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Have you heard that even artists need to do a little warm-up exercise, just like athletes and performers? Sometimes I remember that little tip, and sometimes it sort of naturally happens. Like preparing for this post, for example. On my art table, I had a piece of newsprint with some black painted lines.
I thought it might be cool to put a stencil over the top. I tried it, I liked it, but it wasn’t where I wanted to go, so I called it a “warm-up”.
What this warm-up did for me was helped me start a new art journal spread as I cleaned off the “Brain Coral” stencil with a baby wipe.
I am just getting several page spreads into the large 9x12 inch journal by Jane Davenport, sold at Michaels.
Feeling inspired by the work of Artistcellar design team members, I decided to take out the awesome 12x12 “Om” stencil.
Tracing and painting in something usually feels too fussy for me, but I tried to push my limits a bit.
So, I traced “Om”, using a black Sharpie paint pen. It was a little tricky to go over the middle of the journal spread, but I did it.
Next, I filled in the stencil shape with the same black Sharpie paint pen. The results were a little too scritchy scratchy for me, so I used black India ink and a paint brush to smooth things out.
Third, I added some colorful spray ink spots.
Since the black India ink wasn’t all the way dry on that “O” it ran a little. I like it, though.
Finally, I added a border of one of my hand-carved stamps, using Staz-On ink.
This was a good experiment for me. And where is the best place to conduct such experiments? I would suggest an art journal is the best place. There is freedom in playing without fear of “messing up.”
In conclusion, Artistcellar 12x12 stencils are awesome! Creative warm-ups are good to do. And, an art journal is a place for artful experiments. Let yourself go!
Thanks for reading this post!
Blessings to you, and Happy Creating!
-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com
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