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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,


Hello creative souls,

Wow have I been a on a roll with some artwork! I am excited to share my creations with you this week!

The "Labyrinth Lotus" is still in full effect. I did a quick video to show you all the first layer of petals lit up! Wow is it spectacular.

I have the second row of petals done, but still make the 3rd. I got a little side tracked with some of the other art I will be sharing below.

Next up I got some super sweet mirrors from Ikea for my walls and when I got them home I thought about how sweet they would look all decked out in stencils! I did a little paper template to try out my design before moving the final design to my mirror. I just taped 2 pieces of my art sketch book together and mapped out the side of the mirror.

Next I moved onto the finished product mirror.

As you can see I am still just slightly OBSESSED with the labyrinth series stencils.

So I am pretty stoked to be attending our regional area Burning Man event called, Resonance. "That thing in the desert" is actually happening RIGHT NOW! Sadly I am not there this year, but next year for sure. You can actually tune into BMIR(Burning Man Internet Radio) to hear what's happening. There is also a live cam where you can see the playa! So one of the 10 principals of Burning Man is "Gifting".  I am naturally a gifter at heart so this part is one of the best things for me! So how does this tie in to this post you may be wondering? Well in the art of gifting I have had so much fun painting and making art that I thought it would be even more fun to paint on bodies! I picked up these Wolfe body paints

and grabbed my brush and one of my favorite Artistcellar stencils, "Flower of Life".  I used my boyfriend as my canvas since it's so much easier to paint on something that is not attached to your own body.

The Flower of Life stencil looks so amazing against the teal green. I can't wait to practice some more! I plan to take at least my sacred geometry, sacred geometry 2, Chakra Series, Chakra Pocket Stencils, and Labyrinth Series stencils with me. Lol, may as well take them all, huh?! 

I also wanted to create some little pieces of art to gift at Resonance as well. I decided it would be fun to create some mixed-media pieces that were 4"x6" since I have some really pretty crystal clear cello bags in which to put them. I don't know what it is about super shiny bags that make things look so expensive and fancy.

I had originally had the idea to do some water color-ish piece background and draw some sacred geometry on the top layer, but it's a lot harder than it looks! You can see my attempts here

The first tiny art piece I did I called "Psychedelic Macaroni" cause like Shana, I see macaroni in this stencil series "Marked Series" stencils.

I had so much fun with the first one I kept rolling with it. I did the Sri Yantra piece next. Then I did the Chakra Series piece. I love the pattern on my "Labyrinth Lotus'" so I thought I would do a mini art piece like those as well.

What a blast and it's so satisfying to finish each little piece and make a new one :) I even got my friend, Zack to create a mini piece of art too! His very first mixed-media piece :) 

Here are the last ones I have done, but still plan to keep making more!

What are you favorite mini masterpieces to make? 

Lots of arty love and good vibes,



It feels like forever since I wrote for you my little squishy friends!

As you know I was able to go to Art Unraveled and play with stencils all day with the lovely Lisa and her daughter! Jealous? You should be, it was a blast! 

I do feel a bit guilty though! I didn't take any pictures while I was there, I was having so much fun playing with paints and stencils and the wonderful groups of creative people coming around to get some the awesome stencils, I didn't have time to walk around!

I have been a bit distracted for a bit, I have done some recording but not any editing, so I figured I would just load you up with a bunch of pages I have done in my journals using some of the stencils here at Artistcellar along with the Dina Wakley paints!

The 1st two I actually completed at Art Unraveled! I just used the pages to show people samples of how the stencils looked and I just continued to layer until I saw something that needed to come out!

I may actually come back to the lady in red. In the future she may need a background.

The 3rd and 4th pictures are pages that I haven't shared yet, I just love playing in my journal!

I think my favorite is the macaroni and cheese page, the very 1st time I saw the Commas stencil from the Marked Series I knew I had to do a Macaroni and Cheese page!

and the final page I did I wanted to challenge myself by doing a 2 tone spread; I like to do this because it makes me stop thinking so much! I love the Boy Genius stencil so much and I don't use it enough so I decided to use it as flowers in this one, along with a stencil from the Playful Pods series. The blue background I used stencils from Sacred Geometry 2, and you can see the X's from the Marked Series, I also used Tracks from the Marked Series for the fence!

Well I hope you like looking at a few of the pages I have done in the last 2 weeks!

Big hugs and Mushy stuff!!

- Shana Banana!


Hello again!  

Today, let's find inspiration in color and chakras, shall we?

So, I found some masking fluid this week and I was so excited to use it on a project. I grabbed a piece of matboard and the Artistcellar Diamond Series and Sacred Geometry 2 stencils. I used a stiff brush to apply masking fluid over the stencils. Once the masking fluid was completely dry, I painted over the entire board with Dye-Na-Flow in "Midnight Blue" and "Turquoise". Then, I removed the masking fluid to reveal the white board underneath. It turned out so cool!

On separate pieces of cardstock I used a palette knife and black modeling paste through the Artistcellar chakra stencils and then cut them out, painted over them with their corresponding color in watercolor, and then added some gold Viva Decor Inka Gold around the edges for a little extra pop. 

Next, I glued the cardstock chakras to my original matboard background and topped them with a gloss varnish because I want them to shine!

To finish it off, I added some dots to the background with Pearl-Pen in "Black" and "Ice White"

I just love how vibrant and bright the chakras are against a interesting and drippy background!​