The Designer Challenge this year at Creativation, Dina Wakley “Pouring it Over” brought a lot of unique and beautiful pieces of mixed media art to the Ranger booth. Dina Wakley has been a Ranger Signature Designer since 2014 and champions a line of mixed media craft products under the Dina Wakley MEdia brand. Her colorful and abstract style focuses on white space, organic shapes, and loose expressive marks. We couldn’t wait to see how these guest artists, personally selected by Dina herself, used and interpreted Dina Wakley Media products in their work.
The focus of the challenge was to highlight various Dina Wakley MEdia products, particularly the new Pouring Medium and Cell Creator. To accomplish that, guest designers were sent a variety of products, but we’re allowed to include any Dina Wakley MEdia product.
A big thank you to all of the participating artists for all the time and effort they have put into this challenge. Check out what beautiful and inspiring pieces we received this year from our very talented group of designer artists!
Watch the video below to see Signature Designer, Dina Wakley, go around and introduce the challenge on the show floor!
We’ve been very busy here at Ranger the past few weeks coming up with some fun and interesting ways to decorate pumpkins with our favorite Ranger products. Check out below some of the ways that us employees have decorated and embellished these faux pumpkins!
Happy Earth Day everyone! In honor of the day in which we appreciate and work towards taking better care of our environment, we decided to share some fun ideas for reusing your resources in your crafts.
Recycled Paper & Plastic Notepads by Teresa Natividad
We go through a lot of paper in the office. Most of the paper we use is printed only on one side, so I will often use the blank side as note paper. I thought I would make decorative ones for Earth Day!
Create your own recycled notepads in just a few easy steps:
1. Die cut used copy/office paper using any fun shape that you prefer.
2. Also die cut a coordinating piece of cardboard for the backing, and another out of clear plastic packaging for the front.
3. Decorate the clear front piece as desired. I used Alcohol Ink in various techniques. (For the shield, I dripped Alcohol Ink and tilted the plastic several different ways. For the tag, I used an Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool. For the ticket, I dripped Alcohol Ink, then used the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool to blow the ink around.)
4. Gather all pieces together and hold with binder clips. You can also use Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Tape to hold the pad together.
5. Brush Multi-Medium in Matte across the top and let dry.
6. Remove binder clips and write away!
Organic Materials with ICE Resin® by Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer loves to use organic materials and found objects in her jewelry pieces. You can find her using feathers, sticks, fallen flower buds, pencils, game pieces and many more in a lot of her work.
Dried Flowers Bezel Necklace by Jen Cushman
One of the best things about ICE Resin is that it’s a perfect art medium to use with organic and natural elements. Dried flowers, sticks, stones, bones, wings and more can be embedded and encased in resin for truly unique mixed media jewelry and art.
It’s been said The Earth Laughs in Flowers. For me, ICE Resin smiles when it gets to play with lovely pressed petals and sweet blooms.
The most important step for using real flowers is to make sure they are thoroughly dried and pressed. If any moisture gets trapped in resin, organics can mold. For light colored flowers – whites, pale yellow, etc. it helps to brush a thin layer of Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Paper Sealer on the dried petals before encasing them in resin.
I hope you enjoyed this beautiful and natural recycling project.
If you happen to be at the Bead and Button Show this June in Milwaukee, check out my Floating Petals workshop. Be sure to stop by the ICE Resin booth to see this necklace live and in person.
We hope this inspires you to reuse some of your materials the next time you create! Happy crafting!
This week has been a BLAST having Dina Wakley, Tim Holtz & Dyan Reaveley here at Ranger Headquarters! In between all of the playing this week, we were fortunate enough to catch Dina Wakley on video creating this beautiful painted canvas! It was a pleasure to witness Dina work through her creative process and we hope you enjoy this fun video!
Hi Everyone! With Easter just around the corner, we decided to hold an Easter Egg decorating challenge at Ranger HQ and we’d love for you to participate too! Decorate an Easter Egg using Ranger products and post it to our blog (see the end of this post for details). We cannot wait to see all of your beautiful inspiration 🙂
Our Signature Designers made their own as well – from 3D to 2D…check out all of their unique creations!
Watch his tutorial here:
Featured products: Dylusions Ink Sprays & ICE Resin Glass Glitter
Featured products: Liquid Pearls
Featured products: Ranger Paints, Texture Paste, Artist Brushes
Featured products: Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints, Artist Brushes
Featured products:Ranger Paints, Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints, Distress Paint, Distress Splatter Brush
Featured products: Ranger Paints, Distress Paints, Ranger Shiny Foil Transfer Sheets, Collage Glue Stick
EASTER EGG HUNT!!
(We also had fun hiding the eggs around the office 🙂 )
This year’s Ranger Designer Challenge features a brand new creative medium, Distress Crayons. Distress Crayons are water-reactive pigments designed to specially formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for creating brilliant backgrounds, smudging, watercoloring and more!
We’ve selected a group of talented artist to explore this exciting new medium and challenged each to create a panel using the new Dina Wakley Media Board with a focus on Distress Crayons combined with other Distress products. The group of entries will spark your creative imagination and inspire you to explore the versatility of Distress.
Our thanks go out to all the designers for the time and effort they put into the Challenge. For more inspiration, take a look at each artist’s blog or website.
Since it’s a shortened week here at Ranger Headquarters I decided to feature this morning our final set of ornaments in our Christmas Ornament Inspiration Series! For the finale, we all used a holiday favorite, STICKLES! We hope that you all have enjoyed our creations and look forward to doing this again next year!
Glitter Snowflake Ornament by Alain Avrillon
Glitter Candy Cane Ornament by Diane Spiak
Glitter Christmas Lights Ornament by Laura Lindson
Visions of Sugarplums Ornament by Kelly Kronowski
Glitter Swirls Ornament by Kathy Paglia
Glitter Polka Dots Ornament by Ellen McVetty
Merry Christmas Ornament by Debbie Tlach
Christmas Tree by Phil Quagliariello
Glitter Swirls & Linear Design Ornaments by Teresa Natividad
Wow, it’s already Christmas Week! We cannot believe how quickly December has flown by. We’re coming to the end of our Christmas Ornament Inspiration Series and our 2nd to last post is dedicated to all Ranger brand products.
Joy Ornament by Debbie Tlach
Debbie’s ornament features Ranger Paint Dabbers & Liquid Pearls.
Christmas Tree Ornament by Ellen McVetty
Ellen’s ornament features Ranger Paint Dabbers & Liquid Pearls.
Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time for another week in our Christmas Ornament Inspiration Series! This past week we all used Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks to inspire and create our ornaments. We hope you enjoy all of the festive creations from our team!
Bird House Ornament by Terry Horvath
Terry’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on foil.
Angel Tree Topper by Teresa Natividad
Teresa’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on plastic packaging and metallic mixatives on glass.
Joy Ornament by Phil Quagliariello
Phil’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on glass applied with the Alcohol Ink Blending tool.
Sunset Ornament by Laura Lindson
Laura’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on glass applied with the Alcohol Ink Blending tool.
Star Ornament by Kathy Paglia
Kathy’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on foil applied with the Alcohol Ink Blending tool.
Red & White Festive Ornament by Ellen McVetty
Ellen’s ornament features Alcohol Inks filled inside the glass ornament.
Peace Ornament by Diane Spiak
Diane’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on glass applied with the Alcohol Ink Blending tool.
Starry Night Ornament by Debbie Tlach
Debbie’s ornament features Alcohol Inks on the outside and inside of the glass ornament.
Our tree in the Art Department is really coming together!
We can’t believe another week has gone by and it’s onto the next product line in our Christmas Ornament Inspiration Series! This past week we all used Dylusions products to inspire and create our ornaments. We hope you enjoy all of the festive creations from our team!
Christmas Tree Ornament by Patti Behan
Patti’s ornament features Dylusions Paints, Dylusions Holiday Clear Stamps, and Stickles.
Christmas Glass Ball Ornament by Phil Quagliariello
Phil’s ornament features Dylusions Paints dripped on the inside of the ornament and splattered White Linen Paint on the outside.
Hearts and Candy Christmas Ornament by Ellen McVetty
Ellen’s ornament features Dylusions Paints and Dylusions Holiday Stamp & Stencil set.
Love Heart Christmas Ornament by Debbie Tlach
Debbie’s ornament features Dylusions Paints.
Dylusions Christmas House Ornament by Kathy Paglia
Kathy’s ornament features Dylusions Ink Sprays and Stamps.
Green Star Christmas Ornament by Laura Lindson
Laura’s ornament features Dylusions Paints and the Holiday Stamp & Stencil set.
Dylusions Christmas Tree Ornament by Kelly Kronowski
Kelly’s ornament features Dylusions Paints, Ink Sprays, and the Holiday Stamp & Stencil set.
Dylusions Snowflake Ornament by Taylor Huizenga
Taylor’s ornament features Dylusions Paint, Ink Sprays and the Holiday Stamp & Stencil set.
Dylusions Christmas Scene Ornament by Terry Horvath
Terry’s ornament features Dylusions Paints and the Holiday Stamp & Stencil set.
Drama & Comedy Star by Teresa Natividad
Teresa’s ornament features Dylusions Paints and Stickles.
Our tree is all set up and filling up nicely with our ornaments so far!
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