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“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” - Les Brown

Looking through my collection of postcards I was inspired by one that I feel epitomizes the lazy days of summer and the relaxed company of friends. In the early part of the 20th Century, real photo postcards were an inexpensive way to capture and share an event. I guess you could say it was an early form of social media. So it’s no surprise that many beach goers commemorated their holidays by languorously posing on a paper moon. And lucky for us, the photographic quality was so good that many are still in wonderful condition.

I started the project by laser photocopying a card with two girls relaxing on the Moon. This copy produced the image transfer. I’ve really been having fun with them. And it is also nice to see what works and what doesn’t. Fortunately the image transferred well on to the paper.

My stencil choice was from the Arabian Nights Series. Star & Cross filled my illustration board. It was the perfect background on which to build the collage. After attaching the transfer I was ready to create using homemade washi tape. It’s so easy and fun to produce. I put down strips of surgical tape on to wax paper and either stencil, or just clean my stencils on the tape. I keep the tape at hand and keep adding images every time I work. It’s so nice to see how the shapes and colours complement each other. Once dried you can tear just the right amount you need to add to your art. It was fun layering the tape and giving the finished collage the atmosphere of a seaside boardwalk…colour and controlled chaos.

So, hats off to summer! Hope your warm weather journeys have you over the moon and unfurling experiences like a carpet of stars.

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Hello beautiful souls,

Sometimes you just need some new clothes because you are tired of the same old stuff, that and you have not found a style out there like something you could make yourself. I bought this t-shirt with the intention to paint on it for Christian and finally got to it. I started out with the star and cross stencil for my glow-in-the-dark layer.  I will admit this is the HARDEST layer to see since it's almost transparent. I did 2 layers of fabric paints to make sure I had a nice solid glowing layer. I checked my progress with a black light to make sure I didn't have a week blurry looking layer.  I also botched getting the design even an I didn't end on the box shape of the stencil so I have one extra line on the right side of the shirt (Oops!). I also had to repeat the stencil 3 times to make the back design to finish the block shape.

Next I used the Metatron's cube stencil with black paint since it's the central design for the shirt.

I used tape to secure the stencil and keep it from shifting as I worked. I wanted to accent some more symbols on the shirt so I chose the pocket chakra stencils. I laid out a few designs to see how I wanted to use the chakras and decided I wanted the root chakra in the center of the cube.

Here is the finished shirt design.

I wish I could have gotten a better photo of how awesome the shirt glows, but you can kind of get the idea here.

How do you keep your wardrobe exciting by making art?

Love, light, and creativity,

xoxo Genea

Hello beautiful souls,

I am so excited about this post since I have been on such a roll with art since my new 4x6 pieces I did for first Friday.  I started out working on this piece from a 4x6 piece I used to save some of my dylusions ink sprays from the back side of my stencil. There was so much ink that would be wasted so I used some 4x6 pieces of watercolor paper I had to pick up the excess inks. I used to kind of not like this stuff because it does pick up the back layer when you try to paint over it, but when I did these next pieces it really was just perfect and now I kind of want ALL of the dylusion ink sprays, lol.  

Here are the 4x6's I used as a base with the Buddha eyes stencil.

I used the dylusions "ground coffee". I started out by filling in some of the white spots with water colors using a dabbing motion to softly add color. I used 3 different purples and then topped them with 3 purple distress inks and the flower of life stencil.  After that I did some drips down the piece using water from my paint brush rinse jar. As you can see the drips and layers of stencils look awesome already!

Next I used the celestial stencil from the Arabian Nights series with some white ink to create some ghostly layers. Now to brighten up those eyes with some aqua blue.

Then to finish it off I added all of the fine details with some metallic gold paint penned in the pupils of the eyes, the swirl in the middle of the face and on the forehead. I added a few drips of gold since my gold pen leaked when I was outlining some details. Oops! This is mixed-media art so we just call that a "happy little accident" and add things to make it look like it was intended. I finished off the design with a few doodles in black.

Here is the finished piece.

I was so freaking excited with this piece! I just love all of the layers and details. I love how the ink, distress inks, and water colors have such pretty translucent layers. I was so excited about the 4x6 I just HAD to try making a shrink plastic pendant to match!

Here is the pendant before I shrunk it down. I love that you can get a feel for the layers in such a small piece. The piece is about 2.5" before it shrinks down to about 28mm.

Here is how it looks tiny size. So awesome! I even turned it into a necklace and took these necklaces with me to first Friday.

You can see it here with its other friends.

I also made another 4x6 with the other print I had, but I  decided to make this one more masculine feeling. I used reds, oranges, yellows, golds, and blacks with a white ghost layer and the star & cross stencil since it was chunkier.

I am really in love with this one too!

I can't wait to show you what I have in store for my next post. There are just so many elements to the design it needs its own post.

Do your one of a kind designs turn into a series?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello Art Makers,

I hope this post finds you well. I’d like to share a secret about myself. I feel like I rarely finish a piece of art to a stage of completion. Some of that is because I create for the process of it, rather than the product. I am an expressive artist, not a fine artist. However, I do want to create a finished piece here and there. Can any of you relate to this dilemma?

To push myself a little, I decided to take a random piece of pre-painted deli paper to see if I could turn it into a more completed art journal page.

First, I chose the amazing “Star and Cross” artistcellar stencil from the Arabian Nights set. Next, I chose a paint color that inspired me. It was the Dylusions Blendable Acrylic in “Bubblegum Pink.”

When I opened the container, the paint was much soupier than I had expected. I nearly dumped it all over the place. A word of CAUTION, “Be careful when you open your paint!” I know from watching Julie Fei-Fan Balzer videos that the trick to getting a lovely stencil print is to dab off a bunch of paint before applying it to the stencil. I was feeling a little rebellious though, so some of the soupy paint snuck underneath. Am I crushed by this? Nah. It’s no big deal. Sometimes being messy with your art is quite fun!

TA DA! I love this hot pink on top of the gray-green and yellow.

Now, comes the part of turning painted paper into something else, like an art journal page.

I grabbed my Strathmore Visual Journal, a paint scraper, and some Apple Barrel acrylic paint in two shades of green.

Once the green paint was on and sort of dry, I reached for the good ol’ Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish. I tore strips of the pre-painted and stenciled deli paper and set them in place on my journal page.

I put medium under each strip, one at a time, and also spread the excess on top of the deli paper strips. I used the paint scraper to remove the air bubbles. I also chose to wrap the strips around the top and bottom edges of the page, so there is a bit visible when you flip to the next page in the journal.

I recently purchased an alphabet stamp set designed by Everything Art, put out by PaperArtsy.

I was eager to try these stamps, but felt a little confused by the packaging. The letters were all connected by a tab, and also had a sticky side. Guess what? It wasn’t that hard to figure it out once I just dove in and tried something. I snipped the letters apart and found the taps actually quite useful for placement on the page, as well as when I went to put the stamps back on the packaging. (The gray part is somewhat sticky, and that’s what keeps the stamps in place on the glossy paper packaging).

Since I’ve been feeling overwhelmed a lot lately, I decided to put the calming word, “Breathe” on my art journal page.

Now, when I flip through this journal and come across this page, I may pause and breathe.

May you also pause to breathe.

Did you know there are entire programs just on re-teaching adults how to breathe? It’s true! Anyway, thank you for witnessing my creative process. I hope you learned something or felt inspired to try something new!

And remember . . . .

Blessings and Peace to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com