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WHAT'S YOUR BAG?
"Hey man, what’s your bag?" Couldn’t help but think of this relic of the Sixties when I discovered the theme of a French Mail Art Call was to recycle paper bags. As it happened, I was on my way home from one of my favourite restaurants, Neato Burrito, with my mission style burrito safely tucked away in a brown paper bag.
As you can gather by the name, Neato Burrito has a definite retro vibe. Now with several locations...and I’ve visited them all...you create your burrito by choosing from a delicious assortment of tortillas, rice, beans, meats, salsas and vegetables. Their jalapeno feta salsa is to die for and was just the inspiration I needed! I also wanted to have fun and there’s no better way for me than to dive into conventional collage work. I love being a recycler of images from a past age. Guess that’s my bag.
I started the project by deconstructing the paper bag at the seams. I liked the printed messages and did my best to keep them as part of my finished envelope. The brown paper was the perfect background for Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series. Stenciling with the largest dots first I changed colours as I progressed through the series. The Artistcellar Traditional Japanese Series is wonderful when you are looking for a pop of colour to accent your work. I picked the Cherry Blossom stencil to do just that.
As many collage artists know, the most wonderful ephemera are gifted to us through the US Postal Service. A gem recently dropped in my mailbox courtesy of a local gas station chain. The image of the woman on the front of the brochure was crying out for a new home...and I had just the place for her! The pinup style illustration fit perfectly with the layout I had in mind. And I liked the feeling of continuity...mail that came to me is now part of a recycled piece to be sent abroad.
When you visit the restaurant it’s great to see the selected vintage advertising that deftly crosses several decades. Motivated by the Neato Burrito experience I rummaged through the classified sections of magazines of the era. Happy with what I found, I surrounded the woman with a plethora of choices. Isn’t that what advertising is all about?
And here you have the final product, just waiting to be addressed, stamped and sent off to France. As they say, everything old is new again...so, I put the question to you: What’s your bag?
Hello beautiful souls!
Do you ever just look at something on your table and decide it needs to be made into art? That's what happened with this lamp. I had so much fun doing my galaxies I decided to work on a lamp using the Metatron's cube stencil.
I had some fun with some distress inks, and some fabric spray. I love how the wet spray reacted with the inks. As you can see the lamp looks different when illuminated and when it's dark.
The colors and details are much prettier with the light off, although I had to take this photograph with lots of lights on to capture the photo. So it's a bit better looking with just the single lamp lit. I added some spatters of white for stars and some glow in the dark spatters for it to glow when not lit as well.
I am not totally done with the lamp yet as I'm trying to decide what it needs next to look great illuminated and dark. I think I will probably go for adding some fabric painted images and some more glow in the dark embellishments. The lamp inspired a few more ideas which is pretty exciting!
I dug out an old shirt and decided to make some dread headbands by cutting across the length of the shirt and then cutting up the back to make a nice long soft band. I took out the chakra pocket stencils and used fabric paints to apply the design.
I learned it takes VERY little paint to use on the tiny details of the stencils. You can see where my paints bled under the stencil. I fixed this problem by using less paint and a make-up sponge and stamping on top of a glass plate so that the surface was very flat and couldn't get wet (my table cover is packing paper which absorbed some moisture and curled). Next I went for adding the pocket sanskrit characters on top of the chakras in a glittery gold. As you can see the gold was not bold enough to stand out on it's own. I tried to wet the fabric and remove it, but that didn't work so I had to get creative.
I decided to use black to apply the sanskrit characters so it would show up better. Again, I realized just how little paint I needed to use for the stencils so it didn't get blurry.
Here is how the band will look worn. You wrap it around your head like a headband, tie it underneath and bring it back around to tie your hair in a ponytail :)
I had so much fun with the first band I wanted to do something even more amazing for the second band. I started out spraying some watered down glittery fabric paint to create some sparkle on the base and then added the flower of life stencil pattern to the background in glow in the dark paint. You can't really see the pattern at all in the light and I couldn't get a good image of it glowing in the dark so unfortunately you just have to take my word that it's awesome! I then applied the crown chakra and third eye chakra stencil in the 6x6 size over the top blending the chakra colors from purples to blues and then indigo to purples. I love using gradient colors!
Next I added the sanskrit pocket stencil design to the centers of the chakra images in black.
So exciting! I can't wait to make more. I need to go pick up some cool tie dyes form the thrift store or make some of my own and add some more stencils.
What creative ways have you used your stencils?
Love, light, and Art,
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!
Is it too early to think about Saint Patrick's Day? If you asked my dad that his answer would have been a resounding, "NO!". My father was very proud of his Irish heritage. He had quite a collection of Irish themed objects including several books about Ireland, pins, ties, green shirts a'plenty, knick knacks and even his business logo (which he asked me to design) was a shamrock! When I saw an unfinished wood shamrock at the craft store the other day I knew it had to be mine and I knew it needed two things: Artistcellar stencils and Dina Wakley acrylic paints. Well, and a wee bit of Inka Gold too, of course!
Here's what I used:
After lightly sanding my wood form I gave it a coat of Evergreen paint.
While I waited for that to dry I used the stencils and paint on deli paper to create a few sheets with interesting layers.
I chose a couple papers and tore them into smaller pieces and applied them to both sides of the shamrock with matte medium. The best way to do this is to apply a thin layer of matte medium, then the paper and another thin layer of matte medium. Use your paintbrush to smooth everything out.
When dry I painted the edge with the Penny and Umber paint. I used Distress Crayons to add a depth of color to the outer edges of the surface and bring out more green. I also rubbed Inka Gold along the edges to give it some sparkle.
I found an inspiring Irish proverb and simplified it to add a little text to my shamrock.
A few little details made with my acrylic paint pens and a coat of clear finish later and I have a finished piece!
I really like the layers of texture and the shimmer of the gold. Many thanks to my lovely eldest daughter for being a fabulous hand model for me once again. May you all have the Luck O' the Irish with you in your creative pursuits this week!
Hello Art Makers,
I hope this post finds you well. I’d like to share a secret about myself. I feel like I rarely finish a piece of art to a stage of completion. Some of that is because I create for the process of it, rather than the product. I am an expressive artist, not a fine artist. However, I do want to create a finished piece here and there. Can any of you relate to this dilemma?
To push myself a little, I decided to take a random piece of pre-painted deli paper to see if I could turn it into a more completed art journal page.
When I opened the container, the paint was much soupier than I had expected. I nearly dumped it all over the place. A word of CAUTION, “Be careful when you open your paint!” I know from watching Julie Fei-Fan Balzer videos that the trick to getting a lovely stencil print is to dab off a bunch of paint before applying it to the stencil. I was feeling a little rebellious though, so some of the soupy paint snuck underneath. Am I crushed by this? Nah. It’s no big deal. Sometimes being messy with your art is quite fun!
TA DA! I love this hot pink on top of the gray-green and yellow.
Now, comes the part of turning painted paper into something else, like an art journal page.
I grabbed my Strathmore Visual Journal, a paint scraper, and some Apple Barrel acrylic paint in two shades of green.
Once the green paint was on and sort of dry, I reached for the good ol’ Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish. I tore strips of the pre-painted and stenciled deli paper and set them in place on my journal page.
I put medium under each strip, one at a time, and also spread the excess on top of the deli paper strips. I used the paint scraper to remove the air bubbles. I also chose to wrap the strips around the top and bottom edges of the page, so there is a bit visible when you flip to the next page in the journal.
I was eager to try these stamps, but felt a little confused by the packaging. The letters were all connected by a tab, and also had a sticky side. Guess what? It wasn’t that hard to figure it out once I just dove in and tried something. I snipped the letters apart and found the taps actually quite useful for placement on the page, as well as when I went to put the stamps back on the packaging. (The gray part is somewhat sticky, and that’s what keeps the stamps in place on the glossy paper packaging).
Since I’ve been feeling overwhelmed a lot lately, I decided to put the calming word, “Breathe” on my art journal page.
Now, when I flip through this journal and come across this page, I may pause and breathe.
May you also pause to breathe.
Did you know there are entire programs just on re-teaching adults how to breathe? It’s true! Anyway, thank you for witnessing my creative process. I hope you learned something or felt inspired to try something new!
And remember . . . .
Blessings and Peace to you,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com
So as I said in my last post I have been taking part in a Faces of February challenge, I have been making a face everyday, using different mediums or styles. So that being said, this post is not about a face I did! lol! because I have to plan these out a bit I just wanted to play and do a bit of playing with stencils and paint today!
I started by getting out my Gesso and covering something I didn't care for in my Strathmore Journal. I completely covered my pages in layers of color using multiple stencils, (here is the list: Playful Pods, Japanese Geometric, Traditional Japanese, Halftone Dots, Marked Series and Steampunk, I thinks that's all of them!) and Dina Wakley Acrylic paints.
I grabbed more of the Dina Wakley paint and mixed it with some gesso and made some beautiful blendy loveliness around the flowers.
After that I just went willy nilly, grabbing more paint, some pens and the generals pencils to play until I was done having having fun! The last thing I did was add some simple silhouettes of a fairie and random bugs and some purposely sloppily written "It doesnt have to be fancy to be fun"
This process is by no means something that I created but it is a wonderful way to play with my supplies and make something that I enjoy looking at! Here's the video:
Big hugs and Mushy stuff!
“Through art we can change the world.” - David Sandum
I’m sure you’ll agree…the world is going through some extremely tough times. And as strange as this may sound, when things seem just a little too intense for me I enjoy wandering through a supermarket. My local A&P was always a favourite. And when I moved to England my supermarket of choice was Morrisons. Regardless of the location, the ambiance was reassuringly identical and delightfully soothing. Is it the orderly rows of merchandise, the bright colours of the packaging, or even the Muzak that charms me? I really don’t have an answer. I just know I enjoy wandering, most of the time aimlessly, through the aisles. I guess you could call it my version of “retail therapy”.
Searching through my collection of ephemera for inspiration, my eye caught a vintage image of a woman pushing her overflowing cart. Like me, she had to be an A&P shopper. There was the clue. My favorite: Eight O’clock Coffee…the original DIY lovers’ coffee…ground to your own specification in the machine conveniently placed in the aisle. I wanted to place the woman on a background that would scream “SALE!!” I took another look at one of my favourite stencils, Artistcellar’s “Celestial” from the Arabian Nights series. I built two versions on heavy white paper using a variety of colours. In the end I had two distinct looks. I decided to use the lighter, brighter one as a background. Having an assortment of choices at my fingertips so quickly and easily is the hallmark of Artistcellar products.
Working wholly conventionally this time I cut and glued my photos, text and sections from handwritten shopping lists I “procured” from a parking lot to the card. Creating this way was just as therapeutic as my supermarket stroll!
Soon the finished piece will be on its way to Twitter Art Exhibit. Founder David Sandum began the project in 2010 using social media and global public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofits. Artists donate postcard sized work to #TAE for sale. At an exhibition the art is sold. The chosen organization receives 100% of the proceeds.
This year TAE17 is supporting Molly Olly’s Wishes in Stratford upon Avon, UK. The organization compassionately assists children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families. Their goal is to help maintain emotional wellbeing for those undergoing extremely difficult times. My challenges in no way compare to those facing these children and their families. But my hope is that with my card we can share a smile and the relaxation of my supermarket meanderings.
Why not spread the healing spirit of Artistcellar? There is still time to enter as registration closes on February 24th. Your postcard must be in the hands of #TAE17 no later than March 17th. For more information follow this link: http://twitterartexhibit.org/
As artists, inspiration surrounds us…even in the most unlikely places…such as a supermarket. But with our unique brand of creativity that we can change the world…one postcard at a time.
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 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,
Today I wanted to challenge myself in two different ways -- I wanted to paint a boy (something I don't often do) and I also wanted to use totally new colors for the portrait. Eee!
I started with an 8" x 10" canvas and a graphite pencil. I used a sketch of my own from about a year ago as my reference. For the background, I also used a 12" x 12" Artistcellar Sacred Geometry Sri Yantra stencil.
Once I finished with the sketching, I brushed on a layer of clear gesso.
For the portrait colors I used Dina Wakely Acrylic, "Blushing" and "Umber" mixed with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in "Titanium White". I brushed on layers to capture shading until I reached a point I was happy with.
For extra background elements I used 12" x 12" Artistcellar Water Series in "Sea Foam" and "Ripples" with DecoArt Media Mister in Primary Cyan and then I added in more color with Dina Wakely's "Ocean", "Fuchsia", and "Blackberry Violet".
This week, I discovered that it is really fun to go back to old sketches and drawings and bring them into the now. I changed a few things here and there, but mostly kept true to the style of past me.
I hope I have inspired you to go back and rediscover some of your old work! How will you incorporate it into the now?
I worked in my art journal this week and by using a few stencils and paint I added to a page I previously worked on. Here are the supplies I used:
You might remember this face from a previous blog post. The facing page was empty and I felt drawn (heeheehee) to it this week. It seemed to me that this facial expression was sad, confused or uncertain. I thought about what words she would like to hear to help with these emotions. The words used in the Creative and Virtues words pocket stencils were perfect positive affirmations to include on my page.
After creating a layered background I used a silicone tool to spread a medium layer of crackle paste in six small sections where I wanted the words to be. When dry I sanded the crackle paste to smooth it and then stenciled the words on top. To create a border around each word I used the Faber-Castell pencils and activated it with water to smudge the graphite.
I wanted to add some personal journaling in black Fude Ballpoint pen but I couldn't come up with my own words. SO many things are happening in our world right now and I am still thinking of how I can express my feelings about it. Right now the stenciled words are enough for me.
I hope you can make time to create in your art journal this week!