Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Classes with Dyan Reaveley
This past weekend I had an immensely FUN time taking classes with Dyan Reaveley, truly as colorful as her ink sprays! These are all the projects I came home with from the four classes and you should've seen my colorful fingers!!! Truly the mark of a good day. I learned so many fun techniques, made two little books and started altering a third, and learned some cool inky techniques on tags. I also learnt some "proper" English - like the kitchen roll - "it's a roll and it lives in the kitchen" - and all its many artistic usages, how to properly waft your heat tool, not cook your project, and to never waste time faffing...oh, and never get a ruler out in one of her classes... trust me I saw someone try, just don't do it ;-). If you have an opportunity to take one of her classes, don't even hesitate because you will have so much fun, will laugh a lot, and come home with loads of ideas.
That's me - the short one in the middle - and on the right is Kate, Absolutely Everything's owner. Notice that cool apron? It worked so well!
I had Dyan sign this page in the altered book we worked on. It was just a plain painted background when she signed it and then I added ink sprays through her stencils and doodling to embellish the pages.
Here's another of the projects which was my favorite from the classes. In this one she taught basics of building an art journal page using paint and ink, rubber stamps and pens, book pages, and a magazine image. Mine is from Family Circle of a girl in an asthma medication ad - I just loved how the top of her head was cut off because it then could look like she had so many ideas spilling out of her head - truly what happened in these classes, and she's as happy about it as I was :-)