Artistcellar Blog

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Hello beautiful souls!

Birthdays are the best time to make art for gifts. I ended up creating this awesome 12"x12" piece for a friends birthday the day of. We got invited over last minute so I spent the evening making his gift. He told me his 3 favorite colors were: green, blue, and purple. Score! They all look gorgeous as galaxy colors and fade into each other nicely. It turned out so pretty I wish I still had it for our wall. 

I used the 6x6 flower of life stencil and 6x6 metatron's cube stencils for this piece. The moon and some of the galaxy stars also glow-in-the-dark.

I also took the time to play around with some more of the awesome Deco Art crackle paste , the 12x12 Sri Yantra stencil, and the 6x6 golden mean stencil for this piece. I had a lot of fun with the bottom layer using some stencils, and splashes.

Next I layered the crackle paste. I love watching the little crackles form as the medium dries. The inks like to show through the white layer and it looks pretty awesome.

Next I started layering the sprays and things to create the metallic gold look. I used some dylusions ground coffee spray, some glimmer mist, and some other sparkly sprays.

The first layer looks like snake skin. Pretty cool. Then I added some Viva Decor Inka Gold to really give the gold some nice highlights and depth. I even took a nice little video on my Instagram to show off the finished piece since a 1 minute video can capture way more than several photos. 

I create one last piece literally last night just to get some art time in. This mini art is 4"x4" and will be backed on a flat canvas. I used the flower of life 6"x6" stencil and the third eye chakra pocket stencil. I really dig this little piece celebrating the awakening of the third eye.

What projects do you like to create when you only have  a short amount of art time?

Love, light, and creativity,

xo Genea

“Aspire, Advance, Achieve” - Society of Women Engineers

Math. Just hearing the word still sends shivers down my spine, even with years as a cushion between my high schools classes and the present day. But the least scary for me of this abstract science of numbers, quantity, and space was Algebra. As a person who struggled dismally with geometry, for some bizarre reason, the algebraic symbols made sense. Although I won’t say I was enamored by my Algebra classes, at least I didn’t thoroughly dread them. There was something satisfying in solving the simple equations of elementary algebra.

Recently I decided to review my collection of instructional DVDs. Like going back to school for a refresher course, I began with Seth Apter’s “Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal”. There are so many DVDs on the market, but in my opinion, Seth’s instruction is truly one of the best. His relaxed step-by-step style and proclivity for using “low tech” materials make his projects fun and a great learning experience. By encouraging you to “make it your own” surprising and unique results are always a possibility. So with supplies at the ready my project began.

Inspired by Seth’s instructions, I attached a page from an old Algebra book to a sheet of watercolour paper in my Strathmore Visual Journal using matte medium. When dry, I masked off a few equations on the page with torn Post It notes.  I then framed the page with Waterfall Green pearlescent liquid acrylics, leaving the center free for a transparent wash of Brilliant Orange mixing acrylics with an equal amount of glazing fluid. 

A technique I haven’t used in ages, but is always fun, is “inking” the rough side of corrugated board. At Seth’s suggestion, my packing box discards produced the most interesting series of lines when infused with white gesso. 

I had been gifted some time ago with the lovely vintage photo of four Victorian women. With the layers of texture and colour taking shape, I knew this would be a special background just for them. I like to think of the women as engineers, creatively collaborating on a project. And their inspiration absolutely had to be the Artistcellar stencil Metatron’s Cube form the Sacred Geometry 2 Series. Incorporating every shape in the Universe, this certainly could be all the motivation they would need. To help them along, I surrounded the women with a series of rubber stamped numbers…the tools of their trade. 

The word Algebra derives from the Arabic al-jabr, meaning "The reunion of broken parts". Journaling is a wonderful way to reunite fractured thoughts and feelings. Taking a new class or reviewing an inspiring DVD is equally as rewarding. And there is nothing better than sharing new techniques and discoveries. 

I suppose the spirit of Algebra is still with me...and perhaps all of us... as we aspire to find the balance hidden within our broken parts.

MATERIALS USED

  • Sacred Geometry 2 Series 
  • Matte Medium
  • Mod Podge – Sheer Orange
  • Golden Glazing Fluid
  • Gesso
  • Daler Rowney FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Waterfall Green
  • Plaid Brilliant Orange
  • DecoArt Desert Turquoise
  • Reeves Metallic Copper
  • Post It Notes
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Stamp Pad
  • Natural Sponge
  • Paper Towels
  • Corrugated Board
  • Strathmore Mixed Media Journal Watercolour
  • Vintage Paper and Images

Hello again!

This week I wanted to experiment with something I've never tried before -- I know, risky, right?

Many years ago I inherited a pendulum from my husband's grandmother. At that time, I didn't really understand what it was so I put it away for safe keeping.

At this stage of my life I'm getting so intrigued by tarot and divination, I decided to pull the pendulum out!  But... I needed a pendulum board. Sure, I could buy one -- but what about an Artistcellar inspired board?!

I started out with a a few small pieces of drift wood from the local craft store and practiced with the wood burning kit on some simple runes. With my background in tattooing, the soldering iron reminded me of a tattoo machine... a little bit different, but same concept right?

Once I felt a little bit confident I moved on to a big chunk of wood, and used an ink pen and the Metatron's Cube from the Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil set. 

When I finished inking the stencil design I added a little bit more doodles and then pulled out the soldering iron once again. 

Wood burning for the first time is a bit difficult, and I made quite a few mistakes... however when finished I decided I liked the grungy, not-perfect look of my board and couldn't wait to use it for learning how to work the Pendulum and as a backdrop for tarot pulls!

I find Artistcellar stencils so mystical and inspiring for so much of my work. Another example of this is the Weird Girls Tarot Project that I have been collaborating on with Sarah Trumpp. Together, we are creating a tarot deck one by one. Creating the artwork has been joyous and I have used Artistcellar inspiration in many of them. 

How do you infuse Artistcellar into your magic?!

(To follow along with the Weird Girls Tarot project, click here: https://www.facebook.com/weirdgirlstarot/)

I am also a teacher in an online collaborative art course all about journaling and creativity through Tarot and Oracle! Check out more  about Pull * Pen * Paint, here: http://bit.ly/PanArtPPP

(Edited by Lisa: If you would like to purchase prints of Cristin's tarot card art, you can find them HERE.)