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“There is a distinct kind of Magic in the iridescence of a Dragonfly’s wing.”

The Dog Days of Summer are already here. I can’t help but feel as the mercurial sizzling days slip through our fingers it is a gentle reminder to be mindful and savor every moment.

A few months ago I created a prayer flag inspired by the new Artistcellar Tibet Series Stencils. As luck would have it I purchased enough chiffon to make four flags. This is the second in my series and I decided to feature the Lotus.

Once again I began by spraying a light coat of repositionable adhesive to a large piece of cardboard. I rested the chiffon with as few wrinkles as I could manage to the sticky surface. I was then ready to start stenciling. Keeping the colours to shades of pink and cream I wanted my lotus to embody the qualities of devotion and purity.

To me the Dragonfly is not only a perfect match for the Lotus, but symbolizes the exquisiteness of the season. I have loved Dragonflies endlessly. Not only are they a wonder to witness in the air, but my thoughts drift back to peaceful childhood summer mornings spent at a local creek with a friend. Dragonflies represent transformation. They guide our spiritual and emotional quest of self-realization. To see a dragonfly in flight is to grasp the magical possibilities of freedom. But to be truly free, we need to accept our unique selves. And I suppose that makes us all works in progress.

The Artistcellar stencils provide a great array of options. I selected the Petite Pods from the Playful Pods series to add to the flag. The image was perfect and continued the theme. I have long been fascinated by the iridescent colour released from dragonfly wings. So inspired I completed the design with dots of glimmering acrylics. It now flies next to the Buddha Eyes flag on the pergola.

Artistcellar stencils are inspirational. I am always discovering something new when I begin to work. The images allow me to explore and express my creativity. They encourage me to design with the same freedom we feel when seeing the shimmering flight of a dragonfly. By permitting my creativity to unfold my desire is to delve deeper, discover my unique self, always knowing I will forever be a work in progress.

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Hello everyone! I am so happy to be sharing with you this week! 

So I had a bit of an accident at the dog park, my sweet pup was running with the rest of the dogs and knocked me down! I know he is so sorry! 

The bad part, I fell straight back and caught myself with my right arm and did a good number on my back and right shoulder, so a bit of a hiatus was forced upon me. I am still sore so I have decided I will be working lefty until I am healed!

This week I wanted to play with the newest of the Artistcellar stencils, the Tibet Series. I acutally have an idea for a painting but without the control of my right hand I decided to forego the paint and do some art journal work!

I have a friend Shannon that comes over every Saturday and we have what we call "Shantime" where we create and learn from each other. This week I talked her into playing with the set of stencils and then further talked her into letting me share what she created!

Without planning to, we both started our pages in our dylusions journals with a line of of the lotus flower stencil across the bottom and that is where similarity ends...

For my journal spread I used watercolors to create my line of lotus flowers along with colored pencils and acrylic paint.

I then used Dy-na-flow in turquoise along with India ink in teal to create a fun drippy background over the top of some watercolors through the Eternal knot stencil allowing the drips to go over my lotus flowers.

Then for a challenge I decided since I am all lefty I would try my hand at creating a girl using an assortment of paints including Dina Wakley in Ocean and Fuchsia, colored pencils and regular pencils. I used the Buddha eyes on the opposite side  with the word overcome to signify my new lefty status.

Shannon on the other hand (pun intended she is right handed! lol) decided she would use paint for her lotus flowers and created a body of water for them to float on. She then went on with metallic paint and painted the Tibetan Ohm Symbol, Buddha eyes and the Eternal Knot using metallic paints. Then went over them using dylusions sprays, and for more fun she used the stencils again to ghost the symbols into the page.

We had so much fun creating our journal spreads using the new stencils, it is always so much more fun to share art with a friend and I am truly blessed to have so many I hold close to my heart!

Big hugs and mushies to you

Hello Beautiful Souls,

Man am in in LOVE with the Tibet Series Stencils!  I had some fun with my piece by starting off with a layer of watercolors followed by some distress ink colors and the Hemp Flower stencil.

I used a mixture of some nice pinks, teals, purple, and some olive-y limes. Next I did some outlining in black with my Molotow marker and then sprayed some of the base with a water bottle and let the ink run.

I added some texture and color to the piece by using the Lotus stencil and some Dina Wakley paint in Blackberry. 

I wanted to continue the layers so I added some crackle paste and the Buddha Eyes stencil. 

 

I really love all of the layers in this piece. I took advantage of the layering process and made some extra art things for later

I used the extra liquid from my Ground Coffee Dylusions spray. 

I finished off my piece by stenciling the Tibetan Om symbol on the sides, top, and bottom.

Do you create little extra "for later" art with your extra liquid when using your stencils?

Love, light, and art,

Genea

As school is winding down for the year this art teacher is trying to finish strong. Thank goodness for my art journal and Artistcellar stencils to help me decompress after a hectic day at school.

Here are the supplies I used:

I found a page in my journal where I had already used the Fire Coral Stencil with Dina Wakley acrylic paints to create a background that also had the remains of a failed portrait. I had "erased" the painting with isopropyl alcohol and abandoned the page but there was still evidence from pencil marks of what the face looked like.

I decided to resurrect her and place a lotus blossom crown on her head as well as resurrect a supply I don't use very often: colored pencils.

I used a black paint pen to draw the face and features back in and then used black pens of various widths from the Artist Four-Pen Set to create details, form and texture. The Lotus Blossom was applied with gesso and when that was dry it was oulined with the black paint pen and then filed in with a Gold Pitt pen and the petals colored in with Moonlight Gelly-Roll pens.

To add color to the hair and skin tone I layered Prismacolor pencils until I was happy with the result. A distress crayon was used to create subtle rays of light in the background.

I am very pleased with the result. She turned out beautifully! It was relaxing (to me) to add little details and layer colors to my heart's content. My colored pencils were like getting together with an old friend and finding out nothing had changed between us. Since this is in my art journal I do not consider her completely finished. One day I might be flipping through the art journal and inspiration could hit once again where I add more to her story. Always a work in progress, just like all of us!

I hope you have a creative week and you say Hello again to a supply you haven't seen (err, used) in awhile. :)

Hello again!

As artists, our art tends to evolve with us. New life experiences, emotions, inspirations and yes, even art supplies can all help turn our creativity in different directions.

Right now, the direction I've been taking involves mineral paper, watercolors and Artistcellar stencils.

I was over the moon with Lisa's Artistcellar package containing the brand new stencils - Tibet Series Stencils. If you follow me through facebook or instagram I'm sure you have seen the stencils in action already... they made me swoon!

Today, I made a short little technique video to show you one watercolor/mineral paper/stencil technique that I accidentally stumbled upon and I LOVE!

I hope you enjoy the video I created for you today using The Tibetan Om, Buddha Eyes, Eternal Knot and Lotus Flower:

To showcase one of my favorite stencils from the set, I also created a couple of girls from the Lotus Flower stencil

I started with the stencil as the base, and then used a pencil to sketch the girl "growing" from the center. Next, I filled it in with watercolor and ink. 

The two girls below were both created on different paper, so you will see the dramatic change that using different paper can be. First is created on mineral paper, and the other is on a hot press watercolor paper.

And below, here are some examples of other paintings I created utilizing the technique demonstrated in the video!

With each new release, I'm always amazed at the magic Lisa creates with her stencils... and the resulting artwork to follow. I hope you will find inspiration with the new Tibet stencil series -- and perhaps you discovered a new technique to play with today as well.

See you soon!