“Playing with Paint” – A Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Today’s challenge at Simon Says Stamp was just that, a CHALLENGE! Today they were spotlighting Dina Wakley paints. I have Dina Wakley paints, so I decided to venture away from my norm, comfortable self and said “why not?”. Dina Wakley is very artistic, and her products have a very artsy vibe. I don’t consider myself an artist, so I tend to be intimidated by her stuff. I’m more of a crafter and those are the clothes I’m comfortable in.

Today, I did a two page spread in my little, Dylusions Flip Journal. I went with four of the brightest color I could find. I used Sky, Lime, Lemon and Blush. The Dina paint I have is a Heavy Body Acrylic, so i put a little of the paint on my nonstick mat and spritzed it with a little water to thin it down a little. With a paint brush, I spread a little of each color on the pages until I was happy with the coverage. Then, once the pages were covered I used a wet baby wipe to sort of blend the colors together. It didn’t completely work, but that’s what I told myself I was doing. Haha.

Next step, I chose the only Dina stencil I have and unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, I have no part number. With my palette knife and stencil, I spread some texture paste in some random spots on my art journal pages.

The next few steps required Dina’s Black Gesso. I’m always a little intimidated by black gesso because, guess what? It’s permanent. Haha. And once you start with it, there’s no going back. I took the black gesso and spread a small amount onto my nonstick mat, and spritzed it with water. I used my fan brush to splatter some droplets onto my pages. Then, I took a smaller paint brush and the black gesso and did a makeshift frame around the edges. I think it turned out oaky, but I was a little nervous. Haha

Next up, stamping!! Today’s make, I used Dina’s Scribbly Bird Set from Ranger. I only have a few sets by Dina Wakley, so I went with the one I liked the best. The BirdS!! I stamped my images with Jet Black Archival ink onto Dylusions Mixed Media cardstock. I fussy cut my images and then used my Black Soot Distress Paint Dabber to paint the edges. These stamps are sketches, so the paint helped to hide any imperfections in my cutting,

I colored my birds with my Distress Crayons and a water brush to give them that watercolor look. The colors I used were Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, and Abandoned Coral. I scribbled a small amount onto my glass mat and used the water brush to color.

I used my Black Soot Distress Paint Dabber again, to color the edges of my sentiments. Once all my images were colored and finished, I worked on the layout in my art journal. It wasn’t too difficult today. Haha. I used my Distress Collage Medium to glue everything down. And that as they say was that.

Today’s challenge was a little out of my wheelhouse. Dina’s stuff always looks so amazing and “artistic”. I considered not participating today, but I got over it. I consider myself to be more of a crafter, not really an artist. I started doing these challenges to get back into my craft room and start using my stash again. I definitely dusted off some things today. Not sure why I don’t use them more, I think I’m just more of an ink and spray girl. Paint is a little intimidating for some reason. Less control I think. Who knows??

Until next time,


Here is a list of the supplies 

   Dylusions  Flip Journal

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

Products used :

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Sky

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Lemon

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Lime

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Blush

   Dina Wakley Black Gesso

   Distress Collage Medium

   Archival Ink Jet Black

   Distress Crayon Wild Honey

   Distress Crayon Stormy Sky

   Distress Crayon Abandoned Coral


   Ranger Dina Wakley  Scribbly Birds Stamps

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

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