Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our weekly featured artist spotlight whereby each week we spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introduce you to their fabulous work.
Today we’re thrilled to welcome – Dina Wakely. Dina is also sponsoring a give-away of her book, Art Journal Freedom. Read more about the give-away below.
Before we show you Dina’s fabulous project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…
Why did I write Art Journal Freedom? I wrote it because I want you to feel good about your art. I want you to have the freedom to express yourself confidently and strongly. If you make something you’re not thrilled with, I want you to be able to figure out what’s wrong. I want you to grow as an artist. I want you to make your mark on the world.
In Art Journal Freedom, I explain some of my favorite composition and color principles that apply to art journaling and mixed-media. Take a look at this journal page:
The orange and blue colors on this page are complementary. That simply means they’re opposite each other on the color wheel. When you use complements together, you get a lot of contrast and visual POP. The line from the orange bubble to the woman is a continuance line. Continuance is a principle that helps draw the eye around an artwork. Our eyes follow lines that are there. In this case, we follow the line and it leads us right to the drawing of the woman.
If you want to make art that is really striking, try using complementary colors. And, if you find your subject is getting lost on your page, try using flowing lines to draw the eye to what’s most important. Easy as pie, right?
Continuance and complementary colors are just two of the many principles I cover in the book. There are lots of page challenges in the book, too, to help you practice the principles. The challenges also help you break the rules!
You can visit me at http://www.dinawakley.com. There you’ll find links to my blog, online classes, stamp line, stencils, and more.
We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Dina Wakely. You can get a copy of her book here. Be sure to leave a comment here under this blog post for your chance to win a signed copy of Dina’s book, Art Journal Freedom. Also, be sure to stop by Dina’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).