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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Click on "Back2Back: Collage."
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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!
I was inspired by this drawing by Rupert Bathurst. Unfortunately I don't have his skill, but I tried to emulate his style and learn from him on this page.
What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylic, Stabilo All pencil, Dylusions Ink
I finally got a chance to sit and journal for ME. I've worked so much this summer and I have had practically no art time for me, no time to experiment, no time to play. I was flipping through my old ledger journal and came across this page that I made months ago..
It was like I was speaking to myself through my journal...trust the wild instict within! Even though I had deadlines looming, I sat down and played for a couple of hours. I just had to! I'll share the results over the next couple of posts. I didn't make good art, and I didn't really even "finish" anything. BUT I put paint and ink on paper and oh my, it felt good. Was much needed.
When is the last time you sat down and made art with no end-result or goal in mind? Give yourself permission to make bad art and just GO.
So...in Sept I'll be at The Ink Pad in NYC and Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal. And at the Collins show (for retailers).
In Oct I'll be in at Hobbykunst in Norway and Art From the Heart in England. And at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale.
In Nov I'll be at Stamp Asylum in Plano, TX and The Queen's Ink in Baltimore, MD. And at The Occasional Artist in Glendale (we just added a THIRD class b/c the other two are full, so call quick).
We'll get the rest of the Oct and Nov links up soon on my teaching schedule.
I'm going to start booking my 2015 schedule next week. Excited to continue sharing my love of mixed media around the world!
Howdy! I have been traveling and teaching like a madwoman this summer. I have barely been home two weeks in the last few months. As a result, my house is WAY dirty and I can't remember half the time if I'm coming or going.
I'm glad to finally have a chance to share some samples I made with the my new Ranger release. It is all shipping now, so ask for it at your local store.
First let me share the new stamps:
Above: From the Past. I love these women, they will be so fun to play with. AND, one of the images is my grandmother. Can you guess which one?
Above: Handwritten Quotes. I've had a lot of requests for phrases done in my handwriting. Ask and ye shall receive!
Above: Primitive Icons. I love these and am sort of obsessed with the leafy one down at the bottom. These are great for both focal point images and background stamping.
Above: Scribby Insects. HELLO! Don't you love them? I thought I'd be obsessed with the butterfly, and it is great, but I have to say I cannot stop using that little bee.
Now, on to the stencils.
Above: Swirl Mosaic. This comes from a photograph that I took in Rome. I love mosaics, such a fun stencil. People in my classes have been going crazy for this one!
Above: Spinners. This one is an homage to my childhood (I grew up in Michigan, Ohio, and England). I loved the seed pods that fell off the trees, we loved to throw them in the air and watch them spin down.
Above: You Can. I love positive self talk, positive phrases.
Above: Stenciled Maggie and Stenciled Queenie. These large stenciled women are SO fun to play with. I designed them to go on journal pages (or hey, you can become a Banksy protege...heh). I had someone say she didn't understand why one of them only has one eye. My only explanation is she looked better that way when I designed her. I left it open so that you can fill it that area with something else--an image, a word, etc.
Above: Stenciled Women. Half-size versions of the single stencils, good for tags, cards, etc.
Now...on to the samples! These are tags and cards. I will get some journal pages up next week.
Products used: Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints (no gesso, SHOCKER), Archival inks, Dylusions ink sprays, Tim Holtz Mini Blending tool, Dina Wakley Media brushes, black Fudeball pen. I'll list the stamps & stencils I used under the samples.
Stamps: From the Past, Primitive Icons, Collaged Hearts. Stencils: You Can, Plastic Canvas Stars.
Stamps: Primitive Icons. Stencils: Stenciled Women, Plastic Canvas Stars.
Stamps: Primitive Icons, Scribbly Insects. Stencils: Spinners, Plastic Canvas Stars.
I hope you enjoy the new goodies, cannot wait to see how you create with them.
AND, did you know I have a Dina Wakley Media Pinterest board? I try to pin art that you all make with my products. So, don't be afraid to leave a link, I'll try to check the out when I get a free minute.
I am using my ipad and for the life of me, I cannot get this to hyperlink. Soooo, copy and paste this link to see the PDF of my new release:
Everything will ship next week, yay!!
I love drawing over imperfect backgrounds. The drawing seems to unify all the diverse layers. This background was just a mop-up page, wasn't really even a composed background at all. It works with the drawing, though, doesn't it?
Stuff used: Dylusions inks, Dina Wakley Media Line acrylics, Stabilo All pencil, stencil from the office supply store, my Leaves mask set.
Happy July 4th! I am grateful for my country, and for everyone who works hard to make it free.
Sharing a page...I love my Collaged Hearts stamp set. I just love hearts, period!
Stuff used: Dina Wakley Media Line paints and stamps and stencils, Archival ink, Dylusions inks, tag, Stabilo pencil, Jenni Bowlin Studios stencil.
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!
I am giving away one seat in this awesome class. For a chance to win, simply tweet, Facebook, or blog about the class and leave me the link in the comments below. I will draw a winner via random draw on Monday, July 7th. Good luck!
I've been using Tim's awesome Found Relatives in one of my classes. It's so fun to funkify them!! They really make me smile. I love the juxtoposition of the vintage image with my bright color palette.
Stuff used: Dina Wakley Media Line paint and stamps, Dylusions stencils, crayons, Stabilo pencil, Tim's Chit Chat stickers.
Hello, friends. My teaching schedule has been heavy the last few months, and it won't lighten up any time soon. I haven't had enough time to do my own journaling, so despite pressing deadlines I sat down a couple of weeks ago and made ART for ME. I need to make sure I have my own journal time despite my business. I need it so dearly.
Frida-inspired drawing below. Background is Dina Wakley Media acrylics and Dylusions White Linen spray ink, and my stencils.
The wonderful and fabulous Dyan Reaveley and I are teaching...
What is it?
I am blessed to do what I do. I know that and I am grateful for it every day. We're also lucky that my engineer husband works for an airline. His job opens up the world to our family for much less $$ than it would ordinarily cost. So far our fellas have been to 9 countries, which is pretty great.
In May I taught at the fabulous Pages 2 Scrap just north of beautiful Sydney. Fabulous store, fabulous people! While I was teaching, my fellas flew out to enjoy Sydney for a couple of days. When I was done, we flew up to Cairns to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
I've been to many places in this beautiful world, and the Great Barrier Reef is one of the absolute highlights of all of my traveling. We loved it so much that we are going to get our scuba certification and go back when my oldest fella is done with his mission. I just have to show it to him. I want him to experience it. We snorkeled on the reef and also did two introductory scuba dives. Our instructor, Russell, was spectacularly kind and patient, and took care of us expertly. I highly recommend the company we did the tour with, Passions of Paradise. The staff was exceptional, they truly made the day wonderful. Plus the company is ecologically friendly and they help monitor the health of the reef with their daily dives.
Here are a few pics from the trip...
Above: view from our apartment (Aquarius...expensive but worth it).
This gorgeous tree was a block from the apartment, and has some very special residents.
Huge fruit bats! Hundreds of them.
Cole is in the front of the above pic...when we were getting ready to snorkel.
Carter took all of the underwater pics (except for the last one of all of us, which Russell took). The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the reef, or to the experience of being there.
Such a moving, outstanding experience. Save your money and GO.
We also saw the Daintree rainforest, which was very cool, too.
We enjoyed the rainforest, but didn't love the tour we went on. Next time we go we'll rent a car and drive ourselves to a few of the rainforest points (including the Skyline, which we didn't get to do this time since it was closed for three weeks).
Thanks for letting me share our little adventure.
Wow! The Scottsdale Artists' School asked me to teach an Introduction to Art Journaling class at their facility this summer. The SAS is amazing. Lots of fine-art instruction goes on there, really amazing stuff. I walked in and thought, "Eeks, I'm not qualified to teach here!" BUT...my class there on July 8th only has TWO more spots left. Soooo....if you're local and want to take my Intro class, act soon!
You can read more about the class here.
Time to announce the winners! I used the Random Number Generator to pick numbers. The first winner is:
And the second winner is:
Posted by: Kate Burroughs | May 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Big congrats, and thanks to everyone for your lovely comments. It was so fun to read all of them!
Remember to ask for my new line of paints at your favorite store (brick & mortar and online). I hope you love them as much as I do!
My paints are thick and creamy, heavily pigmented, and they spread like butter. My brushes have a long handle for both easel and close-up work, and have a stiff bristle which I love for dry brushing and scrubbing techniques. I love both the paint and the brushes, Ranger did an spectacular job of making my "dream" paint and tools!
I have gathered a group of wonderful artists to celebrate with me. Is this an all-star group, or what? Be sure to hop over to their blogs and leave them some love:
The best part about today? You can win one of TWO complete sets of my paints, mediums, and brushes! Simply leave a comment on this post and I will pick winners by random draw. (One comment per person, please.) I will draw winners on Sunday, June 1st. Spread the word!
Whether you just need a few swipes of color, or whether you want to make a large painting, my acrylics are perfect. I love them. Look at the incredible color in this background I made. I keep looking at it and I love it too much to do anything else to it (and holy cow, I used red AGAIN in a background...heh):
Here's a page I did with a painted background (the glitter is Ice Stickles by Ranger):
And here's a page done with my stamp sets All the Gals and Textures:
And a collaged page with lots of paint layers in the background:
So hop along today and get inspired! Thanks for celebrating with me!
Those of you who have taken my classes know I rarely use red in a background. Red is such a powerful color that it can be hard to control in BUT LOOKEE, I did it here!
Try making a page and listing a few things you like as your journaling. I like art, diet coke, italian ice, and nice people.
[Remember to come back Monday for the blog hop!!!]
Hi dee ho! Today I'm sharing a couple of pages that I did in my while teaching my "A Face in the Crowd" class. I love the class, it's one of my favorites to teach. I push students to draw more expressively and to try unsual techniques.
AND...be sure to come back on Monday, May 26th! I am going to be celebrating the release of my new paints and mediums and brushes with a BLOG HOP. You will be amazed at who is joining me, lots of inspiration to come. AND I will be giving away a prize or two (coughcoughallmypaintscoughcough). So be sure and stop back on Monday.
Here's a little video I did about my new paints!
Check back on May 26th...we'll be doing a celebratory blog hop with some great artists participating. AND I will be giving away TWO sets of paints & mediums!!
Howdy, friends. I know, I have been a bad blogger. Just a little update on what's going on...
My paint and brushes are hitting the stores!! Woo hooo! The fabulous Ben sent me the pic above after he set up the goods in Art From the Heart in Harrogate, UK. I've also seen them trickle in to many stores here in the USA. Ask for them at your local store, they're shipping NOW.
The publication date for second book, Art Journal Courage, has been moved UP to the end of October. This is super exciting because it ensures the book will be in the store by the holidays. The change in deadline caused a ripple effect for everyone, though, as we scramble to adjust to the new timeline. I have an author review sitting on my table right now as we speak. You can preorder the book now:
And don't forget about my first book:
I've been traveling and teaching a lot, but not doing very many journal pages for ME. I need to fit that in somehow, and soon. I'll be in Australia next, at Pages2Scrap in Tuggerah! Check out my teaching schedule for the link, and come and take a class with me.
The last couple of days have been absolutely WONDERFUL because I've been able to laugh and recharge with the awesome and incomparable Dyan Reaveley. We've shopped, lunched, and even made awesome progress on a bunch of work that we had to do. Still working today, in fact! We have some plans in the works that we are both excited about...great things are to come.
Some of you know that my middle son has been struggling with health issues for a couple of years, starting with some weird parasites he picked up in Peru. This month we finally got some answers (I love Phoenix Children's Hospital) and he is already starting to feel better. Such a blessing. So grateful. That has taken a lot of my emotional energy and extra time, hence the bad blogging. Hope to do better in the coming months.
I do have some pages to share that I've done in classes...need to get them photographed. It's on the to-do list!!
Now, let's go make some art!!!
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