[Above: drawing in my journal done with a Conte pencil over Dina Wakley Media Line acrylic paints.]
I was recently reading some criticisms of my book and art. I'm okay with that (really, I am), when you put yourself out there you have to accept the good and the bad. I don't expect everyone to like me or like what I do. I just have a few thoughts in response. Not a defense, of sorts, but just thoughts:
What I do is not fine art. I know it isn't, I've never pretended it is. What I do is solely about expression.
I consider what I do "art for everyone." What I mean by that is what I do is perfect for you if you have the desire to create and express, but don't necessarily have art-school-quality skill. I don't have art-school-quality skill. But I do have a burning love for art, I love making it, talking about it, looking at it. I art journal so I can express, play, and improve my skills. I art journal because if I don't pour out my soul, I go crazy. I art journal to leave my mark.
What I do is messy. I like mess, spills, grunge. Yep, I like mess. I'm good with it.
Art is subjective. Yes it is, indeedy. What I do might not be art to you, and that's fine. It's art to me, and that's what matters. One of the great things about art is there are SO many types, kinds, styles. This is why I love mixed-media. The mixed-media community is generous and accepting of different types of alternative art, as well as different skill levels, without passing judgement.
I'll finish with a little story. A few years ago I was at NAMTA, which is like CHA but for art materials. I was in the PanPastel booth watching a demo. The man asked me what kind of art I do. I said, "Well, I'm just a poser." He said, "Honey, we're all posers." I love that.
I'm going to keep growing and playing and expressing because I love, love, love what I do. If you're along for the ride with me, thank you!
I love all things printmaking, and I added a collagraph printing class in my class rotation. Here's a page I made with my prints (and with the actual collagraph plate itself). I used my new stencils to make my collagraph plate (the tag on the far right is the actual plate, the other two are the prints from the plate).
I have several boxes in my studio where I keep past projects, mini albums, etc. I was digging around in one, looking for something to inspire me, and I came across this little project. I am sure I posted it years ago (thought I haven't gone back to find it). I couldn't find the original pictures I took if it on my computer, either, so I photographed it again.
I love this little book. I love its message, the white space, the colors, the collage. It's made out of watercolor paper & tags, and machine-sewn together. It's all about empowerment and positive self-talk. I must have done this pre-Dylusions, because that yellow you see is Butterscotch Color Wash. I can also spot Stream Color Wash, and acrylic paint. Alphabet stamps are by Stampotique.
I taught this little book as a class at The Creative Quest (now The Occasional Artist) here in Glendale. I think only 3 or 4 people took the class, which is fine. I have it sitting over my desk now, so I can look at it and enjoy it.
I've been fielding lots of emails about my new products, where to get them, etc. I am SO glad you're excited about my new Dina Wakley media line by Ranger Ink!
Here's what I know: stamps & stencils ship in Feb (and stamps are starting to trickle to stores now). Paints & brushes & mediums ship in March.
I won't be selling the line because I don't have a store. So, ask your favorite store to order it! I know that stores will order what their customers ask for. We had a good response at CHA and I met many lovely store owners from all over the country who told me they're bringing in the line, yay!
I am so excited to see what you guys create with my products. Eagerly awaiting your wonderful art!
The gals at Ranger Ink did these wonderful color charts for the last day of the CHA show (kudos to them for doing hundreds of these). They show my Dina Wakley Media line paint colors. I tried to get an accurate photo of the chart, but it's hard...there's still some color cast and all monitors display differently. But, you get the idea!
I've been working myself ragged to get ready for two important events: book photography for my second book, and CHA.
First up, book photography! I always have a wonderful experience at F&W Media's photography studio. Christine is the excellent photographer, and Amy is my illustrious editor. They made the week go so smoothly. The only stressful thing was the polar vortex. Remember I live in Arizona, we don't have clothes for "real" cold, let alone windchills of -24 F! I took this shot of the TV news one night:
Here is the shoot, the paper is all white before I mess it up with paint and ink:
We also filmed some video bonus content...here is the set:
Did you spot my first book, Art Journal Freedom, on the shelf? Yay! My second book will be out January 2015 (or maybe Dec 2014). Excited about it!!!
After a wonderful week at F&W, I hightailed it to Anaheim. CHA is always exciting, but this one was extra special since it was the release of my new Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger. I'm so thrilled to be working with Ranger and honored to be part of their team.
I was nervous and excited. It was a thrill to be able to demo my new line and show it off!
The talented and sweet Noell & Izzy from Paperclipping filmed a video of the full demo. Watch it here. Here's another quickie demo we did: watch here.
Visit the Ranger blog to see me walk you through the line, and also find videos of the awesome new Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, and Wendy Vecchi products. Plus you'll see the talented Debbie demo her make & take tattered foil flower: Watch here.
One of my favorite parts of CHA is PEOPLE! I love seeing friends and meeting new ones. If you have pics of me from the show, I'd love it if you'd email me! I didn't get as many pics with my own phone as I would have liked, I was too busy talking and demoing.
Here's my little corner of the Ranger booth. I also had two sample boards around the side: