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Hey everyone! 

Today I’m trying out Yupo paper with some Dye-na-flow inks. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it or used it, Yupo paper is a synthetic plastic-y paper with a super smooth finish. The inks are meant for fabric and silk painting but I thought that would blend together really well on Yupo (mineral paper would probably work for this too).

On my first one I just used a brush to blend some colors together. Using different techniques/strokes with the brush make a lot of different outcomes!

When it was half dry, I blew on the ink to make even more cool patterns. It turned out pretty cool but also made me very dizzy. It almost looks like coral, which gave me more ideas…

On another page, I laid down a few blues and brushed them with long strokes. While it was still wet, I splattered magenta and yellows by tapping the brush a few inches over the paper. They sort of spread out and blend in a really cool way! 

As it started drying, the splatters only spread in parts of it or where the first splatters were put down and it all blended in a really neat way. 

After that, I taped down a coral stencil - this one is fire coral. I used a baby wipe to rub off the ink, since the Yupo paper doesn’t absorb it, it comes right off! Any kind of slightly damp cloth/paper towel would work to wipe it off. 

 

 The stencil didn’t fit over the whole paper, but I just moved it over, then connected the areas by rubbing off more ink with a wet paint brush. It’s a lot easier to make a really neat edge like this than with paint!

For my next experiment, I'm going to try to make a galaxy. I started with a bunch of “Midnight Blue,” and splattered some magenta and turquoise in it. 

I sprayed some alcohol on it, which made a neat texture. 

I pushed the ink around with a paintbrush and splattered some more colors on it. As it was drying, I used a paper towel to absorb some big puddles of dark ink to even out the colors. It came out really cool! 

Once it dried all the way I added more dark blue ink around the outside to create emphasis in the middle. The white Dye-na-flow wasn’t very opaque, so I made a lot of dots with my favorite white gel pen

I surfed through Pinterest and google for some sort of quote but a lot of them were really long, too cheesy, or too edgy… so I thought I’d use one of the Tam’s inspiration stencils. The “Stardust" from the "Believe" stencil fits perfectly! I used the same technique as the coral stencil and fixed it up with a little damp brush and some more ink around the outside. 

 

There's so much you can create with ink on this paper! I bet it would make all sorts of awesome skies, water, leaves, and flowers, maybe even fire… or just throw your favorite colors on for an awesome background! 

Hello again everyone!

This week I opted to work on my Artistcellar project at a favorite local coffee shop! Frank and David joined me, and while they played a game of Magic the Gathering, I sipped coffee and arted to my heart's content.  It's really fun to create art in places other than my own home - not only was I able to spend time with friends, but it also sparked conversation with a stranger as well. 

It's no secret I'm -always- inspired by poetry. I'm working with my beloved mineral paper, watercolors, colored pencils and Artistcellar Quasicrystals and Sacred Geometry 2 stencils to create a simple yet beautiful mandala poetry piece.

I started with a poem I love by Nayyirah Waheed (an absolute favorite!) and built around that idea with colors and textures. From stencils to dripping watercolor, I intuitively built it up until I had something I liked. 

This was one of my first attempts at colored pencils on the mineral paper. I tried it after all the watercolor had a chance to totally dry. I will say my final verdict is it's not my favorite - but I don't hate it, either. I think I might like it for smaller details, and to stick to watercolor on the fill in's. Like in the flower petals! 

Either way, I'm really happy with my final piece. It was simple and meditative, yet it's fun to look at too. 

Where do you like to go to create art outside of your home/studio?

Hello There!

Thank you for being here.

I want to share a few things with you today.

  • First, Mineral Paper is awesome!
  • Second, I adore the quality of the artistcellar stencils.
  • Third, here’s a letter that you may wish to read. It’s from the Divine Heart.

Supplies Used:

See the step-by-step photos below, and then move to the end to read the letter from the Divine Heart.

  1. Place mineral paper over a 12x12 stencil and rub with Derwent Inktense Blocks.

  1. Use a brush and a little water to blend as desired.

  1. Use Dina Wakley Media Acrylic and scrape with a card with the stencil still under the paper.

  1. Use a heat tool to speed up drying time.

TIP: Mineral paper is thin, and when it gets too hot, it begins to curl!

  1. Use the Sacred Hearts Series: Divine stencil and some Inka Gold paint.

Mine didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, but have no fear, more paint exists!

6. Apply Dylusions Blendable Acrylic with a cosmetic wedge.

7. Use a white Sharpie water-based paint pen to add highlights to the heart.

  1. Final touches were added to fill in some of the white space with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic paint.
  1. Write a letter that you most need to read, from the Divine Heart.

 Sending Blessings Out to You,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Faces! Faces are one of my very favorite things to create. When I got my hands on Artistcellar's new stencils by Kylie Fowler I was excited to see how my artistic process would work with these new tools. 

Here's what I used:

To start off I prepared my background on the Mineral Paper by placing the stencil on the paper and liberally spraying the three colors of Dylusions Ink Spray on the surface.

 

Before lifting off the stencil I placed another sheet of Mineral paper on top on the stencil, making a stencil sandwich. This way I can get two prints from the stencil and use all the ink I sprayed. I separated the "sandwich" and let the papers dry. Since the ink spray is reactive with water and the Mineral paper allows ink to wipe clean it will allow me to create some beautiful effects with water. 

I decided to create a simple border to my composition by painting with water and then rolling a paper towel over it to soak up the water and ink. I also flicked water droplets onto the surface and used my paper towel roll to lift up the activated ink and water to reveal more random dots in a white color and created more stars for my sky background.

Before I get to more of the water magic I need to get my focal point in my composition. I chose the Hope stencil, which is an angle that I don't usually draw, and the stencil was a great way to get used to how the lines and shapes should look. I used Night paint and a cosmetic sponge to put the stencil on the paper. While that dried I used the Gilt Paint (an awesome metallic gold) to add stars to the sky.

Now I am ready to add highlights and mid-tones to the face by simply using a brush and water. I wet the ink to swirl it around and wipe off certain areas where I want highlights. I can move the color around to create value. I let it dry several times to make sure I don't over-work it and lose too much of the ink. 

To add color for the face and hair I used Dye-na-flow and FW Acrylic Inks. I also used more Night paint to add more shadows.

Lastly I add to the border with multiple lines from an acrylic paint pen as well as color from the inks.

It's lovely and I am so happy with the results!

Hello my lovely lovelies!

It's summer! I mean it's really summer, here in Phoenix we have been at close to record highs for over a week! When I got up this at 5 a.m.p to take my pup to the park it was already 80 degrees!

That is why I am happy to say I am going north! I go to MN and WI every year so I can attend a few family reunions, celebrate my daddy's birthday and enjoy time with my family. This year I am going for a month! Since I am only bringing carry-on luggage on the plane I have to pack light.

I bring one small carry-on suitcase for my clothes and toiletries and a second larger laptop bag for my recreational items which include ART supplies!

The first items to go in my bag are my substrates; I always pack a larger strathmore watercolor paper, because I like to be able to give art as gifts while I am home visiting. This year I have decided to bring mineral paper as well. Third, is an art journal - this year my journal is the Large Jane Davenport journal with hot press watercolor paper. I then place my 2 watercolor palettes (one for me my koi travel kit and one to share my grumbacher) in with the paper.

In an over sized pencil pouch I put my sketching pencils, a waterbrush, a #10 round brush, white gel pens, a black pen, an assortment of prismacolor pencils and last but not least, all of my Artistcellar pocket stencils.

Using the oversized laptop bag allows me to carry everything I need and still have room to add a book to read and have space in case I find more supplies I need to bring home with me!

Make sure you check for my next blog post to see what I create using the minimal supplies I am bringing with me! See you in 2 weeks!

Big hugs and mushes to you! Xoxoxo

Oh hello!

So -- I am a person that likes to art anywhere AND everywhere! This means arting in the car, stuffing journals into my purse, going to parks to paint, wherever I can dream it I will go and I will art there!

Sometimes my "traveling" really just means I won't be working in my art studio and instead I will be on the porch, or the couch or the dining room table.

Except... it's hard to carry all that stuff around. Journals, paints, gessos and mediums. It's really a lot to cart around, but I found a method to it! So, I found a handy little carrier on amazon. Officially, it's called a "16-inch tool bag". It's priced roughly around $20-$25. Not too shabby! Added bonus, it's super strong because it is meant for heavy tools -- and it has TONS of pockets. It is perfect for carrying around stencils, acrylic paints, pens, pencils -- you name it. 

Here's a little video on how I've packed mine up:

Today we went to the range with some friends and it was a beautiful day outside. I opted to take my travel kit along for some car arting! This painting was started and finished away from my art studio.

Here's a little timelapse video of some of the process:

To see my other artsy musings and have access to things like zines, prints, videos galore, visit my Patreon!: www.patreon.com/PanArt

 

 

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!

Hello again!

This week I've been busying myself getting preorders ready for my oracle deck. In the meantime, I was going through my art studio and re-discovered Mineral Paper! Don't you just love when that happens? 

I was on vacation this weekend, so I packed up some art supplies on the go -- watercolors and stencils! I absolutely love the way watercolors work on mineral paper... and I really, really love how the paper does not buckle or have any issues standing up to the wet media. 

To begin the painting, I sketched out the girl and then outlined it in black ink. Then, I started adding color using various Artistcellar stencils (see supply list below).

Once I everything was dry I also added white highlights and additional "doodles" with the Uniball Signo UM-153 pen and Tim Holtz distress crayons.

Use your intuition and let yourself play on the page with your supplies!

I hope you enjoy this week's project - and in the meantime you can check out my oracle deck preorder at: http://bit.ly/DearHeartOracle

Supplies Used:

I had hoped to share the progress in my fabric book but it is going quite slowly so I have a different project to share with you today. Never fear, the progress in the fabric book will be shared in the near future!

This project was inspired by a portrait lesson I taught my 4th graders at school. We have been learning about facial proportions and portraiture and I knew they wouldn't be excited about drawing random faces for long. In an effort to make their art more personal I asked them to draw a self-portrait with a simple line drawing. Then I asked them to fill their faces with words that describe who they are and what they like. It was fun to see what words they chose for themselves.

When I finished my project example and as my students were busy with their own I looked again at my paper and realized I had the beginning of a great piece of artwork. I ended up creating two versions.

Here are the supplies I used:

I began by spraying water and Dylusions ink liberally on the watercolor paper. While the ink was still wet I pressed the mineral paper onto the watercolor paper and then carefully peeled them apart to see how the color transferred. Let dry before continuing.

Before using the stencil I sprinkled water on the mineral paper and after a few seconds I wiped up the water by rolling a paper towel roll on the surface which resulted in the ink being lifted off the paper. I set the stencil down on the paper and sprayed it with water. Since the inks are water reactive I was able to take a soft paper towel and rub it through the stencil design to remove some of the ink. This was done on both the Mineral and watercolor papers. The subtle design it created was perfect for a background.

Using carbon transfer paper and a stylus I transferred my drawing onto both papers. I did not trace the words as I wanted the freedom to change those around if the composition called for it. 

Using a small brush and black paint I went over my graphite lines to create a bold outline for my face. I carefully painted white paint onto the face on the watercolor paper. The ink from my first layer is still reactive with wet media so I was careful not to scrub my brush too much on the surface. Some color transfer happened and it was lovely how it created a dimension to the white paint. Having an under layer on a painting always help bring more depth to the piece. For the Mineral Paper I just painted regular water onto the sections of the face and blotted the water up with a paper towel to remove the inked surface. 

From this point on I found myself concentrating on the watercolor paper composition. Using a pencil I sketched in my lettering lightly to focus on how things would fit. When everything was where I wanted it I used a black acrylic paint pen to bring out the lettering. 

Final details were using Dina Wakley acrylic paints to paint the eyes, lips and shirt. 

I am very pleased with the result and I can't wait to finish the variation on Mineral Paper. I hope you will take some time to create your own self-portrait celebrating the qualities that make you, YOU!

Greetings Folks

Have you ever created something that you weren’t satisfied with? You just didn’t like how it was turning out? Maybe you were even feeling like you just wasted some very good art supplies! Hmmph.

I am here to tell you that that’s part of the process, and it’s going to be okay. You don’t have to love everything you create. Each time you attempt to make something and use those precious art supplies, you are learning and growing. Try to give yourself a break, alright? You are doing good work!

Today we will look at how I made use of spray inks, the Crown Chakra stencil, and Dina Wakley Acrylic paint on a piece of Mineral Paper. This art creation definitely had a stage that had me wondering if I could save it or not.

Stepped Out Process Photos Below

TIP: Put a large piece of paper behind your work area before using spray ink. They can be unpredictable.

I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in pinks and purples over the Crown Chakra stencil.

Perhaps I sprayed a bit too much, because when I lifted the stencil, I saw this.

I tried to print the wet stencil on the bottom half of the paper, thinking I might be able to get a clearer image. However, that didn’t work as I’d hoped.

I put the Crown Chakra stencil back on and used a cosmetic wedge and Dina Wakley acrylic paint to try to save myself.

I ended up painting around the sprayed and painted stencil image. I felt like it was sort of starting to come together.

Since I am not one to waste paint, I started painting the borders around the two Crown stencil images. I sort of felt like Josef Albers, so that was fun!

As you can see the wet print of the stencil needs a little help, so I worked on that section next.

I put the stencil back on the Mineral paper, and applied some acrylic paint with a cosmetic wedge. (Have I mentioned how much I love the Mineral paper? It’s thin but tough!)

Pictured below is what the image looked like after removing the stencil. Can you see where I applied paint?

Yet, there’s still more work to do!

Now things are looking better.

Does anyone else reading this have a secret love with brown paper? I do!

The great thing about smartphones and photography today, is you can easily crop your images and turn them into something new!

I am pretty sure this piece will end up in a mixed papers handbound journal. It might even make a great cover! We shall see!

I like having options, don’t you?

Thanks for being here and playing along with me!

All of my best,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

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