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The story of designing a Christmas painting continues. On the internet I saw a stained-glass window of an angel. I thought it would be perfect for the other side of the painting. The difference with the previous Journal page (see here) is that I didn't cut out the black lines. I used a black marker instead. Now I had two Journal pages. One "landscape" and the other one "portrait". So the next thing was to combine them in a total design. I often start sketching on copy paper. I don't know why. Maybe because you can easily throw it away. Here's a photo of my sketch. In my...

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The purpose of this Art Journal page is testing a design. A design for a Christmas painting that is! For some strange reason I always seem to have ideas for Christmas in the middle of summer! I have this cool idea of using deli paper prints with lighting behind it. The painting I want to make will be 100 x 70 cm. So I thought I'd better try it first on a smaller scale. Picture on the left shows the star with daylight behind it. On the right picture my Journal is laying flat on my desk. I also made pictures using my Ipad. The left photo has lamplight behind it. The right one...

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I have taken a long summer holiday break. Not so much from making art but from blogging. I have a couple of pages to show you. I'll do that in different posts. I made this first Art Journal page when it was very warm in The Netherlands. My art studio is the hottest place to be, both literally and figuratively! The technique I used, was letting different layers of paint dry on the Gelli Plate. I used a sheet of adhesive plastic to pull the print. For this Art Journal page I carved a stamp. It is called the "Open Eye" stamp. I also made a separate stamp for the background colour...

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(Click above image to enlarge) In a local store I bought a colouring/sticker book. For girls that is! When I was a girl I loved colouring women and making paper cloths for them.  So I went back to my childhood and made this page in my Art Journal. I started cutting a stencil and mask (see pictures below). The background is a page full of gelli prints and traces of cleaning my brayer. I love the dance theme of this colouring book. I am busy making the next art journal page with a new stencil and mask. Below you see the cover of the colouring book and the page in...

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Due to computer problems posting any picture has not been possible. But I am BACK! Luckily you do NOT need a computer to make art.... At the beginning of June I made three lino plates. Not the ordinary linoleum but a light coloured artificial type. A while ago I ordered Julie Fei-Fan's book "Carve, Stamp, Play" and I was inspired to try making multi coloured prints. It is not easy, I can tell you. Making stamps requires a lot of concentration and I was lacking it. Only the first plate went OK. (See picture below) I was well underway carving the second plate, when I found out I...

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I often get inspired by magazines. This time it was the cover of Panda. This magazine of the Dutch World Wide Fund for Nature has great pictures in it. (I believe in America they call it World Wildlife Fund.)  For the right side of this spread I started making stencils for the Gelli Plate. Left photo below shows them drying. I love to make my own material or buy kitchen gadgets for a different purpose. The stamp "Celebrate Life" is actually a Cookie Stamper! (Right picture above) I can also use the bought stamp "Home Made", but in this case I decided to make my own. First I had to...

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I don't know whether you could call it a down side of making a specific stamp, but the fact is you want to USE it. So gardening is a bit of a theme in my Art Journal right now. It all started by making a "see through" page. (see below on the left) The first gardening spread (see here) was rather "busy" so this time I used simple colors and forms. On the right you see the back of the page. Also rather "quiet". After carving some background stamps the temptation of using bright colors was too big. I also carved a wheelbarrow and found out that it didn't fit next to the girl.... I...

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Hurrah, my collage painting mentioned in this post is finished! I decided to leave the background as it was. The truth is the whole painting was taking up too much of my time. I wanted to do garden work and also play in my art journal again. Lesson learned: no more LARGE projects. In February I started with 9 sheets of collage material made by family and friends. See pictures below. As you can see they also made doodled hands. I did not use much of them in my collage painting, but didn't want to waste the beautiful hands they made. So I bought a white plastic heart around...

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(Click above image to enlarge) I know it has been a while, but some serious gardening got in the way. My husband and I have been removing old fences, building raised beds, removing plants, removing our hen house and of course did a lot of weeding! The photo below shows the end result. Gardening also gave me inspiration for an Art Journal page. It all started with a magazine photo. I love making stamps, so I decided to turn the picture into a stamp. Below you see the first set up of the page. The background consists of some gelli prints, cleaning of my brayer and using...

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I would like to show you my project from the last couple of weeks. The painting workshop for my birthday was great fun and resulted in multiple sheets of very colourful paper. My family and friends painted flowers, a sun, a butterfly, a pumpkin, an owl, even abstract people... How on earth could I make a collage painting out of all those elements? Here are a few pictures from the workshop. Talking about colour! I decided to make a framework, so I could see what colours would work. The portrait is similar to my sketch above. I was not sure about the hair, so I made...

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