Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints

Hello. It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this time. I am going to share how I made the whimsical little canvas for the Put A Good Word In challenge that began on January 6th.

My photos are not fabulous because it is winter here and the days have been cloudy for the most part, which doesn't help when my only natural light comes from a window facing the brick wall of my neighbour's house. And as usual, I got engrossed in creating and forgot to take a few photos along the way. I know you all have experienced much of the same so I know you will forgive me.

  • Cover a 6" square canvas panel with White Gesso (Dina Wakley)
  • Paint the top half with a mixture of Turquoise and Lapis Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) along with a bit of White Gesso
  • While the paint is wet, dab it with a rag to eliminate any obvious brush strokes
  • Paint underneath the blue with a mixture of Lime and Evergreen Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley)
  • Paint the bottom with a mixture of Elephant and Umber Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) along with a bit of White Gesso
  • Using Olive Archival Ink (Ranger) and Fern Green Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) stamp some greenery (I used an old set from my stash)
  • Cut more greens using some green paper from the St. Nicholas paper pad (Graphic 45) and dies from the Garden Greens and Wildflower Stems 2 sets (Tim Holtz) and Petite Petals (Emily Tootle)
  • Ink the edges of the greens with Forest Moss Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and add to the canvas
  • Paint the resin bicycle with Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and then rub with Metallic Gold Wax Paste
  • Use Gel Medium to adhere the bicycle to the canvas
  • Adhere teeny stones at the base of the greenery to create a stone wall (I used some limestone screenings my husband had left from fixing the driveway pavers)
  • Cover a couple branches made from a cracker box with some Texture Paste (Ranger) and then paint with a mixture of Umber Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and Melted Chocolate Acrylic Paint (Dylusions) and combine to make one more dense branch
  • Paint the leaves with Aloe Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley)
  • Use a tiny flower punch and some scrap card stock to make little flowers
  • Ink the flower edges with Worn Lipstick DI and add an adhesive Pearl to the centre before adding them to the branch
  • Punch more flowers from scraps of paper from the Bloom paper pad (Graphic 45)
  • Use Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade DI to ink the edges and then add adhesive pearls to the centres
  • Add the flowers to the bicycle basket using dimensional foam bits
  • Add a tiny bee and ladybug button by first clipping the shank off the back
  • Print the sentiment, cut apart and ink the edges with Frayed Burlap DI
  • Finally adhere a larger bit of gravel (my metaphorical obstacle)
Please remember that even with all the obstacles that are thrown in our way and we all know that this year has given us more than enough, life is still a beautiful ride. I hope you will agree because we all need to choose to be happy and positive so we can overcome those obstacles.

Supplies list:

Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint - Turquoise, Lapis, Lime, Evergreen, Elephant, Umber, Sand, Aloe
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed Burlap, Forest Green, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick
Ranger Archival Ink Pad- Olive
Sizzix Chapter 3 Thinlits Dies - Petite Petals 664455
White Gesso
Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlets Die Set
Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 Thinlets Die Set
Graphic 45 St. Nicholas 6"x6" Paper Pad
Wendy Vecchi Fern Green Archival Ink
Adhesive Pearls
Metallic Gold Wax Paste
Tiny Flower Punch
Limestone Screenings
Insect Buttons
Victorian Garden Stamp Set
Matte Gel Medium


  1. It's so lovely to be reminded of the joys of Spring and your beautiful canvas does just that Cec. Each element has been so carefully thought about and wonderfully created. Thankyou for sharing xx

  2. Oh, my goodness, Cec! This canvas truly lifts my spirits--I can almost smell the cherry blossoms and feel the warm sunshine on my face! I think there is nothing more peaceful than a bike ride on a warm, sunny day, and you have portrayed that in your wonderful art! Thanks for the opportunity to see how this came together.