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Monday, October 14, 2013

Dina Wakley at ESS was AWESOME!

Hey Dolls!
What's new with you?
I have the latest scoop on Dina Wakley's classes
from the weekend of October 4 - 6 at
 Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida.
In a word,
(you need to sing this word, or it doesn't sound right)
Dina was an amazing teacher and, oh yeah, a really nice person!
Who knew!! She told stories of her three boys, made sure everyone could
see what she was demonstrating as we sat around the "teacher"
desk, and called us her little "Padawans"! (you need to have seen
the movie Star Wars to understand anything she said)
I took three classes out of the five she offered and am sorry I missed the
other two. The first one I attended was Friday night "Beyond the Stamp Pad"
But somehow I didn't take any pictures from that class. She taught us to use
other mediums than just a pad with our stamps. And, of course, any item
she suggested, our number paddles went up to say we wanted one.
(I did get 'paddle elbow' from raising mine so much)
I did take this picture of my finished page. I used the Pam Carriker stamp.

Saturday morning's class was "Listening and Layering" and that was really
cool. How many layers can you put down on a piece of watercolor paper.
Dina can do 25! and so did we. It was great! You would never think
the paper could hold that much paint and ink. Every mark you make on the
page counts as a layer.

Here's I think about 7 - 10 layers
I don't even know how many she has here. We were trying to
keep track, but lost count.
Oh, by the way, we weren't allowed to like the finished layered page.
You might ask why, well, because we cut it up later in class! sob, I kinda
liked mine too. But it would up in my journal on a page we started earlier in
the class.
Here's how mine started out. I think there's only two or three layers.
And, yes, I'm a looser and forgot to take a picture of the finished page.
Don't judge me!
Three large circles found their way onto this page during class.
And a semi-circle ended up here on a page I did at home. Those little
trees are Dina's stamps with Gelatos smushed on them.
We also used acrylics on butcher paper that had to have at least three layers.
We started a  page and then had to find a focal point and do something with
the butcher paper on that page.
Dina said the page would 'speak to you' what it wanted to be.
Mine didn't say a damn word! But I liked the leaf stencil in the background,
so I went from there. And since I'm originally from New York and
won't be seeing any leaves change color, I went with the orange/
yellow/green butcher paper I made earlier in class and tried to cut the
shape of the stencil leaves.(notice I said 'tried')
Saturday afternoon the class was "Graffiti of My Life", but I couldn't
stay for that one. I was actually staying with my daughter in her dorm
and wanted to spend some time with her. We went to an Indie Craft Fair.
It was small, but nice.
Oh yeah, she made me sleep on the couch in their living room,
the little brat. Have you ever slept in the middle of a party? That's what it was
like trying to sleep with all these brats . . . I mean students in the halls.
Anyway, the next class on Sunday was "Faces".
All I can say is OMG!
It was the most amazing class. The first thing we had to do was draw
a face. What? Wait! I thought you were going to show us how?!
Nope. We had to draw a face all by ourselves. I wish I would have
taken pictures of all the ladies in shock. But we each did and then got the
lesson on how you're really supposed to draw a face. The difference between
the face on our own and the face we did with Dina leading us was, was, I
can't even think of a word to describe it!
(and those of you who know me, I'm never at a loss for words)
Hey, I can hear you, you know.
So, I did not save the 'by myself face' but here are my first two faces
we did in class.
This is actually #3 because I painted the wrong face. This is using a
Stabilo All pencil and then painting some of the lines with water. The background
was done first and then we just drew using Dina's method and viola!
This is face #2 which I painted in class with Dina's instructions. She
taught us everything we needed to know, and then told us to forget it
all and just draw!
I even painted my phone case!!
So, I think you get the idea that I really loved these classes. The last class
she taught was "Mark Making" but again, I couldn't stay.
I can safely say that everyone had a great time, and learned a lot in
Dina's classes.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your read! Come see
me again real soon now, ya here!


  1. Aw, love your write-up. The art you made was rockin' awesome! Thanks so much for coming to classes and being so fab.

  2. And...I had to laugh because the code I had to enter for the last comment was Hoth (i.e....a Star Wars reference). heh.