We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)
Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it.
Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops. She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art.
As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.
Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stencils and Masks."
You can visit Dina at http://www.dinawakley.com
We asked Dina a few questions-
Can you remember when you started creating art?
I've had creative interests since childhood. For the path I'm on now, though, I started scrapbooking in 1995. I discovered stamping in 1997. Stamping led to mixed media which led to art journaling. Art journaling is a natural fit for me because I've kept a regular personal journal since I was nine years old. I started art journaling in 2004.
What is your favorite tool for creating? i.e. paint, gesso, glue….
I love my Dina Wakley Media line! It seriously rocks. I can't live without gesso, heavy body acrylic paints, and brushes with a stiff bristle. I also love Neocolor II crayons and the Stabilo All pencil.
If you could use only one color in your art what would that color be?
I refuse to only use one color!!! I will say if I could use only one type of color, it would be BRIGHTS!
Um, I'm not organized with my physical stuff. At all. My one good tip is that I don't keep every scrap. If you do that, you'll be overwhelmed by scraps and bits. I have ONE box in my studio that is my scrap box. When it gets too full, I throw half of it away. You really don't need to save every bit of everything. You won't use it.
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