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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 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.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: To begin, coat your crafting egg with a layer of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso. By adding the layer of gesso, it helps create a smooth surface that the paint can adhere to evenly.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Paint the egg a solid color of your choice, I chose Blushing mixed with White to create a more pastel pink. I gave the egg 2-3 coats of paint (depending on how light the color was). Allow the paint to dry before adding the next coat.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

For the other two eggs, I used Lime and Turquoise, both mixed with White to create a pastel.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Using the Dina Wakley Media Tape, I taped off the bottom of the egg, about 1/3 from the bottom. The tape will help keep a straight and even line when you move to the next step.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Using a Dina Wakley Media Metallic paint, coat the bottom third of the egg. This is where the tape comes in handy, don’t worry about hitting the tape with the paint. It will not be staying on the final product. Give each metallic paint 2-3 coats, or until evenly coated.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Once your metallic paint has been fully coated and dried completely, gently remove the Dina Wakley Media tape.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: Using the easy flow applicator tip, create polka dots on the top of the egg where the pastel color is still showing.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 7: When creating your polka dots, do one side of the egg, and then place in back into the egg crate that they came in to dry. Once the one side has dried completely, turnover and repeat on the other side.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

Do you sometimes wonder about the possibilities your stamps may bring your way? I do and with the new Fronds stamps by Dina I kinda had this butterfly vision in my head that I had to put to the test! You see Spring is coming over, not much changes over in my island but I’ve seen pictures of crocus breaking ground and it’s exciting! Pretty soon the ground will be filled with blooms and butterflies and that is the inspiration for my project.

Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: Grab your supplies, stamp the big and medium open fronds over your tissue paper. I’m using embossing powder in black because my intention is to flip them over to create a mirror image, the darker the better! Once you have all the pieces, hand cut them and with the Gel Medium adhere them to your journal page. I have a confession: the new Ranger and Ice Resin Squeegee is my new addiction! It will help eliminate any pockets of air between your tissue and your surface, it’ll run so smooth you’ll start wondering where it was all your life!

Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Using your Squeegee, yes, again, apply Gesso over your page to set the stage for your paints. You will notice you use less product, it dries faster and is more efficient. Since my inspiration is springtime I wanted to subdue Dina’s bold colors into a pastel palette by using white. And guess what Mr. Squeegee, you’ll use it to mix and apply the paint, it also works to apply paint over stencils too!

Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: By prepping your media board with gesso you have made it easy to use a baby wipe to remove paint using your stencils, that same paint can be smeared over the stencil in a different color base or even on the plain gessoed surface. Now it’s time to collage the wings using Gel Medium and prep them with the Clear Gesso. Then clean your stamp by ghosting the images directly on your journal. Using the Scribble Sticks, give her color and cheeks some color.

Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Use a watercolor brush to work the watercolor magic of the new Scribble Sticks. Use the Enamel Accents to give the coat some buttons and give the shoes some patent leather look. Using some wipes “clean” the pink color over your stencils to give a subtle floral effect in your background. Then play with your alpha stencil to write your quote with the Fudeball, I loved mixing the different heights in the letters to give the words some movement.

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.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working on a craft sheet. Stamp the Frida stamp onto the Media Board using the Archival Ink in Jet Black. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To get a light wash, scribble onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet with a Scribble Stick. Then use the Waterbrush to add water and pick up color to make a wash.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

To get a darker application, Use Scribble Sticks, in one or more colors, to accent areas on the stamped Media Board, then use the Waterbrush to liquefy the Scribble Sticks to create watercolor and colorize the image.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

For a very intense application, color can be lifted directly from the crayon with the Waterbrush.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Dip the crayon directly into water to draw with watercolor.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Scribble & sketch without adding water to achieve a drybrush look. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Turn Media Board over and position pin. Adhere a strip of Washi Tape vertically to the board, over the back bar of the pin, to anchor it horizontally ¼” from the upper edge of the board.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Place four more strips of Washi Tape horizontally to cover the back of the board and the sides, trim the excess. Pin onto your clothes & wear!

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

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 the Face in the Crowd stamp set and thought I could pair it beautifully with Scribbly Wings and create a valentine note to myself in my art journal so that is the inspiration behind my page today.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Creative Journal Black so I started prepping my page with Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso. I was curious to see how the colors would show against the dark background, that’s why I chose clear gesso over white. I pulled out all my red colors of Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic which included Ruby, Fuchsia, Magenta and Blushing. Then using the 1″ flat brush, added color randomly on my page without cleaning my brush in between picking up colors. This created different shades and tones of each color on my page. I also created some texture by dipping the end of my paintbrush into white paint and tapping on my page. I used a paper towel to lift up some of the extra and also leave behind more texture. Some got on my fingers so I just swiped that on the page as well! Nothing is wasted here!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: While I wanted the primary color of my page to be the different shades of reds, I also wanted to break that up some so I pulled out the Factured Circles stencil. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I added some Elephant paint through the stencil. I love the way this breaks up the intensity of the red on my background. I also sprayed a bit of the Lapis Mica Spray on my page and soaked it up with my paper towel since my paint was dry, it was mostly pooling on my page and I didn’t want the blue to be too noticeable.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: While the previous step was drying, I layed out some of my Printed Dina Wakley Media tapes onto my Ranger Craft Sheet. I added color with the 1/2″ flat brush using the colors I already laid down on my background although this time I did wipe off my brush on a paper towel so the color would be more true.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Using the tapes once they were dry, I layered them into a very abstract heart shape and then added additional texture with the Scribbled Text Elements stamp set. I stamped them with the Dina Wakley Media Permanent Mixed Media Ink Palette in Ruby and Night. It was interesting to see the Ruby react to the other layers on my page because it almost looks reddish orange in different lights. I love happy surprises as I’m playing in my art journal!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I knew I wanted to create a heart on my page, so I just painted it on using the 1/2″ flat brush and adding some glazing medium to the white paint that I already had on my Craft Sheet. I watered that down and also added some paint splatters here.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Finally, I added my main focal images. I stamped the girl from Face in the Crowd first using Night ink and then I placed the wings around her from the Scribbly Wings set also stamping in Night. I highlighted the wings a bit the Ranger White Opaqu Pen and added some Fairy Dust stickles. I love coloring and just had to add a little bit of color to my girl so I pulled out Distress Crayons in Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick and Broken China just to bring her to life. Using the Fude Ball pen in Black I loosely outlined my heart because it was getting lost. I added a little bit of white paint just under my girl and stamped my sentiment You Are Enough on Blank Dina Wakley Media tape to add as my love note. Just a gentle reminder to us all. One of the things I love most about Dina Wakley’s art is the emotion it evokes in me as I look at each piece she creates and the sentiments that are included in her sets embody that beautifully!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed love letter art journal page. It is fun to create using one color in different shades. It’s slightly monotone even though I brought in some neutrals to soften it up just enough. {final}Thank you, Ranger, again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to pull out your art journals and see what you can create with just one color family! Also, I think we could all use a little more love letters from ourselves, so I encourage you to give that a try – art journals are the perfect place to practice a little more self love.

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.

Holiday Present Box by Milagros Rivera

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The holidays bring the maker in all of us, suddenly we need to create, and sometimes what we have done needs a special packaging. Something that conveys just how special the recipient is and how much love you put into creating what’s inside. When you create the packaging you can customize it with stamps, stencils, paint, ink. There’s really no limits into embellishing it. So let’s deconstruct some journaling tags and add a notch to the things you can do with the amazing Dylusions Journaling tags, best thing is you only need 3!

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Step 1: Grab your tags and center them on a scoring table, score at 2 3/8 on each side, on all 3 tags vertically.
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Step 2: Horizontally score your tags at  4 ½ and 9” respectively.

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Step 3: Fold and cut notches wherever you see a mark intersecting.

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Step 4: Since you already have two tags that will serve as the body of the box, you will cut the third into 2 pieces of  4 ½ x 4 ½.

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Step 5:  Using your chosen stencil, fill it up with the yummy Distress Grit-Paste! I took a photo of the placement of your stencil just so you’re able to see that some will look backward, but when you fold the complete box they will align perfectly and nothing will look out of place!

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Step 6: Time to assemble the piece, I wanted the top of the tag as my closure since that gave me the opportunity to thread a ribbon and stamp a sentiment!

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Step 7:  After you thread your ribbon and some charms into a jump ring, using your Distress Crayon paint the words on your charm, then wipe off the excess, I tell you I can’t get over how easy and effective this quick little technique is! Plus there are so many colors to choose!!!

Can you imagine making sweet tiny boxes with the same technique and smaller tags!!! Happy creating everyone!

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.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be on the Ranger blog sharing a Christmas card I made using the brand new Dina Wakely Media Scribbly Vintage Holiday stamps! I fell in love with this stamp set as soon as I first saw it. I love all the vintage inspired images – especially that Santa and Reindeer! As I thought about my project for today, I knew I wanted to create a Christmas card and thought it would be fun to do a little watercoloring with you as well.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: First, I started by stamping all the smaller images in Sepia Archival Ink to create a background panel for my card. I originally thought the toy images were all separate but it is actually a cute border stamp of images but for what I had in mind, I wanted it to look more random (perhaps like vintage wrapping paper) so I cut the stamp in half so that I could create that more easily. Don’t be afraid to cut your stamps to suit your needs. You can easily place them back together on your stamping block to use as a border if you want later. I also stamped the frame and Santa image to get ready to watercolor later.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: When I first started crafting, I started by making cards and coloring is my favorite thing about card making. So, I decided to use my Distress Inkers as my watercolor for this card. I wanted to create a card that is easily reproduced and I think stamping a lot of backgrounds and then sitting down to watch my favorite holiday movie while coloring is the perfect thing to do with this design. I also used a Distress Crayon to lightly fill in the areas between the images just to soften my background panel a bit.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Next I pulled out my Blank Dina Wakley Media Tapes. These are perfect for customizing to suit any project you are working on. I knew I wanted to create a border for my Santa image as well as stamp the Happy Christmas sentiment from the stamp set. I started by painting the medium tape with Dina’s Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, and then used my Distress Inks to add color to the other two sizes. Once the Gilt paint was dry, I stamped Happy Christmas twice using Black Archival Ink and then layered them onto my background panel.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I decided to layer my background panel on the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock but first I added color around the edges with the Gilt paint to tie everything together. I love how adding paint or ink to the woodgrain cardstock really brings out all that pretty texture.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: At this point, I realized the frame I stamped with the Santa image was just too busy and big for my card so I decided to fussy cut my Santa out since I already watercolored that. I then used foam tape to adhere my background panel as well as the Santa image to my card.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: As a finishing touch, I pulled out my new Yuletide Stickles & Liquid Pearl set and used the Poinsetta color to add a bit of sparkle to the darker areas of the Santa hat. I also used Stardust Stickles on the white areas of my image. I don’t think a Christmas card is complete without a little shimmer!

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com
Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my finished card and all the watercoloring. I think coloring is so relaxing and it was fun to create this vintage inspired Christmas card for you today!

I filmed the entire process for you as well so you can see each step as it comes together. I love sharing my process and letting you see the entire project come together. Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to pull out your Ranger holiday stamps and have a little coloring fun as you create your holiday cards!

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.

Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley

In the Arizona desert, the only way I get to see colorful Fall leaves is if I make them. Did you know you can use Dina Wakley Media acrylic colors to get beautiful earthy, Fall hues? Here’s what I did:
Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley
Step 1: Use a Mini Ink Blending Tool, White paint, and the Almost Ikat stencil to apply a white stenciling onto a sheet of 8x5x11 Watercolor Cardstock. When the white stenciling is dry, brush on a combination of these colors: Fuchsia and Cheddar (together they make a pretty rust color), Ruby, and a dash of Evergreen. Let the piece dry.
Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley
Step 2: Stamp leaves from the Scribbly Leaves and Pods set with Jet Black Archival onto the colorful background. Cut out your amazing Fall leaves. Grab a size 8 Kraft tag and use Gilt paint, a Mini Blending Tool, and the Almost Ikat stencil to apply gold stenciling all over the tag. Fold the tag so it makes a little tag book. I don’t ever measure this, I just guess.
Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley
Step 3: Staple some paper into the fold so you have a little book. I used graph paper.
Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley
Step 4: Decorate the book with your leaves. I also used a piece of a tag that I had painted with Turquoise dots from the Spaced Dots stencil and some Dina Wakley Media printed tape to add interest behind the leaves.
Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley
Step 5: Paint a piece of crinkle ribbon with Turquoise paint. When it’s dry, you can use it to close your booklet.

Dina WakleyDina Wakley is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her Dina Wakley Media line includes artist quality opaque paints, gesso and gel mediums, tools, stamps, and stencils.  You can learn more about Dina on her website DinaWakley.com.  View upcoming classes and events with Dina on our events page and see more projects featuring Dina’s collection on our Dina Wakley Media Pinterest board.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page By Carisa Zglobicki

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be on the Ranger blog sharing a mixed media piece using brand new Dina Wakely Media products! I was absolutely giddy when I saw her media tapes because like many of you probably, I’m a little bit of a tissue tape junkie. I love the tapes with her scribbly text and fun Dina style prints on them. Black and white is perfect because they become so versatile and you can color customize them for whatever suits your needs. I was inspired by Autumn all around us and want to show you how I created this fall inspired art journal page.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
Today I am working in the Dylusions Black Creative Journal. This journal is so much fun to work in with the black pages and I love the square size of the pages. It’s fun to see how paints become more muted or vibrant against the black background. Because of this I do not prime my pages with gesso since that would defeat the purpose of working in the black journal. But if you prefer, you could always use Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso. To start, I randomly added the tape to my page to start my background. I love the different prints of the tape and it will give me a nice layer of texture as a base to add my color on top.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
The great thing about the tapes is that I don’t have to use any gel medium with them. They adhere so well, especially once you burnish them into the page with your fingers. I didn’t have any lifting as I added my layers on top, which is a huge bonus in my book. A lot of times, when I’m using tape, I have to use a gel medium with them so I know they won’t lift or move underneath layers. I pulled out three Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints in Evergreen, Cheddar and Fuschia. These colors are the perfect Autumn palette. They remind me of the gorgeous colors we’re seeing right now in the mountains. Fall is my favorite season and the colors of the leaves inspire me to work outside of my normal cool colors palette I normally gravitate toward. Using the stiff bristle brush, I do a little color blocking with all of the colors on my page. Right now I’m just building up my background with some color and I love that I’m still able to see the prints of the tapes in the background. At this point, I also spritzed my page with some of Dina Wakley Mica Sprays in Evergreen and Ruby. I love the shimmer in these sprays over the top of my paints.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
Next I grabbed some of Dina’s new Texture stamps with her Archival Ink Palette and stamped around my page randomly. I’m not worried about placement here as I just want some random texture all over. I also grabbed two Tim Holtz stencils (woodgrain and speckles) to add more texture, this time with paint colors Umber and White. I felt I needed to brighten my moody page up some with white so I used that with one of the stamps and then again with the stencil. I dried this with my Ranger Heat Tool and then added a layer of Crazing Medium for some subtle crackle texture.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
Now comes the fun part and the reason for my pretty paint blocking and textured background. Using a Stabilo all pencil, I’m going to draw some simple leaf shapes on my page. I kept it super loose while trying to create some aspen leaf shapes (since those trees are very Colorado and that’s where I live) along with some basic leaf shapes. I drew some big and I drew others small. I also sketched in some branches, but those go away in the next step.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
Once all my leaves are outlined, I am going to start blocking out my shapes by painting around them in white. As I was doing this, I no longer liked the look of the branches so I allowed those lines to blend and melt into my paint. Since the Stabilo pencil is water-based it reacts to wet mediums that you use over it. This created beautiful texture as the white blended with the black pencil to create different shades of gray. Along with the brushstrokes, I felt at this point my leaves were starting to look as if they were floating down from the trees as they do when they start to fall off the trees. I loved the effect! I also add a splash watered down Gilt Acrylic Paint using the splatter brush. I love the golden accent and it just adds to the texture of the leaves across the page.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
To finish my page, I wrote in my quote with the Ranger Fude Ball Pen. It is one of my favorite fall quotes by Emily Bronte: “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.” It was the perfect quote for this page as I love how the leaves look as if they are floating across the page. The Fude Ball Pen is great for my journaling because (as often happens) I am able to wipe it away with a baby wipe if I make a mistake; and it’s a bold tip so my writing is crisp and clear.

Autumn Leaves Art Journal Page by Carisa Zglobicki
Here is a close up of the left side of my journal spread.

I filmed the entire process for you, as well, so you can see each step as it comes together. I love sharing my process and letting you see the entire page come together in a little speed video as I talk you through what I’m doing. That’s it for me. Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to break out your art journals and create fall inspired beautiful mixed media art using the entire Dina Wakely Media Line!

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.