Today is the last day of Dina Wakley Media week. Awww, it has been a blast! Click below to see the last video, introduction to Metallics. I am at the airport now and my ipad isn't awesome for postng on my blog...doh. So I will embed the video here when I get back. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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.
One of the goodies that artists received at the Back2Back retreat is an exclusive stamp set with images designed by me and Dyan! Here are a few pages using the images and the techniques I taught. These techniques will be in my new 2015 class called "Random by Design."
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.
Feb 25th through 28th, Whim So Doodle in St. Pete. Contact them to sign up and go to their website to see the classes. I'm debuting some of my brand new 2015 classes.
Friday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m., I am teaching my Composition Basics art journaling class atScraps of Love in Peoria, AZ. I am excited to teach here, this store has been on my waiting list for over 18 months.
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:
Dina, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!!
This started as one of Tim's awesome blank folios (the small one). I painted and stenciled and voila! It's an art journal! How fun is that? I'm going to be teaching this in my class rotation this year (it's a six-hour class). I used my new stencils, love them!