Thursday, 2 November 2017

Dina Wakley Facebook Autumn Challenge and Giveaway

Hi I know it's been awhile, I think all the deaths this year caught up with me and I have been hiding myself.  I have healed through art and spent loads of time just being in the moment.  Next year I plan to do a few sets of reviews of products I have plus giveaways.  I had the idea purely to help me use the mass of products I have lol.  I started earlier then expected so for the next couple of weeks I will be show casing the amazing Dina Wakley products.  During this time for every comment I receive on the posts that review Dina's products you will be entered into the giveaway of the products below.  So if you comment on every post then you get 7 chances of winning :-).  Most have the posts will also have full tutorials like the one today.  All the products I used will be listed at the bottom of the page.
I have also linked the products for UK buyers to That's Crafty as I buy all my Dina Wakley supplies from there. 

The giveaway are Dina's products of scribble sticks, 5 small paints, a stencil and
a small glazing fluid.

Over on Dina Wakley Media Tribe Facebook they have a challenge every
month and October's challenge was Autumn so here is what I made.

Some close up picks :-)

I bought the new Journal by Dina and wow it is amazing.
It also had different types of pages and one this I wanted to show in
some of the tutorials is how much these pages can take even the burlap and canvas.
To start with I used Dina's white gesso on the left page but on the right page which was 
the canvas I used Dina's stamp set woodcuts with gesso.

Next I sprayed water all over the canvas part.

Then I sprayed Adirondack color wash spray butterscotch first then lettuce and after
that wild plum, always adding water.  You don't seem to find these sprays much
anymore but a good alternative wood be Dylusions Sprays.  The next photos show
my progress with the sprays. 

I resprayed each colour a second time.

Next I used an acrylic ink I had lurking about which is Daler Rowney liquid
acrylic pearlescent autumn gold with water.

close up, I love how the gesso resists the sprays.

I added this photo purely because it made me laugh.  It was quite warm during
the middle of October and I decided to put this out to dry on a plant pot.
I have a new puppy toy poodle who is just turning 6 months old next week.
She went outside to play, turned and saw this and nearly had a heart attack,
she ran back inside then kept poking her head out the door barking at it.
I thought wow surely it's not that bad!!!!  I think it was because
it was something new in her space lol.

Next I started with the left page.  I knew I wanted really autumnal colour's so
I had a play with mixing colours.  There are some closer pictures of this so you can
see the writing at the end of the post.

These are the colours I decided on.

Using Dina Wakley's paints - the yellow was lemon mixed with cheddar, the orange
was mixed with ruby and cheddar, the green was lapis and yellow, the red violet was
blackberry and ruby and the blue violet was lapis and fuchsia.
I also mixed gilt with fuchsia for a copper mix and also used gilt.

I firstly wet the page with a sponge at I didn't want it running all over the place.

Then I used each of the mixed paints in areas to cover the page.
The next photos show the process.

I then mixed the copper and the gilt with water and splashed it all over the page.

Next I sprayed lots of water.

Quickly I added plastic wrap, scrunched it up in places and left it dry.

Here is the outcome.  I could have left
it there as it really looked magical lol.

over both pages.

Next I remixed the yellow and orange but used a darker red violet mix which
was blackberry and fuchsia.  Also I used white.

Next I taped of part of the Dina's stencils leaves and viney to make
small leaves on the right page.  I used white to start with as I knew the spray colour
would seep through.  I went over twice with the white.
With each colour I also used Dina's stencil canvas on the left page.
The next few photos shows my progress.

Next I used my palette knife with a zig adhesive pen so I could add foil on both

I used Ranger foil sheets vintage and went really mad with it all lol.

Next I used Dina's stencil leaves but the masks parts to add a copper around
the edges of the left page.  I also had some mdf cuts of leaves but didn't use them.

Here you can see the richer copper I mixed.

Last year I was having a play and used watercolours and
then a Tim Holtz stencil with bead gel.
I then die cut these leaves.  I never actually used them.
They look so gorgeous that I thought I would use a few on the right page.
If you would like a tutorial on these then let me know.  They
would look nice as christmas foilage as well in different colours.

I added plum around the edges.

I used a journal pen to go around the leaves on both pages. I then
added a quote from Tim Holtz Idea-ology small talk occasions which
I forgot to take a photo of, but you can see it in the main pictures at the start
of the post.

Here are the photos of closer pictures of the colour palette I played around with.

That's it for now, another Dina Wakley's products post will be at the weekend.  Remember to comment so you have a chance at the giveaway, I will ship world wide.  Also comment if you want me to try something out for you using these products.

Happy Art :-)
Kezzy xxxxx

Products Used (links to products from That's Crafty are in the tutorial above)

Dina Wakley Products -
Mediums - white gesso
Paints - lapis, gilt, fuchsia, lemon, cheddar, ruby, blackberry, white
Stencils - vinery, plastic canvas, leaves
Stamps - woodcuts, textures

Other Products - 
Ranger Adirondack color sprays - lettuce, wild plum, butterscotch
Ranger Foil - vintage
Daler Rowney - acrylic in pearlescent autumn gold
Idea-ology - small talk occasions
Archival ink pad - plum
Uni pin find journal pen black
Zig glue
Leaves done last year


Helen said...

wow, Kezzy, that was a mammoth post... loved all the pictures - those sprays work so well on that fabric journal page. It is good to see you blogging and creating again after such a tough year. Hugs and good luck with your giveaway.

sally said...

Photo heavy maybe but what a visual feast this is! It's my favourite season (when it's nota lashing with rain!) so this has given me a real thrill on a frosty Friday morning lol. I'm glad to hear that art is helping heal your soul - certainly if this post is anything to go by then it's doing an excellent job!

Sally xx

Great idea to have a giveaway too - I've not used any of those products.

Deb Hardy said...

Gorgeous Autumn colors, Kezzy. I am so happy to hear that you are healing through your art. Thank you for sharing your beautiful step-by-step.

butterfly said...

So lovely to see you back here. It sounds as though it's been a very difficult year, but I'm so glad that you've found solace in arts and crafts to see you through the dark times. What an amazing post full of inspiration - I love the colour mixing pages, and that incredible layering and intensity of colour in your leafy autumn creation. It's a great idea to do a series of product reviews to get yourself back into blogging, as well as to make use of all those crafty supplies (I have oodles of them too that rarely see the light of day!), and to have giveaways into the bargain is really generous. Fabulous first showcase for these gorgeous Dina Wakley goodies... I'm looking forward to more.
Alison x

Jamie said...

So beautiful! I love your color mixtures.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Saw that you had more than one post attached to the same Love of Dina Wakely products Kezzy, so thought I would back track and take it all in while I have a little time to take it all in. This is a beautiful spread, so glad I caught it on the eve of the Winter Solstice. Beautifully executed.. Warm Wishes Tracey xx