n*Studio Creative Squad

CS Oct17 ThemeEarlier this year I saw a post from artist Nathalie Kalbach that she was looking for new members for her n*Studio Creative Squad. I threw my hat into the ring and was thrilled to hear back that I was chosen. Once a month I design a project using some of Nat’s amazing n*Studio products.


My first project is being featured over on the n*Studio blog today. If you are a fan of art journaling, mixed media, Art Foamies, stencils, or art in general, then I highly encourage to hop over to the blog and follow along. Nat, along with the creative squad, are constantly posting fun and creative projects and inspirational posts. This month’s theme is colors are my friends.

Follow this link, http://nathaliesstudio.com/creative-squad/colors-are-my-friends-jennifer-gallagher/ , and read all about my painted canvas project for Colors are My Friend month. Then stick around and see what else we have all been up to.


Here is a peek at the finished project. Now, what are you waiting on? Go check it out.

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Something is a little fishy

I recently received a large order of all of the new Dylusions stamp and stencil releases. One of my favorite images comes in the set called Fish Face. These stamps, admittedly, are a little out of the norm for me. But I love to try new things and I do love a bold image. What is more bold than Dyan Reaveley? Right? So I am embracing these new stamps and just going for it. I was very excited to start a new journal page with my new goodies.

First, I went back and watched some old Youtube videos of Dyan Reaveley, produced by Ranger Ink, where she gives you some great tips and info on starting colorful backgrounds using her paints and ink spray. I followed her advice and layered a ton of color and pattern using her stencils. Stencils used include: Alphabet Border, Cobwebs large, Cobwebs small,  and DWM Swirling Dashes.

Dylusions paints and ink sprays were used exclusively. Colors include periwinkle blue, mushy peas, and vanilla custard. I really layered the color on this one. These sprays and paints work so wonderfully together and once you play with them a bit you really learn how to add just the right amount of color and texture. If you own dylusions paints and inks, I highly suggest watching the Youtube videos if you haven’t.

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I stamped the images and used artist markers to add color to my mermaid. I added a mermaid tail to my cute fish chick from the Plenty of Fish in the Sea stamp set. And just for a little fun and whimsy, I attached her tail with a brad so that her tail moves. Now she awaits the final touches; I will either add some journaling or some stamped sentiment. Perhaps I’ll add something from Fabulous Called collection of stamps. Thanks for checking out my latest art journal page.

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Tribe Challenge Entry for September

For the Dina Wakley Media Tribe on Facebook, I created this colorful art journal page. We were challenged to be use and be inspired by circles. Well, you all know how much I love geometric shapes and patterns. I had just the perfect stencil to use too. It’s a new release for D.W.M. by Ranger Ink and it’s called Swirling Dashes. I also put my Dylusions paints and ink sprays to good use for this project. I also referred back to a video on Youtube produced by Ranger featuring Dyan Reaveley. You can go on Youtube and watch a variety of her videos that show countless techniques for using her paints and sprays. I highly recommend them.

This background is multi-layered paint and ink sprays in Vanilla Custard, Periwinkle Blue, Rose Quartz, Laidback Lilac and Peony Blush.


Then to really give the page a more finished feel, I used my micron pen and doodled the little individual bean shapes on just a few of the swirls. I really love how this page turned out. I haven’t added any additional images, words, or journaling. I am going to just sit with this a while and let it decide what it wants to become. Enjoy!


She is unstoppable.

So this is my second finished art journal page this week. I have been really determined as a working artist to continue to grow my business and seek out more opportunities. I took that determination as my inspiration for this journal page.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? This is in my Dylusions large journal. I did nothing to prep the surface of the paper. I used a new Dina Wakley Media stencil “Scales” and did an ink blending technique using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in shaded lilac and seedless preserves to apply the stencil design. I sprayed the page with Dylusions ink spray in Vanilla Custard. Once dry, I used my sakura gelly roll pen to add some fun doodling to the scale shapes. I stamped an image from the new DWM stamp set “Text and Scribbles” ink blank ink. I also applied a piece of DWM washi tape in bullseye.

I used a female silhouette mask and placed it in the center of my page. I then used my mini-blending tool from Tim Holtz and my new Dylusions paint in Peony Blush to apply around the masked area. The great thing about the DWM washi tape is it withstands paints and sprays, so I just painted right over it.

I then chose my large leaf border stencil from Dylusions and painted the design on in Dylusions Vanilla Custard. I then used the coordinating large leaf stamp and stamped it over the painted design in blank ink. I used my black pentel brush pen to doodle around the figure to create radiating lines off the head of the figure.


I used Dylusions new stamps set Flight of Fancy and heat embossed the wings in black and applied watercolor. I then did a bit of journaling around the figure with my white gelly roll pen. Looking at it now, I do realize how terribly out of proportion the wings are in relation to the size of the female figure. But I like it anyway. That is the fun thing about art journaling. You don’ t need to concern yourself with perfection.

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Lately, I have been finding myself craving more artistic time just for me. I do a lot of work that is intended to be sold, and don’t get me wrong I really enjoy it, but I miss having time to be creative just for the sake of it. Art journaling really is great for this. So, after many weeks of abandonment, I fished out my art journal. I have committed myself to at least one blog post a week. Each post will be shared here on my blog.

This really comes at a perfect time because I recently received a large order from Ranger Ink. It was all of the new releases from Dina Wakley Media and Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley. I really love Rangers products. Each of their designers create such different products and have such different aesthetics, but if you use them enough you’ll come to realize just how wonderfully they work together. This art journal page really shows what I mean. I am going to walk you through this page and I’ll list the products used along the way. This page was created in my large Dylusions journal.

The first three pics show you the background. I started with the blank journal page, untouched. I used the new Dina Wakley Media stencil ‘Medievel Crosses’ and did an ink-blended background using Distress Inks in ‘Lucky Clover’ and ‘Blueprint Sketch’. I then gave a quick, light spritz of the new Dylusions Periwinkle Blue Ink Spray. After that was dry I did some small doodling using my black Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

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I then chose the new Dina Wakley Media stamp set ‘Oops Oh well’ and chose one of the gorgeous faces to heat emboss in black. I embossed this image, and the butterfly wings from the new Dylusions stamp set ‘Flight of Fancy’ onto Canson multimedia paper. After heat setting it, I used my Mijello Mission gold watercolors to apply some beautiful colors.

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The butterfly wings are quite large and come separated. I think this is just genius because then it allows you to add wings onto any image you wish.  At this point I just fussy cut my images and applied them to my background. I added a few strips of Dina Wakley washi tape. I then stamped another face from the same set to the bottom of the page in black ink and wrote a small entry in my own handwriting.Pic Nine

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I really love the way this turned out. Remember what I said earlier about how different the designers are but how lovely it is to combine their work? I really love how Dyan’s wings seem to flow perfectly with the face from DWM.  I hope you have enjoyed this page as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.

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Dina Wakley Media Challenge

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

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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.

More T.C.W. stencil fun!

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. tcw1

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.tcw2.jpg

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!