Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Saturday with Dyan at AFTH in Harrogate

Saturday morning arrived, OH and i had a good breakfast and set off for Harrogate and Art From The Heart.

The workspace is fabulous, loads of supplies around and feels like the room we would all want to have at home.

There were only 6 people attending,including myself, which made my day as i dislike large classes. Hello to Ella, Dee, Elaine, Liz and Ingrid, lovely to meet you.

When Dyan arrived i was immediately put at ease by her laughter and ease of style.


Had a few light bulb moments as Dyan was describing how to make a background a background and not too bright that you can’t do anything with it.

Learnt how to use 3 colours from the same warm or cool range. I know you might think this is basic but trust me i needed the reminder!

Learnt how to apply the Dylusions sprays so they wouldn’t bleed under the stencils, how to ghost the colours and how to add layers so they stay in the background.

Chose Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime and vibrant Turquoise for one set of pages and Bubblegum Pink,Crushed Grape and Postbox Red for the second two pages.



Used the ghosting technique to add another layer for the flower petals.




Chose to use one of the pink pages as a background, onto this we stamped sentiments.


Dyan asked us to stamp out the following images if we wanted to make our page like hers, which i did.


Sorry i don’t remember the name of the individual stamp sets these images came from.

Time to cut our flowers and other images out, Dyan played us this song which we sang along to the chorus and laughed,followed by The Bay City Rollers who Dyan has loved since she was a youngster. We requested a Dyan Play List on you Tube, keep a look out in case she posts one lol.

Lunch and time to see my lovely OH who helped me to make my purchases.


The paper in this journal is fantastic so treated myself to a larger journal which is going to be just for my dark thoughts,which will not be shared you will be glad to know! I realise that i need a place to vent not just produce pretty pages.


Dyan told us that this stamp set has been her biggest selling plate and she is finding it hard to keep in stock, some had been ordered especially for this workshop, yeah!


This set can be used for stalks and stems and more!


Chose to get this alphabet as i love the shapes and it’s larger letters.


Needed these!


Angel Boy






Happy Head Appliance Cube



Journal Block and Stencil


Lemon Zest and Bubblegum Pink Dylusions sprays


My first copy of Sew Somerset, a fantastic magazine, might look into receiving digital copies, easier to store.

Back from lunch and time to paint our images, we used Tim Holtz’s detail brushes and Dyan’s inks, never painted with these inks before, they are fabulous to paint with, something else i will do at home.


Time to assemble the final page.


I am getting to understand pink can be an ok colour…

The other thing i learned is that Dyan wants you to cut up her stamps and use them in different ways, she encourages you to be a rebel and think outside any barriers you might have.

Overall i had an amazing day, learnt a lot, enjoyed the class and have come back with a renewed mojo and determination to cut up and mess with my stamped images.

Thanks for staying the course, hope you enjoyed sharing my Saturday.

Would love to read your comments, thanks for dropping by.



  1. Great photos, glad you learnt something and had a reminder, love all your purchases and your final page.

    Sam xxx

  2. This sounds like an all round fabulous day! You obviously learned such a lot - sounds like the kind of things I would like to learn too, especially the ghosting, which looks so effective. Such an interesting post: thank you for sharing your lovely day with us. Julie Ann xxx

  3. WOW What a wonderful time you had and what a lot you made:D Gorgeous backgrounds and your final page is amazing!!! Love your purchases too niiiicee, a bit green over here :D Glad you enjoyed it :D gay x

  4. Wow looks like you had a fab day. Love all the techniques you have shared. I love your page it is great. Thank you so much for sharing this with us xxx

  5. looks like a fab day - thanks so much for sharing - I have often wondered what the workshops at Art d=from the heart would be like - I feel better informed now - thankyou xx

  6. Oh wow, what a fabulous day you had! All those goodies you came home with too. I love the idea of having the inks in a water pen to paint with. The flower set is on my wish list. It looks awesome. Your backgrounds are lush and the finished pink one is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the other goodies :D

  7. What an awesome page, I love those flowers!
    You grabbed some fab stash too, lucky you!
    Glad you enjoyed your day.
    Alison xxx

  8. Lovely to "share" your day with you. So pleased that Dyan fired you up and made you laugh. Lovely finished piece and fab purchases. Xx

  9. Hi Mass, sounds like you learnt a lot. Great that you have got a new journal, so good to have somewhere where you can experiment. Like that angel boy stamp, it's cool!

  10. Sounds like a Fab day! I have the journal too... I love it! :)