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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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(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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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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