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Tuesday with Tara {take 114}

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Happy Tuesday, and happy September!

Something about the new month and the hint of some cooler temperatures has me in a pumpkin state of mind… so this week I’m sharing something different, an 8×10 canvas I painted featuring a pumpkin!  I used some of my fabulous Dina Wakley paints as well as a fun collage technique I learned from Dina to add a stamped image to my canvas.  I took a lot of photos along the way to document the mixed media transformation… so feel free to go ahead and grab a pumpkin spice latte before you read further 🙂  First, here’s a look at my completed canvas:

I started the project with an 8×10 canvas that had been painted as a background for a project I didn’t finish.  I used gel medium to adhere some collage papers for texture (the dots were packaging from some Prima embellishments, the book print is from a book I got at a thrift store for collage)

I used white gesso to rough out a pumpkin shape on my canvas, then grabbed a stencil and some texture paste to add dimensional details.

I love adding texture to my mixed media pieces, the only downfall is that you have to walk away while it dries.  It’s a good time to do some of the household chores you might be neglecting while you create, though 😉

Once it was dry, I started to roughly add some color.  I started with tangerine & umber paints to add some ‘pumpkin spice’ colors to my piece.  

Once I was happy with my background & my pumpkin, I decided one of Dina’s birds would be a fun finishing touch.  I stamped a bird in black Archival ink on a piece of white tissue paper, then created a torn edge around it so it would blend onto my background. (A wet brush would have given me even softer edges…)

I used a matte gel medium to adhere him to my canvas.  My brush was a bit stiff, so I worked with any tears that were created and lifted some of the tissue off my canvas leaving the outline.

I just love these scribbly birds, and this was a great way to add a bird to my canvas rather than trying to paint my own and hating it 😉  Again, I had to walk away from the canvas while this dried… it didn’t take long, but my impatience caused a few extra torn pieces.  Once he was all dry, I went in with a smaller paintbrush and covered up the tissue around the edge of my bird, then started layering in blues & tangerine to his body.  A  few brushstrokes of the dark umber paint added back some of those scribbly edges & details I love so much (I used the stamp as a guide to try and mimic Dina’s original design).

Here’s a look at some of the texture on my finished canvas…

… and a little bit of Nuvo Glitter Drop glitter to add some extra shimmer…

This was a fun step away from my regular paper crafting, it’s great to explore all the things we can do with the supplies we have on hand for card making!  I think it’ll look great on my mantle this autumn… along with any other pumpkins I decide to paint 🙂

Inky/Painty hugs,



Materials Used:

8×10 canvas & torn papers for collage

White Gesso (available in this set, along with texture paste & gel medium… everything you need to get started in mixed media!)

Gel Medium

Texture Paste

Acrylic Paints- including Dina Wakley’s Tangerine, Umber, Turquoise, Penny, White, Ocean, Elephant… plus a few other neutrals from my stash (I still have a few tubs of the old Claudine Hellmuth paints Ranger used to make!)

Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds Stamps

Black Archival Ink

White tissue paper

Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold


Tuesday with Tara {take 112}

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Did you experience/ watch the eclipse yesterday?  I didn’t realize until too late that I would actually be off work during the eclipse, so I didn’t get my hands on any eclipse glasses or even create a make-shift viewer.  I’m kinda jealous of all the people that did get to actually see it (apart from on tv), and was slightly disappointed since I expected it to be a bit more dramatic where I live with just over 90% coverage.  However, it was pretty wild experiencing what felt like dawn in the middle of the day, though- and the most fascinating thing for me was the moon shadows!  These amazing moon shaped shadows covered my back porch as the partially eclipsed sun shone through the trees… super cool!  I decided to take inspiration from that to bring you today’s card.

Here’s a photo of the moon shadows on my porch:

Wild, right?!

I started with some Dina Wakley Media paints in Elephant & Medieval to create my background.

I brushed them onto white card stock with a damp brush, adding more paint as needed to get the coverage I wanted.  The mix of the creamy elephant paint and metallic medieval was a dream to work with…

I set that aside to dry, painted a wash of elephant onto a small tag and started experimenting with my moon shapes… I ended up mixing some Wild Honey Distress Paint with a bit of metallic gold and making marks on my background with the lid from my Distress Paint Dabber.  I stamped the sentiment (also by Dina Wakley) using the Medieval paint as well, applying it to the stamp with a foam ink applicator.  I used a brush to randomly edge the tag with some of my leftover yellow/gold paint mixture.

A bit of yellow crinkle ribbon from my stash completed the card.   I chose to keep it all pretty simple, letting the background and the sentiment stand out, celebrating this once in a lifetime event!  I may not have experienced every part of the eclipse as I would have wanted to, but those moon shadows were magical!

Don’t take these moments for granted.

Let them inspire your art!


Have a creative day,

Inky (Painty) hugs,



Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media paints in Elephant & Medieval

Distress Paint Dabber in Wild Honey

Gold Paint

Dina Wakley sentiment stamp

kraft cardstock & tag

Crinkle Ribbon

Tuesday with Tara {take 105}

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  Today I want to share with you an Art Journal page I was inspired to create when I saw the new #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge on the Ranger blog!  Dina Wakley is going to be hosting monthly challenges and this month the focus is to create a project that puts the ME into media and shows WHY you create.  I just got one of her new Mixed Media  journals (and it’s fabulous- so many great textures!) and this is my very first spread in it!

I actually started with a tag I had already inked up with Distress Oxide, added words and birds, etc… I used that as my color palette and grabbed some yummy colors of Dina Wakely Media paint to create a fun background.

I create for my sanity and to bring everyday joy.

I pulled out an OLD set of alphabet dies by Quickutz for this big word!


Some of the products I used:

Affirmations Stencil

Dina Wakley Media Paint in Black, Lime, Turquoise, Tangerine, Blushing

Scribbly Birds stamps 

Black Stablio Pencil

Nuvo Glitter Drops


Inky hugs!