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From time to time I like to carve my own stamps. I often use large erasers instead of the expensive Speedy Carve. Both large stamps are made out of Action erasers. For the little glasses stamp I used a leftover piece of Speedy Carve. Photos below show the other side of the big erasers and the stamps themselves. The reason for this spread was visiting our friends Karin & Jos on the isle of Texel. Karin and I celebrated our 40 years of being best friends. We had lovely weather, good food and drinks and lots of laughter. I feel blessed to have them as friends. Texel is the...

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Here is another collage painting. This time I have not been using paper, I have used Willow catkins. I struggled a bit with the height of the catkins, so the whole painting looks more like an abstract sheep. The close-up photo to the right shows the bristles of a scrubbing brush I used for eyelashes. It was fun to make this painting, but it took a lot of time to glue all Willow catkins down. Thanks for stopping

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It has been a few months since my last post, but I HAVE been busy. The fact is I still like making art the most, so this blog gets neglected. As a consequence I decided to quit this blog in August. I opened an Instagram account and found out that Instagram is a quicker way to post my art. One of the paintings I have been working on is this donkey. The background and beam in the front are all collaged with different kinds of paper, e.g. old maps, Citrasolv papers and Brasso papers. The donkey has been painted with acrylic paint. I think I am in my collage phase right now. I...

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As promised this post is about another way to use my gelli prints and other papers. In this post I talked about making a template to use your gelli prints behind. Now I'd like to talk about the Arc System by Staples. I came across this idea here. Gelli Arts made a really nice post about using your gelli prints in a planner system (= Arc System). I was looking for a journal to write my website notes in. These notes are about ideas for new techniques, new art supplies or new recipes. I bought an Arc journal, discs and the special punch. This Arc System proved to be ideal! The first...

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Sorry it took me a while to make a new post. I know there's people out there in blog land who post every day. I think for them it is like brushing their teeth. It must be in their system... I admire that, but for me making art is part of my system. I really have to make time to take pictures and make posts. I also must admit that my energy level has been quite low the past few months due to joint pain. It gives me sleepless nights and concentration problems. What helps me relax is making art. So back to making art. In October I did manage to give an Art Journal Workshop. The...

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This very local (the area is called Heemskerkerduin) Art Route was held last 13th September and I am still recuperating. Wow, what an event! The number of visitors was overwhelming. My heart is filled with joy because of all the positive comments my paintings and Art Journal pages were given. It was my first time participating and a lot of work was involved. In our workshop, when celebrating family events, we normally use curtains, but curtains are no good for hanging paintings! So my husband and our son Robin made wooden pannels and special shelves. Pictures below show the...

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Keeping an Art Journal is a great way to play. Among other things, you can register your daily life, but I also like to try new techniques from time to time. Trying new things is always a bit of a gamble. On the left side page I made a stencil out of parchment like paper. This was not a good idea. After using paint the stencil curled up and I had to throw it away. The page ended up like some kind of abstract art! It will have to grow on me! On the right picture you see the stamp of the Scottish Highlander I have used quite a lot lately. I have been making monoprints for the...

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Sometimes life takes over! Ok, we've had our holiday too. So before you know it a few months have gone by. I may have stopped blogging, but I didn't stop making art. I have made several Art Journal pages in my daily journal. I also made a couple of rubber stamps and a portrait made of birch- and pinewood pieces. In this blogpost I want to show you some of my journal pages. Picture of the journal spread above (click on picture to enlarge) is about going out to diner in IJmuiden and afterwards going to the theater. Here are some other photos: I used different stencils, stamps...

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I can work in about four or five different sized Art Journals, so why starting a new one, you might ask? The reason is that my very first Art Journal was like a diary and I miss that. Nowadays I use my Art Journals to try new techniques and there's nothing wrong with that (as a matter of fact I still love it), but I miss documenting my daily life. I am not only returning to documenting my daily life but also taking another approach on backgrounds. Normally I work at one page at the time. Now I printed six background pages with the gelli plate. Below is the first page. I used...

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(Click on photo above to enlarge) In today's post I'd like to talk about the second test run for the Art Journal Workshop for beginners. Cathy and Loes were so kind to be "guinea pigs" for two Saturday afternoons. The first afternoon I talked about what an art journal is and the possibilities in journals. Then I explained the shaving foam technique, which they practiced afterwards. Photos below show some of their prints. Main goal of the workshop is to make backgrounds. A lot of people are afraid of totally white pages so this provides them with a starting point....

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