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Circles by Victoria Hills

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m really pleased to be on the Ranger Ink Blog here with you today sharing this spread in my small Dylusions Creative Journal. I love the versatility of this design – you could make it many times over using a different paint palette, shapes and words…and a smaller version of it would look great on a tag.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Starting with your darkest colour – in my case Cherry Pie – apply the first layer of paint to your journal pages using a small brayer. I like to apply quite a thin, textured first layer so that the colour of the journal paper shows through in places. Use any spare paint to start a background on a tag or another journal page

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Clean your brayer. Because the second layer of paint needs to sit on top of the first rather than blend in, wait for the first layer to dry (or use a Heat Tool) before adding your second colour – mine is Tangerine Dream – in the same way as Step 1. I like the patchy, textured effect that using a small brayer gives, so there’s no need to think too much about the placement of the paint.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 3: Apply the third layer (Pure Sunshine) in the same way as before. I added too much Pure Sunshine at this stage – it looked very yellow and was covering up a lot of the first two layers, so when it had dried, I added a fourth layer (Cherry Pie) to balance it out and bring back the pink.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 4: When the background is dry, add some stencilling using your three background colours. Because I like a grungy effect in my backgrounds, I followed up the stencilling with some random marks made with a palette knife, and then added some Black Marble paint and white gesso drips and splashes with a small paintbrush.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Here’s a close-up of a section of the completed background after I’d finished stencilling and making the marks and splashes.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 5: Using plain cardstock – I used Ranger No 8 Manila tags – hand or die-cut twice as many circles as you’re going to need, plus a couple of spares of each. For me, that meant 10 large and 10 small (plus spares). Put half to one side. Use a palette knife to put some of your three paint colours onto your Craft Sheet – you’ll need more of the darkest colour than the other two. Using your finger and starting with the darkest colour, apply paint to the circles, blending the colours slightly as you add them. Adding the paint in an arc that follows the curve of the circle helps to give an impression of dimension to the shapes once they’re on the page. I usually paint just over half of the circle with the first colour, and then use an equal amount of the two lighter shades.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 6: Put the painted circles on one side to dry and use the unpainted set to work out their placement on your page. It helps to have chosen your words at this stage so that you can use the letter stamps to help with positioning. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see that I’ve put some of the stamps above the circles so that I can make sure there’s enough room to stamp the words.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 7: When you’re happy with the positioning and your painted circles are dry, stick them down with Collage Medium, positioning the circles so that the highlights are all pointing in the same direction

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 8: When the Collage Medium is dry, cut the edges off any circles that are overlapping the edges of your journal page, and use a fine paintbrush to edge the circles with Black Marble paint. Because my background was deliberately grungy, I didn’t mind that the edges weren’t done perfectly neatly. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp your chosen words around the top of the large circles. I normally put the un-inked letter stamps in place before stamping them so that I can be confident they’re in the place I want them to be…and for the same reason, stamp each letter individually rather than the whole word at once. You can see that I ended up moving the placement of a couple of the words from their original location – the letter stamps fitted more comfortably this way.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 9: The Clearly Alpha stamps have an etched fill, so for this spread I’ve filled them in using a Black Marble paint pen: the solid fill really makes them stand out against the background.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Step 10: When the filled-in letters are dry, add some highlights to the letters and the black edging of the circles with a White Linen paint pen. Finally, finish the spread by edging the page with Black Marble paint on a mini blending tool.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Here is the finished spread along with a close-up that really shows the texture of that brayered background, and the way in which the paint on the circles blends differently each time to make them all unique.

Circles by Victoria Hills

Victoria Hills I’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! Do you have a favorite season? I love fall but summer is a fun time because we get to spend a lot of time outside and I love the longer days. Most of my love of summer has to revolve around food, fresh fruits like watermelon and cherries, then of course there are all the cookouts and my favorite grilled corn on the cob. Yum! Growing up on Florida’s west coast, we had some of the most beautiful sunsets around. I loved going to the beach at sunset. You get some of the most beautiful colors at sunset (and sunrise) and that is the inspiration for my art journaling I’m going to share with you.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. I started by spreading a thin layer of Dina Wakley White Gesso all over the page. I’m working on what I think might be one of the watercolor papers but I’m not sure. Regardless, I knew I was going to be working with Heavy Body Acrylic Paints so I wanted a good primed surface to begin. Once that was dry, I used Dina Wakley Glazing Medium on my entire page before laying down my colors so they would blend more easily. I pulled out the colors of a sunset knowing I wanted the top and the bottom of my page to be dark with Night, then I just randomly squirted paint directly on my page using Magenta, Blushing, Lemon, Turquoise and Ruby. I just used my fingers to spread the colors and lightly blend them together until I was happy. I used my Heat Tool a little to speed up the drying time but mostly I just let it air dry. The paints can take a little longer to dry with the Glazing Medium so it’s best to be patient before moving on.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Remember, how I said to be patient? Well, that just isn’t my nature so I moved to the next step a little too soon but I’m so happy with the result! I took a flat palette knife and spread some Night paint on it and started scraping in some mountains – this is when I realized my paint was still super wet but I loved the instant highlights I was getting as I moved my palette knife across the page to create valleys and peaks. I was channeling my inner Bob Ross with this step!

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Now, once that was fully and completely dry I wanted to add my quote “My Favorite Color is Sunset.” I started by lightly sketching it out with a Stabilo all purpose pencil so I could wipe it away (or so I thought, it didn’t really remove the way I wanted but oh well!) Then I took my Fude Ball pen (this is the best pen for journaling – it writes over paint beautifully and is super dark) to go over my sketch and add my thicker downstroke lines. After I did this, I added a little texture with Dina’s stamps but I didn’t like the way it looked so I attempted to cover it with more of the same paints I originally used. I got rid of most of it but you can still see some of it, which doesn’t bother me. Finally, I wanted my quote to pop more so I used the Ranger White Opaque Pen to outline my words. This takes a little bit of practice and patience (eeeek, for such a simple page, I sure did need a lot of patience) you can definitely get it working over the paint. I love how a white outline just makes the entire quote pop off the page.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed art journal page. I love this page so much I can’t wait to transfer it to a large canvas! That is one of the beautiful things about art journaling – you get to practice different ideas and techniques without the pressure of making something perfect.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. This is one of my most simple art journal pieces but it has become one of my favorites. I love the colors and the texture of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints.

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m really looking forward to sharing my ‘Constellation’ journal page with you. There were a few things that influenced this page…I love using silhouettes – particularly when I’m working on a black background – I think they add real impact. This ‘Jay’ silhouette looked quite pensive, and having lost my dad unexpectedly to cancer at the end of last year, it really resonated with me. Dad’s star sign was Leo, so I put the constellation together with the beautiful words of an Eskimo Proverb and made this page. Dylusions paints look stunning when they’re used on the black journal and journaling tags – or a solid Black Marble painted background. If you haven’t experimented with them on a black surface yet, then I’d really recommend it. I hope this journal page inspires you to give it a go!

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Choose your background colour scheme. I wanted the colours to suggest a night sky, however didn’t want it to be too dark, so included Bubblegum Pink to lighten the overall effect. I decided to use my black journal for this spread because it mirrors the black of the silhouette in a way that makes the figure really stand out.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Using a palette knife, add some Bubblegum Pink onto your Craft Mat; put some on your brayer, and then gently roll it onto your journal page in horizontal and vertical ‘stripes’. The aim is to get a textured, patchy background, so use a light touch; not too much paint, and avoid blending the paints by ensuring that each layer is dry before adding the next. I left a border of untouched paper round the edge of the page so that I can add my quote later.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 3: I pressed a manila tag into the leftover paint before cleaning my Craft mat – it makes a great textured background. Clean your brayer and mat, and let the first layer of paint dry (or use a heat tool) before adding the next colour.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 4: Repeat the process with your second colour – in my case, London Blue…

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 5: …followed by After Midnight…

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 6: …and Crushed Grape. I deliberately left the two darker colours to the end so that the colours in the top layer were more reminiscent of a night sky. You can see how the Bubblegum Pink really pops against the black journal page, and therefore stops the overall effect being too dark.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Stencil over your background using a selection of the same colours you have already used. I used After Midnight and Bubblegum Pink, and then added some stencilling and marks in Black Marble to bring together the black journal page and silhouette.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 8: Position the ‘Jay’ silhouette stencil on the page (I’m using the middle figure)…

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 9: …and then put the mask in. Use a pencil to draw an outline of the figure’s legs on your page, and then carefully take the mask back out.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 10: Stencil the silhouette with Black Marble paint using a Mini Blending Tool, taking care to stay within the pencil outline of the legs you’ve just drawn. You can always correct any slips with a Black Marble Paint Pen when the stencil is dry.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 11: Print out a copy of your chosen constellation. The hand-written note is my chosen quote – an Eskimo Proverb that I love.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 12: Using Archival Jet Black ink, stamp the largest circle – as many as you’re going to need for your constellation plus a couple of spares! – and one of the smaller hearts from the ‘I Love Lucy’ set onto a Dylusions Journal Kraft Tag, and cut them out.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 13: Place your ‘stars’ on your journal page, using your reference image as a guide. When you’re happy with their positions, stick them down with collage matte medium. When the collage medium is completely dry, cut-off the edge of any of the stars that overlap your page, and then use Black Marble paint to add a subtle shadow around the edge of the stamped circles to help them integrate into your background. I applied the paint with a small round paint brush and blended it with my fingertip.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 14: Stick on your stamped heart with collage medium. Draw round the stencilled silhouette with a Dylusions White Linen paint pen – I added a broken line to make the silhouette really stand out against the background. Join up the stars in your constellation with the same paint pen, and finally, add your text. I decided to add the text at each side of the spread so that as you read the words, your eye is drawn from the silhouette over to the end of the constellation.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Victoria Hills I’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here to share another project with Dina Wakley Media products. I don’t know about you, but I love to go on vacation in the summer. After a few days I do seem to miss my art supplies. This year I plan to make a kit with a few basic things that I can travel with to be able to create in my art journal everyday.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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These new bottles of Dina Wakely Media paints are the perfect size to take along with my journal on a road trip.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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It’s so easy to pack a tote with my journal and fill up my designer accessory bags with paints, a few favorite stamp sets and a few stencils. You could even bring a bunch of pre-stamped images and tags to use as well.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 1: To begin the page, apply some gesso with a palette knife and let it dry. I did not cover the entire page, but instead left areas blank here and there.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 2: Add some paints onto each side of the journal spread, scraping them down with the palette knife.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 3: Begin to create layers by removing paint with a baby wipe through the Pinwheel stencil.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 4: Continue to use various stencils to add and subtract paint and build even more layers.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 5: Add a layer of Night paint across the center of the page. Subtract some paint with the stencil to reveal the layers underneath.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 6: Add some words to the page using white paint through the Affirmation stencil.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 7: Stamp one of the Silhouetted Women onto a piece of tissue wrap using Jet Black Archival Ink and cut it out.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 8: Paint and stencil a Distress Heavystock tag, then adhere the Silhouetted Woman image to the tag. Cut a phrase from the Scribbly Wings set and adhere it to the tag.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 9: Add tag into journal using Printed Media Tape.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 10: To finish the page, add some stars by stenciling Gilt paint through the Variegated Stars stencil, layering some of the stars onto the tag.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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audrey pettit My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!

‘Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott

Hey there this is Tracy Scott here all the way from London in the UK with a project for you in my black Dylusions journal. How can you not fall in love with all of the Dylusions paints, stamps and stencils, the colours are so vibrant and the stamps and stencils so versatile. Grab a cuppa tea, sit down and let me take you through how I created this fabulous art journal page in my black Dylusions journal using my favourite Dylusions supplies…

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather up your favourite Dylusions paint colours and your black Dylusions square journal.
Using your fingers start to spread the paint colours on the page. Do not worry if the paint is thicker in some areas. Use the same finger painting process for all your colours until the page is covered with yummy color.
Dry with your Ranger Heat Tool and don’t worry if some of the thicker paint bubbles (this just adds some texture to your page)

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Grab your favourite Dylusions stencil (I’ve gone for large alphabet) White Dylusions paint and the Ranger blending sponge and handle. Stencil the pattern randomly all over the page to break up some of the color.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Next I grabbed one of my Dylusions quotes stamps sets and a Ranger Black Archival Ink Pad. I randomly chose one of the quote stamps and stamped in various places across the page. Do not try to get a perfect stamped image of the quote you just want parts of the quote to show in the background.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I chose to use the lemon zest paint for the next step as I wanted to create some random paint marks on the background (I found a piece of old foam tube that was perfect but you could use bottle lids and found items around your home for this)
Make random painted stamp marks all over your page.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Using the same technique and black Dylusions paint I repeated the process with a cardboard tube adding random marks over the page. I just love Dyan’s doodle bloom flowers and for my next step chose my favourite and a Ranger black archival ink pad. I stamped the flower randomly across my background.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Going back to the yellow paint I added some painted dots to my background using my fingers. Switching to the White Dylusions paint I then fingerpainted a large white circles onto my page. I then continued finger painting the large white circles randomly over the entire page.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Next, I grabbed my Ranger Fudeball pen and began to outline my white circles with scribbles. I painted black smaller circles were added to the inside of the white circles. I repeated that until all of the white circles were finished.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: I love the small Dina Wakley Media Line paint bottles. The applicator tip is perfect for drawing or scribbling. I chose white. I scribbled some messy flowers into my background using the White Dina Wakley paint. I repeated the previous step but this time chose to scribble circles onto my background.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Look how beautiful our background is now that we have all these lovely details together!!!

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: For the next step I took the fabulous Dylusions survivor stamp and stamped it twice onto white card using Ranger black archival ink. I used a circle punch and punched out various parts of one of the ‘survivor’ images I placed my 2nd ‘survivor’ image on my page(do not glue down at this point) and drew a border around it which I filled in with black Dylusions paint then adhering my stamped image down on top, I added some red pen to her lips using the red Fudeball. I also adhered the punched circles at this point randomly to the page. Using my white Dylusions paint pen I edged my black shadow area with a stitched design around the outside.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: For my quote I use Tim’s worn text alphabet and stamped and embossed using Rangers embossing ink pad and Ranger black embossing powder. The quote reads ‘She stood in the storm and when the wind changed she adjusted her sails’. Each letter of the quote was cut out individually and adhered to my page before outlining with black pen. I also outlined my punched circles with black pen to make them pop.

Tracy ScottMy name is Tracy Scott and when not at the day job as a finance officer in East London UK I love nothing better than getting inky and painty. Colour is my passion and as long as it’s completely bright and over the top then I’m all over it. The brighter the colours the more I love it…nothing dull and brown for this girl I’m afraid !! I am passionate about art journalling and mixed media and love to share my knowledge with all like minded arty friends!
Find me at my blog: www.heartistry@studio7.blogspot.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/myjournallingjourney
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Tr4cy1973 

Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! I am kinda super nerdy patriotic so I jumped at the chance to create a patriotic theme page in my art journal.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. I chose the watercolor paper today and started out thinking I would only do a single page spread, but it turned into a double. I put White Gesso on both pages and dried with my Heat Tool.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Patriotic for me means pulling out my blues and reds for my background. I knew I wanted to use the Scribbled Faces stencil and thought it would be pretty cool if one of the faces was red, the other white and then blue since there are three total faces in the stencil. I had this in mind as I laid down the Ruby and Lapis colors being careful not to blend them too much because I wasn’t looking to create purple.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Next I wanted to bring in some texture by sponging the Jumbled Numbers Stencil onto my background using Archival Ink in Hickory Smoke. However, I realized about halfway through that my background still wasn’t completely dry so you can see I ended up getting some contamination and it also got on my ink pad which is a bummer. So, my tip is to make sure your background paint is completely dry before moving on to any kind of stenciling with ink!

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I love gold whenever I think of our flag so I decided rather than use Scribbled Faces with black paint, I grabbed Gilt and sponged the stencil with an Ink Blending Tool then used the excess paint around the edges of my journal to tie in the color.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: When I thought about what I would create today, I knew I wanted to incorporate poppies on it. Dina’s Abstract Blooms stamps were great for this. I started by masking off the leaves on the stamp and then inking it with Night Archival Ink to stamp on the bottom left and upper right corners of the left side of the spread. I love how it looks as if that is just a bed of poppies to compliment my red, white and blue faces on the right side. I love how it turned out.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I added some additional color using Ruby, Blushing and Lemon to the flowers and once that was (almost completely) dry, I used the Fude Ball pen to dark up the stamping a bit. I also added my journaling here and found some stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk Occasions pack to create a title on my page.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed USA inspired art journal page. I really enjoyed creating this page. Most of the Dina Wakley products I used for the first time and that always helps jumpstart creativity for me. Plus, this page will always remind me how much I love this country and how so many people have fought and died for it over the years. Men like my dad and my uncles served and lost their lives in other ways even though they still came home so I have huge respect for all of our men and women serving or who have served. This page really is in honor of all of those heroes.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. They truly are some of my favorite mediums I turn to again and again as I continue my journey as an artist. I hope you have been inspired today to pull out some new supplies and see what you can create!

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there, it’s Cheiron Brandon here with another art journal page tutorial using Dina Wakley Media Products. This time the theme of my page is patriotic and I wanted the woman on the page to resemble Lady Liberty with a dress of inspiring words, as a tribute to all the brave women who have helped shape our country.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To start my page, I used some pages from an old collage pack that had words about the Statue of Liberty on it. I tore them up and laid the pieces horizontally across the page.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To add some color to the background of my page, I brayered some paint in turquoise and lapis onto the Variegated Stars stencil then pressed the paint onto both sides of my page.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Then I took the Bullseye stencil and added some Clear Gesso through it to add even more texture.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: To create my figure, I stamped one of the women from the Positive Women set onto a piece of white paper. I changed her hairstyle up a bit and added a dress.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I created some hair and painted it in with Lemon paint. Her skin was done with a mixture of White, Rosy and Umber. I traced over the pencil lines with my Stabilo All pencil.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: To create her clothing, I used some Evergreen paint thorough the Variegated Stars stencil.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: I then added some words to the clothing using the Brave, Loyal and Strong stamps from the All The Gals set.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: When the clothing was complete, I created another piece of deli paper using various stencils and Ruby, Tangerine, Lemon and Magenta paints.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: I continued to add layers of paint through stencils until the paper was mostly covered.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: I stamped hearts from the Collaged Hearts set on the printed deli paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and cut out.
Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: I mixed some White and Gilt paints and using my fingers and went over the Bullseye circles I created with Clear Gesso earlier.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Using Distress Collage Medium, I added the figure to the page and used my Stabilo All Pencil to add the lines back to the image. I added the Collaged Hearts to the page. As a finishing touch I added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology stars with Collage Medium then colored them with Gilt paint using my fingertip.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and will try some of these techniques on your own. Wishing everyone a very Happy 4th of July!

audrey pettit My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch

After a long chilly winter and spring it’s time for some warm weather, warm colours, flowers, holidays, picnics, outdoor activities…it is time for SUMMER. My project for today is all about summer. So let us dance in the sun and wear flowers in our hair…

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I have made a spread in the new Dylusions flip journal (large). I start with the background and some warm and cheery Dylusions colours. I use Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie, Tangerine Dream, Funky Fuchsia and Pomegranate Seed and add the paints with the Mini Ink Blending Tool to my page. I add the paints quickly, not bothering about blending the colours yet.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: In the next step I start blending the colours with the Blending Tools by switching between the colours until I am satisfied with the result.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: After all the paints are blended, it is time to use some stencils. Use colours you already used in your background. If you introduce a new colour this will be the focal point of your creation and that is not what you want. Add some stenciling to the background using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam with Pure Sunshine paint and the Fresh Dots stencil.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: The next stencil is Leaves together with Funky Fuschia. My last stencil is Old School Numbers with White Linen. White and black are not considered as new colours but they make the other colours pop. The background is ready for now. I use about 3 to 4 different stencils. You might be tempted to use more, but it is still a background and if you use too many stencils your background will be too distracting.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Time to pick out the stamps and start colouring. I stamped some images from Puppy Dog Tales, Cat Among the Pigeons, Always and I Can See Clearly on some Watercolour Paper. I coloured all the images with the Dylusions Paint Pens, Distress Markers and Distress Crayons.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I love the Fancy Florals (an older stamp set, but still available), stamp several flowers with Jet Black Ink and some of the images from Doodled Delight, on some watercolour paper and colour them with Dylusions Ink Spray in Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie and Tangerine Dream.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Let the ink dry and start doodling on your flowers with the paint pens colours, Black Marble and White Linen. Make sure the ink is completely dry before you use the paint pens to get the best results. The flowers really look beautiful when you add some doodling in black and white. Cut them out and now you have a large stack of coloured images ready to glue onto the page page.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Before I glue down the images I thought that the page needs something extra, a border. I decide to use this border from the small Arrow Border stencil set. The page looks so much better with the border. Add the border using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Black Marble Paint.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Glue down all the images with the Dina Wakley gel medium and collage glue stick. I found this lovely quote about the summer on the internet. I wrote it down on my page with the White Linen paint pen.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: For the finishing touch I decided to doodle around the border.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Close up of Page 1 of the journal page

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Close up of Page 2 the journal page

Miranda van den Bosch

My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I live in Ridderkerk, which is a small town in the Netherlands. I have been painting and drawing since I was 4. I mainly painted portraits and animals. In 2010 I discovered art journaling and the fabulous world of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions and I got hooked ever since. I love the many possibilities you have with the stamp sets. You can create new images over and over again by combining new sets with older sets…..and the colours of the inks and paints aren’t they just dylucilious???

My Blog:  http://mirandascardcreations.blogspot.nl/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/miranda.vandenbosch.94
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/macbo27/
Pinterest:  https://nl.pinterest.com/mirandav/

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch

Animals are agreeable friends. The theme of my project is animals. Dylusions has a fun collection of animals stamps at the moment. They are so cute and adorable and fun to colour. I love to use them over and over again. And they are practically perfect for every occasion.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working in my large Dylusions journal, I used the inks to make the background. I started with spraying some water on the page so the colours blend a little easier. Just spray the colours on one of the pages and make large puddles of ink. Then close your journal and press the cover lightly. Open your journal and you will have two coloured pages. Use a kitchen towel to remove the excess ink and leave your pages to dry.

Place the Circles Stencil on the journal page and spray some water through it. Flip over the stencil and press the wet side of the stencil onto the page. Let the water soak in for a few seconds and dab off the water using a kitchen towel. Instead of adding colour to your page you are removing colour (bleaching technique). This way you can make extra layers and more depth to your pages.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Place another stencil on the page (Diamonds in the Rough) and spray a little ink through the stencil. Flip over the stencil again and press onto your page. This time I used Bubblegum Pink.
The third stencil I used is the Modern Script with White Linen Ink Spray. Instead of flipping over the stencil I moved it up and down a bit to get ink splatters on my page.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

This is how the background turned out.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: At the bottom of the pages I used Dina Wakley Mixed Media Tape and on top of that some of the Dylusions Creative Dyary Tape. This makes a bottom for the animals to sit on.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I stamped the dogs (Puppy Dog Tales), cats and birds (Cat Among The Pigeons) stamps with Archival Ink (Jet Black) on watercolour paper.
Add a thin layer of colour first. I used the Dylusions paint pens. Do not add the colour straight onto the paper but a little on my Craft Sheet and pick up the colour with the waterbrush.

Let the first layer dry and add more layers of colour to create more depth. I keep on adding layers until I am satisfied with the result. That means that I will add six to seven layers of colour.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: You can add the paint pens directly on the stamped image for more colour saturation. Keep a waterbrush nearby. As long as the paint from the paint pen is still wet, you can blend it out easily. Once dry it will be permanent. When all the images are coloured, cut them out using the Tonic Mini Snips.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Glue all your images on your pages with the Ranger Mini Collage Glue Stick.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: At the top of the page I stamped one of the leaves from the Oodles of Foliage Stamp set. Because the background is quite dark I decided to remove some of the ink first using a wet brush. Make one of the leaves wet and dab off the water with a kitchen towel. This is called the bleaching technique.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Now all the leaves are bleached out I let the page dry and colour them using the Bubblegum Pink Ink Spray this time.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: I found this quote about animals by George Eliot on the internet and decided to use it on my pages.
I first wrote down all the words with pencil and then traced them with the White Linen Paint Pen.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Add some extra lines to make the letters more bold. Then colour in all the words with the White Linen Paint Pen.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: And voila this is how the finished project looks like.

Miranda van den Bosch

My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I live in Ridderkerk, which is a small town in the Netherlands. I have been painting and drawing since I was 4. I mainly painted portraits and animals. In 2010 I discovered art journaling and the fabulous world of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions and I got hooked ever since. I love the many possibilities you have with the stamp sets. You can create new images over and over again by combining new sets with older sets…..and the colours of the inks and paints aren’t they just dylucilious???

My Blog:  http://mirandascardcreations.blogspot.nl/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/miranda.vandenbosch.94
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/macbo27/
Pinterest:  https://nl.pinterest.com/mirandav/

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

The new media journal by Dina Wakley is an absolute must have in your art supplies. The different textures and papers in each signature give you total creative freedom, the fabric lends even to stitching if you’re so inclined. This mini book is a gift I have prepared for my mom, I want to introduce her to art journaling in a smaller scale and I think this size will be less intimidating for her and she’ll get to play with all the different papers. But it’s also the perfect size to put in your handbag and carry everywhere, you never know where inspiration will strike right!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: Using Dina Wakley Media Board in 4”x 6” as a template, draw around it on the Dina Wakley Media Journal pages, you can choose where you will create the windows. I’ve chose to begin right on the very first page. Be advised that the handmade paper is like cloth and when cutting, be careful that you let yourself be guided by the threads of the burlap. You can also add pieces from the Ranger watercolor paper to the mix!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Use two pieces of the media board to make the covers and cut strips of .5” x 6” of Sticky Back Canvas to bind the mini journal.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: Use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp an image on the cover.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Begin painting the cover. I continue to be deeply in love with the new Ranger squeegee and I use it to spread paint and to go over the stencils as well, it helps me cover more ground at the same time!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 5: Use a baby wipe over the stencil to remove some of the color. Add a secondary color over the stencil.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 6: Color in your fashion icon with more of Dina’s paints!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 7: Use The scribble stick in brown for the skin tone.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Begin working on your journal as well. I really liked the effect on the opposite side of my window, because it ended up looking like a monoprint!
Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Check out the new size, Ready for you to take in your bag anywhere.

Milagros RiveraHello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.