There are lots of cute projects, from art journal pages to tags to cards. I do pin some of my stuff to the board, but I also pin work by others that I spot on Pinterest. If you do something with my products, link me to your blog and I will pin it to the board.
Howdy! Do you have any journal pages, mop-up pages, or gelli prints that you don't like much? Check the Ranger blog today for a quickie tutorial...I show you how easy it is to recycle those "so-so" pieces into an adorable card.
I work in three or more journals at a time. I know I've described my organic working method in the past. I never do a page from start to finish in a sitting. Instead I paint a little, throw the journal behind me and grab another one, paint or draw or stamp or collage a little, then throw that one behind...lather, rinse, repeat. I love working like this. It releases the pressure of having to finish something and just encourages play.
Here's a pic I took of my floor after a few hours of art-ing.
Not sure if I ever shared these. I taught my mark-making class at Art from the Heart back in Oct of 2014. These were a few of my class samples that day. The one is the middle...look at it carefully and you'll see a woman bent over, with her arms folded. I find her to be so very emotive and sad. The one of the left is a woman holding a baby (I alllllwwwaaaays see a woman holding a baby in my marks). The one of the right is a dancer.
In early June I got to spend a week at Ranger Ink. It was so great to go there and meet all the people who work so hard to make Dina Wakley Media products, as well as all of the other fabulous Ranger products. I got to meet the awesome art department, production, plus lots of other staff. What many people don't know is that Ranger manufactures its inks and paints and mediums right in the production facility in New Jersey. It's so fun to see the factory lines running and everything being made and packaged. Really impressive and cool.
I got to be there with Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi, which made it SO fun. They showed me the ropes, and we laughed and ate and laughed. Sprinkles, anyone? (inside joke...).
Here are a few highlights:
Mario was kind enough to follow me around the factory and get pictures of me next to my products. Here are my paint labels:
Here are my stamps, ready to be sent out for orders:
Here is a big barrel of Turquoise paint, ready to go to the tube filler.
Empty tubes, waiting to be filled:
I just need one of everything. Or two. Or a hundred.
I taught a quick class to the art department, we had fun and made a mess! Pics are from Mario:
We decided to get ice cream and walked into Carvel 5 minutes before it closed. Oh boy, that started an obsession. We went every night. Mmm, Sprinkles. Hey, look at that giant fudgie on the wall!
We had some good meetings about upcoming releases. I am so excited about what is in the works for Dina Wakley Media! Good things are ahead!
The basics....B2B is a weekend (coughcough now two, actually coughcough) hosted by the awesome Michelle McCosh, owner of Everything Scrapbooks and Stamps. You will be with me, Dyan Reaveley, and your tribe, your peeps, your people. You know, your ART PEOPLE...people who don't look at you cross-eyed when you say you make mixed-media art and keep an art journal!
Howdy! I have been moving my files from an old computer to a new computer, deleting photos, etc. I was going through my "Art" folder, and fold some oldies but goodies. It got me thinking about my art journey.
I started art journaling in 2004, after keeping a personal journal since I was 9 (I have 18 volumes on my shelf). My early art journaling had lots of glazing and collage:
In 2008 and 2009 I started playing around with silhouettes:
In 2010, I kept playing with silhouettes, collage & stamping, and started painting over photographs.
In 2011, I decided I would teach myself to draw.
In 2012 and 2013, I kept practicing! At this point I had filled dozens of art journals.
In 2014, I was privileged to join Ranger! I am still practicing, practicing, practicing.
In 2015, I am still plugging along. I teach. I journal as often as I can. I paint big and small paintings. I stamp. I make tags. I scrapbook. I love to make art. LOVE it.
I grabbed one of my brushes recently and found it was ruined. DOH! If you don't wash your brushes, bad things happen.
I had a blob of Night paint on my desk, so I used the brush anyway and created this abstrated, quick face. Amazing how much emotion a few simple brushstrokes can convey. You can really see the raggedy edges of the brush and the lines it created in the Night paint.
I love to hide tags in pockets on my pages (I teach a class where I show you how I do this, it's called Puddles and Pockets). Here are a few tags I made recently to hide...love my Dina Wakley Media stamps! So easy and fun to use for a quick focal point.
Want to get more abstraction into your work? Ideas for loosening up:
Hold your brush by the end (not down near the bristles). I get questions ALL the time about why my brushes have a nine-inch handle. The short answer is, that's how I wanted them. ha. I like a long handled brush because it's easier for me when I stand at my easel. And when you hold the brush by the end, you lose some control over it but you gain expression.
Set a timer for 60 seconds and when the bell goes off, you're done! Work fast and intuitively!
Don't fiddle and fix and overwork. Let it be. You can always do a new page.
Paint with your arm and not your hand. Try moving the brush with your entire arm.
Give up the idea of perfection. It's more fun to play than to be perfect.
I’ll be one of 21 speakers in a free online interview series designed to nurture creatives worldwide. It’s called “The Painted Guru…discover how art can heal the heart, inspire the soul and soothe the mind.” The symposium begins June 11th.
Here’s what you’ll learn and receive from this series:
How to discover your voice and feel authentic in your expression.
How to create intuitively and honestly to awaken freedom on the canvas and in life.
How to use life stories as well as imagery and symbols in your creations.
You’ll hear stories that will speak to where you are and point to where you’re going as an artist.
You’ll learn you’re not alone in the ups and down of the creative life and will discover the benefits of making bad art and the secrets of passing through rough patches.
This online event is free. Click on the link below to sign up for “The Painted Guru”!
One of the things that I think people struggle with when they art journal is the idea that every page should be pretty or good.
I think if I put pressure on myself to make every page good, I would quit art journaling. That is so not what it's about to me.
I know that people art journal for a myriad of reasons. I art journal for play, expression, and practice. Every now and then, good art happens. But plenty of times it doesn't. And I simply don't care. I embrace it, I learn. That's how I become a better artist. I learn.
The more art you make, the better you get. The more you express, the better you feel. Learn to love the whole process, the mistakes and the triumphs.
In the pages below, I was practicing my drawing. The drawings on the left weren't working, I was screwing it up (take a close look at the nose). Instead of overworking it, I just learned my lesson from my mistakes and tried again on the right side. Much better.
I will be teaching a quickie version of my new favorite class, Random by Design. It's messy and fun and it will rock your world.
Special Note: when you purchase a ticket to Art Journaling LIVE you will also receive an ALL ACCESS PASS to the Great American Scrapbook Convention happening on-site throughout the weekend at the Arlington Convention Center. This pass includes:
One of the many things I love about my Dina Wakley Media heavy body acrylic paint is how versatile it is. Its heavy body will hold a brushstroke, so you can get texture and impasto. Add a little water and you can get a flowy, watercolor look. It's the best of both worlds!
Last week I was creating watery backgrounds in my journal, and I thought you'd like to see the process. I grabbed the camera and filmed this little video. I hope you enjoy it and try the technique.