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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

Hello beautiful souls,

Who doesn't like to upcycle and wear art? This fun little project will help you give some new pizazz to your wardrobe. To start out I took an awesome tie dye shirt I scored at the Goodwill outlet here in Kansas City, Missouri. They have them all over, and I would HIGHLY recommend checking them out for some super fun treasure hunting and super cheap deals! First I took a tie dyed shirt I got from the outlet and cut the shirt across the length of it making the bands about 4".  Once you cut across the shirt you will need to cut the band up the middle to make a long strip. Wash and dry the pieces of fabric. The cotton will naturally curl over itself making a nice edge with no sewing. First I pinned my blank dread band on a hemp knotting board covered in a few plastic bags so the fabric paints don't seep through the board and make the fabric stick to it.

Next I sprayed the base with some fabric paint in water to make glittery gold sprays.

I used a heat tool to dry in between layers.  Next I used the hemp flowers stencil and used: yellow, lime green, and blue to make a nice layer of "stars" on my base layer using thin layers of fabric paint with a make-up sponge.

I added in some spatters of glow in the dark, and white to make my starry galaxy background.

I finished up the design by using the metatron's cube stencil with some black fabric paint.

Here is the finished dread headband.

The fabric paint will be dry to the touch after a short while, but it needs a full 48 hours of drying before the paint is set fully. You can wash and dry it on low heat after that, but I would recommend washing it on delicate and letting it line dry.

How do you like to wear your art?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

Wow did we get some awesome new toys to play with this round! I am totally and utterly OBSESSED with the dylusions ink sprays! These sprays are so lusciously saturated with pigment is makes my eyes so happy they could just eat up all that color! Let me show you what I mean....

The awesome thing about these sprays is they do all sorts of amazing things. Here I just misted a few sprays of  dylusions bubblegum spray and dylusions vibrant turquoise sprays. As you can see it made purple where they overlapped. They are very reactive with water which is super cool. I used the hemp flower stencil and sprayed water through the stencil to get this kind of ghost look.

I love this stencil. I seriously use it in like all of my pieces lately. I love the intricacy of it.  Like I said, these inks react with water pretty intensely.

I dipped my paintbrush in water in then squeezed a big fat drop onto the piece and then let the water run down the length of it. You can see how white it got where the original drop was placed. I generally add my water drops all over the piece and then when I am down I hold it up right and let the water run down. I used the following dylusions sprays in this piece: bubblegum, vibrant turquoise, and black marble. I used the following stencils to create shapes in my layers: hemp flower, celestial, constellation, and Kylie Fowler faces stencil. I just love the pretty faces in this set :) 

I really had a hay day and just kept making, and making, and making these fun 4x6 originals. I didn't waste any of the spray either. When I used the spray to spray through the stencil I used the wet stencil and pressed it onto a piece of watercolor paper and set it aside. No sense in wasting anything, right?!

I found that when you spray water through the stencil all over even the white open spaces will get some ink onto them and create this awesome look. After I did the face in black, I sprayed water through the stencil. You can see some of the star prints on her face. I then used the dylusions fresh lime to add some color in the white spots. Next I took some dylusions: crushed grape, and vibrant turquoise with the: arabian nights series stencils. I had these embossing powders that have been sitting on my work table for ages and I decided to pull them out and play with them. These are SO old. Seriously I think they are from the early 90's when stamping and embossing guns were popular for awhile. I think I was gosh, like in middle school?!?! Anyways, it was super fun to pull them out and play. I love how they look and they give some nice texture and layers to this piece.

I pulled out some other texture pieces and paints for this next piece. I used Dina Wakely's paint, some green yellow inka gold, and vibrant turquoise dylusions paint. For the dylusions sprays I used: bubble gum, and tangerine dream.

Lastly I thought I really botched this last one only to have it turn out absolutely amazing after stopping at a certain point and then coming back to it in the morning.

I used a bunch of dylusions sprays to create the base layer and then used bubble gum, and vibrant turquoise dylusions paint pushed through a stencil with my fingers. As you can see it bled through the stencil and made it all blurry. It reminded me of an 80's music video lol. I was like "Ewww"... lol. I set the piece down and came back in the morning. I decided to use some black paint through the stencil over the top of the blurry paint to make some more detailed lines. I added some white details to the eyes and traced some stars through the arabian nights stencils to create some layers and details with a gelly roll pen.

Wow what a difference! I actually fell in love with the piece after this! I set it aside feeling happy with the design until realizing I was slightly obsessed with embossing powder as well and had to add some for some extra texture and details. I used the chartres stencil. 

 

Here are some shots of 4 of the 4x6 originals I made. I really enjoyed leaving them littered all over my art area as I made more. There is something magical about being surrounded by beautiful art you created *dreamy sigh*

 

How do you use your dylusions sprays?

Love, light, and creativity, 

xoxo Genea