We love seeing your art. I hope you are finding these challenges both meaningful and inspiring. I sure am!
Congratulations to our Challenge winners for the month of August! Both winners will be receiving the two new Dina Wakley Media Background Clear Stamps!
Facebook Winner: Caroline Duncan
Instagram Winner: @2sparkleon
Our next challenge runs from September 21 to October 18, 2017. Here you go….
Create a piece of art about your fears. What are you afraid of? How do you handle your fears? How do you overcome them?
Ah, fears. I try not to live my life in fear of things, but I am a PRO at worrying, and I do sometimes worry about my fears. We all have them, the key is to not let our fears paralyze or define us. I don’t know what got into me, but I did two two-page spreads for this challenge (I hardly ever do 2-page spreads).
Fears Journal Spread
This page is about my artistic fears. I firmly believe that quality art is correlated to the quantity of art you make, and I am living proof that ANYONE can be an artist. I do sometimes worry that I’m not good, though, that I’m a giant art poser. Ha. Don’t we all feel that way a bit?
I started this page by loading up the Splatter Girl stamp with various colors of paint, and stamping her directly onto the watercolor pages in my journal (no gesso first, can you believe it?). Then I painted free-hand silhouettes around the stamped images so the faces would be visible through the figures. I stamped the words with Tim’s Cling Foam alphabet stamps and my White acrylic paint. I used the black Scribble stick to outline the abstract figures and the Fudeball pen was perfect for the journaling, once the paint was all dry.
Splatter Girl Spread
This page started with a concept, “Invisibility.” I wanted to stamp the girl so that she got lighter and lighter with each iteration. Can you tell the colors change as the images spread across the page? This page is how I don’t want to be invisible, how I want to make a difference.
I started this page with loosely-painted colors on pre-gesso’d watercolor pages in my journal. While the backgrounds dried, I took a large piece of Tissue Wrap and stamped Splatter Girl on it with varying colors of acrylic paint (Black, Night, Medieval, and Elephant). When all the paint dried, I used my Gel Medium to glue the stamped Tissue Wrap onto the page. Then I added additional stenciling and some journaling with the Fudeball pen. I stamped the circle from Text and Scribbles with Black acrylic paint onto a painted piece of paper that was in my “art bits” box. I throw unfinished/ugly pieces and warmups into that box and use them as collage papers. They come in handy. I cut the circles out and glued them over the whole spread.
What are your fears? Spill them out in your journal and set them free. We cannot wait to see your amazing art.
Challenge Rules Recap
I want to put the “me” back in mixed media. All art is personal, whether it be a card or an art journal page or a painting. Join me as we begin a series of monthly challenges and prompts that will fuel your creative spirit and help you delve into the ME of MEdia.
Note this challenge does not take the place of the monthly challenges we have in the Dina Wakley Media Tribe Facebook group. If you’re not a member of the tribe, please join us! Artists in the group post lots of cool art and inspiration.