Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
I am very excited to share this simple but useful project with you. If you don’t know me and my art, you don’t know that I infuse everything with a dose of spirituality.
I used a 6x6in cradled wood panel as my surface and prepped it with two coats of gesso first. Each layer was carefully thought about, both regarding the stencil itself and the colors associated with it.
Working in layers like this, you really need to let everything dry before moving on to the next one. After this was dry, I used one of the Old World Map stencils, one with the smaller spaces. This symbolizes all the possible pathways towards abundance. Gold is associated with abundance, so I use a gold spray with it.
Now is a story of trial and error. I placed the Metatron’s Cube stencil and first used regular gesso. I applied it with a makeup sponge.
However, the result was not up to my expectations. It happens and it’s okay. I dried it with my heat gun before placing the stencil back over, and used extra heavy gesso instead. Much better! Why? it created a more textured effect, and it was more opaque as well. I used my Catalyst tool for it, but a palette knife would be perfect as well.
If you’re like me and you love texture, try this: apply heat with your heat gun until bubbles appear (it’s the plasticky nature of gesso that allows this effect to happen.) You can also let it air dry normally.
Green is another colour we associate with abundance. I picked several shades of ink sprays and just had fun applying them. I could have used green and gold as well.
To finish it, I used the same gold spray to pain the sides and applied some varnish on top.
Do you use crystals? Which one is your favorite? I hope you’ll be inspired by these Sacred Geometry stencils (there are two series of them in the shop) to make a crystal grid or simply a beautiful mixed media canvas for your space.
More photos :
Till next time,
"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.
A while back I had the idea to use some Artistcellar stencils that I had not tried yet. You know, the ones in my stash. (Please tell me I am not the only one with an art supply stash!!) I introduced the following hashtag on Instagram: #artistcellarstencilchallenge. There was not a lot of participation, which is no big deal. However, I still like this idea, as it never hurts to have a little encouragement to use our supplies on hand or the ones in our stash. Since Instagram now allows you to “follow” hashtags, I would gladly cheer you on if you do ever decide to use some of your new Artistcellar stencils and post them to Instagram with #artistcellarstencilchallenge.
Today, I am using the following supplies to create the most colorful lily pads you have ever seen!
Foam paint roller
Rag and Bone Bindery Large Blank Page Journal
ProArt Markers-Set of 100 colors
TIP: Back to school season is a great time to find markers and other basic supplies on sale at your local shopping spots, like Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc. I highly suggest getting a set of 100 markers. Crayola makes a set that I have been happy with, as I keep stealing them from my son’s art center. : )
I rolled two tones of green over the large 12 x 12 stencil, using a foam roller.
I decided to use a page spread in my Rag and Bone Bindery journal to clean off the stencil with a baby wipe. See images below.
I decided to add some color to those negative space lily pads.
I used Crayola Slick Stix first.
To move the color, I simply dipped my finger in a jar of water and touched it to the lily pad I just outlined.
I thought about stopping here, but pushed myself to keep going.
Use a box of 100 markers to your heart's content.
I reached for my set of 100 markers for motivation, as color gets me every time.
I noticed that coloring made me feel calm. I also noticed my brain was processing some hard stuff I’ve been thinking about lately, but my body felt calm and relaxed while doing so. This helped me to keep going with the coloring.
Below are some photos of my completed page, where I used Crayola Slick Stix, as well as markers to fill in the lily pads.
I then added a few lines and swirly rock formations into the mix!
The left side of my page has some space for journaling or doodling, which I think will offset the lily pads and swirls nicely.
Add journaling or any other doodles to complete your page spread.
If you feel inspired, post your art to Instagram using the hashtag #artistcellarstencilchallenge. I would love to see what you create using your stash of stencils!
May you make some time to color and play, so you, too may feel a sense of calm and peace in your heart. Art is good for the soul!
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com
I am not one to make New Year's resolutions. Past experience tells me I am no good at them. It could be that I find them too rigid or myself swayed often by weaknesses that refuse to become strengths.
With that said and for whatever reason I can't help but ponder at this time of year of things I would like to change or to make happen. Call me a sucker for a new beginning with the thrill of unknown possibilities. Like that crisp, clean white paper in front of me begging to be transformed to share my dreams upon it's surface.
I suppose that is why I love art so much. The projects vary in size and scope but there are always possibilities and dreams to be explored and shared.
I'll keep today's post short and sweet and leave you with this beginning of a page in my art journal.
I was drawn to the Sea Foam stencil from the Water Series because it conveys the best to me of what the thoughts in my brain look like right now at the cusp of the New Year. They vary in size and importance but they are bubbling to the surface preparing to make themselves known to me as time progresses. I will write them down in the bubbles and see what the year brings. Perhaps this page will serve as a reminder to me in the future because it is good to be reminded of your dreams.
Happy New Year Creative Souls
This week I want to share with you what I created with the collage papers I created from my last blog post. Remember these?
Here's what I used:
One more thing before we start. I don't have any process photos (GASP! I know!). I was going along with the creative flow and didn't even realize until I was finished, dagnabbit. But, on the other hand, I do have 12 finished faces to show you!
My process is as follows: In my little Moleskine I pre-gessoed a bunch of pages so the page is ready to go when I am. I decided I wanted to fill this book with faces but before I draw the faces I add a few layers of color onto my page with paint and stencils. Using a foam wedge makeup sponges makes this process easy. While those layers dried I went in with my paint pen (black or white) and drew faces on a few of the pages. (Nope, no pencil first! Just go for it! To make it even more fun I used a continuous line on some of them.) For the other pages I cut face-like shapes from my homemade collage paper and glued them down with matte medium. To review: On some pages I drew a face directly on the stencil decorated background and on others I drew a face on top on collage paper that was cut to a face-like shape and then glued in the book.
Oh look! I do have a process shot! LUCKY!
This shows some stencil layers and collage paper cut to a face-like shape.
Now I just use my imagination and paint the faces fabulous colors remembering to use complementary colors to help make things POP! Don't layer your paint on too thick since you want the underlayer texture created by the stencils to still peek through.
I also add a layer of paint to the backgrounds in some places to make things interesting.
Final steps happen when all the paint is dry. I take my extra-fine black paint pen and trace over my drawing lines again. This smooths the edges of the features and lends it a finished look. I also take my 9xxb drawing pencil to create value and texture.
I'm in love! We'll see how many faces I create with this style/technique before I change it up. I already have plans to make even more of my own collage papers.
I had hoped to share the progress in my fabric book but it is going quite slowly so I have a different project to share with you today. Never fear, the progress in the fabric book will be shared in the near future!
This project was inspired by a portrait lesson I taught my 4th graders at school. We have been learning about facial proportions and portraiture and I knew they wouldn't be excited about drawing random faces for long. In an effort to make their art more personal I asked them to draw a self-portrait with a simple line drawing. Then I asked them to fill their faces with words that describe who they are and what they like. It was fun to see what words they chose for themselves.
When I finished my project example and as my students were busy with their own I looked again at my paper and realized I had the beginning of a great piece of artwork. I ended up creating two versions.
Here are the supplies I used:
I began by spraying water and Dylusions ink liberally on the watercolor paper. While the ink was still wet I pressed the mineral paper onto the watercolor paper and then carefully peeled them apart to see how the color transferred. Let dry before continuing.
Before using the stencil I sprinkled water on the mineral paper and after a few seconds I wiped up the water by rolling a paper towel roll on the surface which resulted in the ink being lifted off the paper. I set the stencil down on the paper and sprayed it with water. Since the inks are water reactive I was able to take a soft paper towel and rub it through the stencil design to remove some of the ink. This was done on both the Mineral and watercolor papers. The subtle design it created was perfect for a background.
Using carbon transfer paper and a stylus I transferred my drawing onto both papers. I did not trace the words as I wanted the freedom to change those around if the composition called for it.
Using a small brush and black paint I went over my graphite lines to create a bold outline for my face. I carefully painted white paint onto the face on the watercolor paper. The ink from my first layer is still reactive with wet media so I was careful not to scrub my brush too much on the surface. Some color transfer happened and it was lovely how it created a dimension to the white paint. Having an under layer on a painting always help bring more depth to the piece. For the Mineral Paper I just painted regular water onto the sections of the face and blotted the water up with a paper towel to remove the inked surface.
From this point on I found myself concentrating on the watercolor paper composition. Using a pencil I sketched in my lettering lightly to focus on how things would fit. When everything was where I wanted it I used a black acrylic paint pen to bring out the lettering.
Final details were using Dina Wakley acrylic paints to paint the eyes, lips and shirt.
I am very pleased with the result and I can't wait to finish the variation on Mineral Paper. I hope you will take some time to create your own self-portrait celebrating the qualities that make you, YOU!
Hello My lovely Lovelies!
To start I will show you what became of the canvas I started for my last post. Originally I was going to just keep layering the 12" x 12" Water Series and Coral Series stencils until I loved what I saw, but I failed that plan miserably. Because of the stencils I was inspired to paint a mermaid. I used my Dina Wakley Paints to make her. The only bad part is I still need to create something to fill the blank space on my wall because this piece is now the wrong size.
I love how the stencils inspired me to create her! I think I will do another using the same stencils and create some fun fish. I'll keep you posted if I do.
The journal entry I created for this post was not what I had originally planned, I have a family member who it looks like is losing a battle with cancer so I wanted to record my feelings in my journal. I used my (Jane Davenport) watercolor journal, my Koi watercolor Field Sketch kit, NeoColor II's, Dina Wakley Paints, a white paint pen and watercolor markers, along with a Pocket stencil from the Steampunk Series and the Seven Jewels stencil from the Japanese Geometric series.
I love how the use of the larger stencils broke up the monotony of my plain background without any real effort and tied my pages together.
I created both pieces live on my Youtube channel, if you would like to watch how I worked you can see below!
Big hugs and mushies too you!
JOURNAL PAGE LIVESTREAM:
A DAY AT NATHAN'S
"Coney Island is and always will be 'the people's playground.' It's a place where people of all backgrounds come to have a good time." Harold Feinstein, Photographer
It could be the incredible weather. Eighty degrees in April?! Really? Or maybe it was the Pink Full Moon. Or maybe I was just hungry. Nevertheless, my thoughts were drawing me to Coney Island. And one of my favourite places was, and still is, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.
Established in 1916, immigrants Nathan and Ida Handwerker spent their life savings of $300 to pursue the American dream. Still standing on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Brooklyn, Nathan’s was always a great stop on the way home from a day at the Beach. The huge white sign with the “Nathan’s” green script is forever a welcome mat to every Beach weary traveler.
I found a great vintage photo taken in 1947 of a hungry crowd waiting to be served. And there in the foreground was the object of their affection…the famous Nathan’s hot dogs and buns marking time on the rolling grill.
Grabbing my Strathmore Visual Journal I started the design. I brayered layers of acrylic paint on to the stock. I wanted colours that screamed beach, summer, and joy so I selected hues of yellow, orange, red and pink. I especially love the Dylusions sprays. Bubble Gum Pink is outstanding. It really gave the background the pop of colour it needed. But rather than spray it on to the paper, I sprayed my palette, coated the brayer and rolled it on to the surface. The hot pink colour stays true even when dried. I love it!
But what is the Beach without the Ocean? Part of the charm of eating at Nathan’s is feeling the grit of the sandy sidewalk under your feet and the salt in the air. That is why the Artistcellar Water Series is the perfect complement for my composition. I chose to use the 12” x12” Surf stencil. The movement of the stencil is a wonderful counterbalance to the straight brayered patches of colour. In addition to my Visual Journal I also have a digital counterpart. From this collection I chose two watercolour versions of the Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series. Stenciled on to Mineral Paper the samples had just the quality I was looking for to complete the work.
But what is Nathan’s without people? With a bit of digital manipulation the image was ready to become part of the final composition.
And that’s what I love about Art. Even though I couldn’t be at Nathan’s physically, by working on the collage I was able to travel through time and visit a location near and dear to my heart. It allowed me to remember an exceptional, blissful time with my family.
But Nathan’s isn’t just somewhere to eat. For me it is the embodiment of all that is truly American: our spirit of entrepreneurship, our willingness to hope for a better future, a place where young and old, rich and poor can mingle. In essence, it is a microcosm of the tolerant and diverse city I am proud to call my Home.
As a Nation there may be times we seem to go off track. But I firmly believe our collective soul thrives on compassionately embracing ideas that are different. And most of all offering a warm welcome to those who want to make this Nation their own.
Hello my Lovelies! I am totally scatter brained! I recently realized that I lost a day at some point this week! So here I am working leisurely on this week's blog post thinking I was a day ahead of schedule than "splat" reality throws a curveball at me! Sorry Lisa! I was playing with a canvas and my 12" x 12" Water and Coral Series stencils.
My plan is to keep doing layers of color until I like what I see. I had company in town and I gave a piece of art off my wall and I now have a space to fill so I am making this all for me. I will give an update on my next blog post as to how it turned out.
Because I wanted to have a actual completed piece for you I promptly took out my journal and decided I would have some fun play time. After doing the faces of February I realized that I am pretty much stuck in a rut as far as what the faces I usually make look like so I have been working on changing that and trying to evolve my style a bit.
If you are familiar with what I normally do you will notice I tried to make her eyes further apart and to put less detail in the nose, I want to kind of "rough up" the look and get to refining later.
I started by doing a very rough sketch of my girl holding her kitty with my Generals Scribe-all in black. I then activated the pencil with water and started adding Dina Wakley paint willy-nilly until I got the face colored in nice. I did a color wash background using more watered down paint in multiple layers. Then went back in with Cheddar and Fuchsia and the Japanese Geometric stencils thinking it would give me the feel I wanted but It didn't groove with me so I went in with Gesso through the 12" x 12" Sea Foam from the Water Series and realized the sentiment I wanted to record in my journal. "Why can't I just live in a bubble with my cat" which I wrote using a nib pen wth my Dyna-flow in Turquoise. For the last touch I used my white gel pen to add little scribbly bits here and there until I was happy!
I love doing these fun journal entries and exploring my style!
Big Hugs and Mushy Stuff!
I've been making some little art in a little book and it's been fun! It's supposed to be a daily art practice (it's a daily planner by Moleskine so there is a page per day) and while I am a little behind I am enjoying the challenge. Some days I just fill several pages with stenciled backgrounds or solid paint colors to give me a nice little jumpstart for more little layers. Can you tell I'm having a little fun?! ;)
The stencils I used for these pages are the Rouen from the Cathedral Series and Sea Foam from the Water Series. The paints are Dina Wakley Acrylics. Other supplies I used are black and white acrylic paint pens and water soluble crayons.
I ended my mini art session with words I cut out from an old children's book. I feel like this will be a good thing for me to do this year and I hope you are inspired to make a goal to implement some little sort of daily art practice!