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For my first post I had a lot of fun using the Sacred Geometry Series with Splash Ink on Mineral paper and I promised you I would save the papers for a future post and here it is!

The mineral paper was first painted with Splash Ink using a brayer. Once the paper was dry I removed color by laying the stencil down and lifting with a sponge. 

Magenta Splash Ink was applied by scrubbing with a stencil brush on the reverse side of the paper.

I lifted the color with a sponge over the Pocket Stencil Words around the edge of the paper. The inside of this area is a perfect place to write a love letter to a friend or yourself.

 

To make the letter fold start with the pattern side down and fold at an angle at the bottom of the paper.

Fold at an angle in the opposite direction and turn the paper over.

Fold the bottom edge up at the intersection of the last folds. 

Collapse the last folds into a triangle with two flaps on either side and flatten.

Turn the paper around and fold down the top edges to meet the triangle bottom.

Fold the right and left points down to the bottom.

Fold the left and right sides to the center. 

Fold the top right and left sides backwards. 

Fold the top layer bottom up .

Fold and tuck the corner into the pocket on the left side.

Fold and tuck the corner into the pocket on the right side. These last two folds are how the heart stays folded in place. To open the heart, just untuck these two points.

Your heart is complete! (Here is a PDF file diagramming the folds!)

The heart is meant to be opened.

I  applied black archival stamp pad ink with a stencil brush over the Seek stencil to finish the front.

Supplies:

Artistcellar Sacred Geometry Series Stencils

Pocket Stencil Words

Splash Ink, magenta and blue

Mineral Paper cut to 8 1/2” x 11”

stencil brush

sponge

When I started working on today’s project – the theme that kept coming up for me was "calm." I wanted to create calming artwork in a calming environment. For me, the way to begin is always lighting a bit of incense or white sage. Scent helps me start the calming process. Next, I grabbed the Sacred Geometry 2 stencils. When I look at them, I find them mesmerizing – and definitely calming!

This time, I decided to pick a color scheme before I started. Sometimes I do this so that I can work without having to worry much about what color goes with what, or what I should use where. Today, I’m going to use Titan Buff, Cobalt Teal, Magenta, Payne’s Grey, Dioxaxine Purple and of course – Fluorescent Pink!

I started with an Aquabord from Ampersand. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t gesso it, however, I had recently painted something on it that I didn’t like. So gesso first it is.

Next, I added a layer of Dye-Na-Flow in “Midnight Blue”. Before it dried, I also sprinkled some salt. 

Let it dry completely, then wipe the salt away. I think it leaves a cool texture to work with. 

Next up, I used Sacred Geometry 2 stencils with DecoArt Media Mister in “Purple”. I’m not worried about adding more layers on top of this because the mister dries permanently. 

 

Once that dried completely, I brought in some more white gesso so I could have a nice surface to draw on, but I wanted that gesso to melt into the painting so I let it drip. 



Next, I sketched and then painted it with the colors listed above. I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Golden High Flow. Then, I finished it off with white highlights with my Uniball Signo UM-153 pen. 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this process and that you have found your calm along the way.​

My brain is rapidly slowing down as SPRING BREAK approaches and I fear I will fall over as I teach Kinders the wonders of Still Lifes in the few days left before sweet freedom(!) and road trips(!!) arrive. Is that how you are feeling too, my fellow creatives? It is during these times where I need a simple project to rock my world and give my creativity a boost towards ACTUALLY MAKING THINGS. I explain all this to you to set the scene for a recent discovery of mine.

In my quest to use stencils in ways different from my usual, I stumbled upon an awesome texture technique that I am convinced someone has already discovered. Since I don't see it taking the crafty blogiverse by storm I must deduce that that someone lacked the proper publicity skillz to get this out into the world where it can grow and marry and make beautiful texture babies. 

Ahem.

So I will step forth and do what needs to be done. Listen carefully....

Grab your art journal, a brayer, some Dina Wakley acrylics, a paint palette, Golden Acrylic glazing liquid and some rad stencils. The ones I used here are Artistcellar's Sacred Geometry 2 and the Old World Maps Series.

Squeeze a little bit of paint and glazing liquid onto the palette and use your brayer to mix it up and smooth it out. When your brayer is evenly inked grab a stencil and carefully roll the brayer over it once or twice. Now, lay aside your stencil and roll your brayer onto a blank page in your art journal. 

TA-DAAAA!

With some of the ink transferring onto the stencil and off of the brayer it is like monoprinting where the brayer is your plate. HAVE I BLOWN YOUR MIND YET? 

And using a dark color onto a pre-painted surface is just divine. Check out this teal background with texture applied with Dina's Night acrylic paint rolled on with a brayer. YUM!

The results are random and depends on how many times you roll your brayer onto the stencil. Want a clear pattern? Only roll your brayer one revolution over your stencil. Want more "layers"? Roll a few times onto your stencil in two different places.

I am not sure if my excitement over this little texture tidbit is a result of my tired educator mind or the thrill of Spring in the air but I can assure you that it is fun and gives mad texture with very little effort. So, go ahead and try it out and let me know what you think. 

Go forth and create, my friends!

As many of you know, Lynn K is an Artistcellar Signature Series Designer of one of my favorite sets of stencils, the Marked Series.

Well, yesterday, September 9th was her birthday and she has a birthday wish to ask. No, she doesn't want cupcakes or presents or even coffee. She is asking for one simple thing, to help someone else rescue dogs and cats. Many of you also know artist Bernie Berlin of A Place to Bark. Well, Lynn's wish is to raise some funds for Bernie so she can continue with her selfless efforts to rescue animals. Lynn has personal reasons. Her little Pooch Carter was a rescue dog from A Place to Bark!

Lynn wrote a post about her story on her blog SMUDGED DESIGN STUDIO.

I know a lot of you are animal lovers and believe in rescuing dogs and giving them another chance at life. Bernie is the most selfless person I know who will do everything in her power to give animals a better life. But she can't do it by herself. She needs help with dog food, warm shelters, people help, and everything else that goes into a rescue that we never hear about. Let's keep Bernie's rescue running!

You can follow the links from Lynn's Blog Post or you can donate directly to A Place to Bark.  Artistcellar just donated, will you do the same? Any amount helps.

Happy Birthday Lynn! XOXO

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