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Hi there, Artistcellar friends.

One of my favorite ways to clear my mind is to art journal. It’s almost like meditating. Letting go of all the ‘monkey mind’ stuff that is going on constantly.

I gathered some patterned collage paper I had in my stash and using matte medium, collaged the background of the entire page with different patterns.

While the collaged papers were still wet, I added Heavy body white acrylic paint to the entire page with my palette knife.

Again, while all of this is still wet, I added some liquid acrylic ink to the background and worked that in with my palette knife as well.

Now everything can dry.

Using my black water soluble pen, I sketched a face.

Using the Tibet Series stencil set, I added the Tibetan om and the lotus flower as textures with texture paste.

I sketched the infinity knot with my black water soluble pen. I spreader burned umber acrylic ink around the edges and thinned it in a few places with sprays of water.

Letting that layer dry, I sketched the face in with the burned umber acrylic ink and a fountain pen.

Using quinacridone/nickel ago gold fluid acrylics, I added shadows and mid tones to the face, as well as some more white to the background.

Using some quinacridone violet fluid acrylic, I added some color for some depth.

See you next time! 

Susanne



 

Hey guys I'm Nolwenn Petitbois and I'm so happy to share with you my first project for Artistcellar!

You'll see the amount that I use the stencils especially for texture and for backgrounds but that's not all. In this first project, I wanted to do the cover of my Book of Shadows; it’s a specific system using rings, the same that you’ll find with the Happy Journal line.

The first step was to cover the ring holes with some painter’s tape. Then, I use some gesso (I should have sanded the cover first, but I didn't… that's alright though as I'm not one for perfectionism in my creative process.) I just added some acrylic paint and applied it with various tools to see how it would look. You can simply use a big paintbrush: you do you!

Once it's dry, I can have some fun with the map stencil: they are very cool! I used some acrylic spray because I wanted something quite pigmented but you could use a sponge and acrylic paint instead of a spray for sure.  Mixed media is thing of patience because I work in layers I have to let them dry in between.

As my focal point, I wanted to use the Lotus stencil from the Tibet series. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I used an embossing black pen though the stencil, and dual-toned embossing powder to make it pop.

Because this cover is made from plastic, I had to be careful not to over-heat it when using my heating tool.

I love metallic paints and used a copper acrylic sprays on the borders, with Surf stencil of the Water series. I wanted it to act as a sort of frame around the cover. I have a thing for using sprays coupled with stencils because it is fast and easy but still builds pretty layers.

After this, I came back another day (I like to space the layers now and then, to be sure everything is 100% dry) and have this feeling something is missing… but what? I go through the stencils and find one in the Sacred Geometry 2 set that calls my name. (Quattro Flower) My guts tell me to do something that can appear a little strange: create a glitter gel to add on top of the embossed lotus. This could be a big failure but I won’t know until I try it, right? So that’s what I do. I suggest that if you want to do something similar, find some very fine glitters. I used some heavy gloss gel. It will dry transparent.

I really hope I inspired you to create a beautiful cover for your journal. Here are some more close-up photos :

 

Until next time,

Nolwenn 

 

 

Hello beautiful souls,

Making your own shirt designs is so much fun. I decided to do a *fancy* design on the back of Christian's shirt as well as make a shirt for myself. I'm all about intricate so I wanted to make sure the back of Christian's shirt was as awesome as the front. For the back shirt design I chose sri yantra to start things off and then followed the design down the spine with the pocket chakra stencils.

I wanted to make the sleeves of the shirt extra awesome as well so I decided to put a pocket chakra om stencil and slit cuts down each sleeve.  I wanted to add some cuts to the back of the shirt as well so I decided to do slits down either shoulder for some extra details and to repeat the sleeve design.

I had planned to have a picture of Christian wearing his shirt, but forgot to take one at Ecstatic Dance here in KC the last time we went. Technically you aren't allowed to take photos to protect the sacred space for others to express themselves, but sometimes I sneak some photos of just us or my oracle cards I pull.

I even made a shirt for me. I had been saving my white tank tops to tie dye, but we didn't get to that yet. I really wanted to make myself a shirt as well so I decided to use this tank top and thought I could always tie dye over the top later. Win, win, right?! I decided to do things the smart way for my shirt by making a proof of the design before adding it to the shirt. By doing this you can make sure that things line up and that you don't mess up the design on your shirt. I made 3 proofs for the front and back design of my shirt before choosing a finished design for my tank.

I used: Buddha eyes, lotus, flower of life, hope, and chakra pocket stencils. I was originally going to do the Hope face instead of the Buddha Eyes, but decided I liked that design best for the front of my shirt. I took a canvas and put a plastic bag over it to make a base on which to paint my shirt. I also had pretty good luck using a flat box (I used a hula hoop box my hula hoop came in and that was great. You could also maybe try a pizza box). First I laid down my flower of life stencil with glittery gold fabric paint.

Next I used my lotus stencil with a dark purple. Since I didn't want the back petals to be part of the design because I wanted it to look like the flower of life was sitting inside of the lotus I just didn't sponge those in. You could also tape over the part of the stencil design you don't want just so you don't get any extra lines. 

I decided I wanted to use the third eye, and crown chakra pocket stencils to finish up my design for the front.

Woot! Looks pretty awesome! I wanted to get my shirt done in time to wear it for ecstatic dance that night so I gently dried the front with my heat gun and placed some wax paper over the front design to protect it.

I rotated my shirt to the back side and began the back side design. I decided to just do a simple line of the pocket chakras down the spine instead of doing anything super fancy.

Super in love with our new shirts! Expect a photo next blog.

Do you make your own art clothing? What are your favorite art materials and stencils to use?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea