Being Intentional in 2018

Hello friends. Can you believe it, we’re already a month into 2018. At the start of the new year, I decided to participate in One Little Word again. I participated in 2016, but I fell behind after a couple of months and eventually gave up. This year, I’ve decided to give it another go and to do things a bit differently.

My One Little Word is INTENTIONAL.  My goal is to make some major progress in the area of being more Intentional in my actions. Intentional about being healthier, about what I spend my money on, and about what I focus my time and energy on.

This year I’ve given myself permission to go at my own speed, to not have to “keep up”. I’ve also simplified my process for completing the monthly prompts by containing it all in a Travelers Notebook. I’ve also committed to spending time, every Saturday morning, working on my prompts and reflecting back on the week, seeing where I succeeded in my efforts and where I need to still improve.

January was a good month for me. I put my word into practice and made much better decisions. I cancelled subscriptions that I like, but rarely use. I began walking a few times a week, started sticking to a set amount of calories per day, did a little destashing in my studio, made a few less impulse purchases, and said no thank you to a couple of wonderful extra projects in order to create space for other opportunities.

The main thing that I’ve tried to keep focus on is to make changes that are sustainable for me. Nothing too drastic, no crazy dieting or killing myself with workouts I don’t enjoy. No “no spend” months…  just small changes that I can keep up over time.

So far, I’m going strong and I look forward to seeing what February has in store for me.

StencilGirl / Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition Blog Hop

Hi friends! Today is the start of the StencilGirl and Kiala Givehand Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition Blog Hop. The hop runs from January 10-12, 2018. That’s three days full of art inspiration!

I’m excited to share with you what I’ve created. When you reach the bottom of my post, remember to comment to enter the giveaway. Also, be sure to click on the rest of the StencilGirl team to hop on over to their blogs for even more wonderful inspiration! Hop along all three days and leave comments along the way, for multiple chances to enter the giveaway!

For this journal page I selected a three cards from the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ and a few of my fave StencilGirl stencils. I also decided to use watercolor as my primary medium, so I selected a few colors to use.

After priming my page with gesso, My first card from the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ directed me to use my non dominant hand, for me that ‘s my left, to scribble onto my page . I used a water soluble pencil.

My second card said to randomly add tissue paper or painted paper towel. I strayed a bit and decided to use underpaper because I love it so much.

Next, I laid down some color, using watercolors.

To help unify everything, I brushed on a bit of gesso.

My third card from the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ directed me to use a stencil. I chose the Uplifting Words Stencil. I sponged on random words using a light colored acrylic.

Going back to my first card, to direct me what to do next, I used my left hand to doodle on more color and add a few more scribbles.

I wanted to add a bit more texture to my page, so I used the Repetition Stencil and watercolor. For those of you who aren’t sure, yes you absolutely can use watercolor with your stencils! I would suggest, however, that you may want to use a drier brush. It will still yield a wonderfully imperfect pattern with some fun seepage, but it will still allow your pattern to be discernible.

Going back to my non dominant hand, I made some marks, using my brush and more watercolor.

Next, I stenciled on “Be Present” using the Uplifting Words Stencil and a dark blue acrylic.

I added a bit more contrast to my page using that same darker blue and the Union Small Stencil. I love this pattern!

To finish it off, just a few more doodles and marks, using my non dominant hand.

Thank you for following along while I enjoyed some time in the studio with StencilGirl and Kiala’s Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition.

 

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a
Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition !

Visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.

Then copy and paste the blog hop order with embedded permalinks for your day (and previous days if you are scheduled for Jan. 11 or 12) below and include it in your individual blog post:

Blog Hop Order

 

January 10
Mary Beth Shaw

Kiala Givehand

Tina Walker

Belen Sotelo – You are here

Art Journaling in the ARTmosphere

Hi everyone! I’m art journaling over on the ARTmosphere Rubbermoon blog today! Grab your paints & stamps and join me as I play with Moonlightduo Ink Pads and create this journal page. I may even share a creative tip or two. 

xo, Belen

“Be Intentional” Stenciled Photo Frame

Hello beautiful friends. Today I’m over on the StencilGirl blog making a frame to hold my word for 2018.
My goal is to make some major progress in the area of being more Intentional in my actions. Intentional about being healthier, about what I spend my money on, and about what I focus my time and energy on.
Surrounding myself with visual reminders, like this frame, is a great way to help myself achieve that goal.

Happy stenciling!

xo, Belen

DIY Dollar Store Transparent TN Christmas Dashboards

Tri-fold Desktop Calendar

Hello friends. December 1st already, can you believe it?! I have exciting news to share with you. Today is my very first project as part of the RubberMoon SpaceCrafters team and I made a tri-fold desktop calendar. Hop on over to the RubberMoon Blog to check it out..

Wishing you a wonderful week of whimsy.

xo, Belen

 

StencilGirl Holiday Hop – Stenciled Gift Wrap & Tags

Hi friends. Welcome to the StencilGirl Holiday Hop! Today I’m going to share an fun way to use your holiday stencils to create your own wrapping paper and gift tags.
 

I started with some distress inks and a craft tag then sprinkled some water droplets on it. This removed the color and mimicked a snowfall effect.

I placed the Snowman stencil over my tag, masked off the bits I didn’t want to paint. Then using heavy body acrylic I painted the hat and snowlan.

I removed the stencil and painted in the snowman to make him solid.

I placed the Snowman stencil back on and painted in the details using Distress Oxides and acrylic.

For some added sparkle & dimension, I accented my snowman with snowflake paste.

For the wrapping paper, I used the Snow Storm Stencil and Distress Oxides.

I added some ribbon and my package is ready to go under the tress, come holiday time.

The wonderful thing about using stencils to create tags & wrapping paper is the versatility you get from just a couple of stencils. Here I created an entirely different look, using the same process, but the Christmas Poinsettias stencil.

Creating your own gift wrap is a project that the kids have fun with too, so don’t be shying about getting them to join in on the fun!

Happy Stenciling!

GIVEAWAY

Hop on over to see the many wonderful things that the rest of the StencilGirl Team has created…

Tina Walker

Torrie Gass

Cindy Gilstrap

Sherry Canino

Sandee Setliff

Kiala Givehand

Janet Joehlin

Belen Sotelo

Louise Nelson

Debi Adams

Carol Baxter

Be sure to comment along the way!

Comment by Midnight CST, November 8th and StencilGirl will randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate Winner! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances to win!

Winner will be announced November 9th on the StencilGirl Facebook page.

 

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StencilGirl & Tim Holtz Ranger Blog Hop

Hi friends! This is such a Happy Day for me. Today is my turn to jump in on the StencilGirl / Tim Holtz Ranger blog hop that started yesterday. I get to share a video with you showing how I join together two of my favorite products, StencilGirl stencils and Distress Oxides, to create fun and vibrant art tags!

Before the art making begins, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of my post and leave a comment here on this page for a chance to win the giveaway.

When you’re done, please click on the rest of the StencilGirl team to hop on over to their blogs for even more artsy inspiration! Leave comments along the way, for multiple chances to enter the giveaway!

Now, let’s make some art, shall we?!

Stencils used:

I used the large and mini stencils from MaryBeth Shaw’s Private Collection 17.1 as well as her Hash Marks stencil

Carolyn Dube’s Scribble Scratch and Union Small stencils

Cat Kerr’s Starlight Starbright

and Rae Missigman’s Bittersweet Mini

 You can find my tutorials for dyeing your own ribbon HERE and HERE.

 

Be sure to visit the rest of the team. So much great stuff to see!

October 19: Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Gwen Lafleur

Belen Sotelo – You Are here

Tina Walker

Karen Gaunt

Louise Nelson

October 18: Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Mary Beth Shaw

Debi Adams

Cindy Gilstrap

Carol Baxter

Sandee Setliff

 

October 20: Distress Crayons
Sherry Canino

Torrie Gass

Mary C. Nasser

Kiala Givehand

Janet Joehlin

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Go to StencilGirlTalk.com and Sign Up for The Scoop for your chance to WIN!

Then visit the blogs of Team StencilGirl and comment for MORE chances to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One winner will be chosen at random from The Scoop subscribers and blog comments.

You have until Tuesday, October 24th at 11:50pm Central Time to leave your comments.

The Lucky WINNER will be announced on

StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Wednesday, October 25th.

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Altered Tile Coasters

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Today I’m over on the StencilGirl blog sharing how I created this set of coasters using acrylic paint and a few stencils.

With the holidays fast approaching, these make wonderful gifts. They’re also a lovely way to protect your furniture at your next dinner party.

I hope you’ll stop by the StencilGirl blog for my tutorial and be inspired to create your own set.

Cheers!  -Belen

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