10 January 2017

An After Christmas Party

Ho Ho Ho!!! I know, most of you are happy the holidays are over and life has gone back to normal, but if I promise this post is loaded with cuteness, will that be enough to keep you here and have a look at the photos I took? I can tell you, it took a lot of effort, because Teddy isn’t the most cooperative cat model. I actually had to bribe him with treats to keep him remotely interested. He’ll do anything for food.

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Nontheless this photoshoot was a lot of fun! And I was able to make it fun for Teddy as well. At least, I think so.

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And finally he got curious about all the decorations I spread on the bed. This was what I was hoping for.

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But, still not being an adult cat –he’s a junior now- his focus is gone within a second. I had to try and do find everything possible to even keep him on the bed. It’s like he knows when I want him to stay at a specific spot. He’ll only do this when he picks his own, different spot. He likes to tease me by not staying where I want him to, until he sees the camera.

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After all this curiosity and being naughty and having his belly full of all the extra treats (he doesn’t realise it’s just his regular food and I give him a little less his next meal, the joke’s on him), he started grooming himself, which resulted in this yoga pose. I thought it was quite funny. Like he was saying: “you can kiss my ass!”

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In my preperation of this photoshoot I looked for ideas on Pinterest and found so many cute photos of cats wearing Christmas hats, so I just had to try, although I assumed he wouldn’t allow me. I was right about that. He didn’t even let me put the thing on his little head, let alone take a shot of him with the hat on. I started playing with the cotton ball at the end, to keep his curiosity and hopefully he would let me put the hat on afterwards. No chance of course, but I ended with this shot of him looking very naughty. Priceless memory.

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I had a little playtime with that last shot and Rhonna Farrer’s photo editing apps on my iPhone and turned the shot above into a digital Christmas Card, which I shared on social media.

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I went quite overboard with buying Christmas props, so on Christmas Day I tried to have Teddy pose with my antlers headband. It had been on a shelf in my art room for several weeks and he already showed a lot of interest in it, trying to climb on the shelves to get that funny thing with jingly bells. So when I took it off the shelf and let him examine it (lots of sniffing), he was very curious. I didn’t have a lot of time as I had a Christmas date with my bestie, so I didn’t take my DSLR to shoot the photos, but just used my iPhone camera, which, under the right conditions, can make good photos too. Also, in this case, the iPhone was easier to handle, as I had to hold the antlers too, while shooting.

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After sniffing, came tasting. Hmmm…nice texture.

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The antlers were way to big to even try and put on his head, which he wouldn’t have let me anyway, so this shot is as close as I came to having a photo of Teddy with antlers.

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Of course I took some crazy selfies of myself and the antlers too (even with a glowing nose), but they’re too embarrassing to show here. If you are really interested in seeing some of my crazy selfies (I have several), you can visit my Facebook account. It’s an open account, so you don’t need to friend me to see me and my silly selfies. For me Facebook started as more of a personal social media account, where I knew everyone I was friends with and I used to write about funny, but embarrassing stories and complain about everything that bothered me enough to share. My account has changed since then and I’m now also friends with people I don’t know in real life, but share a passion with (like arts and crafts) and I try not to complain (that much) anymore. Still it’s the only platform where I share some stuff about my personal life. On Instagram I keep to only sharing my homemade art and photography and every once in a while I post a cute photo or video of Teddy. If you want to keep track of the things I create, this blog is the best place to visit as I will always go into more details about projects here (like the steps it took me to get to the final result, or more than just one photo of a shoot).

I have plans to overhaul the blog a bit. Some parts are outdated and there are some dead links in the bar on the right I need to remove. Also, I’m trying to learn how to get my blog back to something people like to visit and interact through comments. It seems social media has taken over a great deal of blogging and although I like social media a lot, I’ve always loved to write my blogposts and connect with other bloggers. So, if any of you bloggers out there have any advice for me or just want to connect, I’d be thrilled! Leave your comment in the comment section below, or send me an email (address top right).

Happy everything and hope to see you back soon!!!

03 January 2017

New Beginnings – An Art Journal Page – Happy New Year

First of all, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year. May it be a good one for you and your loved ones and may it be filled with fun, joy, health and happiness!! If you have a creative spirit like me, I hope this year will be filled with creativity and you’ll improve your skills and keep enjoying the process of creating!

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Finally I can show you a page I’ve been working on first half of December. It was part of a secret surprise project, we made with a bunch of women for someone that has been given a lot to us these past six years, but now decided to stop her business and spend more time with her family. About fourty women made a page on a A5 sized piece of paper/cardstock and one lady put the hole bunch together and made it into a great gift box.

I’ve shared some sneak peaks on social media, because I did want to share what I had been working on, but still needed to prevent the surprise from being spoiled. I think she must have seen all the pages by now, since she received the present last Friday, so I think it’s safe to share my page now.

Because of the sneak peaks, I’ve made quite some detail shots of the page. I’m happy I got those shots so I can show you all the details on this page. Many layers of yumminess. I tried some new techniques, new bought products and worked on it for several days, because I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to make and there was a deadline, so I just needed to start. And you know what, often that’s the best approach, just starting and looking what next to add when the page evolves. And as the great Dina Wakley always says: “it’s just paper and they’ll have more of it!”

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This is the first detailed photo I shared on social media. Don’t you just love all that texture! I started by making marks into the wet gesso with the back of a brush. It was quite a thick coat, so I left it to dry overnight. The next day I added some pretty shades of blue with a babywipe. I did some background stamping, some reversed stencilling (Dina Wakley inspired), I stencilled some white paint through a piece of punchinella. I stamped some stars which I bought at Hema (Dutch store) in a pack of Christmas stamps and embossed them with golden Wow embossing powder. I now know why they called their brand “Wow”, because that was exactly what I said when I melted the powder. I added splatters of golden ink by Winsor and Newton and some black splatters with Liquitex acrylic ink.

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Another detail shot. I found a quote about new beginnings using Google and typed the text on my vintage typewriter. It was such a lucky find! It only cost me 17 euros. A year later I saw those new vintage like typewriters by We Are Memorykeepers being sold for 200 dollars! So, please first visit some thrift stores or something like that, because those oldies really just work fine and you can still buy the ink ribbons online. They were made back in the days where manufacturers thought their products should last forever. I traced the outside of the cut out text with a black Micron pen. With a black Fudeball pen, I wrote down the text “Here’s to new beginnings” at the side of the collaged woman.

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As you can see in this photo, I did some collage with bookpaper and a piece of Gelli printed paper, which I ran through my sewing machine before adhering it to the page. I added a piece of washi tape to make the figurine stand on something and wrote a quote under the washi tape saying “the best is yet to come”.

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And finally, here’s the whole page! To make the page more personal, I decided to use a photo of her. I turned her into a smashing looking royal lady. The body parts are from a digital collection kit by Tumble Fish Studios. I doodled on it for some extra texture, because it was looking too flat without the decoration. The white marks are done with a Signo Uniball Broad (the best white pen you can get!) and the other colours are done with my Molotov markers.

Stay tuned, because I have a lot more in store to share with you, as I’ve been very busy during December and I have photos of my projects and adventures to show you!

31 December 2016

Pink Floyd and Queen – Top 2000 Blog Party

There we go. This is my last blogpost for 2016. Outside there’s already quite some fireworks and my Teddy, my eight month cat, has reached the point where he doesn’t like the banging anymore. He’s hiding under my bed or under the couch. Poor little thing. It will get so much louder than this.

With the last day of the year, we have also come to the last day of the Top 2000 series on the radio and thus this is also the final day of Marit’s Top 2000 Blog Party. A little sad on one side, but on the other side, I’ve been so bussy those last couple of months, it would be good for body and mind to take it a little slower. Although I had planned to make a December Memories Album (in stead of a December Daily, which I tried two times and failed both years). I have taken tons of photos, but I haven’t touched my scrapbook supplies at all yet. And I know if I don’t start it soon, it will be another December soon and another project failed. So, maybe january will be for massive photo editing, so I can have all the pictures printed.

Back to the Top 2000 Blog Party. I had a lot of trouble finding a song that I could work out into an art piece. These top of the list songs are all very beautiful and a lot about love and life. Not the topics that I find easy to translate into image. Finally I made my choice for Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. I carved a diamond stamp and with that I, at least, managed to carve one stamp for the #carvedecember event on Instagram. The picture doesn’t show it very well, but the blue paint on the diamond has real sparkles, just like the blue washi tape and the golden harlequin shapes I added with a stencil by The Crafters Workshop.

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20: Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd (31st December 2016, 9:45 PM)

 

And this one, you might have seen before, if you are a regular visitor of my blog. I made this about a year ago, but never submitted it for the Top 2000 Blog Party, so I thought I might as well add it now. The background was made following the techniques in Kate Crane’s DVD’s. The collage elements are from Tumble Fish Studios.

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171: The Show Must Go On – Queen (31st December 2016, 7:30 AM)

 

 

I’m going to wish you a splendid New Year’s Eve (if you haven’t already entered 2017) and have a happy, healthy and artful 2017!!!!

30 December 2016

99 Luftballons & Not An Addict – Top 2000 Blog Party

While I thought this was going to be a great year for joining the Top 2000 Blog Party, because this would be the first year I would spend the days around Christmas and New Year’s eve at home. And so I thought I would have all the time to join this creative party, while listening to all those great songs on the radio. Boy, was I wrong about that! Yes, I am home. That part goes very well. The thing I didn’t think of, were all these appointments I had during these weeks. And all the shopping that needed to be done. I had too many plans this year and thus I seem to be rushing from one thing to another. And I’m happy if I can squeeze in some time to actually make art. So, that’s why this blogpost about today’s played songs, is appearing at the end of the day. Sigh. Time goes so fast! Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of 2016 already?

About the songs and art. I managed to make one spread in my art journal. And since we can send in two art pieces a day, I chose a photo I made. I had two artists to choose from, because I photographed at two of today’s played artist’s gigs. Eventually I went for a photo I never published before (it was still waiting to be post processed).

The first layer of the background of my art journal spread was done with a small Gelli plate. I stamped the clouds with a homemade foam stamp for which I also used the Gelli plate. The air balloons are a stamp I carved quite some years ago. I tried to clear emboss them, but every black ink I own, didn’t keep wet long enough, so the embossing only partially worked. Maybe the paper I used was just soaking up the ink too much. I coloured them with watercolour pencils and went over them with a clear Tombow brush pen. I also added some stencilling to the background using a stencil by Carabelle Studio and a piece of punchinella. I used distress ink (peacock feather). I added some background stamping with a Christy Tomlinson stamp and dark blue Archival ink. Finally some scribbles with a regular pencil and the title stamped with different kinds of stamp sets. And of course it didn’t feel finished without some white splattering. I finally found out how to do splattering with my Posca marker!

 

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439: 99  Luftballons – Nena (30th December 2016, 8:46 AM)

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431: Not An Addict– K’s Choice (30th December 2016, 9:31AM)

28 December 2016

Jesus He Knows Me – Top 2000 Blog Party

It’s another day for the Top 2000. I’m enjoying to hear all those songs radio stations hardly every play in their regular shows. Many of my favourites have already been played and I’m looking forward to some other. Again, I’ve made an art journal page to one of the songs. This is not necesarry my most favourite song. I just looked at the list if I could find a song that I could translate into an art piece. What I do like about this Genesis song, is that it’s about fake religion. I know at the time it was a lot about those telly preachers that earned way too much money for the job they did and how most of them were pure hypocrits. This was a time when in my country we didn’t have those television preachers (yet), but I had seen some documentary kind of things and thought it was appalling. However, if I translate the song a little, I can really find myself in it, being exposed to a life in which G_d and religion was abused by itself. A life I don’t like to talk about and to be honest, I think it would shock you too much, which I don’t want to happen. Perhaps one day I will be ready to tell my story, but I promiss, it won’t be on this blog. I like to keep it light here.

So, here’s to day 5 already. Time goes way to quickly!

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817: Jesus He Knows Me – Genesis (29th December 2016, 3:17 AM)

 

27 December 2016

Little Red Rooster – Top 2000 Blog Party

It’s that time of year again. The annual Top 2000, hosted on Dutch public radio. It’s a list of the best 2000 songs ever. Of course that fluctuates every year, as previous to this event everybody is able to vote their top 5. The event takes a whole week between Christmas and New Year’s eve and every song on the list is played in it’s full length. A lot of people look forward to this. Marit Barentsen from Marit’s Paper World makes this even a bigger party by hosting a Top 2000 Blog Party, which is a mix of music and art. For many years this is a big succes and every year more artists join the fun. Follow the links to her site, to learn more about this.

The Top 2000 has already started a couple of days ago, but this is my first entry for this year. Stay tuned, as I will be making more!

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1024: Little Red Rooster – The Rolling Stones (28th December 2016, 11:26 AM)

27 November 2016

A 15 Minutes Page And A Colourful Owl

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great weekend. Yesterday was a bit of an off-day for me, but today I feel good. And I’m determined to finally give my project Midori a new try. I’ve watched a ton of videos on YouTube and I think I’m ready. Before I head to my art room, I would like to share some art journal pages with you. I’ve mentioned the #sisterswithheartinart project on Instagram before and both these pages were made after their new prompts.

The first one was to make an entire page in 15 minutes. I am a slow worker, so this really was a challenge for me. I decided to use my A6 size journal, so my pages would be small enough to fill in an hour. I spread some paint with baby wipes. I love using them to layer a first coat of paint on my paper. You need a small amount of paint and the moist wipes makes it easy to spread the paint in a thin layer. It also works great for blending, which I did with a second colour. I started with bright yellow and added some orange from the edges towards the center. Thin layers speed up drying time, which is very usefull when only having 15 minutes to make a page. I used a stencil by The Crafters Workshop together with a make-up sponge and a red acrylic paint. At this point, I layed my journal aside to dry and moved on with the focal image. I drew a bunch of whimsical animals in Juliette Crane’s online workshop, which I scanned into my computer and printed out a several times, so I always have them at hand when I want to use them. They’re kind of my home made digital stamps now. I chose one of the animals and coloured it in with coloured pencils (Koh-i-Nor, not the best quality, but a good alternative when you can’t affor the fancy pencils by Prisma or Derwent). Usually I take my time for colouring, but time was not my friend with this project. Only 5 minutes to go. I quickly layered some colours on top of each other. Only 30 seconds to cut and adhere. I like to be very precise when I fussy cut an image, but there was no time for that, so I quickly cut around the image, leaving a small white border. I adhered it to the page using a glue stick. Times up! So…I cheated a bit and took another 30 seconds to write down some journaling.

I have to say this prompt was very educative for me. Normally I tend to overthink everything too much and you don’t have time for that with this prompt. I think it’s a good exercise for us overthinkers to practise every once and a while.

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Another week’s prompt was to create a cartoonish owl. Those of you who know me for a while, know I am a big owl lover. No surprise I was very happy with this prompt. As a warm up, I started sketching some owls in my sketchbook.

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I chose the top right owl for my project and decided to work in my watercolour journal. I made this journal as an insert for my Midori style Travelers Notebook, that I have yet to make. It’s A5 size. I had a lot of fun mixing and blending all the colours, even though my skills are pretty lousy. Well, you need to practice to get better, right. I used Van Gogh watercolours, which is a student grade. I won’t buy any fancy watercolours until my skills have improved enough to be worth artist grade paints. Sometimes I do treat myself to a new colour, but always the student grade. I must say these Van Gogh watercolours are pretty good quality.

When I was done painting and let the page dry overnight, I started to add some texture to the owl with some coloured pencils. Also I went over the lines with a black brush pen (Faber Castel) and gave him eyelids with a small tip fineliner (Micron). It looked nice, but it was too clean to my liking, so I added a couple of background stamps with Archival ink. Finally I marked a small border with a black inktense pencil and called it done.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and see you back next time. Have a great day!

16 November 2016

How To Make Marbled Background Paper – The Easy Way

Don’t you just love the effect of marbled paper? I sure do! Back in the days at college, I learned how to do it, but it was a lot of fuss and the results weren’t very satisfying. And most of all, it definitely wasn’t a project to do at home, unless you had a lot of room and didn’t mind to clean the hot mess. Well, I’ve got good news for you. All you need is shaving cream and something like liquid watercolour. In my instruction video I’m using Dylusions ink sprays, but there are all kind of products at the market you can use. You can even dilute acrylic paints with water. I just thought it would be fun to use my Dylusions in a different way than just spraying on paper.

The picture below is a collage of all the papers I created. They make great backgrounds for all kind of projects.

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Here’s an example of a digital Project Life card I made, using one of the backgrounds. I just scanned it to my computer, transfered it to my iPhone and used an editing app by Rhonna Farrer. Feel free to download this card and use it in your projects. If you want to share this card, please send people to my blog so they can download it here.

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When I needed a quick thank you card, I made one using another background.

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I hope you’ll give this technique a try. Maybe you can even make it into a creative afternoon with your kids. I’m sure they’ll love it!

 

For this project you will need:

- Dylusions spray ink (or any other ink)
- shaving cream
- kitchen roll / paper towels
- skewer
- something to spread the shaving cream (think baking supplies)

Optional:
- wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from staining
- cover your working surface with a plastic bag

 

Have a great day and see you back soon!

15 November 2016

Hello Fall - Keep Swimming

While Fall is having the time of her life, I get so inspired. I go outside with my camera to capture the beauty of this time of year when I can. Rainy days have their charm too, as they make perfect days for arts and crafts. I rediscoverd my A6 sized art journal that I bought last year. It’s a great size for making spreads in stead of one page. I love the look of it. Another thing I am finally using, is the old typewriter I bought in a thriftstore a couple of years ago. I found a shop that still sells the ink ribbon and now it’s ready to go.

I made this journal page/spread following a prompt on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, look for the hashtag #sisterswithheartinart to see all the artwork. There’s a new prompt every Wednessday. This prompt was “leaves”. I used my Spelbinders die set to make a stencil. I also punched two bigger leaves with the same set. The circlen figures is a stencil by Carabelle Studio. The paints I used are Amsterdam acrylics, except for the middle sized leaf, for which used Van Gogh watercolours. There’s also a background stamp by Christy Tomlinson.

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The page below is my latest. I made it yesterday. Last week I visited a museum (Museon, The Hague) and in the museum shop they sold some adorable Indian wooden stamps, that are originally used to make patterned fabric. This was my first time using them and I am in love. I used them with a 3”x5” Gelli Plate. The images are so sharp! I stencilled a wave pattern (Carabelle Studio) to create more of a sea look and some black dots through a piece of dry wall paper for some extra texture. The quote is from “Finding Nemo” that I typed with my vintage typewriter. I also added some neon pink dashes.

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Well, that’s it for today! I have a lot of editing to do, because I took tons of photo’s and there are also quite some more art projects that I’d like to share with you. So I hope to see you back soon!

28 October 2016

Little Book Of Christmas

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I know it’s still early and some of you don’t want to think about Christmas yet, but I had a good reason to dive into my Christmas stuff. There are people in this world who already are exited about that time of year coming. And last week I was making a surprise gift for one of them. Of course this idea came up in my mind close before I needed the present, so I had to think of something that didn’t take more than a day to make. This cute little Christmas album is quite easy to make and the time it takes, depends on how crazy you go with embellishing.

Because of the lack of time I didn’t think of filming the process, but a tutorial has already been requested, so I’m planning to do a how-to video on a similar album. Maybe even another Christmas themed one.

For this album I used up an old paper collection by My Minds Eye. I so wish I had more of this. I think I will buy “Mistletoe Kisses” by Simple Stories this year. I just love the non traditional colours. Better make up my mind fast, because these Christmas collections are always gone long before I get in the Christmas mood. Good thing I was challenged to dig into my Christmas stuff early this year.

Here’s a flip through video for you. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

26 October 2016

Gelli Printed Art Journal Flip Through

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Hi all! I’m sorry it’s been a while. My laptop was running so slow, it was hardly working. I did try to find a good app, so I could write my blog from my iPad, but unfortunately the only good app that ever existed, ceized to be. I could really do with a new computer, but I had to choose. A new laptop or a new bed. And since my bed is very old and I’m dealing with chronic pain, I really need that new bed. My bestie and I talked everything through and a new idea was born. What if he installed an SSD in my old laptop. It was worth the try. And so he did. Tonight I’m bussy installing all the software I need and boy does this SSD make a difference! My laptop starts within 12 seconds. I hit the on button, take a deep breath and my computer is ready to go. That fast! I’m doing a little happy dance here!

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So, finally, I am able to share the video I made. Some of you may already have seen it, since I was able to upload it from my iPad, but I just wasn’t able to share it through my blog yet. I’m still very new to making and editing videos, so please have a little patience while I’m trying to improve. It’s already been watched by nearly 400 people, which makes me very happy and proud. Since I’m all new to this, I could use a little help. If you like my videos (yes, I made a few), please hit the thumbs up button below the video. This helps to let YouTube know you like my videos, which makes that YouTube will suggest my videos to other people who might be interested. Also, if you subscribe to my channel, you will know when I uploaded a new video. I would be very grateful if you would share my video with someone who will enjoy the content.

Enough said. Let’s watch the video.

If you have any suggestions or request for future videos, please let me know!

14 May 2016

Spring In Pink (and a touch of purple)

Hello! Like I mentioned in my previous poste, I’ve got some photos to share with you. They were taken during the last couple of weeks and have something in comment. They are spring bloomings and they are quite pink, except for one that is purple, but well, purple is close to pink right? I’m still playing around with my new vintage 50mm lens and I like it a lot!

This is the purple photo. I call it “tulip in the city” as you can see the large buildings in the background.

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Let’s move on to the pink. I adore the vivid colours of the rhododendron flowers. I think they look kind of exotic.

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Yes, I know. The sunlight was too bright, but I couldn’t really change that, could I? And coming back later that day, wasn’t an option. I still like how the photos turned out.

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Don’t you love the pink flowers? As much as I adore the rhododendron’s flowers, I am absolutely in love with the sakura, better known as cherry blossoms.

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I tried to capture their beauty as best as I could.

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I just can’t get enough of them.

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I saved the best for last. This is a photo I am very proud of. It hardly needed any post-processing. I know taking good pictures isn’t about having the best gear, but I do notice the difference with this prime lens. It’s vintage, but it sure is good glass. The conditions for taking this photo were also really good. Even though it was the same (too) bright sunlight as in the rhododendron pictures. I took my time to get it all nice in frame, adjusted my settings et voila! I hope you like it as much as I do. I call this one “sakura lush”.

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Allright. That’s it for today. I don’t have any pink spring delightness left anymore. I will go exploring what other kinds of spring colours are waiting to get captured. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!

10 May 2016

Some Art Journal Pages

Hi! It’s been a while since I shared anything, so this is going to be a long post with lots of eye candy. I’ve been busy with all kinds of projects. The weather is beautiful too (not today though), so I’ve also been outside taking photos. Some successful, others a bit less succesful. There’s still so much to learn. I know now, full sunshine is nice and helps for a good mood, but it can be a struggle to take photos in the bright light. Lesson learned: I need to avoid that hard, bright light. Better not take photos in the middle of the day.

I’ve also done some art journaling. I’ve made myself a stamp too. It’s big and I love it. The type of linoleum I used doesn’t like to be used with stamping ink, but it does a good job with acrylic ink applied with a brayer. I had some mono printed papers lying on my table, that made a good base to test the stamp. The mono print was done with the Gelli Arts® printing plate.

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Another day I started working on a page in my Dylusions art journal. I started on a page I already brayed some paint on in a previous session. Sometimes I like to start on a clear page, but sometimes it helps more to start on a page that already has something on it.

When I’m in doubt of what I want with a page, I start doodling loosely with a pencil. Sometimes I pick up a pen too or coloured pencils. This time I just took a graphite pencil. Next I stamped with a backgroundstamp (by Hema). I don’t have a lot of inkpads, so I chose a colour from my Neo Color II crayons, rubbed a bit onto my stamp and spritzed it with water. I love the look this gives. I also used a chevron stamp (also by Hema) with black Stazon ink.

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Still happy with the stamp I made, I fuzzy cut one of the flowers from the print and started playing with composition. While moving the flower from edge to edge, ideas were flowing through my mind. I drew a scalloped border shape on the same mono printed paper and cut that too. I used a black and a white Posca marker.

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I went through my collection of quirky collage images by Tumble Fish Studio. I chose this body of a football player together with a label and the “notions” word. I drew the head on a scrap piece of paper and fuzzy cut it. I also cut a crown out of a piece of mono printed paper. Next I adhered it all in place and wrote a list about some currently facts in my life. The page had some maskingtape to prevent the paper from tearing out of the journal. I decided to make it look pretty by embellishing it with a piece of washi tape. I wrote a statement and finalized the page by drawing a border.

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Another page I made, also started with a previously brayered background (same session). I sprayed some Bubblegum Pink Dylusions spray ink through a stencil by The Crafters Workshop. In order not to waste any ink, I also turned the stencil and stamped the ink on the page like that. Then I applied purple (Seedless Preserves) Distress ink through a piece of punchinella (sequin waste). I knew I wanted to make a cluster following the rule of thirds, but didn’t exactly know how to do this. Luckily I have a book called “Art Journal Freedom” by the wonderful Dina Wakley that explains this way of composition very well and has some great inspiration photos. I adhered the washi tape, wrote some journaling about how I felt that day, tore a strip of mono printed paper, together with a piece of kitchen towel I once used to mop up some ink, stamped a postcard image on a piece of paper I aged with Distress ink (antique linen) and fuzzy cut it. While going through my washi tapes, I found this cute mushroom tape that says “how are you?” and I just needed to use it on my page.

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When I adhered al the pieces, I stamped on of Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds, fuzzy cut and adhered it. I also added a bird of a very old Maya Road collection to the cluster. To finish the page I splattered some purple (Funky Fuchsia)Dylusions spray ink on the page.

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Here are some close-up pictures of the page.

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And then Carla Sonheim happened. I bet a lot of you have heared that name somewhere. She is an illustrator from the States who teaches the fun of making art through online classes and the books she wrote. I adore her cute creatures who always seem to look a little confused. A couple of weeks ago she shared a technique on YouTube called Ink Figures. The idea is to make some marks with black ink on a piece of paper and from this draw a figure. I just had to try this as it seemed such a fun technique. And it is! I’ve noticed how this small exercise can take you into a creative mood in seconds.

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The next day I decided to try if this technique would work for an animal too, which it did.

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Now I am really hooked! So I ordered Carla’s book “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals”. Can’t wait till it arrives. A lesson in patience here, as the book has to come all the way from the UK. Until then I already enjoy the book “Creative Photography” by Carla’s husband Steve Sonheim, which I also ordered and was delivered the next day.

Please make sure you follow my blog as I will be back soon showing some pretty photos I made during the nice weather. Bye for now!