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Greetings Everyone!

I hope this post finds you well.

I am always up for creating some unique mail art, and I also really love circles. I recently sent a friend a circle card with a stamp on it, you know, like a postcard, and it made it to her just fine!

So, that inspired me to create more circle cards.

Today I am making use of the incredible Japanese Geometric Stencil Series from artistcellar.

Other supplies are as follows:

  • Circle template
  • Pencil
  • Gel Pens
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cosmetic Wedge
  • Posca Paint Pens
  • Derwent Colored Pencils

My idea is to create some layers or at least a circle within a circle, using the “Hemp Flower” and “Weave” stencils.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial.

Step 1:

Play around with the stencils and the circle template to see what you like.

Step 2:

Add some acrylic paint with a cosmetic wedge through the stencil, creating an inner circle.

Step 3:

Choose a second stencil for the outer circle area.

Step 4:

Apply a second color of paint through the stencil, using a cosmetic wedge.

Step 5:

Use a pencil, gel pens, paint pens, and colored pencils to create some doodle designs. When you add your own “hand” to a card, I feel that makes it more personal and engaging.

You can even use the circle template to create another circle.

Then play with colored pencils to add some more color!

P.S. These Derwent colored pencils are so smooooooth and a joy to color with!

I hope you have fun creating a circle card!

Sending Blessings to you!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello beautiful souls,

We're off on another adventure with gifts and creating for our First Friday event.  I've been working on some more 4x6 pieces on watercolor paper. Let's dive in and take a look, shall we? I created this first piece for a friend since he had invited Christian, my friend Eryn, and myself to a kombucha class with him. One can't come empty handed, you know I like to ask favorite colors and things before creating a piece and then go from there. I started out with a layer of water colors and used cool colors of: purple, indigo blue, and sky blue for my base layer with water colors and shimmer water colors (a girl likes sparkles!)

Next I did a layer using the flower of life stencil with some white outlines and then layered on the pocket stencil chakra series with some distress inks.

I like to define the layers so I added some black outlines with some Molotow markers and then added some texture with texture paste and the chakra 2 series pocket stencils.

I wanted to make sure the color on the modeling paste stood out and wanted to make them metallic, but contrasting with the gold background so I did a little test before making it permanent. I used some modeling paste on some watercolor paper and then used some distress inks and watercolors to get  a copper metallic look.

I then did this same technique on my chakra piece to finish it off.

I will be doing First Friday with a friend next week so I wanted to have a  nice collection of different things for sale so I decided to create some 4x6 art on watercolor paper. I originally wanted to create a background and do a cool mixed-media girl on top, but the piece was so beautiful I didn't want to cover up any of it. I think I had the best luck with these awesome backgrounds using really intricate stencils. I did a base with blotchy watercolors to start out and then began layering.

I really love these oranges, pinks, and purples together. Next I used the hemp flower stencil  with distress inks to create my first layer along with some white ink.

I love the labyrinth series stencils so I used chartres and anasazi on top. I love how you can see all of the layers in this photo.

I did some outlining in black on parts of the top layer stencils to finish up the design. I am SO in LOVE!

I wanted to take this same style and create a few more pieces, but since the stencil designs aren't as intricate they have a more loose feel to them.  I started out with: greens, blues, and yellows for the base with some shimmer watercolors and regular watercolors.

Next I inked the layer with the seed of life stencil. I love how this looks!

I went for the last layer using chartres with purple, but I feel like the bottom layer got a bit lost.

I did one final piece before calling it a night at around 2am this morning using the crete stencil.

How do you like to do your layering?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea