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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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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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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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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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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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Today a quick post. I promised to show you more gelli prints with the cobweb stamp. The above picture is one of them (click to enlarge). It is part of the journal spread below. I love the ghost close-up. I hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by! Anja

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I looked at a beautiful structure on my Gelli Plate, but the paint was too dry to pull a print. Making a transfer often solves this problem. In this case, not totally. The sticky side of the print looked best. I decided to frame it, rather then glueing it in my Art Journal. In front of a window it looks a bit like stained glass (see picture below). I think it would be fabulous as fabric for a lampshade. But that's another story! Inspiration came from YouTube. Films showing you how to make stamps with hot glue. In my case "cold" glue! I used Velpon (=Dutch) and dried it with my...

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