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Hello fellow creatives! Have you checked out Artistcellar's brand-spankin' new stencils? They have quickly become one of my favorites because of their versatility and deceptively simple design that work with just about any type of project.

Since I enjoyed making a paper quilt last time I decided to explore that technique further by choosing a larger canvas and making smaller squares. The result...FABULOUS.

Here's what I worked with: Blocks series stencils, Gelli plate and brayer, scrap pieces of file folders, Dina Wakley acrylics, gel medium, glazing medium, glossy sealant and a 6x24 canvas.

Set up your gelli printing spree and have fun mixing colors. I used a brayer to "paint" color onto the scraps for an initial layer and then followed it up with more layers using the Blocks stencils. I made sure I had a few scraps that only had a few simple layers and others that had three or more. Keep to the same 3 to 5 colors to make sure your finished prints are consistent. 

For the next step grab your trimmer and some scissors, turn on a favorite show or blast some groovy music and get cutting. I cut down my scraps to 1x1 inch squares. Look at all that inchie goodness!

Now it is time to start adhering the squares to your canvas! Working in small sections and using an old hotel key card smooth a semi-thin layer of gel medium onto the surface of the canvas and place your squares in rows. You'll get in the zone and pretty soon you will have the entire canvas surface covered in your gorgeously patterned squares.

For a finishing touch, use a dark color like Umber or Night and make a glaze with glazing medium and paint it to the surface of the canvas (again, working in small sections at a time) and then wipe off the excess. The following picture shows a glazed section next to one that hasn't had the glaze wiped off yet.

Finished project! Another beautiful paper quilt that is both relaxing to create and interesting to look at. I hope you make one for yourself!

Hi Everyone, I want to encourage you to play in your art journal this week with the NEW Block Series Stencils and a Gelli Plate. I am using a 4” Round Gelli Plate, which I adore!!

First, get your journal out. Next, using a soft rubber brayer, roll out some acrylic paint on the Gelli Plate.



Third, place a Block Series stencil on top of the wet paint on the Gelli Plate.

Press lightly on the stencil so that the impression of it can get onto the wet paint on the Gelli Plate. Lift the stencil off and print both the wet stencil and the Gelli Plate in your art journal.




Move the Gelli Plate around the journal page to get several prints from it.

TIP: Depending on how thick your paint is, you might not see a clear print of the stencil impression. Expect a blurred impression and mostly a circle of paint to be seen. Try using many different colors of paint, including black, if you wish.


Use the journal page you created as a background for some creative lettering, expressive writing, or simply leave as is.


The most important part is to invite the spirit of play into your life and art.

Many Blessings,

Briana

Yay! We have a new series out! This one is nice and square and blocky and makes great texture and backgrounds! I've been playing with these for awhile, beginning with my gelli plate (naturally!) Here's what they look like: 

Open Work

Deco

Tiles

Cross-T

Aren't they pretty? Of course I couldn't just show you the designs. You can see those on the Artistcellar Website Stencils page. 

So you know how you can have a half finished canvas laying around and it's saying to you "meh." Well, I grabbed one of those canvases and just started some layering with the Blocks Stencils. And since I loved how the design team kept using crackle paste through stencils, I tried that too. Boy did I have a hot mess at the end. Now it screamed "MEH!!" But I did a little trick that my friend reminded me of... I tied it all together with Nickel Azo and Burnt Umber glazes. This is what happened. 

But check out this texture! I wasn't sure if my crackle paste would even crackle, with the humidity being 423% (or so it felt) but it turned into crackle on steroids! 

And hidden in between the texture-y goodness lay more blocks. 

I sorta like this piece now. I call it "Cracked, not Broken" The original piece was inspired by a huge sidewalk crack I took a picture of, the end result is a little more metaphorical and reminds me of that poem about "cracks letting the light in." 

This morning I was visiting Diana Trout's blog and saw this little tutorial on Twinchies. Well, these were tags that failed at paper marbling so I stenciled over them, cut them square and decided to try Diana's method. I first glued some book page words on the squares and covered the entire square in an Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. I ended coating them twice to get a nice thick gloss. I then dipped the edges in a flat gold embossing powder and melted them smooth. I grabbed another half-finished canvas I've had laying around for YEARS and gave it a fresh coat of paint and stenciling with the same Tiles stencil, and mounted the little tile in the middle of the canvas. I coated the canvas edges in the glass bead gel to give it a little bling. The funny part is that the "Beautiful Exasperation" cracked when I tried to straighten it. I love delicious irony. 

But wait. Didn't I mention in the Newsletter something about a GIVEAWAY? Yes, yes I did! I'm giving away a set of stencils and a beautiful book called "Art Journal Your Archetypes" by artist and author Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli. It is a gorgeous book filled with artwork and interviews by your favorite artists like Nathalie Kalbach, Orly Avineri, Sarah Trump, Jessica Sporn, Mary Beth Shaw, Seth Apter, and Tamara Laporte. Yours Truly has a little piece of artwork in there, representing my main archetype "Nature Girl." 

It has a section where you can answer questions to figure out what archetypes you most identify with, and half the book shows you how you can use stencils and other mixed media methods to create journal pages to honor your archetypes. It really is a unique book, with a fascinating subject, you will be sure to learn something about yourself and then want to create art about it! 

Gabrielle and I also got the chance to talk a little bit over at Google Hangouts and she recorded it for everyone to see. (eeek!) We talked about archetypes, art journaling, running a business, and other "stuff". Enjoy!

Now for the details of the Giveaway! Just leave a comment here about what you think your archetypes are. Or just leave a comment about what you think about the Blocks stencils and artwork. Or just say hi :-) I will pick a random winner on October 8th, after the Design Team has had a chance to show off their creations. You have to come back to THIS post to enter the giveaway. Only one entry per person, duplicates will be eliminated. I am giving away a brand new book and a set of stencils. And if I have more than 50 comments, I will be giving away another book and set of stencils! So share this post and encourage people to enter. Good luck and... 

Have a fantastic week! 

xoLisa 

I was in the mood to explore color and texture so I grabbed the Labyrinth series along with some Dina Wakley acrylic paints, a brayer and a 5 inch square Gelli plate. Let's do some Monoprinting! 

The paper I used for this printmaking adventure are 4.25 inch squares of Canson mixed media paper

After a whirlwind printing session where I didn't clean my brayer at all and just layered paint color over paint color on my palette as I worked I was left with almost 20 squares of color and texture goodness.

I picked out my 12 favorite squares and arranged them in a grid. Using regular scotch tape I taped them together on the back side. Then, using spray adhesive, I mounted my grid onto a large panel and then trimmed the panel down. 

Here is what I have so far, a paper quilt!

I wanted the squares to seem more integrated with each other and so I used some vine charcoal and scribbled on the seams and rubbed the charcoal to blend it. 

This created a subtle shadowing and I felt it brought the different squares together as one big happy family.

I am going back and forth about either adding a quote, layering more pattern (dots!), details or color,  or just leaving it as is. What is the story I want to tell?

I come to this point often when I work and I find my creative brain needs me to set them aside to let them simmer. Right now it is propped up on the side of my work table patiently waiting for me to tell the rest of its story. If you are ever in this situation just trust the process. Keep the artwork out where you can see it everyday because your creative self will be inspired and you will know what to do next.

 What do YOU think I should do next? 

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