Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Art Journal Page with Dina Wakley Paints

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase today.  I thought I would share a fun art journal page made with Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints.

The paints come in two sizes and I have been collecting the little one-ounce bottles.  I love them for a couple reasons - they have the tiniest nozzle so there is no waste by accidentally squeezing out too much and they are highly pigmented so that little squeeze goes a long way.

I decided to make an art journal page and make it fun and somewhat funky (at least for me).

The first thing was to make a bunch of gel prints with lots of the bright colours in the collection.  There is a great selection of pale colours as well but for this project I wanted to stay bright since summer flowers are fading fast here and I am not ready for that.  The paints spread beautifully with a brayer and stay wet long enough to make marks and pull the prints.  I find with regular craft acrylics I have to add some retarder to allow for more open time but not with these paints.

I used various combinations of the bright paints I have on hand (Lime, Blackberry, Ruby, Olive, Peacock, Sedona and Tangerine) and some fun things for mark making - a couple of stencils, a piece of corrugated cardboard, some bubble wrap, some plastic leaf guard, some mesh ribbon and the core of a roll of tape.

As I was working I cleaned the brayer by rolling it on a couple pieces of card stock and set those aside.

I used the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) to cut a couple of flowers from the paint cleaned off the brayer and then used a Pigma Micron pen to add marks.

Next I stamped Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) on some of the gel prints with a couple stamps from the Daisy Art set (Wendy Vecchi) and the Fancy Florals set (Dylusions) to create flowers and then fussy cut them.

I wanted a couple more flower shapes so I added more paint to a new sheet of card stock with the brayer and used a poinsettia die to cut flowers.  The pen was used to add lines.

Next I made the background by painting three colours (Olive, Lime and Peacock) on watercolor card with a ratty old paint brush.  I decided it was a bit too bright so I went over it with some White Gesso to knock back the colour.

A big red heart was added in the centre with Red Geranium Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and followed by a bunch of stenciling with a variety of stencils and archival inks.  I used a black Stabilo pen to add a border to the heart along with a white gel pen (Sakura) to add a few marks.

Finally I adhered my funky flowers and a computer generated sentiment.

I highly recommend these paints because they spread well and take stamping, marking and stenciling with inks beautifully.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Gel Plate - Ranger (no longer available)
Dots and Stripes Border Stencil - Wendy Vecchi (no longer available)
Dotted Flowers 5x8" Stencil - Dylusions (no longer available)
Blocks - Small 5x8" Stencil - Dylusions (no longer available)
Dandelion Archival Ink - Wendy Vecchi (no longer available)
Mini Chicken Wire Reversed Stencil - TCW
Pigma Micron Pen - Sakura
White Gel Pen - Sakura
Poinsettia Die - Marianne Creatables
Plastic Leaf Guard
Corrugated Cardboard
Bubble Wrap
Mesh Ribbon


  1. What a wonderful colourful journal page Cec. Dina Wakley's paints are so much fun to play with. TFS x

  2. Awesome backgrounds, I really need to get a Gel Plate!

  3. Cec, I have been wanting to get some of these paints, and you have pushed them further up on my wish list. You've made a fun colorful journal page to show off the colors, and I enjoyed reading your tutorial. Thank you for sharing!