Well, Scribble Sticks are finalllllly shipping out from the Ranger Warehouse and will be at your fave store SOON, if they're not there already. I just love them. I really do.
What they look like: a crayon.
What they are not: a crayon. Why? Because Scribble Sticks contain NO wax. They're more like a woodless colored pencil. They're heavy and you can lay down lots of pigment by pressing hard, or you can color lightly for a soft effect.
And two of the BEST things about them is 1) they are water-soluble, and 2) they write on dried paint. YESSSS!!! Finally, a medium that will write will on dried paint.
What can you do with Scribble Sticks?
Use them dry to color in images and coloring books.
Color in dry and then wet the pigment so it looks like watercolor.
Lay some pigment down on paper and then dissolve it with water to make a background.
Try it on both primed and unprimed paper. You'll get a different result depending on if you've used gesso, and what kind of substrate you use.
Draw with them! Scribble, sketch!
Create shadows with them around collage.
Here's an assortment of art that I've done where I've used Scribble Sticks.
On the piece below, I used the sticks to color in the stamped image.
On the piece below, I used them to draw on both the canvas in the journal and on the watercolor paper in the journal.
I used them to color the flower on the tag below.
I used them on the Kraft pages below and on the Media Tape.
I used them to draw all of these faces on old ledger paper:
Don't let the Scribble Sticks intimidate you. Think of them like a stick of paint. Use them wet, use them dry, use them to color, use them to accent, use them to shadow and shade, use them to draw.....and have a blast!
It has been a LONG TIME since I did new online course. Recently, the amazing Jeanne Oliver contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing a course for her wonderful network, the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network. I adore Jeanne and I am excited and honored to be doing an all new online course! Early registration is open now.
I love the new Media Tools in my line. They are silicone-tipped brushes and they're great for all kinds of mark-making! Think of them like a paintbrush. If you can do it with a paintbrush, you can do it with one of these tools to get a different effect or mark. They work wonderfully in the thick Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints. Here are three of my favorite ways to use the tools.
1. Scribble right into paint (this technique is called sgraffito). Each tip will give you a different scribble mark.
2. Use the each tool to make interesting marks. Each tip will give you a different shaped mark. The mark will change depending on how quickly you move your hand, how much paint you put on the tip, and how hard you press. So fun!
3. Use the very edge of each tool tip to create interesting, artistic lines.
Here are the finished tags:
Don't forget to try the tools on your gelatin plates, too. How are you going to use your Media Tools?
Last up in our spotlight on the surfaces in the Dina Wakley Media Journal is burlap.
Don't let the burlap intimidate or confuse you. Use your creativity! Or, just think if it like bumpy paper and do what you'd normally do to it. Can you paint it? Sure. Draw on it? Yep. Sew? Absolutely. Build collages? Heck yeah!
Here are some ways I have used it in my work so far:
I like to cut a decorative edge in it to make a cool page divider:
On the page below, I cut a frame in the burlap page. Then I took the bit I cut out and used it to make a pocket for a tag (on the left side).
One of my FAVE things to do with the burlap is to treat it like a bulletin board. I pin, sew, or staple tags or other bits and bobs to it. If you don't have Tim's Idea-ology Tiny Attacher, you NEEEED it. I use mine all the time to staple things to the burlap.
I adore the burlap and it adds such a great visual and textural element to the journal.
How are YOU going to use the burlap pages? Can't wait to see!
Time to shine a spotlight on the watercolor paper in the Media Journal.
This is not an ordinary watercolor paper. It is a handmade, textured paper that has some cotton in it. It is very absorbent and reacts to wet media in an interesting way. It is a fun surface to work on. You can leave it unprimed, or you can apply gesso. I tend to apply a thin coat of gesso to everything, because I like how paint behaves on gesso. Experiment with the paper and see how the different mediums you have work on it, both wet and dry, both primed and unprimed. Here are some pages I've done on the paper:
I can't wait to see the magic you create on the paper in the journal! Be sure to share your work in my new Facebook group, Dina Wakley Media Tribe. We love to see all of your creations!
I'm shining a spotlight on the amazing Dina Wakley Media Journal over the next week. The journal has, bound right into the signatures, four surfaces to work on: kraft, handmade paper, thin canvas, and burlap. It should be shipping from the Ranger warehouse by mid-Feb.
First up in the spotlight: kraft! The weight of the kraft in the journal is lovely. It's heavy and a delight to work on. Sure, you can gesso it, but then you cover up all that glorious kraft color (though clear gesso is an option if you feel your work requires that under layer). My Acrylic Paints really pop on the background, and it makes a fun change from standard white or ivory.
At the trade show, Tim Holtz gave me some of his new Idea-ology Paper Dolls. Oh my. They are like Found Relatives, but they are die-cut out of the background so you just have the figure. I am a wee bit obsessed with them. Okay, more than a wee bit, as you can see in the pages below.
Products used in these pages: Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks, Dina Wakley Media Tape, Dina Wakley Media Acrylic paints, Fudeball black pen, white paint pen.
Hooray, the day has come to share with you the new Dina Wakley Media releases for 2017!
If you've been paying attention on Instagram and SnapChat, I have been peeking of these for the past week. Have you noticed anything new? I've been subtle about it, but I've been using some of the new stuff in the posts.
First up...the new Dina Wakley Media Journal.
Yes, I said journal. People. I am beyond thrilled with this journal. It's unique and full of interesting surfaces to play with and alter. It has a smooth black cover, and is filled with signatures that have handmade cotton rag watercolor paper, burlap, kraft paper, and thin fabric canvas. Be still my beating heart.
I have spent the last couple of weeks filling an entire journal. It is chunky and textural. I found it re-invigorated my journaling. I would work on one surface, turn the page, and find a new surface to challenge and inspire me. I love it so very much. Words cannot express how meaningful it has been to fill it up with art and thoughts.
I have dozens more pages to show you from it, but I will save them for future posts. I am excited to show you more. Working in this journal has been exciting and therapeutic and I cannot wait to see what magic you make in it.
Next up, three new metallic paint colors. I adore my metallic paints and I am thrilled we added three more options: Rosy (a rose gold), Ancient (a bronze) and Medieval (a pewter).
In this sample, I used Rosy as part of the face color. It gives her a lovely sheen. This is painted on the watercolor paper in the journal.
Next up...new Accessory Bags. All of the designers got to create a set. We all need more storage, and it's a plus that the bags are just so COOL. Here are mine. My original art from the bag design is hanging on my wall in my studio. I can't wait to collect the bags from all of the designers! They are fabulous.
And okay...can you see me jumping up and down about this one, too? New Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks! Water-soluble pigment sticks that actually color on dried paint. I know, I know, SO EXCITING!!! You can draw with them, color images, make backgrounds, draw on wet paint, draw on dried paint, draw on plain paper....you get the idea. These are in my hands constantly. I start pages with them, end pages with them, draw with them. Love, love, love.
In our efforts to broaden the appeal of my awesome paint, we're now offering the colors in 1 oz squeeze bottles, in addition to the tubes. What is awesome about these little bottles is that they are CLEAR, so it's easy to find the color you're looking for. Also, they have a pointed tip which means you can draw and scribble with them right from the bottle. Sa-weet!!!
I'm also excited to add new brushes and tools to my line! We're hoping to now have brushes and tools for every taste. These new brushes have a shorter handle a finer bristle, but are still stiff enough to push around my heavy body paint. The smallest brush has softer bristles for detail work. Woo hoo, the perfect brush for creating catch-lights in pupils when you paint portraits! The Media Tools are brushes with silicone tips. I'm addicted to using them for making interesting marks on my work, but you can also use them for gelatin printing and scribbling into wet paint. Look for a blog post on the Ranger blog later this month with some ideas for using the Media Tools.
Finally, we come to new stamps and stencils. I have many, many samples to share with you in the coming days and weeks, made by me and also by some guest artists. There are six new stencils and six new stamps.
I have lots of samples to share in the coming weeks with the new stamps and stencils...are are a few!
Extra piece of scrap cardstock to paint on, any type
Black Fudeball pen
Start by putting texture paste through the reindeer stencil onto the tag. Let dry.
Mix an Evergreen glaze by putting a tiny bit of Evergreen paint in a dollop of Glazing Medium. Glaze over the texture.
Stir a bit of Night paint into the glaze to make a darker green, and glaze over the tag again.
Stamp the Santa with black Archival ink on watercolor cardstock. I stamped four images. Water down some Ruby paint and paint in the hat and cheeks. Cut all the Santas out and layer them on top of each other with foam tape. Also stamp the frame and paint it with Gilt, Evergreen, and Ruby paints. Cut the frame out. Stamp the "happy Christmas" sentiment and cut it out as well. Lightly wash over the sentiment with Sky paint.
Use your extra paint on a piece of cardstock--you need a red area and a green area. From the red area, cut some circles to represent holly berries. From the green area, free-hand cut some holly leaves. When they're dry, outline them a couple of times with the Fudeball pen.
Stamp the toys onto a small piece of plain tissue wrap. Layer some book paper and the tissue wrap piece on the tag. I used the Tiny Attacher to attach all of the elements to tag. You could also use Multi Medium.
Layer on the berries and leaves that you cut.
Layer on the frame.
Add the stacked Santas and the sentiment. I like there to be dimension so the I made sure the sentiment popped up.
Edge the tag in black and add a piece of Crinkle Ribbon that you've painted with Ruby paint.
Woooo hooooo! I'm excited to announce that I'll am an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by the sweet and talented Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event that helps you kick your creativity into high gear in the new year. Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.
You get 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59 pm EST, 2016). Afterwards it will be $45 until December 31st, 2016. On Jan 1, it goes to its normal sale price of $50. Still an amazing value, less than $2 per video.
Which is pretty remarkable since my studio currently looks like a toxic waste dump. Heh heh.
My travel schedule was quite back-to-back lately, which is exhausting mentally and physically and requires so much prep. I finally had a day where I could create! I had a little helper on my lap all day long.
All three of these pieces will be for sale late next week on my Art of Dina Wakley facebook page. Remember that FB is fickle and even when you "like" my business page, it won't show you everything I post. To see everything, you can change your notification settings. I will also announce the date/time of the sale here.
Geez, everyone's a critic. Ha.
Colors and products above: Dina Wakley Acrylic Magenta, Turquoise, Lemon, Night, Gilt (splatter). Stencil is Fractured Circles. Stabilo All Pencil.
Products above: Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Cheddar, Night, Blackberry, Turquoise. Stabilo All pencil and white paint pen. Stencil is the Squares Paint Comb.
Look, birds!!! I haven't drawn birds in ages. Felt good. Products above: Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Night, White, Blackberry, Turquoise, Evergreen, Ocean, Fuchsia, Lemon. Stabilo All pencil. Paint pens. Stencils are Mini Favorites and Stacked Squares.
The theme this week is "Stripes." I didn't put any pressure on myself, I sat down to create. Here's what happened.
I grabbed some art from my "art pieces" box. The box is full of backgrounds, experiments, half-done projects, "ugly" art, etc. I use the materials in this box constantly. It means I never have to start from scratch for anything. It also means that no art time is ever wasted. I either love it, or if I don't love it, I can put it in the box and repurpose it another day. Or, if I feel like creating but don't want to worry about it being good, I just throw some paint around and fill up the box with colorful goodness.
I chose a piece I didn't really like and cut it into ATC-sized pieces. Busy backgrounds make the best small ATCs!
I find it's just as easy to make several ATCs as it is to make one. So I chose three of the pieces, and used my Dina Wakley Media Tape to add stripes on each one.
Next I inked the edges with black Archival ink, and added some sewing to each ATC for interest and to "embed" the stripes into the background.
Next I flipped through my stamp compendium to find some stamped images to use on the cards. What's my stamp compendium? It's simply a journal filled with pre-stamped images. When I get a new stamp set, I stamp it a bunch of times in the compendium. That way when I need an image, I can just flip through the pages instead of digging through my stamps.
I added the stamped images, colored them a bit with crayons, and then added quotes with Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers. Easy and effective.
Products I used: Dina Wakley Media Tape (printed), Dina Wakley Media Stamp sets Boxed Faces, Sketched Faces, Silhouetted Women, and Collaged Hearts. (The Silhouetted Women and the Collaged Hearts sets are the smaller versions available at Michael's Stores.) Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons. Tim Holtz Idea-ology Products: Small Talk Stickers, Tiny Attacher.
Dina Wakley Media Paint Colors in the Background: Lemon, Evergreen, Cheddar, Ocean, Magenta, Night. Stencils in the background: Fractured Circles and Variegated Stars. Also in the background: oil pastels.
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