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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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

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

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

Bright and Beautiful Mixed Media Card

Hello beautiful Lulu Art fans, Kate here today with a bright and beautiful mixed media card to tempt you to get those stamps and inks out of the cupboard.

While there are a few steps, none of them are complicated, but just in case you need a little extra information I’ve filmed the whole process step-by-step.

Start by stamping the gorgeous stamp Woman with Birds from Carabelle Studio onto smooth card, using black Versafine ink.  Because there is such a large area of bold image (the hair) it’s likely that at least some port of this will not stamp perfectly!  Use the Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker in Shark’s Eye to color in any imperfections, and I’ve gone over the whole area of hair just to make it nice and dark.

Start working on the base card, I wanted something bright and pretty to offset the dark stamp so I’ve used a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (where I was testing out the stamp) and colored this using Distress Oxide Inks swirled on using a small Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Once the background is colored the way you like flick some water over the ink and watch the magic happen – for a softer bleaching effect blot the water with paper towel after about a minute.

Use Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils to color your image going heavy on the shadows to create a high contrast face.

Water down AquaPastels and add a hint of colour to the area around the stamped image – just so the surroundings aren’t totally white, keep it light and bright.

Embellish image with Glitz Sea markers to add a little sparkle.

Color film strip ribbon with alcohol markers (I used Copics) so that it better matches your image and attach to card front using Glossy Accents – the ribbon is very twisty, so make sure to clamp with bulldog clips until the glue is dry or risk it springing off the card and rolling up!

Add ‘Be Brave’ word embellishment and mount card front onto coloured base layer and then mount onto folded card stock.

Attach a few small coordinating flat backed gems and the card is complete.

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Have fun creating your own card using these ideas,

Kate

Jane Davenport Layered Mermaid Marker Page

Good morning Lulu Art fans – it’s been a while since I shared here on the blog, so I thought I’d start with a little art journal page with a lot of attitude.  Today we will be creating a page chockfull of Jane Davenport goodies and yummy colors all available from Lulu Art of course.  It starts with a freeform background and journal tattoos and finishes with a face fit for a drama queen.

This page is nearly impossible to explain in writing (well I could but you might be here for a while!) – so I’ve recorded the process so you can see each step and play along with me.

Start by painting the page with gesso then close the page and open again while the gesso is wet to create texture – flatten out any ridges where you intend to add your drawing or face.  Then, randomly add paint blobs to the page and squish the pages together.  Spread the paint on the journal page and while the paint is wet, add stamping.

When this layer is dry scrape on gesso and once dry apply journal tattoos onto the background.

Use a waterproof ink and stamp Jane’s single face stamp onto the page.   Add hair using Mermaid markers and add a base layer of acrylic paint onto the face and spread about with a water brush.

Using paint over pens and mermaid markers to add layers of color to the face and spread color with a water brush to soften colors.  Once dry outline face features with Fude Ball pen – ps the Dina Wakley Fude ball pen I used glides over the page (even the textured bits) like butter!!!!!

Add layer upon layer of color with Mermaid markers blotting with a paper towel and thinning color with a water brush, building up layers of color until you achieve the look you are after.

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While the color may not be even applied in this way, it sure is pretty!

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Define and add a final layer of color using Prismacolor pencils.

Embellish the hair and background with gold paint to finish the page off.

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Jane Davenport

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Now it’s your turn, grab those supplies and go make art.

 

Watercolor Christmas Card

Can you all tell I’ve been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately!  It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project – must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me.  Today I’ve created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment.  You can grab the yummy goodies I’ve used from Lulu Art of course!  The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to create this pretty card.

Tape off the edges of your watercolour paper and then use masking ink to draw on some snowdrift shapes.

Use watercolours and create a wash for the snow drifts and a darker wash for the sky.

Once the background is dry, remove the masking ink and stamp some trees using watercolour paint as the ink for the stamps – let this dry thoroughly.

Add opaque molding paste through a stencil and leave to dry.

Use a Sharpie pen to splatter white paint over the sky for stars and then add a second layer of splatters using the Pearl color from the Gansai Tambi pearl paints.

Paint adhesive size over the molding paste and wait for it to become tacky, then add silver foil over the size.

Brush off any excess foil and trim and scruff up those edges with a distressing tool, before mounting onto some backing card.

Your finished card is elegant and ready to send.

I’ve also recorded every step so you can watch and create your very own Watercolour Christmas Card.

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Grab those watercolours and make your own simple and elegant watercolour Christmas card oxoxo

Kate