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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.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m delighted to be here on the Ranger Blog with you today. My journal pages are often inspired by seeing or hearing something that triggers my imagination. I found this great quote by the cinematographer Conrad Hall, and knew it would sit beautifully with an image of an abandoned, rusty American car I’d seen…and the page was born! Dylusions paints are perfect for enabling me to create backgrounds that echo the textures and colours for the images I like to use – I love their versatility.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Choose an image and quote that really inspires or resonates with you. My image was online, so I downloaded and resized it to fit my journal page. Printing it onto normal A4 printer paper ensures it will sit flat on the page, however you could use thicker or textured cardstock if you wanted to add some dimension to your design.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Cut out your image, and choose the Dylusions paints for your background. Your selection should mirror the colours in your image – you can see how mine echo the greens, greys and browns in the car’s paint and rusty bodywork.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 3: Put scrap paper behind your journal pages, and some of your paints onto your Craft Sheet – you’re going to use them dark to light, so it helps to lay them out in this order. Using a larger paintbrush (I used a 1” flat brush), start with the darkest colour and work quickly, applying the paint in long, straight strokes. Clean your brush on kitchen roll after each colour. I started with Black Marble…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 4: …followed by Melted Chocolate…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 5: …Dirty Martini…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 6: …Fresh Lime, Slate Grey and finally White Linen. Cover all the page, blending the colours as you add them. I added the leftover paint to a couple of tags – one using a palette knife and the other with a brush.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Here’s a closer look at the page after all the paints were applied. Using my image as a visual reference when I’m painting helps me to get the colour balance I want. When I was doing this background for example, I could see that it was turning out to be quite dark, so I needed to add more Slate Grey and White Linen than I’d anticipated, and used an extra flash of Fresh Lime at the end to lighten it up. I also ensured that enough brown/black tones were showing through to mirror those in the image. The key however is to work quickly and not overthink the process.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 8: It’s likely that you will have applied a lot of paint, so leave the page for a few hours to ensure it is completely dry before starting the stencilling. Stencil over the spread using two or three of the paints you used in your background. I did very little stencilling here because there was already a lot happening on the painted surface and didn’t want to distract from the effect I’d created. I stencilled in Dirty Martini and Slate Grey, and then made a few finger marks with the leftover Slate Grey.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 9: Adhere your image with Matte Collage Medium, waiting until it’s dry to trim any excess that overlaps the edge of your page. Add some random marks to the background with Melted Chocolate – I used a palette knife; the paint pot lid and the bottom of a Dylusions ink spray bottle – and use a small paintbrush to splatter Black Marble over the page. In both cases, ensure the marks overlap the image every now and again to add cohesiveness to the page. Some of the black paint splatters may be quite thick (I like the texture this adds), so ensure this paint is completely dry before moving on.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 10: Plan the placement of the text/quote in relation to your image. If you look closely on the photo, you can see that I’ve placed the first letters of each line on the page so that I know I’m spacing the lines equally (and I’m not going to run out of room!)

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 11: Stamp the text with Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I prefer to stamp one letter at a time – I can place the letters exactly where I want them, and I’m more confident that I’ll get a consistently good quality stamped image. The ‘Clearly Alpha’ stamps have an etched line fill, so I used a fine detail paintbrush and Black Marble to paint over them, giving me a block colour instead, and ensuring they really stand out against the background. Use a Black Marble paint pen to add any definition to the letters’ edges that might be needed, and then add highlights with a White Linen paint pen.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 12: Dilute some Slate Grey and Black Marble onto your Craft Sheet using a Mini Mister, and add shading round the edge of your image. The combination of a fine detail brush and my finger works well to create a smudged effect. For the final step, use a Mini Blending Tool with foam to edge the pages with Black Marble.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Here are a couple of close-ups of the completed page – I love the way the Dylusions paints have blended, and the way in which the background mirrors the colours in the car’s paint and rusted metal.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

I really enjoyed creating this for you…I hope it inspires you to create a page like this for a quote or image you love.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Beauty in Imperfection 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.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, and I’m so excited to be here today sharing a spring-inspired art tag project with you featuring lots of different ways to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I know you’ve all been as excited about the new ink pads as I have, and if you don’t own them yet, I know you’re going to love them! This fun tag uses the Oxide Inks in many different ways, including ink blending, water blending, water coloring, and even stamping. Let’s take a closer look.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, die cut a tag shape from Mixed Media Heavystock paper, or select one of Ranger’s many ready-made tags. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, blend Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks onto the tag. This puts down a nice base layer of color as a starting point.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Swipe both Distress Oxide Ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spray the inks with water using a Distress Sprayer. Dab the front of the tag into the ink mixtures. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish to achieve the color intensity you are looking for. Just be sure to dry the tag with a Heat Tool between each layer of ink.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place the Latticework stencil over the top of the tag, and blend Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink onto select areas of the tag using an Ink Blending Tool with foam.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Place the Dot Fade stencil onto the tag, and blend Broken China Oxide Ink onto other areas of the tag. You can spray the tag with the Distress Sprayer after these steps to get the ink to blend and oxidize.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Ink up a Reflections stamp with the Broken China Oxide Ink, and repeatedly stamp partial images onto random areas of the tag.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Die cut a second tag from Memoranda Paper Stash Paper. Trim off a 2” wide section to add as a layer on your tag. Be sure to save the hole re-inforcer shape from the die, too. Using a palette knife, apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges and corners of both the tag and the patterned paper section. Set the paper aside to dry.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Blend brown Distress Crayon onto the crackle paste, and blend the pigment into the cracks, wiping away any excess. If the pigment doesn’t move for you, try dipping the tip of your finger into water and rub it over the crayon to blend. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using the Ink Blending Tool. Adhere lace trim to the bottom of the patterned paper piece using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Then adhere the paper to the bottom of the tag (Don’t place adhesive along the very top edge of the patterned paper, though). Stitch across the bottom edge of the paper, if desired. Adhere the hole reinforcer to the top of the tag.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Lightly ink the Quote Chips with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Adhere them to the patterned paper section using Multi Medium Matte. Slip an Idea-ology Index Clip onto the top edge of the patterned paper. Tie a small piece of natural hemp twine around the clip, trimming off the ends into a small knot. Ink a Clipping Sticker sentiment with brown Distress Ink to add to the right side of the tag.

Die cut a variety of Scroll and Wildflower shapes from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Ink the scroll shapes with green Distress Inks using the Ink Blending Tool. I used Cracked Pistachio Oxide and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for mine. Apply a bit of Brushed Corduroy Ink around the edges. Spritz with the Distress Sprayer, and blot dry. Apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges, and set aside to dry. Add Distress Crayon to the leaves to bring out the crackle pattern.

Watercolor the Wildflower shapes using a mixture of Distress Markers and Oxide Inks. Apply Gloss Accents to some of the flowers, and set them aside to dry.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Ink a section of lace with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Thread the lace through the top of the tag, and tie a double length of natural twine around the lace to secure it in place. Tie the twine into a bow, and trim the ends as needed.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere the Scroll leaves and Wildflowers to the tag, tucking the ends behind the strip of patterned paper. Use foam adhesive behind sections of the foliage to help define the layers. Outline the chipboard and sticker sentiment pieces with Wild Honey Distress Marker. Highlight portions of the tag edges and corners with the marker, too. Smooth out the ink using a wet paintbrush.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Enjoy!

audrey pettitMy name is Audrey Pettit. I live in Cary, North Carolina and have two wonderful kiddos, Peter and Nicole. I started scrapbooking and card-making about a decade ago after being invited to a friend’s house for a stamping party. That party opened my eyes to a whole new world of paper-crafting, and I have never looked back.  Visit Audrey’s blog at: AudreyPettit.Wordpress.com.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

I love the Homage to Frida stamps from Dina Wakley, and I could not wait to play with these stamps in the new Mixed Media Journal. The substrates in this journal are amazing, there are four different surfaces to play on. For this post, I am working on the cotton rag watercolor paper pages and the canvas page to create a cutout window. Follow along below to see all the steps I took to create this page.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To create the focal image, stamp the Frida stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink, and use a black Fude Ball pen to “extend” the lines of the stamp image to make the image look a bit longer. Then color around the image with a wash of watered down Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Turquoise paint.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Color the face and hair of the image in with Scribble Sticks, and use the detail brush from the short handled Dina Wakley Media Brushes with some water to blend the color.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: To create the textured look on Frida’s dress, apply paint in White, Gilt and Elephant. Use the Dina Wakley Media Tool to create texture in the paint.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now it’s time to create the garden! Stamp the Sketched Fronds in various colors (Lime, Evergreen, Lemon, Cheddar) using both the solid and outline frond stamps. To apply paint to my stamps, I used an Ink Blending Tool with Foam and picked up the paint that I had applied onto my Non-Stick Craft Sheet. (Be sure to wash the paint off your stamps as soon as you are done).

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Once the garden is complete, add some splatter by watering down Ocean, Cheddar and White paint, flicking each color on the page using a Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush. (You may want to cover up your focal image with a mask so you don’t get any unwanted splatter on it).

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: To create the canvas window, cut a heart in the page so Frida’s face will show through. Then add a piece of deli paper between the pages to protect the completed garden page. Brush on paints in Magenta, Fuchsia, Ruby, White and Mandarin using the largest paintbrush from the Dina Wakley Media Brushes until you achieve a blended look. Let it dry and do the same on the opposite side of the canvas page.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: To give the window added texture press the Spaced Dots stencil into the paint remaining on your palette then press it onto the canvas for a monoprint effect. Let it dry and do the same on the opposite side of the canvas page.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Once the paint is dry, ink the inside of the heart with Black Archival Ink using an Ink Blending Tool with Foam to make the image inside the heart pop even more.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: I did not want to leave a blank two page spread, so I completed the left side page very similar to my first garden page by adding a wash of Turquoise paint, stamping a garden and creating splatter.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Once this page is dry, add a few butterflies from the Scribbly Flowers and Insects set. Color them with Scribble Sticks, then cut them out and adhere them with Collage Medium to complete the two-page spread.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Here’s a shot of the completed page.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

And another shot of the backside of the cutout page.

Frida Art Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

I hope you will try to create a garden scene or cut out page for yourself!

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!

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Now that SPRING is here, the days are slowly getting longer and on some days it feels a bit warmer, it inspired me to make a spread about spring in my journal.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I wanted the word SPRING to cover the whole page. Because it’s always hard to rub away pencil-lines on backgrounds painted with acrylic paints, I did the handlettering first. When I was satisfied with the size and shape I went over to paint the background.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: I used Dylusions paints for creating the background. I used London Blue, Lemon Zest and White Linen. The London Blue and Lemon Zest blend to a lovely colour green. By using the White Linen while I was blending, I was able to create more pastel-like colours.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: When you look closely to the background, you will still be able to see the word spring. I traced the lines with Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen and coloured the letters using Black Marble Paint and a brush.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now that the word is coloured, I started on decorating the borders using the Oodles of Foliage Set. The new leaf set is really very cool. Don’t you think so, too? I love using leaves, they always add a little extra to your pages. You can colour the leaves green or black…they always look fabulous.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I took 6 images from both the Mini Me and Mini Moo stampsets. I wanted an image for every letter in the word spring. The new images are so lovely and quite a few of my favorite ones from older sets are now available as a mini. I decided to give one new arms, so I could make her climb down the letter N.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I also cut off the legs and glued them down again, this time a slightly bit tilted.

Cut out all the images and glue them down to your page with the Ranger gluestick.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: After I glued down all the images, I thought there was something missing in the background. I found this cute flower in the How Does your Garden Grow set. I coloured all the flowers using a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and the Dylusions Paints Cherry Pie, White Linen, Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Tangerine Dream.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: After colouring all the flowers, I traced the line again using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: For the final touch, I wrote down “is in the air” with the Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen. Now I am satisfied with the result. I really enjoyed making this spread and I hope you will, too. Happy Spring!

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/

Spring Media Art Journal 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 love painting flowers, especially tulips, and I want to show you how I created this page. When I’m thinking about art journaling for a particular season or mood, I turn to Pinterest where I search for quotes. Once I find a quote that speaks to me in this case: “Even flowers have to push past the dirt.” I’m ready to get started.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Large Dylusions Creative Journal. To break the blank page syndrome, I start with adding some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap using Multi Medium Matte. This helps give me a base so I can start adding color and texture with paint.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To prepare my page for all the layers that are coming, I added a thin watered down layer of Dina Wakely Media White Gesso all over to my page. I wiped up the excess to reveal the collage paper below with a baby wipe and dried this before moving on.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Spring reminds me of bright blue skies, so I added shades of blue to my page with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint in Sky, Lapis, and Elephant. I spritzed my page with water and then started to spread the paints around blending them together. I wiped parts up with a baby wipe to reveal the print below and worked it until I was happy with the background.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Next, I wanted to add some texture, so I pulled out the Textures stamp and used Dina Wakley Archival Ink palette in the colors Night and Ocean to add some dots on my background keeping it to the upper left and bottom right corners. I would love a full-size ink pad of archival ink in Hickory Smoke (my favorite Distress Ink color), so I got a DIY Archival Ink pad with a Hickory Smoke reinker and created my own. Using this I added the screen background stamp from the Textures stamp to add a little more interest in my background. I love the subtle, shadow-like color of Hickory Smoke.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Now it was time to paint my flowers. I love tulips. To me, they are the epitome of springtime. I used the 1/2″ flat brush to very roughly paint the shape of a tulip. I blended colors right on my Craft Sheet using Ruby, Lemon, and Magenta. I didn’t worry about cleaning my paintbrush in between colors as I just wanted them to blend, creating the illusion of shadows and highlights. I also added some green stems using just my fingers with the colors Lime and Evergreen. Then to outline my shapes I used a Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and a Stabilo All Purpose Pencil blended with water. I also added a bit of texture using a stamp from Scribble Text Elements in the color Night to the outside of my tulips.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I wanted to add my quote now, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do that. Originally, I wanted to journal it right on my page, but I didn’t think I had a large enough space. I had a moment of wishing I had a printer set up or a typewriter when I glanced at my supplies and saw my Dina Wakley Blank Media Tapes. Inspiration hit as I decided to write directly on the tape with a permanent pen and then add it to my page. It was an epiphany!

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Once I was happy with that, I made sure they were dry and added a bit of white paint to my page so it would better stand out when I added the tape. I also added some white paint splatters here to add a bit of texture over my tulips. I laid down the tape and added a layer of Multi Medium Matte to make sure they wouldn’t lift up. I dried that and then doodled on top with the Fude Ball pen to make the words stand out more.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed spring-inspired art journal page. I really enjoyed creating this page. One of the reasons I love this quote so much is because spring time is a thing of beauty and awe as everything comes back to life. However, it’s also a time of invisible struggle as it’s not easy to bloom, and like the flowers, we all have some dirt to push past, but when we do, it is a beautiful sight to behold!

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.