Artistcellar Blog

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Hello Everyone,

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!

Supplies Used:

Water Series stencils-12 x12 Lily Pads

Acrylic paint

Foam paint roller

Baby wipe

Crayola Slick Stix

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. : )

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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. 

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

Add journaling or any other doodles to complete your page spread.

In Summary:

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!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello Creatives! Here is a quick project for you this week. Are you a fan of Zentangles? I admit I wasn't familiar with them until recently when I researched them for an art lesson for my elementary students. (I'm an art teacher by day and it is pretty fun!) Go ahead and do a quick Google search and feast your eyes on the all the amazing patterns people have created. I find this drawing practice to be relaxing and a great way to improve my drawing skills. My students got a lot of fine motor skills practice with their Zentangle projects! It was quite satisfying to them to fill their papers with patterns and the end results were impressive and they were very proud of themselves!

Grab an Artistcellar stencil that has a larger pattern and use your favorite black pen (like a thin nib Faber-Castell Pitt Pen) to trace the design onto a smooth drawing or Bristol paper. Now you are ready to fill each section with a different pattern! 

My favorite stencils to use for this are the Quilt Series Stencils and the Seafoam stencils from the Water series

I hope this inspires you to try something new with your stencils! Happy creating!

Making my own collage papers is one of my favorite things! I have talked about this process before but this time I have tweaked it a bit and I am excited to show you my results! It's a super easy process and I hope you are inspired to make your own.

Here is what I used:

I use three or four layers for my papers. The first layer is usually a solid color but this time I used a brush with some super black Chinese Ink and painted some graphic patterns and written script.

This is the tweak I mentioned earlier. I wanted to incorporate some personal marks to make my paper more authentic to my artistic style. Using my own handwriting and hand-created lines creates a personalized collage paper unique to me beyond the stencil patterns I chose. Please do not stress about your handwriting thinking it is not "good enough" because that IS NOT TRUE! Your handwriting is unique to you and what better way to immerse your mark into a piece of art you create. 

When the ink has dried then it is time to get stenciling! I usually add 2-3 stencil layers and I like to let the paint dry before I add the next layer. If I find the paper is getting too busy I use white as a final layer to tone things down.

And that's it! Easy peasy and beautifully textured with a personal touch. I hope you find time to create some handmade collage papers and incorporate your own marks and handwriting into them!

It’s nearly my birthday, and I want to have some FUN! So, I decided to use some awesome supplies from artistcellar to create a sign to hang on my art studio wall, as a loving reminder.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Gather your supplies.

Step 2:

Apply the Dylusions Blendable Acrylic paint through the Sea Foam stencil in a way that pleases you.

Step 3:

Remove the stencil and take a look at what you’ve got so far.

Step 4:

Look around your studio for some painted papers or some scrapbook paper.

Hand-cut the letters F-U-N.

TIP: The N can be tricky. I usually have to draw it out the correct way before my brain can process what it looks like backwards. Usually I draw the letter on the backside of the paper, backwards, so that when I cut it out, it’s the correct orientation. With the N, I just cut inside my lines on the front of the paper. That helped me have more fun!

(See how tricky N can be??!!)

Step 5:

Enhance your letters in some way to help them stand out from the background. I chose to color in some oval shapes, using markers.

Step 6:

Hang your FUN sign on your studio wall and smile each time you glance at it!

Sending You Blessings for More Fun!

 -Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

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 and How Are You?

I hope you are doing swimmingly!

Today is all about getting in the ffffflllllloooooowwww with the 12x12 Water Series Stencils.

The tools I am using are:

First I experimented with rolling two colors of blue paint directly over the Sea Foam stencil.

Here’s the result (see below) after pulling up the stencil from the newsprint

Then I printed the wet stencil on another sheet of newsprint. (See below).

Next, I wanted to see a contrast of color, so I first rolled out some red and hot pink acrylic on newsprint. (See drops of paint prior to brayering below).

Oooh, la la, isn’t that beautiful!?

Then, I used a cosmetic wedge to dab the mix of blue and white paint over the red and pink background.

I made a print of the wet Surf stencil, and felt like trying some watercolor paint in between the blue lines.

Still feeling inspired by the contrast between pinks and blues, I rolled out some neon pink acrylic ink over the blue Sea Foam print from earlier.

If you are interested in learning more about ink, I have a NEW online class that starts on Friday, January 13, 2017. It’s called Ink and Oil Pastel, it’s only $20 USD, and it’s going to be so, so fun! More details here: http://www.orangespiralarts.com/my-blog/ink-and-oil-pastel.html

I do hope you’ll join in the mess making and artful experiments! See you in class

Blessings and Happy Creating to YOU!

-Briana