Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

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! 

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 school is winding down for the year this art teacher is trying to finish strong. Thank goodness for my art journal and Artistcellar stencils to help me decompress after a hectic day at school.

Here are the supplies I used:

I found a page in my journal where I had already used the Fire Coral Stencil with Dina Wakley acrylic paints to create a background that also had the remains of a failed portrait. I had "erased" the painting with isopropyl alcohol and abandoned the page but there was still evidence from pencil marks of what the face looked like.

I decided to resurrect her and place a lotus blossom crown on her head as well as resurrect a supply I don't use very often: colored pencils.

I used a black paint pen to draw the face and features back in and then used black pens of various widths from the Artist Four-Pen Set to create details, form and texture. The Lotus Blossom was applied with gesso and when that was dry it was oulined with the black paint pen and then filed in with a Gold Pitt pen and the petals colored in with Moonlight Gelly-Roll pens.

To add color to the hair and skin tone I layered Prismacolor pencils until I was happy with the result. A distress crayon was used to create subtle rays of light in the background.

I am very pleased with the result. She turned out beautifully! It was relaxing (to me) to add little details and layer colors to my heart's content. My colored pencils were like getting together with an old friend and finding out nothing had changed between us. Since this is in my art journal I do not consider her completely finished. One day I might be flipping through the art journal and inspiration could hit once again where I add more to her story. Always a work in progress, just like all of us!

I hope you have a creative week and you say Hello again to a supply you haven't seen (err, used) in awhile. :)

Hello there my darling lovelies! I have decided to stop planning my art, I am going to make it all play from here on out. This is the 1st piece I have created after this conscious decision was made.

I decided I would go back to a favorite of mine, just throwing paper down willy nilly, covering with paint and texture and see what would happen.

I actually did this piece over 2 days. When I started, I placed paper and thick gesso mixed with DecoArt Media fluid acrylics, to create texture using the Petite Pods stencil from the Playful Pods series and the Fire Coral stencil from the Coral series. I then added drips of a few colors of the DecoArt Media Misters, spraying them with water to make them drip and spider out. I planned on having a vibrant piece, full of bold colors and texture, that is the direction it looked like it was going when I left it to dry!

When I picked it up a few days later I grabbed the Star Coral stencil from the Coral series thinking I would use it with some gesso to soften up some of the hard lines from the edges of the paper. I actually ended up taking the gesso and tinting some turquoise acrylic paint, blending out ALL the paper edges, and toning down all of the bold colors. I then went back with the Star Coral stencil adding more of the random white.

After finishing that step I started to look at the shapes in the background I found the spirit of the painting that wanted to come out. With the colors in place I felt the tranquility of water, and I could see her gazing down peacefully at the surface before I even started to paint her features.

Can you see where I see her?

I used the Generals scribe-all to outline and define her feature, I then used Neocolor II's for additional shadow and color. I then used some acrylic paint in an off white to truly bring out her face.

I also used the muted turquoise along with the Ripples stencil from the Water series to create the water that her hair is touching.

I love how this piece turned out, her face has the peace and compassion and love I imagined she would have.

If you would like to watch my process take a look below and watch from start  to finish!

 

Big hugs and mushy stuff!

Shana