Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
I am very excited to share this simple but useful project with you. If you don’t know me and my art, you don’t know that I infuse everything with a dose of spirituality.
I used a 6x6in cradled wood panel as my surface and prepped it with two coats of gesso first. Each layer was carefully thought about, both regarding the stencil itself and the colors associated with it.
Working in layers like this, you really need to let everything dry before moving on to the next one. After this was dry, I used one of the Old World Map stencils, one with the smaller spaces. This symbolizes all the possible pathways towards abundance. Gold is associated with abundance, so I use a gold spray with it.
Now is a story of trial and error. I placed the Metatron’s Cube stencil and first used regular gesso. I applied it with a makeup sponge.
However, the result was not up to my expectations. It happens and it’s okay. I dried it with my heat gun before placing the stencil back over, and used extra heavy gesso instead. Much better! Why? it created a more textured effect, and it was more opaque as well. I used my Catalyst tool for it, but a palette knife would be perfect as well.
If you’re like me and you love texture, try this: apply heat with your heat gun until bubbles appear (it’s the plasticky nature of gesso that allows this effect to happen.) You can also let it air dry normally.
Green is another colour we associate with abundance. I picked several shades of ink sprays and just had fun applying them. I could have used green and gold as well.
To finish it, I used the same gold spray to pain the sides and applied some varnish on top.
Do you use crystals? Which one is your favorite? I hope you’ll be inspired by these Sacred Geometry stencils (there are two series of them in the shop) to make a crystal grid or simply a beautiful mixed media canvas for your space.
More photos :
Till next time,
Hey guys I'm Nolwenn Petitbois and I'm so happy to share with you my first project for Artistcellar!
You'll see the amount that I use the stencils especially for texture and for backgrounds but that's not all. In this first project, I wanted to do the cover of my Book of Shadows; it’s a specific system using rings, the same that you’ll find with the Happy Journal line.
The first step was to cover the ring holes with some painter’s tape. Then, I use some gesso (I should have sanded the cover first, but I didn't… that's alright though as I'm not one for perfectionism in my creative process.) I just added some acrylic paint and applied it with various tools to see how it would look. You can simply use a big paintbrush: you do you!
Once it's dry, I can have some fun with the map stencil: they are very cool! I used some acrylic spray because I wanted something quite pigmented but you could use a sponge and acrylic paint instead of a spray for sure. Mixed media is thing of patience because I work in layers I have to let them dry in between.
Because this cover is made from plastic, I had to be careful not to over-heat it when using my heating tool.
I love metallic paints and used a copper acrylic sprays on the borders, with Surf stencil of the Water series. I wanted it to act as a sort of frame around the cover. I have a thing for using sprays coupled with stencils because it is fast and easy but still builds pretty layers.
After this, I came back another day (I like to space the layers now and then, to be sure everything is 100% dry) and have this feeling something is missing… but what? I go through the stencils and find one in the Sacred Geometry 2 set that calls my name. (Quattro Flower) My guts tell me to do something that can appear a little strange: create a glitter gel to add on top of the embossed lotus. This could be a big failure but I won’t know until I try it, right? So that’s what I do. I suggest that if you want to do something similar, find some very fine glitters. I used some heavy gloss gel. It will dry transparent.
I really hope I inspired you to create a beautiful cover for your journal. Here are some more close-up photos :
Until next time,
Wow! It is a little hard to believe that we are right on the edge of 2017. Where did that year go? I don't know about you, but I am excited about closing the chapter of this year, turning the page, and starting anew in 2018.
With the New Year right around the corner I have been doing a lot of planning and goal setting and thinking about what I want to focus on. One of the goals that I have set is strengthening my knowledge and practice with tarot and runes!
Runes are very, very new to me. A friend just recently gifted me my very first set! Today, I wanted to transform a little canvas pouch into a nice rune bag. You could also use it for tarot cards - or even things like pencils, pens, makeup... anything you could ever need a little bag for.
I knew I wanted the bag to be really brightly colored, so I reached for Marabu Art Spray in "Red Orange" and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Marmalade" to pair with my well loved Artistcellar stencils.
To finish off, I incorporated some DecoArt Media Mister in Carbon black with the Sacred Geometry 2 stencil and the Third Eye Chakra stencil. I like that the black adds some nice contrast against the bright background.
Then, for extra shine and GLITTER (!!!) I added Ice Stickles Glitter Glue in "Orange Peel".
I LOVE THIS BAG! How can one resist taking a peek at what's inside?
What are your goals for 2018? Is there anything new you want to learn? (Perhaps you would like to join me in a year-long exploration of Tarot/Oracle and journaling? I'm teaching in Pull Pen Paint 2018! For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/
Hello beautiful souls,
It's that time of year when everyone is making their handmade gifts. I am really excited about the little mixed-media jewelry shelf I created for Christian. As pretty as piles of jewelry are on your night stand it's nice to hang them up on a pretty little holder. You can also use this holder for keys and other trinkets.
I started out with a scrap piece of wood. I gesso'ed the base and painted it with watercolors.
Next I added some clear glittery embossing powder to create a little depth and sparkle. I finished off the design with a Metatron's Cube. I used some modeling paste, fluid acrylics, and metallic inks to give it a spacey metal feel. Next I used a dremel to pre-drill some some holes in the bottom of the shelf for my hooks, and then screwed them into the base. Voila! Instant wall art and jewelry shelf!
Being a bead making and jewelry designer it's exciting to make a mixed-media piece to tie all of the art together!
Love, light, and creativity,
The gift-giving season has begun but I think that the plethora of ideas that pop up around this time of year can be applied year round. Giving a small token of our love and appreciation to a loved one is always a good thing no matter the time of year. Today I bring to you a simple ornament-style project. To me, some ornaments do not need to just be displayed on a tree once a year. Some can adorn our homes, studios and sacred spaces and be enjoyed at all times. I'd like to think the designs I created this week can do just that.
Here's what I used:
I started out by tearing a old dictionary page into pieces and then collaging them onto the front and back of the ornaments. Let dry.
Then I painted each side with acrylic paint. Don't put it on too thick as you still want to see the cool texture from the dictionary pages. Let dry.
Using a complementary color apply stencil design to each ornament and, you guessed it, let dry. I put a few coats on as I wanted the colors to be super bright and vibrant.
Using an acrylic paint pen I embellished the designs with my favorite element, DOTS. I also added a word to the focal point of one of the ornaments. As a finishing touch I applied Inka Gold to the edges.
And there you have it! Easy-peasy and beautiful results. I think that you could further add a quote or special handwritten message on the back of the ornaments to give them a personalized touch.
I hope you have a great week. Take the time to surround yourself with loved ones and CREATE beautiful things.
Right now I'm gearing up for a show in December so I'm in the phase of hoarding ALL THE ART.
Because of this, I'm painting primarily on canvas nowadays. (Though I miss my art journal so!)
So today I'm working on an 8 x 8 wood canvas. Wood canvases are my FAVORITE for working with any kind of mixed media or just acrylic paint.
I started with a layer of clear gesso to prime the surface. Then, I picked out colors that I love in acrylic paint and started adding color randomly to the canvas. Since I picked out the colors beforehand, I know I'm going to love everything I put down and I can work intuitively and not have to put as much thought into it. This spur of the moment creativity is my favorite.
In-between layers I dried it with my heat gun. For a bubbly, grungy effect I also purposely had the heat gun too hot and too close to the surface.
Along with acrylics, I'm also mixing in acrylic mists and letting them drip.
Next, I used an Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil with DecoArt Media Mister, and when that dried I painted in some of the gold leaf adhesive. After about 15 minutes the adhesive went from a milky color to clear and I was able to do the gold leafing!
Gold leafing is a bit scary for me because I'm not used to it and it's really different for me but I love the experimentation of new supplies.
What is a supply that is scary for you? I challenge you to incorporate it into your work this week!
Hello beautiful souls,
Do you ever have a theme that starts in your work and continues to surface in each of your new creations? For me one of the recurring images that shows up in my work is the Chartres Labyrinth. I fell in love with this intricate pattern back when I made one of my first "labyrinth lotus" designs. I used Chartres to adorn the petals of my lotus.
Next I created my little 4x6 mixed-media cards and since I loved the design I did with my favorite colors (lime green, aqua, and teal) you see the design again.
I had so much fun with the labyrinth series stencils I did some layering on these mirrors.
It surfaced again as the patterns on my sacred heart for my "Love Winds the Infinite Machine" piece, and then it morphed into jewelry with my shrink plastic pendants and necklaces.
My self-portrait piece that is still in the process of being finished.
I recently got sucked back into Chartres for the most recent shrink plastic necklace designs I created for our regional area Burning Man event in Wichita, Kansas, Resonance. I created some gifts to hand out at the burn and decided to make glittery feathers since those are basically a sin to take to burns since they leave what is called "moop" (matter out of place). One of the 10 principals of Burning Man is "Leave no Trace". Since glitter falls off and feathers shed from boa's and costumes they are frowned upon in the community and bring up lots of heated arguments. So my fun way of making light of such a triggered subject was to make feathers and glitter "happen" by creating my feather necklaces. You can read the full backstory on my blog here.
Of course I am always refining my designs and making each one better until I feel they have reached their "perfect state" so naturally once you do one design you keep getting ideas for more. I started out more simple and then kept getting more and more intricate. I did a Chartres labyrinth feather as one of the first feathers with a pattern and expanded from there.
What recurring theme works it's way into your art?
Love, light, and creativity,
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?
This week has been really busy... my local allied arts council commissioned me to paint a traffic box! It's a week long process that started on Sunday, and it will end on Friday with a reception. I've been going out to the street corner everyday to add more work to it and it is coming right along. Here's some progress shots so far:
When it came time to do the Artistcellar project for this week it was a nice break to get back to working on a flat surface.. and WATERCOLORS!
I started with mineral paper (of course, I'm in love) and a quick sketch. I was inspired by the song, "My Body is A Cage."
I let the stencils sit on the paper until the watercolor was dry. Once the watercolors were totally dry I finished with acrylic paint. Overall, a nice easy colorful project to work on and relax!
Today we are going to explore art journaling inspired by Poetry!
I'm using a poem called "93% Stardust" by Nikita Gill, which goes as follows:
"We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names."
I hope you enjoy the video I created for you!: