Artistcellar Blog

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"What seems ordinary is often extraordinary; it's all perspective." 

Hi there friends,

My name is Susanne Rector. I’m new to the Artistcellar Design Team and am super happy to be on this one! 

Originally from Germany, I’ve been living in the Los Angeles area for the past 30 years. I consider myself a multi-media artist, loving to art-journal. Art journaling to me is a great way to release some ‘penned-up’ creativity. It’s a fun way to start a little project, which doesn’t ‘have to be’ anything!

So, with that in mind, I sat down one afternoon and opened my art journal. 

I was at my new Tiny House Trailer, which I’m restoring right now. So I don’t have a lot of art materials there. Looking through what I have available, I pick a few things:

An assortment of brushes, a small travel pallet of watercolors and a few NeoColor II water-soluble crayons. Of course I’ll have some water.

Staring at that white page - we all know how that sometimes goes - nothing inspiring comes to mind … YET! So, let’s just make a background and see where it will lead us. I’m choosing to use the neocolors and scribble with them all over the page.

To soften the background scribbles and give me some ‘tooth’ for the next layer, I use white Gesso to activate the neocolor crayons.

I feel like intensifying the background and using my watercolor, staying in the same color space, I add more color and let it dry.

I have these wonderful stencils from Artistcellar which feel really inspiring right now. These are the 6x6 Water Series stencils.

Using some acrylic paint and the stencils, I added some loose texture to the background.

Having some texture on my page, I now look for some collage items in a magazine I have. I come up with a few I like. 

I especially like the girl with the blowing skirt and the mirror image of her - that feels like it wants to be on that page.

I position her and affix her with Matte Medium and let everything dry.

Next I use the Sea Foam stencil again. This time I add some dimensionally with some Modeling Paste or Texture Medium, which I apply through the stencil.

And letting all that dry again.

Time to do a little painting. Here are the colors I have available, so I’ll use them. 

My paint process is simple - I follow the light and dark shades as outlines in the collage.

I add some dry-brushed paint to the texture medium as well.

And find some words that feel right for the page. I have a Tim Holtz words collection sticker pad available to me, so I choose some from there.

And there you have it - a lovely afternoon practice of Art Journaling.

XOXO Susanne

 

 

 

I just returned from a wonderful trip in northern Minnesota. For those of you in the Midwest, I went “up north.”

It was a sister weekend. I think this is the first time I’ve spent four days with my sister since we were children! And we had a blast!

The fall leaves are changing colors all around the state. Imagine the reds, oranges, and bright yellows against a blue sky. It’s breathtaking!

For this artistcellar post, I felt like making a little project.  I am decorating a file folder to collect nature photos, ephemera, and/or leaves! I am feeling very inspired by nature’s beauty upon returning home from up north.

Supplies Used:

Steps 1 & 2:

Apply Inka Gold through the Surf stencil over part of the open file folder. Fill in the rest of the stencil with white acrylic paint, using a cosmetic wedge.

TIP: To continue the water pattern, I flipped the stencil over and kept dabbing white paint through it!

Steps 3 & 4:

Print some nature photos on 8.5 x 11 inch copy paper. Cut out sections that please you. Glue them to the front and back of your file folder.

Step 5:

Hand-cut some letters to glue on your folder.

Place the letters before gluing to see what you think.

Step 6:

Add a layer of Dylusions paint to make your hand-cut letters pop!

Step 7:

TIP: Place and glue the first and last letter of your word. Layout the remaining letters to get the spacing visually pleasing.

TIP: Use an old catalog or junk mail as a place to do your gluing.

Step 8:

Enjoy your hand-decorated folder to collect nature photos, leaves, or related ephemera.

May you find some peace, quite, and solace in nature sometime soon.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello my Lovely little squish monkeys! What is a squish monkey? I have no clue, but doesn't it sound cute? Lol!

Guess what I get to do this weekend?! I get to meet the wonderful Lisa! I will be doing demos using the soon to be released stencils and old favorites for Art Unraveled here in Phoenix! I am so lucky! if you're around come and say hi!

Okay, so for today I planned on spending wonderfully laborious hours creating a journal page, I was very excited to get started using one of my favorite Stencils from the Water Series, Surf. But alas, the stencil made the page come together so quickly and too my liking that I spent only about 30 minutes creating the page!

I love how the page turned out and it is a perfect soothing page to be the 1st page to look at in my journal.

The page was very easy to do the 1st step was to grab my Adirondack spray, I held the stencil about an inch away from the page and sprayed the page. This creates the nice misty loose shape.

I then went in with the same spray and stencil and just used it on the bottom  of the page so that the detail of the stencil really showed.

I originally chose to use the Adirondack spray because I thought it wouldn't reactivate with water, but I was wrong. It actually worked in my favor though! I grabbed my Dina Wakley paint in Lapis and finger painted the upper half of the page, creating and uneven layer of paint, the color ended up being full of depth because the paint reactivated the spray.

I then went in white and created clouds in my sky and used the lapis and white in the water and created this wonderful page that is complete on its own, I am so happy with the simplicity of this page!

Thank you Artistcellar for this awesome stencil!

Big hugs and Mushy stuff!! 

- Shana Banana

If you would like to watch the video of my process check out my video below!

"Simply Art" Art Journal Tutorial featuring Artiscellar stencil

Today I want to introduce you to our guest blogger Susan Purney Mark. Susan is a quilter, stitcher and artist who also owns Fabric Imagery in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada. She loves playing with color, pattern, and texture on fabrics and does this with various surface design techniques such as screen printing, stenciling, stamping, painting and dyeing. I was honored when she agreed to be a guest blogger, I couldn't wait to see what she did with Artistcellar stencils! 

When Lisa asked me to write a guest blog for her and sent me a package of Artist Cellar stencils, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Last fall my husband and I traveled to Ephesus in Turkey and spent a wonderful day exploring all the ruins and soaking in the culture and history. It has become a magical place for me, full of mystery and wonder. The sort of place where you want the walls to talk and tell you of the 2,000 years of history that they have seen.

I took dozens and dozens of photos, knowing that there would be inspiration for years to come to create art quilts inspired by the sights that day. I’ve been working with improvisational piecing in my work with random strips of fabric, sewn and cut, then sewn and cut again, letting the design evolve and change as I work with layout and composition. I love this way of working, I find it both exciting and challenging as I try to let the work tell me what it should become within a loose framework of my ideas. My fabrics are hand dyed, screen printed and sometimes coloured during the sewing and piecing phase.

I made a small sample to test some ideas of what might evolve, this piece was whole cloth, screen printed and free motion stitched. In a small corner of the work, I used Shiva sticks and part of the Paris stencil (Cathedral series) and gently worked in colour to give the illusion of what the ruin might have contained. Though perhaps it’s a flying leap from an Ephesian ruin to a Paris Cathedral image… but that’s art!

I think it turned out very well. I’m going to add some more colour in the stone work and then mount this piece on canvas board.

When I teach, some of my workshops require students to have a print table to pin the fabric on and make it stationary. I’ve produced a short video that may like to see about an easy way to make your own print table: https://vimeo.com/118942877 I think you’ll find a print table to be an indispensable item in your studio.

Next, I decided to roller print with textile paint through the surf stencil and Paris stencil and have prepared a sheet of Plexiglas and covered it with a piece of Glad Press and Seal, that way when I’m finished I can remove the Press and Seal and throw it away without having to wash the Plexiglas. There are two colours of paint and I’ve rolled through it a couple of times to get it soaked into the sponge roller.

Generally when I work, I will attempt to give suggestions of images rather than the full stencil, so the pieces I created for this post will be cut up and inserted in some part of the larger quilt. I like to think there’s a bit of mystery for the viewer to spend a little time looking at the surface of the quilt and finding parts that engage their interest. So when the quilt is done, you may not recognize the Paris Window in an ancient ruin!

Here’s the fabric I’ve assembled in preparation to work on this quilt next month.

 

If you’d like to see more of my work then come by and visit at www.susanpm.com