Monday, October 12, 2009

Lighting A Fire

A few months ago I started toying with the idea of writing about what I had been teaching in my workshops. I thought it might make good eBook material. After a few false starts I did begin to write and even take pictures for the book. Every once in awhile I would sit down to work on it, but it was never a high priority. There always seemed to be more important things to do - items on my “to do” list that demanded my immediate attention.

Since I started teaching my hand-coloring workshops, I have had many people that don’t live in the Sacramento area, express an interest in learning this technique. I came up with the idea of a “Workshop in a Box”. This would be a kit that would have all the tools and materials we use in the workshop as well as written material that covered what I talked about in the class.

This is where the fire came in. What I had written so far on my “eBook project” was a good beginning, but in no way was it enough to guide readers through the process. Since I had already promised at least two people that a kit of some sort would soon be offered, I decided to just put it out there and see what happened. I sent out an email to my list and orders followed. Now I had no choice – I had to finish at least a smaller version of what I was considering to be an eBook, and send it off with the kits. And that’s what I did!

The first kits went out last week with instructions to give complete and honest feedback on what they received. I am hoping that with their help I can finish up a more complete and in depth version of the written material.

For those of you wondering what a “Workshop in a Box” is – here is a description.

Included in the kit:
2- art sponges; 2 – razor blades; foam core; Sofft applicator with 4 heads; eraser; 6 well plastic tray;
6 - Prismacolor Nupastel Sticks: Titian Brown; Light Blue; Rose Pink; Corn Yellow; Madder Pink; Sap Green

4 - Preprinted practice prints ready to hand-color. Each print will be made on a different type of paper. This is a great way to try out different textures and surfaces.

Vernazza ©Dianne Poinski - one of the prints included in the kit.

Detailed written material that includes everything discussed and taught in the live workshop. The written material can be sent on a CD or, for $15, sent printed and bound.

Email support is also included.

Price: $55 with CD; $70 with printed booklet - Includes Shipping (Domestic US only)

So if any of you are having trouble completing a project, just offer it for sale and see how quickly you find the time to work on it! Worked for me!


  1. This is a fabulous idea, Dianne! I'd never considered trying hand-coloring, but your kit makes me want to!

    Funny how an outside deadline/demand seems to get us focused on a task like no self-imposed deadline can. Best of luck with this!

  2. Great idea Dianne! Wishing you much success with it - sounds winning.

  3. Dianne, what a fabulous idea. Nothing like commitment to get one motivated. As a pastelist, your technique of using pastels to color your photos really intrigues me. I always thought of liquid pigments and inks to use in the coloring process. Just another reason I really need to stop by your studio one of these days.

  4. Thanks! Yes, Marianne - I would love to have you come by.

  5. an excellent idea!

    i have too much "on my plate" now to try a new technique - will you have a link on the sidebar so i can find this later on?