Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back as a guest artist on the Ranger Ink Blog! As soon as I saw Dina Wakley’s latest releaes of Collage papers, I had an idea in mind for the faces on the burlap pages of her journal. I love that the collage papers now come in black and white. Once I chose one of the faces to use on my journal page, I decided to use the white one because my plan was to use it as a guide to create my own version. I find these are great for putting aside my fear of creating faces because I am able to use them as a starting point but with the white printing you can really make your own mark on them. I hope it inspires you as well today!
Step 1: I laid down the collage paper on the burlap page using Matte Multi Medium. I also covered the top side of the collage paper with it to act as a sealer since I wasn’t going to use gesso (although you could definitely use clear gesso for this step.) I ended up stepping away to let it dry naturally although usually I’m much too impatient for that and use my Ranger Heat it Tool to speed up the process.
Step 2: Next, I started to sketch out the face with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks lightly following the lines of the collage paper. This part looks like a hot mess but don’t worry – it’s just a way to lay down some color and get the process started. Also, note that I leave the black line art collage paper off to the side while I’m working to reference when I need to as the white gets covered up fast.
Step 3: At this point, I had my face sketched mostly in and I wanted to add more color so I pulled out Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body paints in a few colors like Buff, Blushing, Turquoise and Olive. Using a paintbrush, I started blending the paint with the Scribble Sticks – they blend so beautifully together adding shading naturally where I used darker Scribble Sticks.
Step 4: While I was pretty happy with how everything was turning out, I wanted to add more texture and interest to the background. I pulled out the Scribbly Circles Background stamp and The Best Hearts stencil to do this. I stamped with Archival Ink in black soot and brought out the Blushing paint more in my page by using that with the stencil. I added a few marks with paint in different shapes and colors as well as journaled a bit.
Step 5: The last thing I wanted to do was add some collage words to title my page. I love love love Dina Wakley Media’s Collage words and was happy to see a second one released. Following my journaling I chose the sheet that says The Secret? Keep Going. Every day is another chance. I actually adhered it to some white cardstock so it would stand out from my background more adding a bit of black ink around the edges to make it stand out. Then I adhered it to the burlap with Dina Wakley Media Heavy Gel Medium.
Here are some close ups of all the paint and texture. I love that you can still see all the burlap texture underneath everything yet the collage paper keeps it all contained instead of seeping through to the page behind it.
Thank you to Ranger again for inviting me back to the blog to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger Ink products. They truly are some of my favorite mediums I turn to again and again as I continue my journey as a mixed media artist. I hope you all will be just as inspired by this latest Dina Wakley Media release as I have!