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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!

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Hello beautiful souls,

Oh man did I have some fun this past week creating these galaxy pieces. I had the idea to do a moon phase piece on some scrap wood I got from work, but before making the final piece I did a little mini piece of art to "test" the design before making anything permanent. So let's begin, shall we? You know I love me some watercolors so I started with some Caran d'Ache Neocolor II in "galaxy colors".

Next I started my mini 3x3 watercolor and long wood piece and began making the galaxy layers.

I had originally wanted to do some moon phases layered with the flower of life stencil and pocket stencil sacral chakra, but wasn't sure if the design would be too busy.

I finished the little 3x3 test piece. I thought it was really beautiful, but felt like you couldn't really tell there was supposed to be a moon under all of the layers. So when I created the wood panel I decided to only use the flower of life stencil for the moons and skip the chakra overlay.  I just love seeing all of the layers piece by piece and end with the finished art! You can see the layers coming together now! So exciting! Here is the original flower of life panel done with the moon phases.

Omg! So pretty! I thought I should totally keep this one for myself, but I had a new little twist on the design to try out next!

Next I decided to do the same galaxy design, but add some of metatron's cube stencil to the background to add a little more sacred geometry to the design!

I really like my design to flow around the sides and keep your eyes moving over the piece so I stenciled every side with some distress inks in similar colors to the background taking care to alternate the colors underneath with an opposite color on top. I love how the colors blend in some places and stand out in others.

Here you can see the finished piece in all it's glory! It's SOOOO PRETTY!!

Well I was on a roll so I took out another larger square piece of wood and did a 6x6 piece. Here is what the bottom layer looks like created with watercolors, and shimmer watercolors first.

Next I did my inking and stencils with the metatron's cube stencil.

I just love the process and seeing the design come together. I really LOVE this silver paint marker I have. It's nice, "juicy," and super shimmery. Here is the finished piece.

Do they just keep getting more amazing with each piece, or what?! So the next question is which one will remain mine and which ones will I sell?

I also have been enjoying participating in Free Art Friday Kansas City.  In this facebook group the idea is to make your art and drop it somewhere in KC with a photo clue and allow people to collect the art for free. How fun is that?! I live in a pretty awesome part of Kansas City called "Midtown" and "Westport". It's the cool artsy part of town with lots of restaurants, music, and cool shops. My drop last week was at this awesome gay bar down the street from me called "Missie B's". Here is my artwork and my photo clue.

I bet you remember seeing my print design from my past blog posts :D I have been dropping my photos and clues on my Thirdeyegypsys instagram account too for some extra fun.

Do you get  on a roll when you figure out a new design? How do you spread the news of your artwork in your local scene?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello my Lovely Lovelies! This weeks piece is a watercolor piece. To start I used Sri Yantra from the Sacred Geometry series with shades of blue and red from my Koi Watercolor Pocket Field kit on Hot press watercolor paper. I then haphazardly  put gesso over thinly, then another layer of water color through the Halftone Dots series. I kept the patterns loosely recognizable by using a lot of water and using my heat gun to chase the puddles of color across the page.

I  used my Faber-castell Aquarelle pencil to sketch out the face I saw in the jumbles of color activating it with water. I used the acrylic paint to bring out highlights to the nose, forehead and eyes, then the regular graphite pencil to add the details of the face, and the acrylic paint pen to add more highlights. I also went back in with more water color to add more shadows and details.

In the end I decided to add a 2nd face off to the bottom right of the page. This little page was an hour in my day and because I used the stencils to get my art mojo going it was totally relaxing and I just let myself create.s

I tend to stress out at times trying to create things everyone will like. The funny part is I usually make my most popular art when I create for me.

If you would like to watch my process check out the Youtube video!

Keep creating my lovelies!
XOXOXO
Shana Banana

 

Hey everyone! Lisa popping in here for a quick post about the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. I know there are some people who ask what can be done with them, other than copy exactly what Tim Holtz, the Distress Guy does. Besides all the ways Tim shows you on Youtube, I have three of my own favorites. (To see Ranger's videos, just put "distress crayons" in the Youtube search engine.) 

Artistcellar got the two newest color packs in, sets 6 & 7. They are all delicious colors, matching the rest of the distress stain and ink line. These are my favorite ways to use them. 

1. Backgrounds. 

Please don't judge my tag. I simply grabbed it and started experimenting with the crayons. It's not quite the artistic accomplishment you guys are used to :-D What I did was take 2-3 colors and scribble in patches on the background. Then I took a baby wipe and smeared it all around. Heavy wiping will give a lighter look, very light wiping/dabbing will keep more color. I wanted a lighter background here. You can also use a polymer medium or gel medium to smoosh it around and it won't be as water soluble anymore. 

2. Straight up. 

I love crayons. They remind me of childhood innocence. These crayons are smooth and creamy and make awesome bold rough textured lines. They feel very similar to the Crayola Slick Stix and Gelatos, but of course come in a zillion different colors. The heart is outlined, straight up, no smudging. (The "Happy Holidays" type is a stamp). Now, if you want to smooth the line out, fingers are the best tool to smudge the line. An example of that is below: 

The edges are smudged with my finger. I simply drew a line as close to the edge as I could and rubbed with my finger out about 1/4" to bring that blue line in and frame the tag. At the very end I took an Espresso color and outlined the very edge to bring an even darker line. 

3. Watercolor Effect.

The above also shows an example of using the Distress Crayons for a watercolor effect. I used Archival Ink and stamped a few stars all over the tag. I also stamped some Christmas Trees, shown below. 

I took the color I wanted, got a small paintbrush wet (a water brush would also work really well!) and lifted the color off the tip of the crayon, and painted inside the trees. I used a yellow for the stars. I do this with Neocolor II crayons, I thought, why not try the same with the Distress Crayons? It's nice and subtle and you can layer to make it darker. And if you don't like it, take a baby wipe and wipe the color away :-) 

4. Splatter. 

To make the white snow splatters on the Christmas Trees, I took the white Crayon color and "drew" on my craft sheet to lay color down. I then took the tiniest drops of water and made a white thin paste. I loaded a paintbrush, and tapped it on the crayon to create splatters on the area. The white kind of disappeared in the background area, and showed up more opaque on the green color, perfect! 

So my tag is not the beautifulest of objects, but it does show four ways you can use the Distress Crayons that you may not have thought of. And Tim Holtz can show you some more ways if you google him. 

If you are reading this on December 21, 2016, these will be on sale for 25% off in the Artistcellar shop as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Promotion! All SEVEN sets are available, just look at all those delicious colors! 

Thanks for reading, and since I stole Shelby's day, she will be up tomorrow on the blog! xo Lisa 

Hello again!

Today we're making stardust. I hope you enjoy the video I have prepared for you...

"Well nevermind we are ugly but we have the music" - Leonard Cohen.

 

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In art and in life there are ups and downs and today I feel a little bit sad because this will be my last Artistcellar design team post. It is for the best that I let go and let someone else shine. I have enjoyed seeing the work others have created with Artistcellar stencils and I hope I have made some friends here.

I love the portrait series by Jane Davenport as they are a great way to make beautiful portraits without the worry of getting the eyes, ears, nose and lips in all the wrong places (unless you want to of course). I chose ACS063 (Side) because it expresses so much with so very few lines. I love doing portraits over a colored background instead of the white paper. Having a colored background gives me more creative freedom where I can have fun accenting shapes and colors using watercolors and ink.

Supplies needed:

  • ACS063 Jane Girls Side stencil
  • Canson Moulin Du Roy 140 lb watercolor paper cut 5” x7”
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose, French Ultramarine, Pthalo Turquoise, Hansa Yellow and Shadow Violet
  • Yasutomo Traditional Chinese Ink Ultra Black (CM18)
  • Memento Bahama Blue stamp pad
  • One round and one flat watercolor brush
  • Small stencil brush

First, create a graduated wash of  blended color and apply it to a sheet of cold press watercolor paper. For a smooth graduated wash, wet the paper first by brushing on clear water until the paper looks semi shiny but not dripping or puddling. Load a flat brush with a generous amount of blue watercolor and brush it along the top, then quickly add a wash of yellow and finally a wash of rose. The colors will blend nicely and will be lighter once they are dry.

Position the stencil over the paper and secure with masking tape. I chose a blue stamp pad to being out the image but not to overwhelm since I want the lines to disappear when I start painting. Hold the stencil in place and scrub the ink in with the stencil brush in a circular motion to bring out the details.

Use a pencil to lightly draw in hair and other details.

I used transparent watercolors for painting in the details and shadows. I prefer transparent colors because they mix beautifully without creating mud. Brush on a wet wash of color and drop in another color without actually touching the brush to the paper. Doing this causes the colors to dance, mingle and create new colors. Remember, the secret to watercolor is water!

I felt the image needed more contrast so I used Yasutomo Chinese Ink Ultra Black to block in the background and bring out the face. This ink is really dense and concentrated so don’t mix it with your watercolors and use a different water container and brush for the ink. I love the way it dried to a matte finish.

Fill in more details with various shades of watercolor and ink until you reach the desired effect you want. 

Well it’s not goodbye, it’s so long for now and I hope see you out in the land of creativity.

Thank you for having me here!

Karen Elaine

 

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