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Hello Creative One! This is Briana from Orange Spiral Arts.

I have a question for you today. How do you feel about rubber stamps? Do you think that trend has come and gone?

Perhaps after this post, you will fall in love with your old rubber stamps all over again (if you aren’t there already).

This week, I visited my local thrift store, and I found a baggie of rubber stamps for a few dollars. I didn’t love all of the stamps in the bag, but there were two that I could not wait to try.

I decided to make a handmade greeting card, which is one of my favorite things to do.

First, I stamped the guy holding the coffee cup in the middle of the card. Next, I stamped stars all around him. Sometimes I’d stamp twice before re-inking, to give the background some variety. I used my go to stamp pad, black StazOn. (The Ranger Archival Ink Pad is also a great choice.)

As you can see, I’ve got my stencil at the ready. I love the irregular rays on this Sacred Hearts: Immaculate stencil from the Sacred Hearts Series stencils.

Using a ballpoint pen, I traced the rays around the guy holding the coffee cup. I also went around the stars, rather than putting a line through them.

Here’s what the scene on my table looks like so far. (Sometimes it’s nice to see a visual of the supplies used.)

Next, I used the colorful, water-soluble Caran D’Ache crayons to add some pop!

I started with oranges, yellow, and lime green.

Next I added light blue.

With a wet paintbrush, I pulled the color out from the center, to the edges of each ray.

I had tons of fun making this card.

TIP: If the card is buckling a little from the water, place a piece of wax paper over the art; then set a stack of books on the card to help it dry flat.

As you can see, rubber stamps are fun to play with. I especially like combining stamps and stencils together in my art journals or handmade greeting cards.

What are your favorite art supplies for stamping, printing, and stenciling? What do you like to use for adding color? We’d love to hear your preferences in the comments below!

For more art inspiration and ideas, you’re invited to visit Briana’s site at

Blessings to you! Happy creating!



Hi!!! I am so happy to be sharing here again! This week since there wasn't anything I had to stick with I decided would just do a regular old journal entry letting my creativity flow and to lay some feelings out there, it is so therapeutic to put things in a journal that you should believe, that is why I call this one "I'm Perfect" I know I have imperfections, but those imperfections are what make me uniquely me. I am the product of my perfectly imperfect family that I wouldn't trade for the world.

That is also how I view my art, I love the imperfection of my creations, it also removes the worry of what someone else will think of my art, I like it and it make me feel good to make it. So that is my advice, create, let it flow, allow your perfect imperfections to be seen. That is what art is about!

To create this journal page I used:

Dina Wakley paints (Because I LOVE how they layer) in:

  • Lime
  • Turquoise
  • Tangerine
  • Magenta
  • Lemon

Artistcellar 6x6 stencils(because I adore them all!) used:

HB Lead Pencil

White Sharpie Paint Markers

If you would like to watch my process here us the video I recorded while creating it!

Big Hugs and Mushy stuff!!!

Shana Banana

Lovelier than a thousand kisses,
Smoother than muscatel wine.
Coffee, I must have coffee,
And if anyone wants to give me a treat,
Ah! Just give me some coffee! - The Coffee Cantata J.S. Bach

Coffee. Or as we say where I come from, “cawffee” is more than just a morning ritual. Its intoxicating scent eases you into the start of the day. Rich and bold, it is a relaxing conclusion to the evening. It warms you up on a cold day or cools you down in a variety of disguises from iced to ice cream. It’s an excuse to meet and share time with friends. No matter how or where it is served, I love it!

Working on my next collage using the wonderful Halftone Dots stencils I moved on to my next new love: Mineral Paper. Sleek and smooth, made from rocks, I couldn’t wait to try it out with a variety of media. It took the acrylic paint I stenciled on like a dream. No buckling or wrinkling. I was left with a wonderfully smooth, flat surface.

But would the mineral paper hold up to something a more liquid? I reached for my ever present cup of coffee. I covered the sheet with a general wash. While drying, I sprinkled on both wet grounds and instant granules. The page performed just as described by the Yasutomo Company. No bending. No warping. Just a flat surface – as pristine as when removed from the pack.

I loved the way the paper responds to wet media, but I wanted to try just one more effect. When dry I spritzed the sheet in several areas with my spray water bottle. The mottled look was just what I was after. Again, when dry the Mineral Paper remained flat, smooth and ready to be scanned.

Of late I’ve been in a ‘50’s kind of mindset. I decided to add the image of the surprised woman. But what could she be thinking? Did she just make a fantastic discovery? Of course! It has to be the best things in life.  And what could be better than a reassuring rotation of Art, Sleep and our Daily Brew? Who wants to join me?


  • Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series Stencils
  • Hand cut stencils
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Mineral Paper
  • Coffee, Lots of Coffee: Brewed and Instant
  • Vintage Image
  • Drawing paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Acrylic paint: Teal, Amethyst, Plum, Soft Gold, Berry, Worn Penny
  • Reeves Metallic Gold, Rose Red, Copper, Silver

Greetings Creative Ones! Let’s face it, stencils are a great way to overcome the fear of the “blank canvas” and faces are especially intimidating to create. I love the Jane Davenport faces I received in the mail the other day and thought it would be fun to play with them without a plan in mind and letting myself play. I enjoy creating this way, without expectations or a goal.

Today, I used the ASC061 "Coy" stencil and applied a light dusting of stamp pad ink over the stencil using a makeup sponge onto watercolor paper to bring out the subtle details of the stencil.

I used a pencil to finish the outline and painted with bold colors using transparent watercolors.

Opaque watercolors may come out muddy so choose your colors carefully. Make a handmade color chart of your watercolors to determine the color and transparency. Apply a band of black ink at the bottom area of the paper and brush the color over it. If you see color on the black after it dries, then it is not transparent. Some colors leave a sediment on the black and those are considered semi-transparent or semi opaque. I use those colors only when I need a pop of that color and I avoid mixing them with other colors.

Keep painting until you get the brilliance and detail you desire. For this painting, I wanted to keep the colors bold and juicy. I love watercolor because of the unpredictability of the results.

I used a Micron pen to draw the lines and doodles to bring out details of the face. This is where I can get really crazy with doodling and I may go back to this painting and doodle on it some more!

I filled in details with more watercolor and used a white opaque pen to create highlights. There are many white pens on the market but I have found the Posca Extra Fine white parker to be the most opaque and it dries permanent and waterproof which allows for over painting.


  • Artistcellar ACS061 stencil
  • Ranger Violet stamp pad
  • makeup sponge
  • Mission Gold watercolors
  • Micron pen
  • Uni Ball Posca opaque white paint pen .7mm

I wanted to show you a quick, fun way to customize your phone case. Of course, we're using Artistcellar Stencils and gelli prints. When my Dr Who Phone case started to fall apart, I went back to my old, clear case. After a Tardis phone case (way cool!) this plain clear case was boring me to death. So... I decided to spruce it up. 

You have to very carefully make a template first. The inside of the case is slightly smaller than the outside, but you can trace the outside and when you cut it out, cut it about 1/8"-1/16" smaller all around. Fit it and trim it as needed. Better to trim very slowly, because you can always cut more, but can't put it back. Get it so it's nice and snug. 

Now you can find some cool paper to use. I suggest regular weight paper as opposed to a cardstock thickness. My first attempt was with cardstock and my phone case didn't fit as well, I lost that bumper edge. First priority is protecting the phone! I have 9875429 gelli print papers laying around from when I play with new stencils, and it was really hard to choose, but I just picked this one made from the Seed of Life Stencil from the Sacred Geometry 2 Series.

Audition your template and find a nice design to focus on. Once you have the outside shape cut out, put it in the clear case. Now you can trace around your camera cut out, while it is in the case. You want to make sure that you are cutting the opening on the correct side of the paper. (Ask me how I know this. ie. second attempt ) To cut the inside opening, I used a very sharp Xacto blade on a self healing mat. 

Some cases have a huge opening for the camera, some have a smaller opening. Mine had a large opening, and my phone has that pink stripe below the camera. I wanted to make the opening in the printed paper as small as possible so the original phone color couldn't be seen. If you look close enough, you can see that I missed the mark a little bit, but the next one I make will be slightly smaller. I made this in about ten minutes, and that's my excuse. 

I think it looks fabulous! And it's so easy to make, you can make one to match every outfit. Clear cases on Amazon run between $6 - $20 but think of the versatility!


If you make your own phone case like this, I want to see it! Have fun! 

Hello again!

I am really excited to be starting a new art journal today. I grabbed the small Dylusions journal and I've been wanting to decorate the inside cover.

When I saw the new Artistcellar Halftone Dot stencils, I knew I just had to use them in a fun and whimsical way! I started with a cosmetic sponge and  Dylusions paint in "London Blue" and I just covered the page. Then, I used the Halftone Dots: Shadow with Dylusions paint in "Vibrant Turquoise".

Once the paint was dry (it doesn't take long at ALL) I used a Halftone Dots: Midtone 2 with a palette knife and some black modeling paste. When the modeling paste dries, it stays raised up from the surface and provides the most amazing texture. 

I finished off with another Halftone Dots stencil, this time it was "Highlight"... with a cosmetic sponge and Dylusions paint in "Crushed Grape".

The cosmetic sponge really works beautifully with the stencil. 

Next, I tore out some illustrations from an old book, and used clear gesso to "glue" them to the journal. Once dry, I gave them a coat of Distress Stain in Walnut, and some gloss varnish. I really wanted it to be shiny, but if that isn't your thing, just go for a matte. 

I finished off with a black DecoArt Media Mister, some lace collage, ice stickles glitter glue and.... drippage! 

Overall, I love the fun and whimsical look of the dots not being perfectly round -- and I really loved how the stencils stacked and worked together. 

Now I really want to see what you can do with them. Wanna win a set? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think! We will pick a winner on May 11th and make contact through e-mail. Oh, and don't worry... if you already bought a set of Halftone Dots stencils you will get to pick another stencil series of your choice from Artistcellar.

Good luck!


One of my favorite things to use in my art are repeated elements.  Such an easy way to create rhythm, continuity and texture. One of my favorite elements are dots, circles, round things. Dots as texture is just yummy and is a simple way to add a bit of interest to anything you are creating. When I am stumped as to what I should add next? Dots. When I need a little texture? Dots. I have bubble wrap, sequin waste and other recycled packaging that I use to create dots. Recently I got my paws on the new Halftone Dots stencil I admit I squealed a teeny bit. Oh man, these stencils are a game changer. They are great on their own and even better layered one on top of the other. They don't quite line up which ends up being divine and they are not perfect circle dots which makes them oh so interesting to look at. Have I convinced you yet? Read to the end as there is a GIVEAWAY you need to be a part of!

For this weeks project I pulled out an abandoned canvas (please please please tell me you have those too!!) with a textured red background. Hmmm, what should I add next? Yep, you guessed it, DOTS. Keep reading and let me take you on a journey of my artistic process with oodles of pictures.

Supplies used:

Let's get started!

I applied two layers of acrylic paint with the two larger dots stencils (with a make-up sponge) and let the paint dry a smidge between layers.

I tore a sheet of dictionary page to create a landscape and attached it with gel medium. Using Dina's Night color I glazed the edges of the canvas to add depth.

The next layer is white paint and the next size down of the Halftone dots. I also added a green wash to the dictionary page landscape.

At this point I decide to put the focus of the composition in the sky. To define this focal point I used white paint to create a circle and tried out some metallic paint for contrast. 

I decided three angels would occupy the space and cut out dresses from more dictionary paper and heads from thin chipboard. I glued the dresses down with soft gel medium and added a wash of white to them. To the heads I started adding paint for the faces.

I ended up using alcohol to rub off a few layers of paint in the circle area and liked it better that way. I sketched in the arms, wings and faces of the three lovely ladies. I also added yellow around the circle area too.

I thought I would create their faces on chipboard and then attach them but scratched the idea and went ahead and painted them directly on the canvas. The following pictures show the evolution of the characters with their faces, arms, wings and crowns.

To further define the focal point I added a raw umber glaze to the outside of the circle. As a finishing touch for the angels I added gold leafing. 

So there you have it! I have a few finishing touches I want to add but am going to let it sit for a day or two to let it simmer. For sure I will be adding another layer to the outside of the circle with the smallest dots stencil to add more (you got it) rhythm, continuity and texture.

I'll be sure to share the final result on my blog so keep in touch!

And now for the GIVEAWAY! Each of us on the Design Team has the opportunity to give away one set of the Halftone Dots to one lucky person who leaves a comment. So, leave me some love in the comment section and maybe you'll walk away with these fabulous stencils. Hooray! (ahem, be sure to comment on my fellow designers' posts as well for 5 more chances to win!)


Woot Woot! These NEW Halftone Dots Series stencils are soooooo great!

This is Briana from I am currently teaching a class called, “What Is Art Journaling?” through my local Adult Community Education program. Last week we were talking about using stencils in the art journal, and guess what? I brought the NEW Halftone Dots Series stencils along to let my students be the first to try them! The Halftone Dots Series stencils are now student tested and approved by beginning adult art journalers! Yay!

Going along with the art journal theme, I created a silly page spread to share with you today.

I have a question for ya’ll. Are there any pickle lovers reading this? What’s your favorite kind? Do you like sour dill? Kosher half-sour? Sweet pickles? Or maybe hot pickles are your preference?

No matter what kind of pickles you prefer, you just might want to save the label from the next empty pickle jar at your house. (Soak the glass jar in hot soapy water to help release the label’s glue.) You, too, can make some pickle pages in your beloved art journal with a few easy steps and art supplies!

First you’ll want to gather the following supplies:

Since I have already been kind of “chatty”, I am going to post the stepped out photos below.

Step 1: Spray Ink over Halftone Dots Series stencils

Step 2: Scrape acrylic paint over part of your spray inked and stenciled pages.

Step 3: Use Matte Medium to glue down your pickle label.

Step 4: Use a Giant Bamboo Brush Pen and Dye-na-flow to do some journaling about pickles.

I wrote, “I like pickles, yes, I do. I like pickles, how about you? Do you like ‘em sweet, or somewhere in between? I prefer them sour, but that’s just me!”

Step 5: Do some hand lettering about pickles with a Sharpie.

Step 6: Use yellow Dye-na-flow to fill in around some of the main shapes. Use a Uni Posca Paint Marker to color in and around some of your lettering.

I hope you enjoyed this “pickle pages” art journaling tutorial! Be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to WIN a set of Halftone Dots Series stencils! Writing your favorite kind of pickle with your comment is extra credit!

Have an amazing day!


YES!!! It's finally my turn to share! I was psyched when I saw these Halftone Dots stencils! They are so "perfectly imperfect"! As you can see I have been playing with them quite a bit and have already stained them from use.

But because of the pliability and strength of the Artistcellar stencils I am able to use a toothbrush to make sure the stenciled image stay clear, thank you for an awesome product!

The top 3 things I love about this stencil set?

  1. I love how the dots are not perfectly round,
  2. the way you can use them by 'stacking color' if you choose and
  3. the 4 different dot sizes are perfect!

Ok here is the fun! I wanted to try these a few different ways with different mediums and substrates.

The 1st thing I did of course is grab one of my Art Journals, this one is my Strathmore mixed media paper journal painted with my Dina Wakley Heavy body paints and a black DecoArt paint.

I used the stencils to create the background using random placement of the stencil.

I then went on to create my fairy face using the Dina Wakley paints layering thin layers of color so the background still ghosts through.

And some journaling to release a bit of stress.

The 2nd item I created, I used the Mineral paper that I love with watercolors to create a piece inspired by the Wizard of Oz.

I can totally see using these stencils again for a flowery field or even trees, it was so easy to use the watercolor bleed under technique (refer to my last blog post) to create such wonderful depth and color variation. I probably did 4-5 layers of stenciled color letting each layer dry before applying the next, and because I used the mineral paper, I was able to soften the lines easily with a damp brush.

I can't wait to play with these on the mineral paper some more, my brain gears are grinding!!!

The last item I decided to make is a small wall hanging for my bathroom wall, the substrate is pressed particle board from a  repurposed sign I had laying about. For paint I used DecoArt chalky finish paint, Matte Medium, watercolors and scrapbook paper.

I used the stencil this time in more of a pattern instead of being purposely random.

The finished piece is such a jumble of pattern and color it makes you read it, I love it!

So that is how I have played with this set so far, does it make you want them? if it does, go order some, or you could try to win a set by commenting below! That's right! Just give us a comment let us know what you think! Is your mind racing at how you could use them? Tell us!! The winner will be chosen on May 11th so cross your fingers!!

And don't forget to check out the other gals posts! 

P.S. there will be videos for the above projects so keep an eye out over at my YouTube channel!

Big Hugs and Mushy stuff!!!



Receiving the large parcel containing the new Artistcellar Halftone Dots stencils and Yasutomo Mineral Paper was a sweet homecoming. From art school to the present, my life has been all about printing. The passion I felt in the printmaking studio for etching and lithography effortlessly gave way to screen printing, and then segued into the digital field of publication printing and advertising. Forever chasing perfect registration, the dots are friends who at times can be mischievous, but never dull, dancing on a variety of papers like moonbeams slipping across silk.

For someone who loves paper as much as I do, the Mineral Paper was certainly a delight. Made from rocks, it has a beautifully smooth texture. Wet or dry media are equally at home on the brilliant white surface.

It's also no secret that I adore vintage images. From the 1880's through to Mid-Century modern, the photos are the stuff of dreams for a collage artist. Who are the people in the photos? What were their lives like? What is their story?

My Muse prompted me to use a photo I have been saving for just the right project. The woman in her blue suit, white hat, and bouquet of flowers radiated the Mad Med era which I though a perfect framework for the new stencils. I couldn't help but imagine her world. Could she be a Mad Woman? What was it like to be in advertising in the 1960's? Was she waiting to start a conversation? Or was she the person to change it?

I set out to work with ink, watercolour, and acrylic paints. Below you will see just a few of my combinations using the paints with a brush, a sponge, and my fingers.

The Mineral Paper performed perfectly. The smooth surface enhanced the stenciling. I normally work on a very heavy paper or illustration board. The Mineral Paper will now be my go-to substrate. I love it! When dry, it was as flat as when I started and my colours just as vibrant. It made scanning so much easier. I finished the piece "Five O'clock World" as a digital file. Finding inspiration in the Op Art of the era, I layered my stencils to fit neatly within the clouds surrounding the woman.

Are you captivated by circles and dots? The Halftone Dots Series can be used in so many ways... conventionally and digitally. And the Mineral Paper is the perfect compliment. In collage or journaling the pairing is a perfect match that will easily allow you to express your thoughts.

After all, you can be the one to change the conversation.

You can also be the one to win a set of Halftone Dots stencils, just by leaving a comment! A random lucky winner will be picked May 11th. If you can't wait and want a set of these Halftone Dots stencils NOW... you can substitute any other set of Artistcellar stencils if you win. Also check out the rest of the design teams post, every one of us is giving away a free set!


  • Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series Stencils
  • Mineral Paper
  • Illustration Board
  • Drawing paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Acrylic paint: Teal, Champagne Gold, Amethyst
  • Reeves Metallic Gold, Rose Red
  • Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic: Moon Violet, Galactic Blue, Velvet Violet
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint: Ultramarine, Violet, Cobalt
  • Natural Sponge
  • Calligraphy Brush
  • Fingers