Artist Cellar and the gelli plate

Stencils + gelli plate = perfect combo!!
I busted out the gelli plate today with my Artist Cellar stencils and some random acrylic paints.  Good grief its addicting!!  I like to print on deli paper because of its translucency and its easy to tear for collage.
I picked one of my favorite prints I created to use today.  I used Star Flower from the Artist Cellar quilt series and pulled multiple prints on the same piece.

I used matte medium to stick the deli paper down in my new Dina Wakley Blue Journal.  The geometric design reminded me of large flowers, so I lightly sketched in petals around each 'point' of the quilt pattern.

I painted a watery navy-blueish color around the flowers, still wanting some of the patterning to show thru...but think I might've been a little heavy handed.

Once completely dry, I added rough, messy outlines in black and white, not truly adhering to the exact shape of each petal.  A blob of paint in the center and TADAH! A colorful, abstract garden.

What are your favorite stencils to use on the gelli plate?  I would love to learn some new techniques, so stop by the Artist Cellar Facebook group and share your prints with us!

Until next time,


Painterly Faces

Hello everyone!  I recently watched a YouTube video by the very talented Tamara Laporte (click her name to access the video).  She created a mixed media portrait in a loose, painterly style that I just love, so I figured I'd take a stab at it!
Using several different ink sprays in varying warm colors, I started my background with the gorgeous Arabian Nights Celestial stencil from Artist Cellar.

Next, I added some texture paste thru the same stencil. To give myself a heads start (ha!), I used matte medium to apply a Dina Wakley collage face to the background.  I love how you can still see the beautiful stencil design thru the tissue.

Next it was a matter of playing with a few caucasian flesh tones to add several layers of highlights and shadow.   Below are a few pics of the progression...

I'm pretty happy with how she turned out!!  I stuck with mostly cool tones to pop against the background, and I love the bright orange and yellow on her face.  Also the stencil texture is still visible under the paint and that is super cool!

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Artist Cellar Design Team!!

This is my first post as an Artist Cellar design team member!  So excited and honored to be a part of this awesome group.
I would guesstimate that in my artwork, I mainly use stencils to create easy backgrounds and as templates for doodling.  Artist Cellar has tons of amazing designs that are unique from most other 'cookie-cutter' stencils found on the mainstream sites.
I used Sea Fan, from the Coral Series, to help create an interesting background for my 6x6 journal.

I used a couple different colors of green acrylic and a cheapo make-up sponge and stenciled in opposite directions for variation.  I then used the blunt end of the same sponge to creating interesting blobs (that's the technical term😉) in contrasting colors.

After adding a few splatters, I added some brightly colored stamped images as a focal point and... VIOLA!  A bright, fun page with minimal effort.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today!   I'll be posting more soon, and would love to see what YOU create so tag me and lets share ideas!!!