Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ingrid Dijkers in New York!

Last weekend was great for several reasons. My wonderful friend Elena was visiting from Florida and we took two fabulous classes with Ingrid Dijkers at Michele's awesome studio.

I'm starting with the second class, only because I've done the most work on that project. It's a book, and it's called De Corporis Humani Fabrica. Bones galore, medical stuff, a tiny bit odd, and very very cool. Ingrid provided the book (a chipboard loose leaf cut down by her husband so it no longer resembles a school binder), and a package of collage images perfectly sized for the project.

Here is my front cover (not a bit of naked chipboard showing):




The title is on an old slide holder, and it opens:




Ingrid had many images sized to fit into the slide slots, as well as the glass slides to cover them. At home I added the gold micro beads to fill in the half round sections above and below the slides.

My back cover:




The inside front cover, followed by the inside back:








I finished the backgrounds of several pages in class and got a few more done at home. I see this as an ongoing project and I'm fine with that.




Ingrid showed us how to make black drips with India ink, but I did mine at home with black fluid acrylics. I blew on the dripping paint to get it to move and used a pin to get those little feathery lines.





These pages aren't finished and who knows if they will even wind up next to each other. That's the beauty of working in a ring binder; you can move the pages around endlessly until you get them where you want.....and then move them again!

On the right hand page you can see arches. Ingrid had templates for us to use (and copy for use at home) and I have used them on many pages. They're just waiting for images to be applied.




These two pages are meant to go together and will likely stay that way.

Below, two more pages of arches, awaiting further embellishment:





I don't think this page is finished; it seems to want some text. I believe I'll have to consult a medical journal. Hmmmm.......maybe in Latin.





Some of the images we received were done in mirror image so they could be glued together to create these cool inserts for our books:




It's a good thing I find fussy cutting very relaxing.

Here is another (almost) finished spread:




Or does it look like this?





It all depends on how you turn this page, cut to fit the full sized pages.









This technique I learned from Ingrid, not in this class, but in one I took with her two years ago.

If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Ingrid, don't hesitate!

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26 comments:

Anita Houston said...

So unique and cool...so Da Vinci! Love how you incorporated the brighter colors! Love how its educational yet Halloweenish too. I've never seen a class like this. So cool you got to hang out with long distance friends and make some art! Wonderful!

Bethan said...

I agree the subject matter a tiny bit odd but very cool. Lots of techniques and endless possibilities! Takes me back to the days when I was doing my medic studying!!!

Nancy said...

Very cool! I would love to take a class with Ingrid - she has an almost Tim Burton 'eye'.

Michele said...

I love your pages! They are absolutely AMAZING!

Mary-Beth said...

How great that you were able to take this wonderful class, I'm green over here, lol, with friends! Your book is turning out fabulously!

Dorothy said...

Amazing!!!!

Penny Duncan said...

Very cool and looks like it was ALOT of FUN FUN FUN!!!!!!

Patzee said...

Wow! You did a great job with the arches! And your 2-sided skull has inspired me. Love taking the class with Ingrid--she gave us so many tips and techniques that I'll be using in other journals. Love the flexibility of the 3-ring binder.

Bearcrazyman said...

Absolutely Incredible!!!!

Ingrid Dijkers said...

It was great seeing you again Eileen! Love where you are taking this journal!

Seth said...

This must have been one great class. Looks like you leaned a lot of techniques as well as ending up with a wonderful project. I really love where you are taking this book.

artbyvic said...

Wow, it's fabulous!

teri said...

I love what you have been doing with your pages! The doodles around the skull page look fabulous.

Heidi Bound said...

I am loving what you have done with your pages! I feel like we can work on this project forever...adding doodles, images, paints...so cool!

Monica said...

Super book, great pages and you lucky you attending her classes.

Elena said...

You have so much since I left!!! Its looking FABULOUS!

bockel24 said...

really nice projects, and I´m soooo envious! I´ve been in a project with Ingrid but fear I´ll never meet her in real life ...

Kerry Peasland said...

Wow! I am always fascinated with your work. Thank you for sharing with us.

Gloria said...

Very unique!! Can't wait to see what you do next with the journal!

tracyozzie said...

the book that I wanted to make. I am so jealous. you did an awesome job. I love it.
so glad you had a good time with everyone. miss you darlin.

craftyM said...

Wowza! Amazingly cool. Subject matter seemed odd until I saw what you did! I think I would enjoy this too! Thanks for sharing! Marita

craftyM said...

Wowza! Amazingly cool. Subject matter seemed odd until I saw what you did! I think I would enjoy this too! Thanks for sharing! Marita

Socrates said...

Totally fantastic. Sounds like a brilliant class with Ingrid. I love what you've done with your book. Just beautiful. Those arches are inspiring, just like you said. That cardboard sounds great to work on. Have to try that.

goodling4 said...

Oh Eileen......cool way to begin, bones without skin, do get the Latin medical terminology in where you can!
Perfect project for the fall months, can even take on a bit of the Halloween spirit to it! Great use of colors, too.
Gina

Lori said...

Wow, very cool! Subject matter is a little odd, yes, but that's what art is all about! Cool techniques, too!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

You just did the most fantastic pages! wow, I love the work, images, etc. what fun....