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I'm going to be honest, when I was told we were getting paper made from rocks to play with I was thinking "what the heck am I going to do with that?!" I was thinking it was going to be coarse and require major prep to use.

I was SOOO pleasantly surprised  when I actually received the Mineral Paper! It is awesome stuff! It is water resistant so using watercolors on it is awesome, if you don't mind the pun... It ROCKS! Lol, yea, I'm punny like that!

So I wasn't sure how to play with it and just started messing around using watercolors, then I decided to try out some Artistcellar Stencils and ended up making these beauties!

The process is so simple to make these on the Mineral Paper, only requiring a couple of my favorite stencils from the Sacred Hearts and Sacred Geometry 2 Series, a fine mist sprayer for water, watercolors (I used Twinkling H20's to add some shimmer), a brush, and patience to let it dry completely.

The 1st step is to place your stencil on the mineral paper and mist with a layer of water.

I then go in and fill the open spaces with the watercolor, the color will bleed under the stencil, that is OK! We want that!

Now is the patient part... leave the stencil in place and... wait... until it is completely dry to the touch.

Once dry, carefully remove the stencil from the mineral paper, it will stick, even with a very clean stencil.

If there are any damp areas under the stencil, either dab with a towel or wait for them to dry. I stuck this one on a card front and it is ready for a note to be added inside.

I love how simple this is to do with all the choices of wonderful stencils, I can't wait to use this process over and over! The Mineral Paper is also great from Mixed Media, I used my Koi Watercolors, colored pencils, and acrylic paint for this piece.

If you would like to watch the full process for the simple stencil and watercolor, or the Wild Hair Girl on the Mineral Paper, just look below!

Big Hugs and Mushy Stuff!

-Shana (aka Cheeto)


Time. It’s a commodity I am forever chasing.  Days melt into weeks.
Rapidly weeks turn into months that segue into years.  How did I allow
myself to become “so busy”? Are you the same?

Most of my daily activities are enjoyable. But sometimes I stop and
wonder. Am I busy just to be busy?  Is my life just spiraling around
me…or am I fully involved in the process of living? Am I still
following my dreams, or is it just a happy accident when I do achieve

I needed time to think. And thinking is generated not only from my
mind, but from my heart and hands.

I love designing with all of the Artistcellar stencils in my
collection, but recently I find my Muse steering me to create using
the Sacred Heart series. The traditional Sacred Heart design speaks to
me. The Creative Words Pocket Stencils add the perfect accent. The
words in the series are exceptional.  I took the stencils to my work
table and started my collage. I wanted something I could use as a
bookmark in my daily journal. I needed something to remind me to be an
active part of this life that swirls around me.

My substrate is heavy drawing paper. I don’t use my watercolours as
often as I should, so I decided now is the time. I splashed a wash of
colours I found pleasing. When dried, I added stencil shapes and a
ribbon of metallic acrylics. If you look closely you will also see a
coffee wash…as I prefer to call my sometimes messy drinking. With the
nib from the bottle of my liquid acrylics in hand I added the
calligraphy…my intention…the start of truly living my dreams.

I may not always be able to achieve the mindfulness I strive for, but
through my work I can move ahead to the place that brings me peace.
And it is from a peaceful heart that I can travel in the direction of
my intentions, to trust my way forward, to make my dreams a reality.

In the whirl of the day’s events, do you ever stop and ask yourself…am
I making time for my dreams? Is now the time that you do?


Trust & Sacred Heart Artistcellar Stencils

Hand cut stencils

Art Paper

Drawing  paper

Metallic Acrylic Paint

Liquid Metallic Acrylic Paint

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint

Coffee Wash - Also known as "Being Messy"

I have always been attracted to geometry through the art of origami. Folding squares of paper into simple or complex models is on one hand challenging and on the other very soothing and calming for me. The result of folding always gives me joy and I love sharing it with others and I believe origami connects me socially, creatively and spiritually. I never understood that until recently when I started to explore sacred geometry in art and nature. The act of folding a paper square into something beautiful or functional and being aware of each step of the process keeps my mind in the present moment. I always thought of origami as therapy and now I understand why.

I thought of a beautiful box designed by origami master Tomoko Fuse of Japan for this blog post today. Folding the box requires 8 sheets of paper the exact same size. I used Kraft paper because it is heavier than standard origami paper but you can use any type of medium to heavy weight paper and cut them into 6” squares. I love decorating plain origami papers before folding and the Sacred Geometry series are perfect because they are the same size as standard origami paper.

Apply white gesso onto 4 sheets of the black paper over the ACS121 "Metatrons Cube" Sacred Geometry 2 stencil using a stencil brush.


Apply black gesso (or thick bodied black paint) onto 4 sheets of white paper over the ACS120 "Quattro Flower" Sacred Geometry 2 stencil.

Let the papers dry before going to the next step. They may be slightly wrinkled but don’t worry, you will flatten them completely before folding.

I love interference colors because they reflect light and interact with the base color. I used Golden interference colors because they dry without being sticky and that is very important when folding unit boxes.

Apply the interference blue onto the black paper and interference violet onto the white. See how the color pops off the black and is more subtle on the white. Cover the entire surface of each sheet of paper and let dry completely.

After the papers dry and if they are still slightly wrinkled, flatten them under heavy books between sheets of wax paper. This is the part where patience is important because you want the sheets to be perfectly flat before folding. I use a book press but any method is fine just as long as the sheets are bone dry and flat.

You will use four sheets for the box top and four for the bottom. Diagrams for the box are found in books and online. I made a video a few years ago on how to fold it because diagrams aren’t always easy to follow. I would suggest folding the box top first.

Watch the video on how to fold and assemble the box bottom.

The box will be very sturdy after folding and assembling. I have made this box hundreds of times and the process has given much joy and peace while presenting small gifts and storing sacred items.


Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 Stencils

Yasutomo kraft origami paper

White and black gesso

Golden Interference colors, blue and violet

Stencil brush

A little while back, I conspired with Iris of Iris Impressions. I sent her some stencils and she had a ball making beautiful artwork with them. I love seeing what different artist do with our stencils and this was no different. One of my absolute favorite ways of using stencils is to push texture paste/molding paste through it and create beautiful texture you can see and feel. I didn't know Iris was going to do this, but I'm thrilled she did!


She wrote a blog post about it on her blog Iris Impressions. She includes a Speedy Video of her entire process, so you can see exactly how she created this piece of gorgeous artwork.

And... drumroll please... she is going to be giving away a FREE set of Cathedral Plans stencils to someone! Visit her blog, she explains at the end how to enter to win. Easy Peasy. Good luck and let me know if you tried this project!

Hello! In my neck of the woods the weather has really been warming up! This weekend I was even able to start a small garden. I decided that I also wanted to make something fun to hang outside that could clink and clang around in the garden.

I came across a wine bottle that was a gift from my husband's and my wedding. Then, I did a little bit of research online to figure out how to cut the bottom off of the bottle. First, I used a glass cutter and made a line all around the bottom of the bottle. Then, I lit a candle and took the flame to it. I alternated between candle flame and cold water until the bottom just fell off. Lastly, I sanded down the edges so that it wouldn’t be sharp.

Next, I gathered up a bunch of “stuff”… a plastic skeleton from Halloween, wooden thread spools, some old jewelry items and a vinyl record and I took them all outside and started painting!

I used Dina Wakley Heavy Body acrylic paint in turquoise and tangerine and also Art Alchemy acrylic paint in Wild Fuchsia and Emerald Green to paint over some of my embellishments. Once dry, I went over them with some Stickles glue because GLITTER!

I used a Sacred Geometry 2 stencil “Seed of Life” with DecoArt Media Mister and Stickles glue to add interest to the vinyl record. Then I went over it with a layer of DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.

Once everything was dry, I assembled it all with hemp string and Voila! Your very own funky outdoor decor!

My family and I had a relaxing and fun Spring Break that was spent with extended family and included visits with friends. It was so nice that I had a verrrrry difficult time coming back to "real" life and the daily chores I wish I could avoid. With this laid back attitude I decided to create a few simple abstract compositions using the Sacred Geo 2 stencils. The designs are inspiring and have so many great elements to them. I didn't want to worry about a deeper meaning or what I wanted to communicate. I just wanted to make something cool and not have to give it a purpose. It was a perfect project to do relaxing on the couch with a favorite tv show on.



I scrounged up a few small sheets of mixed media paper that had random marks on them from when I was playing around with watercolor. It was the perfect first layer. For the second layer on a few of them I placed the stencil and lightly brushed water color paint on top of it. This ends up giving a imperfect, grungy look.



Grabbing a fine tip waterproof pigment ink pen (like a Faber Castell Pitt pen) I placed the stencil back into place and began to trace along the design. I paid attention to what sections I traced and purposely left out others so that it would not come across too obviously that I was tracing a stencil.


I was strictly looking at it as an abstract composition and making sure I had a good visual balance, some repetition, and interesting positive and negative space. (Basically all the things I have been trying to teach my little K -2nd graders at school. Ha!)


Once the ink lines were dry (which isn't too long because it is a thin line) I went back into my watercolors to add another layer and started defining the space in my composition by adding complementary colors. The texture watercolors make is oh so dreamy. If you don't have watercolors then go ahead and use a nice acrylic paint you've thinned out with either a fluid medium or water. 



Finally I grabbed my fine line pen again and added small decorative elements. Lines, dots, short phrases. Basically anything to give it some more interest. And after looking at them now I can see their purpose! They will become cards to send to a few dear friends. So interesting that even though I started off without a purpose I made art anyways and the art let me know what they needed to be.



I hope you try a few of these techniques in your art journal and have a creative week!

Howdy, Ya’ll! It’s Briana here from Today I am going to share some stepped out photos of how to create a dynamic background page using Dye-Na-Flow, the Star Coral stencil, black acrylic paint, Dylusions Spray Ink, and neon embroidery floss!

I am using a 9x12 loose sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper.


First, I painted and dripped some yellow Dye-Na-Flow on the paper.

Star Coral Stencil with Black Acrylic Paint

Second, you’ll want to use the Star Coral stencil (from the super awesome Coral Series), a cosmetic wedge, and black acrylic paint to start creating some contrast.

As you can see in the photo above, I did not use the entire stencil; I just used parts of it, here and there.

Dylusions Spray Ink

Next, let’s spray some ink!

TIP: You’ll want to either clear the area, or set up a spray station. These spray inks have been known to spray in directions you are not always intending for them to go!

Sometimes you might not want the edge of the stencil to show on your page.

TIP: Use post-it notes or papers to block out certain areas. (See below).

TIP: Use a roll of paper towels to soak up excess ink.

Check out how awesome the Dylusions Spray Ink and the Dye-Na-Flow work when layered on top of one another.

Isn’t that delicious?!

Neon Embroidery Floss

You don’t have to be good at sewing to add interesting stitches to your page. I am using a couple of colors from this neon embroidery floss set I found at a fabric store.

TIP: Look in the children’s art supply section, as “friendship bracelets” use the same thread.

You’ll want to also gather a pair of scissors and a sharp needle. I am using a bookbinding needle, but a hand embroidery needle would work, as well.

TIP: Here’s a great hand needles guide by Jo-Ann.

Start sewing from the back of your page. Be sure to create a knot at the end of your thread. I also make a loose knot near the eye of the needle.

TIP: Use a light source to help you see through your paper as you determine where to stitch

You might consider stitching around some stenciled shapes, or create your own shapes with your stitches, such as Xs or crosses.

I hope you give some of these ideas a try!

In case you are wondering what you might do with this loose background page, here are a few suggestions:

Add collage images and rubber stamp words to complete the page


Cut it up and create a handmade card


Cut it up and create gift tags

Of course, you can always simply leave it as is. For me, the process of making art is the most important part. Enjoy playing with the supplies and materials. Soak in that playful color. Simply be with it all and feel the positive energy art making brings.

Blessings to you,





You ever have one of those days? I have had a few for the last 2 weeks, if it’s not one thing it’s another! The only thing keeping me going is COFFEE! My sweet go juice!

I had actually planned writing about a canvas piece I did for the blog post this week along with a video

but somehow I didn’t record it, which means no video -  no process pics! I did however record myself talking on the phone and playing with my puppy for a very long time, it must be because it’s for the April 1st post, blah… but enough griping!

When I went in to edit the video today and found my problem I groaned and got a cup of coffee trying to figure out how I could cram 2 days of work into a few hours, I started a few different journal entries but did not like a single one enough to share and then my light went on! A coffee mug!

I love to paint coffee mugs and the pocket stencils are the perfect size to use on them!

All you need is a mug from the dollar store, enamel paints and an oven! Once the mug has been bake-cured it is dishwasher safe too.

I created a mug using the Artistcellar pocket stencils, the Chakras set and the Creative words set. It is was simple and fun. The process was easy and the whole mug only took 30 minutes to paint with the help of the stencils.

When using the enamels it is best to use multiple light layers when putting the color down, I used a make-up sponge when using the stencils 

lightly dabbing in the brown until the opacity I wanted was achieved. I then used a brush to add the coffee to the mug using multiple layers again.

I then went in and added the contrast color of red over the letters and parts of the Chakras symbols.

The last step was just going over and adding more paint where another layer was needed and adding more details for interest.

And now I have a sassy mug! I purposely ignored perfection on this, I love the imperfect lines and lettering, before I have my coffee in the morning it will look perfect!

Big hugs and mushy stuff!

- Shana Conroy

If you would like to watch the process here is the video!

For my first post I had a lot of fun using the Sacred Geometry Series with Splash Ink on Mineral paper and I promised you I would save the papers for a future post and here it is!

The mineral paper was first painted with Splash Ink using a brayer. Once the paper was dry I removed color by laying the stencil down and lifting with a sponge. 

Magenta Splash Ink was applied by scrubbing with a stencil brush on the reverse side of the paper.

I lifted the color with a sponge over the Pocket Stencil Words around the edge of the paper. The inside of this area is a perfect place to write a love letter to a friend or yourself.


To make the letter fold start with the pattern side down and fold at an angle at the bottom of the paper.

Fold at an angle in the opposite direction and turn the paper over.

Fold the bottom edge up at the intersection of the last folds. 

Collapse the last folds into a triangle with two flaps on either side and flatten.

Turn the paper around and fold down the top edges to meet the triangle bottom.

Fold the right and left points down to the bottom.

Fold the left and right sides to the center. 

Fold the top right and left sides backwards. 

Fold the top layer bottom up .

Fold and tuck the corner into the pocket on the left side.

Fold and tuck the corner into the pocket on the right side. These last two folds are how the heart stays folded in place. To open the heart, just untuck these two points.

Your heart is complete! (Here is a PDF file diagramming the folds!)

The heart is meant to be opened.

I  applied black archival stamp pad ink with a stencil brush over the Seek stencil to finish the front.


Artistcellar Sacred Geometry Series Stencils

Pocket Stencil Words

Splash Ink, magenta and blue

Mineral Paper cut to 8 1/2” x 11”

stencil brush


When friends and colleagues learn I am part of the Artistcellar Design Team, I am often asked what I like the most about the stencils. There’s the obvious answer concerning the quality and durability of the material used for the products. Clean up is a breeze…and that’s so important to me. I know I will be able to use the stencils for a long time to come…with a variety of paints, sprays and mediums. 

I believe your tools, as much as your Muse, can greatly influence your art journey. So if I had to pick one feature that puts these stencils in a league of their own, it would be the wide variety of themes.  

From childhood to the present, an interest in religion and spirituality has shadowed my life and work. Miracles, visions, esoteric thought, meditation, the afterlife…and their believers, of all denominations…continue to intrigue me. 

That’s why seeing the spiritual leaning of many of the Artistscellar stencils is inspiring and the reason I am pulled to the Sacred Heart Series. A Catholic icon, the Sacred Heart appeared as vision to several mystics throughout history. 

Looking through the series I decided to use the traditional version of the Heart surrounded by the crown of thorns. In my collection of ephemera I have a postcard of a nun in a garden. She brought to mind the story learned in catechism class about Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M.  A Roman Catholic nun and mystic, Saint Margaret Mary shaped modern devotion to the Sacred Heart. Her view extolled the wonders of love and compassion for mankind.

I decided to pay homage to Holy Cards so often venerating the life of Saints. Starting with a 12th Century icon image I layered both traditional materials and digital files keeping to a colour scheme rich in metallics.

Love, spirit, compassion for others…these are principles we all can share, however you choose to worship, or not to worship.

Materials Used:

Assorted papers & digital files: Various Stencils, Tissue, Wax infused paper, postcard converted to digital files.

Artistcellar Stencils: Pocket StencilsSACRED HEART Stencil

Hand cut Stencils

Deco Art Metallic Acrylics: Splendid Gold, Berry

Plaid Metallic Acrylics: Bright Red, Pure Gold, Sahara Gold, Antique Gold, Rose Shimmer, Amethyst, Plumb, Blue Topaz, Champagne, Aquamarine

Reeves Acrylics: Rose Red, Gold

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