As Crafters, we often get stuck in our “groove” and use the same products and techniques over and over. I definitely fall prey to that a lot. In the past couple of years, I have tried to make a conscious effort to move out of my comfort zone and explore other mediums. Ink will always be my first love but I am thoroughly enjoying my exploration into PAINT! This is a spread I did using a new Stamp Set and Stencils I won from Ranger Ink in a Dina Wakley Challenge last week! I LOVE winning! LOL! This is my Art Journal Spread that won on Instagram.
Art Journaling is therapeutic – cathartic even! It’s a great way to express your subconscious feelings. I have several journals going at the same time and they’re in all different styles. I was fortunate to take a few Dina Wakley classes at the Papercraft Clubhouse in CT. One of the things I love about Dina is her laid back teaching style. She often says, after making a “mistake,” “Do we care? No we don’t!” I love that! That has really helped me to dive into my journals and try new things.
So…today, I received my goodies from DWM & Ranger Ink and created a “Gratitude” Art Journal Layout with them in mind.
The DWM Art Journal has lots of different surfaces – Watercolor Paper, Kraft Paper, Burlap. I painted two pages with White Gesso and dried it. I swiped some paint onto the pages and then used a Baby Wipe through the Scales Stencil to remove some of it. I added a little Lime Paint through the same stencil.
Next, I applied paint through the Swirling Dashes Stencil in different colors. I used a Graphite Pencil to draw a “girl” and went over the lines with a wet paint brush. I added some paint to her face, eyes and lips.
I stamped two birds from the Scribbly Bird Stamp Set onto Tissue Paper and loosely colored them in with paint. I also stamped flowers onto the Tissue Paper and painted them in as well. The Tissue Paper was attached to a Manila Tag using Glue & Seal. I pulled a ribbon through the tag and attached it to the paper with Score Tape. I stamped the same flowers in Jet Black Archival Ink onto the “blouse” of my girl.
“Gratitude” Art Journal Pages -Supplies Used: Dina Wakley Media Art Journal; Stamps: DWM Scribbly Bird Cousins; Stencils: DWM Scales & Swirling Dashes; DWM Paints: Lapis, Ocean, Sky, Ruby, Lemon, Lime, White, Sterling, Magenta; Ink: Jet Black Archival; Black Graphite Pencil; Ribbon: SU!; Tim Holtz Tissue Paper; White Gesso
“It is What it is” Art Journal Pages -Supplies Used: Dina Wakley Media Art Journal; Paint: Turquoise, Tangerine, Magenta, White; Ink: Archival Jet Black; DWM Stamps: Scribbled Text Elements, Circle Patterns; DWM Stencils: Spaced Dots & Plastic Canvas; Black Fudeball Pen.