Definition: Aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.

The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.
I believe in teaching, the sharing of ideas and playfulness of creating.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Artistcellar: Art Is Not Optional-!!

Hello Creatives...

Sarinda here on Hump Day, again. I was delighted that asked me back to do a guest blog post. How Sweet it is.

Today I am using liquid watercolor from Dr. PH Martin's Watercolors.  I love these intense inky colors. This project is vibrant and fun.

Here is what you will need:

Step 1:
Spray watercolor paper with water. Start adding the watercolor from ink dropper right onto the page. I have my watercolor pad vertical with an easel so that I get the best drips and bleeding. The next few images are the stages of adding color. Rotating the paper for the best blurring of the watercolor.

 There are a few stages that seem to have a very ugly phase to it all. Keep with it and add more water and keep turning the paper.

When you get where you like it dry with heat tool.

Step 2:
Cut out the section that you like the best for your journal.

Step 3:
Lay stencil over watercolor. Take the gesso and sponge brush with a bit of water brush over the page.

 This is how my page turned out. I like how the gesso picks up some of the watercolor.

Step 3:
Do the same with the black gesso. Yet use sparingly in comparison to the white.
Step 4:
Cut the page into strips and corner punch each one. Then edge with sponge brush and black gesso. You can see how the black gesso picks up the texture of the watercolor paper.
Step 5:
Add to you journal with adhesive tape.

Step 6:
Write out with the letters "Art IS Not Optional" and stick them on neutral scrap paper and line with Pitt Pens. Cut out with scissors and adhere to journal page.

Step 7:
Color the Octopode Factory Stamp with Copic markers and fussy cut out. Adhere to the end of the word "optional".

I totally agree with slogan. For me this is how I live my life.
Thank you again for having me back on the blog.
Much love and joy to you.

Glass Site:
Craft Blog:


  1. The intensity of those colors is just amazing, Sarinda! I had no idea of where you might be going with this project, but, I love where you ended up. So "artsy" to have ended up with three strips of all that color, each uniquely different! Couldn't be a better quote for this journal page!!