I have a little video for you on the Ranger blog. Enjoy!
This summer I had the pleasure of recording Art Journaling Live 2 with three amazing artists and friends, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Nat Kalbach, and Mary Beth Shaw. Well, the video is ready for purchasing! Here's a little preview:
You can find it here:
Hope you enjoy!
I started my page with gesso (duh, of course) and added Sky and BlackBerry Violet paints. I glued on a piece of a project I created back in 2009 (found it in my collage box). I drew the woman with a Stabilo All pencil, and added some details and color with Neocolor II crayons. I wrote the quote with the Stabilo. I look forward to seeing your pages.
On a personal note...if you left an encouraging comment or sent me an email after the "apology" post, thank you. I did read and appreciate them all. There is a saying a friend shared with me, it is "A mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child." So true. We're still fighting the good fight here. Hope you are, too.
Don't you just love The Documented Life project? The artists behind the project, Rae, Lorraine, Roben-Marie, and Sandi, are brilliant and inspiring. I'm honored to be the featured artist this week.
My art challenge is tissue paper, and my journal prompt is "the disappearing trick."
I love using tissue paper in my art. It's great to stamp on, paint on, write on. When you glue it onto your work with gel medium, the tissue "disappears" and whatever you've put on it remains.
For these pages, I took tissue paper and put it on a stack on my table. I used my Dina Wakley Media acrylics and I started painting on it with my fingers and making marks with objects. I let the paint soak through from one layer to another.
When the painted tissue papers were dry, I started to tear them up and use Dina Wakley Media gel medium to glue them onto a journal page. I glued them on loosely and let them overlap. A flow started to become evident across the page.
I took some glassine paper that I bought AGES ago and drew some women on it with the Stabilo All pencil. I also glued some of the painted tissue. Glassine is different than deli paper in that it is coated on both sides and it is much thicker. Deli paper is great substitute, though.
As I glued and painted on the glassine, it started to wrinkle. At first I thought about trashing it, but then I decided to embrace the imperfection of it. The wrinkles give an interesting textural quality to the drawings. I firmly believe that art journaling is not supposed to be perfect. It is supposed to be expressive and emotive!
I added some color and some journaling and glued the women to the top of my journal page. To view the page, you can look at it as whole, and you can fold up each woman and look at what is underneath. I like how different parts of the page disappear and/or reappear depending how you arrange the glassine pieces.
Here are a couple of cute little Holiday Scribbly Birdie tags...aren't they cute? I love the little owl with the over-sized stocking hat. So cute.
I stamped the birds with black Archival ink on Ranger watercolor paper. Then I "watercolored" these with my Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint. Just water it down a bit and it gives you a watercolor look. Paint loosely and leave some areas white. So easy! I speckled with Night and with Sterling. Have you tried speckling with the metallic paint yet? Swooooon. As the speckles dry, the metallic really comes out and gives a great effect.
I thought I would explain what "this item is released" means...
1. A manufacturer announces an item. This is called a "release." It is simply an announcement that the item is going to be produced by the manufacturer.
2. A release date does not mean ship date (unfortunately). An item may be released but may not be shipping for a month. For mid-year releases, Ranger is generally pretty good about ship dates, though, and they are often not long after release dates. Ship dates are usually not advertised to consumers but are told to retailers.
3. Arrival date. This is when the product actually arrives at a retailer. Can be variable depending on everything from distance to Ranger, speed of shipping, and the weather.
Many, many local stores will happily ship product to you. Please call them and support them. If you are a local store and will ship, feel free to comment on this post and I will add you. Some that I know will ship are Whim So Doodle, The Crafty Scrapper, Papercraft Clubhouse, Everything Scrapbook and Stamps, Scrapbook N Such, Betty's Creative Studio, Dorothy's Stamps-n-Scraps, Scrapbook Memories n More, Ink Paper Rubber, and more. They won't have the Christmas release yet, I am actually not sure of ship dates on that stuff. But you can call and ask.
If you're in Canada, try Clipper Street Scrapbooking in Vancouver. (If you're also in Canada and will ship, comment on this post and I will add you!)
I know it can be irritating as a consumer that a manufacturer announces items that aren't in the store yet. BUT...all good things are worth waiting for, right?
Have you seen the Ranger blog? There are lots of awesome products in the October release! Tim's new color, Carved Pumpkin, is a beautiful orange. I'm excited for his splatter brush, too!
I am super proud of this holiday stamp set/stencil combo in my Dina Wakley Media line. Lookie, new scribbly birdies! Wheee! I think they are adorable. I can't wait to see the holiday projects that you make with them. Be sure to send me links so I can add what you do to my Dina Wakley Media Line pin board.
I will be back soon with a few samples made with the holiday set.
Did this quick background with my acrylic paints on my new Bold Journal Elements stamp set. I love, love, love to use my paints on stamps. To apply paint to the stamp evenly, I use the Tim Holtz mini blending tool. So easy! After you stamp, be sure to clean the acrylic off before it dries.
Now the fun part...what comes next?
Those of you signed up for classes with me in Montreal and St. Pete know by now that I have had to cancel.
I apologize. Truly.
If you look at my schedule, you will see that I have been working like a mad woman for a long time. I have kept up a similar pace for several years now.
It has caught up to me. It has caught up to my family. Right now I have to stay home and focus on what matters most. I will come back to Montreal and St. Pete, but I can never get time back with them. So we are hunkering down and weathering a storm. Prayers appreciated.
To all who are struggling with depression, I want you to know this.
Depression is a liar.
It lies to you and it isolates you. It tricks you into thinking you don't matter. But you do. Oh, how you do.
Hold on. You are needed. You are loved. There is help out there.
I am happy to be part of Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lesson series. Woo hoo! The Art Lesson are short, downloadable lessons that have step by step tutorials and a short video of part of the technique included.This is my first lesson, Easy Layering with Analogous Colors.
You can see the other art lessons from the year, here.
I am so excited about this...accessory bags with art from all four Ranger Signature Designers--Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Wendy Vecchi, and moi! The bags are durable and BIG...they are long enough to hold my brushes and have so much room. You can hold and travel with lots of supplies in these bags. Here's mine:
Don't you want them all? *wink*
Click here to sign up! The teacher list is amazing, and classes will range from art to meditation to soul protecting. This is going to be a diverse, interesting community. Join us!
Are you ready to come and art with me?
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.