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This week it will only be a quick post. Here in The Netherlands we celebrate "Sinterklaas" (5th December), which is a bit like Santa Claus. This requires lots of preparations: buying a gift for the person selected by drawing lots, making a special present with it and making a Sinterklaas rhyme. The location for the festivities is our workshop, so we also have to tidy it, hang the curtains and prepare our special Sinterklaas game. I've selected this Art Journal page because time for playing (in my case making art) will be very limited. So I'll just have to enjoy looking at art and...

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During my sister's Summer holiday we looked after her dog. Fix is a very sweet dog, so we liked having him around. He was also the inspiration for this journal spread. I have used acrylic paint. The food tray and bones are collage items. The Dutch text on the bones mean "sweet" (lief) and "cheerful" (levenslustig). To link the two pages together I made a little linocut stamp of a dog's footprint (see photo). Hope you like

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A couple of months ago my uncle Nico passed away. Not a particularly happy occasion to write about, but I would like to honour him. When I was a teenager he was an inspiration to me. He made the most beautiful wood carving. He made it look easy, so I also gave it a try. Not my best work, but hey I was 15 at the time! On the right page of the Journal spread you can see a picture of my uncle holding one of his wood carved birds. He also made owls and that's why I made the linocut print on the other side. It is nice to see that after all these years he still is an inspiration to

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I am looking out of the bay window and see grey clouds. Rain is falling on our garden table. The perfect time for some inside art making and a colourful post! Inspiration for this post came from a magazine photograph. I painted the girl as if she was on a beach, sand swirling around her and she throwing beach balls in the air. The paper chain (actually plastic) I bought at Hema. I had to adjust it because it was way too big, but what's a celebration without one! So despite the weather, enjoy

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The colours of the leaves are turning into the most beautiful shades of yellow, brown, orange and red. So fall is really here. What I like most about this season are the gifts of nature. I love picking chestnuts from the ground. I like their colour, their smoothness and their shine. (See picture below). Oh, I like the pumpkin too! We also have a walnut tree near the house. It is not very big (yet) and I only found a couple of walnuts, but I think they are amazing too, and edible! For this double Art Journal page I made three eraser stamps (see foto) It was...

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This week's post is a self portrait. I really enjoyed carving this lino cut and although I made a huge mistake, I still like it. Maybe I like it because it doesn't look like me! I am not so keen on taking pictures of me either... When I showed it to my husband he said "this is not your mouth or eyes". He was right. I forgot to make it as a negative cut. Faces are never symmetrical, so left and right side got reversed. The reason for this lino cut is actually the hands. I needed fingers to have lines to write between. The text means a lot to me : "I just want to be me" I feel in...

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I have to confess that I am not a good blogger yet. I have to find myself some kind of routine. My goal is to make at least one post a week. Sometimes I am too busy making art! There are so many interesting techniques to try and for the past two weeks I have been making gelatin plates and tried making prints with them. In a local store where they sell all kinds of baking materials I bought a little pot of gelatin. With the gelatin powder I made a rather solid fluid and poured it into two glass bowls, one round and one rectangular. After letting it set in the refrigerator I tried lifting...

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When we were living in Minnesota for 9 months, we thought winter was severe there, but last winter in Holland it was very cold too. You can see the fence was covered in white frost and there were no eggs to be

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This painting was an attempt to bring spring inside the house. At the time we were living in America and in the beginning of April the ground was covered with snow AGAIN. I felt very depressed. I wanted Spring. So if Spring is not coming to you, you create it! The little card "Lente" means Spring in

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Sometimes I get a request for a painting, which I always find challenging to do, because you are often restricted in choosing colours and design. The challenging part is to find a composition everybody is happy with. In this case they asked for an abstract figures painting. I came up with the idea to paint the figures as a family. They (as parents) in the middle and their son and daughter on either side. Later I incorporated their children’s initials (B & M) into the figures. (See picture below) In the end they were very happy with the painting and that makes every...

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