Saturday, August 1, 2015

Inspiration from Terri Markowitz

One of the regular ladies at our crops, Terri Markowitz, created some fun frames for her daughter.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Our next group meeting is on

Saturday July 4th 12-3 and
Friday July 10th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

Please bring some photos to art journal this month.  I will have some paints for us to play with! 

June Theme
Travel Journaling

June 27

Art Challenge: Photos and Words
Journal Prompt:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Here is how Sandi Keene took on the challenge. Link to her blog
Long ago I worked for a company that created Mosaic Moments. When I read this prompt, I immediately thought of a mosaic as it is such an interesting way to present a photo. I contacted the owner, Tami Potter and she sent me out some mosaic paper. (Thanks, Tami!)
I printed a vacation photo (5" x 5" but any size works) I loved of my husband in a swing on the porch reading a book and pausing regularly to look at the stunning mountain views. In delightfully cool temperatures. With hummingbirds buzzing around the feeder on the porch.  Can you say PERFECT?!
I cut the photo into one inch squares using the mat, exacto and ruler. It takes less than a minute. The system is designed for easy success.
Now I transfer the squares onto the gridded paper that lines everything up.
Hello, mosaic!
I had an idea of exactly how this was to look when I was done. Now came the hard part of transferring that idea onto paper. Incorporating the mosaic into art was always my plan. I sketched out a basic plan for where the elements were to be. And then I started painting.
Adding random squares from another photo printed to blend into the background was a touch of whimsy. I decided that it was not enough whimsy so out came my doodle pens in medium and fine. And then white
A picture is worth a thousand words!
Want more info on how to create a mosaic? This short video shows the process step by step.
You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

 When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Dina Wakley Media Mixing Chart Available!

New Dina Wakley Media Mixing Chart Available!

New colors of Dina Wakley Media paints are as far away as your craft sheet!  Follow this new mixing chart to create new colors of Dina’s signature paints!  By simply mixing two colors of existing colors you can expand your color palette with all new colors!Dina Wakley Media Paint Mixing Chart | www.rangerink.comDina Wakley Media Paint Mixing Chart |

Find the full size printable version of this mixing chart on our product organization page-  Dina Wakley Media color and mixing charts.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Paints and your Journaling Bible


Hi there! Thank you so much for all of your kinda comments and excitement over the last resource post; what’s the difference Wednesday | inks. As I stated before one of the questions I get the most on social media about my bible is WHAT am I using and HOW am I doing it. Whenever I post a photo where I have used paint I get a ton of questions, so I knew this had to be one of the topics we covered in this series!
I am showing you how I use my paints, which paints I use in my bible and most importantly the backside of those thin pages after I use it! If you have any questions please feel free to post in the comments!
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I use a lot of different watercolors in my bible but one of my favorites is the peerless watercolor papers. What I love about these is you don’t have to use a ton of water and the color is so pigmented! In the example above I wanted to show you how if you use a lot of water (at the top) there is going to be a lot more bleed through. If you are lighter on the water (middle) and just focus on picking up the pigment off the paper you are going to have much better luck! These colors are BRILLIANT and so much fun to play with!
Studio Calico color theory paints are very fun and come in great colors! What I do like about them is that they are thin enough that you can still see the words if you decide to cover up the text at all. They really don’t bleed at all, the only down side is they are a very “wet” paint so they do wrinkle the page a bit more, but that will flatten out as the book is closed and flattens out that paper.
Craft paints are some of my favorite because of all the brilliant colors they come in! Today I am usingMartha Stewart paints and I got a little carried away but I am okay with that, the neon pink on top of all the pages is just fun! I like to apply these with just an old gift card, dragging it across the page. This will create a nice thin layer perfect for your pages!
As I mentioned before I love watercolors and watercolors in a tube are even MORE fun! For my example I am using the Van Gogh paint which comes in this adorable little tube. You are going to want to think more about the pigment and less about the water here, and for this example I applied the paint directly to the page and then added a tiny bit of water later to just bring the pigment down the page. This one did bleed a tiny bit, but again this is up to your personal style and how much water you use.
Up next is my favorite paint!! I love this liquitex heavy body paint. Since this is a “heavy body” paint it has a lot less water in the paint and all the pigment just sits on top of the page instead of soaking in. For my example here I just applied a bit of the yellow oxide with bits of the light portrait pink mixed in. I love how these colors don’t get muddy when you use them together!! I can’t wait to pick up more of these fun colors!!
Apparently I love anything that comes in fun bright colors because when I passed these in the art supply store they just jumped into my cart! These are called galleria acrylics by Winsor & Newton (Opera Roseand Cadmium Yellow)  They are very smooth paint and the colors just pop off your page! For my example I used with a mask and just had fun bringing that color across the page.
You already know my love of the neocolors but let’s just mention them again! I wanted to show you in my first example what can happen if you add too much color (you can see in the second photo on the left) it just gets crazy! But if you are more reserved with your water you will have much more success! The colors on the off white pages are just amazingly BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love these and can’t wait to use them more!
Last and certainly not least is MIST!!! I am slightly addicted and you would be hard pressed to find a page where I didn’t add a touch of mist to it! For this example I wanted a full page of mist and used anampersand mask with mister huey. You can see that it can get the page a little wet but if you only spray once or twice it won’t soak through. I am so sorry I don’t have a backside photo here, I just got to excited I suppose!!
I hope this answers some of your questions on what types of paints to use! Have fun and get creative!!!
xox -Shanna

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Textured Paper :: I'm So Not Feeling It!

May Theme

Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 30
Art Challenge: Textured Paper
Journal Prompt: I'm So Not Feeling It!

Our next group meeting is on 
Friday June 12th  12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

 When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our next group meeting is on Friday August 7th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

Our next group meeting is on 
Friday August 7th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

Bring some scrap photos to try a photo transfer.  

July Theme


July 18

Art Challenge: Photographs & Memories

Journal Prompt:  "All that I have to remember you"-Jim Croce

You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

 When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice. 

Here is the masking tape transfer from Lorraine Bell
Click here for her blog.
This week could be a hard one for many of you depending on how you interpret the challenge. I know it was for me.  This challenge is all about remembering . . . hopefully we all have many happy memories and fewer sad ones. Just know that as you dig through your photographs, that I am thinking of you and I believe our loved ones before us are thinking of us!
It took me all week to bring myself to do this.  I've spoken many times on my blog about my grandmother.  She was - - well, she was everything.  This week, I chose to memorialize her and something she loved - red geraniums.  Not just any red, they had to be a certain shade - but for as long as I can remember, she had pots of red geraniums on her porch.  To this day, I have one beside my kitchen sink and think of her every day when I see it.
So for this challenge - I took some photos of her and her flowers and copied them on regular photocopy paper on my inkjet printer.
I used a chip brush and some Titan Buff paint and roughly plastered some on the page - you will understand why I did this as you read further.
Not only did I want to use my own photographs, I also wanted to incorporate some ephemera - after all, that is the theme for July! Thumbing through some catalogs, I found some images that really fit with my page. In reality, these are pictures of stone sculptures for gardens, but to me, they looked like statues you would see in a cemetery. I knew I wanted to use them but I wanted them to have a worn, almost ghostly look . . .
Years ago, I learned a very cool technique to transfer photos using clear packing tape.  This idea has been around forever and I can't remember exactly where I found it - but you can simply google "packing tape photo transfer" and you will get dozens of videos and blog posts about it.
I laid a strip of tape over several pictures in the catalog and burnished them with a bone folder.  Then I cut them out of the magazine. DON'T cover both sides of the picture - only the front!
I dropped the photographs in a tin of water and let them sit about 5 minutes. The water soaks through the paper on the back of the pictures and the tape protects the image on the front.
Take the picture out of the water and turn it over and begin to rub the paper with your finger, it will come right off - if not, soak it a little longer.
When you're finished, you will have a transparent image of the original picture - pretty cool, huh?
What I like even more is that you can use the FRONT of the picture for a clear image, OR you can turn it over for a more worn, aged look . . . yummy.
Back to my photocopied pictures, I sprayed them lightly with fixative and then I arranged all of the elements on the page and adhered them with matte medium.  Now you will find out why I painted the base Titan Buff . . . I used my finger to rub the edges of the pictures with the Titan Buff paint so they blended on the page - this removes sharp edges.  Genius.
With my dark-leaded Blackwing pencil, I scribbled around the edges of the composition, drew some lines, and did my journaling.
My grandmother and I shared a favorite poem about Red Geraniums, so I chose to put that poem here.  In the picture, you see her, and her porch that now has empty chairs.  And there I am in the bottom right . . . wishing she were still here because I have so much I want to tell her . . .

Life did not bring me silken gowns,
Nor jewels for my hair,
Nor signs of gabled foreign towns
In distant countries fair,

But I can glimpse, beyond my pane, a green and friendly hill,
And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.
The brambled cares of everyday,
The tiny humdrum things,
May bind my feet when they would stray,
But still my heart has wings

While red geraniums are bloomed against my window glass,
And low above my green-sweet hill the gypsy wind-clouds pass.
And if my dreamings ne'er come true,
The brightest and the best,
But leave me lone my journey through,
I'll set my heart at rest,

And thank God for home-sweet things, a green and friendly hill,
And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.
by Martha Haskell Clark

I'm hoping this journal page will bring you peace and healing and the memories will be sweet. Looking forward to sharing your memories with you!  Our featured artist this week is the talented Lynn Whipple!  You can read all about her HERE.  xoxo