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Making Marks with Dina Wakley Project by Christen Olivarez

I’ve been a fan of Dina Wakley’s artwork for years now. I can still remember my reaction the first time I held one of her art journals in my hands. The textures, the layers, the mark-making … her work was unlike anything I’d seen. I went home and tried to emulate her style, only to find myself making a total mess. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I found out she was coming out with a new line of stamps with Ranger, as well as a stencil collection. It’s now much easier to achieve that “Dina look.”

I love grabbing my Dylusions journal, spray ink, and some stencils and playing around. I’ve found that working on several pages simultaneously keeps me from staying on one page for too long and overdoing it. For this spread, I began by spritzing the pages with water. I then chose two colors of spray ink and spritzed them on the page, trying not to think too much. I went over the ink with a roll of paper towels, absorbing any excess ink. I then used black acrylic paint to stamp various girls along the bottom of the page. While I like adding washi tape to my journal pages, I don’t like using large chunks of it that appear to be floating on the page. To make them blend, I usually tear pieces of tape lengthwise. The torn edge helps the tape blend into the page. I used a brush pen to doodle on the page. To allow myself to be free with my doodling, I frequently use my non-dominant hand. The page is now ready for me to add journaling to, whenever I feel the need to write my thoughts.

A funny thing happened when I was spraying my pages with water: old spray ink on my work surface became wet again, creating little pools of ink. The little pools intrigued me, so I grabbed a couple shipping tags and placed them directly onto the puddles of ink. Once those dried, I stamped a girl on each tag, as well as a word.

About the Artist:
Christen Olivarez is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief
of Somerset Studio, Somerset Life, Mingle, HandCrafted, and Artists’ Café.

Interests: art, slow food, writing, books, yarn, authentic living

Follow Christen on Her Blog: thedeliberatelife.typepad.com

 

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