I love drawing over imperfect backgrounds. The drawing seems to unify all the diverse layers. This background was just a mop-up page, wasn't really even a composed background at all. It works with the drawing, though, doesn't it?
Stuff used: Dylusions inks, Dina Wakley Media Line acrylics, Stabilo All pencil, stencil from the office supply store, my Leaves mask set.
I am giving away one seat in this awesome class. For a chance to win, simply tweet, Facebook, or blog about the class and leave me the link in the comments below. I will draw a winner via random draw on Monday, July 7th. Good luck!
Hello, friends. My teaching schedule has been heavy the last few months, and it won't lighten up any time soon. I haven't had enough time to do my own journaling, so despite pressing deadlines I sat down a couple of weeks ago and made ART for ME. I need to make sure I have my own journal time despite my business. I need it so dearly.
Frida-inspired drawing below. Background is Dina Wakley Media acrylics and Dylusions White Linen spray ink, and my stencils.
I am blessed to do what I do. I know that and I am grateful for it every day. We're also lucky that my engineer husband works for an airline. His job opens up the world to our family for much less $$ than it would ordinarily cost. So far our fellas have been to 9 countries, which is pretty great.
In May I taught at the fabulous Pages 2 Scrap just north of beautiful Sydney. Fabulous store, fabulous people! While I was teaching, my fellas flew out to enjoy Sydney for a couple of days. When I was done, we flew up to Cairns to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
I've been to many places in this beautiful world, and the Great Barrier Reef is one of the absolute highlights of all of my traveling. We loved it so much that we are going to get our scuba certification and go back when my oldest fella is done with his mission. I just have to show it to him. I want him to experience it. We snorkeled on the reef and also did two introductory scuba dives. Our instructor, Russell, was spectacularly kind and patient, and took care of us expertly. I highly recommend the company we did the tour with, Passions of Paradise. The staff was exceptional, they truly made the day wonderful. Plus the company is ecologically friendly and they help monitor the health of the reef with their daily dives.
Here are a few pics from the trip...
Above: view from our apartment (Aquarius...expensive but worth it).
This gorgeous tree was a block from the apartment, and has some very special residents.
Huge fruit bats! Hundreds of them.
Cole is in the front of the above pic...when we were getting ready to snorkel.
Carter took all of the underwater pics (except for the last one of all of us, which Russell took). The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the reef, or to the experience of being there.
Such a moving, outstanding experience. Save your money and GO.
We also saw the Daintree rainforest, which was very cool, too.
We enjoyed the rainforest, but didn't love the tour we went on. Next time we go we'll rent a car and drive ourselves to a few of the rainforest points (including the Skyline, which we didn't get to do this time since it was closed for three weeks).
Wow! The Scottsdale Artists' School asked me to teach an Introduction to Art Journaling class at their facility this summer. The SAS is amazing. Lots of fine-art instruction goes on there, really amazing stuff. I walked in and thought, "Eeks, I'm not qualified to teach here!" BUT...my class there on July 8th only has TWO more spots left. Soooo....if you're local and want to take my Intro class, act soon!
I am so excited that you're here on Dina Wakley Media blog hop day! Today we're celebrating the release of my acrylic paints, mediums, and brushes, made by the awesome Ranger Ink.
My paints are thick and creamy, heavily pigmented, and they spread like butter. My brushes have a long handle for both easel and close-up work, and have a stiff bristle which I love for dry brushing and scrubbing techniques. I love both the paint and the brushes, Ranger did an spectacular job of making my "dream" paint and tools!
I have gathered a group of wonderful artists to celebrate with me. Is this an all-star group, or what? Be sure to hop over to their blogs and leave them some love:
The best part about today? You can win one of TWO complete sets of my paints, mediums, and brushes! Simply leave a comment on this post and I will pick winners by random draw. (One comment per person, please.) I will draw winners on Sunday, June 1st. Spread the word!
Whether you just need a few swipes of color, or whether you want to make a large painting, my acrylics are perfect. I love them. Look at the incredible color in this background I made. I keep looking at it and I love it too much to do anything else to it (and holy cow, I used red AGAIN in a background...heh):
Here's a page I did with a painted background (the glitter is Ice Stickles by Ranger):
And here's a page done with my stamp sets All the Gals and Textures:
And a collaged page with lots of paint layers in the background:
So hop along today and get inspired! Thanks for celebrating with me!