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Hey everyone! 

Today I’m trying out Yupo paper with some Dye-na-flow inks. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it or used it, Yupo paper is a synthetic plastic-y paper with a super smooth finish. The inks are meant for fabric and silk painting but I thought that would blend together really well on Yupo (mineral paper would probably work for this too).

On my first one I just used a brush to blend some colors together. Using different techniques/strokes with the brush make a lot of different outcomes!

When it was half dry, I blew on the ink to make even more cool patterns. It turned out pretty cool but also made me very dizzy. It almost looks like coral, which gave me more ideas…

On another page, I laid down a few blues and brushed them with long strokes. While it was still wet, I splattered magenta and yellows by tapping the brush a few inches over the paper. They sort of spread out and blend in a really cool way! 

As it started drying, the splatters only spread in parts of it or where the first splatters were put down and it all blended in a really neat way. 

After that, I taped down a coral stencil - this one is fire coral. I used a baby wipe to rub off the ink, since the Yupo paper doesn’t absorb it, it comes right off! Any kind of slightly damp cloth/paper towel would work to wipe it off. 

 

 The stencil didn’t fit over the whole paper, but I just moved it over, then connected the areas by rubbing off more ink with a wet paint brush. It’s a lot easier to make a really neat edge like this than with paint!

For my next experiment, I'm going to try to make a galaxy. I started with a bunch of “Midnight Blue,” and splattered some magenta and turquoise in it. 

I sprayed some alcohol on it, which made a neat texture. 

I pushed the ink around with a paintbrush and splattered some more colors on it. As it was drying, I used a paper towel to absorb some big puddles of dark ink to even out the colors. It came out really cool! 

Once it dried all the way I added more dark blue ink around the outside to create emphasis in the middle. The white Dye-na-flow wasn’t very opaque, so I made a lot of dots with my favorite white gel pen

I surfed through Pinterest and google for some sort of quote but a lot of them were really long, too cheesy, or too edgy… so I thought I’d use one of the Tam’s inspiration stencils. The “Stardust" from the "Believe" stencil fits perfectly! I used the same technique as the coral stencil and fixed it up with a little damp brush and some more ink around the outside. 

 

There's so much you can create with ink on this paper! I bet it would make all sorts of awesome skies, water, leaves, and flowers, maybe even fire… or just throw your favorite colors on for an awesome background! 

Hello beautiful souls,

It's always exciting to go visit a friend's or family's studio and create together.  My mom invited me over awhile back to come create with her in the studio. We even had some studio helpers along with us, my dog Leeloo and mom's dog, Lucy.

I decided to teach her how I do my little 4x6 watercolors.

First we did a layer of watercolors as our base. Here is mom's watercolor piece.

I chose some nice bright pinks, oranges, and purples for my piece.

Next we did some inking and stencils with some distress ink pads. I used the chartres stencil for my piece and mom used the seven jewels stencil. 

For the finishing touches I outlined my piece in black and mom did hers in gold.

While I was at mom's I decided to make her a few prints with my carved stamp from last weeks post. The first ones turned out so pretty until I used my heat gun to speed up the process of drying the ink and melted the yupo paper, OOPs!

I did another one since I melted the first one and left this one to air dry. 

What friend's or family's studio is your favorite place to go create? 

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello My Lovely Lovelies! Today I am sharing just two little pages I did- one on hot press watercolor paper and the other on Yupo paper. These are by no means wonderful works of art, it is simply me having fun. Being a professional artist sometimes causes me some anxiety! I give myself a creative roadblock worrying whether or not the people who read this blog or watch my videos will like my art. I decided TTHHPPPPTPPTT with that today!

 I got out some stuff I hadn't played with in a while and went to town! On the hot press watercolor I played with my Gelatos and used my Ranger Archival ink pad for some stamping along with Dina Wakley and Dylusions Paints and 2 stencils from the Traditional Japanese and the Japanese Geometric Series. I ended up with this silly fella! 

For my 2nd play time I again used the Ranger Archival ink and did some dimple stamping on Yupo with some hand-me-down stamps I have of trees and grass, I then pulled out my Twinkling H2O's and created this lovely little piece. I think I'll put it in a frame in my guest room! I had fun today playing!

Get out some supplies you havent played with in a while or get some new ones and just slop the color around until you smile!

Big hugs and Mushy stuff my sweets!

If you would like to see the process of my owl check it out below!

- Shana Banana @wisccheeto

 

Hello my lovely lovelies!!

I am totally psyched! I received my Design Team box just in time for this post! I am warning you! You are going to want to go over to the Artcellar store to get this stuff!

First, I want to show you the new addiction that Lisa has fed, and I don't think I am alone! We received a Speedball Linocutter and a piece of Speedy-Carve rubber to cut. I sat in my favorite chair and just went for it! I ended up carving this awesomeness, I am totally addicted. 

I cant wait to get more to cut to create texture in my art pieces, and some awesomness for making cards.

I think my favorite item in the box is the new Dina Wakley paint colors that Artistcellar now carries! I totally adore them! The buttery texture and the colors are fantastic. I think my favorites in the bunch are Elephant and Ocean with Blushing and Evergreen coming a close 2nd.

We also received Yupo paper which I LOVE! It is a substrate that helps you let go of controlling your color. I love to use it with acrylics, inks, and watercolors. It is awesome. Read about it HERE.

This piece I created using the Yupo paper, Dina Wakley paints, Generals Scribe-All pencil and the Halftone Dots, Sacred Geometry and the Coral stencils. I watered down the paints and let them float on the surface then carefully chased the puddles of color using my heat gun for the base background, creating a fluid looking base.

I then used paint through the stencils for more texture. I used the piece I carved to add random parts of it as a stamp using a staz-on stamp pad and added a thin layer of the Fuchsia for more contrast.

At this point I just looked at the piece to see what wanted to come out and be seen, and since my kitty was stalking me there was of course a kitty in there! This little piece was so fun to work on and it will end up in my journal maybe in a layered page!

Thank you to Artistcellar and to Lisa for picking out the perfect items for us to create with!

Big hugs and mushy stuff!!

Shana Banana