Artistcellar Blog

Imagine. Create. Enjoy.

For this weeks project I am taking the tags I made a few weeks ago and creating a Flag Book with them. This book structure that is excellent for bringing together several separate pieces into one book. It starts with decorating a front and back cover and also a paper that will be folded into an accordion for the spine of the book. 

I used F+W Acrylic Inks to color the covers and the Surf stencil from the the Water Series to add more texture. On the blue cardstock I drew texture with crayons and then created a larger pattern on top of the crayon with black gesso. After folding it into an accordion I glued the front and back covers on and then the tags.

I hope this inspires you to try this type of book structure and I encourage you to search the internet for more inspiration. There are so many amazing book artists out there!

Happy Creating!

Music really moves me, both emotionally, and often I can’t help myself from dancing, either. Lately, I have been experiencing some of life’s challenges. Challenges and change are a part of life, but that doesn’t make the experiences any easier to get through.

So, when life is tough, I turn to art and music.

I created the following journal page with inspiration from singer/song writer Ellis Delaney. She is so authentic and inspiring.

The Ellis Delaney song that moved me today, and for several days throughout the last several weeks is called, “Grace”. It’s on Ellis Delaney’s Evidence of Joy CD.

You may watch a video of Ellis singing this song on YouTube here.

Now for the journal page.

Step 1:

Trace your hand.

Step 2:

Choose some pocket stencils to use.

Step 3:

Use some Tim Holtz Distress Stain to create a skeleton like pattern inside your hand.

 

Step 4:

Use Derwent Inktense Blocks to add some color.

Step 5:

Use a small round brush and water to blend the Inktense lines.

Step 6:

Use another pocket stencil from the Quilt Series to add to your page. Apply Distress Stain through the stencil.

Step 7:

Use Virtues Words Pocket Stencils. I was looking for some Grace with these. :)

Step 8:

Use a cosmetic wedge and Dina Wakley acrylic paint to stencil your words on your page.

TIP: One of the great things about Artistcellar stencils is that you can see through them for better placement. See photo below.

Step 9:

Use Distress Stain to fill in some of the background and scribble out some of your emotions.

Steps 10 & 11:

Draw a symbol or image that makes you feel better. I drew a little rainbow with colored pencils.

Write some song lyrics that have been playing in your mind lately. I wrote the chorus for “Grace” by Ellis Delaney. The chorus goes like this:

“I have a heart that’s breaking
Just need some space to fall apart
I have been stubborn lately
running from your
grace”

 

If you love folk music and female singer/song writers, I highly recommend the following women currently residing in Minnesota, USA: Ellis Delaney and Lynn O’Brien. Their music is uplifting and down to earth all at the same time.

Sending Many, Many Blessings to You,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Do you think of a word to focus on for the coming year? Something to remind, motivate, improve or change? If you haven't chosen one yet, here is a project that will give you several options. 

Here's what I used:

To start off I laid out about 10 tags on my work surface and sprayed both sides of the tags with water. (Having the tags damp helps the inks to flow on the surface.) Using the dropper in the cap of the inks, I dripped 3-5 drops of 2-3 colors onto the surface of the tags. Then I carefully stacked them on top of each other and gently pressed down. I used extra tags to wipe up excess ink. You can't leave them stacked to dry or they will be stuck together so carefully peel each tag off the stack and place it on a non-stick craft sheet to dry. You can use a heat gun to speed the process but not too much or it can cause the ink to bubble. 

I used only a portion of each Sacred Heart Stencil to add rays of color to each tag. Then I used a wedge sponge and the Night paint with the Pocket Stencils to add a word to each tag. As a finishing touch I also used the same wedge sponge to add the Night paint around the edges of the tags to create a vignette around the words.

These finished tags can be used in your art, as gifts or turned into a book, wallhanging or mobile. I am leaning towards a mobile and adding quotes to the backs of the tags. A Mantra Mobile!

Happy Creating!

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 again my lovely lovelies!

This will be my last post from Wisconsin! I am sad that as usual my visit has gone by so fast.

When I am home I spend a lot of time with my family and we spend a lot of time outside. The beauty of my home (to me) is unmatched and I have lived and visited many places. We are surrounded by nature and creativity runs through all of us in our own ways. 

That is why I would like to show you some art from my nephew, and how he used the mineral paper I brought with me! He has a page over on facebook called Corpse cove art studios and lately he has been playing with spray paint! 

These are the 3 pieces he created using spray paint and mineral paper.

He is self taught using spray paint like this, learning by watching videos on YouTube and facebook. Also another shocker, these pieces were created one week after trying this medium for the first time. His talent amazes me!

As for myself I have been enjoying the nature around me. Just as a recap, my travel supplies I used are as follows:

There is a doe on my dad's property that has twins! I have been trying to get pics but the window screens keep getting in the way, and if I open the door they scatter. So instead I decided I would paint one if the fawns, I think she turned out pretty cute!

What many people forget about this area of Wisconsin is that we have a lot of rocky bluffs sticking out in our landscape. I wanted to make a quick entry in my journal just to record the colors of the day. I love how the rocky peaks clash with the blue of the sky and the green of the woods.

Another one of my favorites in the area are the Sandhill cranes that are found all around this area with their young this time of year. I would get you a picture but last year when I tried a mad mama crane chased me in the truck for about 2 miles when I got too close to her chick. So I don't do that anymore! Lol. I wanted to get a detailed head in there and since I used my small journal I couldn't really fit any babies in.

I hope you have enjoyed my journal art as well as the amazing talent of my nephew!

Big hugs and mushes to you!

Shana Banana

Hello my lovelies

I am here in Wisconsin visiting my family! I have been here and Minnesota for about 2 weeks and have been loving the beauty of nature up here and all the green I miss since I now live in Arizona.

My youngest sibling Xe is also an amazing artist and loves nature as much  I do. We took a little day trip to a park in Minnesota called Carol park, which is on a dirt road, and has a trail that leads down to a small bubbling stream and falls.

It was so beautiful and we spent hours just sitting by the stream talking and painting. I created my piece in my large Jane journal using my Koi watercolor kit, prismacolor pencils and my white signo gel pen.

I love that with my limited supplies I was able to create something that I think shows the tranquility of the area we were sitting.

While in Minnesota I started a 2nd journal spread using the same supplies along with a black water-soluble pen, which I then finished in Wisconsin. I love creating these whimsical faces and love that the use of my 2 chakra pocket stencils sets help tie the 2 pages in the spread together and give the peaceful whimsy I was trying to create.

While at my daddies house in Wisconsin, I found a 4 leaf clover and it inspired me to create a little journal page in my small Jane journal, using my Koi watercolor kit, of clover while my dad and I were sitting and chatting.

My favorite place to go is fishing with my daddy. We have been fishing the same private cranberry Marsh since before I can remember and going there always makes my heart fill with love for my family and home.

I created this page as a reminder of how I should feel all the time. I used my "seek" pocket stencil for its boldness to catch my own eye when I page through my journal and left the rest calm and abstract.

I have created some other doodly pages but these are my favorite in the mix. This weekend I plan on pulling out my mineral paper when I spend time with my nephew Dustin, he is also an amazing artist and I know we will be creating a lot while we are together! So watch for me in 2 weeks to see the rest of my vacation art!

Big hugs and mushes to you from Wisconsin!

xMwah!

Shana banana

"This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before."— Maya Angelou

A purple finch is eating at the feeder near my studio window. He doesn’t seem to mind the melody of the wind chimes as the soothing breeze plays their song. The afternoon is unusually quiet. The day is perfect for celebrating the Summer Solstice.

Slowing down allows me the opportunity to be fully in the moment. Even if we have the best of intentions, so often we are distracted by the commotion of daily life. But it is when coming back to center that I experience what truly makes me grateful. And this is when creativity envelopes me like the soothing sounds of the wind chimes and lets my heart sing.

A few months ago I facilitated a journaling workshop at my local library. We each altered a 3.5” x 5.5” notebook. Our objective was to create a Gratitude Journal…a special book to keep with us throughout the year. The art produced was delightfully unique. The evening filled with laughter. The more we spoke to each other the more we realized how often we each experience fleeting moments of bliss. Now we had somewhere to keep them safe.

Here is my journal. I lightly sanded the cover and applied a quick coat of gesso. I began stenciling with Artistcellar’s Ocean Waves from the Traditional Japanese Series. Once it was dried I covered the back and spine with an assortment of acrylic paint colors. I then added bits of ephemera: a page from an old dictionary, postage stamps, trading stamps, a leaf from a poinsettia and images I found pleasing. Keeping watch at the back of the book, I stenciled the word I am most grateful for: Create. The Artistcellar Creative Words Pocket Stencil was perfect. I wanted the journal to feel “special”. I added a paper flower, altered tags, and keys to unlock my spirit of gratitude.

My Journal is filling up with all sorts of bits and pieces captured from my day…from simple observations to newspaper (yes, I still read them) clippings and ideas for new work. But all in all, I can’t help feeling a sense of wonder in the fact that joy is the essence of gratitude. And reveling in each new day is an adventure in itself.

As we change Seasons I ask you…what unlocks the joy in your life for which you are truly grateful?

MATERIALS USED

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

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”-Georgia O’Keeffe

Do you journal? Or are you like me, jotting thoughts and sayings on random bits of paper? I have often purchased beautiful journals fulling intending to fill them. I just never do. I don’t know if it is the fear of the blank page, or what seems like the vast the number of pages that puts me off. But whatever the reason, there they sit, on my bookshelf, spotless as the day I purchased them.

Some time ago I bought a pack of inexpensive Ace playing cards. The flying biplane on the backs won me over! Who wouldn’t want to fly off to a new adventure in that wonderful plane? It was then I decided to use them as a journal. With a deck of 52, completing one card a week didn’t seem beyond the realm of possibilities. To kick off my venture I knew the best place to start was with the Artistcellar Pocket Stencil series Creative Words: Believe, Trust, Seek, and my favourite, Create.

Have you ever noticed the lovely sayings tucked away on the inserts of your Artistcellar Stencils? To me the stencils alone are creative cake…the inspirational quotes are the icing. Creative Words were just that…the catalyst I needed.

The playing cards have a plastic finish. To allow the media to attach, I sanded the cards and applied a quick layer of gesso. I didn’t want to totally cover the suits and numbers, so I removed some of it with a paper towel. On my work table, I assembled my stencils, acrylics and stamps. I wanted to have a bit of fun and see where my journey would take me. I revisited an old technique: applying rubber cement through the SEEK stencil.

I tried a new idea as well: dabbing Dye-Na-Flow colour through the TRUST stencil.

When dried I positioned the cards in a row and completed the backs. Though not identical, they have the same “feel”…a record of a time and place. In the end I was happy with the results. Best of all, the stencils stood up to everything I threw at them. Clean up was a snap and they were back to perfect condition.

The cards are now part of my new journal project, safely tucked away in a pocket page protector in a three ring binder.

Time seems to be racing by for me. Is it the same for you? Journaling is a wonderful way of capturing the essence of who we are. The perfect journal format is whatever suits you best. We owe it to ourselves to take the time to make our unknown known. Not only to ourselves, but sharing it those we hold dear. Right now. Right here.

MATERIALS USED

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!