Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

Hello lovely souls,

The gift making continues. I had the pleasure of creating a special gift for the lovely Sarah Trumpp. She is big into chakras and yoga so she requested a heart chakra piece. You know how I love chakras so I pushed my flower of life, heart chakra design even further for her piece. It's just perfect for this time of year. All that glitters is gold, you know.

I started out with some water colors and the flower of life stencil and some gold. I remembered I had some BA gold tinsel embossing powder so I used that for some sparkle and dimension.

Next I wanted to do some outlining so I outlined the gold with a white uniball pen.

Next it was time to add some dimension with the heart chakra layer. I used the heart chakra stencil and some texture paste.

Next I wanted to keep with the green theme for the heart chakra so I used some inks, and sprays to add some more green.

Here is the finished 6x6 canvas. I followed the sides with the awesome gold tinsel embossing powder as well.

I also had the pleasure of spending a little time with my friend, Amanda in the studio. We were feeling creative so we decided to play in my art supplies and do some little 4x4 canvas' for gifts. I used: hemp flower, anasazi, peace, and third eye pocket stencil for my piece. I used some watercolor paper and backed it on a flat 4x4 canvas with a recycled sari silk ribbon as the hanger. This will be a perfect little gift for giving.

What kind of gifts do you like to create for the holidays?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

Twelve years ago I was diagnosed and treated for Stage IV breast cancer. For many years before the diagnosis my heart was frozen in hurt and anger and I believe my illness was a manifestation of those emotions. While I received aggressive treatment for the cancer, I also sought a spiritual path for healing and healing my heart as well as my body was essential to survival. When I saw the Sacred Geometry series stencils I could hardly wait to use them in my work!                         

I created a three dimensional heart as a focal point for meditation to visualize love and compassion for all beings including myself. It serves as a reminder to believe that anything is possible as long as I believe in Love.

Apply a coat of gesso onto the entire surface of the papier mache heart to seal the surface for painting. Apply a coat of Ruby acrylic paint to all surface areas of the heart and let dry.

Lay the small Heart Chakra stencil onto the heart and apply violet paint using a small stencil brush. Center the Sacred Heart stencil over the Heart Chakra image and apply paint. Keep the stencil brush as dry as possible to avoid seepage under the stencil.

Fill in details of the heart by using an assortment of acrylic paints. I used green as the main color for the heart and highlighted with white and detailed with black and blue. The rays were created blending red, orange and yellow. I love how the colors pop in this! For the back of the heart I applied violet paint to the Believe stencil.

I used the Permawriter Pen to detail, write text and sign the piece. The Permawriter is great for writing on painted surfaces as it won’t smear or fade. Once everything is dry, varnish it entirely with a satin water based sealer.

I hope this project will warm your heart as much as it did mine.

Enjoy!

Supplies:

Paper Mache Heart Ornament (I found mine at a local craft store but you can find them online) https://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/basics-paper-mache-specialty/2833-44

ACS090c Heart Chakra Stencil

ACS078 Sacred Heart Series

ACS035b Believe stencil

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in assorted colors

Gesso

Yasutomo Permawriter pen .07 (for detailing)