Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Way Too Much Fun!

Hi, HonorĂ© here: I'm so looking forward to next week's workshops with Dyan Reaveley, but I just have to share the workshop Queen Patti created for us loyal subjects the weekend before last: Peeled Pages...

In the Peeled Pages workshop, we used the Gelli Arts Printing Plate (Patti introduced it in the Painted Pages workshop I wrote about here). And, we used tags for our pages (read this post and you'll know that my heart swooned.) The Gelli Plate is so versatile, easy to use and to clean, and best of all, it's a lot of fun! Your imagination can run rampant, limited only by the sky. Coupled with tags, you can create for days, weeks...forever.

In this series of photos, Patti is demonstrating the process for creating the tag page:

Step 1 - Prepare the gel plate with paints and pattern...

             Step 2 - Place tag on plate and rub to transfer the paint/design...

                          Step 3 - Peel the tag off the gel plate. I ask you: how easy can that be?!

Here are a couple of my classmates and a look at their Peeled Pages Tag Albums:

Alice (best known as Al)

Sue  (best known as Immie)

and  mine!

(Oops, I think my album is upside down!)

One of the best things about taking a class at The Queen's Ink is the access to products you have: inks for stamping and misting, paints, tools, very helpful staff and of course, the Queen, herself! I urge you to check out the class schedule and treat yourself to a fun and fantastic learning adventure. I guarantee you'll have way too much fun!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dyan Reaveley Returns...

Dyan Reaveley is a mixed-media artist known for her unique, eclectic style which incorporates vibrant color combinations of inks and paints, using text as an insightful design element, and cleverly using imagery in her artwork. Last Fall, she was named a Signature Designer by Ranger, and is now developing a signature line of craft products called Dylusions. Dyan owns and operates a teaching and design studio, Art from the Heart, in Harrogate, in the north of England.

Dyan visited us in July, and we have the honor of saying that The Queen's Ink was her very first state-side teaching engagement. She offered great workshops, interesting and innovative surface techniques, and loads of fun and laughter! That weekend was definitely the "Hit of the Year" at The Queen's Ink! We are so thrilled to have her back again, and this year's workshop offerings are just as fabulous! Spaces are still available in two of her altered book and newspaper journal classes, so take a look and then call to register.

Patti has obtained a great rate at the Marriott for those of you who would like to make Dyan's workshops into a weekend retreat. Whether coming from out of the area or just wanting to get away from the daily routine and indulge yourself in an artful weekend, we can help you make that happen!