Thursday, June 15, 2017

Putting the ME back in Mixed MEdia

I am so honored to have been invited by Dina Wakley to participate in the first of a series of challenges created to take us on an art journey.

This is from Dina: 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.

Our first challenge: create a piece of art (card, journal page, tag, scrapbook page, painting, book, whatever you like using Dina Wakley Media product.) that shares with us your “why.” Why do you create? What compels you?

I pondered for only a moment before I knew I would be working on a journal page for this challenge. I used a burlap page in my new Dina Wakley journal.  
For me, creating is an escape from my day to day doings, a place where I can totally be myself in a way that shows who I really am.  The real me eMErges from behind my art and you get a glimpse of what is really going on in my head.

I started with a heavy coat of Dina's gesso then stenciled Maggie with Elephant paint...did some scribbling with various colors of the fabulous scribble sticks and my trusty Stabilo pencil.

On another piece of burlap I painted with Night, Turquoise and Blushing.  Then I cut it to piece and stitched the pieces to my page finishing them off with some marks using gesso.

Circles with Black paint, pieces of burlap layered under stamped images and book pages clusted and adhered.

I tucked some Tim Holtz alphas painted with Blushing at the edges of the burlap bits I stitched on.

Some final stenciling with the Daisies stencil with more Blushing.

Thank you for taking a look at my journal page.  
I will leave you with a couple of quotes Dina shared that are very appropriate for this challenge!

'Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art' -Wynetka Ann Reynolds
'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance' -Aristotle
'Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page' -Sara, Los Cerros Middle School 1999


  1. I just love your page and the use of the burlap-a great layout
    x catherine

  2. I think this is beautiful. Love all the colours and textures - great work. xx

  3. what a great news. congratulations. you deserve it because you are really talented. i really love your art it is quite different and innovative. keep doing what you love and dont stop practicing.