils to still peek through.

I also add a layer of paint to the backgrounds in some places to make things interesting.

Final steps happen when all the paint is dry. I take my extra-fine black paint pen and trace over my drawing lines again. This smooths the edges of the features and lends it a finished look. I also take my 9xxb drawing pencil to create value and texture.

I'm in love! We'll see how many faces I create with this style/technique before I change it up. I already have plans to make even more of my own collage papers.

Happy creating!

“There is a distinct kind of Magic in the iridescence of a Dragonfly’s wing.”

The Dog Days of Summer are already here. I can’t help but feel as the mercurial sizzling days slip through our fingers it is a gentle reminder to be mindful and savor every moment.

A few months ago I created a prayer flag inspired by the new Artistcellar Tibet Series Stencils. As luck would have it I purchased enough chiffon to make four flags. This is the second in my series and I decided to feature the Lotus.

Once again I began by spraying a light coat of repositionable adhesive to a large piece of cardboard. I rested the chiffon with as few wrinkles as I could manage to the sticky surface. I was then ready to start stenciling. Keeping the colours to shades of pink and cream I wanted my lotus to embody the qualities of devotion and purity.

To me the Dragonfly is not only a perfect match for the Lotus, but symbolizes the exquisiteness of the season. I have loved Dragonflies endlessly. Not only are they a wonder to witness in the air, but my thoughts drift back to peaceful childhood summer mornings spent at a local creek with a friend. Dragonflies represent transformation. They guide our spiritual and emotional quest of self-realization. To see a dragonfly in flight is to grasp the magical possibilities of freedom. But to be truly free, we need to accept our unique selves. And I suppose that makes us all works in progress.

The Artistcellar stencils provide a great array of options. I selected the Petite Pods from the Playful Pods series to add to the flag. The image was perfect and continued the theme. I have long been fascinated by the iridescent colour released from dragonfly wings. So inspired I completed the design with dots of glimmering acrylics. It now flies next to the Buddha Eyes flag on the pergola.

Artistcellar stencils are inspirational. I am always discovering something new when I begin to work. The images allow me to explore and express my creativity. They encourage me to design with the same freedom we feel when seeing the shimmering flight of a dragonfly. By permitting my creativity to unfold my desire is to delve deeper, discover my unique self, always knowing I will forever be a work in progress.

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Greetings Everyone!

I hope this post finds you well and eager to make some art!

Today I am sharing the fact that I love, love, love how the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints work on the 3 x 5 inch Gelli Plate™!

If you are interested in making quick, fun, small art, you’ll want to keep reading.

This tutorial is great for making notecards, journaling cards, gift tags, or small post cards.

Here’s the Supply List:

 Step 1:

Place a small amount of paint on the Gelli Plate in two or three colors. See photo above.

Step 2:

Use a plastic paint scraper, palette knife, or small brayer to spread the paint on the Gelli Plate™.

Step 3:

Place a stencil on top of the wet paint on the Gelli Plate™ and press slightly to make an imprint. TIP: Use an extra piece of paper, as you press, to protect your hands. I used the little book I made and shared in my last post here at artistcellar. You can never have too many layers in mixed media art!

Step 4:

Remove the stencil and place a 3 x 5 inch index card on the Gelli Plate™.

Rub with your hand and lift.

Step 5:

Add another color or two of paint to the Gelli Plate™. Spread paint with the plastic scraper.

Step 6: 

Make an imprint with a stencil as described above.

Step 7:

Place the same index card over the new color and pull your print.

The beauty of the gel printing process is that it’s a surprise every time! If you don’t like what you see, keep printing over it!

Here’s a close-up:

What I love about using the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints with the Gelli Plate™ is that the paint doesn’t dry as fast as the inexpensive acrylic paints I often use for art journaling.

This means it’s easy to go back and get a “ghost print” (or second print) from the Gelli Plate™.

Step 8:

Pull a “ghost print” from the Gelli Plate™, using a new index card.

 

Step 9:

Grab a new stencil and repeat!

 

Step 10:

Use a new index card to make a print directly from the stencil.

Step 11: 

Continue making ghost prints until the paint runs out or is too dry.

Step 12: 

Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have a collection of cards that makes your heart go pitter pat!

I hope you have tons of fun!!!

TIP: If you don’t own a 3 x 5 Gelli Plate™, you could try this process on a plastic baggie. The results will be slightly different, but still really fun!

Blessings and Peace to You!

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

“Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.” Bryant H. McGill

Do you have a secret you would like to share? Is it something no one knows about you? Do you have a sincere spirit of inquiry, a sense of curiosity about life? Does it lead you to unexpected discoveries?

Keeping with playing card Art Journaling I produced another set to add to my collection. Much of the materials used to create “A Holy Curiosity” collection found its way as a base for the new cards. I’m a great believer in the motto that too much of a good thing can be wonderful.

Working commercially for so many years, my art is usually much “cleaner”. I’ve long been curious about how it would feel to throw caution to the wind and let the paint fall where it may. The compact size of the cards have “given me permission” to explore and discover my messy side.

As I already had the backs complete from the previous project I set out to begin the face design. The Curious Possibility clings by Tim Holtz feature in this set as well. But added to the images are lovely rubber stamps I purchased from Leavenworth Jackson in California. The company truly has an outstanding collection.

Building the layers on the face was enjoyable. The Artistcellar Blocks series stencils were a lovely counterpoint to the Halftone Dots series. As with all Artistcellar products the quality allows you to focus on creating your work, not worrying about damaging the stencils. I have used a variety of media and the stencils always wash up easily, making them ready for my next project.

Distress Crayons are wonderful to work with. The colors in the set I have are bright and stay true when applied to the substrate. The feel is soft, smooth, and luxurious. Subtle touches of crayon completed the work.

I hope you will give Journaling on cards a try. You may discover, as I have, the joys of following your messy, succulent spirit of inquiry. You may even find a new kind of happiness waiting for you!

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Hello all!

This week I have some new mediums to play alongside my artistcellar stencils.

To start, I grabbed an 8 x 10 piece of hot-pressed Fabriano watercolor paper. This paper is nice in that it is both 140lb and hot pressed AND it doesn't break the bank. Good watercolor paper tends to be really expensive, and while worth it - I can't always afford it!

Next, I started auditioning some Artistcellar stencils on the page. Here, I'm using Tibet Series: Buddha Eyes, Cathedral Plans: Notre Dame and Cathedral Plans: Amiens Plan.  The Cathedral Plans series stencil is a longtime favorite of mine for backgrounds. They are so versatile and I've found use for them in many different paintings.

With a palette knife, I scraped Golden Glass Bead Gel through the stencil. Let me tell you -- this stuff is awesome! Glass beads inside the medium really shimmer and shine and it works beautifully with the stencils!

I let it dry completely, and then I started dripping strings of Golden Tar Gel throughout... the tar gel appears white, but it will dry pretty much clear and adds great texture (similar to creating lines with a hot glue gun). 

Next I used watercolors, mermaid markers and alcohol to add color and even more texture. To create the cell-like effect I simply dipped a brush in the alcohol and then stamped it on the page. Yum!

For extra accent, I used a bit of Inka Gold and some Dina Wakely acrylic paint as the finishing touches. 

This is a super texture rich page and it was such a fun way to experiment with new supplies and old favorites. 

 

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be sharing with you this week! 

So I had a bit of an accident at the dog park, my sweet pup was running with the rest of the dogs and knocked me down! I know he is so sorry! 

The bad part, I fell straight back and caught myself with my right arm and did a good number on my back and right shoulder, so a bit of a hiatus was forced upon me. I am still sore so I have decided I will be working lefty until I am healed!

This week I wanted to play with the newest of the Artistcellar stencils, the Tibet Series. I acutally have an idea for a painting but without the control of my right hand I decided to forego the paint and do some art journal work!

I have a friend Shannon that comes over every Saturday and we have what we call "Shantime" where we create and learn from each other. This week I talked her into playing with the set of stencils and then further talked her into letting me share what she created!

Without planning to, we both started our pages in our dylusions journals with a line of of the lotus flower stencil across the bottom and that is where similarity ends...

For my journal spread I used watercolors to create my line of lotus flowers along with colored pencils and acrylic paint.

I then used Dy-na-flow in turquoise along with India ink in teal to create a fun drippy background over the top of some watercolors through the Eternal knot stencil allowing the drips to go over my lotus flowers.

Then for a challenge I decided since I am all lefty I would try my hand at creating a girl using an assortment of paints including Dina Wakley in Ocean and Fuchsia, colored pencils and regular pencils. I used the Buddha eyes on the opposite side  with the word overcome to signify my new lefty status.

Shannon on the other hand (pun intended she is right handed! lol) decided she would use paint for her lotus flowers and created a body of water for them to float on. She then went on with metallic paint and painted the Tibetan Ohm Symbol, Buddha eyes and the Eternal Knot using metallic paints. Then went over them using dylusions sprays, and for more fun she used the stencils again to ghost the symbols into the page.

We had so much fun creating our journal spreads using the new stencils, it is always so much more fun to share art with a friend and I am truly blessed to have so many I hold close to my heart!

Big hugs and mushies to you

“Never lose a holy curiosity.” -  Albert Einstein

Have you tried Art Journaling on playing cards? I enjoyed it so much I decided to continue with the project. I suppose my curiosity got the better of me.

Inspired by the saying “In The Moment” I found printed in a catalogue, I made it my goal. I prepped the cards by lightly sanding them and then giving them a coat of gesso. I placed all of the cards face up on my table and began randomly layering acrylic paint. Whatever colours came to hand I used. Once dried, I flipped to the back and began working. I love the new Tibet Series by Artistcellar. I wanted to incorporate the Eternal Knot stencil in some way. Although too large to completely fit on a playing card, when dropped here and there on the cards the stencil certainly added interest.

It’s been a long time since I looked through my collection of rubber stamps and clings. The Curious Possibility clings by Tim Holtz was just perfect for what I had in mind! Combined with a few images I had in my collection I got just the right Victorian vibe I wanted. I know some people like to cover the images on the playing cards completely. I like to allow the flavor of the card to show through where possible. To complete this series I highlighted portions of the back design with Distress Crayons and Crackle Paste. They are now safely tucked away in my binder.

One word of advice: I used my heat tool to get the layers to dry faster. I believe I got a little too close as one of the cards “popped” and buckled. My guess is the plastic coating just didn’t like the heat.

As artists, curiosity is the force that inspires us to create new work. Journaling was always a bit of a mystery to me. I suppose for me it’s “in the cards” using this technique. My question to you: What are you curious about?

 

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