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Hello fellow artists! 

My name is Kitty and this is my first post as an Artistcellar design team member!  So excited and honored to be a part of this awesome group.

Stencils are so useful and versatile, that I find them an essential tool in my craft room.  I love using them to create easy backgrounds and as templates for doodling.  Artistcellar has tons of amazing designs that are unique from most other 'cookie-cutter' stencils found on the mainstream sites. 

I used Sea Fan, from the Coral Series, to help create an interesting background for my 6x6 journal.

I used a couple different colors of green acrylic and a cheapo make-up sponge and stenciled in opposite directions for interest.  I then used the blunt end of the same sponge to creating interesting blobs (technical term!) in contrasting colors.

After adding a few splatters, I added some brightly colored stamped images as focal points and... VIOLA!  A bright, fun page with minimal effort. 

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today! I'll be posting more soon, and would love to see what YOU create, so tag me and lets share ideas!!!

Kitty

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the weather and the comfy clothes. I love the colors, the smells and the crunchy sounds of leaves. To celebrate the arrival of Autumn I felt inspired to create a fall themed craft. Here's what I used:

I began this creative adventure by gelli printing over a dozen sheets of deli paper with a set selection of paints colors and only two stencils. I wanted the papers to be cohesive so they would layer nicely when I collaged them onto the pumpkins.

To prepare the pumpkins I first applied a layer of gesso. When it dried I used a glue gun to "draw" lines and dots on the surface. 

Now to collage the paper onto the pumpkins! Tear the deli paper into smaller pieces to make it easier to apply to the curvy surface of the pumpkin. Paint your chosen collage medium onto the surface of the pumpkin, then apply the paper and finally paint more collage medium on top. I used a stiff brush that I could abuse because I wanted to really form the paper onto the textured surface. 

The final layer was the addition of a metallic paint (I used Dina Wakley Acrylics in Gilt and Penny). I think it really makes everything pop! 

The finished pumpkins make me so happy! The colors and textures created by the stencils are gorgeous. What Autumn themed artwork would you create?

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

Hello Wonderful People,

When your heart is heavy or broken, turning to art is proven to be useful. Today, I turn to an altered book I started years ago.

Step One: Find a dark magazine page, a piece of sandpaper, and an interesting stencil from artistcellar.

I am using “Sea Fan” from the Coral Series. (Pictured below)

Place the stencil under the magazine page and rub with the sandpaper until you see the design coming through.

Step Two: Choose an existing book to work in.

Step Three: Tear up your magazine page and glue it down on your page spread with matte medium.

Step Four: Add some marks and scribbles. I used a Carbon Black Lumber Crayon by Dixon.

Step Five: Choose another stencil by artistcellar, (Infra stencil from the Quasicrystal Series) and place it under your book pages. Use the Lumber Crayon to create texture.

Below is a close-up of the texture that comes from the stencil, as well as scribbling over slightly damp magazine page (from the fluid matte medium).

Step Six: Add some color using acrylic paints.

Step Seven: Add a contrasting color. Pictured below, I am using a Crayola Dry-Erase Crayon in orange.

Step Eight: Use a black pen and a white paint pen to add lettering. Pictured below, “Let us have vision for a new way in the new day.”

There you have it, eight easy steps for creative expression and tending to your heart.

Sending Many Blessings Out to You!

-Briana

PS I’d love for you to visit me at OrangeSpiralArts.com

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