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Aug 14-16, 2015: My Heart’s Fancy, Oklahoma City, OK.
Aug 21-23, 2015: Absolutely Everything, Topsfield, MA.
Sept 2, 2015: The Occasional Artist, Glendale, AZ.
Sept 18-20, 2015: Scrapbook Centrale, Montreal, Quebec.
Sept 24-26, 2015: Whim So Doodle, St. Pete, FL.
Hello, hello! I am excited to share my August release with Ranger Ink. Woo hoo!
First up...clear gesso. I filmed a little video about using clear gesso and it will be on the Ranger blog really soon. Clear gesso is fun because it doesn't hide whatever you're putting it on. It's great for when you want to add strength and tooth to a surface for mixed media, but you don't want to cover the surface with a white or black color. Try using it on fabric, text paper, ledger paper, scrapbooking paper, etc. You can also use clear gesso as a sealer, and it's great for acting like a workable fixatif over slippery surfaces (like glue and gel medium). Clear gesso is a wonderful addition to the Dina Wakley Media range of mediums.
Next...paint combs! These are simply awesome. They're BIG, which I love. Their size means you can cover lots of surface area with just a swipe. They're heavier than a regular stencil so they hold up to the combing on your pages and printing surfaces. Try these on your gelli plate, deli paper, and even journal pages. They work great with my heavy body acrylics because the acrylics will hold shape and texture when you comb through them. The edges are all a different pattern and you can combine them for many combinations and looks. In the center of the combs is a stencil pattern because I just couldn't resist using that space for more shapes and texture. Big thanks to Debbie Tlach at Ranger for helping me make my vision of these a reality. Look for a video soon on the Ranger blog with ideas for using these versatile tools.
Next...new stencils! I always say stencils are the bread and butter of mixed media. They are inexpensive and there are so many ways to use them. You can get a lot of mileage out of a stencil.
Hey You has lots of art sayings that I say a lot...including my motto, "Oops, Oh well":
Jungle is a great all over pattern with organic movement:
Leafy is a flowy, versatile pattern:
Bough is good for holiday backgrounds and for building all kinds of branches:
Arrows is like Grande Arrows, but mini:
Bold Journal Elements come from my stencil designs. They're great for repeating imagery and building layers:
Grungy Stars are so versatile. Try them for holiday or night time or celestial themed projects:
Scribbly Alphabet is great for when you don't want to use your own handwriting to add journaling or a quote to your work:
Scribbly Birds in Flight are artsy and beautiful:
Scribbly Fashion Figures will be great focal points for your journal pages and other cards and projects:
Scribbly Leaves and Pods will be all-season fun:
And now... a few samples. Can you spot the stencils in the backgrounds?
Woo hoo! What are you most excited about in the release? Can't wait to see what you create!
I know I've shared this before, but I thought I'd mention again that I have a board where I pin artwork done with my Dina Wakley Media Line products.
There are lots of cute projects, from art journal pages to tags to cards. I do pin some of my stuff to the board, but I also pin work by others that I spot on Pinterest. If you do something with my products, link me to your blog and I will pin it to the board.
Howdy! Do you have any journal pages, mop-up pages, or gelli prints that you don't like much? Check the Ranger blog today for a quickie tutorial...I show you how easy it is to recycle those "so-so" pieces into an adorable card.
I work in three or more journals at a time. I know I've described my organic working method in the past. I never do a page from start to finish in a sitting. Instead I paint a little, throw the journal behind me and grab another one, paint or draw or stamp or collage a little, then throw that one behind...lather, rinse, repeat. I love working like this. It releases the pressure of having to finish something and just encourages play.
Here's a pic I took of my floor after a few hours of art-ing.
Not sure if I ever shared these. I taught my mark-making class at Art from the Heart back in Oct of 2014. These were a few of my class samples that day. The one is the middle...look at it carefully and you'll see a woman bent over, with her arms folded. I find her to be so very emotive and sad. The one of the left is a woman holding a baby (I alllllwwwaaaays see a woman holding a baby in my marks). The one of the right is a dancer.
In early June I got to spend a week at Ranger Ink. It was so great to go there and meet all the people who work so hard to make Dina Wakley Media products, as well as all of the other fabulous Ranger products. I got to meet the awesome art department, production, plus lots of other staff. What many people don't know is that Ranger manufactures its inks and paints and mediums right in the production facility in New Jersey. It's so fun to see the factory lines running and everything being made and packaged. Really impressive and cool.
Here are a few highlights:
Mario was kind enough to follow me around the factory and get pictures of me next to my products. Here are my paint labels:
Here are my stamps, ready to be sent out for orders:
Here is a big barrel of Turquoise paint, ready to go to the tube filler.
Empty tubes, waiting to be filled:
I just need one of everything. Or two. Or a hundred.
I taught a quick class to the art department, we had fun and made a mess! Pics are from Mario:
We decided to get ice cream and walked into Carvel 5 minutes before it closed. Oh boy, that started an obsession. We went every night. Mmm, Sprinkles. Hey, look at that giant fudgie on the wall!
We had some good meetings about upcoming releases. I am so excited about what is in the works for Dina Wakley Media! Good things are ahead!
I am reposting this because of troubles with the link...
Here ya go!
I am super excited to announce that the Back2Back retreat is BACK!
The basics....B2B is a weekend (coughcough now two, actually coughcough) hosted by the awesome Michelle McCosh, owner of Everything Scrapbooks and Stamps. You will be with me, Dyan Reaveley, and your tribe, your peeps, your people. You know, your ART PEOPLE...people who don't look at you cross-eyed when you say you make mixed-media art and keep an art journal!
Won't you come and make art with us?
Hello! Well, July is fast approaching. Here is where I will be in July. Contact the stores for class info and sign up details:
July 10-12, 2015: Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY.
July 14-15, 2015: Ink Paper Rubber, Overland Park, KS.
July 17-19, 2015: Scrapbook Island, Los Gatos, CA.
July 31, 2015: Scraps of Love, Peoria, AZ. One class, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Howdy! I have been moving my files from an old computer to a new computer, deleting photos, etc. I was going through my "Art" folder, and fold some oldies but goodies. It got me thinking about my art journey.
I started art journaling in 2004, after keeping a personal journal since I was 9 (I have 18 volumes on my shelf). My early art journaling had lots of glazing and collage:
In 2008 and 2009 I started playing around with silhouettes:
In 2010, I kept playing with silhouettes, collage & stamping, and started painting over photographs.
In 2011, I decided I would teach myself to draw.
In 2012 and 2013, I kept practicing! At this point I had filled dozens of art journals.
In 2014, I was privileged to join Ranger! I am still practicing, practicing, practicing.
In 2015, I am still plugging along. I teach. I journal as often as I can. I paint big and small paintings. I stamp. I make tags. I scrapbook. I love to make art. LOVE it.
What has your art journey been like?
I grabbed one of my brushes recently and found it was ruined. DOH! If you don't wash your brushes, bad things happen.
I had a blob of Night paint on my desk, so I used the brush anyway and created this abstrated, quick face. Amazing how much emotion a few simple brushstrokes can convey. You can really see the raggedy edges of the brush and the lines it created in the Night paint.
Want to get more abstraction into your work? Ideas for loosening up:
Here are two pages from a recent class I taught....need to journal and add final layers.
Do you struggle with what to write on your pages? I have a whole chapter in my second book, Art Journal Courage, devoted to writing on your work. (Link to my book in sidebar on the right.)
Here are a few ideas:
I’ll be one of 21 speakers in a free online interview series designed to nurture creatives worldwide. It’s called “The Painted Guru…discover how art can heal the heart, inspire the soul and soothe the mind.” The symposium begins June 11th.
Here’s what you’ll learn and receive from this series:
How to discover your voice and feel authentic in your expression.
How to create intuitively and honestly to awaken freedom on the canvas and in life.
How to use life stories as well as imagery and symbols in your creations.
You’ll hear stories that will speak to where you are and point to where you’re going as an artist.
You’ll learn you’re not alone in the ups and down of the creative life and will discover the benefits of making bad art and the secrets of passing through rough patches.
This online event is free. Click on the link below to sign up for “The Painted Guru”!
One of the things that I think people struggle with when they art journal is the idea that every page should be pretty or good.
I think if I put pressure on myself to make every page good, I would quit art journaling. That is so not what it's about to me.
I know that people art journal for a myriad of reasons. I art journal for play, expression, and practice. Every now and then, good art happens. But plenty of times it doesn't. And I simply don't care. I embrace it, I learn. That's how I become a better artist. I learn.
The more art you make, the better you get. The more you express, the better you feel. Learn to love the whole process, the mistakes and the triumphs.
In the pages below, I was practicing my drawing. The drawings on the left weren't working, I was screwing it up (take a close look at the nose). Instead of overworking it, I just learned my lesson from my mistakes and tried again on the right side. Much better.
A couple of years ago I participated in a great event, Art Journaling Live. They're doing it again next month, join us! It will be June 18 in Arlington, Texas.
I will be teaching a quickie version of my new favorite class, Random by Design. It's messy and fun and it will rock your world.
Check out this video I did for the Ranger blog! Head over there to see pictures of the finished background.
Last week I was creating watery backgrounds in my journal, and I thought you'd like to see the process. I grabbed the camera and filmed this little video. I hope you enjoy it and try the technique.
Howdy doody my friends!
I think I am still in survival mode...barely holding on, yet again. Seems to be the way life is now, doesn't it? I have two whole weeks at home now, wow, luxury! I do have a big deadline to hit in the next couple of days, though. So no rest for the weary. I have done some journaling and I will photograph and post it over the next few weeks. Pinky swear.
Check it out here and come art with me in Santa Ana!
In May, find me at: Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina; Dorothy's Stamps-n-Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina; The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ; and Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT.
In June, find me at: Clipper Street Scrapbooking in Langley, Vancouver, Canada; and Art Journaling Live at GASC in Arlington, Texas.
In July, find me at: Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, KY; Ink Paper Rubber in Overland Park KS; Scrapbook Island in Los Gatos, CA; and Studio CrescenDoh in Santa, Ana, CA.
Almost all of those stores have already announced classes, and the ones that haven't will likely announce soon. The best way to find out about classes it to get on the mailing lists for the stores, check their websites regularly, and also join their Facebook pages. Come and make art with me! I consider it one of my life's greatest privileges to make art with you. I really do.
Today I show you one of the uses for glazing medium.
You can mix it 1 part paint to 10 parts medium if you want just a light tinted glaze to put it over your work. Here I mixed it about half in half so I would have lots of pigment and slower drying time.
I got home late last night from teaching at the always awesome Art from the Heart in Harrogate, England. And....it's Dina Wakley Media Week over at the Ranger Blog! Woo hoo! I still pinch myself every day that I have the wonderful opportunity to be a signature designer with Ranger. They are amazing.
Look at this amazing pile of Fine Line Tip Applicators!
Dina Wakley Media labels...
Dina Wakley Media Week means that every day this week, I will share with you a little video that has tips, tricks, and techniques using my new Dina Wakley Media products that came out at the January CHA show.
Yesterday's video was Introduction to the Fine Line Tip Applicator.
Today's is Doodling with the Fine Line Tip Applicator.
Note: I get asked all the time where you can buy my stuff. The BEST place to buy it is at your local scrapbooking, stamping, or mixed-media arts store! Find one near you and give them a call. If you live far away from a store, most will happily ship to you.
All of the products from this week will be hitting stores SOON!
Here's the cure for an ugly page.
Paint something BIG and BOLD over it.
I had an ugly page...it was half done, part of it was torn off because it had stuck to the facing page. So I just grabbed a brush and painted a big and bold face over it. Voila, easy peasy and done. Remember done is better than perfect!
This page came to be when I was feeling like I couldn't remember how to make art any more.
Do you ever feel like that?
I think the cure for that feeling is to make. Make something. Anything. It doesn't have to be good, it just has to be made. Once you start moving your hands, good things will happen. But *nothing* will happen if you don't make.
Release yourself from the need to have all of your art be good, and just make.
I've been painting a bit and making journal pages for the Back2Back retreat this weekend, and for my classes at Whim So Doodle. Excited because I'll be debuting my all new 2015 workshops! (I know there are still spots open at WSD, their link is down a post or two below).
Products used: Dylusions Journal, Dina Wakley Media gesso, brushes, acrylic paint, and stencils.
Hi dee ho. I had a cancellation for a teaching gig in early March. I am going to use the extra time to work on some new online classes. If you have any special requests, let me know. I have several planned, though...can't wait to work on them.
And, because of the cancellation, I was able to add a couple of last-minute local classes! If you're in the area, come and make art with me.
And...don't forget I'm teaching a bunch of my NEW 2015 classes at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete at the end of this month.
To celebrate the release of my new DVDs, I'm doing a few guest blog posts over at the Cloth Paper Scissors blog. Go check out my first post, here.
Also notice the sidebar of my blog...click that to go to the NorthLight shop and use the coupon for 10% off! [Sp sorry for not having that up yesterday...I just got the coupon affiliate thing figured out this morning.] To find my products easily when you're at the shop, just put "Dina Wakley" in the search box.
Also, I have to thank Joy for this lovely comment. This is what she said:
I just watched all three previews.
First, the previews are perfect. The viewer gets a full technique instead of just some random sample of the video.
Second, the format, where you are teaching Amy and she is doing what you do, is perfect. I get to see the technique twice, which helps me see that the same technique does not always give the same result. Both your results are pleasing.
Third, Amy is a fantastic student.
Fourth, you keep creating new ways to make interesting and meaningful and beautiful art. wow.
I bought the mask and stencil video right away. I"ll be getting the other two soon. Thank you making your teaching so convenient to access : )
Joy, thanks so much for describing exactly what we were trying to achieve with the DVDs. Thank you, thank you!
Below is an example of a piece I did from my mark-making technique that I demo in the Mark Making video. It's one of my absolute FAVORITE ways of making art.
Last Fall, I flew to Cincinnati for three fun days of filming with my editor Amy Jones. We had SUCH a blast and created three DVDs that you can either purchase or download (or both!). EDITED TO ADD: sorry for confusion, the download isn't free. You can either purchase a download or purchase a physical DVD. In my haste to write the post, I wasn't clear.
Amy was my art student as we went through the material. She sits right by me and follows my instructions, asks questions, and learns along with you. She is awesome and she made hecka cool art! These DVDs are like being in class with us. You see us goof up, fix things, and go through the whole art making process.
Here are the links:
Since I've just been trying to tread water and keep afloat (metaphorically), I haven't put a brush to paper (for myself) in ages. Today while I was working on a Ranger blog assignment (will link you up to that next month), I was waiting for some gesso to dry. I never sit and wait for paint, so I turned to my journal and roughed out this face. I love patchy layers, brushstrokes that show the hand of the artist. It's just how I love to make my art. Felt good to paint for myself, even if only for a moment.
Did you make art today?
Well, what a whirlwind! These last few weeks I've been in survival mode. We're moved into the new house and are definitely NOT settled in completely, but I know that will come with time. Our old house is still for sale (praying, praying, praying it sells soon). Things with my son's health are a bit better, but we're still having some challenges. I am grateful we're moving in the right direction, though. He is feeling and looking better. Thankful for daily improvements!
Just got back from a great weekend of teaching at Scrapbook N Memories in Harrisonville, Missouri. I have lots of teaching coming up, so be sure to check my teaching schedule to see where I will be. We will try to get it updated with the rest of the dates soon.
Often I will teach somewhere and people will comment, "I didn't know you were near me, I would have come." My schedule is always on my website, and make sure you're on the mailing lists & Facebook pages for your local stores. Facebook is weird, too...if you don't interact with a business page, updates won't show up in your feed. So, you need to go click on the pages you like regularly to see all the latest. This is true with my Art of Dina Wakley page, too.
Feb 6-8: Runaway Art & Craft Studio in Salem, OR.
Feb 20-22: Back 2 Back Art Retreat, South Florida.
Feb 25-28: Whim So Doodle, St. Pete, Florida.
I know there are still some class spots in both Salem & St. Pete, so give the stores a call and sign up!
On my to do list: more art, film little videos about my new products with tips & tricks, be better at blogging (coughcough), and MORE ART! Have a super day, everyone!
Each year, Ranger takes a product (or product line) and invites top-notch designers to create with it. The idea is to show the versatility of a line, that in different hands the same materials can look markedly different.
This year, the focus was Dina Wakley Media paints, stencils, and stamps. I got to hand-select a "dream team" of sorts. I wish I could have had more artists participate...but alas, they limited me to 23. So, without further ado, I present the wonderful artwork from this year's Ranger Designer Challenge!
I wish I had brought my good camera so I could get better pictures of these pieces. I just had to use my cellphone, so I'm sorry about the washed-out color and light glare and blur. You can see Ranger's post about the challenge HERE. Their pictures are better than mine, so be sure to visit. Also try visiting each artist's website...if they haven't posted their challenge yet (several have), then they may in the future.
Here's what the display looked like in the middle of the Ranger booth (I snagged these pics from the Ranger blog):
First up is mine:
I used a lot of my custom paint sprays (I mix my paint with some water in a mister and magic happens!) and my new masks.
Next up, Tim Holtz:
I love how Tim's is a piece of true assemblage art. He is such a master at combining objects in fascinating ways! I especially love the paint brush at the bottom. So cool, a visual feast.
Next up: Dyan Reaveley
Dyan is a master of doodling, and this piece proves that. It must have taken ages to do all that decorative writing. I love how the colors pop against the black. Love it!
Next up: Wendy Vecchi
Aargh, so sorry for the blurry pics. Do check the Ranger blog link above for better pics. Wendy's is delightful. I love how she used the birdies from Scribbly Birds. I wish you could see the dimension in the flower and leaves, it's really stunning! And how genius is the clipboard?
Next up: Tammy Tutterow
Next up: Debbie Tlach
Debbie's piece is a portrait of her little kitty. I love the blue and orange (complemetary colors) and he just looks so sweet. She has really captured him well. Don't you think she could go into business creating portraits like this? So fun!
Next up: Lisa Pace
Lisa's piece has so many gorgeous layers. I love how she used the heart, both under and on the tag. So beautiful!
Next up: Traci Bautista
Traci did one of her signature portraits with my acrylic paint. I love how expressive it is, it just oozes energy and joy! So bright and cool.
Next up: May Flaum
To appreciate May's piece, you really need to be able to see it from the front and from the sides. There are sooooo many dimensional layers, it's really like a sculpture. So colorful and great!
Next up: Ronda Palazzari
Ronda's piece is an abstract work of art. Each section has interesting layers and textures. They all work together to create a whole that is really lovely.
Next up: Roben-Marie Smith
I love the narrative quality of Roben-Marie's piece (and it's so clever how she made a person with my Moon Faces stencil). You look at the piece and you can start interpreting the story, it draws you in and keeps you there. Love it.
Next up: Lorraine Bell
The analagous colors that Lorraine used in this piece give it such a calm, lovely feeling. The portraits are gorgeous and I love all the details, fab.
Next up: Mou Saha
This piece has some of my favorite things...color and texture! I love how she made the Affirmations stencil the focal point. Isn't it great? So many cool layers.
Next up: Kate Crane
I love all the little details and elements on Kate's piece (hello butterflies!). So many great pops of texture, too. Fun!
Next up: Tangie Baxter
Tangie's is another piece that you really need to be able to see from all sides. It is so textural and sculptural! I have to admit I had to reach out and touch the heart in the middle, it is like an artifact waiting to be discovered. Cool stuff.
Next up: Christy Tomlinson
Ugh, excuse my blurry pic! Christy did one of her signature girls...and get this. All of that pattern and texture is "custom painted paper" that she did herself with my acrylics. How awesome is that!! She is so sweet, love it!
Next up: Shari Carroll
I love all the layers on Shari's piece, they are luminous. She did the Mod mask in a textural way, too, so it adds such lovely dimension. So pretty, it was practically glowing!
Next up: Jim Hankins
Speaking of glowing...Jim's piece was literally glowing because it had little lights on it. How cool is that? The picture is terrible (ugh), but I wish you could see the little lights! Plus Jim's piece is sculptural, too. It has many great layers and wire and pops with color. An engineering feat!
Next up: Jennifer McGuire
How sweet is this? It is SO colorful and just looking at it makes you happy. This would be so cute in a kids' bedroom. Classic and cool.
Next up: Richele Christensen
Richele's piece is another one that literally glows...that little lantern in the box turns on. Aaah, so cool. I love the paper quilt in her background, and how her layers seem to blend so perfectly. Stunning!
Next up: Paula Cheney
Paula's piece is pastel perfection. Isn't it great how many looks you can get with my line of paint? You can bright and powerful, and you can get soft and subtle. Paula's piece is vintage pefection.
Next up: Jenny Doh
Jenny's piece is an expressive, layered painting that highlights her character FangGrrr. Here FangGrrr is playing the cello, and the word says, "Practice." I love how expressive this is, and that it is personal and meaningful...which what good art should be.
Next up: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Julie's piece is so graphic and cool. I was chatting with her at the show and she said she was feeling inspired by Matisse. Can you see the influence? So great, I love it!
Next up: Mystele
Mystele is such an inspiration to me. She made an entire artist's book, with many painted tags and pages. They are so stunning and moving, full of grace and emotion. Don't they exude joy? I am so in love with this piece and hope Mystele will let me buy it so it can come and live in my studio.
Don't you love the pieces? I'm in awe of how great they are.
A HUGE thank you to all of the artists who made art with the Dina Wakley Media Line. Thank you, thank, you thank you!!!
that I had a great time at CHA. I am working on a post with all of the Designer Challenge pieces (they are AMAZING), so that should go live later this week.
I will be at Ranger Ink every morning and afternoon...come see my new metallics and the fine line tip. Awesome stuff! Booth 2521.
I will be at F&W for book signings on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Come and get a signed book! Booth 1713.