How I used my art journal for healing

Hi Friends,

How are you?  Long time no chat, I’ve missed you all terribly – I wish I could have brought you all along with me to view the amazing sites we saw on our trip.  I have taken many photos and I will share a couple at the end but first I want to get into what I’m sharing with you today.

I have a Vlog that I did and on it I am sharing some of our trip, as well as a journal flip through and a very meaningful art journal page.  Below you can see a photo of this art journal page and in my Vlog I will share with you my very emotional story behind this page and how creating this page helped me to heal.

 

Thank you so very much dear friends for letting me share this Vlog and my heart with all  of you today.  I also have some exciting news that I can’t share yet about an online collaborative class that I will be teaching it the details will be announced in October but I can tell you that if you like the idea of using your art journal to express your Art and your Heart you are going to love this new class I’m teaching in to keep your eyes peeled for sneak peeks here and on social media along the way!!❤️

Here are some of the links that I mentioned in my blog that I wanted to share with all of you:

The Validation Breakthrough by Naomi Feil

My latest project and video tutorial for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team

Click here to watch the video

If you missed my little video on Instagram using this months StencilGirl Club stencils you can check that out below and here is a link to StencilGirl Club

Love handmade tags but no time to make them? How about a last minute tag for the bottle of wine you are bringing to a dinner party?  My Mermaid tags are just what you need.  They can be printed whenever you need them or ahead of time to have on hand, add some pretty ribbon or twine, or maybe a charm and they are ready to go.

Be sure you get them before they are gone, there are only a few left, and once they are gone they’re gone.  You have them for life to download them as many times as you want, so you will always have that special tag whenever you need it.

The other day I printed them out on some sticker paper that I had that is meant to be used for the Cricut (it’s a die cutting machine for those who might not know).  I just wanted to see what would happen if I printed them on this clear sticker paper and wow the result was amazing.  I stuck them to some mixed media paper, cut them out in a rectangle, used my corner rounder on all the corners.  Punched holes and added some natural hemp cord and some charms and pearls.  Wow the result was just gorgeous!!  Below I just wanted to show you a quick video of them.  Here is the link if you want to purchase:  Mermaids

I’m happy to be back here with all of you and I’m thankful to each and everyone of you in my life.  Have an amazing evening friends !!

xoxo – Sherry

Mermaid Madness StencilGirl Blog Hop

Hi Friends and welcome!  What better way to get summer flowing than with a Mermaid Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products and StencilGirl’s Creative team!  There is also an amazing giveaway so be sure to read to the bottom of the post for all the details

Today I have a video tutorial for you showing how I used this beautiful stencil 

Mermaidia By June Pfaff Daley

To me Mermaids are magical, mystical, strong beings.  They seem almost light as air, yet with a beauty that just commands respect.  For my art journal page I came up with a quote that I would like to share with you.

Being a Mermaid means being Brave enough to swim into the unknown                  – Sherry Canino

without further ado my friends ……today’s video:

Hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial be sure to leave me a comment here for a chance to win some amazing mermaid stencils.  And Don’t forget to visit the blogs of my fabulous teammates listed below for more mermaid inspiration and leave them a comment for more chances to win, as well as the StencilGirl Blog for more inspiration and another chance to win.  Entry into the contest ends Noon CST 7-16-17.  Be sure to include your email address written like this ( caninosartisticcafe (at) gmail dot com)

Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found here .
Not enough mermaid inspiration for you yet?  Check out the projects by the Designers themselves here
I also have this beautiful Mermaid Painting available for sale in my shop for some Beautiful Brave Mermaid out there that feels drawn to have it hanging on their wall for some mermaid inspiration.  Check out all the details in my shop here.

 

Remember friends Be a Mermaid
xxoo- Sherry

Love / DecoArts Hop

Good Morning friends and welcome to the Jessica Sporn Designs Love / DecoArts Blog hop today I am hopping along with these amazing artists: Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca

And of course what would a blog hop be without an amazing giveaway?  The blog hop give away is this beautiful 7 Hearts Stencil shown below.  All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog and then hop on over to the other Artists blogs see their gorgeous artwork and leave comments for chances to win.

The project I have to share with you today is Love themed in a Shabby Chic style and  centers on a quote that ended up coming up with since I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  And since Valentine’s day is about love I think it’s important to remember to love yourself so this is the quote on my page today:

“Your Love is Precious

Don’t Forget to give it

to the most important

Person in your life…..

You”

-Sherry Canino

Hope you enjoy watching the process of this art journal page

If you are interested in purchasing the stencils used in today’s video you can find them here:  Eastern Leaf, Lotus and Flower Repeat and Becoming

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time out to watch my video, I do hope you enjoyed it,  Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered to win that gorgeous stencil and then stop over to see more amazing art work on these artists blogs and leave comments for more chances to win:   Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca   Comments close 9/13 at 9AM EST

The Winner will be announced on Jessica’s Blog on 9/14 at 9AM EST

Due to our Team blog hop today Stencil Crush Tuesday will happen on Wednesday (tomorrow) 2/8 – hope you will come back and join me for a super fun Stencil Crush day!!

Wishing all of you much peace, love and happiness always !! xxoo Sherry

Frightfully Fall Blog Hop

Hi Friends and welcome to the October blog hop for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team.

Today I’m hopping along with Jessica Sporn, Kristen Van Valkenburgh, Lizzy Wurmann, Marit Barentsen and Denise Alloca, to share some fall creations using Jessica’s stamps and stencils. We have an amazing giveaway – One Lucky Commenter Will Win: Jessica’s Cascading Leaves stencil and Tree of Life stamp.  All comments on all the blog hop participants count – so make sure to visit everyone and leave some kind words!

So what do I have in store for you today??? Well many know that I just absolutely LOVE sunflowers and I have painted them in every color of the rainbow.  So today I’m sharing with you my process of creating this Helen Keller Inspired canvas, (which of course has a sunflower) she has a quote that inspires me and is one of the reasons I love sunflowers:

Keep your face to the sunshine & you

cannot see the shadow.

It’s what the sunflowers do.

-Helen Keller

So Grab your paints and a canvas and lets get started 🙂

I started out with a 14 inch by 14 inch canvas, covered it with a layer of white gesso and then used the following colors: Primary Cyan, ultramarine blue and titanium white, with an old plastic store card just scraping the paint in different directions to create a nice and quick background.

I then used a piece of white chalk (kids chalk is fine) to sketch out where I wanted my sunflower.  Don’t be to fussy with this just get a general idea down and don’t worry chalk wipes right off with a damp rag or baby wipe.

Using a flat brush (any brush is fine this is my “got to brush” but you use the one you are comfortable using) and Permanent Violet Dark I painted in the petals. As you can see I did not worry about getting a thick or even coat.  This is just to give me guidelines, get a base coat down and create some depth.  For the stem and leaf I used Quinacridone  Burnt Orange.

Then I used my titanium white to put in where I want some highlights.

Many times when I’m working I mix 2 or more colors together so I will often put out on my palette several colors as I’m not always sure what I will end up using.  For this canvas I put out on my palette a medium yellow, cadmium orange, and yellow orange azo. Here I stared with using mostly the medium yellow and the yellow orange azo, mixed them a bit on my palette and put down a base layer.  Again I used a flat brush but a round brush will give you just as good results.  I stroke the paint inward towards the center. This is for 2 reasons:  It gives the flower petals the lines and creases that they have in nature and since I haven’t done the center yet it helps me stay in the lines starting from the outside and dragging the paintbrush inward.

Here is where you have to be patient and let it dry between coats.  The more coats the more depth your petals will have.  Mine have about 3-4 coats some petals maybe more.  I also mixed a little of the white with the medium yellow to bring the highlights back out.  I also used the Burnt Orange to accentuate my shadow spots, which you can also see above.  Remember the petals do not have to be perfect ( I actually prefer mine not to be) as nothing is perfect in nature.

On the stem and leaf I used sap green and vivid lime green and mixed them, then painted the entire leaf and stem in my mixed color. Then to give it a bit of a highlight I went back in with the same mix but added some titanium white to it on my palette then applied this color to one side of the stem and the top of the leaf where the sun would be hitting it.  I also accentuated the veins on the leaf with this same color.  I am still using my flat brush and just using the edge of it to create the thin lines.  Be sure to use a dry brush for your veins in your leaf with very little paint.  Do one quick stroke from the center of the vein out.

Moving on to the center of the flower the colors used were: Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Nickel Azo Yellow.  For this I use this really OLD ruined flat brush that I have.  But certainly a stipple brush would work.  The reason I like my old brush is because unlike a stipple brush, the bristles on my old brush are all uneven so I get a  more natural look.  Use a dry brush when doing this part, just dab in your paint lightly and apply in a stippling motion to the center, you can always go back and add more so again more is less here.  I don’t cover the entire center but go back in with a bit of the raw sienna and continue to work back and forth between these colors until I am happy with the results.  I also use the Raw Umber as you can see to go up into the petals a bit.

To get a look of pollen in the center I use the Nickel Azo Yellow in a very light stippling motion. This is a great color to use because it gives off a greenish yellow look over the raw umber.  I also add just a few bits of the medium yellow to accent the pollen in the flower.

Let your sunflower dry completely before this next step. Once the sunflower is complete and dry we are going to be using one of my favorite stencils by Jessica Sporn Designs called “Rain Stencil”

I selected the girl with her arms back and head up to the sky because it reminded me of the Helen Keller quote and so I decided to place her below the sunflower as if she was lifting her head high to smell the flower or to be like a sunflower.  I used my Dylusions black paint to stencil her in with a sponge.  I choose the Dylusions paint because it’s a nice flat black paint that I knew would give good coverage, as I wanted her to look like a silhouette. Just remember when stenciling, less is more, so go easy on the paint and be sure to really dab it off before going in to stencil, you can always add another layer if you want to make it darker.

Typically I do not wash my stencils but in this case I would or at least wipe it dry. The  Dylusions paint to me, seems like it stays wetter on your stencil longer than regular acrylic paint and since we are now going to use another part of the stencil I cleaned it off and then dried it with a paper towel before doing more stenciling.

One of the reasons I love Jessica Sporn Designs stencils is because they are SUPER versatile. Each stencil has sooooo many elements and gives you so many possibilities.  I  picked out 2 words from the different quotes on this same stencil that worked together and fit perfectly with the message I wanted to convey for this canvas.  “Embrace Today”.

Again using my black Dylusions paint and the skinny part of my sponge I went in and stenciled one word at a time cleaning my stencil in between to be sure not to transfer any unwanted paint onto my canvas. When stenciling small areas again I can’t stress enough with using VERY LITTLE PAINT, I added 2 layers here.  I stenciled it once then lifted – let it dry and cleaned my stencil while it was drying and then lined it back up again and went back over it to get it a bit darker.

Here are some close ups of the details and the completed painting. Hope everyone enjoyed this tutorial.  As always your comments are so very much appreciated and today they could win you a prize!

 

Thanks so much for visiting me on this blog hop, and don’t forget to hop on over to the other amazing blogs listed below. Remember to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win the Cascading Leaves Stencil and the Tree of Life Stamp. You have until 9pm EST on Monday, 10/10 to comment and the winners will be announced on Jessica’s Blog Tuesday, 10/11/16.

Jessica Sporn

Kristen Van Valkenburgh

Lizzy Wurmann

Marit Barentsen

Denise Alloca

My first Creative Team Post for Jessica Sporn Designs

Good Morning Friends and Happy Thursday.  I am so excited to share with you today my first post for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team.  Below is a sneak peek of what you will see when you head on over to Jessica Sporn Designs Blog.  Hope you enjoy the tutorial and please leave me a comment over there and let me know how you liked it.  As always thanks so much friends for taking the time to check it out and be the super supportive souls that you are with all my work, it truly means so much!!! 🙂 🙂