Journaling With Dina’s Gloss Sprays


Yesterday’s project was to work on a couple art journal pages for a swap in Creative Crafty Friends. I just happened to have some new ink sprays on hand and wanted to give them a try.

Dina Wakley just released her new line of glossy acrylic sprays at Creativation. Of course I pre-ordered quite a few of them to try out. I was going to make two 5″ x 7″ art journal pages and I thought this would be a good starting point for me with these sprays. My go-to colors with sprays are normally lime, lemon and fuchsia. So that’s where I began.

The paper is Harmony cold pressed watercolor paper from Hahnemühle. I didn’t want to take the time to re-watch Dina’s video on these inks so I started like I always do – with water. I sprayed it directly on the paper, then pumped a couple sprays of each of the three colors as well. They didn’t do a lot of moving. I remembered that these sprays are supposed to resist one another and make cells. Well I figured out real quick that it is not the case when one sprays with water first. I did make a second page that I will show you before long where the cells worked just great!

I added a few more pops of color here and there, then let this sit to dry while we ate dinner.

Then I cut my page into two 5″ x 7″ sections with just a little strip wasted in between. For this particular journal page I used the bottom section.

We were not given a theme, so I was free to go wherever I wanted. Hahahaha! I had this wonderful lady from Studio Light Art By Marlene that I wanted to use. You can’t see it in this photo but she has the words Queen Lollipop on her shirt. Hence the lollipops. I ran all the pieces through my sticker machine and got started.

I knew Queen Lollipop would fit nicely along the bottom, so I went ahead and added the numbers and one of the lollipops by removing the sticker paper backing and adding them like I would any other sticker. I had a plan for the other two lollipops.

But first . . . stencils, because Taking Back the Studio! Hahahaha! Trying to use every stencil I own at least once. This one came from Joggles and I will attempt to find you a link. And I found it – the stencil is called Mod Squad.

I used a finger dabber to add black ink right through the stencil. Just hold the stencil down with one hand and dab and stab the color right through the stencil. Dab and stab. Hahahahaha! I think I will start using that phrase!

I had thought about hanging those extra lollipops from the ceiling, but ended up making a lollipop bouquet with them instead. And threw in the cute little kitty. Hahaha!

I did a couple other things before I was done. I used my Schmincke watercolors to add a little more oomph to Queen Lollipop’s makeup and crown. So much fun! And I knew I needed a quote, or saying or words in that open area. My go-to for something like that is Tim Holtz. Tim and his Big Chat words. I think Queen Lollipop may have a bit of attitude and she definitely has beauty, but if she thinks about it the Queen will surely realize how blessed she is.

The only thing left to do was to ink the edges with a black ink pad. I really like how she turned out. And one good thing about Marlene’s collage books is you get two pages of each set up. So, I have another Queen Lollipop just waiting for her own page that I can actually keep!

Hahnemühle’s Harmony cold pressed paper worked great for this project! Dina’s new glossy acrylic sprays worked well for the background even though I didn’t use them the way Dina taught. The colors are rich and beautiful. They feel slick under the hand, I did not try drawing on them so I can’t say how that will go. My stickers and ink pads had no problem at all with the color base. Watch for another project using the other half of this page tomorrow.

Harmony cold pressed paper and other Hahnemühle products with purchase links.

10 thoughts on “Journaling With Dina’s Gloss Sprays

  1. Queen Lollipop is perfectly whimsical! Those sprays look interesting *makes the sign of aversion* I don’t need another medium to be interested in, lol!

  2. I had to chuckle over the cat ………. hanging sideways – definitely attitude there if not Cattitude (now where’s that smiley gone??). I love the way the lollipops echo her hair colours too. Can see you had a lot of fun with this one.

    • I did have a lot of fun with this one. and I gave it away. I am going to try to make one for myself. Mark didn’t even see the cat until I pointed it out. I’m thinking he needs new glasses. hahahahaha!

  3. Hey there, I just now realized I haven’t seen a post from you since this one of 3/14/20. I do hope you and yours are well.

    • you can always look up the website at and see what’s new. my mail service has died again and my help lives in Italy. haven’t been able to reach him in awhile. concerned about him with this virus.

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