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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

Art Journaling with Gelatos

Hi & Happy Monday! Today I’m up on the Design Memory Craft blog with a process video showing how I created this art journal page using Gelatos, Pitt pens, and stencils..

I’d love it if you’d hop on over for a look.

Wishing you a wonderful week full of whimsy.

xo, Belen

 

Mermaid Madness Blog Hop with StencilGirl

Hi and welcome to the StencilGirl Mermaid Madness Blog Hop!

It’s such a joy to take part in this event. There’s something so magical about the sea. The smell. the sound, the feel of the sand between my toes. It all speaks to me on a deep level.

For this page I used the Love Mermaid stencil, an assortment of paints, gesso, my art journal, some misc fishnet-like embellishment and of course, more stencils! You can use an assortment to create texture and movement on your page. I used: Random Circles, Shoreline Mini, and Rolls.

After giving my page a quick coat of gesso i began building layers a little at a time. I used an assortment of blue, mint & teal paints and ink inks. I also added in some gold to mimic the color of sand. Without really waiting for anything to dry, I started sponging on white through my stencils to create texture.

 

To add some depth and dimension to my page, I darkened it towards the bottom. The gradual process of getting my background to where I wanted it was one of creating layers, covering them up, and adding more back in.

Once I stenciled on my mermaid I painted in her body and face with flesh tone paint, gave her some makeup, and added a some shading details.

To finish things off, I cut the vinyl embellishment that I picked up at the craft store to size and stamped a sentiment on old book paper.

I adhered both to my page with gel medium.

And done my journal page was complete.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY?!!

Three luck winners will be chosen on July 17th at Noon CST!

Entering is easy. Just comment on this post. When you’re done, swim on over to each of the blogs listed below and leave a comment there as well.

Comment, for a chance to win, by noon CST on July 16, 2017.

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. One comment per blog, please. Good luck to all who enter!

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be seen HERE.
Also, be sure to hop on over to see original projects from the stencil designers.
Thanks for visiting. I wish you a Mer-mazing week full of Art and full of Whimsy!

XO, Belen

 

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Mark Making With Design Memory Craft

Hi artsy peeps. Today is a Big day for me and I’m so excited to share it with you. Today is my first post as part of the Faber Castell team!

I created a quick art journal page using Gelatos, Pitt Pens, and a few other Design Memory Craft supplies.

The full post can be found over on the Design Memory Craft blog.

xo, Belen

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Art Marks – Final Week

Hello Lovelies! Today I’m sharing the final week+ of Art Marks. Since it’s a 30 day challenge, you’ll see the last couple days of the challenge tacked onto the end of this blog post.

Wowzers, it was such a FUN month! Art Marks really helped me loosen up in my journal. I played with abandon, embraced those oops moments and had such a memorable experience. I’m so happy that I decided to jump in!

Day 22 – Spiral

Day 23 – Numerous

Day 24 – Squared

Day 25 – Odd

Day 26 – Even

Day 27 – Connected

Day 28 – Dotted

Day 29 – Inside

Day 30 – Numbered

A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone that followed my participation in Rae Missigman’s #artmarks30daychallenge , here and on Instagram.

Thank you for the kind comments and all the Instaluv!

I’m crossing my fingers, hoping she does a third round. In the meantime, I think I’ll pick some prompts from the first round and finishing filling up my Painty Papers Journal.

Wishing you a week full of art and full of whimsy!

xo, Belen

 

 

Art Marks, Week 3

Good morning & Happy Friday. Week three of Art Marks is done and it was another great one! I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as much creative energy flowing as I do now. This challenge has really helped me open up, have fun and just enjoy the process for what it is.

If you didn’t jump in on this round, and kinda wish you had, I encourage you to do it. It’s not too late to grab your journal and go at your own pace. If you’re on Instagram, tag me @ArtandWhimsy and I’ll be there to cheer you on.

Day 15 – Transparent

Day 16 – Half

Day 17 – Pinpoint

Day 18 – Striped

Day 19 – Encircled

Day 20 – Open

Today’s prompt reminded me of how I used to struggle to cover things up in my art journaling. Sometimes it was bits of “precious” ephemera that I’d hoarded since the beginning of time. At others, maybe a particularly juicy spot on the page where the paint had pooled just so.
I used to be so resistant. What if I didn’t like it after I covered it? What if I ruined my page?
It took me a long while to learn to Be Open to other possibilities in my art… Open to other outcomes. Even to Be Open to not liking the end result, but learning something in the process. Nowadays I don’t let that old hesitation stop me. There will always be more ephemera and paint. I’ve learned to trust in myself, enjoy the process and embrace those learning moments when they present themselves. 💖

Day 21 – Parallel

Thank you for following along. I wish you a weekend full of art and full of whimsy!

xo,

Belen

Art Marks, Week 2

I can hardly believe that we’re already at the halfway point of the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge. I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for managing to keep up on the daily prompts, which is a huge accomplishment for me. I think that limiting how much time I give myself on each prompt has had a lot to do with making this art challenge manageable for me.

If you want to get in on the fun, there’s still time! New people are joining everyday, so grab you Painty Papers Journal and jump in! You can find all the challenge details on Rae Missigman’s blog.

Day 8 – Filled

Day 9 X’d

Day 10 – Horizontal

Day 11 – Just One

Day 12 – Erased

Day 13 – Sketched

Day 14 – Vertical

Thanks for following along and sharing in my art journey. I wish you a wonderful week full of Whimsy.

xo,

Belen

Happy New Year from Art & Whimsy

Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It’s been a while since I blogged but I wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank each and every one of you for your support and inspiration, both here and on social media.

It’s been quite a year with some fun opportunities presenting themselves to Art & Whimsy. I look forward to being able to share more about them at a later date, so stay tuned.

For 2017 I’ve decided to take part in the Joggles Art Journal Adventure, which is a prompt based, weekly art journal challenge. it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun and easy to keep up with.

You can  join the 2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group for more info and also check out the 2016 prompts on the Joggles blog.

A few of other things I’m excited about doing in 2017 is digging into these books that I received for Christmas from Patrick.

If you follow me on social media you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Flow Magazine. Well Flow came out with their first ever Mindfulness Workbook! it’s an activity book that revolves around different mindfulness questions and activities. And of course, in true Flow style, it’s full of pretty paper, stickers and gorgeous Flow artwork. You can find it at Barnes and Noble or directly from Flow.

The Flow Book for Paper Lovers is another book I’m eager to dig into. It’s basically an entire book filled with wonderfully illustrated paper, stickers and posters. It’s just perfect for us paper crafters and mixed media artists. This one you can sometimes find at your local Barnes and Noble but if you don’t come across it, they can order it for you. You can also order it from Flow.

The third book is 52 Lists for Happiness. It’s a book for “list lovers everywhere to discover the keys to their own unique happiness and bring more joy and balance into their lives.” . If 52 Lists for Happiness is anything like it’s precursor, The 52 Lists Project it’s sure to become a fun part of my year.

I’m excited to ring in 2017 and see what it has in store for me. I hope you’ll continue to follow along in my adventures and maybe even join in on a few!  I wish you the Happiest New Year ever. Let’s get out there and create new memories!

xoxo,

Belen

 

NaNoJouMo 2016


Hello and happy November! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on the blog. Hopefully you also follow me on Instagram, as I post there daily.

As we greet November it’s also time to kick off NaNoJouMo. I hope that some of you will consider joining me. If you’ve followed me for a while you may remember that I participated last year.

NaNoJouMo is a free, 30 Day art Journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol as means to help us commit to opening our art journal every day and doing something artsy… drawing, painting, mixed media, etc. You can learn more about it on Dawn’s blog.

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If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to use #NaNoJouMo2016 on Instagram & Twitter so we can all share in your month-long journey.

If you decide to do it in private, that’s okay too. All that’s important is that you commit to opening up that art journal for just 15 minutes. No rules, no expectations.

Whether you choose to follow the prompts that Dawn has provided or do your own thing altogether… it’s your space and your time. Enjoy it and have fun.

xo,

Belen

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