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Hello starshines!

In my part of the world spring is upon us and I couldn't be happier! However, I'm also finding myself in a bit of a whirlwind. I have so many projects going on right now and an upcoming show at an art gallery! While it's all very exciting, one way that I de-stress is through tarot and oracle. As a side project (because I don't have enough projects - LOL) I started developing an oracle deck.

The process of creating the deck has been very relaxing and rewarding because I don't feel a lot of pressure. I started by cutting out the size of "cards" that I wanted out of watercolor paper. I'm using a mix of Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper and Arches cold pressed depending on the texture I want from the card. Cold pressed watercolor paper is a lot more textured - or bumpy... and hot press is more smooth. It's a lot easier to use with ink pens to get nice bold lines. 

I've finished quite a few cards already, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to show you how I incorporate Artistcellar stencils into the oracle cards in subtle ways. 

Today, I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut down to the size I wanted. Then, I grabbed an Artistcellar Cathedral Plans stencil and a Faber-Castell graphite pencil. Using only a part of the stencil, I traced around it first in pencil then added another element (in this case, a flower dropping a petal). 

Next, I used a pen to ink the drawing and then a waterbrush with Twinkling H20's and watercolor. To finish it off, I added white highlights with a Uniball Signo-UM-153.

Because the size is so much smaller I find that I can easily finish a card in one sitting. With limited supplies, it's a project I can do on the go as well!

If you want to follow along with the progress of Dear Heart Oracle, follow along on my instagram! (@pantheartist) or Patreon! (www.patreon.com/panart)

Hello beautiful souls,

Today's challenge was quilt squares with the new pocket quilt squares and 6x6 quilt square stencils. These new stencils remind me of the quilt my mom made for me in the early 90's. Hmmm so what to do with these style stencils to think outside the box? I decided to use a design style that I had discovered early on in my mixed-media journey where I did some cut out butterflies with some stenciling and gold outlines. I called the original piece "Becoming Real" because as I designed the butterflies on the packing paper desk cover I realized how pretty the "mess" was and decided to use it as the background. The outlined butterflies seemed to come to life out of the paper and it was a great metaphor for the transition in my life as well.

I pulled out my watercolors and go to work creating a background with some nice warm colors.

Next I began layering the quilt square stencils in both sizes to the paper with some different colored distress inks, shimmer spray, and white ink.

Next I got to work cutting out the butterflies. I first outlined them in gold and then folded up their wings to give them some more life.

Next I decided to use a canvas I had covered with tissue paper for another project and began adding paint through the stencils in blues.

I wanted to make the design pop more so I outlined the images in gold.

Here is the finished piece.

I was pretty pleased to have worked the quilt square theme into a design that didn't fit the typical style.

I also had my studio mate, Christian working with me at the art table again. It's always nice to create together. 

We were creating some pieces for Free Art Friday again. Christian created this mini canvas with the sacral chakra pocket stencil 

and I did a one of my "Metatron's Full Moon Galaxy" pieces on a 4x6 watercolor using the flower of life and Metatron's cube stencils. 

 How do you use your quilt square stencils?

 Love, light, and art,

 Genea

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:

 

Hello beautiful souls!

I was vibing on tiny art again this week and kept at it with the shrinky dink pendants. What can I say. I like cute tiny things ;)

I used my very favorite stencils again: sacred geometry, sacred geometry 2, and labyrinth.

Here are some of the pieces I've created.

I really enjoy picking different color schemes and colors for the ink and outline colors for a different look.

The nice thing about this design is that it can be unisex so it's really perfect for anyone. 

What are your favorite ways to incorporate stencils into your artwork? Do you like to take your style and see how many different ideas you can create?

Love, peace, and creativity,

Genea

For my first post I had a lot of fun using the Sacred Geometry Series with Splash Ink on Mineral paper and I promised you I would save the papers for a future post and here it is!

The mineral paper was first painted with Splash Ink using a brayer. Once the paper was dry I removed color by laying the stencil down and lifting with a sponge. 

Magenta Splash Ink was applied by scrubbing with a stencil brush on the reverse side of the paper.

I lifted the color with a sponge over the Pocket Stencil Words around the edge of the paper. The inside of this area is a perfect place to write a love letter to a friend or yourself.

 

To make the letter fold start with the pattern side down and fold at an angle at the bottom of the paper.

Fold at an angle in the opposite direction and turn the paper over.

Fold the bottom edge up at the intersection of the last folds. 

Collapse the last folds into a triangle with two flaps on either side and flatten.

Turn the paper around and fold down the top edges to meet the triangle bottom.

Fold the right and left points down to the bottom.

Fold the left and right sides to the center. 

Fold the top right and left sides backwards. 

Fold the top layer bottom up .

Fold and tuck the corner into the pocket on the left side.

Fold and tuck the corner into the pocket on the right side. These last two folds are how the heart stays folded in place. To open the heart, just untuck these two points.

Your heart is complete! (Here is a PDF file diagramming the folds!)

The heart is meant to be opened.

I  applied black archival stamp pad ink with a stencil brush over the Seek stencil to finish the front.

Supplies:

Artistcellar Sacred Geometry Series Stencils

Pocket Stencil Words

Splash Ink, magenta and blue

Mineral Paper cut to 8 1/2” x 11”

stencil brush

sponge

Today's guest blogger is artist Martice Smith II. Martice is an illustrator, designer and instructor who likes to mix traditional with digital media, vibrant colors, textures, and urban culture. You can see more of her work on her blog http://uneekart.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

 

Stencil Metallic Tote Bag by Martice Smith II

Gather your materials:

12" x 12" Stencils used:

Sturdy fabric (canvas works great; see photo 1 for sizes needed): 1 to 1 1/2 yards depending on what size you want

Acrylic, neon, and metallic paints

Large paintbrushes

Bucket of water

Sewing Machine

Metallic thread (same color as metallic paint)

Low-tack tape, optional

Fabric Glue

Heavy Duty clips

 

Hello! Martice here, sharing a fun tutorial on how to design and make your very own designer tote bag with a couple of Artistcellar’s most popular 12” x 12” stencils.

Now, I have to ask you: are you an artist who hauls art supplies and artwork around in those hideously designed plastic grocery bags? (Yes, I’m guilty, too!) Well today, you and I are gonna put a STOP to those shenanigans and flaunt our creations with style. Your beautifully designed tote bag will, not only be a great conversation starter, it will also inspire you to speak about your art with confidence ...what’s better than that?!


Let’s get started!




STEP 1: Paint the fabric

I'm painting fabric that I picked up at a local thrift store. I've been holding onto it for almost a year and I finally came up with an idea of what to make out of it.

Since I'm always in need of storage, (especially during travel workshops and outdoor painting adventures) I knew that I had to create something to accommodate those needs. It sure beats carrying around a grocery bag! Notice that my fabric is, overall, a dark color with patterns. (Most of the original pattern will be painted over.) I started with an off-white as my base color because I want the next layers of colors to look as bright as possible.

Try dry brushing your next layer of color.

Apply your next color(s) with a dry brush. Notice that some of the color in previous layer shows through. This adds visual texture and dimension!

Allow each layer to thoroughly dry before adding the next color.


STEP 2: Stencil it!

Lay down the Sri Yantra (Sacred Geometry series) stencil and use a stencil brush to apply gold metallic paint (Champagne Gold). Repeat this in several areas.

Cover parts of the stencil with tape to create your own design.

 

Lay down Reims (Cathedral Series) stencil and choose different parts from this stencil to add to your fabric.

 

 

 

STEP 3: Design bag patterns, Cut out fabric

Find a simple bag design that you like or design one of your preference. Study the overall shape and note where the seams are. (I'll be making mine from a simple design based on a bag I purchased.)

Some elements, like seam binding and a pen loop, will be added.

Cut one piece of fabric on the fold (18" long and 9.5" wide).

(Optional: if you want the inside of your bag decorated, go ahead and decorate the wrong sides of the fabric pieces now. It will be difficult to do so after sewing it.)

Cut two pieces of fabric for the sides (7" x 5").

Cut two pieces of fabric for the handles (9" x 1/2").

Cut two pieces of fabric for the seam binding (18" x 1.5").


You still with me? Great! Let’s get stitchin’...


STEP 4: Sew bag together

Fold top edge down 1/4". Stitch.

Fold edge down 7/8". Stitch along the first stitched line.



SIDES

1. Fold top edge down 1/4". Stitch.

Fold edge down 7/8". Stitch along the first stitched line.

Fold in half, right sides together. Crease.

Mark a dot at 2 1/4" up, from the bottom.

Starting at the dot, make a diagonal crease from the dot to the bottom left and bottom right corners. (This should now look like a triangle.)


2. Pin sides to bag, wrong sides together. Baste stitch to hold in place.

Be careful going around the curves at the bottom. They are a bit tricky to manipulate!

3. Stitch sides and bag together, 1/4" from the raw edge.


STEP 5: Seam Binding

I like creating my own seam binding because it matches my bag perfectly and it's a way to use up fabric scraps.

Fold in 1/4" on each side of the fabric strip.

Stitch 1/4" from the fold.

 

Attach the seam binding to the bag with industrial fabric glue. (Remember to take care of those curves at the bottom of the bag!)

Crease the seam binding, in half, over the edges (see photo).

 



STEP 6: Attach Handles

Mark 2" in from the edge of the bag on both sides. Center the handle on this mark, on the inside of the bag.

Glue handle in place. (Use a heavy duty clip to hold handle in place while glue sets.)

(Optional: create a pen holder loop by sewing a scrap piece of fabric (the same way you did the seam binding) to the edge of the bag. Seam binding will also cover the edge. See photo, above.)

Topstitch handle (on right side of fabric).

Erase pencil markings.

STEP 7: Embellish tote bag!

Decorate your bag any way you want. Add more stenciling, doodles, paint, add creative lettering... whatever you wish!

I wanted a bright, neon color to offset the pastel tones so I decided to use irRESISTible Neon Pico Embellisher in Electric Purple. (This has a glossy finish with subtle, raised texture.)


Check out the inside and side views! (Don’t let the small size deceive you - there’s plenty of room in here!)

Triangle shapes were added in random areas on the bag.


(Optional: You can spray a clear varnish on your bag to protect it from dirt. A clear varnish is great because it repels moisture and allows you to clean up with a damp cloth.)

Thank you for visiting us today! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Happy creating!