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!!!
Guess what Ranger is bringing in....my FAVE pen, the Fudeball! YIPEEEEEEEEEE!
Vanessa Spencer from Stampington explains how she made this lovely project using my new stencils & masks:
Have YOU posted anything with my new Dina Wakley Media Line? Link me up!
Well, hello there!
It is so fun to see my Dina Wakley Media line products trickling out to stores, and to see the wonderful things you do with them! I've started a pin board where I pin projects made with my line:
And...here's an update on the paint. The tubes are being filled NOW! Woo hoo! So not much longer and it will be in stores.
Also, here's where I'll be in May!
May 2-4, 2014: PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, CT.
May 9-10, 2014: The Occasional Artist, Glendale, AZ.
May 23-25, 2014: Pages 2 Scrap, Tuggerah, Australia.
Yep, I'll be in AUSTRALIA! I taught there last year and loved it, can't wait to teach there again with my wonderful Aussie friends.
The journal page below really puts the "mix" in mixed media. It has: PanPastel, Dylusions, Dina Wakley Acrylic, Archival Ink, Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers, black gesso, and the FudeBall pen. Whew! And my stamp from the Scribbly Women set.
I got to attend the Collins show last weekend with Ranger and teach my first Ranger class for retailers. I enjoyed the experience immensely. First, it's just FUN to be with my Ranger peeps. They rock. Second, I love to teach my art, I really do. Third, I love to talk about my new Dina Wakley Media line and show how I use it.
I got to hang out with the always fabulous Dyan Reaveley. I love that woman so much! She's such an awesome friend and we support and cheer on each other. Love being part of the Ranger family with her.
Loved hanging out with Tim & Mario, too. They are such pros and have been so helpful as I've joined Ranger. I've been a Tim fan for years!
I don't know how I managed not to have a pic of Mario and the rest of the Ranger team--Alain, Colleen, Patti, and Steve. DUH! They all rock the casbah.
Be sure to check out Dyan's blog b/c she has more pics than I do!
I do have a pic of the gals from Scrabook Centrale in Montreal with their cool hand-painted bags, designed and taught by the talented Gisele:
And one of us outside the Eileen Hull's awesome Paper Trails camper:
If you have more pics of the show with me, send them my way! I met lots of new people and also got to see many dear friends. And I didn't make anyone cry in class (that I know of), so that's a plus. ha.
There it is!! Publication date is Dec 2014, so there's a bit of time to go. In the publishing world, they always do the covers first so they can get information out to stores who may want to order it. I got my manuscript in (a week early, too, BOOYAH) in mid-March. Now the book will be edited. After editing it goes to the graphic designer where he lays it all out and makes it look awesome. Then it goes to the printer. Then it goes out to stores. So there's some work ahead, still. But it's exciting to see the cover!! Woo hoo!
ETA: The cover is a mashup of three pieces I did for the book. Also, can you spot my Dina Wakley Media Line paints and stencils?
For one of my current classes, we've been making pages with cut-outs, flaps, and collage.
[Dylusions journal, Dina Wakley Media line paints & mediums, Dylusions ink sprays, my stamp set All the Glas, my stencils and masks.]
The page on the left:
With the flap open:
The page on the right, looking through the frame:
The page on the left, after you turn the frame:
The page on the left:
My journal is often a reflection of what's on my mind...can you tell what I've been thinking about?
[Dylusions journal, my new paints & stencils & masks, my new Textures stamp set with Archival ink, Neocolor II crayons, Stabilo All pencil. If you have specific questions, let me know, I'm always happy to answer questions. I find typing out supply lists SUPER tedious, my right-brain really resists doing it. But I'll answer any questions you have!]
What I mean by that is that I do what I want in it. I don't aim to have 100% finished or perfect pages (what is a perfect page, anyway)? I just aim to express. No rules. So self-imposed "have-tos." This spread is an example...on the right is just some sketch practice. On the right is a finished page. Sometimes I even write my grocery lists in my journal, or addresses I need to find, or whatever. It's a working journal, and I love it!
Can you spot my new stamps & masks? So fun.
Here's another page I did with a warm-up tag.
For this one, the background was already on the page (left over from my CHA demos, actually). I used a water brush filled with sumi ink to draw on the warm-up tag. Then I bent back the journal covers and sewed the tag onto the page (that's why there was stitching on the page I shared the other day. This page came first!!).
Do you do creative warm-ups? How do you incorporate them into your work?
A few years ago, I made this video for Nat Kalbach's Creative Jump start:
I always have tons of tags around my desk from my warm-ups. Here's a page I made recently with one of my warm-up tags!
Here's how I made it: I had tons of tags on my desk with prints on them from my new stencils. I took one of the printed tags and drew a scribbly face on it with sumi ink in a Tim Holtz water brush. Then I smeared some Blackberry Violet acrylic ink on my page (the stitching and gesso were already there...I pre-gesso as much as I can, and the stitching is from something I sewed on the reverse side of the page). I then poured some Funky Fuschia Dylusions ink on the page and let it run off. I added the circles with my diet Coke cup (seriously, I did). Then I added journaling and glued on my tag.
With a few pencil strokes, you can change your stamps and bend the images to your will. Here's a face from my Scribbly Women stamp set (from my new Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger). The woman has short hair, but I used my magic pencil (i.e. the Stabilo All) to change her hairstyle. Super easy!
This page is in the awesome Dylusions journal. I used my Dina Wakley Media Line acrylics, stencils and masks, and of course the stamp. Her dress is made from a failed piece of art (do you spot the Bubblegum Pink and Funky Fuschia Dylusions ink spray?). I colored her face with Neocolor II crayons.
[Above: drawing in my journal done with a Conte pencil over Dina Wakley Media Line acrylic paints.]
I was recently reading some criticisms of my book and art. I'm okay with that (really, I am), when you put yourself out there you have to accept the good and the bad. I don't expect everyone to like me or like what I do. I just have a few thoughts in response. Not a defense, of sorts, but just thoughts:
Dina Wakley Media Line acrylic paints + Dylusions Ink Sprays = a match made in heaven!
The key to using Dylusions ink sprays with acrylics is to NOT blot them! Let them dry (may take awhile, but the wait is worth it).
Dina Wakley Media Line paint: Tangerine, Magenta, Lemon.
Dylusions Ink Sprays: Bubblegum Pink, Calypso Teal, White Linen
I love all things printmaking, and I added a collagraph printing class in my class rotation. Here's a page I made with my prints (and with the actual collagraph plate itself). I used my new stencils to make my collagraph plate (the tag on the far right is the actual plate, the other two are the prints from the plate).
Stencils: Moon Faces and Plastic Canvas. Paints: Sky Blue, Ruby, Night, Magenta, Blackberry Violet.
Art Unraveled is a great mixed-media convention that has been going strong in Arizona for over 10 years. Yep, it's hot here in August...but never fear, you'll be inside a beautiful hotel making art!
My classes are:
We'll have tons of fun!
Here's a quickie page I demo'd at CHA with my new Dina Wakley Media Line paints, stencils, and stamps. Click on this link to go to Ranger's website to see all my new goodies!
Stencils: Birds Stencil & Masks; Stamp: Scribbly Women; Paint: Magenta, Sly Blue, Lime, Night, White.
Remember, in March I'll be at the awesome Art From the Heart:
March 20-24, 2014: Art From the Heart, Harrogate, UK.
Come and take a class with me in April! I will be at:
April 4-6, 2014: Scrapbook N Such, Wichita Falls, TX.
April 19, 2014: The Occasional Artist, Glendale, AZ.
April 25-27, 2014: The Crafty Scrapper, Waxahachie, TX.
Click on the links to visit their website, find class info, etc. I'm looking forward to making art with YOU!
I have several boxes in my studio where I keep past projects, mini albums, etc. I was digging around in one, looking for something to inspire me, and I came across this little project. I am sure I posted it years ago (thought I haven't gone back to find it). I couldn't find the original pictures I took if it on my computer, either, so I photographed it again.
I love this little book. I love its message, the white space, the colors, the collage. It's made out of watercolor paper & tags, and machine-sewn together. It's all about empowerment and positive self-talk. I must have done this pre-Dylusions, because that yellow you see is Butterscotch Color Wash. I can also spot Stream Color Wash, and acrylic paint. Alphabet stamps are by Stampotique.
I taught this little book as a class at The Creative Quest (now The Occasional Artist) here in Glendale. I think only 3 or 4 people took the class, which is fine. I have it sitting over my desk now, so I can look at it and enjoy it.
I've been fielding lots of emails about my new products, where to get them, etc. I am SO glad you're excited about my new Dina Wakley media line by Ranger Ink!
Here's what I know: stamps & stencils ship in Feb (and stamps are starting to trickle to stores now). Paints & brushes & mediums ship in March.
I won't be selling the line because I don't have a store. So, ask your favorite store to order it! I know that stores will order what their customers ask for. We had a good response at CHA and I met many lovely store owners from all over the country who told me they're bringing in the line, yay!
I am so excited to see what you guys create with my products. Eagerly awaiting your wonderful art!
The gals at Ranger Ink did these wonderful color charts for the last day of the CHA show (kudos to them for doing hundreds of these). They show my Dina Wakley Media line paint colors. I tried to get an accurate photo of the chart, but it's hard...there's still some color cast and all monitors display differently. But, you get the idea!
Celine & Karine
Heather, Tayler, and Jill from Whim-So-Doodle.
Miyake & Friend from Korea
Barbara from Roma
Sandra from Madrid
If I've left out our name and/or blog, just email me and I'll add it. I can't find the cards I collected at CHA, eeks, and I have no memory.
There are so many other wonderful people I saw that I don't have a pic with...if you have a pic of us, email me! :)
I have a lighter than usual teaching schedule this winter so I have time to finish my book. Look for me at:
Come and take a class with me!
NOTE: I do have more teaching dates on my planner starting in April, and will blog more about those next month.
Well, it was more like 11 days.
I've been working myself ragged to get ready for two important events: book photography for my second book, and CHA.
First up, book photography! I always have a wonderful experience at F&W Media's photography studio. Christine is the excellent photographer, and Amy is my illustrious editor. They made the week go so smoothly. The only stressful thing was the polar vortex. Remember I live in Arizona, we don't have clothes for "real" cold, let alone windchills of -24 F! I took this shot of the TV news one night:
Here is the shoot, the paper is all white before I mess it up with paint and ink:
We also filmed some video bonus content...here is the set:
Did you spot my first book, Art Journal Freedom, on the shelf? Yay! My second book will be out January 2015 (or maybe Dec 2014). Excited about it!!!
After a wonderful week at F&W, I hightailed it to Anaheim. CHA is always exciting, but this one was extra special since it was the release of my new Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger. I'm so thrilled to be working with Ranger and honored to be part of their team.
I was nervous and excited. It was a thrill to be able to demo my new line and show it off!
Visit the Ranger blog to see me walk you through the line, and also find videos of the awesome new Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, and Wendy Vecchi products. Plus you'll see the talented Debbie demo her make & take tattered foil flower: Watch here.
One of my favorite parts of CHA is PEOPLE! I love seeing friends and meeting new ones. If you have pics of me from the show, I'd love it if you'd email me! I didn't get as many pics with my own phone as I would have liked, I was too busy talking and demoing.
Here's my little corner of the Ranger booth. I also had two sample boards around the side:
The awesomesauce Dyan:
After a day of demoing:
Me demo-ing! I stole this shot from the sweet Miyake:
I have more pics to share...will save for another day. What a fabulous experience!
I'm slowly getting my act together, finishing my teaching schedule, etc...and buckling down to get that second book FINISHED. More soon....
Well, today's the day....the day the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger peeks come out.
What do I have in store for you? I have:
Check back this week, I am going to share some of the samples I have been making with my new Media Line products.
I know I haven't been sharing much. December is kicking my booty, as usual...two of my fellas have Dec birthdays, as does my hubby. Our anniversary was yesterday. Oh, and a little holiday called Christmas. ;) Plus lots of deadlines (finishing one today, actually). So excited for CHA this year and the release of the Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger. Yay!!
Don't forget about Creative Jumpstart...we'd love to have you join us!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday and can find time to do some art. A gift I am going to give myself is studio time with no restrictions and no "have tos". Just time to play.
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