Art Journal Pages Inspired by Dina Wakley

As I mentioned last week, I’m currently experimenting with different art journal styles to hone my own voice and this month I’m drawing inspiration from Dina Wakley.

In her book Art Journal Freedom, she suggested making large sheets of collage on butcher paper and then cutting them into small pieces to use on an art journal page.  This is what I did here.  I created completely covered a piece of watercolor paper with acrylic paint, stamping, spray inks with stencils and fabric paint. I allowed it dry overnight and then cut out these four squares for the page below.

Collage Squares Art Journal Page

What  I like about this page is the white space which balances out the busy collage squares in the corner.

Collage Squares Art Journal Page 3

Other elements of Dina’s signature style are the black stitching on the collage pieces, use of rough pencil outlines and messy black handwriting.

Collage Squares Art Journal Page 2

The second page also uses the small pieces of collage – three hearts outlined with white charcoal. And this time I created white space with black paint instead of the plain white page, something else that Dina suggests in her book.

Joyful Heart Art Journal Page 4


Joyful Heart Art Journal Page


Joyful Heart Art Journal Page 3

Vertical lines of stitching lead the eye down the page and I tied it all together with some white spray ink splatters and stencils.  The writing was made with a white-out pen – it works great on black acrylic paint.

Which artists inspire your art journaling? I’d love to hear – leave a comment below.

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3 Thoughts on “Art Journal Pages Inspired by Dina Wakley

  1. Love it!! I am all about stitching. 🙂

  2. Beautiful pages! Artists who inspire my art journaling would be Valerie Sjodin, Hope Wallace Karney and Roben-Marie Smith.

  3. Beautiful pages! I always admire Dina’s art and her white space, since I struggle with that concept! I also have her book and need to read it for inspiration. I also love Julie Balzer, Tina Walker, and Robin-Marie Smith. .

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