Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
Right now I'm gearing up for a show in December so I'm in the phase of hoarding ALL THE ART.
Because of this, I'm painting primarily on canvas nowadays. (Though I miss my art journal so!)
So today I'm working on an 8 x 8 wood canvas. Wood canvases are my FAVORITE for working with any kind of mixed media or just acrylic paint.
I started with a layer of clear gesso to prime the surface. Then, I picked out colors that I love in acrylic paint and started adding color randomly to the canvas. Since I picked out the colors beforehand, I know I'm going to love everything I put down and I can work intuitively and not have to put as much thought into it. This spur of the moment creativity is my favorite.
In-between layers I dried it with my heat gun. For a bubbly, grungy effect I also purposely had the heat gun too hot and too close to the surface.
Along with acrylics, I'm also mixing in acrylic mists and letting them drip.
Next, I used an Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil with DecoArt Media Mister, and when that dried I painted in some of the gold leaf adhesive. After about 15 minutes the adhesive went from a milky color to clear and I was able to do the gold leafing!
Gold leafing is a bit scary for me because I'm not used to it and it's really different for me but I love the experimentation of new supplies.
What is a supply that is scary for you? I challenge you to incorporate it into your work this week!
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!)
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 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,
This week I'm creating a different type of project -- OUTSIDE OF THE JOURNAL!
Many of you already know I created an oracle deck called Dear Heart Oracle. My deck has been sitting in a white jewelry-style cardboard box. It works perfectly -- but it needed some bling.
First, I reached for the Dina Wakely heavy body acrylic. I love this paint! It's so pigmented that it doesn't require multiple coats. First, I did a layer of "Ocean" on the bottom of the box. Then, I used a paper towel as a sponge to add a bit of "Turquoise" on the box.
For the top of the box, I used Dina Wakely's "Blackberry Violet" with "Ocean". Then for some extra texture and bling I used the Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil "Seed of Life" with Golden Glass Bead Gel.
The Glass Bead gel has tiny beads of glass so it will be super sparkly!
To finish it off, I used E6000 glue with a plaster of paris mold of a doll head, that I painted with Art Alchemy Opal Magic Blue/Pink paint.
Does the outside of the box make you want to open it to see the magic inside?!
Good Day Artistcellar Folks,
I have an art journal spread to share with you that I’ve also turned into a FREE PRINTABLE POSTER! Who doesn’t like free art, right?
So, here’s the step-by-step process, and at the end you’ll find the 8” x 10” printable poster. Enjoy!
SUPPLIES USED: Dina Wakley acrylic paints; Sacred Geo 2: Seeds of Life stencil; Sacred Geometry: Sri Yantra stencil; Virtues Words Pocket Stencils: Grace, Hope; Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media 9” x 12”
Step 1:Gather your paints, art journal, and stencils. Also grab a cosmetic wedge, a paint palette, and a paint scraper.
Apply two paint colors and scrape them across your journal page.
With a new color of paint, use the cosmetic wedge to dab paint through the Seeds of Life stencil in two places on your page.
Use a fourth color of paint and apply it with your finger around the edges of the stencil shapes. Consider drawing into the wet paint with the end of a paintbrush or toothpick.
Use the Sri Yantra stencil with white paint and a cosmetic wedge.
Add two of your favorite Virtues Words stencils.
Simple. Meaningful. Powerful.
And now for your printable poster!!
Hello! In my neck of the woods the weather has really been warming up! This weekend I was even able to start a small garden. I decided that I also wanted to make something fun to hang outside that could clink and clang around in the garden.
I came across a wine bottle that was a gift from my husband's and my wedding. Then, I did a little bit of research online to figure out how to cut the bottom off of the bottle. First, I used a glass cutter and made a line all around the bottom of the bottle. Then, I lit a candle and took the flame to it. I alternated between candle flame and cold water until the bottom just fell off. Lastly, I sanded down the edges so that it wouldn’t be sharp.
Next, I gathered up a bunch of “stuff”… a plastic skeleton from Halloween, wooden thread spools, some old jewelry items and a vinyl record and I took them all outside and started painting!
I used Dina Wakley Heavy Body acrylic paint in turquoise and tangerine and also Art Alchemy acrylic paint in Wild Fuchsia and Emerald Green to paint over some of my embellishments. Once dry, I went over them with some Stickles glue because GLITTER!
I used a Sacred Geometry 2 stencil “Seed of Life” with DecoArt Media Mister and Stickles glue to add interest to the vinyl record. Then I went over it with a layer of DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.
Once everything was dry, I assembled it all with hemp string and Voila! Your very own funky outdoor decor!