Saturday, March 11, 2017

Still, It Rises - Quilt Stencil with Artistcellar

Happy Friday!
Today I'm super excited to do a project with the brand new Quilt series stencils! I have both the 6 x 6 and the pocket set, so I got to work creating a little art journal page with them. 
Now I KNOW I want to experiment with the stencils using them to create artistic quilts, (and how fun would it be to sun dye fabric with Dye-Na-Flow ink?!) but for now I wanted to figure out a way to use the stencils in a totally off the wall way. 
So... I made a lotus!
To begin, I sprayed the art journal page with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Verdigris". I just wanted to get some color on the page -- once I sprayed it, I set the book aside and grabbed a loose piece of watercolor paper. I had already used this paper to doodle on, so I turned it over and started spraying the "Star Flower" stencil with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in "Ponderosa Pines Olive". I gave it a quick dry with the heat gun and then used scissors to cut out the flower petals. 
Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the petals down and add a stem. I wanted more color on the page, so I used the pocket stencils with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Tarnished Silver" as well as Dye-Na-Flow in Turquoise and Dylusions spray in "Crushed Grape". I also added some black acrylic for more contrast and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen to add the quote!
I hope you have fun playing with these new stencils! I am already brimming with ideas, they are so versatile and I haven't seen anything like them before! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Painting with Frida (and DecoArt Media!)

This week's inspiration is...

Frida Kahlo!

I have painted Frida numerous times throughout the last couple of years. I always seem to seek inspiration from her because she was such a strong, brave incredible woman. 
To start today's Frida painting I used a large piece of watercolor paper and a base layer of ephemera and gesso.

To "glue" down the ephemera, I brushed DecoArt Media Matte Medium on both the watercolor paper and the top of the ephemera itself. Then, I used a light wash of white gesso to help push the ephemera back. Then, a light picture sketch of Frida (and some fun stencil elements from my friend, Sarah Trumpp!) before the fun begins - Color!

I used a multitude of fluid acrylics from the DecoArt Media line. I love working with this paint because it is so vivid and pigmented. The colors that I am using are: 

(I like to mix the Inference Gold with the Americana Glazing Medium and another color... one example of this is in the dress. I mixed the gold with the blue to add just a slight golden sheen. It's a fun addition to mixed media products and not really something that can always be captured perfectly in a photograph. That's what makes it fun.)

For the background, I also incorporated DecoArt Media Mister's in "Shimmer White" and "Carbon Black". 
To finish off the painting I also added fun extra elements with the 12 x 12 Americana "Mandala" stencil and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen. White highlights are so much fun and really bring a painting to life. For this part, I use only a portion of the stencil and trace it with the pen, and then add a bit more texture with Titanium White fluid acrylic on a paintbrush, like this:

To finish the painting, I mixed some Quinacridone Violet Fluid Acrylic with Americana Glazing Medium and brushed it on the background to give it a tint. 

I hope you enjoyed today's project! Until next time - you can find me on Patreon! 

- Cheers,

Monday, February 6, 2017

Making A Pendulum Board

Hello again!
This week I wanted to experiment with something I've never tried before -- I know, risky, right?
Many years ago I inherited a pendulum from my husband's grandmother. At that time, I didn't really understand what it was so I put it away for safe keeping.
At this stage of my life I'm getting so intrigued by tarot and divination, I decided to pull the pendulum out!  But... I needed a pendulum board. Sure, I could buy one -- but what about an Artistcellar inspired board?!
I started out with a a few small pieces of drift wood from the local craft store and practiced with the wood burning kit on some simple runes. With my background in tattooing, the soldering iron reminded me of a tattoo machine... a little bit different, but same concept right?
Once I felt a little bit confident I moved on to a big chunk of wood, and used an ink pen and the Metatron's Cube from the Artistcellar Sacred Geometry 2 stencil set. 
When I finished inking the stencil design I added a little bit more doodles and then pulled out the soldering iron once again. 
Wood burning for the first time is a bit difficult, and I made quite a few mistakes... however when finished I decided I liked the grungy, not-perfect look of my board and couldn't wait to use it for learning how to work the Pendulum and as a backdrop for tarot pulls!
I find Artistcellar stencils so mystical and inspiring for so much of my work. Another example of this is the Weird Girls Tarot Project that I have been collaborating on with Sarah Trumpp. Together, we are creating a tarot deck one by one. Creating the artwork has been joyous and I have used Artistcellar inspiration in many of them. 
How do you infuse Artistcellar into your magic?!
(To follow along with the Weird Girls Tarot project, click here:
I am also a teacher in an online collaborative art course all about journaling and creativity through Tarot and Oracle! Check out more  about Pull * Pen * Paint, here:
(To find prints of my tarot card art, you can find them HERE.)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pull Pen Paint Giveaway!

I'm teaching in Pull Pen Paint !
Pull Pen Paint
I'm so excited to be able to share with you! I was invited to be a part of Pull - Pen - Paint - 30 days of Tarot/Oracle inspired journaling and art journaling. Eee!
Not only that -- I can GIVEAWAY 2 spots!
To enter to win, go to either Facebook or Instagram and follow the directions in the posts!

To see more about Pull - Pen - Paint, go here:
Hope to see you there,  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Shadow Self

"Shadow Self"
Created with collage elements, ink, acrylic, pine needles, leaves, plant based paper, oil pastels and encaustic wax.

"The Shadow Self is an archetype that forms part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, perversions and embarrassing fears. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos and the unknown. Jung believed that these latent dispositions are present in all of us, in many instances forming a strong source of creative energy." (

"Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected."
“Psychology and Religion” (1938). In CW 11: Psychology and Religion: West and East. P.131
Carl Jung

Inspired By Om

Hello! Today is all about mixed media layers and inspiration from the Om symbol. 
I hope you enjoy the video I made as a result:

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mixed Media Moons - Stamp Carving with Artistcellar!

Hello Starshine!
This week we are exploring carving stamps!
It's not as scary as it seems - - if you have the right tools. In the past, I attempted this with the wrong type of rubber piece and a exacto knife. It was a disaster... and it was scary. I didn't look back..
Until I received the box from Artistcellar! The lino cutter is a GAME CHANGER!
Today, I'm going to carve a couple stamps and then turn the stamp "test page" into a mixed media piece!
Supplies Used: