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Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

There is magic in the air, and I see it in the stars. Can you feel it, too?

At times in life when you feel shaken or perhaps a little lost, great comfort can be found in the natural world. The sun, the moon, and the stars are our constants. While there are phases and changes, there is pattern and predictability. There is also light. I need that light. You need that light. We need that light.

For me, part of experiencing that “light” comes through creativity. The stars are out of reach, but a pen and paper can be touched. Paint can be seen, touched, even smelled. Have you smelled the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints?

Have you felt them? The smoothness of this paint as I spread it across the paper is delightful! (Allow your senses to be activated).

I feel grateful to Lisa at artistcellar.com for the wonderful stencils and supplies she carries. Using them is a pleasure. I feel uplifted and in touch with a deeper soul connection when I use them.

Stencils . . . (shown: TEXTures 2 and Hearts and Stars

Paint . . . (shown: Dylusions Blendable Acrylic Paint)

Mixed media layers . . . in a big sketchbook has the potential to let some of that “light” back into your heART.

And before you realize it, you are more grounded. You have a sense of clarity. You are reminded that there is purpose in spending time with yourself, on your creative endeavors.

Believe. Seek. Create. Trust.

Sending love and light to YOU now.

Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello beautiful souls!

It's time!! Are you ready to check out the new Tibet Series Stencils in action?! They are so awesome!!

I'm excited to finally reveal the rest of my artwork photos with the new series. I used the Wisdom Eyes of Buddha for both of my pieces thus far. Here are the finished photos of my piece I created for my friend, Leon that moved to California.

I used some gold and outlined it in black to make the eyes really stand out. I love all of the layers in this piece!

I am still working on my girl piece as we speak. I have really been working on the layering.

I used so many of the Artistcellar stencils it's nutty. In this photo you can see: pocket chakra stencils, halftone dots, 12x12 Sri Yantra, labyrinth series, Japanese geometric series.

I wanted to create some 3-D elements so I used some texture paste, and the 12x12 flower of life stencil.  I was impatient so I was using my heat gun to speed up drying time. I ended up getting these cool bubble textures in the paste! Neato torpedo!

I played with some alcohol inks, and some inka gold and created this cool kind of frog bump/dragon scale look. 

I kind of stopped at this next point. I have so many layers, colors, black, white, and gold going on I am not totally sure what to do here, or to just leave it and continue on with the rest of my girl and the bottom lotus design.  Here I used some more texture paste and the Wisdom eyes of Buddha stencil. I had tried to just use some pens to trace around the stencil, but it didn't have enough umph to the texture paste was PERFECT!

What's your favorite "happy little accident" you discovered while creating?

Love, light, and art,

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!

Happy Friday!

Today I'm super excited to do a project with the brand new Quilt series stencils! I have both the 6 x 6 and the pocket set, so I got to work creating a little art journal page with them. 

Now I KNOW I want to experiment with the stencils using them to create artistic quilts, (and how fun would it be to sun dye fabric with Dye-Na-Flow ink?!) but for now I wanted to figure out a way to use the stencils in a totally off the wall way. 

So... I made a lotus!

To begin, I sprayed the art journal page with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Verdigris". I just wanted to get some color on the page -- once I sprayed it, I set the book aside and grabbed a loose piece of watercolor paper. I had already used this paper to doodle on, so I turned it over and started spraying the "Star Flower" stencil with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in "Ponderosa Pines Olive". I gave it a quick dry with the heat gun and then used scissors to cut out the flower petals. 

Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the petals down and add a stem. I wanted more color on the page, so I used the pocket stencils with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Tarnished Silver" as well as Dye-Na-Flow in Turquoise and Dylusions spray in "Crushed Grape". I also added some black acrylic for more contrast and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen to add the quote!

I hope you have fun playing with these new stencils! I am already brimming with ideas, they are so versatile and I haven't seen anything like them before! 

Don't you just love the designs of the new stencils?! I have long admired quilters and the artistry they accomplish with fabric and thread. My husband's maternal grandmother was an accomplished quilter and I remember being amazed and humbled when watching her work and seeing her numerous finished creations. She was an artist through and through.

To me, quilting is very American. I know that quilting was around before our country was formed but history shows us it flourished after the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers. Taking fabric and piecing it together in new ways brings art to a utilitarian item and don't you think it has so much symbolism? A quilt can bring comfort, security and peace. It's texture can be warm and cozy. All the seemingly different fabrics brought together with many little stitches become a finished item that seems filled with history, stories and love.

Another thing that's been on my mind lately is my Dad. He passed a little over 4 years ago. He loved this country and considered himself a patriot. He loved, supported and was ready to defend his COUNTRY. He wanted this land to be a place his posterity could flourish in and be able to feel comfort, security and peace. Now, I'm not going to wax political on you. I just want to share what I created in my art journal this week as I needed to express some positive feelings.

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Ohio Star and Star Flower from the Quilts series stencils (6x6) 
  • Ripples stencil from the Water Series (12x12)
  • Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints
  • Gesso
  • White and Black acrylic paint pens

I started with a page in my journal that already had black and blue paint which I added red to.

I then used the Ohio Star and Star Flower stencils with gesso to create the background. When the gesso dried I added "stitches" with a black acrylic paint pen.

After sketching out where I wanted the face to go I added a layer with blue paint and the Ripples stencil so my face would have a subtle texture behind it.

Using gesso I created an underpainting for my face. When that was dry I built layers with the acrylics to create the face. I wanted both light and dark to show across the face.

A final quilt stencil layer on top of the face and a few words and I am happy with the results. I like how the quilt imagery adds a feeling of comfort and order. The bold quilt pattern contrasts with the painterly quality of the face which is partially hidden in the shadows but is emerging to the light.

I will leave you with this definition:

Patriot (noun)

    1. A person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
    2. person who regards himself or herself as defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.

So, I gave a talk to the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters on Monday, February 27th, 2017. The talk was held at the Minnesota Textile Center.

The topic of my talk was on art journaling. Shortly before I was supposed to give my talk, I received a package from Lisa of artistcellar.  Inside the mailing envelope Lisa sent were the latest artistcellar stencils in the theme of QUILTS! I couldn’t believe it. I have most certainly had quilts on the brain, and this felt like a sign from the universe!

I am excited to share some quilt and textile inspiration with you today to hopefully get your creative juices flowing.

First, here are some of the amazing pieces created by the members of the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters group.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the artists names to give them credit. The only artist I know is the creator of the yellow textile in the upper left. Her name is Peggy Wright.

Here are a few photos I snapped of the journals and books I brought to support my talk on art journaling.

Now onto the BRAND NEW and amazing QUILT SERIES STENCILS from artistcellarThere’s a 6x6 set and a Pocket Stencils set. They work quite nicely together, too. First, I started with a pre-painted background and the 6x6 four-stencil set.

I used the Dylusions Paint and a cosmetic wedge for application.

I chose to use Postbox Red and Bubblegum Pink of the Dylusions Blendable Paint.

Are you ready to see what this looks like on top of my messy painted background?

Oh, how I like the contrast of the hard edges on top of the free flowing paint. How about you?

Now it’s time to try out the Quilt Pocket Stencil set. These are so sweet. I couldn’t help but think of these as “mama” and “baby” stencils.

When you need a little contrast, black paint is usually a good choice, right?

See below for how nicely the two sizes of the Quilt Series stencils play together.

And because quilts make me also think of stitching, I had to add some faux stitching lines for effect. I used the Gelly Roll Moonlight pens by Sakura.

Hopefully you can now see that even if you are an expressive artist like me, these quilt stencils are completely awesome!

I have many ideas for how to use the NEW Quilt Series stencils. One idea is to trace the stencil design on the back of scrapbook paper, cut it out, and then collage a quilt onto paper. Wouldn’t that look fantastic?! You might also try tracing the quilt pattern directly onto fabric, cut out the pieces, and then sew them onto a larger fabric background. Oh, the possibilities. Are your creative juices flowing? Good. I hope you have tons of fun!

Thank you for being here. Also, thank you to the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters group and the Minnesota Textile Center for the inspiration.

Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello! Today is all about mixed media layers and inspiration from the Om symbol. 

I hope you enjoy the video I made as a result:

 

Supplies Used:

 

Greetings!

This week I'm working with chakra's again -- but with a little bit of a different approach. Lately I've been having a lot of fun using Amazing Mold Putty and creating molds of various items I own --- especially from my doll collection. I've been creating artwork on canvas with these pieces. Today, I wanted to create a painting on the theme of the "Third Eye".

Every time I think about this -- it reminds me of one of my favorite Tool songs by the same name. Before I started painting -- I lit some candles, turned on some music, and used a tiny bit of Clary Sage essential oil in my brush water. 

I have created a little video of what happened next:

Supplies Used:
- 5 x 7 canvas
- Ephemera 
- Artistcellar Chakra Pocket Stencil - Third Eye
- Doll face made out of plaster, broken into pieces
- Artistcellar Block stencil
- Matte Medium
- DecoArt Media Mister - Carbon Black
- Modeling Paste
- Golden High Flow - Indigo
- DecoArt Glazing Medium
- Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Light Patina
- Dina Wakely Black
- Dina Wakely Blackberry Violet
- Prima Art Alchemy Wild Fuschia
- Dye-Na-Flow Midnight Blue
- Uniball Signo UM-153 pen
- Gloss Varnish

Hello fellow creatives! Have you checked out Artistcellar's brand-spankin' new stencils? They have quickly become one of my favorites because of their versatility and deceptively simple design that work with just about any type of project.

Since I enjoyed making a paper quilt last time I decided to explore that technique further by choosing a larger canvas and making smaller squares. The result...FABULOUS.

Here's what I worked with: Blocks series stencils, Gelli plate and brayer, scrap pieces of file folders, Dina Wakley acrylics, gel medium, glazing medium, glossy sealant and a 6x24 canvas.

Set up your gelli printing spree and have fun mixing colors. I used a brayer to "paint" color onto the scraps for an initial layer and then followed it up with more layers using the Blocks stencils. I made sure I had a few scraps that only had a few simple layers and others that had three or more. Keep to the same 3 to 5 colors to make sure your finished prints are consistent. 

For the next step grab your trimmer and some scissors, turn on a favorite show or blast some groovy music and get cutting. I cut down my scraps to 1x1 inch squares. Look at all that inchie goodness!

Now it is time to start adhering the squares to your canvas! Working in small sections and using an old hotel key card smooth a semi-thin layer of gel medium onto the surface of the canvas and place your squares in rows. You'll get in the zone and pretty soon you will have the entire canvas surface covered in your gorgeously patterned squares.

For a finishing touch, use a dark color like Umber or Night and make a glaze with glazing medium and paint it to the surface of the canvas (again, working in small sections at a time) and then wipe off the excess. The following picture shows a glazed section next to one that hasn't had the glaze wiped off yet.

Finished project! Another beautiful paper quilt that is both relaxing to create and interesting to look at. I hope you make one for yourself!

Yay! We have a new series out! This one is nice and square and blocky and makes great texture and backgrounds! I've been playing with these for awhile, beginning with my gelli plate (naturally!) Here's what they look like: 

Open Work

Deco

Tiles

Cross-T

Aren't they pretty? Of course I couldn't just show you the designs. You can see those on the Artistcellar Website Stencils page. 

So you know how you can have a half finished canvas laying around and it's saying to you "meh." Well, I grabbed one of those canvases and just started some layering with the Blocks Stencils. And since I loved how the design team kept using crackle paste through stencils, I tried that too. Boy did I have a hot mess at the end. Now it screamed "MEH!!" But I did a little trick that my friend reminded me of... I tied it all together with Nickel Azo and Burnt Umber glazes. This is what happened. 

But check out this texture! I wasn't sure if my crackle paste would even crackle, with the humidity being 423% (or so it felt) but it turned into crackle on steroids! 

And hidden in between the texture-y goodness lay more blocks. 

I sorta like this piece now. I call it "Cracked, not Broken" The original piece was inspired by a huge sidewalk crack I took a picture of, the end result is a little more metaphorical and reminds me of that poem about "cracks letting the light in." 

This morning I was visiting Diana Trout's blog and saw this little tutorial on Twinchies. Well, these were tags that failed at paper marbling so I stenciled over them, cut them square and decided to try Diana's method. I first glued some book page words on the squares and covered the entire square in an Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. I ended coating them twice to get a nice thick gloss. I then dipped the edges in a flat gold embossing powder and melted them smooth. I grabbed another half-finished canvas I've had laying around for YEARS and gave it a fresh coat of paint and stenciling with the same Tiles stencil, and mounted the little tile in the middle of the canvas. I coated the canvas edges in the glass bead gel to give it a little bling. The funny part is that the "Beautiful Exasperation" cracked when I tried to straighten it. I love delicious irony. 

But wait. Didn't I mention in the Newsletter something about a GIVEAWAY? Yes, yes I did! I'm giving away a set of stencils and a beautiful book called "Art Journal Your Archetypes" by artist and author Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli. It is a gorgeous book filled with artwork and interviews by your favorite artists like Nathalie Kalbach, Orly Avineri, Sarah Trump, Jessica Sporn, Mary Beth Shaw, Seth Apter, and Tamara Laporte. Yours Truly has a little piece of artwork in there, representing my main archetype "Nature Girl." 

It has a section where you can answer questions to figure out what archetypes you most identify with, and half the book shows you how you can use stencils and other mixed media methods to create journal pages to honor your archetypes. It really is a unique book, with a fascinating subject, you will be sure to learn something about yourself and then want to create art about it! 

Gabrielle and I also got the chance to talk a little bit over at Google Hangouts and she recorded it for everyone to see. (eeek!) We talked about archetypes, art journaling, running a business, and other "stuff". Enjoy!

Now for the details of the Giveaway! Just leave a comment here about what you think your archetypes are. Or just leave a comment about what you think about the Blocks stencils and artwork. Or just say hi :-) I will pick a random winner on October 8th, after the Design Team has had a chance to show off their creations. You have to come back to THIS post to enter the giveaway. Only one entry per person, duplicates will be eliminated. I am giving away a brand new book and a set of stencils. And if I have more than 50 comments, I will be giving away another book and set of stencils! So share this post and encourage people to enter. Good luck and... 

Have a fantastic week! 

xoLisa 

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