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Hello again !

Recently we celebrated the summer solstice! To celebrate, I picked some flowers and herbs from my garden and made a sweet summer bouquet. Pictured is Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Roses, Black Magic Petunias, Marigolds and Lavender. 

Where is the smell-o-vision when we need it?

Anyway, from there I also set up some pretty things, wrote down some wishes and burned them and completed a tarot spread. 

After a long day at work, I found it was the perfect ending to the day. 

The celebration helped inspire this art journal spread that I have completed today. I rarely use a lot of orange and yellow in my work but wanted to challenge myself to step outside of my box of blues and purples. 

When I was developing my Dear Heart Oracle Deck I ordered "testers" from a few different companies. This particular deck was a dud, so I had it just lying around -- I pulled "Passion" from the stack and used it as my launch point.

I started by layering Artistcellar Quasicrystals stencils with Wonderstrumpet "Crystal Points". To get an awesome glimmer and texture, I used Golden Glass Bead Gel on a palette knife through the stencils. 

Once dry, I spritzed Adirondack Color Wash spray in "Butterscotch" along with Dylusions "Lemon Zest" and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in "Cross My Heart", "Marmalde" and "It's Orange"... Whoa! THE TEXTURE! To finish it up, I grabbed a tag that had been tossed in a drawer in my studio and used hot glue to attach the oracle card and finally attach the tag to the page.

That's it! Super easy, colorful and pure texture gold. 

Happy Summer, everyone! See you soon, but in the meantime you can find me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/panart

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I purchase a craft supply, because I know it’s cool, but there it sits in my studio. Has this ever happened to you?

Well, today, I am busting out one of those said craft items. It’s the Blue Moldable Foam Block or Blue Moldable Stamp.

As an expressive artist who loves stencils and mark making, having a surface to mold into a unique stamp is exciting!

I have chosen to use the Quasicrystals series stencils for this example.

This process is really as easy as 1-2-3! The directions are included with the Moldable Foam Stamp.

  • Heat the surface of the blue block for 30-40 seconds. (I used the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, and that worked great!)
  • Push the block onto a textured surface for 15-20 seconds.
  • Ink and stamp! (I used StazOn ink.)

You can heat each side of the blue block to get two-stamps-in-one. For side one, I used the Quasi stencil. For side two, I used the Infra stencil

I am envisioning how fun it would be to make giftwrap or art journal backgrounds with these stamps! How might you use the Blue Moldable Stamp and artistcellar stencils?

Are you tired of the impression you have on the Blue Moldable Stamp? No problem! Simply heat it again and repeat the process with something new! Hmmm, manhole covers might be neat, but you’d have to carry an extension cord and your Heat It Craft Tool with you! I am sure there are plenty of things around your home or in your art arsenal that would create lovely textures. Give it a try! Tell us about your experiments in the comments below or on the Artistcellar Facebook Page.

Thanks for playing along!

For more art ideas and mixed media art inspiration, visit me over at OrangeSpiralArts.com

Blessings to you,

Briana

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