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Hello my lovely lovelies!

It's my turn again to share what I've been playing. Remember this picture from last week?

I decided I would play with this one a bit more and it turned out nothing like the start of it!

I was looking at this piece and realized I have done many like this with a girl off center with glorious wind whipped hair. I didn't want to do another one. Lol!

So I grabbed my Sacred Geometry and Tibet stencils and set to covering her up.  I wanted to get messy! So I did by finger painting using Dina Wakley paints and getting my fingers all messy.

Then with the Dina Wakley paints in Black and Ruby I made wonderfully watery drips and messy lines and marks all over the canvas board.

Those marks turned into first one face then a second appeared in the chaos of the piece, which made me very happy! I highlighted the faces with a white sharpie paint pen and more Dina Wakley paints in Elephant, Turquoise and Ruby

I love the colorful chaos of this piece, the almost willful look of the female face on the right and the wistful look of the male on the left. It has deeper meaning for me but I won't go into my drab here!

I definitely think this piece turned out to be not the norm for me. And I love how deliciously messy my hands got!

Big hugs and mushes to you!

Xoxo! Shana

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” - Marcus Aurelius

Returning to my prayer flags seems especially timely. Viewing the events of the last few days has been emotionally exhausting. But a quiet place to reflect and dwell on the beauty around us is always found when I begin any art project. For my next flag I selected the Eternal Knot from the Artistcellar Tibet Series.

The interlacing design of the knot is found in many cultures. It represents the concept of duality and the search for the interweaving of qualities of wisdom and empathy, as well as femininity and masculinity. The ultimate objective is to acquire the necessary stability to allow us a clearer path to enlightenment.

I couldn’t wait to stat the project. This time I decided to use a heavier 100% cotton duck fabric. I wasn’t sure how the acrylics would work, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the results. The colours are vibrant and blend as I intended. The heavier weight also made the flag easier to adhere to the card I sprayed with adhesive.

To compliment the Knot I selected the Shooting Stars and Celestial stencils from the Artistcellar Arabian Nights series. What could be more inspiring than observing the sky at night? Working with various shades of blue and green, colours traditionally representing unity and balance, I enveloped the shooting stars with a grand blanket of the cosmos. The flag was finished with a selection of multicoloured Halftone Dots and Diamonds. As in life, it’s the compliment of colours that unites and enhances the entire composition.

I, as well as many of my friends, have experienced great dismay at the world events surrounding us. Sometimes we opt to step back as a way to make sense of the insanity. But there are moments when we need to make our voices heard. Beauty in life includes thoughts and actions. I choose to focus on the people who in my mind are the stars. They are the brave that shine. They speak their mind with wisdom and empathy. They are the stars I aspire to run with.

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Hello beautiful souls,

I am so excited about this post since I have been on such a roll with art since my new 4x6 pieces I did for first Friday.  I started out working on this piece from a 4x6 piece I used to save some of my dylusions ink sprays from the back side of my stencil. There was so much ink that would be wasted so I used some 4x6 pieces of watercolor paper I had to pick up the excess inks. I used to kind of not like this stuff because it does pick up the back layer when you try to paint over it, but when I did these next pieces it really was just perfect and now I kind of want ALL of the dylusion ink sprays, lol.  

Here are the 4x6's I used as a base with the Buddha eyes stencil.

I used the dylusions "ground coffee". I started out by filling in some of the white spots with water colors using a dabbing motion to softly add color. I used 3 different purples and then topped them with 3 purple distress inks and the flower of life stencil.  After that I did some drips down the piece using water from my paint brush rinse jar. As you can see the drips and layers of stencils look awesome already!

Next I used the celestial stencil from the Arabian Nights series with some white ink to create some ghostly layers. Now to brighten up those eyes with some aqua blue.

Then to finish it off I added all of the fine details with some metallic gold paint penned in the pupils of the eyes, the swirl in the middle of the face and on the forehead. I added a few drips of gold since my gold pen leaked when I was outlining some details. Oops! This is mixed-media art so we just call that a "happy little accident" and add things to make it look like it was intended. I finished off the design with a few doodles in black.

Here is the finished piece.

I was so freaking excited with this piece! I just love all of the layers and details. I love how the ink, distress inks, and water colors have such pretty translucent layers. I was so excited about the 4x6 I just HAD to try making a shrink plastic pendant to match!

Here is the pendant before I shrunk it down. I love that you can get a feel for the layers in such a small piece. The piece is about 2.5" before it shrinks down to about 28mm.

Here is how it looks tiny size. So awesome! I even turned it into a necklace and took these necklaces with me to first Friday.

You can see it here with its other friends.

I also made another 4x6 with the other print I had, but I  decided to make this one more masculine feeling. I used reds, oranges, yellows, golds, and blacks with a white ghost layer and the star & cross stencil since it was chunkier.

I am really in love with this one too!

I can't wait to show you what I have in store for my next post. There are just so many elements to the design it needs its own post.

Do your one of a kind designs turn into a series?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello!

Today we are going to explore art journaling inspired by Poetry!

I'm using a poem called "93% Stardust" by Nikita Gill, which goes as follows: 

"We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names."

I hope you enjoy the video I created for you!:

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Who doesn't love a cute little accordion book nestled inside a little matchbox? 

For this week's project I took little matchbook-style boxes I found at a certain art and craft supply store and altered them with paint and stencils. 

Here are the supplies I used:

Start out by taking the covers off the boxes and putting a coat of gesso on the top, covering the design. Let it dry a minute then place stencil on top of gesso and use a foam makeup applicator to rub off the gesso showing through the stencil. This is one way that I am able to transfer the actual design of the stencil to my paper. When the gesso is dry use paint pens to embellish the stencil design.

To start the accordion book create a background by scraping two different colors of acrylic paint onto a sheet of watercolor paper. When the paint is dry use the Cathedral Plan stencils with white gesso to add another layer with more texture. Measure the inside of your box and cut the watercolor paper into strips that you will accordion fold to fit in the box. 

Take a ribbon or string of your choice that is long enough to tie around your book. Use a piece of decorative tape and tape it to the inside of your box. Now you can place your book inside your box and tie it up with a bow! 

Have a great week and I hope you try making a mini book to go inside a mini box.

 

Good day to you, dear readers.

I always like to start out with a little gratitude. Thank you for being here!

Today, I’d like to share an art journal spread I created using supplies available at artistcellar.com

I am working in my brown paper bag journal that I learned how to make in Misty Mawn’s Embrace Yourself Workshop (2017 online class). I am sure there are tutorials on YouTube, as well.

I am starting the art journaling process on a page spread that already has gesso and a little collage under the gesso. The pages look like this:

I am using the Labyrinth Series Stencils by artistcellar.

I grabbed some Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint, a paper plate for a palette, and a cosmetic wedge. I applied the paint through the stencil, and it turned out crisp and wonderful! (See the three, step-by-step photos below.)

TIP: Dab the cosmetic wedge in the paint. Then dab some of the paint off of the cosmetic wedge before applying it to the stencil. This helps prevent “globbing”. Is that a word? Even if it isn’t, I bet you know what I mean! : )

Next, I used a Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen to do some journaling.

I wrote, “We weave in and out of the labyrinth of life, love, faith, & understanding. In & out & back to center. Finally when we are centered & grounded, we can make sense of it all. We can see anew & believe in the good.”

Next, I pulled out the fabulous Derwent Inktense Blocks that everyone adores! The color is highly pigmented, and they are water-soluble.

Aren’t the colors just “scrummy”? (I am not sure why I am making up words today, but I am going with it!)

I applied the Inktense color over my journaling.

Here’s a closer look.

These Inktense Blocks feel like a firm chalk pastel, but they are water-soluble. See the next two images below.

Apply water with a brush to the Inktense color and voilà!

Here’s the finished art journal page spread.

Ultimately, my hope for me, and for you, is that we can all “believe in the good.”

Blessings and Peace to you!

Happy creating with your stencils, paint, and other colorful supplies!

-Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

 

Hello my lovelies! 

I am back in the fire that is Phoenix. It is sweltering here! High heat and high humidity. Not pleasant. I am missing Wisconsin so much, I am missing the inspiration that nature gives me on a daily basis! Here it is so icky I am always in a rush to get indoors. Blug.... OK. I'll stop whining.

While I was gone I missed my art supplies so much! I actually had dreams of my paints and stencils. Lol. So of course when I got back to AZ I started playing willy nilly with everything. Sadly I haven't finished anything. I do have pictures on a few items that I have been working on.

I pulled out my Dina Wakley paints, Dye-na-flow, Dylusions spray inks, stencils and some acrylic inks and sketched and just played! 

“Knowledge is ultimately available to everyone. Only true intuition, jumping from knowledge to an idea, is yours and yours alone.” – Bill Bernbach

As artists are we naturally drawn to unconventional conduct? Are we guided by intuition to a life without limits? Are we passionate to share our experiences? Is there something in our makeup that emboldens us to reach further than we thought we ever could?

I started my collage with a photo. I have been looking for a place in my work for the image of the women reading. As a fellow bibliophile I recognize the bliss of total absorption in a book. For a background I flipped through a vintage book in my collection. After tearing out a couple of pages from the index I saw the words “Unconventional conduct”. Could the women be reading a work that would change their destiny? Why not?

My substrate is illustration board. I primed it with a coat of gesso. When dried I attached the book pages using matte medium and added one final coat of tinted Mod Podge. I gave the board twenty-four hours of drying time as the pages were especially thick and absorbent.

After framing the work with Rose Red acrylics, still embracing my messy side, I began the stenciling process with one of my favourites, the Halftone Dots series. The layers quickly built as I added a variety of stencil patterns to the collage finishing with the map of one of the most unconventional cities on the planet, Paris, from Artistcellar’s Old World Maps series. Although the stencil has many fine cut outs representing the meandering streets, clean up was easy with no damage at all, ready for many future projects.

To read, to seek, to know...this is the stuff that drives our creative spirit. And as an artist isn’t our calling to follow our intuition whenever it may lead? The realm of the unconventional is where our souls bloom. How will you release the magic of your imagination?

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Hello beautiful souls,

We're off on another adventure with gifts and creating for our First Friday event.  I've been working on some more 4x6 pieces on watercolor paper. Let's dive in and take a look, shall we? I created this first piece for a friend since he had invited Christian, my friend Eryn, and myself to a kombucha class with him. One can't come empty handed, you know I like to ask favorite colors and things before creating a piece and then go from there. I started out with a layer of water colors and used cool colors of: purple, indigo blue, and sky blue for my base layer with water colors and shimmer water colors (a girl likes sparkles!)

Next I did a layer using the flower of life stencil with some white outlines and then layered on the pocket stencil chakra series with some distress inks.

I like to define the layers so I added some black outlines with some Molotow markers and then added some texture with texture paste and the chakra 2 series pocket stencils.

I wanted to make sure the color on the modeling paste stood out and wanted to make them metallic, but contrasting with the gold background so I did a little test before making it permanent. I used some modeling paste on some watercolor paper and then used some distress inks and watercolors to get  a copper metallic look.

I then did this same technique on my chakra piece to finish it off.

I will be doing First Friday with a friend next week so I wanted to have a  nice collection of different things for sale so I decided to create some 4x6 art on watercolor paper. I originally wanted to create a background and do a cool mixed-media girl on top, but the piece was so beautiful I didn't want to cover up any of it. I think I had the best luck with these awesome backgrounds using really intricate stencils. I did a base with blotchy watercolors to start out and then began layering.

I really love these oranges, pinks, and purples together. Next I used the hemp flower stencil  with distress inks to create my first layer along with some white ink.

I love the labyrinth series stencils so I used chartres and anasazi on top. I love how you can see all of the layers in this photo.

I did some outlining in black on parts of the top layer stencils to finish up the design. I am SO in LOVE!

I wanted to take this same style and create a few more pieces, but since the stencil designs aren't as intricate they have a more loose feel to them.  I started out with: greens, blues, and yellows for the base with some shimmer watercolors and regular watercolors.

Next I inked the layer with the seed of life stencil. I love how this looks!

I went for the last layer using chartres with purple, but I feel like the bottom layer got a bit lost.

I did one final piece before calling it a night at around 2am this morning using the crete stencil.

How do you like to do your layering?

Love, light, and creativity,

Genea

Hello again!

This week I'm creating a different type of project -- OUTSIDE OF THE JOURNAL!

Many of you already know I created an oracle deck called Dear Heart Oracle. My deck has been sitting in a white jewelry-style cardboard box. It works perfectly -- but it needed some bling.

First, I reached for the Dina Wakely heavy body acrylic. I love this paint! It's so pigmented that it doesn't require multiple coats. First, I did a layer of "Ocean" on the bottom of the box. Then, I used a paper towel as a sponge to add a bit of "Turquoise" on the box. 

For the top of the box, I used Dina Wakely's "Blackberry Violet" with "Ocean". Then for some extra texture and bling I used the Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil "Seed of Life" with Golden Glass Bead Gel. 

The Glass Bead gel has tiny beads of glass so it will be super sparkly!

To finish it off, I used E6000 glue with a plaster of paris mold of a doll head, that I painted with Art Alchemy Opal Magic Blue/Pink paint.

That's it! 

Does the outside of the box make you want to open it to see the magic inside?!

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