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I am back! My excuse is that the past few months I have been busy preparing an Art Journal Workshop for beginners. I did two test runs. The first one was during four afternoons with my mother and sister. They were a bit overwhelmed, but liked the two techniques. They made several prints with the Gelli Plate and with shaving foam. I was "allowed" to use one of the shaving foam prints my mother made. She has a passion for fashion, so that's the title. The right picture is a close-up of a vase she made with the shaving foam technique. Photos below show their final Art Journal...

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In this post I like to show you my second stamp. I imported a picture from Google into the "Eraser Stamp"-app on my iPad. Made a print and started carving. I don't know why but I think carving a stamp is therapeutic. I also like the excitement of trying a new stamp for the first time. The text "belangrijke woorden" is in Dutch and means "important words". I printed both words and stamp on an envelop and cut a big piece off. The envelop is now open and I have put some sort of "billboard" in it. If you take it out it looks like the photo on the right. They're all Dutch words...

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I love making my own rubber stamps. I got inspired by "Carve December" on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog (see here). For me it was not possible to carve a stamp a day, but I really enjoyed looking on Instagram (see here ) at all the nice stamps other people made. I did manage to make a few stamps. For this first stamp I used the "Eraser Stamp"-app again. This app gives really good stamp designs. I used the stamp "Say it out loud!" on an envelop so I can store all important words and texts in it. You can see two holes on the left side. That's because I am also working in a loose leaf...

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Better late than never, but a happy new year to everyone! I made this Art Journal page mid December but never got the time to post it. It was really fun to make it. It all started with an app on my iPad. It is called "Eraser Stamp" and transforms ordinay photos into black and white images you can use to make a stamp. Or in this case a stencel. I used the iPad camera to take a picture of the advertisement (left photo). On the right you see the result after altering it in "Eraser Stamp". I cut two stencils. One for the girl and a seperate one for the snow. I used both...

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The title of this Art Journal page "Citrasolv Rocks" can be read in two ways. There are literally rocks on this page. On the other hand the product Citrasolv rocks too. It created the most wonderful effects on several National Geographic pages. Below is a close-up picture of the man. I think the text "When life throws rocks at you, pick them up and make them into stepping stones" is appropriate. The stepping stones, by the way, are cut outs from an old poster. I finish this post with another CitraSolv image so you can see the amazing colours you can get. I didn't change a...

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For this journal page I used Citra Solv and Brasso papers. Earlier I had no success with Dutch National Geograpphics. (see this post) My daughter Maaike brought back two National Geographics from her holiday trip to the United States. I was thrilled to see that this time the magazines and Citra Solv did react.  Within a short period of time my studio looked like this. Papers on top of my cabinet and all over the floor! The original plan was to use the Citra Solv papers as background papers for my Christmas painting, but I decided they were too dark and didn't match. So what to do...

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This week we have a lot of wind and rain, so autumn has finally arrived! Autumn also means beautiful colours. This journal spread celebrates the vibrant autumn colours. I started both pages with black gesso. On a separate piece of watercolour paper I drew the leaves, letters, pumpkin and the watering can. I used a liquid masking fluid marker, so after removing the masking fluid there would be white lines. The text on the right page is in Dutch. It is a little poem about autumn. Autumn to me is finding the first chestnuts in the grass, sitting in the bay window by candle light...

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A while ago I made an Art Journal page called "Dance" (see here). In this post I showed a picture of another "Dance"-page in progress (left picture below). Next to it is a photo of the almost finished page, taken with my iPad. Luckily I have this photo, before "disaster" struck!   I was happy with all "disco"-themed pages. I often take pictures with my iPad to show my mother what I am up to. Pictures below are again iPad pictures taken before "disaster". Then I decided to make the white page (the girl's back) black by using the Gelli Plate. When I pulled the...

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Early June, together with our good friends Karin and Jos, we went to Texel. This is one of the West Frisian islands in the Dutch Wadden Sea. The Wadden are a very special area, protected by international law. An area in which people and nature need to live together. People respecting the area, that's what this page is about. "Samen genieten v.d. Wadden" means "Enjoying the Wadden together". By the way a "wad" is a mud-flat. Inspiration for this page came from painter Hundertwasser. I love his use of colour and different media. I started as usual by drawing on copy paper. (See left...

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This post took a bit longer because I've had surgery. Last week my uterus has been removed so I have to take it slow. I already prepared this post. Here it goes. This Art Journal page shows the final design for my Christmas painting. I love the colour red in Christmas decorations, so the dress had to be red. I want to use golden metal foil in my painting. I made little stars (see picture below) to see if they would work. I like the effect. The background paper was a different story! I wanted to use CitraSolv papers. This means you use CitraSolv to alter magazine papers....

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