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Dina Wakley Media Whimsical Wood House – Tutorial

August 28th, 2014

While searching the web one day, we stumbled upon the talented Mixed Media Artist Micki Harper. Her vibrant colorful artwork immediately caught our attention, so we asked if she would share her talents with our fans.

Micki takes you step-by-step on how to make this fanciful house out of a scrap 2 x 4 wood piece, Dina Wakley Media Paints, Mediums and Accessories, and a little something from all of our Signature Designers.


Supplies Used:

  • Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints: Sky, Ruby, Magenta, Turquoise, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, Umber, Lapis, Night, White
  • Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
  • Dina Wakley Media Gesso:  White and Black
  • Dina Wakley Media 1/2” Flat Brush
  • Dina Wakley Media #4 Round Brush
  • Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
  • Archival Ink Designer Series Wendy Vecchi: Olive, Leaf Green, Forget-Me-Not, Red Geranium, Watering Can
  • Dylusions Stencils: 5×8 Triangles
  • Dylusions Rubber Stamps: Bags of Bunting, Basic Backgrounds
  • Fude Ball Pen Black
  • Ranger Surfaces #5 Manila Craft Tags
  • Ranger Mini Blending Tool
  • Ranger Craft Scraper
  • Ranger Small Brayer
  • Ranger Multi-Medium Gloss
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Tools Mister Bottle
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Cling Mount Stamps: Classics #6, Spills & Splatters
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Peacock Feathers
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans
  • Tim Holtz by Tonic Studios Kushgrip Snips
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology – Chitchat
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs – Numbers
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue Wrap – Melange
  • Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils for Art with Stampers Anonymous: Dots & Stripes Border
  • Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils: Sunburst, Checkmake
  • Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste
  • scrap 2×4 wood cut into house shape


1. Cut scrap wood into house shape.

house12. Working on top of a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, brush a coat of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso on all sides. Set aside to dry.

house23. Place a piece of Tissue Wrap on the craft sheet.   Add a small amount of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Sky onto the non-stick craft sheet. Use a brayer to pick up paint and then run brayer over the Tissue Wrap.

house34. Repeat this process using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints in Lime, Lapis and Night. Using the craft scrapper, add more paint and make some marks on the tissue wrap. NOTE: Make sure to dry each layer of color before adding another color. Set aside.

house45. Using a craft tag, repeat steps 3 – 4.

house56. Place Dylusions Triangles stencil over tag and using a Mini Blending Tool apply Red Geranium Archival ink over half of the tag.

house67. Covering the other half of the tag with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink.

house78. To add more color, swipe Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers along the edges of the tag and mist with water. Place a book page over tag to pick up excess ink and water.

house89. With Archival Ink in Forget-Me-Not, add texture to tag by stamping Dylusions Bags of Bunting stamp randomly over tag.

Cut window and door shapes from craft tag adding paint to cut edges. Set aside. NOTE: Use old book pages to clean paint off craft sheet and brushes and cut these into small window pieces too.


10. Tear the colored tissue wrap and glue torn pieces over the wooden house using Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium. Be sure to apply a coat over the tissue pieces too.

house1011. Apply Tangerine with the craft scrapper randomly on all the sides for color contrast.

house1112. Using Gel Medium, glue windows and door to wood piece.

house1213. Mix Black Gesso with Umber paint using a palette knife.

house1314. Using palette knife, apply paint to the “roof” of the house. Dry with Heat-It Craft Tool.

house1415. With brush, dab white gesso through Wendy Vecchi’s Checkmake stencil onto the roof of the house and along sides.

house1516. Mix a small amount of Lemon paint with Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste.

house1617. Place Wendy Vecchi’s Sunburst stencil over “roof” and add texture paste with palette knife. You should have a little colored texture paste left, mix some Umber into it and add it through Wendy Vecchi Dots & Stripes Border stencil on front of house.

house1718. Using stamps from Tim Holtz’ Classics #6, Spills and Splatters and Dylusions Basic Backgrounds, randomly stamp sides of house using Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Red Geranium, Olive, Leaf Green and Watering Can.

house18ahouse18b19. Outline windows and door with black Fude Ball pen. Take a slightly damp #4 brush and blend pen lines.

house1920. Paint curtains on windows using #4 brush. Once dry, use Fude Ball pen to outline curtains.

Add a little white gesso to your finger and run finger lightly over door, windows, edges. Dry with Heat-It tool.

Using Distress Markers in Broken China, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans, add depth by applying marker around windows, door, edges and lightly blending with finger.

house20 21. Randomly add Idea-ology Remnant Rubs – Numbers to sides and roof of house.



22. Choose word stickers from Idea-ology Chitchat and apply to door and windows as desired.


Apply several coats of Ranger Multi-Medium Gloss.


Distress Paint Botanical Picture Frame

August 12th, 2014

Botanical_FrameHere is a tutorial to make a charming home decor piece created by Annette Green.  For this project you will need:

  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Wallflower Paper Stash
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Nature Adornments
  • Tim Holtz Sanding Grip
  • Sizzix Alterations Tattered Floral Garland Die

Other: wood frame, fence, eggs, flowers and nest


Paint wooden frame with Peeled Paint Distress Paint.

Botanical_Frame_1aPaint wooden fence with Barn Door Distress Paint.

Botanical_Frame_1 Paint wooden eggs with Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw, and Iced Spruce Distress Paint.

Botanical_Frame_3 Spritz Walnut Stain Distress Marker onto eggs to create speckles using the Marker Spritzer tool.

Botanical_Frame_4(Close-up view of speckled eggs)

Botanical_Frame_5Cut Wallflower paper to cover front of frame, inking edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before adhering with Multi-Medium. Cut an image 5” x 7” for inside of frame. Paint the frame’s edges with Antique Linen Distress Paint.

Botanical_Frame_6Spritz the fence with Dylusions Postbox Red spray. Set aside to dry completely.

Botanical_Frame_7 Using a Cut N’ Dry nib, apply Archival re-inkers to metal adornments.

Botanical_Frame_8 (Close up of coloring the metal pieces)

Botanical_Frame_9Embellish the frame with flowers, nest, eggs and fence as desired. Adhere metal pieces to frame using Glossy Accents. Let dry completely for a strong hold.


Give Halloween a crafty twist with this Distressed Pumpkin by May Flaum

October 11th, 2013

Distressed Pumpkin Home Décor Project

My local craft store is full of leaves, flowers, and home décor items that could really use some better coloring. My solution? Get out my Ranger color mediums and customize! This project is quick, easy, and requires no adhesive. Thanks to my paints, stains, and mists I have a unique home décor piece that will grace my mantle this fall – and for many years to come. -May Flaum

For this project you will need:



1. Cover the pumpkin with a thin coat of Distress Paint in Picket Fence.


2. Once dry, use Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge paints to cover the pumpkin.


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Claudine Hellmuth Studio Spring Nest

March 15th, 2013

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Spring Nest Finished

Here is a great home décor project that works for either Easter or spring. Claudine Hellmuth shows you how to make this amazing Spring Nest out of recycled paper and Multi-Medium. You can then accent it with some wooden eggs painted with your favorite colors! Click here for full instructions and step out photos.

Also, as you probably know, Little Yellow Bicycle has been posting a project a day for the last 2 weeks that feature their new Naturals line and inks from Ranger. Today is the last day, but they sure do have a good one! Be sure to head on over to their blog to check it out and catch up on any of the projects you may have missed!

Finally, our Seasonal Palette contest for March is still going on until Thursday, March 21st, 2013. You can swing by this blog entry to submit your project for a chance to win.

Project: Summer Blooms Canvas

June 29th, 2012

New on learn how to create a lovely canvas blooming with the beautiful colors of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in a new project by Tara Nixon!

New for June on!

June 4th, 2012

We’ve got some great new features on for the month of June:

Learn the easiest way to tint photos using Ranger’s Inkssentials Craft Nibs & Nib Holder along with Distress Ink pads in this video by Ranger’s Creative Director, Tim Holtz.

Discover how to use Vintaj Glaze to seal metal jewelry with these tips and techniques courtesy of Jess at Vintaj Natural Brass Company!

Create this bright, inspirational wall hanging made with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas, Tim Holtz Distress and Inkssentials products, in this project by Candy Colwell.

Project: Claudine’s Cupcake Canvas

April 17th, 2012


Looking for a great new project?

That's a piece o' cake!

Check out the newest project on the Ranger website: a pretty cupcake canvas by Claudine Hellmuth, using her Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints, Gesso and Multi-Medium.  Craft a canvas for your home as Claudine did, or apply the techniques to make a cute birthday card for a loved one!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 12

December 24th, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  OK, we know some of you like to wait til the last minute, but… this is it!  This IS the last minute!  So let's get these holiday ornaments all wrapped up for 2011, yes?  It's the final day of Ranger's 12 Days of Ornaments!

Diane Spiak's 2011 bauble was created with:

Debbie Tlach painted a glass ball with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso and dripped Stickles in Christmas Red, True Blue, Eucalyptus, Waterfall, Star Dust, Platinum and Lagoon, and Ice Stickles in Arctic Ice, Grape Ice and Crystal Ice.

Well, that does it for this year's ornaments, everyone!  We hope we inspired you to create some ornaments of your own and to share them with your friends, family and loved ones.  Don't forget to leave comments on Friday's post and yesterday's post in addition to today's, because we will be drawing winners once we're back in the office on Monday.

Happy holidays to all!!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 11

December 23rd, 2011

Tomorrow’s Christmas Eve?!  Already?!  But we still have so many ornament ideas to share with you!  Well, we’d better get started then.  Here it is: Ranger‘s eleventh day in our 12 Days of Ornaments series! 

Today we are showcasing the talented men of Ranger Industries, so let’s hear it for the boys!!


Brian Van Liew II‘s amazing upcycled Graffiti Spraypaint Cans and Stencil ornaments were created with:

Marc Elepano used glycerin and water to create a snowglobe ornament, filled with shrink plastic snowflakes!  He used:

Don’t forget to leave comments on the post from Day 10 as well as today’s post: we will be selecting prize pack winners as soon as we return to the office after Christmas.  But we’ll be back tomorrow to wrap it all up with our final day of ornament inspiration!

12 Days of Ornaments! Day 10

December 22nd, 2011

Welcome to Day 10 in Ranger's 12 Days of Ornaments series!  Only two days left to get all those ornaments crafted before St. Nick arrives!  (No pressure or anything…)

Teresa Natividad's pearly, dimensional Geo ornament was created with:

That's not ribbon wrapped around Bonnie Egenton's ornament: it's embossing powder on top of Wonder Tape!  This deceptively easy project was made with:

Graphic designer Lisa Bihuniak's typographic ornaments were created with:

Congratulations to our newest winner from yesterday's post: Bunnyfreak!

"Everyday you guys surprise me with more great ornament ideas. I am just wowed."

For a chance at winning a Ranger prize pack of your very own, just hit the lil' "comment" button below and show us some holiday love!  We will be announcing the winners from Days 10, 11 and 12 after Christmas when our Ranger "elves" are back in the office… so you have even more days to get those great comments in!  Good luck!