Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
Hello hello ! I don’t know about you, but for me it has proven difficult to know what day of the week is which in this crazy period... My sleep is eluding me again, and I almost got up at 2am to create this page that was truly needed.
The creative process, for me, is often more important than the finished project itself. And as we do our best not to give in in paranoia, remembering not to hold my breath is something I have to actually think about during the day.
I took a spread (double page) in my square art journal that barely had anything in it. I love using the Old World Maps stencils as backgrounds. The four stencils are pretty different from one another. I layered two different ones. I used a beige color for the first one, all over the spread. Then once dry, I used a dark brown with another stencil from the same series to create a border.
Once dry, I picked the Om stencil in the Tibet series as my focus point. It is the perfect sound to calm my antsy mind. So it is a good reminder to have in between my journal pages. Remember: it’s mostly about the process. I used Extra Heavy Gesso with it to have a beautiful thick white base.
I then used acrylic paint after replacing the stencil on top of the dried gesso-ed motif to add color. Not perfect, but it’s okay. I will get a crisp painted stenciled image eventually 😆
I love oil pastels so I used them to add shading to the Om and also some mark making. A new favorite combo: a crisp teal blue over a dark brown. Makes me really happy, the contrast between the two is wonderful! I forgot how much I loved it.
I used acrylic markers to write my message. Added teal splatters in the top and bottom corners. And that’s it.
I hope you are carving time for your creativity as a positive outlet during this time, that hopefully won’t become a new normal in our lifetime. What are you creating?
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Hi there, Artistcellar friends.
One of my favorite ways to clear my mind is to art journal. It’s almost like meditating. Letting go of all the ‘monkey mind’ stuff that is going on constantly.
I gathered some patterned collage paper I had in my stash and using matte medium, collaged the background of the entire page with different patterns.
While the collaged papers were still wet, I added Heavy body white acrylic paint to the entire page with my palette knife.
Again, while all of this is still wet, I added some liquid acrylic ink to the background and worked that in with my palette knife as well.
Now everything can dry.
Using my black water soluble pen, I sketched a face.
I sketched the infinity knot with my black water soluble pen. I spreader burned umber acrylic ink around the edges and thinned it in a few places with sprays of water.
Letting that layer dry, I sketched the face in with the burned umber acrylic ink and a fountain pen.
Using quinacridone/nickel ago gold fluid acrylics, I added shadows and mid tones to the face, as well as some more white to the background.
Using some quinacridone violet fluid acrylic, I added some color for some depth.
See you next time!
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be sharing with you this week!
So I had a bit of an accident at the dog park, my sweet pup was running with the rest of the dogs and knocked me down! I know he is so sorry!
The bad part, I fell straight back and caught myself with my right arm and did a good number on my back and right shoulder, so a bit of a hiatus was forced upon me. I am still sore so I have decided I will be working lefty until I am healed!
This week I wanted to play with the newest of the Artistcellar stencils, the Tibet Series. I acutally have an idea for a painting but without the control of my right hand I decided to forego the paint and do some art journal work!
I have a friend Shannon that comes over every Saturday and we have what we call "Shantime" where we create and learn from each other. This week I talked her into playing with the set of stencils and then further talked her into letting me share what she created!
Without planning to, we both started our pages in our dylusions journals with a line of of the lotus flower stencil across the bottom and that is where similarity ends...
For my journal spread I used watercolors to create my line of lotus flowers along with colored pencils and acrylic paint.
I then used Dy-na-flow in turquoise along with India ink in teal to create a fun drippy background over the top of some watercolors through the Eternal knot stencil allowing the drips to go over my lotus flowers.
Then for a challenge I decided since I am all lefty I would try my hand at creating a girl using an assortment of paints including Dina Wakley in Ocean and Fuchsia, colored pencils and regular pencils. I used the Buddha eyes on the opposite side with the word overcome to signify my new lefty status.
Shannon on the other hand (pun intended she is right handed! lol) decided she would use paint for her lotus flowers and created a body of water for them to float on. She then went on with metallic paint and painted the Tibetan Ohm Symbol, Buddha eyes and the Eternal Knot using metallic paints. Then went over them using dylusions sprays, and for more fun she used the stencils again to ghost the symbols into the page.
We had so much fun creating our journal spreads using the new stencils, it is always so much more fun to share art with a friend and I am truly blessed to have so many I hold close to my heart!
Big hugs and mushies to you
As artists, our art tends to evolve with us. New life experiences, emotions, inspirations and yes, even art supplies can all help turn our creativity in different directions.
Right now, the direction I've been taking involves mineral paper, watercolors and Artistcellar stencils.
I was over the moon with Lisa's Artistcellar package containing the brand new stencils - Tibet Series Stencils. If you follow me through facebook or instagram I'm sure you have seen the stencils in action already... they made me swoon!
Today, I made a short little technique video to show you one watercolor/mineral paper/stencil technique that I accidentally stumbled upon and I LOVE!
To showcase one of my favorite stencils from the set, I also created a couple of girls from the Lotus Flower stencil.
I started with the stencil as the base, and then used a pencil to sketch the girl "growing" from the center. Next, I filled it in with watercolor and ink.
The two girls below were both created on different paper, so you will see the dramatic change that using different paper can be. First is created on mineral paper, and the other is on a hot press watercolor paper.
And below, here are some examples of other paintings I created utilizing the technique demonstrated in the video!
With each new release, I'm always amazed at the magic Lisa creates with her stencils... and the resulting artwork to follow. I hope you will find inspiration with the new Tibet stencil series -- and perhaps you discovered a new technique to play with today as well.
See you soon!