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Hello Creative Ones,

I was recently reminded about how much I love the combination of words with art.

I am sharing a quick tutorial of how you can create a painted background, and then add the Virtues Words Pocket Stencils by Artistcellar on top.


  • Watercolor
  • Gouache
  • Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
  • 140 lb. watercolor paper
  • Small round brush
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Water
  • Rag

Step 1:

Paint six loose rectangles on 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper.

Let dry.

Step 2:

Choose a rectangle and three of the Pocket Stencils by artistcellar.

Step 3:

Use a ballpoint pen to trace the word stencils.

Step 4:

Using Dina Wakley heavy body paint, or another acrylic paint and round brush, paint around the letters you traced.

Step 5:

Add any design details around your words.

Step 6 (Optional):

Cut out your card and give it as a gift to someone who could use some uplifting or encouraging words.

I hope that you enjoy painting your stripes, tracing your word stencils, and making art + words art for someone! (That someone could be you! These would make wonderful journaling cards, too.)

Many Blessings to You,

Briana of

So, it’s December. If you are celebrating any holidays this month, there are two things you might want to carry with you in your pocket, or in your heart. Those two things are the words, “Hope” and “Grace.” May it be so.

Today I am making some cards on watercolor paper, using the Artistcellar Virtues Words Pocket Stencils.

I intend to use these cards as gift tags, or as a surprise element inside gifts given.

Here’s what I did.

Step 1: Use a one-inch wide dry brush to drag some watercolor paint across the page.

Step 2: Put some of your favorite acrylic paints on a palette.

Step 3: Use a cosmetic wedge to apply paint through the Virtues Words stencils.

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, use a paper slicer to create your cards. I measured the Virtues Words Pocket Stencils, and they are 2.5 x 3 inches.

Step 5: Once the word cards are cut out, use stamps and your left over paint to decorate them!

As you can see, I tried a variety of stamps, and pattern making on the cards, using the left over paint. For the stamps, I prefer the StazOn brand stamp pads.

And to express my feelings a little further, I used up the rest of the paint on my palette in my art journal.

I just love art, don’t you?!

Thanks so much for being here and reading this post.

I am sending you blessings, peace, and warm wishes.

In Gratitude,

Briana of

Music really moves me, both emotionally, and often I can’t help myself from dancing, either. Lately, I have been experiencing some of life’s challenges. Challenges and change are a part of life, but that doesn’t make the experiences any easier to get through.

So, when life is tough, I turn to art and music.

I created the following journal page with inspiration from singer/song writer Ellis Delaney. She is so authentic and inspiring.

The Ellis Delaney song that moved me today, and for several days throughout the last several weeks is called, “Grace”. It’s on Ellis Delaney’s Evidence of Joy CD.

You may watch a video of Ellis singing this song on YouTube here.

Now for the journal page.

Step 1:

Trace your hand.

Step 2:

Choose some pocket stencils to use.

Step 3:

Use some Tim Holtz Distress Stain to create a skeleton like pattern inside your hand.


Step 4:

Use Derwent Inktense Blocks to add some color.

Step 5:

Use a small round brush and water to blend the Inktense lines.

Step 6:

Use another pocket stencil from the Quilt Series to add to your page. Apply Distress Stain through the stencil.

Step 7:

Use Virtues Words Pocket Stencils. I was looking for some Grace with these. :)

Step 8:

Use a cosmetic wedge and Dina Wakley acrylic paint to stencil your words on your page.

TIP: One of the great things about Artistcellar stencils is that you can see through them for better placement. See photo below.

Step 9:

Use Distress Stain to fill in some of the background and scribble out some of your emotions.

Steps 10 & 11:

Draw a symbol or image that makes you feel better. I drew a little rainbow with colored pencils.

Write some song lyrics that have been playing in your mind lately. I wrote the chorus for “Grace” by Ellis Delaney. The chorus goes like this:

“I have a heart that’s breaking
Just need some space to fall apart
I have been stubborn lately
running from your


If you love folk music and female singer/song writers, I highly recommend the following women currently residing in Minnesota, USA: Ellis Delaney and Lynn O’Brien. Their music is uplifting and down to earth all at the same time.

Sending Many, Many Blessings to You,

Briana of

Good Day Artistcellar Folks,

I have an art journal spread to share with you that I’ve also turned into a FREE PRINTABLE POSTER! Who doesn’t like free art, right?

So, here’s the step-by-step process, and at the end you’ll find the 8” x 10” printable poster. Enjoy!

SUPPLIES USED: Dina Wakley acrylic paints; Sacred Geo 2: Seeds of Life stencil; Sacred Geometry: Sri Yantra stencil; Virtues Words Pocket Stencils: Grace, Hope; Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media 9” x 12”

Step 1:Gather your paints, art journal, and stencils. Also grab a cosmetic wedge, a paint palette, and a paint scraper.

Step 2:

Apply two paint colors and scrape them across your journal page.

Step 3:

With a new color of paint, use the cosmetic wedge to dab paint through the Seeds of Life stencil in two places on your page.

Step 4:

Use a fourth color of paint and apply it with your finger around the edges of the stencil shapes. Consider drawing into the wet paint with the end of a paintbrush or toothpick.

Step 5:

Use the Sri Yantra stencil with white paint and a cosmetic wedge.

Step 6:

Add two of your favorite Virtues Words stencils.

Simple. Meaningful. Powerful.

And now for your printable poster!!

Hello Lovely Creative Folks, I created a couple of things, using a lot of artistcellar products. I am so excited to share my playtime with you!

First, I am using the Virtues Words-Pocket Stencils.

There are four words, and I am using three of them: Faith, Hope, and Grace. Don’t those words just make you feel a little warm and fuzzy inside? With that feeling in mind, I created a greeting card.

I set the three virtue words of Faith, Hope, and Grace out on a blank card. Then I sprayed them twice; once with bubblegum pink Dylusions spray ink, then with Adirondack Sailboat Blue spray dye. See the photos below:

I rolled up the extra ink with some paper towels. (I learned that trick from a Dina Wakley video, I think). 

Next, I cleaned off the inked up stencils with a baby wipe on top of a blank page in my art journal. (I will be showing more on that in a minute.)

I set the journal aside to work on the greeting card. Note: I sort of worked on the card backward. It works okay to turn it inside out, but it’s not what I intended to do. Just a little heads up for you to NOT follow my example.

Alright, let’s pull out the NEW Distress Crayons by Tim Holtz.

The Distress Crayons say they are water-reactive, which they are. However, they didn’t do what I expected them to do, based on other water-soluble products I’ve used. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because it’s good to have a variety of art supplies that do different things. Anyway, water-reactive is different from water-soluble, just FYI. To get the look I wanted, I added a little fluorescent red liquid watercolor by Blick.

I think it is at this point that I realized my card is backwards. (I should have worked on the right-hand side for it to be the front of the folded card). You know, sometimes art making is problem solving. I decided to decorate the inside, so that the card could be folded in or out. Ta Da! A joyful solution!

I have been eager to try the fine tip applicators that are made for the Dina Wakley heavy body paint tubes.

This is my first attempt at using them.

I had a few questions after I tried them, and thought this video by Dina Wakley on YouTube might be helpful for you, too:

“Dina Wakley Introduction to the Fine Tip Applicator”

I used some Dina Wakley paint and played with the Distress Crayons some more. (I kind of couldn’t leave the Distress Crayons alone. I really wanted to get the hang of using them, as I love bright colors!) Pictured below, the right-hand side is the new front of the card, if I choose to fold it that way.

Now back to the art journal page. Like I said, I really couldn’t leave those Distress Crayons alone.

Both the Distress Crayons and Dina Wakley paint have a really soft and smooth texture to them. You’ll have to try them yourself to understand what I mean. I really enjoyed spreading the yellow paint around with my fingers.

I finished things up with a little more color and paint to get this cheerful journal page!

In summary, there are sooooo many great supplies available at

I love the AC Pocket Stencils, the Dina Wakley paints, the spray inks, and the NEW Distress Crayons. I hope you feel inspired to give some of these awesome supplies a try in your card making, art journaling, or other mixed media projects! 

Blessings to You!

Briana from