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Hi There!

I love neon colors and the buttery feel of oil pastels. Have you tried them lately? Oil pastels are a bit messy to work with. However when you use the Immaculate Stencil from the Sacred Heart Series by Artistcellar, you can’t go wrong! It’s just pure fun!

All jokes and puns aside, today I am sharing how I used a stencil as a guide to create with colorful and messy oil pastels.

I found these Super Mix oil pastels by OOLY several years ago. I just learned that this is a woman-owned business out of California with a mission statement I love. “We love creating products that help people of all ages smile, explore their imaginations and express themselves.”

I do believe this fits nicely with the Artistcellar tagline of “Art is not optional.”

Are you ready to have a little fun today? Let’s get creating!

Suggested Supplies:

Step 1:

Lightly trace the stencil openings of the “Immaculate Stencil” with an H pencil. (The H drawing pencils have a harder lead, which allows for light lines and easy erasing, if you choose to do so).

Step 2:

Use a fun set of oil pastels to color in the outside sections of the “Immaculate Stencil”.

See the in process photo below.

Step 3:

Place the stencil back over the lines to see how things are looking.

Also, get ready to add some acrylic paint to the center.

Step 4:

Choose a color of acrylic paint that calls to you.

Put it on your paint palette, and dap into it with a cosmetic wedge.

Apply the paint to the heart in the center of the stencil.

Step 5:

Remove the stencil and have a look.

Step 6:

Use a black pen to follow the white lines of the roses.

Note: If your pen gets oil pastel on the end of it, it will not work as well. Clean off the tip of the pen with a paper towel or a piece of paper.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it helped you to let your creative side out to play!

May you smile, use your imagination, express yourself, and remember that “art is not optional”. Art is a beautiful, wonderful, healing addition to your life and the world!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of


Do you think of a word to focus on for the coming year? Something to remind, motivate, improve or change? If you haven't chosen one yet, here is a project that will give you several options. 

Here's what I used:

To start off I laid out about 10 tags on my work surface and sprayed both sides of the tags with water. (Having the tags damp helps the inks to flow on the surface.) Using the dropper in the cap of the inks, I dripped 3-5 drops of 2-3 colors onto the surface of the tags. Then I carefully stacked them on top of each other and gently pressed down. I used extra tags to wipe up excess ink. You can't leave them stacked to dry or they will be stuck together so carefully peel each tag off the stack and place it on a non-stick craft sheet to dry. You can use a heat gun to speed the process but not too much or it can cause the ink to bubble. 

I used only a portion of each Sacred Heart Stencil to add rays of color to each tag. Then I used a wedge sponge and the Night paint with the Pocket Stencils to add a word to each tag. As a finishing touch I also used the same wedge sponge to add the Night paint around the edges of the tags to create a vignette around the words.

These finished tags can be used in your art, as gifts or turned into a book, wallhanging or mobile. I am leaning towards a mobile and adding quotes to the backs of the tags. A Mantra Mobile!

Happy Creating!