A FABULOUS weekend with Dyan Reaveley!

Good afternoon!

This past weekend, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend the entire weekend taking four, in-person, art journaling classes with one of my FAVORITE artists, Dyan Reaveley!!!



Meeting Dyan Saturday morning was literally like meeting a ROCK STAR!!!!

Her GORGEOUS bright red hair, her FABULOUS one-of-a-kind vintage-inspired dresses, her KICKY SASSY attitude, was less than two feet away from my AWESOME front row seat in class – ALL WEEKEND!!!!

One of Dyan's journal pages

One of Dyan’s journal pages

Yes, I was that sad, silly, groupie who pretty much just stared in awe, with my mouth agape like a lunatic, but even now, I can still hardly believe that not only did I get to meet her, I got to be involved in four of her AMAZINGLY CREATIVE classes!


Christy Woods, of Runaway Arts & Craft Studio, with Dyan Reaveley!

The classes…OH MY!!!

Well, wait, let me back up a little. The classes were held at my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE arts and craft store here in Salem, Runaway Art & Craft Studio! When Christy Wood, of Runaway, told me that Dyan Reavely would be coming to teach classes, I immediately told her to SIGN ME UP!!! I didn’t care what they cost, or what the topics were going to be, Dyan could have been teaching SQL computer programming, or the benefits of biofusion on our political economy and I would have been there, with bells on, in the front row, smiling like a crazy fool, just excited to be able to be in the room!!


Also, for some unknown reason, all of the class samples that Dyan had sent ahead of her arrival never actually made it to the store, so none of the participants really knew what to expect for any of the classes, but I for one was pretty much just game for anything, and was feeling pretty excited just to be there – the making of anything awesome was just going to be an extra perk of the classes!!


So, on Saturday, I awoke early, got showered, dressed, ate my breakfast, and pretty much just paced around the house, full of anticipation, until it was FINALLY time to get to class!! After stopping off to get a GINORMOUS peppermint mocha (which was really just a distraction technique), I was FINALLY seated and ready for the first class to start, which was the Technique Tag Book class! The class lasted 2 1/2 hours, and Dyan basically took you through how to use her Dylsion spray inks, which I am now a firm believer are ESSENTIAL to my art journaling stash!! The class was vert fast paced, but not too fast that you couldn’t keep up with what was happening! The time flew, and before I realized it, the class was over and I had in my hot little hands my very first Tag book!! That I had created!!! Who knew????



We had about an hour to kill in between classes, and for me, and I am sure a lot of us who attended, meant SHOPPING!!! 😉 One of the cool things about taking any classes at Runaway is that Christy offers 15% off of any of your purchases that you make in the store on the day of your class – so you had BETTER BELIEVE I took ADVANTAGE of THAT!!! 😉


The next class was called Tags of Imagery, which is Dyan’s take on collage – bright, colorful, sassy, a little bit rock star, and LOADS OF FUN!! (Just like Dyan!!) Collage and I have never made great bed fellows, as I have always been too uptight/perfectionistic and collage has always seemed too loosey-goosey, and honestly has always just stressed me out! I am not sure if it was the way that Dyan taught us, or if it were the fact that she was the one teaching the class, but I REALLY LOVED this class!!! It made me want to go home and start ripping out images from every magazine I could get my hands on and start putting my little funky peeps together and plaster them on EVERYTHING!!! 😉 At the end of the three hours I walked away with three colorfully fun tags that I can honestly say are MAKING MY DAY when I look at them!!! 😉





A pile of everyone’s tags from class! COLORFUL!! 😉

There was even some news media that caught us in the act!! 🙂



The last class of the day was called Inky Watercolor Book which built upon everything we had already been learning throughout the day, but then Dyan gave us a chance to play with her Dylusions spray inks inside of the Tim Holtz water color brushes! I was really looking forward to this part of the class. She also taught us a book binding stitch – I can’t remember what she called it, but she has inspired me to get creating my own journals to share with friends and family!!! WAAAAAY easier than I ever expected! I LOVE THAT!!! 😉

I am not sure why, but I do not seem to have taken any pictures of this class, I think I was too heads down playing at this point, but I did find a pic of someone else’s project to share with you!


I went home, happy, and EXHAUSTED!!! Crashed in bed, as soon as my head hit the pillow, but unfortunately my brain was so excited to get back to class the next day that at 1:30 AM I was up and ready to go! I never did get to fall back to sleep that night, but that still didn’t seem to lesson my excitement any!!

Sunday morning, I was up and at em, ready and waiting in class, with another GIANORMOUS peppermint mocha to help get me through the day! That day was going to be filled with one 8 1/2 hour class, which was called Art Journaling Extravaganza! This class was all about putting it all together and creating a very personalized art journal using one of Dyan’s AWESOME Dylusion’s journal books, which just happens to have the thickest, richest, creamiest paper, formulated perfectly for using with Dyan’s Dylusions spray inks!

A VERY full class!!

A VERY full class!!

This class was hands down my FAVORITE!!! She gave you permission to rip out pages, make a mess, cut pages, get inky, have fun, be free, and try new things, over and over and over and over again, and not take yourself or the process too seriously!!! By the end of the day, we each had at least a half full journal started to collage, paint, write, and doodle in to our hearts content!!! I know that my Dylusions journal has become a very good friend that is going to be carried with me a LOT!!! 😉 Souds melodramatic, maybe, but take the class – I am sure you will feel the SAME WAY!!! 😉

Here are a few of my FAVORITE pages in Dylusions journal, just started, mind you, but well on their way!! 🙂







At the end of the day, we were all beat, but I wanted to stick around a little bit to chat with Dyan, and have her sign my journal, which she so graciously did – thank you, Dyan!! After some encouraging words from her, that literally left me speechless, I knew that this weekend was serendipitous, and I wasn’t meant to be anywhere else this weekend!!! 😉

Dyan checking out some of my artwork!! AIEEEEE!

Dyan checking out some of my artwork!! AIEEEEE!

My sweetie and I decided to stick around and help clean up, since the normally neat store looked like elephants had run through the place, which I guess we had – creatively FABULOUS elephants that is!! 😉 And if I didn’t think that my weekend could have gone any better, Christy invited my sweetie and I to join the Runaway team and Dyan for dinner…UHMMMMMM…YES PLEASE!!!! 😉 I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!! I mean what more could I possibly say??? I know I am gushing, but Dyan is really one of the most genuine, real, honest, no holds barred, women you could EVER meet, and at the same time she is generous, and creative, and beautiful, and WOW!!! SOOOO ENCOURAGING!!! 😉 Through her teaching of the classes and through our conversations throughout the weekend she really impresses upon you that you really can do seemingly hard things, if you break down into baby steps and you just do it piece by piece! That’s it – no need to make everything so freakin’ complicated!!

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Ok, so I have rambled enough!! Don’t worry, Dyan, I will root you on from afar, (and hopefully get the opportunity to take many more classes from you in the future!) I promise no restraining orders will be necessary!!! 😉


Just one more thing, you should know, no one has paid me to say any of this, I am not affiliated with Dyan, or Ranger, or Runaway, although I am a SUPER HUGE fan of all three, all of the opinions expressed here are strictly my own and come from me!

If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section here, and I will be happy to reply as soon as I am able!! 😉

Here is to a FABULOUS weekend past, and FABULOUS week to come!! 😉

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0 thoughts on “A FABULOUS weekend with Dyan Reaveley!

  1. Kimberly "Kimi" Corbin

    This past weekend at Runaway was my second time learning from one of my all time fav artists..I sadly didn’t take the entire weekend cause I had just been to my first Dyan Reaveley weekend this past May and didn’t think I needed to take it all again..boy was I wrong. I have to say I learned even more this time and look forward to hopefully another Dyan experience in the near future..thank you for sharing your excitement and experience including pictures..

  2. Jana Emory

    Chrissie, you hit the nail on the head, girl!!! I had the good fortune to take her Art Journaling class a few weeks ago in Shawnee, KS, and it was everything I had hoped for, and more! I learned so much, but my main takeaway was my impression of Dyan, and her beautiful spirit. She’s the kind of person that you just feel good being around, right?? Rock on, Dyan!!

    1. Chrissie B. Post author

      That is exactly it, Jana!! Dyan is someone who not only is an excellent teacher, but she is just so uplifting and empowering!!! We all need more people like that in our circles!!! 😉

  3. Salomé

    It was a delight to read such a nice review especially for a poor French girl like me ;), I’ll never have the chance to meet Dyan but her so nice personnality shines through your beautiful words. Thank you for writing this!

    1. Chrissie B. Post author

      Thank you Salome for stopping by my little blog!! I hear that Dyan travels all over the world, and her being from London, she just might make it to your neck of the woods, so don’t give up hope!!
      -Chrissie 😉

  4. Raine

    I was wonderful to read about someone else who is as gaga over Dyan as I am! You and I MUST be her biggest fans. I’ve taken classes with her and I know I just gazed at her and grinned for the whole weekend. She IS a rock star! 😉 <3

  5. cduncan1310

    This was so FUN to read about your weekend and re-live mine that I had with Dyan when she was here in North Carolina the 1st weekend of October! I felt the exact same way as you… the excitement… and absolutely love Dyan and Dylusions. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! 😀 All of your projects that you shared in the post are just gorgeous! Happy Journaling!

    1. Chrissie B. Post author

      Thank you!!! I am having an absolute BLAST in my journey through the art journaling/mixed media world, and this weekend with Dyan has been the BEST so far!! I can’t wait to see what is next!!
      ~Chrissie 😉

  6. jeannejj13

    What a great review! I was lucky enough to have a weekend with Dyan here in Virginia. It was a fabulous weekend full of creativity, fun and a feeling of being empowered. Dyan is a force of nature. She is a whirlwind and a calming breeze all in one. I, too, am a super fan! Love your artwork.

  7. Carole Kurth

    You said it all– Brilliantly! It was a Perfect Weekend and I’m so glad I had the chance to sit next to you! You are awesomely fun-I look forward to taking one of YOUR classes! You’ll be Fantastic at it. So glad I read your post. I think you’re Brilliant!

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