Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Cool New Design Team

Hello Friends :)
I just wanted to share my first project made for a new design team I was asked to participate in. The team is for promoting a new shop by Jeri Bellini that sells vintage found items for use in art. It is all about recycling, reusing , re-purposing things into your art. For my first project, I made a quirky art doll. At first she was naked and all her bits and bobs showing. Then I thought..hmm..nudity isn't always pleasing to everyone and I might make a bigger statements if I clothed her in a apron (all sorts of hidden parts and hidden implications there LOL) so I dressed her up. You may like her either way..or both ways! Of course, there is a video of the process you can watch on my Youtube channel.
#recycledparts4art #recyclingartistgang

I hope you enjoy the doll and the video :) Don't forget to check out Jeri's new shop at

Oh and in other news...the drawings for #inktober are still continuing since my last post!
Here are a few more for you :) Witches will be appearing all month!

Thanks for stopping by <3 Shel

Monday, October 9, 2017

What is Going on in October...oooo it is Fall!

Hi Friends :)

Time gets away from me you know! It seems like it spins faster and faster and faster until I just fall right off the merry go round. Speaking of falling...FALL has arrived! Softer light, pretty colors, cooler temperatures. Is it my favorite season? A toss up between Fall and Spring I think. They both have their loves and hates. So what is going on in October?

Well..I am doing that ever more popular daily drawing challenge called Inktober. I am using the list of prompts called #31witches2. The idea is to practice drawing and inking. Of course if I draw it..I have to color it some way. So I am also doing that. I am making my process into video as well...and clumping together 3 days into one video. Here are my drawings so far!

As I look at them as a whole..they are very bright and cheerfully colored. Interesting. Says something about my style LOL. I am housing them all in a paper bag journal I made for the purpose. To see how I made it watch this video.

Here are links to the other videos where I show and talk about my drawing, inking and coloring processes. 

If you are wondering where day 5 went. Peg and I made my day 5 totally 80's witches on a livestream on Peg Robinson's and mine NEW Youtube channel called 'ART Joy of Sharing LIVE Stream' We have a live show on Youtube every Thursday where we do some art and chat with the people who come in to watch. It has been a LOT of fun and I hope some of you join us! Just click the link to subscribe and turn on notifications for the live shows.

Thanks for visiting my blog <3 Shel

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Welcome August :)

Hello Friends :)

So August has arrived. It is so fun here in Arizona in the Summer. Lots of bright sunshine, hot weather, outdoor time and pool time. Some might say it is TOO HOT but not for me..a true transplanted desert rat! The Summer is also monsoon time here in the desert and we have had a record amount of rain this year. Storms every afternoon that sweep in and dump a ridiculous amount of warm water on your head in a few minutes...then sweep back out. The cactus are fat and happy and everything is greening up. LOVE IT! Dance in the rain I say!

So since I last posted I have been having a major studio overhaul which has slowed down my video production a bit. But I do have some fun projects to share as always :) I am moving from my tiny hidden closet studio to a bedroom my kid vacated when he moved 4 hours away for college. The new space has so! But I am torn and twisted feeling moving in there because its HIS room and I don't want him to think he can't come home. I am doing it though. If he does need to come back..I can move it again.  For more about the studio and upcoming plans on my channel...a Vlog is up.

This is the full color version of what I put on the front of the Vlog. It is the second of 6"X6" canvases I am making for my 6,000 subscriber give away on my Youtube channel. It is the culture of Youtube to celebrate milestones with give aways so that is what I am doing. So if you have not yet come over to the video side and subscribed to my it soon :)

Here is the first 6"X6" I did and I still have 4 more to go before I make the announcement to comment and become eligible for the drawings.

Other fun projects I did in the last month.... A few pages in the traveling art journals I have been getting in the mail for the #CCBtravelingartjournalproject. 

This desert scene one was so popular people were asking for prints. So, I went ahead and opened a Society6 store and added it. Since then I have added a few more products with other art I have done and scanned. You can see what is available to order here - 

Our Pick A Stick Challenge is going like gang busters over on Facebook. There are two challenges with prompts monthly. One is a 10 step prompt challenge for a art journal page (the original) and we also added a 3 step prompt challenge for a artist trading card. I have been doing my ATC challenge as a Facebook Live video in the group each month. Here is July's ATC.

The art journal page is a regular speeded up video like I make normally :)

So I hope this gave you a quick overview of what I have been up to..artistically.
To see more art I have made into video form...pop on over to my channel at

Hope to see you there!
<3 Shel

Thursday, June 22, 2017

And Then It Was Almost July....

Hi Friends :)

Welcome to the hot hot Summer season! It is warm in Tucson...really warm...this week. I am inside and keeping cool so I thought I should update my blog. ALL my focus has been on Youtube and producing videos of my artistic processes. The videos come out every other day and it requires quite an effort to keep up that pace. So here are some of the recent photos of what I have made..and the video links too!

To start off with..I have been doing a artist trading card each day in June. This is a fun challenge on social media to build a habit of a little art each day. Everyone just uses the hashtag #ATCAD2017 when they post their artist trading card. Here are some in video form...

There are more videos of course...just pop on over to my channel at Shel C - PaperOcotilloStudio

I have also done some art journal pages. I like to play with prompt lists and try to work around them to complete a page. I have a Facebook group with a couple friends where we offer this sort of a list each month for you to try. It is called 'Pick A Stick Challenge' and you can ask to join HERE I also play in another challenge called Mission Inspiration each month that has a prompt list as well. In addition I joined in with the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew and we are doing a traveling art journal project where we do a page featuring CCB products each month and mail the journals around to collect pages from each artist. You can read about this project on the CCB blog HERE
The pages I create are all featured as videos on my channel of course :)


I have enjoyed a recent collaboration with Ayala Art channel. It was a swap collaboration where we both did a mixed media background and sent them to each other. Then we each finished the art piece and mailed them back. It was fun and I plan to do more of these with other artists soon!

So that is just a tiny part of my recent artistic activity. Please come on over to my Youtube channel and check out the rest of the story :) Shel C - PaperOcotilloStudio
<3 Shel

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 2017 Highlights :)

So January is complete and we are almost through February. My goal for my blog this year is to write one post a month highlighting what art I did in that month. My primary sharing has moved to Youtube. I make a video every other day so it is all I can do to write here once a month LOL.

So February.... I joined in a couple of challenges.
The first is on Instagram only. Using the hashtag #28hearts2017. I am making a page with 28 hearts drawn on it. I am filling in one a day and posting the photo of it on Instagram using the hashtag. When complete the page will go in my 'My Life 2017' art journal/album. Here is a photo of where it is at right now. You can use the #28hearts2017 on Instagram to see each individual heart.

Another challenge is the #29faces challenge by Ayala Art. Unfortunately as I write this I am only to face #14. I will catch up though! I am making a flip book of my faces using shipping tags. is a Facebook! A few highlights of those faces...

I am doing my regular art journaling challenges as well of course. I enjoy these step prompt challenges the MOST! Mission Inspiration by Mike Deakin Art.

And of course..the challenge from our own Facebook Group Pick A Stick Challenge. I offered a coloring page of one of my illustrations this month along with my page enjoy coloring :)

I also had fun doing some very dimensional projects this month. A gift canvas in a steampunk theme for my kid's birthday. I added this one to the #loveart event for the Creative Arts Collaboration.

And a recycled/repurposed heart shaped tin. I did this one as part of our four month long 'shimmery art collaboration with Peg Robinson, Yva Lovee' Arts, and Ina Solsbury on Youtube.

This month has also offered a 4000 subscriber give away in which 4 people have won a personalised canvas made by me. I have completed one so far as I write this. Some paper painted roses with a spiral shape theme.

Of course there are many more things on offer over at my Youtube channel :) Come on over and see!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome to 2017!

Wow! I have not written a blog post since September 2016 and it is already the first day of the new year.... Some might say I am a slacker. However, my saving grace is that I have been working so hard on my Youtube channel...that blogging has become an after thought. So I endeavour to do better in 2017!

Happy New Year my friends! I am wishing everyone a year full of colorful art. One where we all live to our fullest potential, laugh a lot, and love everyone. The world needs more love!

I made a tag to welcome the new year so I will share that here.

Then on to a tiny review of what I have been doing since September and what will be upcoming in 2017. I don't have any huge plans is only day one.

I can tell you that the Facebook challenge group for the monthly art journaling challenge is continuing with a new little twist and some guest artists. It is called Pick a Stick challenge and the group is located HERE if you would like to join us.

I have continued my membership in the Canvas Corp Brands design team (Creative Crew) so you will be seeing more of my art using their extensive line of products. I will also be at their booth at CHA Creativation this January in Phoenix, AZ.

I will be continuing to participate in collaborations, events, and hops on my Youtube channel. I plan to do all 12 events with Creative Arts Collaboration. We still have a couple months left in our Shimmery Art collaboration. I will do NaNoJouMo again if it whatever form. Probably ICAD month also...those were both FUN. I will do one on one collaborations with anyone who wants to and join in any video hops that come up. I LOVE the collaborative spirit that exists within the creative community on Youtube!!!

I will continue in 2017 to release a video on my Youtube channel every other day...unless things go crazy...which they sometimes do :)

In September of 2016 I reached 3000 subscribers on my Youtube channel. When a milestone number like that happens...there must be a give away. My preferred method is to have my veiwers answer 5 questions. Then I picked 3 winners randomly and made persoanlised art for each of them based on their answers. I have the most fun doing this! Here are the extra large tags I made for them.

In November I was proud to complete a art journal and video of the page EVERY DAY! That is a real amount of planning and doing! I even managed it while going for a week to Puerto Vallarta Mexico. 

The videos for any of these pages can be seen on my Youtube channel on this playlist HERE

In September of 2016

The highlight of December 2016 was the fun I had making a couple of mixed media ornaments. I had intended to do 7 days of ornaments, but that plan was canceled when we had a death in the family. My focus turned to consoling family members and helping to plan two memorial events in two different states in the midst of Christmas. But I did have a great time completing two of the seven!

I hope you all have enjoyed my review and planning for the new year. Of course there are TONS more videos over on Youtube at my channel Shel C PaperOcotilloStudio
Or find me on Instagram at PaperOcotillo
Or Facebook as Shel Cee

Thanks to all and too all a good night <3