Monday 9 May 2011

The Paint Sisters

I have just spent a fabulous 3 days in Harrogate with the Paint Sisters ~ Dyan Reaveley & Dina Wakley  ~ at Art from the Heart.

Over the 3 days we made 3 different art journals on the theme of Sun, Moon and Stars.

Day 1: Sun
There was lots of dripping and splodging of paint.  Stencilling.  Collage.  Drawing and a little bit of writing. (but not much on my part!)  Then we bound the pages using sticks - a whole new technique for me.

inside pages

cover showing the binding

Day 2: Moon
More paint splodging with stamping this time in a concertina book.  This has envelope inserts and tags and should have had some journaling about the darker side of life.  But doesn't have anything written it at the moment.

Day 3: Stars
Scraping paint on gesso on these pages!  We dyed canvas, ribbon and cheesecloth with inks.  And then cut windows of different sizes in some of the pages.

I put various quotes in this book.  Interestingly the paint combination has turned out darker in this one and perhaps would have been more suited to the Moon book.

Thanks to Dyan for organising this, to Dina for three amazing days and the generosity you showed in sharing your techniques, and to the two of you for providing such fun and laughter.   A real tonic.


  1. I love Dina! I've only taken her online classes and would love to take one from her in person. Your journals are great! I especially like the stars one.

  2. Lucky you - I did a envelope book there in February and I need to organise another one I can go to. Pictures on other blogs made it look fun too :0)

  3. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  4. NICE! These are so beautiful!

  5. wow your blog looks fabulous! Love all this stuff you made at the weekend, looks like fun:)

  6. These look fabulous ... I am of course officially jealous ... because I could n't go ... glad you enjoyed it X

  7. Beautiful journals! I've never tried art journaling...looks fun! And gorgeous blog make-over. Looks fab!

  8. Love your new blog look, fabby! Great art journal pages too, hope to give this a whirl myself soon!

  9. Wow! This looks amazing. I love the bits of art and all the clean space. Fantastic. And your workshop looks fantastic. I'm jealous.

  10. these asre fabulous. As is your Shimelle makeover. Love it.

  11. Oh wow! Love your blog and artistic creations! Thanks for the shout out about your blog on!

  12. Uhooi,,
    Waw,, It works very good and creative,,


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