Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Artistcellar Quasi-Crystals Series Stencils

Hello, it's Tuesday so I will be doing a mini tutorial showing the new Artistcellar stencil series called Quasi-Crystals.

 I've been playing with these for days and I'm amazed at what a beautiful background can be made by using not just one but two of these stencils.  Here is what I made for today, it's a card but it could have been a  tag.  I'll show you the finished project and if you're interested in the tutorial just read on.

I started with this stencil called Quasi and some Pan Pastels in greens,  yellow ochre and blues.  I taped the stencil down on a piece of watercolor paper using some washi tape and applied the pastels.

When I liked the look I had achieved, I set the pastels with a spray on fixative.  Next I tore the top and bottom edges and applied more of the darker green pastel.  The next stencil from the series of four that I used was this one, it's called Penrose:

I applied white gesso on top of the Pan Pastels so that the piece I was gluing on top would stand out.

 I decided to add some pop dots to the paper to simulate bubbles and then applied blue and green glitter to them.  I also stamped some circles from Dina Wakley's new stamps and some lines from a Hampton Art stamp.  I am using a lot of items from my stash lately and this was no exception.  I pulled my "Mermaid in a Bottle" tag out of a box of old projects and glued a message in a tiny bottle onto her long, slender Stampotique hands.

  I added another stamped message that says "just a note" on top of the "sunshine & seashells" message and did a few rub-ons from Tim Holtz's collection warning that it was Fragile Glass.  This was a great way not only to play with my new stencils but also to re-purpose old discarded projects.

 I was inspired by the Artistcellar new stencils but also by the altered Bottle art work on display at the Craft Stampers Take It, Make It Challenge.  I hope you will check out the Artistcellar blog and see the other fabulous creations made by the rest of the members of the design team.  There is also a blog hop taking place that you can participate in.  Who knows maybe you'll win a fabulous prize!  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, take care ~ Renee

April 12 – Lisa Cousineau http://www.artistcellar.com/wp
April 14 – Lynn Krawczyk  http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
April 15 – Effy Wild www.effywild.com
April 16 – Jill K Berry http://jillberrydesign.com/blog
April 17 – Carmen Whitehead  www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com
April 18 - Lea Cioci www.leacioci.blogspot.com
April 19 – Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal http://guadasartplace.blogspot.com.ar

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Painting Faces with Acrylics

I am back on my face drawing kick again but I decided to paint them on old discarded canvases that I found when I was cleaning out my studio.  I am trying to use my stash as much as possible.  I hate to waste anything so I seem to have all sorts of pieces of thread, paper, projects that didn't work before, etc. in a large plastic container.  Actually 6 large plastic containers......all color coordinated.  (Like that makes it sound better, right?)  Any way, I had these canvases that were distressed but unfinished.  I recently saw the work of the most WONDERFUL artist on Pinterest so she was my inspiration for these two pieces.  Her name is Mystele, if you get a chance click on the link and check her out.  She is AMAZING and so talented.  Both of theses canvases measure around 7" by 13" by 1" and had been previously painted, distressed and cast aside, now they're cute.

Miranda wants to fly

Beatrice is in the show

I used some of my delightful Artistcellar stencils and some gesso to add a little more interest to the backgrounds.  These little paintings were really fun to do if only for my own amusement!  So what are you up to this weekend?  Are you letting your Muse run wild?  I hope so.  Thanks for stopping by, take care ~ Renee

Friday, April 11, 2014

April's Take It, Make It Challenge

You still have time to enter the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge.  A quick reminder of the theme..."Bottle Art".  For some additional inspiration I decided to make a card with a bottle on it to share with you.  I began by loosely drawing a bottle on some watercolor paper.  I cut it out, colored it, stamped it and glued on some butterflies and extra wings.

For even more inspiration from the other team members be sure and visit the Craft Stamper Blog.  You'll be glad you did!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will take the challenge, it is open until the midnight April 23rd.  Thanks for stopping by, take care. ~ Renee

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Aristcellar Sacred Hearts Stencil Series

It's Tuesday again, which means I will be sharing a project created with Artistcellar Sacred Hearts stencils.  I thought it would be fun to do a wall hanging with a flying heart, something with a Steampunk flavor to it.  Here is the finished project and I will follow that with a short tutorial if you are interested in seeing the process behind it.

 I started with a 6" by 6" piece of 140# watercolor paper.  Then I taped the stencil down on top of the paper on my craft sheet.  The outline was done with a magic pencil, an Aquarellable Stabilo pencil that can be activated with water.  After I laid down the dark lines I applied Pan Pastels to the heart and around the edges of the paper.  Leaving the stencil in place I stamped the new LUV heart from Stampendous through the stencil onto the heart.

I used StazOn Jet Black permanent ink to stamp a "stitched" border around the edges using an old Stampers Anonymous stamp that I picked up for $1 somewhere.  That didn't seem like enough stitching so I used my sewing machine to stitch around the borders and around the heart too.  Some of the threads were left hanging to give it a grunge feel.  I gave it a little pop of color with Smooch inks using the Berry Punch color.

I dipped the edges of the watercolor paper in water to make them more pliable, then I inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blended the ink to distress it.  I rolled and folded the edges of the paper to make it more interesting.  At this point I glued the canvas to the burlap covered 6" by 6" canvas that I got on sale at Michael's last week.  Red line tape works the best for this, I tried other glues but the tape really holds it in place.  I have a drawer full of knobs that I have purchased over the years so I attached a brushed bronze one to the top with a screw, that way I have something to attach ribbons to.

To bring in the Steampunk look I decided to glue on some Idea-ology metal cogs.  I had some lovely wings in my stash that my daughter made for me with clay.  She was going to throw them out because she burned them a little but I told her I liked the burn marks.  It saves me time so I don't have to ink the to simulate burned wings.  The red line tape holds the wings perfectly in place on either side of the heart.

I tied some ribbons on the top and Voila!  Fini!  I can use this as a wall hanging or set it on a stack of books on my bookshelf.  Either way it was fun to make, wouldn't it be a cute series of hearts using all four heart stencils?  There were four burlap covered canvases in that pack.......we'll see.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I love it when you leave a comment.  Talk to you soon~Renee

Friday, April 4, 2014

Take It, Make It Challenge for April~ Bottles!

The theme this month from the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge is Bottle Art.  The technique is to use a bottle somewhere in your project.  This could be an altered bottle, using small bottles/vials in your project, or using a stamped image of a bottle.   I must admit that for me this was a real challenge as I have never altered any bottle other than the obvious alteration....taking it from full to empty.

I looked at Pinterest for some inspiration and the only thing that really caught my eye were the dolls made from bottles.  Never having been a doll person I thought this would be a way to channel my inner child and do something whimsical.  When I think whimsy I usually think Marie Antoinette. Other than to buy a pretty pink bottle from Michaels for $3.00, I decided to work with items completely from my stash .  I'll show you my finished project and then follow it up with a short tutorial in the event that you want to see how she was put together.

Washing the bottle before construction makes sure that there is no trace of  residue that might show later.  I worked on the headpiece first.  The head is from a collage sheet and was attached with a strong glue to one of those pins from Idea-ology, it is sharp enough to penetrate the cork.  The bow was tied and glued to the cork piece.

I added Distress Stickles to the flowers in her hair and the pearl around her neck.  The skirt is made from the elastisized ribbon in the Idea-ology ribbon pack.  I measured the ribbon, cut it and sewed it to make a circle.The trim with beads was applied on top of that with red line tape then the unit was put in place.

I used a stamp called "Forget Me Not" for the bodice of her "dress".  It was stamped on 90 lb watercolor paper, colored with pens and cut out.  Instead of arms I used the wings from Pam Carriker called "I Will Soar" and stamped them with Neon Purple, Pink and Orange inks from Tsukineko. It was easy to secure the winged heart image to the bottle with the strong clear double-sided red line tape.  I glued a large red rhinestone heart to the stamped image.

Just one more detail.  I used Tim Holtz's rub-ons,  which by the way work perfect on glass, to put just one word, "Imagination" at the bottom of the bottle.

With that my altered bottle doll is finished!

I hope that you will check out the challenge going on at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It site.  The beauty of a challenge is that it gets you out of your comfort zone and helps you to experiment with things you never would have even thought of doing.  That's what challenges do for me anyway.  Thanks so much for stopping by, please leave a comment if you have time.  I love to read what you think.  Take care, talk to you soon!
~Renee xx

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Artistcellar Stencils~Sacred Hearts Series

This is my first post for Artistcellar as a member of their Design Team!  I received the beautiful Sacred Hearts Stencils in the mail last week and have been playing around with them ever since.  There are four 6" by 6" stencils in the pack and each one is different.  I will be posting a different project every Tuesday this month showing each of the stencils in the pack.

I chose the one with the crown as my first stencil in the series to demonstrate.  I thought it would make a perfect background for a two page spread in my art journal.  This is the finished project, if you would like to see how this was done just keep reading and I will show you step by step in a short tutorial.

First I applied a light coat of gesso to my journal pages and allowed it to dry.  I used Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts Fireworks! spray inks, they have a really concentrated color that can be blended and there is a little bit of sparkle to them.  I used Spring colors and just kept moving the stencil around on both of the pages.

My stencil is dark only because I previously used black permanent ink on it and haven't cleaned it off yet with alcohol.  I started with Bahama Blue Fireworks! and then used other shades of blue, yellow, pink and purple.  I tried keeping all the colors in a Spring palette.  I did bring in other stencils by The Crafters Workshop such as the one called Spinning Tops and Silhouette Script which I felt added more interest.

After spraying the inks through stencils, I carefully lifted off the stencil and blotted the paper with a roll of paper towels and dried it with a heat gun.  Then I used my heart stencil again but this time with Modeling Paste.  I applied a thin layer of Modeling Paste to the pages and allowed them to dry completely.  Be sure to wash your stencil thoroughly after you've finished applying the paste, you don't want it to dry on the stencil.

I moved the stencil around several times on each page repeating the modeling paste application.  When it is dry it has a translucent effect that doesn't take away from all the colors previously applied.  It has great texture, too, when you run your fingers across the finished pages and feel the raised designs.

I decided to stamp a large face, her name is "Missy" (found at Beeswax), on a separate piece of white paper, trim it out and glue it to the art journal page with PVA glue.  The words are rub-ons from Idea-ology.

I made her necklace out of ribbon and a flower that I had in my stash.  Later I colored in her eye and lips with Pan Pastels.  A few black lines applied with black gesso and an old credit card helped to balance out the colors on both pages.  The words are made of Grunge Board letters and the quote is one of  Wendy Vecchi's stamps.

I hope this tutorial helps you to see the versatility of stencils and the beauty of the new Sacred Heart Series by Artistcellar.  By the way, there is a blog hop taking place this week showing how different artists are using this group of stencils.  Of course there are prizes to be had.  In case you would like to join in and put your name in the hat to take advantage of  the give-aways I have included the blog hop list for you.  Thanks for stopping by today, take care ~ Renee

 Here is the Blog Hop list found on the Artistcellar site:

We’ve got a nice line up artists here, be sure to visit their blog on their day of the hop. As usual, we will be giving away a free set of stencils to one lucky person who leaves a comment on each blog. Including this one! I will leave comments open until Friday night, even though the blog hop ends on Thursday :-)  Here’s the lineup:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Artistcellar Design Team Announcement!

I am so excited to finally be able to share my news that I am a member of the current design team at Artistcellar!  I use stencils in so many ways in my work and have been a long time lover of Artistcellar products so for me this is a dream come true.  Starting next week I will be sharing their new stencil releases on my blog.  Every Tuesday I will be showing a new project that I've created using their stencils.  There will also be blog hops along the way that all of you can check out for inspiration and a chance to win prizes.

Here are the other four members of the design team, I invite you all to stop by their blogs and check them out.  While you're at it you might want to mosey on over to Artistcellar's blog for more info on some upcoming fun!  Without further ado here is the official announcement.  Talk to you soon ~ Renee

Meet Our New Design Team!

When Lisa made the Design Team Call just a few short weeks ago, we were expecting some great submissions. But we were overwhelmed by just how many great submissions from a huge variety of artists we received. We’re truly honored that so many artists view Artistcellar as a company they want to work (and play) with. Thanks so much to all those who submitted. As Lisa said, it’s hard picking only five from such a wonderful list. But without further ado, we would like to welcome and introduce our third Artistcellar Design Team:
gabreilleGabrielle Javier-Cerulli is an artist, art journaler, and archetype consultant (are you the goddess? the rebel? or the storyteller?) She’s the author of No Ordinary Woman: Tips for Conscious, Creative, and Healthy Living. She is also the creator of the iPad/iPhone app Archetypes4U. Her favorite colors these days are fuchsia and vermillion orange. Her new best friends are ink sprays, however, her long time companions are acrylics.  It’s all about texture, color, and abstract flow in her mixed media work.  She also holds a M.A. in expressive arts therapy.
jackieNealMy name is Jackie P. Neal from Upstate, N.Y. Since I retired last year, I have renewed my love and passion with Art. There are so many new and cool things in this wonderful artsy world, that I am attempting to try each and every technique and product! What I have discovered, is that my favorites at this point are stenciling, doodling, BRIGHT colors, and collaging with papers and elements. I like to get up around 5 am grab my tankard of coffee and head for the studio- usually not reappearing until 2 or 3:00pm-earlier if a tasty snack is announced! I look forward to creating with you and hopefully inspiring your muse to dance with your creativeness! and remember- Art Is Not Optional.
reneeRenee Zarate: I am a mixed media artist living in New England.  I have been married to my very supportive husband, Joe, for the past 20 years.   My favorite art medium changes often but right now I am working a lot with spray inks and acrylic paints using stencils to achieve unusual backgrounds for card making, art journals and other projects.  I love a challenge so I have been submitting my art work to different magazines for many years now and have been published in 5 different Stampington publications.  I also teach classes sharing different techniques.
sarahTSarah Trumpp is a mixed media artist known as ‘that weird girl with the tattoos’ in a teenytiny town in rural New York where she lives with her husband, three kids, six fish, and a tiny goofy Chihuahua.  She has an almost frightening stencil addiction and enough art supplies to open her own store, but she is especially drawn to water-soluble media, spray paint, and acrylics.  She loves circus sideshows, zombies, old mythology, toasters, and glitter nail polish.  She blogs regularly with her BFF at wonderstrange.com and less regularly at wonderstrumpet.blogspot.com.  She thinks you’re awesome.
Wonderstrange Arts
theresaTheresa Plas is a long time resident of south Florida who works in a variety of media.  Her art is inspired by the brilliant hues and textures of nature. Theresa’s artwork ranges from representational to abstract.  She has developed several series related to the human form.  Recently, printmaking has been added to her body of work.  Theresa’s exhibits include the Arts Arena Gallery in Delray Beach as well as the Boca Museum of Art School in Boca Raton.  She has been selected to be published in the May/June 2014 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
We’re excited to see what cool artwork this team will make. You can see their work beginning Monday March 31st – as they take our new Sacred Hearts series stencils for a spin in their studios.
Welcome to our newest design team members!