How to Use Dina Wakley Pouring Medium and Cell Creator

Well hello Lulu Art fans, today I’m going to play with something new, Dina Wakley Pouring Medium – it’s fun and a little scary and my friend Kylie who owns Lulu Art, thinks I’m about to make a huge mess, she might just be right (though I hope not)!

The product information says…….
Use Dina Wakley Media Pouring Medium to achieve colorful poured sheets, puddles, marble, and flow effects when mixed with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints. Pouring Medium is non-crackling and dries to a satin finish without holding bubbles and allows you to write, stamp, and draw on your pours. Dina Wakley Media Cell Creator changes the density of your paint mixtures to create isolated variations in the colors, commonly referred to as “cells” in pours. Pour over various surfaces such as Media Board, journal pages, wood panels, canvas, and more. Available in 8 oz Pouring Medium, 1 oz Cell Creator, and 4 oz Pouring Medium and .5 oz Cell Creator set.

But what is it?

Pouring Medium is an acrylic medium that you mix with Dina Wakley acrylic paint (or any acrylic paint really). This mixture becomes a pourable, fluid paint that you play with to create interesting effects. To help you create cells in your pours, we also created Cell Creator.  Just a few drops in your pour mixtures creates serious MAGIC!

So how do you use Pouring Medium and Cell Creator?

  1. Start by adding a little Dina Wakley paint into a small mixing bowl or cup – use a different bowl for each color.  I think perhaps limit the colors to 5-7 different colors to begin – just so you don’t make a really big mess!
  2. Add the Dina Wakley Pouring medium to each cup, a good ratio to use is 1 part paint to 4 parts pouring medium
  3. Stir gently with a spoon or paddle pop stick
  4. Add 1 drop of the Cell creator to some of the paint mixes for larger cells, or add more for smaller cells, you can try adding more to one color of paint and see what happens
  5. Tip each paint mixture over your surface – one after another
    OR for a DIRTY POUR tip all of the paint into one bowl or cup and quickly upend this over your surface
  6. Tilt the surface or encourage the paint to move across the surface using a brush or paddle pop stick to create interesting patterns and effects
  7. Once happy with your design leave it to dry.  Drying time depends on your climate, more humidity means a longer drying time – give it at least 24 hours.

For my mixed media journal cover, I also created a little combination of Lindy’s Magicals mixed with water and Pouring medium and added this to the mix (next time I would NOT add any water to this as it made it too runny) and I also added some glitter – again I wouldn’t add this to a colored pour as it got lost – looked way better sprinkled over the top.

To finish off the journal cover I’ve added stamped images and then embellished with paint pens and stenciled images and a few paint drips – keeping it simple!

 

I’ve created a video so you can watch my little experiment and see how I finished off my journal cover just in case you might like to try something similar.

Tips

  • The pouring medium dries to a satin finish, though depending on the acrylic paint you’ve used it can turn out quite matt.
  • The fresher your Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints are, the more easily they will mix into the pouring medium. Either way, just keep mixing until your pouring mixture looks consistent – you’ve got lumps, keep stirring!
  • What can you pour on? Well, almost anything including plywood board, canvas, paper, wood, plastic, glass, metal, cardboard, and even aluminum foil!
  • Not sure what to use your pour for?  Think about canvas, book covers, collage papers, backgrounds, journals, and because the surface is matt you can paint over them or even draw on top!

I hope my little experiment inspires you to have a play with this for yourself, I promise the most nerve-wracking part is lifting the cup!

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So grab some of the Dina Wakley Pouring Medium and see what you can create!

oxoxo

Kate

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Three Blooms – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Hello again lovelies!!1535889847258794319376.jpgMy little Dylusions dyalog journal is helping me out this month again… such a great size for quick art!

This month, I just had to use the Art by Marlene’s ‘Circular Doodles’ background stamp again (LOVE it!!) and I added in Dina Wakley’s ‘Text & Scribbles’ stamp set aswell.

Only a little stencil work, even though my stencil stash is growing by the minute with all the pretty new stencils Kylie has been getting in recently! This page used TCW’s ‘Swirly Garden’ by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (TCW325s)

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…and a little washi heart to finish off

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Enjoy watching the complete video.

Have fun & Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
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SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media
Scribble Sticks – ruby & cheddar
Heavy body acrylic paints – lemon, turquoise & ruby
‘Text & Scribbles’ rubber stamp set
Washi tape set
Dylusions
Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
Journal insert sheets – black
Studiolight
Art by Marlene – ‘Circular Doodles’ background stamp
Sharpie white water-based paint pen – fine & medium
Prismacolor pencils – indigo blue & white
Liquitex gesso – white
Stencils:
TCW – Swirly Garden 6×6 (TCW325s)
Clickable alphabet stamps
StazOn – Ultramarine
VersaMagic – Cloud White

Marabu Mixed Media Art Sprays Road Test

Hi Lulu Art fans.   Kate on the blog today to talk a little bit about the new Marabu Mixed Media Sprays in the Lulu Art store.   Marabu sprays are described as brightly coloured waterbased acrylics, for light porous surfaces such as canvas, paper, and wood.  They are intermixable, water thinnable, quick drying, lightfast and waterproof.

Now you all know I’m a total Lindy’s spray die hard, so trying a new spray can be a bit challenging for me as I have no idea how they will react with other products or what I can combine these new sprays with – so I thought I’d give them a little road test with some of my favourite stuff.

The things I need to test are:

  • Are they REALLY permanent or do they reactivate when liquid or paint is applied over the top?
  • Can you draw on top of them?
  • Do they layer and how transparent are they?
  • Do they stay vibrant?

To answer these questions I’ve put a few of the Marabu sprays through their paces and created a Donna Downey inspired art journal page – you can see the page and the steps used to create it in the following clip.

I’ve created a quick video so you can see these in action for yourself.

How are these different from Ink Sprays?

Hmm – well this may depend on a few things and might need more testing, just in case the paper I used or the products make a difference!

  1. They are absolutely 100% permanent when dry!
  2. There is a small ball bearing in the bottles to help mix the paint.
  3. They are a sprayable acrylic paint (not an ink or dye).
  4. They are more opaque than ink based sprays.
  5. It is recommended to clean the sprayer each time the product is used to prevent blockages.

The verdict?

The Marabu acrylic sprays are a great Mixed Media spray and I can absolutely see a use for these in multi-layered artworks!  They layer well, though lighter colors disappear over darker colors, which is to be expected.  The colours are not reactivated by liquid or paint, so crisp colours can be created over the top, even with white.

The products play well with stencils and do not seem to wick as much as ink sprays when used – but do need to be washed off the stencil straight away.  They are NOT the same as ink sprays and products will behave as if over any other acrylic paints ie: the surface becomes somewhat slick and non-porous, eg: other acrylic paint goes on smooth over the top, but the surface is easily marked by pencils.  Weird but true fact – pencils wipe off with a baby wipe when used over the sprays – ask me how I know this 🙂

Depending on how they have been applied you can sometimes see the little particles of acrylic paint and this creates fine patterns (though only when sprayed over a wet surface) – which is a cool effect but dilutes the colour slightly.

The colors stay wonderfully bright, though are less ‘clean’ in colour than ink sprays, probably due to the opacity!  The gold is STRONG and does not play well with other products – by this I mean you can see it sitting on top of all other products and nothing seems to layer over it other than thick gesso or perhaps heavy body acrylics, it acts as a resist!

I’ll be using these on my projects when permanent colors are required, the fact that they really are permanent and there is no bleed-through is brilliant!!  These will be a handy addition to my mixed media toolbox.

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I hope you’ve learned a little more about the Marabu Mixed Media sprays if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments.

Kate

Hearts & Flowers – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

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Are you all totally crushing as hard as I am on Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk new range that Kylie has in store at Lulu Art currently? I just had to feature another of her stencils in this month’s tutorial… and one of her new rubber stamps aswell…

… LOVING THEM !!

Using Dina Wakley heavy body acrylics in Eggplant, Ocean, Turquoise and Sedona, I started my page with a different colour combination than I would usually. A bit of stenciling and rubber stamping around the edges of my page began to flesh out where I wanted to go with the colours.

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Cheddar Scribble stick brought it all together and I finished with some hearts and doodles and finally some sweet words using Tim Holtz Ideaology stickers.

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Full list of supplies used follows the blog post…
Enjoy watching!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
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SUPPLIES LIST:
Art by Marlene – Circular Doodles cling stamp
TCW – 750s – Art by Marlene – Dahlia Blooms- 6×6
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic – Sedona, Eggplant, Turquoise, Ocean, Fuschia, Lemon, Lime
Dina Wakley Media – small journal clips
Dina Wakley Media – Scribble Sticks – Olive, Fuschia & Cheddar
Dylusions Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
StazOn – Ultramarine ink pad
Uniball Signo white pen
Uniball Fine Line black pen
Tim Holtz – Ideaology – Small Talk stickers

Planning with Jane (Well Jane’s Supplies!)

Today I’m going to be Planning with Jane – Jane Davenport that is – though sadly not in person!  Instead, I’m going to be using up some leftovers from previous projects to create a Jane Davenport inspired horizontal weekly planner layout.  I really HATE throwing away perfectly good stuff but I also hate ending up with piles of loose odds and ends – a bit of a pickle!  So usually I use loads of leftover bits as collage fodder for my backgrounds in journal pages or to add texture.  My problem today is that the stuff left over from some of my previous projects (you can see one here) is too pretty for a background!

Watch the page come together step-by-step

Start your page by adding a pale wash of watercolour to one page, in colours that will match the collage papers you are using – in this case, pink, purple and yellow.

Glue on assorted collage papers using matt medium and allow this to dry.  Extend and embellish the image using a waterproof black pen and decorate with watercolors and mermaid markers (I’ll show you a few tips in the video for changing the look of the markers!).  Add some leftover journal tattoos (you might need to cut these into interesting new shapes!) and your page should begin to look pretty amazing.

Time to start on the facing page…  Now I had a little issue here, so I’ve covered this side of the layout in white gesso.  The rest was fairly simple.
Draw enough boxes for your week using a waterproof black pen and then add some stamped texture to one side of the boxes using Distress Oxides.  Use a water brush to spread the distress Oxide about and then stamp or write days of the week over the top.

Use Paint Over pens to alter the face and eyes as you like and add doodling around some of the journal tattoos.

Stamp or write a quote onto the body – though make sure to leave loads of room for your actual planning!

Add a few artistic splats of mermaid marker ink.  I do this so the image looks like part of the page rather than leave it sitting there all alone!

And the page is finished!  Though because I’ve used gesso I’ll add a spray of workable fixative before I write over this.

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Or if you’d like to draw your own girl then grab some inspiration from Whimsical Girls or Fabulous Figures

I hope this has given you a few ideas for using up some of your leftover supplies oxoxo

Kate

Blossom – Mixed media art journal page

Hello lovelies!!

A super quick journal page today, especially for anyone who is a little shy about drawing.

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I thought I would put together a page using Jane Davenport’s ‘Whimsical Girls’ book that you can purchase from Lulu Art.

The book is designed with tear out pages and different types of paper so you can work right onto them and cut them out, add them to your journal pages, or in fact, journal right within the book… so many pretty images to choose from!

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I was also itching to use TCWs new mini botanical stencil designed by Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. Lulu Art now has the full range of Marlene’s new products and I can’t wait to get my hands on those either.

I have already made a number of pages with this stencil… just so pretty!

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Finally, I added Christine Adolf’s ‘Poppyfield’ stamp by Prima.


(Full list of supplies used follows the blog post)

Enjoy watching the complete video… it’s a quick one!

Have fun and hope you give this journal page a try.

Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – @pygletwhispers & @danichoate
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic – night, tuquoise, lapis
Dylusions Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
Jane Davenport – Whimsical Girls book
Contact USA – clickable stamp set 1/4″ tall lowercase
Prismacolor pencils
Liquitex Matte Medium
TCW – 780s – mini botanical dream – 6×6
Prima Marketing
– watercolours – tropicals & classics
Christine Adolf “Poppyfield” stamp
Ranger – Archival Ink pad – cobalt, black
Americana Neon paint

Finger Painted Background for Art Journal Page

Hello hello, Lulu Art fans!

Today I’ve set myself a little challenge – a simple black and white background for my journal page!  And I’ll let you in on a little secret, there is not one brush being used on this background in any way – none at all!  So how am I applying the paint?  Get ready to get dirty because we are going to get in there and do some fabulous finger painting to create this B&W background!

Check out how you can make this fast and simple page in this step-by-step clip.

Basic Steps

Glue collage paper (or cute paper bags) onto journal page using matt medium.

Add black and white gesso direct to page and spread with fingers – keep top lighter and make the bottom of page darker – add horizon line by swiping across the paint while it is still wet.  Make sure to try and blend your line at least a little, so it doesn’t look like a stripe!

Splatter with Lindy’s sprays while paint is still wet and dry with a heat tool.

Use matte medium to glue on collage papers and make the horizon line more prominent.  Then add stamped circles and patterns to page, focussing the pattern along the horizon line.

The stamped patterns really help break up the page background.


Fill some of the stamped images with crackle paste and add thinner amounts to the horizon line, using your fingers, allow the paste to dry and crackle.

Once the crackle paste is dry, add a little aqua pastel over the crackle on some of the circles.

To make sure the circles really POP add a little gold metallic paint and a hint of shimmering blue as well.

To finish the page, add some rough circles and illegible text using a fine tipped applicator bottle filled with paint.

at this point, it just needed something small to finish the page…..

I decided to add some of the Tim Holtz words to complete the page

Allow everything to dry and the finger painted page is finished.


The shine is so beautiful against the matt paint on the background!

 

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I hope you enjoyed getting messy with me today, and if you need to purchase anything for this page you know you can get it from Lulu Art online.

oxoxo

Kate