Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

Good day to you, dear readers.

I always like to start out with a little gratitude. Thank you for being here!

Today, I’d like to share an art journal spread I created using supplies available at artistcellar.com

I am working in my brown paper bag journal that I learned how to make in Misty Mawn’s Embrace Yourself Workshop (2017 online class). I am sure there are tutorials on YouTube, as well.

I am starting the art journaling process on a page spread that already has gesso and a little collage under the gesso. The pages look like this:

I am using the Labyrinth Series Stencils by artistcellar.

I grabbed some Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint, a paper plate for a palette, and a cosmetic wedge. I applied the paint through the stencil, and it turned out crisp and wonderful! (See the three, step-by-step photos below.)

TIP: Dab the cosmetic wedge in the paint. Then dab some of the paint off of the cosmetic wedge before applying it to the stencil. This helps prevent “globbing”. Is that a word? Even if it isn’t, I bet you know what I mean! : )

Next, I used a Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen to do some journaling.

I wrote, “We weave in and out of the labyrinth of life, love, faith, & understanding. In & out & back to center. Finally when we are centered & grounded, we can make sense of it all. We can see anew & believe in the good.”

Next, I pulled out the fabulous Derwent Inktense Blocks that everyone adores! The color is highly pigmented, and they are water-soluble.

Aren’t the colors just “scrummy”? (I am not sure why I am making up words today, but I am going with it!)

I applied the Inktense color over my journaling.

Here’s a closer look.

These Inktense Blocks feel like a firm chalk pastel, but they are water-soluble. See the next two images below.

Apply water with a brush to the Inktense color and voilà!

Here’s the finished art journal page spread.

Ultimately, my hope for me, and for you, is that we can all “believe in the good.”

Blessings and Peace to you!

Happy creating with your stencils, paint, and other colorful supplies!

-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

Hello My Lovely Lovelies!

It's my turn again to share what I have been doing for the past 2 weeks! 

I have continued to do more of the fun watercolor animals on my live stream using my Koi Traveler Watercolor kit here  are a few of my favorites:

But I also wanted to do something new for todays post! I Really REALLY wanted to use the stencils that are being released on the 15th but AHHHH! I can't! Lol!

SO, I asked Lisa for a bit of inspiration and she led me to Lynn K, (who just released her newest book "The Hand Stitched Surface") the person behind our Artistcellar Marked series stencils. How have I not Cyber stalked her before? It is crazy, I am in love with her work! it is so outside of what I usually create that I was immediately inspired!

I looked at her work on her website and loved her style, but I knew I didnt want to copy it, I just wanted to bring parts of it into my piece. 

This canvas is probably the truest MIXED media piece I have ever done. I sewed a little on it, I used papers, Dina Wakley Acrylics, Inks, white gel pen, black ink pen, I made marks, used hot glue and I used some of my button stash! I had so much fun! I started the piece planning on only using her Marked Series Stencils but I ended up grabbing the Labyrinth set to add some drama to the piece!

She inspired me to allow straight lines to show, for some reason I usually get rid of straight edges, I used little marks and doodles, and BUTTONS! I love using my buttons! whenever I felt a lull in my flow I would just look at her work, she is amazing. Thank you Lisa for opening my eyes! AND Thank you Lynn for sharing you beautiful work with us!

If you would like to watch my full process take a look below! It was a fun one!

Big Hugs and mushies to you!

Shana Banana!

Hello beautiful souls,

Don't you love making gifts for friends? I always get the best ideas when I do! This new design is no exception. So first let's take a step back and see how this idea came about. Do you all remember my Labyrinth Lotus petals I made in the very beginning?

I did these super intricate petals using the Chartres Labyrinth stencil. I think it has to be one of my all time favorite stencils. Not only is the design gorgeous, but it's so incredibly detailed! Once the petals were done I assembled it into my very first lotus.

Next I moved onto the 4x6 art cards I created to gift at Resonance, our Wichita, Kansas regional burning man event.

I had so much fun taking this design and creating so many beautiful things. These cards were fun to create because they were a nice quick and beautiful piece of art to hand out. 

After that I had the brilliant idea to create a functioning light with the lotus design so I decided to create the labyrinth lotus design on some small paper lanterns.

I must admit I didn't finish the string of 10 lanterns after creating this one. The design was very beautiful, but it took so long to create each lotus and they ended up pretty large. I was only able to get 2 layers of petals attached to them just to keep their size moderate.

After that I had the brilliant idea to make this art wearable! Yay! A little ode to my  art jewelry making that was my primary method of making a living for 12 years.

Here you can see the pendant before I shrunk it down into it's tiny version.

Next I added this little beauty to some recycled sari silk and attached an adjustable clasp.

So what was this new idea? Well I decided to jump back to the petal design so, of course I HAD to use greens and blues. My friend's favorite colors are: purple, pink, and blue. Here you can see our pendants side by side.

I took this shot in my hand so you could see their size shrunken down

Now for the finale.........

I added my friend's petal to some gorgeous matching recycled sari silk cord and added some adjustable chain and a crystal dangle to finish it off. 

How do your designs evolve? Do you love the first design or the last the best?

Love, and light,

Genea

“There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all” 

"In My Life" - John Lennon

Of late, the Full Moon has been my time of introspection. Urged on by the changing of the seasons, so it was again this month. The feeling of melancholy surrounds me as I see the leaves change colour and begin their spiral dance to the earth. And the progression continues with change as the only constant.

I have mentioned how much the Artistcellar Labyrinth series has inspired my work. Believing in Synchronicity, they came to me just when I needed them most. This time my chosen stencil to work with was Gonzaga. I love the clean straight lines. It would be a superb counterpoint for the elements I collected for the collage.

A new medium for me is the Deco Art Media Crackle Paste. Application is easy and all that is needed is a palette knife and patience to allow for an adequate drying time. I picked a piece of copper metallic writing paper for my substrate. As I spread the paste through the stencil I wondered how it would hold up. Would this technique be its demise? It’s an interesting process to watch. The thickness of application varies the size of the eggshell cracks. And like magic…there they were. I pulled the stencil away from the paper and started my clean-up. I’m happy to report, as with all Artistcellar products, cleaning was easy and the stencil held up beautifully. Quality, quality, quality!

Hearing “In My Life” on the radio brought back so many wonderful memories from a time before email. It’s no secret that I am a passionate lover of the written word. Letters, postcards…anything in the mail is nourishment for my Muse! I relish the anticipation as much as the delivery. Just to see an address in a familiar hand is uplifting. I wanted my theme for the collage to be the art of correspondence.

I admit I find it difficult to meditate. So many ideas, so many images interrupt what should be a place of quiet and wonder. By using the labyrinth as the focal part of my work, I am getting closer to quieting my mind. The Labyrinth pulls together my random thoughts. So the work you see here is an attempt at stream of consciousness meditation, for lack of a better phrase.

It was time to complete the collage. Drawing from my Book of Backgrounds (aka the Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journal) I selected other stencil designs I created: Halftone Dots, Seafoam, and Open Works from the Blocks series. Placing the images went smoothly…as if they knew where they should “live”. I allowed myself to feel, and to journey looking back at what once was with a definite optimistic view of the future. I recognize that accepting change is an integral part of the progression.

In my life all these places had their moments. And for that I am grateful.

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Shameless Plug: The Labyrinth Series in addition to other works incorporating Artistcellar Stencils will be on exhibit at the Oyster Mill Playhouse, Camp Hill, PA November 4 through November 20, 2016

Hello beautiful souls!

I was vibing on tiny art again this week and kept at it with the shrinky dink pendants. What can I say. I like cute tiny things ;)

I used my very favorite stencils again: sacred geometry, sacred geometry 2, and labyrinth.

Here are some of the pieces I've created.

I really enjoy picking different color schemes and colors for the ink and outline colors for a different look.

The nice thing about this design is that it can be unisex so it's really perfect for anyone. 

What are your favorite ways to incorporate stencils into your artwork? Do you like to take your style and see how many different ideas you can create?

Love, peace, and creativity,

Genea

Hello My lovelies! This week I played with Artistcellar's Blocks series of stencils! I felt like being wordy while playing, I did these 1st 2 pages using layers of 1st Dylusions sprays, then gesso to mute the colors. I then topped it with one of the Labrynth stencils

The words were inspired by the time I spent with my Mum last week. They are a few key phrases that sum up what my mum has always been trying to instill in me.

For the 2nd page, I wanted to put a face on a page for this week. I also put another phrase to live by on this page. For this one I used the DecoArt Media line fluid acrylics through the stencils, creating a pretty patterned background with plenty of nice white space which is a weakness of mine.

I love how easily these stencils can be combined or used alone to create a background with interest, I will definately be using these in additional pieces and am thinking I may use it in a focal point in a page to come!

Big hugs and mushies!!

- Shana Banana

Hello, hello!

This week I've struggled with a bit of a creative block. It doesn't happen often -- but when it does it hits hard! For some reason, everything I went to work on turned out horrible -- really, really horrible. I realized the correlation between the projects was that they were all quite small... so for this project I pulled out the big guns! A large piece of watercolor paper.

I prepped it by grabbing some inspiring ephemera and used matte medium to "glue" them down. Next, I added a shabby layer of gesso just to push some of it back and help it not be so crazy.

True to my nature (especially lately) I grabbed a DecoArt Media Mister in "Carbon Black" and the Adirondack Color Wash in "Butterscotch" along with the Labyrinth stencil set, and one of my favorites from the Diamond Series Set.

After the sprays, I added another light shabby layer of gesso, and then used Dina Wakley "Black" paint to doodle on the page. I started with a portrait, and then decided to go ahead and add in a lotus flower as well.

Next, I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Black, Payne's Grey, Titan Buff and Titanium white to paint the portrait. These are some of my favorite portrait colors (especially the Payne's Grey and the Titan Buff combo -- yum!)

I also added bits of metallic gold, because I love the way it pops off of the painting when paired next to the Black and Payne's Grey.

The Diamond Series Stencil "Flanders" is one of my favorite stencils EVER, especially the center design. I used it on the dress of the girl, with some crackle paste.... I loved the way it turned out!

To finish off the painting, I added some white highlights with a Uniball signo UM-153 white pen and Inka Gold in "Gold" throughout.

I also added some song lyrics that inspired me as I painted -- "Eleanor Rigby" by ... *drumroll* The Beatles!

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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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"Travel brings power and love back into your life." – Rumi

TRAVEL: To go from one place to another, as on a trip; journey.

From the time I was a child the word “travel” was the genesis of my wanderlust. I couldn’t walk past a travel agency without stopping to look into their store window. Gazing at posters showing incredible scenes of cities that seemed so far away only fed my desire to travel. I wanted to learn about the lives of the people depicted in those posters. I wanted to see for myself the towns and cities that looked so enticing even when viewed through a plate glass window. I wanted to put pins in a map of all the places visited. I knew I was destined to live a nomadic life.

And I have been lucky. I have visited almost all of the places that sparked my interest. And I found when traveling my journey enriched not only my physical but my spiritual life as well. And this is why I am in love with the beautifully crafted Artistcellar Labyrinth series. Let me tell you about the journey I walked in creating this collage.

Starting with my Strathmore Journal, I covered a page with Dye-Na-Flow Midnight Blue fabric paint using a 1” foam poly brush. While still wet, I splashed on Dye-Na-Flow Magenta followed by dripping rubbing alcohol into the wet dye. As the page dried a soft floral pattern emerged.

Although I liked the effect, I wanted to see how the dye would react on Mineral Paper. But this time I drizzled on a bit of rubber cement before coating the paper. The beauty of Mineral Paper didn’t disappoint! I liked the way the resist seemed to flow with the dye one enhancing the other. Although the technique was the same, I now had two distinct looks. Where my journal paper produced a soft velvet effect, the mineral paper was watery and wonderful. Looking at the backgrounds, I couldn’t decide. Which one should I use in the final work? As the saying goes “You can never have too much of a good thing”, so opted to use both.

In my last collage I featured the Chartres stencil. This time I knew Crete was the one to work with and stenciled directly on to the page in my Journal beginning with Viva Decor Inka Gold. I liked the effect I got the last time I used this product and polished it, when dry, with a soft cloth. It then became a wonderful base for shades of Silver, Gold, and Rose Red acrylics. The final element added was a vintage map.

Just working with the Labyrinths allowed me to recall so many memories of my travels. I believe travel empowers you to wander with purpose and explore the passions that drive you. Travel does more than include the physical movement from one place to another. Travel also resurrects the desire to explore within and find love and serenity in just being present.

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