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Hello my lovely lovelies!! I am here again to show you the fun I have been having playing once again with the Blocks Series stencils.

I really do love this set, I think they are my new favorite! 

I dont know what it is about this set but they make it so easy for me to keep white space in my journal spread.

My supply list is an easy one, Matte medium, Dylusions spray ink, my Faber-Castell 4B water-soluable pencil, Dina Wakely white acrylic paint and of course my journal and stencils.

I started out by prepping my page with Matte medium, I decided to coat it so that the spray inks wouldn't soak into the paper so much. I used the ink with a brush instead of the the sprayer to get a different look. I simply dipped my brush into the bottle and smooshed it through the stencil, when my brush started to dry out I dipped it in a bit of water to continue creating a gradual muting of the color through the stencils.

After looking at the pages I decided only to work on one side of the 2 pages and I was concentrating on keeping it simple. I used my Faber-Castell water soluble pencil to sketch out a simple face blurring the hardness of the line with a damp brush. When I wanted a bolder line I would wet the surface then use the pencil on the damp surface.

To add more depth to the face, I used white paint to add highlights to the cheekbones, nose, eyes and shoulder. The paint reactivates the spray ink so it takes a few layers if you want a pure white.

After much play I decided that she would be an angel and added wings, again using the pencil and white paint.

I think my self-challenge of trying to make simple uncluttered pages is progressing well. Someday with practice I will get it to a point that I feel I have the knack of it down to a skill!

Keep creating my lovelies!!!

Big hugs and mushies!

Hello My lovelies! This week I played with Artistcellar's Blocks series of stencils! I felt like being wordy while playing, I did these 1st 2 pages using layers of 1st Dylusions sprays, then gesso to mute the colors. I then topped it with one of the Labrynth stencils

The words were inspired by the time I spent with my Mum last week. They are a few key phrases that sum up what my mum has always been trying to instill in me.

For the 2nd page, I wanted to put a face on a page for this week. I also put another phrase to live by on this page. For this one I used the DecoArt Media line fluid acrylics through the stencils, creating a pretty patterned background with plenty of nice white space which is a weakness of mine.

I love how easily these stencils can be combined or used alone to create a background with interest, I will definately be using these in additional pieces and am thinking I may use it in a focal point in a page to come!

Big hugs and mushies!!

- Shana Banana

Today's guest blogger is mixed media artist and art journaler Indigene Theresa Gaskin. She is going to share a mixed media project with us today, a very special one that helped her send her daughter to China!

When I was asked by Lisa to be a guest blogger, I was so excited because I love all of Artistcellar’s products!  When the beautiful 12”x12” stencils arrived I oohed and ahhhed over them.

It was such great timing, since I was in the middle of creating 100 mixed media pieces for a fund-raiser for my daughter’s trip abroad to China. I want a lot of my mixed media pieces to be inspirational so when I saw the Sea Foam stencil from Artistcellar's Water Series, I knew exactly what I wanted to create…

I used an 8”x8” wood panel and painted it a bright red. I also added spritzes of red Dylusions Ink Spray to enrich the color.

After allowing it to dry, I put the stencil over the wood panel

and painted it a turquoise green, once again adding Dylusions Ink Spray in blue and turquoise to make the color pop.

I have a lot of quotes to choose from, because whenever I see a quote that fits my life or experiences, I type it up and put in my “Quote File." Once a page is filled I print several copies of a page to keep handy for when I want to use them. I print them out in different fonts, page colors, etc. 

I decided to use the quote, “Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value” by Thornton Wilder.  Once I decided on my quote, I tore it from the page and adhered it with Golden gel medium in the circles on the wood panel. I also smeared some of the ink on the quote, giving it a little bit of stress, or drama as I like to call it!

Since I’m a mixed media artist, I have loads of trinkets to choose from. For this inspirational piece I chose various buttons. I also used Mica to cover the quote and give it a sense of being seen through window or under a piece of glass. Mica comes in a variety of sizes and it can be peeled to the density level you’d like. 

You can also cut it with scissors to any size or shape you’d like as well.

Once I cut the Mica out (in circles) I applied more gel medium on top the quote and then put the Mica on top of it. I attached the buttons in a random fashion, using gel medium to adhere them to the wood panel. Once the gel medium dried (overnight) I put a coat of varnish over the entire piece, giving it a nice glossy look. Once that was dry, the piece was ready for hanging or putting on a miniature easel, whichever suits your fancy. Here is the finished piece. 

I loved using Artistcellar's Sea Foam stencil in the 12”x12” size because it covered my wood panel and I didn’t need to worry about trying to move it around and match the edges to fit my working art area.

To see more art for my fundraiser “China For Kayla” visit: Please visit my facebook page at: where I post new art and goings-on in my art world!



Indigene Theresa Gaskin is a mixed media artist, whose work has been featured in various galleries in the United States and Abroad. She’s an avid Art Journalist as well!