Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dyan Reaveley's altered books workshop

HonorĂ© here: Hi. I can hardly believe that the month of March is only hours away ~ seems that February and Dyan Reaveley's three and a quarter days of workshops at The Queen's Ink were just about to happen. Where does the time go?

I attended the all-day Saturday (and Friday evening before) workshop on making altered books. We learned a lot of nifty techniques for creating niches and fun pages. But the best part was two-fold: one was listening to Dyan and laughing so much at her running dialogue and witty comments. She kept us in stitches. The other best part was the opportunity to try her new line of Dylusions products, made exclusively by Ranger. And of course, The Queen's Ink was/is privileged to have them first among the many shops in the country.

I had a great time, enjoyed every minute of this learning adventure and my only regret: I didn't sign up for all the workshops. Oh well, I'll know better next time. In the meantime, here are some photos from my session.

The Queen (Patti) introducing Dyan

Dyan demonstrating removing pages from the book. Just grip and rip!

One of my pages. Dyan shares her ghosting technique in this video 
She has lots of videos and other tutorials available; check them out from her blog

Tags made by Dyan featuring some of her whimsical characters. These are rubber stamps
that you can buy from The Queen's Ink.

Dyan's Dylusions line on is the wall just as you enter The Queen's Ink from inside the Mill. Lots of fun product here: her rubber stamps and stencils including samples of her tags. (Display also includes some Crafter's Workshops stencils). Watch the website for announcements about the arrival of Dyan's ink sprays.

I include this sample of part of a calendar page by Kate Crane, a member of Dyan's design team. I discovered Kate's  calendar pages in the Winter 2012  issue of  Art Journaling. Imagine my delight at seeing an actual, real-world calendar! You can learn more about Kate and her journal calendar here...and also join in the fun.

I am so glad that I had a chance to meet Dyan and partake in one of her workshops. I know that I'll definitely signup again next time she's here. Hope you'll be able to  do so, too!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Smashing Success...

What a fabulous whirlwind weekend we had with Guest Artist Dyan Reaveley. Our students created beautiful art, learned new techniques, and energized their creative spirits with three great workshops. A huge thank you to all who participated, shopped for all her new products, and made the weekend a huge success.

Dyan created two canvases to raffle off, with proceeds going to a dear family friend, Sadie Rose. It's time to pull out your raffle tickets and check the numbers. Please call the shoppe (301-497-9449) and let us know who you are! The first to confirm your win will get first choice (tough one since they're both fabu-licious!).

(Insert drumroll here)....

               Ticket #643229
               Ticket #643371
Watch for photos of the event (coming soon).