Monday, September 26, 2016

Dina Wakley Class

The fabulous Dina Wakley at Palette and Paper, Indianapolis

My water color paper with Dina's paints

Cathy's papers

The start of the folio cover

Dina's cover

Dina's watercolor papers

Students work

We did non-dominant drawing, and mark making. Students work

Cathy at the end of class. My hands were worse.

Students work

Students work

Students work

Flip through after assembly, students work

Same folio

Same folio

Same folio
I really should wake up one day as a millionaire. There are too many classes I am missing.

Received an email over a month ago from Mare, the owner of Palette and Paper in Indianapolis. Due to another store cancelling classes, Dina Wakley was coming to Indy for a weekend. There were four classes available, two priced at $150, two priced at $80, each. Had I been able to afford it, I would have taken all four classes. But my budget is not that generous, and so Cathy and I decided to participate in the all day Sunday class, making a folio from a Tim Holtz product.

Wow. Just WOW! I learned a lot, about color, about composition. And once again, walking around the room and looking at what everyone else is doing is just so motivating and inspiring. My concept of what to do with journal pages has just taken a 180 degree turn, and I am wired to get to work. That alone is worth the money I spent.

Dina uses a french term which I do not remember for the pages we make to cut up and decorate/collage onto our folio pages. Each step was a different technique. We painted with our fingers, using whatever objects we could find on the table to make marks. Just this simple exercise stretches your imagination. You could feel the creative flow in the room, and when everyone was concentrating on the end steps, it became very quiet. We were all hitting our own stride.

There are more photos. Dina is very generous and allows pics of the teaching journals she brings to class, and you best believe I took a bunch of photos. More posts to come this week. If you ever have the chance to take a live class from Dina, please, please treat yourself and do it. Amazing.

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