Posts Tagged ‘Dina Wakley’

Tuesday with Tara {take 213}

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing an art journal spread I did while I was on vacation at the beach recently. I had packed a tote with my Dina Wakley paints & a few other supplies, along with my Media Journal, Scribble Sticks & some Collage Sayings, which ended up being a foundation for these pages.

Healing art journal spread featuring Dina Wakley Media

I was inspired by the many shades of blue when I looked at the ocean… it was stunning, so I chose to work almost completely with blues for these pages (I didn’t have ALL the Dina Wakley blues… but I’ve since ordered the ones I was missing! LOL.) You’ll see on these pages: Sky, Turquoise, Lapis & Night together with Elephant & Mineral). I also used some modeling paste I had packed (similar to this one by Ranger) Washi Tape & a Glue Stick. I neglected to pack gel/multi medium and white paint, so that challenged me a bit… but I managed to make it work.

When I started I just knew I wanted to work with blues… so I just started to randomly apply blue paint to a page, overlapping and blending colors as I went. I had some stencils with me, so thought I would lift color off the background with a baby wipe afterwards (I had a mixed blue background, painted over it with elephant, then placed the stencil on top while it was still slightly wet and lifted color through the stencil with a baby wipe). I selected some sayings from the collage tissue and decided I would work with those on my pages, so placed them (not glued them!) on the first phase of my background before continuing on. Here’s step one of the left page:

I decided to sketch out some rough circles for the facing page, filling them afterwards with different shades of blue. I then selected collage sentiments and sorted out a rough layout. I typically forget to snap progress photos when I work in my art journal (especially when it’s been so long since I’ve done it, as was the case this time!) but I wanted to remember where each piece fit, so a quick photo on my phone was a great reference tool 🙂

After filling in the circles, I painted around them with elephant to tie the pages together, then decided to add a circle to the left page to anchor the collage words I had chosen for that page. I added black outlines to my circles with a combination of Scribble Sticks and Stablio Water color pencil. I sketched my title ‘healing’ the same way, then went over it with a black alcohol marker to really make it pop. Details like washi tape and texture paste through the stencil were added to both pages.

I also decided to try my hand at sketching out a loose figure similar to the ones Dina draws. Because I had no white paint, I cut some book print in roughly the same shape and glued it down inside my figure, adding some shading with Scribble Sticks.

I finished with some ‘scribbly journaling’ which overlaps so it’s more of a design element than being actually legible.  I only had a chisel tip marker with me, so I’m not thrilled with my writing… as Dina says, “done is better than perfect” so I made it work. For me it was just a bit of therapy text about my journey of healing so far, since I was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. You can visit my personal blog to see a closer look at each individual page of this spread if you’d like!

Inky (& painty) hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 209}

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card came about when inked up some die cut bookprint paper for another card I was working on and then decided I liked it better for that project left white(ish)… so I pulled out my fave Good Idea floral stamp by Dina Wakley and it turned into this!

I’ve had a lot of health issues lately and along with them a pretty big creative block (not to mention lack of energy) so it was fun to just go with the flow on this card… let the quirky ideas come out, like when I looked at the big blossom I’d colored with Scribble Sticks and wondered if the faces on Dina’s washi tape would fit on the petals (I was drawn to the tape more than usual because I’m taking high doses of prednisone right now and have a big round moon face myself because of it). Spoiler alert- they fit and I kinda love the weirdness of it!

I finished off the card with a die cut ‘smile’ from Tim Holtz’s Shadow Script #2 set. Both the die cut and the flower/leaves are mounted on 3D foam squares for texture, to allow them to be slightly raised over the thin jute I wrapped around the card. A bit of glitter (Nuvo) and a metal charm finish it all off. And you know what, it’s quirky and it makes me smile, even with my steroid induced moon face 🙂

I hope you find some time to create something that makes you smile this week!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 207}

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your Canada Day holiday and summer 2019 is off to a fabulous start! I found a few minutes to make some quick cards with the adorable mini ‘stuck on you’ stamp set by Flora & Fauna. Hope you like how they came together!

I applied Distress Oxide ink (Twisted Citron & Cracked Pistachio) with an ink blending tool through Dina Wakley’s Big Squovals stencil as a background for both of my cards- it gives a bold focal point and just happens to be the perfect size for these mini images. As both my cards are on colored cardstock, Distress Oxide is the perfect, opaque medium for ink blending. After my backgrounds were inked, I simply stamped the images in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.

For this first card, I went a bit punny, adding a die cut sentiment that says ‘aloe’ 🙂 The whimsical lettering style from Tim Holtz’s alphanumeric cutout dies seems to suit these images really well!

For the second card, I used a simple ‘miss you’ die cut sentiment by MFT, combined with the ‘stuck on you’ from this set. Both cards are simple, fun designs that came together quickly. Gotta love that! I think I’ll have some fun with this little stamp set 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara