We have loved seeing your artwork for the Show Us Your Media challenge. The pieces you create really are powerful and meaningful.
Congratulations to our Challenge winners for the month of July! Both winners will be receiving one of the new Dina Wakley Media Stamp Sets and 2 new Stencils!
Facebook Winner: Jamie Costa
Instagram Winner: @stampsandscraps
Here is our next challenge. It runs from August 17 to Sept 20, 2017.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~Jack London
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ~Pablo Picasso
Create a piece of art about what inspires you. Do you purposely seek inspiration, or do you let it come to you organically? What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?
As I thought about this challenge, I realized there’s no one source of inspiration for me. I get inspiration from color, from nature, from other people’s art, from design, from patterns….everything is fair game and might set me off on a creative path. The key is living so that you notice what is around you!
My family and I just got back from a trip to Tokyo, Japan. We had a fabulous time, and wow, I came home feeling inspired! One of the many beautiful sights we saw was this huge field of water lilies in Ueno park. We gasped when we saw them. The flowers were enormous, about 8″ across, or bigger. The lilies covered an incredible amount of area. Stunning!
These lilies were on my mind when I started this challenge. Painting flowers has been popular in mixed media for awhile, and I always wanted to try it, but never felt moved to do it. After seeing the flowers in Japan, I knew I had to paint them! I did two pages in my journal. The first page, on the watercolor paper in the Dina Wakley Media journal, is directly inspired by the lilies. The second page, on a burlap page in the journal, was just an experiment to see what would happen if I painted flowers on it. I enjoyed playing so much that I even made two larger flower paintings, inspired by my journal pages!
Dina Wakley Media Journal
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint in Lemon, Cheddar, White, Fuchsia, Night, Sky, Blush, Turquoise, Lime, Evergreen, Black
Dina Wakley Media Paint Brushes
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks
Fudeball Black Pen
Check out below to see my take on this challenge!
Challenge Rules Recap
I want to put the “me” back in mixed media. All art is personal, whether it be a card or an art journal page or a painting. Join me as we begin a series of monthly challenges and prompts that will fuel your creative spirit and help you delve into the ME of MEdia.
We will announce monthly challenges on the Ranger blog on the third Thursday of each month.
Use at least one Dina Wakley Media product in your project. If your product is not obvious (like paint), please list the colors you used.
You can make anything you like—a card, an art journal page, a tag, a canvas, anything!
Interpret each challenge any way you like. You can be literal or you can use it as a springboard and see where it takes you. Let the challenge inspire you and stretch you.
Try to journal on your piece. Write your thoughts about each prompt. You can write a little or you can write a lot, but do your best to incorporate your thoughts and feelings into the piece.
When you complete a challenge, please share it on your blog and social media (Instagram/Facebook) with the tags #showusyourMEdia and #rangerink.
We will do two random drawings each month for a prize. We will search the hashtag #showusyourMEdia on Instagram for one winner, and then on Facebook for the second winner. To be clear, you must use the hashtag #showusyourMEdia on either Instagram or Facebook in order to show up in the search and to be eligible to win. You have until the third Wednesday of each month to complete the previous month’s challenge.
We will announce the previous month’s winner AND the new challenge on the third Thursday of each month.
Inspire your creative side with more new releases from Ranger! This launch includes exciting new Stamps and Stencils from Dina Wakley!
DINA WAKLEY MEDIA STAMPS
Debuting four new cling rubber stamp sets from Dina Wakley Media! Bring Dina’s designs to life in your projects, featuring new additions to the popular scribbly style that we know and love as well as more of Dina’s classic style. Media Cling Mount Stamps are ideal for mixed media art projects, journals, card making and more! Perfect for use with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks, Media Paints, Stencils, and other accessories. p>
Create layers of color, texture and design with an ever-growing collection of stencils and masks showcasing Dina’s signature style. Pair these new designs with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints and Mediums for endless possibilities!
Inspire your creative side with more new releases from Ranger! This launch includes exciting new product from Wendy Vecchi, Ranger Archival™, and ICE Resin®!
WENDY VECCHI EMBOSSING POWDERS
Ranger and Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi are pleased to announce 7 new colors to the Designer Series Embossing Powder product line. Heat embossing can add interesting dimensions and texture to crafting projects of all kinds. These new colors bring the palette to a total of 18 colors, all with a Wendy Vecchi touch and her vintage country garden feel! Wendy’s new embossing powder color palette speaks to that inspiration and coordinates with her line of Designer Series Archival Inks and Enamel Accents.
AVAILABLE IN 18 COLORS OF EMBOSSING POWDERS THAT COORDINATE WITH THE WENDY VECCHI PALETTE
Ranger is excited to announce a new addition to our Archival Ink Brand! With Archival Ink Cleaner you’ll be able to clean it all – water-based, permanent, pigment and solvent inks. This specially formulated non-toxic cleaner is safe for use on rubber and clear stamps and Ranger’s Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
The Mini Archival Ink Storage Tin is the ideal storage solution for Mini Archival Ink Pads. Organize and transport ink easily in a convenient, clear windowed hinged tin. Dividers make is easy to store and access up to 12 Mini Ink Pads.
CONVENIENTLY HOLDS 12 – 1 ¼” x 1 3/4” MINI ARCHIVAL INK PADS
Introducing an assortment of findings to the ICE Resin® product line. This complete collection, designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer, includes end caps, jump rings, and closures in two different finishes and a variety of sizes.
AVAILABLE IN 2 FINISHES – ANTIQUE BRONZE & ANTIQUE SILVER; 5 ASSORTED PACKS