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Hello everyone!

My name is Amanda and I'm excited to have a spot as a guest blogger on Artistcellar's blog! I was lucky enough to get today - Friday the 13th as my date, so we all know what my theme is going to be!

I started with a quick sketch of a cat skull. Then started playing around with some Artistcellar stencils.

I started by using the stencils in the Sacred Hearts Series. I thought the heart with crown looked amazing over the cats head.

Since I just wanted the heart and crown, I just traced them out, and moved on the the next part. This is where I spent most of my time. I couldn't make up my mind on which parts of which stencil I wanted to use. In the end I changed out the crown here and added it else where while keeping the heart and adding the rays to other sections.

This is what I love most about stencils. You can mix and match to your hearts content! Which is just what I did.

I am personally a layers and texture kinda girl, so I quickly moved on to laying down some masking fluid and extra thick gesso with the Tiny Circles stencil. Cause omg! Nothing is better than tiny circles!

After airing out my room (cause you don't know stink till you have used masking fluid!) and letting everything dry I started playing with colors!

I used mostly water colors with a touch of acrylics and my favorite stand by Gelatos - I used the light green in the Bright collection to add some dimension to the kitty's eyes.

As I mentioned I used mostly watercolors for this art journal project. And well, watercolors and I are still learning how to play nicely with each other. So one of the tricks I picked up is using a Sharpie pen to trace out what I don't like.

You can see what I mean in the next two pictures.

In the first picture you can see the purple color right up against the cat's ear, in the second, nearly all gone! Yeah you can still see some of it, but it's not as noticeable.

When all is said and done, it was a couple of hours of fun playing with stencils and colors on a relaxing afternoon. I hope you have a spooky Friday the 13th!

Love is in the air, and I don’t mean only for those who are in a relationship, married, or partnered. There are all kinds of ways to love and be loved. In fact, self-love is huge in my book. It’s the foundation for which we make room (in our lives, in our hearts) to allow in love from other people.

I am one who believes in the power of love. I believe in the power of giving and receiving kindness. I most certainly believe in the healing power of art.

So, let’s make some hand-painted and stenciled paper to use as the foundation for handmade valentines. Create them for yourself, for your friends, your neighbors, your family, etc. The world can always use a little more vibrant color, light, and love from you. Let’s begin.

Step 1:

Dribble paints on your watercolor paper. (I used a variety of pinks, reds, and white).

Step 2:

Spread paint with a wide brush. (Enjoy the wonderful colors that appear before your eyes!)

Step 3:

Place a stencil or two on the wet paint. Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to remove the paint through the stencil.

Step 4:

Continue using a variety of stencils, removing paint through the stencil.

TIP: If the paint is getting too dry, you can spritz plain water through the stencil, and then wipe away the paint.

Step 5:

Get out those spray inks and stencils!

TIP: For a crisper image, hold the spray ink further away from your paper.

(The closer you are, the wetter and more blurred the end result appears.

The image below shows too much spray ink, sprayed too close to the paper. It’s a learning process, and I am still learning. It’s okay if you are, too.)

TIP: After you’ve sprayed the ink over the stencil, use a paper towel roll to soak up the extra ink. (I learned this from Dina Wakley or Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.)

I had an absolute love affair with this Dylusions “Cherry Pie” Ink Spray. The color is just sooooooooooo delicious.

Step 6:

Add the Heart Chakra stencil in bright green.

Step 7:

Once your background paper has dried, use a heart template or paper punch to cut out your valentines.

Hand them out, mail them as a surprise, put them in your art journal, etc., etc. The possibilities go on and on! Be sure to save at least one for yourself.

I had a blast making this background paper. I am so grateful for artistcellar and other makers of quality art supplies. We need to play, enjoy color, and express ourselves. We need to give and receive love. If Valentine’s Day is hard for you, please be kind to yourself.

You are worthy. You are loveable, and you are loved.

May it be so.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello There!

Thank you for being here.

I want to share a few things with you today.

  • First, Mineral Paper is awesome!
  • Second, I adore the quality of the artistcellar stencils.
  • Third, here’s a letter that you may wish to read. It’s from the Divine Heart.

Supplies Used:

See the step-by-step photos below, and then move to the end to read the letter from the Divine Heart.

  1. Place mineral paper over a 12x12 stencil and rub with Derwent Inktense Blocks.

  1. Use a brush and a little water to blend as desired.

  1. Use Dina Wakley Media Acrylic and scrape with a card with the stencil still under the paper.

  1. Use a heat tool to speed up drying time.

TIP: Mineral paper is thin, and when it gets too hot, it begins to curl!

  1. Use the Sacred Hearts Series: Divine stencil and some Inka Gold paint.

Mine didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, but have no fear, more paint exists!

6. Apply Dylusions Blendable Acrylic with a cosmetic wedge.

7. Use a white Sharpie water-based paint pen to add highlights to the heart.

  1. Final touches were added to fill in some of the white space with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic paint.
  1. Write a letter that you most need to read, from the Divine Heart.

 Sending Blessings Out to You,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

This week I want to share with you what I created with the collage papers I created from my last blog post. Remember these?

Here's what I used:

One more thing before we start. I don't have any process photos (GASP! I know!). I was going along with the creative flow and didn't even realize until I was finished, dagnabbit. But, on the other hand, I do have 12 finished faces to show you!

My process is as follows: In my little Moleskine I pre-gessoed a bunch of pages so the page is ready to go when I am. I decided I wanted to fill this book with faces but before I draw the faces I add a few layers of color onto my page with paint and stencils. Using a foam wedge makeup sponges makes this process easy. While those layers dried I went in with my paint pen (black or white) and drew faces on a few of the pages. (Nope, no pencil first! Just go for it! To make it even more fun I used a continuous line on some of them.) For the other pages I cut face-like shapes from my homemade collage paper and glued them down with matte medium. To review: On some pages I drew a face directly on the stencil decorated background and on others I drew a face on top on collage paper that was cut to a face-like shape and then glued in the book.

Oh look! I do have a process shot! LUCKY!

This shows some stencil layers and collage paper cut to a face-like shape.

Now I just use my imagination and paint the faces fabulous colors remembering to use complementary colors to help make things POP! Don't layer your paint on too thick since you want the underlayer texture created by the stencils to still peek through.

I also add a layer of paint to the backgrounds in some places to make things interesting.

Final steps happen when all the paint is dry. I take my extra-fine black paint pen and trace over my drawing lines again. This smooths the edges of the features and lends it a finished look. I also take my 9xxb drawing pencil to create value and texture.

I'm in love! We'll see how many faces I create with this style/technique before I change it up. I already have plans to make even more of my own collage papers.

Happy creating!

Howdy Ya’ll,

I am going to let you know that I am feeling all the feels at the moment. One thing that seems to help me in this situation is to turn to the art journal for some color, writing, and feelings of relief.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Spray Inks for the background.

Use a roll of paper towels to soak up extra ink.

Step 2:

Choose a stencil and grab your Dylusions Blendable Acrylic paint, as well as a cosmetic wedge for application.

Step 3:

Apply paint through stencil.

Step 4:

Write some comforting words around the stencil image, using a Uni-Posca Paint Pen.

Steps 5 and 6:

Use a hand-carved stamp as a border for your page.

Use alphabet stamps to print a phrase for what you most need and want in this moment.

Step 7:

Take a picture of your page.

May this light and love reach you now.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com