Artist Interview: Dina Wakley

DinaPicWe’re so excited that Dina will be visiting us here in Noosa this weekend to do 3 days of classes with over 70 lucky ladies! To celebrate Dina’s visit to Australia we have asked her to answer a few questions.

Also I’d like to let you all know that all Dina Wakley Media products (paint, brushes, stencils, stamps, mediums, etc) will be on sale in the store from Friday 27th November through until Monday 30th November so take advantage of 10% off these scrumptious goodies while stocks last.


 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am Dina, I have a hubby and three sons (ages 20, 18, and 16). I live in the desert near Phoenix, AZ.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I started scrapbooking in 1995 and stamping in 1996. Then I discovered mixed media and then started art journaling in 2005. I’ve kept a personal journal since I was nine, so art journaling was a natural fit.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

My first art journal page was about how I didn’t feel comfortable calling myself an artist. The first face I painted was out of proportion and sort of Modigliani-esque, but I loved it because I had never done it before.

dina wakley 21What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

I don’t really choose favourites but I do have some journal pages I like more than others.

Do you have a favourite artist?

I love Basquiat, Jasper Johns, Raschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Being creative makes me happy. 🙂

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

Sometimes. I have eclectic tastes (Brandi Carlile for her song writing, Muse for it’s rocking-awesomeness, Foo Fighters for rock, Anouk, Patty Griffin, so many more).

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

I like to draw people/faces. It’s satisfying to draw something that looks back at you.

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What are you doing when you’re not creating?

Take care of my family! Even though my boys are big, they still need me. We have lots of activities, etc. I like to read and cook, too.

What are your favourite products to use?

My paint of course! And I love the Stabilo All pencil and Neocolor II crayons.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

  • Done is better than perfect.
  • They’ll make more paper.
  • Oops, oh well.

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Where can we view your work?

http://www.dinawakley.com
http://www.facebook.com/ArtOfDinaWakley
https://instagram.com/dinawakley/

Do you have any upcoming classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

All my online classes are here:

http://dinawakley.com/store/


 

And of course Dina is teaching this weekend in Noosa, Australia for Lulu Art! We are so excited to have here. Keep an eye on our facebook page and Instagram for pics of our fun weekend.

Lisa xx

Be True to Your Heart by Kathryn Cruise

LuluArt profile picHello, my name is Kathryn Cruise and thank you for joining me for my first Lulu Art Design Team project.

I’m a mixed media artist and work in my art journal, mixed media paper as well as on canvas and other substrates.

I hope you enjoy my first project which is an art journal spread I have called Be True to Your Heart.

 

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You can view the video here:

Supplies List:

Dylusions 8 x 8″ journal
Liquitex Gesso
Neocolor II Wax Pastels – Flesh, Ochre, Purple, Purple Violet
Portfolio Oil Pastels – Pink, White, Rust, Violet
Prismacolor Pencils – Goldenrod, Terra Cotta, Black
Dylusions Paints – Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass, Lemon Zest
Dina Wakley Paints – Lapis, Turquoise, Sky
TCW Stencil – Mini Specimens
Mastisse Impasto
Faber Castell Big Brush Pens – Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Green, Manganese Violet, Magenta, Medium Flesh, Pink Madder Lake
Uniball Signo Pens – Black and White
Gelly Roll Glaze Pens – Turquoise and Rose
Sharpie Paint Pen – White
Fude Ball Pen – Black
Background Stamp
Lead Pencil
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Speedball Brayer

Thanks again for joining me.

You can find me here:

http://limekatz.wix.com/limekatz
https://www.facebook.com/Limekatz/
https://www.instagram.com/limekatz/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Yccr4ak5gBw95uj5b9Vgw

Thanks

Kath

Hard to Resist by Jo Wholohan

profile_JoThank you for joining me for my very first video as part of the Luluart Design Team!

For those who aren’t familiar with me, my name is Jo Wholohan and I share my art under the name of Josie’s Muse.

I create mostly with water soluble media so gesso and art mediums are not normally my friend but in a moment of
epic disaster on one painting a light blub moment of how to use matte medium to my advantage was born.

Just a note while watching the video, I worked on 3 separate paintings while filming this so progress shots will vary.
I tend to create this way often as it keeps me productive 🙂

Hard to Resist

You can watch the video here:

Supplies Used:

detail artwork

signature graphic

Jo Wholohan

http://josiesmuse.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Josiesmuse

https://instagram.com/Josiesmuse/

Poppies Wineglass Candle Holder

RochelleWe welcome another of our lovely new design team – Rochelle Melville of Rockmelon Recylced.

Rochelle is going to show you how to recycle a wineglass into a beautiful poppies candle holder with this easy craft tutorial using Donna Poppies stamp set, Mod Podge, Dylusions ink sprays & a Stazon stamp pad. A perfect teachers gift for the end of the year thanks you’s.

We hope you enjoy Rochelle’s first design team project.

Wineglass Candle Holder

You can view the video here:

 

Supplies Used: