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Hey everyone! 

Today I’m trying out Yupo paper with some Dye-na-flow inks. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it or used it, Yupo paper is a synthetic plastic-y paper with a super smooth finish. The inks are meant for fabric and silk painting but I thought that would blend together really well on Yupo (mineral paper would probably work for this too).

On my first one I just used a brush to blend some colors together. Using different techniques/strokes with the brush make a lot of different outcomes!

When it was half dry, I blew on the ink to make even more cool patterns. It turned out pretty cool but also made me very dizzy. It almost looks like coral, which gave me more ideas…

On another page, I laid down a few blues and brushed them with long strokes. While it was still wet, I splattered magenta and yellows by tapping the brush a few inches over the paper. They sort of spread out and blend in a really cool way! 

As it started drying, the splatters only spread in parts of it or where the first splatters were put down and it all blended in a really neat way. 

After that, I taped down a coral stencil - this one is fire coral. I used a baby wipe to rub off the ink, since the Yupo paper doesn’t absorb it, it comes right off! Any kind of slightly damp cloth/paper towel would work to wipe it off. 

 

 The stencil didn’t fit over the whole paper, but I just moved it over, then connected the areas by rubbing off more ink with a wet paint brush. It’s a lot easier to make a really neat edge like this than with paint!

For my next experiment, I'm going to try to make a galaxy. I started with a bunch of “Midnight Blue,” and splattered some magenta and turquoise in it. 

I sprayed some alcohol on it, which made a neat texture. 

I pushed the ink around with a paintbrush and splattered some more colors on it. As it was drying, I used a paper towel to absorb some big puddles of dark ink to even out the colors. It came out really cool! 

Once it dried all the way I added more dark blue ink around the outside to create emphasis in the middle. The white Dye-na-flow wasn’t very opaque, so I made a lot of dots with my favorite white gel pen

I surfed through Pinterest and google for some sort of quote but a lot of them were really long, too cheesy, or too edgy… so I thought I’d use one of the Tam’s inspiration stencils. The “Stardust" from the "Believe" stencil fits perfectly! I used the same technique as the coral stencil and fixed it up with a little damp brush and some more ink around the outside. 

 

There's so much you can create with ink on this paper! I bet it would make all sorts of awesome skies, water, leaves, and flowers, maybe even fire… or just throw your favorite colors on for an awesome background! 

Greetings to you all! I hope you are doing well.

Today I would like to share some photos from a recent exploration with Dye-Na-Flow. I adore this product. It’s like liquid watercolor in some ways. I just read on the Artistcellar site that you can put this in a water brush and paint that way, too! Brilliant, I say!

So, here’s what I did.

First, I made a collage using torn pieces of a vintage ledger page.

Next, I made some splatters all over my paper. This was really fun, by the way.

Then I started to spontaneously paint a figure.

I love how the magenta and midnight blue blend together.

I wanted to add a pop of color, so I used the sun yellow Dye-Na-Flow.

Finally, I thought the figure needed a bright green ground to stand upon, so I added that, too.

The final steps (see above photo) included stamping an eye, the date, and adding my signature.

I don’t know what it is, but I like it, and I enjoyed playing with Dye-Na-Flow!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Cheers,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello my lovelies!

I had a plan for today's post, but alas plans do change! 

Instead I got to spend 6 lovely hours with multiple customer service representatives trying to resolve a phone issue. Fun... Blug.

So while I was on hold I pulled out some of the newer (to me) stencils series - Jill Berry Textures, Fowler Faces, and the Tamara LaPorte Whimsy and Inspiration. I had my Dye-na -flows, prismacolor pencils, Dina Wakley paints and my Hero Arts neon ink dabbers.

I started by taking 2 of the Fowler face stencils (forward face and upward face) and combining them to create a starting point for my page

Because I was on the phone I wasn't able to take any in process pictures. I ended up using a lot of red, because I was MAD! Lol.

To try to keep myself calm I concentrated on keeping her face peaceful but tried to put some attitude in her pose. Here is one picture that I took when Customer service said I was "accidentally" disconnected. Grrrr...

When I called them back I was of course put back on hold... Gah! And so I continued to play with stencils and doodling all over... 

I kept playing, thankfully my art journal kept me from cussing out poor customer service people. In the end this is the page I ended up with!

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”-Georgia O’Keeffe

Do you journal? Or are you like me, jotting thoughts and sayings on random bits of paper? I have often purchased beautiful journals fulling intending to fill them. I just never do. I don’t know if it is the fear of the blank page, or what seems like the vast the number of pages that puts me off. But whatever the reason, there they sit, on my bookshelf, spotless as the day I purchased them.

Some time ago I bought a pack of inexpensive Ace playing cards. The flying biplane on the backs won me over! Who wouldn’t want to fly off to a new adventure in that wonderful plane? It was then I decided to use them as a journal. With a deck of 52, completing one card a week didn’t seem beyond the realm of possibilities. To kick off my venture I knew the best place to start was with the Artistcellar Pocket Stencil series Creative Words: Believe, Trust, Seek, and my favourite, Create.

Have you ever noticed the lovely sayings tucked away on the inserts of your Artistcellar Stencils? To me the stencils alone are creative cake…the inspirational quotes are the icing. Creative Words were just that…the catalyst I needed.

The playing cards have a plastic finish. To allow the media to attach, I sanded the cards and applied a quick layer of gesso. I didn’t want to totally cover the suits and numbers, so I removed some of it with a paper towel. On my work table, I assembled my stencils, acrylics and stamps. I wanted to have a bit of fun and see where my journey would take me. I revisited an old technique: applying rubber cement through the SEEK stencil.

I tried a new idea as well: dabbing Dye-Na-Flow colour through the TRUST stencil.

When dried I positioned the cards in a row and completed the backs. Though not identical, they have the same “feel”…a record of a time and place. In the end I was happy with the results. Best of all, the stencils stood up to everything I threw at them. Clean up was a snap and they were back to perfect condition.

The cards are now part of my new journal project, safely tucked away in a pocket page protector in a three ring binder.

Time seems to be racing by for me. Is it the same for you? Journaling is a wonderful way of capturing the essence of who we are. The perfect journal format is whatever suits you best. We owe it to ourselves to take the time to make our unknown known. Not only to ourselves, but sharing it those we hold dear. Right now. Right here.

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