I was invited, along with a group of amazingly talented artists, to participate in a mixed media challenge by Dina Wakley and Ranger Ink. First, let me just say how excited I was to be included in this group. It was such a great honor.
So what’s the challenge you ask? Dina asked us to create a piece of art that shares with everyone our “why.” Why do I create? What compels me? I really put some thought into this. Why, indeed, do I create? I didn’t have to answer this literally, of course. But I decided not to worry over this project. I just pulled out some materials and let them become what they wanted. Often times when creating something that I know will be shared on social media I worry about what people will think of it. Will they understand it? I made a point with this challenge entry not to do that. And so, this is what I created. I hope you enjoy it. (Supplies noted at the end of this post.)
Also, please make a point to look on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and look for the other challenge entries by searching #showusyourMEdia. Show some love and support for these talented artists. #dinawakleymedia #rangerink
Blank mini chipboard book, Pentel Brush Pen, Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paints in Fuchsia, Penny and Turquoise. Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks (Magenta, Ruby, Lime, Turquoise, Sky, Night, Blackberry, Black). Dina Wakley Media stencils Jungle, Bullseye, and Moon Faces. Dina Wakley Media Stamps “Clearly All the Gals”. The rest of the items used are various brand washi tapes, hand-carved stamps, and my gelli-printed and water-colored papers.
I wanted to share with you about another stencil that I love to use. It is made by The Crafters Workshop and it’s a mini word collage stencil that measures 6×6. I think it makes the best backgrounds. Using it on gelli-printed backgrounds is a blast.
Here is a card with a background paper made on my gelli plate with a deep teal and black. This card is a lot of fun. I punched some heart shapes and heat embossed a plaid design onto them. Once that was done, I water-colored them with some rainbow colors and did the same for the little bird. This bird is another favorite of mine. A product of Dina Wakley Media through Ranger, this little bird is a very popular addition to my cards. He is also heat embossed and painted with watercolor.
I have also used the mini letters collage stencil on some handmade jewelry. These brooches feature my gelli printed papers. The one on the left uses the stencil in bright, bold colors. The brooch on the right features papers made with a stencil I introduced you to in a previous blog post. It’s a stencil made by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for The Crafters Workshop called Swirly Garden.
Thanks for joining me again. I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little of what goes into some of my work. Have fun and create something today!
I am still pretty new to this blogging thing. It has occured to me though that it might be helpful to share with you some of the supplies I have used to make some of my more popular designs.
This first card style is created with the use of a large 12×12 inch stencil produced by The Crafters Workshop. It is the Rosetta stencil designed by Rebekah Meier for T.C.W. and if you don’t know who Rebecca Meier is you should definitely look her up. She is an amazing mixed-media artist. Here are a few examples of some work using Rosetta and an ink-blending technique. The inks are available through Ranger Ink products.
Another favorite stencil of mine is the Mini Climbing Vine stencil also produced by The Crafters Workshop. This stencil is especially great for gelli-plate printing enthusiasts because the first pull and the ghost pull are equally beautiful. Here are a few beautiful cards and bookmarks made with this 6×6 inch stencil designed by Ronda Palazzari. The bookmarks and the bottom two cards are made on the gelli arts gelli plate using this stencil. The friendship card is an ink-blended card just like the mandala cards above.
The last one I wanted to share with you is a stencil designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for The Crafters Workshop. Julie’s work is such an inspiration to me and I love incorporating her stencils into my work. This stencil is called Swirly Garden and measures 6×6 inches. It’s a lively stencil that also works great on the gelli plate or with my ink-blending technique.
The first card is a layered gelli print. I have combined Julie’s stencil in a lime green with a fun geometric pattern teal. Layering stencils is a great way to add interest. Think outside of the box and really experiment with your patterns and colors.
Well, that is all I have to share with you right now. I hope you enjoyed this post. In my next post I will share with you a really fun stencil from T.C.W. called Mini Letters Collage. It’s a good one!
I have been having so much fun lately coming up with new ideas for watercolor cards. I was recently commissioned by Marshall University to create some watercolors of the State of West Virginia. After completing that project it occurred to me they would make great note cards too. So after tweaking a few ideas and finding just the right paper, I came up with something I am very pleased with. From there I started making some quilt block inspired watercolor note cars too. I think you will like the results. Check it out!
I have been working on some new designs for the Etsy shop. Here is a blank note card set I just added. I really love how they turned out. The backgrounds are ink-blended and the ladies are watercolor on heat-embossed stamped images.
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