Did you see the Ranger blog today? You can download a color mixing chart for my paint line. Can I get a woot woot?
Want to get more abstraction into your work? Ideas for loosening up:
Here are two pages from a recent class I taught....need to journal and add final layers.
Do you struggle with what to write on your pages? I have a whole chapter in my second book, Art Journal Courage, devoted to writing on your work. (Link to my book in sidebar on the right.)
Here are a few ideas:
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.
A couple of years ago I participated in a great event, Art Journaling Live. They're doing it again next month, join us! It will be June 18 in Arlington, Texas.
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.
Check out this video I did for the Ranger blog! Head over there to see pictures of the finished background.
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.
Howdy doody my friends!
I think I am still in survival mode...barely holding on, yet again. Seems to be the way life is now, doesn't it? I have two whole weeks at home now, wow, luxury! I do have a big deadline to hit in the next couple of days, though. So no rest for the weary. I have done some journaling and I will photograph and post it over the next few weeks. Pinky swear.
Check it out here and come art with me in Santa Ana!
In May, find me at: Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina; Dorothy's Stamps-n-Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina; The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ; and Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT.
In June, find me at: Clipper Street Scrapbooking in Langley, Vancouver, Canada; and Art Journaling Live at GASC in Arlington, Texas.
In July, find me at: Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, KY; Ink Paper Rubber in Overland Park KS; Scrapbook Island in Los Gatos, CA; and Studio CrescenDoh in Santa, Ana, CA.
Almost all of those stores have already announced classes, and the ones that haven't will likely announce soon. The best way to find out about classes it to get on the mailing lists for the stores, check their websites regularly, and also join their Facebook pages. Come and make art with me! I consider it one of my life's greatest privileges to make art with you. I really do.
Today I show you one of the uses for glazing medium.
You can mix it 1 part paint to 10 parts medium if you want just a light tinted glaze to put it over your work. Here I mixed it about half in half so I would have lots of pigment and slower drying time.
I got home late last night from teaching at the always awesome Art from the Heart in Harrogate, England. And....it's Dina Wakley Media Week over at the Ranger Blog! Woo hoo! I still pinch myself every day that I have the wonderful opportunity to be a signature designer with Ranger. They are amazing.
Look at this amazing pile of Fine Line Tip Applicators!
Dina Wakley Media labels...
Dina Wakley Media Week means that every day this week, I will share with you a little video that has tips, tricks, and techniques using my new Dina Wakley Media products that came out at the January CHA show.
Yesterday's video was Introduction to the Fine Line Tip Applicator.
Today's is Doodling with the Fine Line Tip Applicator.
Note: I get asked all the time where you can buy my stuff. The BEST place to buy it is at your local scrapbooking, stamping, or mixed-media arts store! Find one near you and give them a call. If you live far away from a store, most will happily ship to you.
All of the products from this week will be hitting stores SOON!
Here's the cure for an ugly page.
Paint something BIG and BOLD over it.
I had an ugly page...it was half done, part of it was torn off because it had stuck to the facing page. So I just grabbed a brush and painted a big and bold face over it. Voila, easy peasy and done. Remember done is better than perfect!
This page came to be when I was feeling like I couldn't remember how to make art any more.
Do you ever feel like that?
I think the cure for that feeling is to make. Make something. Anything. It doesn't have to be good, it just has to be made. Once you start moving your hands, good things will happen. But *nothing* will happen if you don't make.
Release yourself from the need to have all of your art be good, and just make.
I've been painting a bit and making journal pages for the Back2Back retreat this weekend, and for my classes at Whim So Doodle. Excited because I'll be debuting my all new 2015 workshops! (I know there are still spots open at WSD, their link is down a post or two below).
Products used: Dylusions Journal, Dina Wakley Media gesso, brushes, acrylic paint, and stencils.
Hi dee ho. I had a cancellation for a teaching gig in early March. I am going to use the extra time to work on some new online classes. If you have any special requests, let me know. I have several planned, though...can't wait to work on them.
And, because of the cancellation, I was able to add a couple of last-minute local classes! If you're in the area, come and make art with me.
And...don't forget I'm teaching a bunch of my NEW 2015 classes at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete at the end of this month.
To celebrate the release of my new DVDs, I'm doing a few guest blog posts over at the Cloth Paper Scissors blog. Go check out my first post, here.
Also notice the sidebar of my blog...click that to go to the NorthLight shop and use the coupon for 10% off! [Sp sorry for not having that up yesterday...I just got the coupon affiliate thing figured out this morning.] To find my products easily when you're at the shop, just put "Dina Wakley" in the search box.
Also, I have to thank Joy for this lovely comment. This is what she said:
I just watched all three previews.
First, the previews are perfect. The viewer gets a full technique instead of just some random sample of the video.
Second, the format, where you are teaching Amy and she is doing what you do, is perfect. I get to see the technique twice, which helps me see that the same technique does not always give the same result. Both your results are pleasing.
Third, Amy is a fantastic student.
Fourth, you keep creating new ways to make interesting and meaningful and beautiful art. wow.
I bought the mask and stencil video right away. I"ll be getting the other two soon. Thank you making your teaching so convenient to access : )
Joy, thanks so much for describing exactly what we were trying to achieve with the DVDs. Thank you, thank you!
Below is an example of a piece I did from my mark-making technique that I demo in the Mark Making video. It's one of my absolute FAVORITE ways of making art.
Last Fall, I flew to Cincinnati for three fun days of filming with my editor Amy Jones. We had SUCH a blast and created three DVDs that you can either purchase or download (or both!). EDITED TO ADD: sorry for confusion, the download isn't free. You can either purchase a download or purchase a physical DVD. In my haste to write the post, I wasn't clear.
Amy was my art student as we went through the material. She sits right by me and follows my instructions, asks questions, and learns along with you. She is awesome and she made hecka cool art! These DVDs are like being in class with us. You see us goof up, fix things, and go through the whole art making process.
Here are the links:
Since I've just been trying to tread water and keep afloat (metaphorically), I haven't put a brush to paper (for myself) in ages. Today while I was working on a Ranger blog assignment (will link you up to that next month), I was waiting for some gesso to dry. I never sit and wait for paint, so I turned to my journal and roughed out this face. I love patchy layers, brushstrokes that show the hand of the artist. It's just how I love to make my art. Felt good to paint for myself, even if only for a moment.
Did you make art today?
Well, what a whirlwind! These last few weeks I've been in survival mode. We're moved into the new house and are definitely NOT settled in completely, but I know that will come with time. Our old house is still for sale (praying, praying, praying it sells soon). Things with my son's health are a bit better, but we're still having some challenges. I am grateful we're moving in the right direction, though. He is feeling and looking better. Thankful for daily improvements!
Just got back from a great weekend of teaching at Scrapbook N Memories in Harrisonville, Missouri. I have lots of teaching coming up, so be sure to check my teaching schedule to see where I will be. We will try to get it updated with the rest of the dates soon.
Often I will teach somewhere and people will comment, "I didn't know you were near me, I would have come." My schedule is always on my website, and make sure you're on the mailing lists & Facebook pages for your local stores. Facebook is weird, too...if you don't interact with a business page, updates won't show up in your feed. So, you need to go click on the pages you like regularly to see all the latest. This is true with my Art of Dina Wakley page, too.
Feb 6-8: Runaway Art & Craft Studio in Salem, OR.
Feb 20-22: Back 2 Back Art Retreat, South Florida.
Feb 25-28: Whim So Doodle, St. Pete, Florida.
I know there are still some class spots in both Salem & St. Pete, so give the stores a call and sign up!
On my to do list: more art, film little videos about my new products with tips & tricks, be better at blogging (coughcough), and MORE ART! Have a super day, everyone!
Each year, Ranger takes a product (or product line) and invites top-notch designers to create with it. The idea is to show the versatility of a line, that in different hands the same materials can look markedly different.
This year, the focus was Dina Wakley Media paints, stencils, and stamps. I got to hand-select a "dream team" of sorts. I wish I could have had more artists participate...but alas, they limited me to 23. So, without further ado, I present the wonderful artwork from this year's Ranger Designer Challenge!
I wish I had brought my good camera so I could get better pictures of these pieces. I just had to use my cellphone, so I'm sorry about the washed-out color and light glare and blur. You can see Ranger's post about the challenge HERE. Their pictures are better than mine, so be sure to visit. Also try visiting each artist's website...if they haven't posted their challenge yet (several have), then they may in the future.
Here's what the display looked like in the middle of the Ranger booth (I snagged these pics from the Ranger blog):
First up is mine:
I used a lot of my custom paint sprays (I mix my paint with some water in a mister and magic happens!) and my new masks.
Next up, Tim Holtz:
I love how Tim's is a piece of true assemblage art. He is such a master at combining objects in fascinating ways! I especially love the paint brush at the bottom. So cool, a visual feast.
Next up: Dyan Reaveley
Dyan is a master of doodling, and this piece proves that. It must have taken ages to do all that decorative writing. I love how the colors pop against the black. Love it!
Next up: Wendy Vecchi
Aargh, so sorry for the blurry pics. Do check the Ranger blog link above for better pics. Wendy's is delightful. I love how she used the birdies from Scribbly Birds. I wish you could see the dimension in the flower and leaves, it's really stunning! And how genius is the clipboard?
Next up: Tammy Tutterow
Next up: Debbie Tlach
Debbie's piece is a portrait of her little kitty. I love the blue and orange (complemetary colors) and he just looks so sweet. She has really captured him well. Don't you think she could go into business creating portraits like this? So fun!
Next up: Lisa Pace
Lisa's piece has so many gorgeous layers. I love how she used the heart, both under and on the tag. So beautiful!
Next up: Traci Bautista
Traci did one of her signature portraits with my acrylic paint. I love how expressive it is, it just oozes energy and joy! So bright and cool.
Next up: May Flaum
To appreciate May's piece, you really need to be able to see it from the front and from the sides. There are sooooo many dimensional layers, it's really like a sculpture. So colorful and great!
Next up: Ronda Palazzari
Ronda's piece is an abstract work of art. Each section has interesting layers and textures. They all work together to create a whole that is really lovely.
Next up: Roben-Marie Smith
I love the narrative quality of Roben-Marie's piece (and it's so clever how she made a person with my Moon Faces stencil). You look at the piece and you can start interpreting the story, it draws you in and keeps you there. Love it.
Next up: Lorraine Bell
The analagous colors that Lorraine used in this piece give it such a calm, lovely feeling. The portraits are gorgeous and I love all the details, fab.
Next up: Mou Saha
This piece has some of my favorite things...color and texture! I love how she made the Affirmations stencil the focal point. Isn't it great? So many cool layers.
Next up: Kate Crane
I love all the little details and elements on Kate's piece (hello butterflies!). So many great pops of texture, too. Fun!
Next up: Tangie Baxter
Tangie's is another piece that you really need to be able to see from all sides. It is so textural and sculptural! I have to admit I had to reach out and touch the heart in the middle, it is like an artifact waiting to be discovered. Cool stuff.
Next up: Christy Tomlinson
Ugh, excuse my blurry pic! Christy did one of her signature girls...and get this. All of that pattern and texture is "custom painted paper" that she did herself with my acrylics. How awesome is that!! She is so sweet, love it!
Next up: Shari Carroll
I love all the layers on Shari's piece, they are luminous. She did the Mod mask in a textural way, too, so it adds such lovely dimension. So pretty, it was practically glowing!
Next up: Jim Hankins
Speaking of glowing...Jim's piece was literally glowing because it had little lights on it. How cool is that? The picture is terrible (ugh), but I wish you could see the little lights! Plus Jim's piece is sculptural, too. It has many great layers and wire and pops with color. An engineering feat!
Next up: Jennifer McGuire
How sweet is this? It is SO colorful and just looking at it makes you happy. This would be so cute in a kids' bedroom. Classic and cool.
Next up: Richele Christensen
Richele's piece is another one that literally glows...that little lantern in the box turns on. Aaah, so cool. I love the paper quilt in her background, and how her layers seem to blend so perfectly. Stunning!
Next up: Paula Cheney
Paula's piece is pastel perfection. Isn't it great how many looks you can get with my line of paint? You can bright and powerful, and you can get soft and subtle. Paula's piece is vintage pefection.
Next up: Jenny Doh
Jenny's piece is an expressive, layered painting that highlights her character FangGrrr. Here FangGrrr is playing the cello, and the word says, "Practice." I love how expressive this is, and that it is personal and meaningful...which what good art should be.
Next up: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Julie's piece is so graphic and cool. I was chatting with her at the show and she said she was feeling inspired by Matisse. Can you see the influence? So great, I love it!
Next up: Mystele
Mystele is such an inspiration to me. She made an entire artist's book, with many painted tags and pages. They are so stunning and moving, full of grace and emotion. Don't they exude joy? I am so in love with this piece and hope Mystele will let me buy it so it can come and live in my studio.
Don't you love the pieces? I'm in awe of how great they are.
A HUGE thank you to all of the artists who made art with the Dina Wakley Media Line. Thank you, thank, you thank you!!!
that I had a great time at CHA. I am working on a post with all of the Designer Challenge pieces (they are AMAZING), so that should go live later this week.
I will be at Ranger Ink every morning and afternoon...come see my new metallics and the fine line tip. Awesome stuff! Booth 2521.
I will be at F&W for book signings on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Come and get a signed book! Booth 1713.
I am headed to the CHA show to teach, demo, and show off my Dina Wakley Media line. Woo hoo! Follow me on Instagram, I'll be sharing photos from the show.
Here's one of the gals from the Positive Women set...
Here are a couple more samples. You are going to love the new stuff!
Scribbly Birds on Branches (and Woodcuts in the background):
And you are going to LOVE the metallic paints! They are luscious. They have the same beautiful heavy body that my other paints have, but they spread like buttah.
Hooray, the day has come! I am happy to share my Winter 2015 release with Ranger.
Handwritten Heart Collage
I did this set with cardmakers in mind. How easy is it to stamp the heart, then choose a phrase to go inside? Voila, instant card! I'm sort of obsessed with the heart, though...I've even been using it on journal pages. What an easy and fun focal point!
I know, I already have two sets of women stamps, but I couldn't resist designing just one more. I love these gals and their positive message. I added the grungy polka dot for great backgrounds and patterns.
Scribby Birds on Branches
To accompany the popular Scribbly Birds set, I present to you Scribbly Birds on Branches. More adorable birds to use! Yay!
I really wanted to do draw a flower set. Great for cards, backgrounds, and focal points, these designs will look fab stamped in colored ink, or stamped in black and then painted in with my acrylic paint (or your fave markers, pencils, etc).
I lifted these silhouettes right off my journal pages. I love a silhouetted image, I think they are powerful because they are both a presense and an absence. Lots of possibilities with these!
This set is based on my custom foam stamps that I often teach and make in class. I love the bold shapes, they are perfect on colorful pages.
The mask sets are Graphic Shapes, Insects, and Organic Shapes. Can you say OBSESSION??? I am in love with all of these. The insects match my stamp set, Scribbly Insects, too. Yay! Remeber with my mask sets, you get both the mask AND the stencil. Two forms of awesomesauce.
For stencils, I present to you Alphabetic, Daisies, Essentials, Halves, Pebble Heart, and Wheels. I know there are a gazillion stencils out there, but I always design stencils that I want to use in my art. I missed the old standard alphabet stencils from the office supply store, so I did Alphabetic. I love Daisies, it's a lovely background. And I did Essentials because I use all of those basic shapes constantly! See if you can spot the stencils in all of the samples I posted above!
Next up....new paint, mediums, and a FINE LINE TIP!!!! AAAH!
I get asked all the time when I will come out with new paint colors. Trust me, new colors are coming eventually! For this show, we're introducing Black, Gilt (gold), Sterling (silver), and Penny (copper). Metallics are hot, hot, hot, and I wanted in on the action with my gorgeous, heavy-body paint. You will love the colors, they introduce a real sense of glamor to your art!
Glazing medium is a great addition. When you add it to my paint, it will thin my paint down without making the colors break, and it extends the open time of the paint so you can easily build and blend glazed layers. The medium + paint = awesome over gesso and texture paste!
AND...the fine line tip is here!
I am so excited about this. The tip is a needle that will screw right onto your Dina Wakley Medium paint tube. The needle has a wide gauge so it's not hard to squeeze the heavy-body paint through it. YESSSSSS. Now you can doodle, draw, write with my acrylic right onto your work! The paint comes out dimensional and is just awesome. I will be demoing this at the show, can't wait to show you how it works.
Sooooo, that's the scoop!!! Thanks for letting me share. I'll share more samples and demos with you in the coming weeks.
Art forever, housework never!
Howdy! We are busy packing. Our new home closes today and we move tomorrow! Our current home is still for sale...if you know anyone who wants an awesome home in the Arrowhead area of Glendale, let me know.
I only have one teaching gig in January...come and make art with me at Scrapbook-N-Memories in Harrisonville, MO! All the class details are here.
I will try to get up the rest of my schedule ASAP...a little swamped with the move. More soon, happy new year!
What I should be doing: making cookies, updating my 2015 schedule, updating my 2015 class list, more CHA samples, packing, making some art for ME and working in my journal, filming several new online classes.
What I am doing: Pinning.
I absolutely adore Traci Bautista. I love her energy and her art, she never fails to inspire me. A few months ago, she asked if I would be willing to help spread the word about her newest book, "Printmaking Unleashed." Oh my, you need this book. It is overflowing with techniques and mixed media inspiration. I have a love of all things printmaking, and this book had some techniques I have never tried. Woo hoo!
Traci sent me a printmaking kit to go along with the book. I thought I'd show you what I did with a couple of the goodies from the kit. One of the great things about Traci's book is it shows you many ideas for printing with common materials.
First, I chose a couple of pages to work on in my journal.
Here's a Dina-thing...I NEVER do a an art journal page from start to finish in a sitting. I work in an organic way, experimenting with backgrounds, wiping extra paint on pages, blotting ink on pages, etc. When I go to work on a page, I usually have something there already...color, texture. So, for this I chose two pages in my journal that had some color and texture. The page below had some ink pressed, as well as painted layers. There's even a partial drawing at the top (I was demoing something in class and used that page to scribble what I was talking about).
I forgot to get a "before" picture of the second page I chose...I was too distracted by the awesome stuff in Traci's printmaking kit. Oopsie! From her kit, I chose a great piece of plastic with a circular pattern.
I have been experimenting with paint sprays. What I do is take an empty mister bottle, and squeeze in some paint (I am of course using my Dina Wakley Media paints by Ranger). Then I add about the same amount of water and shake well. That way I have an opaque paint spray that is permanent.
I sprayed over the plastic with my white paint spray.
Then I picked up the plastic, flipped it over, and printed it onto my second page a couple of times.
See how the print in a neutral color (white) helps tie together the disparate background elements?
Next I sprayed pink paint spray over some mesh and then flipped it and printed it on my second page. I love working like this...I end up with TWO pages with just a small amount of effort.
Last, I used the circular plastic canvas and Turquoise paint spray.
Here are the two backgrounds. The first is stenciled...the second is printed. Two for one!
On the stenciled background, I added a stamped woman from my Face in the Crowd stamp set. Notice her hair...I love to change the hairdos on my stamped women.
On the printed page, I drew a woman and added some journaling.
I can't wait to use more of the goodies from Traci's kit and practice the techniques in her book. Happy printing!
Well, hello. Long time no see.
Time for a little "what's been going on" round up...
My son had his surgery. He has had a terribly difficult couple of years, with this last year being the worst. Would love any kind thoughts and prayers. He is on the mend but there is still a long road ahead. This picture is from the hospital when one of the volunteer therapy dogs came to visit.
My teaching for 2014 is finished. Thank you to everyone who came to class to make art with me. I truly do love to spend time with you, "my people." We are working on my 2015 schedule and I hope to post it next week. I have been designing seven new classes for you for next year...can't wait to share them with you!
My second book, Art Journal Courage, is out and doing well. Some of you have sent me kind notes about it, which I appreciate so much. Thank you!!! I hope you're feeling inspired by it.
The best place to buy my book? Your local store! Ask for it!!
And...BREAKING NEWS....because of a cancellation, there is ONE SPOT open for the Back2Back retreat in February with me and Dyan Reaveley!!! Go to this page for more info. Call Everything Scrapbook and Stamps for more info. Hurry!
On top of taking care of my son, trying to sell our house (AAAAAAH!) and dealing with our impending move, I have been working on CHA goodness. I can't wait to share with you my new stamps, stencils, and other goodies that are coming out. I've made samples and I have really loved working with the new stuff.
The pic below is a pile of art that I got back from my publisher...do you recognize the page below from my new book? I have done a few new pages I need to photograph for you...it's on my to do list!
Hugs to all of you...more soon.
Yahoo, it's here, it's here!
I want to share with you what I wrote in the introduction to this book. It captures the essence of the book...
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. --Sylvia Plath
“I can’t draw.”
“I can’t layer.”
“I can’t use my own photo, I’m not photogenic.”
Do I need to go on? I hear these objections, and more, all the time. Sometimes we hold ourselves back, we tell ourselves we can’t create the art we long to create. We think we can’t draw. Or we don’t know how to layer. We don’t like to use our own image. We’re afraid to step out of the art journal and make other projects.
Let’s stop the self-doubt and negative self-talk and open ourselves up to possibility and progress. I want you to be open, to be willing to make art you don’t like. I want you to practice every day, to be devoted to your art-making. Together we’ll face common artistic fears, validate those fears, and then overcome them.
By facing and acknowledging your fears, you can garner the courage to press on despite them. Practice and devotion will help you to conquer those fears and create with courage. When you create with courage, you will create more art and better art than you ever have before.
Are you ready?
So...are you ready? Let's make some art!
I get emails all the time asking me where you can buy my book. A fabulous place to buy it is at your local art/stamping/mixed media store. I am a big believer in supporting local business. You can also find it at your local bookstore, the North Light online shop, at the big-box bookstores, etc. If your local store doesn't have my book, ask for it!
AND... I am giving away one signed copy of my new book. Woo hoo!
Simply leave a comment for a chance to win. The rules...ONE comment per person, please. I will draw the winner in a random draw on Thursday, Nov 6th.
an online class
with Dyan Reaveley
and Dina Wakley
Lots of inspiration.
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!
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.
You can visit Dyan at
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.
Dina's book Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition is available now. Her new book, Art Journal Courage: Fearless Mixed Media Techniques for Journaling Bravely, will be out late October 2015.
You can visit Dina at http://www.dinawakley.com
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Fun to mess around with the vaseline technique!
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.
When I was journaling, I was working organically through four different journals. I came to a half-done page and started painting over it...you can see parts of the half-done page underneath the vine.
Is it done now? Who knows.
What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylics, Dylusions inks, Stabilo All pencil, Stickles, tag.
What is it? It's a class put together by Effy Wild...nine teachers, nine styles, nine faces, nine characters, 18 lessons.
It is going to be fun and fulfilling, and you will grow as an artist and a person. Join us!