What a great time I had in Massachusetts this week taking three classes with the lovely and quirky Dyan Reaveley.  It was my first time visiting Ink About It, but surely won't be the last.  Each class had a fun group of crafters, and a few diehards did all three. I got to meet two blogging friends for the first time, one for classes and lunch, and one for coffee before I left yesterday. Thanks, Rene and Ali!

We learned loads of techniques using Dyan's spray inks and paints.  I laughed when I saw one classmate unpacking a box of baby wipes…. um…. notsomuch for this class:

Dyan also brought her art journals, which were mesmerizing. I was just captivated by them and couldn't believe all the different ways she uses materials (especially her stencils, which I now own all of!) I really could have sat there for an entire day poring over her books and wanting more.  She is so talented and so generous in sharing tips and tricks… what a wonderful artist!

Here's a pic of a canvas project we made using Ranger's paint:

I'll probably add a sentiment but wanted to just pop it in the post as is. If you have a chance to meet Dyan and take her classes, don't miss out.

Thanks so much for the visit.  Have a wonderful day!




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  2. Diana on April 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    i am sooooooo envious!!!! love love your projects!!

  3. Lynne Moncrieff on March 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Have you cleaned that paint and ink from your fingers yet LOL.
    What great fun.

  4. Ellie Knol on March 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

    lucky you!!!!!

  5. 2amscrapper on March 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

    How lucky! I just bought one of her stamp sets yesterday before I went to stamp club. I got to play a bit with one of the stamps during club. Looks like you had an amazing time!

  6. Cath on March 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Ah, I bet you had fun with nutty Dy! She’s so full of fun and brilliant ideas. Looks as if you really enjoyed it and of course the icing on the cake was meeting blogging friends. Great to see you with her x

  7. jane w. on March 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    totally awesome lucky girl :) I just ordered a couple of her stamps and inks ..cant wait! wish I could do a class too lol

  8. Sharon on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Looks like you had a lot of fun Marjie – you lucky thing!!!

  9. Beverly G on March 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Oh you lucky dog would love to meet some blog friends some day.
    got to check out those stencils. I’m loving the online Tim class.

  10. Silvia on March 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Looks like a lot of fun :) Love your inky finger ;)

  11. Fern on March 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Loving those inky fingers and the way your eyes are lit up with creative sparkle!

  12. Candy on March 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Marjie…congrats on being appointed to Linda Coughlin’s funky new blog! That is fantastic!!! You are so deserving of this! I just signed up to follow it! Let the fun begin!!! :) <3 Candy

  13. Lisa Sackett on March 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    ooo Marjie, you are a lucky ducky! I love Dyan’s art journals…amazing. I SO want to take a class someday. Your canvas is gorgeous! love the colors!!

  14. Shar B on March 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Your canvas is amazing! I love the awesome color transitions!

  15. Marcy Kaminski on March 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I can’t believe I missed you, but I had to leave! We’ll have to meet up Marjie! I had no idea you lived in driving distance. Yep, Dyan was a sweetheart and I got to look at all her books and products. I will take classes with her when she’s in CT. Glad you had fun and got inky! Hugs, Marcy

  16. Shelly Schmidt on March 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I love the idea of classes where you can get all inky and inspired! Love your project- I want to see that project that is fan folded in front of you too!!! I love your canvas! I am inspired to try canvas, bought some…just have not ventured into ‘just doing it’ yet!

  17. Inge Bekaert on March 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hello Marjie,
    you are a lucky lady !!
    I’ve seen Dyan creating in videos of CHA and it’s so nice and fun to see her busy !
    She has a style a like a lot : I love all her bold colors !
    Inky fingers are the trophees after an inspiring day !!!
    Your canvas is a great reminder of the class. Please show us more when you create with the knowledge you got from Dyan !!
    greetings from belgium

  18. Lynn Stevens on March 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

    What a Fabulous fun and inkie day that must have been. Love your canvas Marjie!
    Hugs Lynn

  19. Helen Tilbury on March 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    So glad you had a fun time Marjie! I would just love to be able to take some real life classes especially something so inky!! LOVE your canvas – show us when you’ve added a sentiment too!!

  20. Gerrie Johnnic on March 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    So envious…looking at those inky hands…….I am so very jealous of you in that class with Dyan….I love your finished piece.

  21. Sandra on March 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Waw, how great to take tree classes with Dyan! You’re so right, she is an amazing artist, but so are you! I love your art very much!

  22. lynnef on March 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    bwhahahaha…..you are TOOOOO FUNNY Margie!! Dyan is an A~MAZING teacher!! soooo much knowledge!!!!

  23. Kathy Eddy on March 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Oh, how fun! She is really a talented gal and I would love to meet her. She is just a stitch on the videos I have seen. Would love to take a class from her and hope to have some rub off onto me.

  24. Lynn on March 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wow you had fun !

  25. France papillon on March 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Looks like you had a more than amazing time! So happy for you :)

  26. Dot L on March 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    :))) I am so jealous…You are absolutely beaming, and I don’t blame you! I’m glad you had such an awesome day.
    Dot x

  27. Teresa Jaye on March 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    how awesome, Marjie – what a fun time and great experience!
    I love your canvas, the background is gorgeous, I’ll bet your head is swimming with ideas of things to try!

  28. ellen vargo on March 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    yippeee!!! so glad you got to meet Dyan and take her classes – there really is no substitute for the real thing… have fun playing with all your new inky, stencil-y toys! xxx

  29. Valerie-Jael on March 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    glad you had fun, nothing nicer than getting inky! Valerie

  30. Renee Zarate on March 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    It was soooooo much fun! Glad we could have lunch together!!

  31. Anita Houston on March 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I do have a chance and I’m taking it!!! ;) Cool project…I want to see more! Love those inky hands!

  32. Martha Richardson on March 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I would love to have been there you lucky girl!!!!

  33. Terry on March 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Love those inky hands and what fun you had! What a great canvas and the background is so smoothly blended. Fabulous! Have a great relaxing weekend!