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!
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!
The talented and sweet Noell & Izzy from Paperclipping filmed a video of the full demo. Watch it here. Here's another quickie demo we did: watch here.
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:
12 colors of heavy-body acrylic paint. I love this paint! It's buttery and smooth, yet heavy enough to hold brushtrokes. The colors are more opaque than other paints on the market, and are all hand-picked by me. If you notice, there's no black (Night is actually a very dark navy). Why no black? Well, I hope to include black in a future release (and for now, black gesso fills in). But Night is such an important color to me (I use it WAAAAY more than black), that it went in the line first.
Paint brushes! These are fun because they have a stiff bristle and good spring, both of which work great with heavy body paint. Notice the cool color-coded ends, too!
Gessos and mediums. You know how I can't live with gesso and matte gel!
Palette knife. Versatile and inexpensive. Those of you who have had classes with me know that I rarely apply gesso or gel with a brush (b/c then you have to wash said brush, and cleaning things is not my strength). I always apply with a palette knife that you can wipe clean on your apron.
Six sets of stamps. Cling-mounted red rubbah, baby.
Six stencils and four sets of masks/stencils.
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!!
What you'll get is all of the classes from Art Journaling Live...a fantastic event created by Cloth Paper Scissors. I joined three other talented and awe-inspiring teachers, Pam Carriker, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Traci Bautista.We each taught a 90-minute class, lots of fun!
I've been getting together with some friends and new acquaintances to do some life drawing. I like it but it's frustrating, only because of my own lack of skill. I really need a class with a teacher to give direction and instruction. I am getting better, though. Because when it comes down to it, consistency and devotion are how you get better.
This drawing is just a bunch of drawings super-imposed on each other.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as a JumpStarter in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014, run by Nathalie Kalbach. CJS is a one-of-a-kind community event designed to inspire your creativity.
Need help getting your creative mojo going in 2014? CJS can help. Throughout January, participants get 23 videos from 21 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists. You will learn new techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other mixed media artists and scrapbookers.
Still sketching...this one is with the Dermatograph china marker. The blue is also a Dermatograph (I bought all the colors I could get my hands on!). The background is acrylic and my Spilled Hearts stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.
I love printmaking of all types, and wanted to branch out and try something new. Recently I taught a local class on collagraph printing. It's more difficult than Gelli printing and gives a different look...and oh my, it is fun!
On this page, I glued the actual printing plate itself (the heart is the plate):
This page has one of the prints I made from the above plate:
I recently treated myself to a set of Conte pencils (and a pad of kraft paper), and now I've been using them on everything. Love, love, love them! They're hard to sharpen, you need to sharpen them with a knife or you blow through the whole pencil b/c the lead is so fragile (like a pastel pencil).
Jenni's lovely December kits arrived on my doorstep, and it is full of Christmas goodness and cheer. I opened the kits and pulled out the stencil...and then my mind went cuckoo and the stencil was all I could think about. I made about 8 backgrounds with it, I love it SO very much. So my pages this month focus on that awesome star stencil. Be sure to check out the galleries for wonderful inspiration!
Whew. Well, I've been teaching so much that a lot of what I have to share right now are samples I made in class. I really need some art time of my own. Hoping to fit that in this week. I did do some life-drawing on Monday, which was fun. It was uncomfortable, not because of the live model, but because of my own lack of skill. I saw improvement in just the few hours I was there, though...proof that practice helps!
Here's a class sample journal page in my Dylusions journal...
Things have been so busy here. I feel like I can't think straight. I've been teaching so much, working on big mega deadlines. I'm almost at a breaking point, honestly. I need to take some time and make art for me, art that has no purpose other than expression. I haven't done that in ages.
The gelli print below started as a "cast off" print--one that I used just to clean off my plate. It ended up kinda cool, though, don't you think? Feather stencil is by Jenni Bowlin Studios.
I'm honored to be one of the gallery artists in Seth Apter's new book:
Seth is a generous, giving artist who delves into the "how" and "why" of artmaking. He is great at asking questions that make you think, and also dissecting the mystery of art into doable tips and activities.
Plus, his own art is hecka cool.
You can check out his blog for all sorts of eye candy and features. See if he's teaching near you (but be warned, his classes almost always sell out quickly).
Thanks, Seth, for having me be part of your new book!
I started these two collage pages months ago. Every now and then I flip to them and add something--some stenciling, some bits and bobs. Then I flip away, leaving them still unfinished. I am kind of enjoying this slow process, just adding to them when the mood strikes.
Sample I made when I was teaching my layering class...the feather is an exclusive stencil from Jenni Bowlin Studios. When you sub to her great kits, you get exclusive goods that are just so fun to play with.
I'm still having fun drawing with the Tim Holtz water brush by Ranger. I filled it with Dylusions black ink. It's just so fun to play with! This is drawn in my Dylusions journal over gesso and a few blotchy "clean up" layers.
I was super pressed for time this month, but I did manage to make a few art journal pages from the wonderful October Jenni Bowlin Studios kits. Be sure to check the site to see the kits and the DT galleries. Lots of wonderful layouts there!
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