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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.
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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.

Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley

Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley

Happy October! I am excited about the limited edition holiday stamp and stencils sets. I used mine to create this cute little treat holder. Here’s how I did it!

Happy October! I am excited about the limited edition holiday stamp and stencils sets. I used mine to create this cute little treat holder. Here’s how I did it!

I took one sheet of Dina Wakley Media Board and cut it in half, so I had a piece that is 4.5″x12″. I scored the media board (on the canvas side) with a paper cutter at 3″, 6″, and 9″. When I say “score,” I mean I used a paper trimmer to cut the board half-way through its total thickness. That sounds complicated but really, it’s easy because a typical paper trimmer can’t cut all the way through the board with one cut. Just cut once, and you’ll have the perfect score mark.

Now you can fold the board on the score marks to create a little box. I painted the box with White, Lime, Night, and Blackberry paints, and added writing with Sterling and the Fine Line Tip applicator. I folded the box and sealed it up with Dina Wakley Media printed tape. I had an old painted tag that didn’t look too great, so I cut it into small circles and used them as a collage element on the box. I stamped images from the stamp set onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Jet Black Archival, then I painted them in with diluted paint colors (Black, Umber, Magenta).  I used the stencil to create the word strips “caution: bat crossing.” I cut everything out and used both Multi Medium and Ranger Foam Tape to adhere the collage to the box. I filled it with a yummy Halloween treat.

Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley
Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley
Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley

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.

Inspirational Media Board by Jenn Shurkus

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Hello Everyone! It’s Jenn Shurkus again from Shurkus.com. As always I am wicked exited to be sharing on the Ranger Blog again!

Today I am sharing with you a mixed media inspirational canvas board where we will be playing with a bunch of fun Dina Wakley Media products!

I hope this will inspire you to get a little painty and create an inspiring piece of art!

Let’s get started with today’s tutorial!

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Using a Palette Knife, spread some Gesso around the Media Board. Don’t try and cover it all evenly and feel free to leave some Gesso thicker in some areas. Set aside to dry.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Squeeze a little bit of Ocean Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint onto the canvas board. Spread the paint with a Palette Knife. Note: I misplaced my palette knife in between step 1 and step 2 so I grabbed an old hotel room key.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Lay down the Dina Wakley Media Mighty Wave Stencil and wipe with a baby wipe. Wipe as little or as much as you want. Note: This works better if your Ocean paint is still wet and if your baby wipe isn’t too wet.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Once dry use some Matte Multi Medium and adhere torn strips of Idea-ology Tissue Wrap. Note: Don’t forget to wrap the tissue around the edge to show movement across your canvas board.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Lay down the Mini Favorites Dina Wakley Stencil and spread Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste through it with a Palette Knife. I chose to just use the spilt circles here and there.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Spritz some Dina Wakley Media Mica Spray in Lapis onto the Textured Paste areas.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Mix a little bit of Fuchsia Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint with Dina Wakley Media Glazing Medium. Using a palette knife spread the glaze onto your canvas. I concentrated on the texture paste and then I did some swipes of paint along the edges. Note: Glazing Medium is a fluid, multi-functional medium that can be used to extend open time of Heavy Body Paints, thin out paint and increase transparency.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 8: This is where I wasn’t loving how my canvas was coming out. It didn’t seem to have a cohesive feel. So I did what Dina Wakley has taught me in classes. I covered the whole thing with Gesso. I then took a baby wipe and wiped away the Gesso as much or as little as I wanted. I fell in love with how this turned out. I got that cohesive feel I wanted.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Next I took one of the stamps from Silhouetted Women and dabbed some Night and Fuchsia Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint directly onto it. I stamped the image onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock, then before cleaning the stamp I gently misted it with water and stamped it again onto the Distress Watercolor Cardstock. You can do this again and again to get multiple images with different looks.

Lastly, ink it up again with the paint and stamp it directly onto the canvas. I did this because I know when I fussy cut out the image I was going to lose some of the details on the edges.

Note: This technique works best with red rubber stamps and be sure to clean your stamp right away so that the paint doesn’t try into the details of the stamp. I just run it under the sink since they are cling and not on a wood block.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Using the circle from Primitive Icons Dina Wakley Media Cling Stamps and Cheddar Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint I stamped a few orange circles here and there. I squeeze a little bit of the paint onto my craft sheet and tap the stamp into it. Note: Again, be sure to clean the stamp right away so the paint doesn’t dry on it.

Step 11: Fussy cut out the Silhouetted Woman and adhere it to your canvas. I used doubled up foam tape and then to be sure it stays on the canvas forever I use Glossy Accents to actually adhere it to the canvas over the previously stamped image.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Lastly I added some inspirational words by dry brushing Black Gesso through Dina Wakley Media’s Hey You 6×9 Stencil. I love using Dina’s Stiff Bristle Brushes for this and be sure to have a dry brush.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Jenn ShurkusJenn lives in New England, with her kitty Mister Harley and her boyfriend Chris. She’s been papercrafting for 15 years, and has played multiple roles in the paper craft industry as an independent store manager, designer and teacher. With a degree in graphic design she is also Copic and Ranger certified. Jenn loves to show people new and clever ideas to design their cards and projects. She has a flair for the “artsy-fartsy” without going over the top. She designs her projects in the way to inspire, but not intimidate. Jenn is eager to share her creative passions with others and encourage their artistic growth. She currently teaches in person and online classes as well as host Loft Art Retreats. You can read more about her, her handsome kitty Mister Harley and wicked cute boyfriend Chris on her blog {creative chick} http://www.shurkus.com/ as well as follow her creative endeavors on Instagram, FacebookYou Tube.

In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki

In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be here on the Ranger blog sharing a mixed media piece using brand new Dina Wakley Media products! It’s no secret how much I love Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics and I have to say the new colors are amazing. I love the darker, moodier hues and I had a lot of fun using them to create my spring inspired piece on the new Media Boards. I’m slightly obsessed with abstract florals right now and I would love to show you how I created this spring inspired piece today.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 1:
First, I started by spraying the Media Board with some water using the Distress Sprayer. Then, I took some paint and a Dina Wakley Media Stiff Bristle Brush. I have seen Dina Wakley use this technique and it gives you the most unexpected bursts of color. I love how it softens the paint and gives it a more watercolor look in areas. The hardest part for me using this technique is allowing the paint to dry naturally allowing the colors to move and blend more organically rather than trying to speed that up with a heat tool. I’ve learned that it’s worth the wait!

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 2:
Once that layer is dry, I wanted to add more texture and depth to my canvas so I pulled out the Positive Women stamp set because I love the dots texture stamp in this set and inked it up with the new Dina Wakley Media Archival Ink Palette using the color Night. I also used the stencils Dotted Flowers with some Dina Wakley Heavy Body Media in White to bring in some more white into the canvas. I have a hard time leaving white space…it’s one of my things. I just love color so much I have a hard time knowing when to stop!

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 3:
Next I pulled out Stenciled Queenie and using the new color Elephant (which can I just mention how much I love the names of these paints!?) and stenciled the face onto my canvas. Now…I have to admit something here, once I had this on my canvas I tried to outline the face with a Stabilo All pencil in black and kinda made a boo boo. I was almost tempted to start completely over but one of my mottos in mixed media is pushing past the ugly. So I kept moving forward. It was time to start adding some flowers and I gave my girl a crown of flowers by putting some paint on my finger and creating some loose circles, overlapping the colors in places. Then I took out my Distress Sprayer again and generously sprayed the flowers while tilting my Media Board up allowing the colors to blend and drip down the page which is one of my personal favorite techniques and this is when I found my happy in the page because those drips covered up my earlier mistake! I also added some Dina Wakley Media Mica Sprays in areas while the paint was still wet. I love the beautiful pearlescent shimmer it leaves behind.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 4:
Once again, I allowed the paint to air dry…well, mostly – I did try to heat set it a bit, but really wasn’t liking the way the paint was reacting to the heat so I did set it aside to dry the rest of the way. It really is best to let it dry naturally!! I then redefined the bottom of the face as well as outlined the hair and flowers with the Stabilo All pencil to give the shapes a little more definition but not too much because I really was going for a most abstract look. Then I took the Fronds of Foliage stencil to create some leaves around the stencils using Evergreen. Finally, I added my sentiment using a brush pen with permanent ink and I outlined it with a white gel pen.
In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki
It took me a long time to love my own handwriting but I think it adds a personal touch and defining signature that you just can’t get any other way. Play with different pens and styles of writing until you find something that feels comfortable. Now I love adding a fun quote or lyric to complete my page with my own personal touch.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiHere are some close ups of the finished piece. You can see the beautiful mica shimmer here. I love how it mixed with the drips and creates new colors as the light shifts across the page.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiAnother close up of the beautiful mix of paint and water. I love the fun bursts and new shades of color that is created as the paint dries. I absolutely love the combination of texture created here with the mix of water and heavy body acrylics with more defined flower centers using the fine tip applicator with Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics.

I filmed the entire process for you as well so you can see each step as it comes together. I am trying to keep my cool here but this is a huge honor for me to be able to share my love of mixed media here on the Ranger blog and I’m so grateful for the opportunity! I hope you are inspired to get messy, push past the ugly and create beautiful art using the entire Dina Wakley 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.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, paint birdhouse with a layer of White Gesso. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Cut four pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock to 3” x 6”. Place a small dot of Turquoise Paint onto one of the pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock and use the Brayer to color the entire piece.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Repeat with Magenta, Lemon and Lime Paint. Set aside to dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Once painted cardstock is dry, run each piece through the Vagabond Machine with the trellis die. Reserve two of the negative frameworks to use as template to adhere the mosaic tiles later on.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use masking tape to mask the center shingles on the roof. Paint the roof peak with Lemon Paint.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Paint the bottom shingle with Turquoise Paint. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Remove the existing tape and retape to expose the center roof shingles. Paint center shingles with Lime Paint. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Mask off the rooftop edges, top front and top back of the birdhouse. Paint the trim, ledge by the entryway, sides and back of the birdhouse with Magenta Paint. Let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Mask the ledge and under the trim. Paint front with Paper Mosaic Grout. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Find the reserved frameworks and use two pieces to make a template that will fit on the front of the birdhouse. (Note: There is no need to adhere the template. If you make it flush it will stay in place).Using the frameworks template as a guide, adhere the painted tiles with the Distress Paper Mosaic Glue to the front of the birdhouse.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Remove the template after you have finished adhering all the tiles. Just in case you got some glue on the template, you want to remove it before it dries. Now let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Trim excess tiles from the birdhouse opening and apply Paper Mosaic Glaze on top of each tile. Let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Glue on some faux greenery using a hot glue gun.