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As promised here's the other spread. (You can find the first journal spread here) I made the tree out of music paper. For the leaves I used scrapbook paper and a leave punch. Can you see the hole? I know the three leaves look a bit strange, but somehow I had to make a connection..... On the right page I used a white Sharpie to make a cobweb. The little spider is made of foam rubber. I had to do a bit of repair in him, because I cut one of his legs off! I'll bet you can't see which leg? Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping

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At the beginning of the month I made a post called "From Summer into Autumn", see here. I like using "look through" holes, but forgot they have consequences on 3 other pages as well. So now I had to create three pages with odd shapes! On above picture (click on it to enlarge) the girl looks kind of sad (probably because Summer is over!), but that's because one eye is a cut out shape from the next page. Below is a close-up. One eyelash has leaves in it, because it has to connect to another page I will post later. The text next to her neck is part of a Dutch song about the end...

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I've put black gesso on various pages in my art journals. I am not always certain what to do with them, but in this case it was very clear to me. A while ago I made a few  tin foil embellishments. The first one I made was a bird, you can find the page  here. Tin foil embellishments are very shiny, so they really stand out on a black page. A sheep, tree and moon call for a landscape! After puting everything together I thought it looked like a fairy tale, so that's the reason for the title. Here are a few close-ups: I hope you enjoyed the page. The reason I am not posting...

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In August I linked up to Carolyn Dube's Gelli Print Party for the first time. Thanks for your nice comment, Carolyn! For the August gelli print I only used a mask of a bird of prey. But I also made a tree stencil and mask out of a plastic folder. (see below) I like to make compositions and tell a story. I thought I'd share this gelli print in September's Gelli Print Party. If your click on the above image you can see on the left page the cormorants happily sitting in a tree. On the right page the bird of prey is approaching. The advantage of an empty mask is that you can use...

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I like the seasons we have in The Netherlands. I love observing the changes in nature. All seasons have their own qualities. At this moment we are going from Summer into Autumn. In the middle of the page I cut a circle half open and wrote on the next (black gessoed) page "Van Zomer", which means "From Summer".  On the back of the circle I wrote "Naar Herfst", meaning "Into Autumn". This is a close-up photo: I must admit this page was a bit of a struggle. The blue sky was all around the tree and there was green between the roots. The colors were not working for me, so I cut a big...

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I am still under the spell of making one liners. I already did a portrait (see here). Now I tried to do buildings and means of transport in one masking fluid line. The title "City Life" refers to the fact that our daughter temporarily moved to Amsterdam. She had to choose between having a car or a bike. Parking places come at a premium and traffic is crazy, so she took her old bike with her. Every time I visit Amsterdam I am astonished at the amount of bicycles. The photo below shows the ones at the entrance of her building. Every entrance has about the same amount of bikes. Most of them...

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A couple of weeks ago I saw a great portrait page on "Art Journal Every Day". Immediately I was inspired.... Some years ago I did a portrait painting of my deceased father, which is now displayed in my son's apartment. Making a good portrait is not an easy task. A few mm's too big or too small and the person looks like somebody else... My son asked me to do another portrait painting of my father in law, who is also deceased. He wants both his granddads "hanging" next to each other. I am not eager to start a large painting. A portrait painting is very time consuming and I...

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I love Carolyn Dube's blog (you can find it here) and I love gelli printing. So 1 plus 1 = 2 and I decided to join her Gelli Print Party. The photo below is the original Gelli Plate print I made directly in my Art Journal. As you can see the plate is smaller than my journal page. I need a bigger one! Unfortunately my birhtday isn't until December. The text is in Dutch (click the upper image to enlarge) and says "we cycled on our last vacation day in "Noordhollands Duinreservaat", which is a nature park we live next to. The images tell the story we saw. There was a group...

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The first time I tried to link up this post to "Art Journal Every Day" I made a mistake in copying the URL. Sorry for the inconvenience. I am new at this! I am still not certain I did it right because there's a red cross in front of my name??? Oh, by the way, don't be scared off by the Dutch language. From now on I will be posting in English. Voordat ik het over bovenstaande bladzijde ga hebben, eerst wat anders!  Ik ben dit blog een jaar geleden gestart. Ik vind het nog steeds heel leuk om de dingen die ik maak, te laten zien. Vanuit "cyber space" zijn er echter niet veel...

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Deze bladzijde uit m'n Art Journal was een bijzonder experiment. De laatste tijd ben ik in de ban van "one liners", d.w.z. tekeningen die zijn opgebouwd uit één lijn. Dit portret heb ik opgezet met een maskeerstift in 1 lijn. Ik ben bij de mond begonnen en via de neus en ogen rechtsonder met het haar geëindigd. De bladzijde is heel kleurrijk geworden. Het gebruik van stempels kon natuurlijk niet achterblijven. "Donderdag" is van een halve gum gemaakt. Verder heb ik een achtergrondstempel gemaakt met allemaal "zoute lapjes". Action verkoopt op het moment XXL gummen in de...

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