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September 07, 2012


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Carolyn Dube

I feel so much better about all the pens I ruin knowing that others do it too!


Love so much this new one!


Thanks for sharing! I always love your pages :)


Purple-y girl is lovely and your advice helpful...I don't like to wait for paints and dyes to dry either. Peace, Donna

Sarah Martin

Dina--love this page. Question, do you always use fixatif after your layer of Dylusions since it is water reactive? Also, would LOVE for you to teach a class on drawing those faces you do!! you have an instructor or book your recommend?

Thanks for always posting such awesome blogs!


Your work is so inspiring. Makes me want to play "hooky" today from work and play in my studio!

Barbara Albrecht

Thanks for the information on what works with what and what doesn't. I haven't tried using a workable fix on my journal pages. Many years ago I was using Blair Low Odor Workable Fixative. I still have a can of it stashed somewhere...will have to dig it out and give it a try.

I have a question...When I put gesso or a light acrylic paint over a layer of spray ink, the ink color seeps into the lighter layer. I've tried multiple layers of gesso or light acrylic and the background colors still seep through. This isn't necessarily a bad thing unless I'm trying to cover up something I don't like. Do you have a solution for stopping the seepage other than using the fixative?

LOVE the purple-y girlie. I agree with Sarah should have a class on face drawing. My faces are awful.


Luckily, that's the fixative I have. I have started using the "Scarlet Lime" pen for writing on top of layers, and so far it works great.

Samie Kira

The Montanas DO write over a lot. I also found the fine tipped Sharpies will write over oil pastels. They're magic. But I never thought about using Fixitif. I have some left from my charcoal class....hrmmm! Gotta order that pen you talked about yesterday for sure!


To be honest, I have never wanted to paint/draw faces but your girls are calling out to me - I love them.
I haven't been able to find Sharpie Paint Pens in Australia but I have found Posca Paint Pens and they are fabulous.


OK...kinda on the same lines...what about (& what kind) wax as a fixative?

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