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Artistic conversation about the process of art making.
Join Dyan and Dina for a collage adventure!
We start class by showing you some of our most beloved background techniques. We each make two similar backgrounds, so that we can trade with each other. Watch us squirm as we take on the challenge to create on each other's work. The result is lots of laughs and lots of artistic inspiration!
What you get:
Two background techniques, one Dyan style, one Dina style.
Two collage methods, one Dyan style, one Dina style.
A lively conversation about collage and art-making.
FOUR art journal pages created in front of your eyes in over three hours of narrated video. The content is equivalent to a 3-hour class with Dyan and a 3-hour class with Dina.
PDF supply list.
PDFs of Dyan's and Dina's finished pages.
Digital downloads of the backgrounds Dyan and Dina created so that you can work on them, too.
Permanent access to class materials.
Facebook group in which you can share your work and chat with other students. (Look for Back2Back on Facebook.)
Who We Are
Dyan Reaveley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. Her eclectic style comes through in her vibrant color combinations of inks and paints, using text as an insightful design element. She is known for her creativity with layering color, images and thought-provoking collages.
As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dyan designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes books, inks, stamps, stencils, journals, and more. Look for the Dylusions Line by Ranger at a store near you.
Dyan owns a teaching and design studio, Art from the Heart, in Harrogate, in the north of England. Dyan's mission is to introduce everyone to the fabulous therapy that is art journaling and creating mixed-media art.
Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it.
Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops. She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art.
As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.
What I do is start with some sort of background. Then I wipe some vaseline onto the page in a few areas. Then I paint over the vaseline carefully. You need to overlap the paint layer from the vaseline to the plain paper. Let the paint dry. When it's dry, wipe off the vaseline (the paint over the vaseline won't be dry, so you can wipe it away). Fun. Love the grungy effect you can get.
What's on the page: Dina Wakley media acrylic and vaseline.
I finally got a chance to sit and journal for ME. I've worked so much this summer and I have had practically no art time for me, no time to experiment, no time to play. I was flipping through my old ledger journal and came across this page that I made months ago..
It was like I was speaking to myself through my journal...trust the wild instict within! Even though I had deadlines looming, I sat down and played for a couple of hours. I just had to! I'll share the results over the next couple of posts. I didn't make good art, and I didn't really even "finish" anything. BUT I put paint and ink on paper and oh my, it felt good. Was much needed.
When is the last time you sat down and made art with no end-result or goal in mind? Give yourself permission to make bad art and just GO.
Howdy! I have been traveling and teaching like a madwoman this summer. I have barely been home two weeks in the last few months. As a result, my house is WAY dirty and I can't remember half the time if I'm coming or going.
I'm glad to finally have a chance to share some samples I made with the my new Ranger release. It is all shipping now, so ask for it at your local store.
First let me share the new stamps:
Above: From the Past. I love these women, they will be so fun to play with. AND, one of the images is my grandmother. Can you guess which one?
Above: Handwritten Quotes. I've had a lot of requests for phrases done in my handwriting. Ask and ye shall receive!
Above: Primitive Icons. I love these and am sort of obsessed with the leafy one down at the bottom. These are great for both focal point images and background stamping.
Above: Scribby Insects. HELLO! Don't you love them? I thought I'd be obsessed with the butterfly, and it is great, but I have to say I cannot stop using that little bee.
Now, on to the stencils.
Above: Swirl Mosaic. This comes from a photograph that I took in Rome. I love mosaics, such a fun stencil. People in my classes have been going crazy for this one!
Above: Spinners. This one is an homage to my childhood (I grew up in Michigan, Ohio, and England). I loved the seed pods that fell off the trees, we loved to throw them in the air and watch them spin down.
Above: You Can. I love positive self talk, positive phrases.
Above: Stenciled Maggie and Stenciled Queenie. These large stenciled women are SO fun to play with. I designed them to go on journal pages (or hey, you can become a Banksy protege...heh). I had someone say she didn't understand why one of them only has one eye. My only explanation is she looked better that way when I designed her. I left it open so that you can fill it that area with something else--an image, a word, etc.
Above: Stenciled Women. Half-size versions of the single stencils, good for tags, cards, etc.
Now...on to the samples! These are tags and cards. I will get some journal pages up next week.
Products used: Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints (no gesso, SHOCKER), Archival inks, Dylusions ink sprays, Tim Holtz Mini Blending tool, Dina Wakley Media brushes, black Fudeball pen. I'll list the stamps & stencils I used under the samples.
Stamps: From the Past, Primitive Icons, Collaged Hearts. Stencils: You Can, Plastic Canvas Stars.
I hope you enjoy the new goodies, cannot wait to see how you create with them.
AND, did you know I have a Dina Wakley Media Pinterest board? I try to pin art that you all make with my products. So, don't be afraid to leave a link, I'll try to check the out when I get a free minute.
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.