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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

So, I gave a talk to the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters on Monday, February 27th, 2017. The talk was held at the Minnesota Textile Center.

The topic of my talk was on art journaling. Shortly before I was supposed to give my talk, I received a package from Lisa of artistcellar.  Inside the mailing envelope Lisa sent were the latest artistcellar stencils in the theme of QUILTS! I couldn’t believe it. I have most certainly had quilts on the brain, and this felt like a sign from the universe!

I am excited to share some quilt and textile inspiration with you today to hopefully get your creative juices flowing.

First, here are some of the amazing pieces created by the members of the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters group.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the artists names to give them credit. The only artist I know is the creator of the yellow textile in the upper left. Her name is Peggy Wright.

Here are a few photos I snapped of the journals and books I brought to support my talk on art journaling.

Now onto the BRAND NEW and amazing QUILT SERIES STENCILS from artistcellarThere’s a 6x6 set and a Pocket Stencils set. They work quite nicely together, too. First, I started with a pre-painted background and the 6x6 four-stencil set.

I used the Dylusions Paint and a cosmetic wedge for application.

I chose to use Postbox Red and Bubblegum Pink of the Dylusions Blendable Paint.

Are you ready to see what this looks like on top of my messy painted background?

Oh, how I like the contrast of the hard edges on top of the free flowing paint. How about you?

Now it’s time to try out the Quilt Pocket Stencil set. These are so sweet. I couldn’t help but think of these as “mama” and “baby” stencils.

When you need a little contrast, black paint is usually a good choice, right?

See below for how nicely the two sizes of the Quilt Series stencils play together.

And because quilts make me also think of stitching, I had to add some faux stitching lines for effect. I used the Gelly Roll Moonlight pens by Sakura.

Hopefully you can now see that even if you are an expressive artist like me, these quilt stencils are completely awesome!

I have many ideas for how to use the NEW Quilt Series stencils. One idea is to trace the stencil design on the back of scrapbook paper, cut it out, and then collage a quilt onto paper. Wouldn’t that look fantastic?! You might also try tracing the quilt pattern directly onto fabric, cut out the pieces, and then sew them onto a larger fabric background. Oh, the possibilities. Are your creative juices flowing? Good. I hope you have tons of fun!

Thank you for being here. Also, thank you to the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters group and the Minnesota Textile Center for the inspiration.

Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello Art Makers,

I hope this post finds you well. I’d like to share a secret about myself. I feel like I rarely finish a piece of art to a stage of completion. Some of that is because I create for the process of it, rather than the product. I am an expressive artist, not a fine artist. However, I do want to create a finished piece here and there. Can any of you relate to this dilemma?

To push myself a little, I decided to take a random piece of pre-painted deli paper to see if I could turn it into a more completed art journal page.

First, I chose the amazing “Star and Cross” artistcellar stencil from the Arabian Nights set. Next, I chose a paint color that inspired me. It was the Dylusions Blendable Acrylic in “Bubblegum Pink.”

When I opened the container, the paint was much soupier than I had expected. I nearly dumped it all over the place. A word of CAUTION, “Be careful when you open your paint!” I know from watching Julie Fei-Fan Balzer videos that the trick to getting a lovely stencil print is to dab off a bunch of paint before applying it to the stencil. I was feeling a little rebellious though, so some of the soupy paint snuck underneath. Am I crushed by this? Nah. It’s no big deal. Sometimes being messy with your art is quite fun!

TA DA! I love this hot pink on top of the gray-green and yellow.

Now, comes the part of turning painted paper into something else, like an art journal page.

I grabbed my Strathmore Visual Journal, a paint scraper, and some Apple Barrel acrylic paint in two shades of green.

Once the green paint was on and sort of dry, I reached for the good ol’ Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish. I tore strips of the pre-painted and stenciled deli paper and set them in place on my journal page.

I put medium under each strip, one at a time, and also spread the excess on top of the deli paper strips. I used the paint scraper to remove the air bubbles. I also chose to wrap the strips around the top and bottom edges of the page, so there is a bit visible when you flip to the next page in the journal.

I recently purchased an alphabet stamp set designed by Everything Art, put out by PaperArtsy.

I was eager to try these stamps, but felt a little confused by the packaging. The letters were all connected by a tab, and also had a sticky side. Guess what? It wasn’t that hard to figure it out once I just dove in and tried something. I snipped the letters apart and found the taps actually quite useful for placement on the page, as well as when I went to put the stamps back on the packaging. (The gray part is somewhat sticky, and that’s what keeps the stamps in place on the glossy paper packaging).

Since I’ve been feeling overwhelmed a lot lately, I decided to put the calming word, “Breathe” on my art journal page.

Now, when I flip through this journal and come across this page, I may pause and breathe.

May you also pause to breathe.

Did you know there are entire programs just on re-teaching adults how to breathe? It’s true! Anyway, thank you for witnessing my creative process. I hope you learned something or felt inspired to try something new!

And remember . . . .

Blessings and Peace to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello My Lovely Lovelies! Today I am sharing just two little pages I did- one on hot press watercolor paper and the other on Yupo paper. These are by no means wonderful works of art, it is simply me having fun. Being a professional artist sometimes causes me some anxiety! I give myself a creative roadblock worrying whether or not the people who read this blog or watch my videos will like my art. I decided TTHHPPPPTPPTT with that today!

 I got out some stuff I hadn't played with in a while and went to town! On the hot press watercolor I played with my Gelatos and used my Ranger Archival ink pad for some stamping along with Dina Wakley and Dylusions Paints and 2 stencils from the Traditional Japanese and the Japanese Geometric Series. I ended up with this silly fella! 

For my 2nd play time I again used the Ranger Archival ink and did some dimple stamping on Yupo with some hand-me-down stamps I have of trees and grass, I then pulled out my Twinkling H2O's and created this lovely little piece. I think I'll put it in a frame in my guest room! I had fun today playing!

Get out some supplies you havent played with in a while or get some new ones and just slop the color around until you smile!

Big hugs and Mushy stuff my sweets!

If you would like to see the process of my owl check it out below!

- Shana Banana @wisccheeto