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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

An Art Journal Give Away Video Hop

Hi Friends,

Yes, it is me...the absent blogger who really does Youtube these days LOL. I just wanted to tell you about a project I have been involved in that has a fantastic give away, It this morning and I do not want you to miss it! It is a video hop with 7 Youtube artists. All of us have been in Shannon Green's Inspiration Conspiracy hops before and are now in a Alumni group. One smart member thought it would be fun to give away complete art journals to some lucky viewers on our channels...with art inside as well as blank pages. I thought it seemed like a great idea and joined in the project. There has already been two groups who have done a hop with their art journal pages that have been bound into a journal to give away. This week is Group #3 and I am the binder so the winner of ours will be announced on my channel. Here are some photos of the art journal we will be giving away :)

The art on the covers is mine and I did the first page inside as well a ATC inside. Six other artists... Amy Love, APG Jamie, Yva Lovee' Arts, Gulfsprite, Hanny Tromp, and Nina Ribena..have made pages and ATCs that are included in the journal as well. To have a chance to win this fun prize...simply go to my video link here..

And watch and leave a comment starting with the words 'ENTER ME'. Then follow along the list of videos in the description box below my video and post 'enter me' comments on all of them as well for more chances to win! Fun and easy right? Enjoy!

<3 Shel

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Fun Collaboration with a Fun Friend :)

Hello Friends :)

I wanted to talk a little bit about 'internet friends' :) Some may say they are not 'real' friends...but I will disagree! I am some sort of a hermit in real life. I like to stay in my studio and rarely interact with others. I do not feel I have much in common with the people I 'know'..and I feel uncomfortable around lots of people. Loud talking and sounds and strong smells bother me. I am just overly sensitive I guess. I was not always this way... in the past I was some sort of a social butterfly type. Now I seem to be in a cocoon. lol.
A couple of years ago I started exploring the arts community on the internet. I was watching Youtube videos and I found out about G+ Communities. I was interested in learning more about Mixed Media and so I joined a few communities that were talking about it. You know what? There are tons of nice people who have the same interests as me out in the world! And the magic of the internet can connect us ;) Once I started to make Youtube videos myself about 10 months ago...I found even MORE new friends...'internet friends'. These people are much more supportive then most people I know in 'real life'. They like the same things I do. They want to talk about art with me! If I have a sad day..they lift me up. One of these friends is a girl with a Youtube channel named Yva and we decided to collaborate on some art. Talking over the internet has made us realize we are very similar...both in style of art and life we thought it would be a great match up. We each created a mixed media background on a canvas and mailed it to each other. Then we each finished the canvas with a focal image and plan to mail them back. I want to share them with you!

I do not have many I will put the links to all the videos.

This is my background I created and mailed to Yva...

You can see me making it in this video...

And Yva finishing it for me in this video....

Here is my finished canvas I made for Yva...

Me completing Yva's canvas in this video...

And Yva making the background of this canvas in this video...

There is also a give away going along with our collaboration for a mixed media canvas we both worked on. Anyone who comments on all four videos in entered in the drawing to win :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing this internet friend collaboration...if you did leave me a comment...somewhere!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Oh My Gosh....It has been so LONG!

Hello Friends :)

I have been a bad bad blogger lately. It has been so long since I updated all of you on what I have been doing! I will place the blame on the Index Card A Day Challenge...LOL. Doing something for 61 days..every day..and making videos about it really takes time. Especially when you are also doing all the regular videos and commitments you have in well as planning to be gone for a week at the end of the month. I will be attending a family reunion with my Mother and it is going to be huge! over 150 cousins.. most of whom I have never met. Those who know me personally..know I am uncomfortable in crowds and social it will be a bit stressful for me I think. We will see how it goes! There are lots of fun Youtube collaborations are going on during the time I will be I have doubled up and made videos that I have pre-scheduled to go live then. And of course the rest of the ICADs.  Yes, busy busy busy..the way I like it. So let's update you on what I have done since the last time I posted here....

Well there have been 26 Index Cards since then...oh boy!

What else..let's see...I did a fabulous flamingo collaboration with the artist Audie G..

I announced the two winners of my 2000 subscriber give away and made videos of their personalized canvases..

I shared a commissioned project that took over 20 hours to create. Try fitting that into a 20 minute video lol.

A cute little canvas for a Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew collaboration...

We announced a new Artist Trading Card challenge in the Pick a Stick Challenge Group and I made a video of the ATCs we will give away at the end of the month. Our PASC pages will be coming out on video on July 29th.

And I recently did the Mission Inspiration July art journal page challenge as well ;)

That is a pretty decent over view I think. There might have been a few other things thrown in there that I forgot. Videos of all this art can be seen on my Youtube channel linked here.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!
<3 Shel