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“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” – Cecelia Ahern

Have you ever been driving down a street and wondered…Who lives in a house like this? It may not be the largest or the most attractive, but there is something about it that catches your eye. That’s how I feel about a local apartment house with the chic name Stonehurst Court. 

In my last post I mentioned recycling tissue paper to mop up paint from your stencils. Using the tissue I covered with acrylic, I created the mini canvas you see here.  I love the freedom of this technique. You never know how much of the paint will transfer. The results are unexpected and can be a great inspiration. I still have quite a lot of paper left. I will be using it for a community project in a few weeks.

One of my favourite Artistcellar stencils is the Halftone Dots Series. With just a bit of painter’s tape you can mask off just what you need to enhance your design. Inspired by the many steps leading to Stonehurst Court’s front door the largest dots, Shadow, take center stage on my canvas. As the building is surrounded by bushes and plants, I completed the design by tearing off organic sections of the tissue and layering with matte medium. The Playful Pods shimmering in gold added just the effect I was after.

Who lives in a house like this? I like to think people who are adventurous and like to create the feeling of home wherever the put down roots. Is there a certain place that inspires you? I hope you will try the tissue paper technique and have as much fun with it as I did.

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"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." - Frank Zappa

I always smile when I read this Zappa quote. When I was in Art School, as much as our instructors encouraged following our creative voice, they equally stressed the importance of sales. After all, a starving artist in a garret sounds romantic, but creativity has a difficult time thriving when you’re faced with a lack of income.

I have been working on a series of Prayer Flags using the Artistcellar Tibet Series for inspiration. They will be on exhibit at WITF-TV, our local PBS channel in Harrisburg, PA. This is my second set. The first sold at an exhibition last year. Although the new set is in the spirit of the old, I found my colour choices and positions of the stencils were evolving. As you use your Artistcellar stencils you too will discover how they inspire your work. When masking a stencil here or there, you can change the feel of your design, always creating something fresh and new.

Recently a friend gifted me with a beautifully wrapped wind chime. The deep purple tissue paper she used has a wonderful sheen and light texture. I knew it would find its way into my art. While working on the flags, I found it hard to just wash all the luscious paint off my stencils. Instead, in celebration of Earth Day, I used my purple tissue as a blotter. What better way to “Reuse & Recycle”?

When I was finished stenciling my flag, I transferred the paint to the paper. The tissue took the acrylics well and soon I had two gorgeous paint covered sheets. But this is just the beginning. The paper will be a central part of a project I will write about in the coming weeks.

Have you ever tried using up your paint on paper this way? Not only “saving” your acrylic it’s a great way to extend the life of your stencil…to have positive and negative images at your fingertips.

I suppose Frank Zappa was right. As artists we can make something from nothing.  And here’s hoping you have future sales to boot!

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Hello beautiful souls,

I'm all about presentation. When I gift I want the gift to be enjoyed, but I also want to create an "experience." I want my gift receiver to enjoy the unwrapping as much as the gift itself. So today I created a pretty gift bag that I upcycled from one of my purchases. They were kind enough to give me a nice kraft colored canvas on which to start. I began with a messy layer of gesso. I have liquitex, but I will tell you through several art projects I noticed the "tooth" on this stuff literally EATS pen tips. No lie... I killed a sharpie in this quick project. So I would highly recommend a nice gesso like what Artistcellar carries instead

Next I grabbed my dylusions sprays in: crushed grape and vibrant turquoise and sprayed them through the seed of life stencil. 

Next I wanted some crackle and texture so I added some deco art media crackle paste through the sacral chakra stencil. When using the crackle paste you just need to let it air dry on it's own and be sure to put down a layer of matte medium so the texture doesn't flake off. I had to wait quite a bit for my piece to dry in the thick spots, but you can see it start to crackle here.

I noticed that the dylusuions sprays leave these really pretty batiky spots on the layer where I sloppily brushed it on the paper. Oooo pretty!

Next I wanted some pretty stars so I used the hemp flower stencil and traced inside with a silver paint pen. My old pen was working perfectly, but it was previously eaten from earlier projects. I had a nice new one ready to use, but as you can see it was super juicy. I had to improvise. I used my poor little navy blue sharpie to make the outlines and then traced a few in silver. Since the silver was too soupy I had to limit my silver design, but liked the subtle outlines as well. I wanted to add some color to my crackle sacral so I used dylusion spray fresh lime, and some glimmer mist. When trying to color the crackle paste it doesn't accept a lot of mediums well so this is just a light coloring so the sacral symbol isn't stark white. 

I did a few drips of fresh lime and let them run down the base of the bag as well. The stencil was pretty wet so I soaked up the excess with a paint brush and then added a little water to the brush to let it drip. I finished by outlining the sacral chakra in a nice metallic gold paint pen and then sealed the project with some krylon spray.  Here is the finished bag.

It's so pretty I almost want to just hang it on my wall. He he. 

How do you dress up your gifts?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

I love gifting. I know I have told you this before, but I will tell you again. Making beautiful things for people is my favorite thing. I just think lovely thoughts about the person for whom I am creating the piece and I am never disappointed when I am done creating. My friend Dodie's birthday was on Monday. She is a Pisces. I ordered her a special "Flow into Self" Pisces soap bar from crystal bar soap and wanted to make her something to match. I contemplated doing a pretty gift bag, but you can't exactly put that on your wall so... wall art it is! I began with a nice scrap piece of wood from my old work place that is 4"x6". I painted the sides with some acrylic gold paint and set the wood piece aside for later.

Next I took a 4x6" watercolor paper and the hemp flower stencil and sprayed some dylusions vibrant turquoise and crushed grape.  OMG, these sprays are SO PRETTY and SO VIBRANT! I love how bright they are!

I wanted to soften the harsh lines so I sprayed some mists of water and let them drip and run. I filled in the white spots with some aqua water color paint as well.

I put Pisces planet in the background which is, Neptune. All of the photos were blue so I went for a blue watery theme. I began making a space for my planet with some white and a Pitt Pen.  The look is really nice. If you layer once you can see the colors and patterns underneath. I gave it two layers of white before I began working on the top.

I wanted to give the planet a little raised texture so I used texture paste and the 12x12 fire coral stencil.  

I bubbled up some of the texture paste and added a lot of different mediums to give the planet life like: Ocean acrylic paint, lapis paint , distress inks, charcoal pencil, soft pastels, viva decor pearl pen, watercolors, and shimmer water colors.

I used my created Pisces image and cut it out on my cricut machine on some heavy watercolor paper. I did the fish in "galaxy" colors with white spatters, glow in the dark paint spatters, pearl pen, and a gold outline.

I sprayed some tiny wooden stars with glimmer mists, outlined the edges in gold, and glued them to the base.

I glued on my pisces fish, hammered in the saw tooth back, furniture pads and finished her all up! Here is the finished design.

What are your favorite gifts to create?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

“As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.” – Charlie Chaplin

Valentine’s Day has arrived, flinging open the door to love. But when jotting down names on your Valentine card list, did you add yourself?

An article published in a local holistic magazine titled “Self-Love” caught my eye. Drawn from the wisdom of Charlie Chaplin, the article was inspiring as well as thought provoking. So often we think of others and their needs before our own. Shouldn’t self-love, or if you prefer to call it self-care, be part of our daily nurturing practice? Isn’t getting to know our authentic selves the best gift we can give to others? What is wrong with falling in love with ourselves?

I have once again decided to study Tarot. I have added Tarot to my “when I have the time” list for many years. Taking the lead from the article, I decided to make a journal as a gift…and maybe a physical prompt…for myself.

I really love the small journals currently on sale. This little book manufactured by C.R. Gibson and is similar to others I have altered. For me, journaling is more about note taking, list making and snippet saving. Similar to the other journals, the book has small folder attached to the back cover. It’s perfect for hiding away little bits of ephemera.

The cover is dusky blue faux leather. I lightly sanded it and the applied a thin coat of gesso. When dried I attached a piece of rubber stamped tea stained paper with matte medium. I have been experimenting with a variety of stamp inks, dyes and paper. I decided against using the paper covered in wax as I wanted to try hand colouring the image.

My choice of stencils was an easy one. I masked out part of Steampunk Lace stencil. It fit perfectly at the corner of the cover. Echoing the Tarot card, The Wheel of Fortune, it will be a constant reminder of karma and the fluidity of life. I built the colour with layers of Dylusions Paints and Spray using brushes, a sponge and paper towels.

Surrounding the stencil and stamped image with swabbed and splattered paint, I was nearly finished. I added the words “Carpe Diem” created from the same paper as the woman’s face. I coloured the woman’s eye and lips with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and a brush, giving the image a bit of shine.

This Valentine’s Day…and every day of the year…be kind and loving to yourself. It’s the best way to share and honor your own truth and live authentically. Simply fall in love with you!  

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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

“Hold the Vision. Trust the Process.”

The final days of preparation for gift giving are upon us! Is there a person in your life that needs a little boost to their creativity? I love to purchase blank Journals. I have faith they will find a home at just the right time, for the just right person. And in my collection was a little dusky blue book. This could be that special place for a friend to keep her hopes, visions…and gardening notes.

After giving the journal a light sanding, I brushed on several layers of gesso. I wanted a base of white with a bit of the dusky blue cover showing through. My next step when dry was to squeeze Rubber Cement through the “Create” Creative Words Pocket Stencil. I have found that using a scrap of illustration board gives the best coverage…smooth, few bubbles, and little bleeding under the stencil.

Building up the layers of acrylic paint was fun. I usually use a Natural Sponge when I work. I have several in different sizes and textures. I love the ease of application they provide. It’s always great to see how various acrylics react when encountering the roughness of the sponge.

I started by removing the “Create” stencil and lightly applying a coat of Dylusion Vibrant Turquoise over the rubber cement. Giving the paint time to dry, I looked through my stencils and chose the Playful Pods Series. The book will serve as a gardening creative journal, so the pods rolling across the cover was perfect.

I am in love with the Dylusion Spray Ink. Bubble Gum shade is the best around…vibrant and rich. I sprayed the front and back covers with the ink and continued building layers with complimentary acrylic colours. The next addition to the design was the Playful Pods stencils and another Creative Word: “Trust”. There are many reasons to love Artistcellar stencils, but for me it’s the flexibility. With so many sizes to choose from, you will always find the perfect stencil to allow your creativity to soar.

Because the journal will be thrown into a handbag or the back pocket of a pair of jeans, I wanted to keep the surface as flat as possible. The final addition was an image of the Mona Lisa. I covered it in matte medium and dropped in slivers of copper threads while it was still wet. The edges are concealed with Artistcellar-inspired handmade Washi Tape. The result was just as I had hope…a bit of texture, but not the bulk.

And finally, my moment of truth…the removal of the rubber cement. Although the waiting tests my patience, I am happy to say it was worth it…”Create” looks every bit as inspiring as the peaceful smile of Mona Lisa.

Be it with stencils and paint or the cultivation of blooming plants, trusting and enjoying the process is the first step in holding on to our artistic vision and creating the world we imagine.

All the best to you and yours for the Holidays and the New Year!

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Hello Everyone! I have a question for you today. How much joy will you allow yourself? Whether this time of year is joyful or stressful, I believe there are ways to add MORE JOY into your experience. Let that idea simmer for a moment. How might you allow in more joy?

One thing I love to do is paint paper. The experience is hard to describe, so I hope you’ll just try it out for yourself. With the mixed media supplies available these days, and all of the wonderful products here at Artistcellar, painting paper is delightfully surprising, invigorating, and dare I say, blissful!

I’d like to share a few techniques you might want to try.

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THE PROCESS

I decided to do multiple techniques on one large sheet of paper. I enjoyed playing; turning the paper, seeing how different supplies interacted with one another, etc. You may wish to do one technique per paper, if you are a more linear thinker.

First, you’ve got to choose some stencils. I am using the Arabian Nights Series Stencils by Artistcellar.

Next, choose a few paint colors. I am using Postbox Red, Fresh Lime, Bubblegum Pink, and Vibrant Turquoise of the Dylusions Blendable Acrylics.

Now it’s time to get painting that paper!

Technique no. 1:

Using a cosmetic wedge, apply paint through parts of the stencil in one color, and then add a second color.

Technique no. 2:

Spray through a stencil with Dylusions Spray Ink.

CAUTION: These sprays are unpredictable. Be sure to protect your work area with newspaper or work inside a cardboard box.

 Technique no. 3:

Use a plastic card to scrape paint over various areas of your paper. Watch and see what happens as you scrape over spray ink or other paint colors.

I have got to put a plug in for these paints, when it comes to painting paper. I use a lot of different brands of acrylic paint in my work. There is definitely something unique about the layering effects you can get, using the Dylusions Blendable Acrylics. I highly recommend giving them a try.

Technique no. 4:

Use a wax crayon to create subtle texture by making a rubbing of a stencil. You do this by placing the stencil underneath the paper, and use the side of the crayon on the top of the paper. The stencil texture then shows through to the surface of the paper.

Continue playing around until your paper is full, or your heart feels content.

Enjoy playing with colors and art supplies. Make your soul sing!

TIP: When this painted paper is held up to light, or placed in a well-lit window, the paints have a glowing effect. It sort of reminds me of stained glass, but it’s paper!

May you feel, experience, and allow MORE JOY, perhaps through creating painted paper gift wrap, or some other way.

Sending Blessings and Peace to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello beautiful souls,

I am so excited about this post since I have been on such a roll with art since my new 4x6 pieces I did for first Friday.  I started out working on this piece from a 4x6 piece I used to save some of my dylusions ink sprays from the back side of my stencil. There was so much ink that would be wasted so I used some 4x6 pieces of watercolor paper I had to pick up the excess inks. I used to kind of not like this stuff because it does pick up the back layer when you try to paint over it, but when I did these next pieces it really was just perfect and now I kind of want ALL of the dylusion ink sprays, lol.  

Here are the 4x6's I used as a base with the Buddha eyes stencil.

I used the dylusions "ground coffee". I started out by filling in some of the white spots with water colors using a dabbing motion to softly add color. I used 3 different purples and then topped them with 3 purple distress inks and the flower of life stencil.  After that I did some drips down the piece using water from my paint brush rinse jar. As you can see the drips and layers of stencils look awesome already!

Next I used the celestial stencil from the Arabian Nights series with some white ink to create some ghostly layers. Now to brighten up those eyes with some aqua blue.

Then to finish it off I added all of the fine details with some metallic gold paint penned in the pupils of the eyes, the swirl in the middle of the face and on the forehead. I added a few drips of gold since my gold pen leaked when I was outlining some details. Oops! This is mixed-media art so we just call that a "happy little accident" and add things to make it look like it was intended. I finished off the design with a few doodles in black.

Here is the finished piece.

I was so freaking excited with this piece! I just love all of the layers and details. I love how the ink, distress inks, and water colors have such pretty translucent layers. I was so excited about the 4x6 I just HAD to try making a shrink plastic pendant to match!

Here is the pendant before I shrunk it down. I love that you can get a feel for the layers in such a small piece. The piece is about 2.5" before it shrinks down to about 28mm.

Here is how it looks tiny size. So awesome! I even turned it into a necklace and took these necklaces with me to first Friday.

You can see it here with its other friends.

I also made another 4x6 with the other print I had, but I  decided to make this one more masculine feeling. I used reds, oranges, yellows, golds, and blacks with a white ghost layer and the star & cross stencil since it was chunkier.

I am really in love with this one too!

I can't wait to show you what I have in store for my next post. There are just so many elements to the design it needs its own post.

Do your one of a kind designs turn into a series?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Howdy Ya’ll,

I am going to let you know that I am feeling all the feels at the moment. One thing that seems to help me in this situation is to turn to the art journal for some color, writing, and feelings of relief.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Spray Inks for the background.

Use a roll of paper towels to soak up extra ink.

Step 2:

Choose a stencil and grab your Dylusions Blendable Acrylic paint, as well as a cosmetic wedge for application.

Step 3:

Apply paint through stencil.

Step 4:

Write some comforting words around the stencil image, using a Uni-Posca Paint Pen.

Steps 5 and 6:

Use a hand-carved stamp as a border for your page.

Use alphabet stamps to print a phrase for what you most need and want in this moment.

Step 7:

Take a picture of your page.

May this light and love reach you now.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com