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.
Oh I wanted to comment on some other posts, but for the life of me couldn’t find a place to do so. I could only comment on this one because no one else had just yet. I am loving your gorgeous mixed media work, the gorgeous textured journal pages and amazing WV card! Wow, you are filled with talent and your blog is such an inspiration. Hugs, Autumn
Thank you SO much for your kind words, Autumn. I think the comments “close” after 30 days which is why you couldn’t comment on an older post. But, I sure am glad you commented on this one ’cause you made my day! 😀