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Hello all!

This week I have some new mediums to play alongside my artistcellar stencils.

To start, I grabbed an 8 x 10 piece of hot-pressed Fabriano watercolor paper. This paper is nice in that it is both 140lb and hot pressed AND it doesn't break the bank. Good watercolor paper tends to be really expensive, and while worth it - I can't always afford it!

Next, I started auditioning some Artistcellar stencils on the page. Here, I'm using Tibet Series: Buddha Eyes, Cathedral Plans: Notre Dame and Cathedral Plans: Amiens Plan.  The Cathedral Plans series stencil is a longtime favorite of mine for backgrounds. They are so versatile and I've found use for them in many different paintings.

With a palette knife, I scraped Golden Glass Bead Gel through the stencil. Let me tell you -- this stuff is awesome! Glass beads inside the medium really shimmer and shine and it works beautifully with the stencils!

I let it dry completely, and then I started dripping strings of Golden Tar Gel throughout... the tar gel appears white, but it will dry pretty much clear and adds great texture (similar to creating lines with a hot glue gun). 

Next I used watercolors, mermaid markers and alcohol to add color and even more texture. To create the cell-like effect I simply dipped a brush in the alcohol and then stamped it on the page. Yum!

For extra accent, I used a bit of Inka Gold and some Dina Wakely acrylic paint as the finishing touches. 

This is a super texture rich page and it was such a fun way to experiment with new supplies and old favorites. 

 

Oh hello!

So -- I am a person that likes to art anywhere AND everywhere! This means arting in the car, stuffing journals into my purse, going to parks to paint, wherever I can dream it I will go and I will art there!

Sometimes my "traveling" really just means I won't be working in my art studio and instead I will be on the porch, or the couch or the dining room table.

Except... it's hard to carry all that stuff around. Journals, paints, gessos and mediums. It's really a lot to cart around, but I found a method to it! So, I found a handy little carrier on amazon. Officially, it's called a "16-inch tool bag". It's priced roughly around $20-$25. Not too shabby! Added bonus, it's super strong because it is meant for heavy tools -- and it has TONS of pockets. It is perfect for carrying around stencils, acrylic paints, pens, pencils -- you name it. 

Here's a little video on how I've packed mine up:

Today we went to the range with some friends and it was a beautiful day outside. I opted to take my travel kit along for some car arting! This painting was started and finished away from my art studio.

Here's a little timelapse video of some of the process:

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I am just returning from a week in California. As a Minnesotan who does not travel much, this trip was a huge deal for me. I was out in California, attending the Paint Riot retreat put on by Connie Solera (of Dirty Footprints Studio) and Chris Zydel (of Creative Juices Arts). I really explored my painting and mixed media boundaries. And so, I thought I’d do that again, but on a smaller scale, for this post.

Today, I am working with the Eternal Knot stencil, one of the four included in the NEW Tibet Series stencils.

My goal is to stretch my boundaries, so I am using some art supplies and techniques that are not my norm.

SUPPLIES USED:

Step 1:

Trace the inside of the Eternal Knot using a black pen.

Step 2:

Doodle designs using the Gelly Roll and Gold Uni-ball pens.

Step 3:

Begin to color in spaces with the CarbOthello pastel pencils.

Step 5:

Create your own unique border around the Eternal Knot.

Step 6:

Use an embroidery needle and thread to hand stitch around the border.

One of the benefits of stitching on thin paper is that when you hold it up to the light, you can see through to your next possible stitch.

Step 7:

Add watercolor inside the spaces in colors that please you.

Step 8:

Add water to any CarbOthello colored areas to blend as desired. (It’s partially water-soluble, meaning you will still see your lines).

Step 9:

Admire your art that is uniquely you!

This whole thing took me about two hours to complete. I anticipate the question that somebody might ask, which would be, “What’s the point?”

Well, here’s my response.

“The point is to immerse yourself in the creative process. The point is to breathe and stretch yourself. The point is to notice which colors sing to your soul. The point is explore unknown materials to see what you can do with them. Each and every exploration is a learning experience. Enjoying the moment is the point.”

May you enjoy many creative moments today and each day, in order to feel your aliveness.

Many Blessings to You,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello again!

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!

I hope you enjoy the video I created for you today using The Tibetan Om, Buddha Eyes, Eternal Knot and Lotus Flower:

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!

Greetings Everyone,

I am sooooo excited about the latest and greatest stencil series at artistcellar. Are you ready to find out what it is? Allow me to introduce the Tibet Series Stencils. In this series, there are four symbols of enlightenment: The Tibetan OM, Buddha Eyes, the Eternal Knot, and the Lotus flower.

In this post, I am featuring the Buddha Eyes, also called Wisdom Eyes. I gravitated toward them right away. I looked up their symbolism and learned the following:

Buddha Eyes - Also called Wisdom Eyes, this pair of eyes can usually be found depicted on all four sides of the Buddhist shrines known as Stupas. The symbol denotes the all-seeing and omniscient eyes of Buddha and is representative of the Lord’s presence all around. The curly line below the eyes in the middle (where the nose is on a face) is the Sanskrit numeral one that symbolizes the unity of everything and also signifies that the only way to attain enlightenment is through Buddha’s teachings. The dot between the eyes is indicative of the third eye, which represents spiritual awakening.
Source: http://www.ancient-symbols.com/buddhist-symbols.html

I’ve been missing my Dylusions Ink Sprays lately, so I decided to pull them out for this post.

I spritzed three warm colors (red, pink, yellow) on a 9 x 12 piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Next, I placed the Buddha Eyes stencil on the paper and spritzed plain water through it.

There was quite a bit of seepage, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did the paper towel roll trick again to soak up the extra water. Once I lifted the stencil, I saw a very subtle impression of the Wisdom Eyes.

Can you see it?

It’s kind of cool, but I was hoping for something more. I decided to really add some contrast by adding black acrylic paint through the stencil.

I created a repeat pattern of Buddha Eyes.  (See photo at the top of this post).

 Next, I decided to use only part of the stencil to add more details in the in between spaces. Notice the sideways numeral ones and the third eye dots.

I haven’t decided if I am going to cut this page up into Artist Trading Cards or Journal Cards, or use it as a journal cover, etc. Right now, I simply enjoy looking at it, and don’t mind that it’s also looking at me.

May you enjoy the NEW Tibet Series Stencils. May their symbolism stir your heart and soul to experience more wisdom, compassion, connection, and knowing. May our human consciousness rise up and our oneness continue to be shown. May it be so.

Blessings to you,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Hello again!

This week I've been busying myself getting preorders ready for my oracle deck. In the meantime, I was going through my art studio and re-discovered Mineral Paper! Don't you just love when that happens? 

I was on vacation this weekend, so I packed up some art supplies on the go -- watercolors and stencils! I absolutely love the way watercolors work on mineral paper... and I really, really love how the paper does not buckle or have any issues standing up to the wet media. 

To begin the painting, I sketched out the girl and then outlined it in black ink. Then, I started adding color using various Artistcellar stencils (see supply list below).

Once I everything was dry I also added white highlights and additional "doodles" with the Uniball Signo UM-153 pen and Tim Holtz distress crayons.

Use your intuition and let yourself play on the page with your supplies!

I hope you enjoy this week's project - and in the meantime you can check out my oracle deck preorder at: http://bit.ly/DearHeartOracle

Supplies Used:

Hello again!

Do you ever find that inspiration strikes in the most random of ways? Recently I was cleaning in my art studio and I found a container of old watercolors. They are probably around 10 years old -- but they are bright, bold colors and great big bottles! I'm not sure how they were ever forgotten, but I had to pull them out to play with them right away.

I discovered that I have a love for making painted papers with watercolors and stencils! The papers can be used as collage or as a foundation for a painting later on.

Here, I grabbed a few different Artistcellar stencils and used a paintbrush to brush the watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper... however I really want to also try it with Yupo and Mineral Paper. On a few of them, I also mixed watercolor with rubbing alcohol and splattered alcohol on the page. Look at the fun textures I was able to achieve!

I went a little crazy with it because I was having so much fun playing with colors -- so I made page after page after page. Try it! I think you might find it a little bit addicting.

Artistcellar stencils used:

Hello starshines!

In my part of the world spring is upon us and I couldn't be happier! However, I'm also finding myself in a bit of a whirlwind. I have so many projects going on right now and an upcoming show at an art gallery! While it's all very exciting, one way that I de-stress is through tarot and oracle. As a side project (because I don't have enough projects - LOL) I started developing an oracle deck.

The process of creating the deck has been very relaxing and rewarding because I don't feel a lot of pressure. I started by cutting out the size of "cards" that I wanted out of watercolor paper. I'm using a mix of Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper and Arches cold pressed depending on the texture I want from the card. Cold pressed watercolor paper is a lot more textured - or bumpy... and hot press is more smooth. It's a lot easier to use with ink pens to get nice bold lines. 

I've finished quite a few cards already, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to show you how I incorporate Artistcellar stencils into the oracle cards in subtle ways. 

Today, I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut down to the size I wanted. Then, I grabbed an Artistcellar Cathedral Plans stencil and a Faber-Castell graphite pencil. Using only a part of the stencil, I traced around it first in pencil then added another element (in this case, a flower dropping a petal). 

Next, I used a pen to ink the drawing and then a waterbrush with Twinkling H20's and watercolor. To finish it off, I added white highlights with a Uniball Signo-UM-153.

Because the size is so much smaller I find that I can easily finish a card in one sitting. With limited supplies, it's a project I can do on the go as well!

If you want to follow along with the progress of Dear Heart Oracle, follow along on my instagram! (@pantheartist) or Patreon! (www.patreon.com/panart)

Hello beautiful souls,

Today's challenge was quilt squares with the new pocket quilt squares and 6x6 quilt square stencils. These new stencils remind me of the quilt my mom made for me in the early 90's. Hmmm so what to do with these style stencils to think outside the box? I decided to use a design style that I had discovered early on in my mixed-media journey where I did some cut out butterflies with some stenciling and gold outlines. I called the original piece "Becoming Real" because as I designed the butterflies on the packing paper desk cover I realized how pretty the "mess" was and decided to use it as the background. The outlined butterflies seemed to come to life out of the paper and it was a great metaphor for the transition in my life as well.

I pulled out my watercolors and go to work creating a background with some nice warm colors.

Next I began layering the quilt square stencils in both sizes to the paper with some different colored distress inks, shimmer spray, and white ink.

Next I got to work cutting out the butterflies. I first outlined them in gold and then folded up their wings to give them some more life.

Next I decided to use a canvas I had covered with tissue paper for another project and began adding paint through the stencils in blues.

I wanted to make the design pop more so I outlined the images in gold.

Here is the finished piece.

I was pretty pleased to have worked the quilt square theme into a design that didn't fit the typical style.

I also had my studio mate, Christian working with me at the art table again. It's always nice to create together. 

We were creating some pieces for Free Art Friday again. Christian created this mini canvas with the sacral chakra pocket stencil 

and I did a one of my "Metatron's Full Moon Galaxy" pieces on a 4x6 watercolor using the flower of life and Metatron's cube stencils. 

 How do you use your quilt square stencils?

 Love, light, and art,

 Genea

Today I wanted to just sit and play and explore with my art supplies. Using watercolor paper, stencils, watercolor and acrylics I explored color and played with the paint on the page. I love to work in this intuitive way and just let the art "be". Whatever wants to show up, I welcome it! Today, a "moonflower" appeared. I call it a moonflower because to me, it fits. 

I hope you will enjoy the little video I created for you!

Supplies Used:

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