In July my friend Robin and I took two days of classes by Dyan Reavely from Ranger Inks at Memory Bound in Ankeny. It was SO MUCH FUN. Dyan's personality is a hoot, and she's a great teacher. I learned so much about art journaling. We worked with paints, sprays, stencils, stamps, collage, etc. And her accent--I could listen to her talk all day! (which I guess I did). We were so lucky to have her here in Iowa. She's lives in England, but designs for Ranger, so she's in the United States a ridiculous amount of time, There were people in the class from as far as ten hours away.
Here's a pic of Dyan doing a demonstration:
I am hard at work.
My hand were sooo messy!
Me with Dyan:
After the classes, Dyan was always willing to visit, take pictures, and sign her book, etc. Here she's signing one of my completed pages:
Here's the page she signed and my small art journal. I asked her to write something snarky on my page as if she were grading it, and then she put "gold star"--sweet.
We decorated the outside of our small journals. Here's my "after" and what it looked like "before."
Here is one of the small journal backgrounds we did in class. She encouraged us to use colors we normally wouldn't:
And some of the large journal pages we worked on, both with inks and paint and some stamping:
It was a great weekend! If you have the chance to take Dyan's classes, DO IT! I was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was so fun to learn her techniques and meet her. The two days flew by.