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For this journal page I used Citra Solv and Brasso papers. Earlier I had no success with Dutch National Geograpphics. (see this post) My daughter Maaike brought back two National Geographics from her holiday trip to the United States. I was thrilled to see that this time the magazines and Citra Solv did react.  Within a short period of time my studio looked like this. Papers on top of my cabinet and all over the floor! The original plan was to use the Citra Solv papers as background papers for my Christmas painting, but I decided they were too dark and didn't match. So what to do...

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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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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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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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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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Verleden week heb ik geen bericht  kunnen posten, omdat ik in Birmingham was. We zijn daar geweest voor de "graduation" van onze dochter. Het was heel bijzonder om haar in zo'n toga te zien! Ik vind het ook fijn om weer thuis te zijn. Ik mis het echt als ik een dag (of in dit geval dagen) niet heb kunnen werken in m'n Art Journal of heb kunnen schilderen. De afgelopen dagen heb ik het schilderij à la Hundertwasser afgemaakt. Mijn dochter is er heel blij mee en dat maakt mij heel gelukkig! Hier nog een foto terwijl het schilderij op de grond ligt

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De schilderijen van Hundertwasser vind ik inspirerend. Een aantal jaren geleden heb ik een schilderij à la  "Hundertwasser" van Venetië gemaakt. Dat is bovenstaand schilderij.  Als je erop klikt, wordt hij vergroot. Onze dochter was in Venetië geweest. Ikzelf  jammer genoeg niet!  Het schilderij is dan ook voor haar. Nu is ze ook in Parijs geweest en wil ze daar een soort gelijk schilderij van. Door het uitproberen van allerlei nieuwe technieken in m'n Art Journal kwam het er maar niet van. Verleden week ben ik na lange tijd begonnen een ontwerp te maken. Aan de hand van een foto...

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De laatste tijd is het aardig aan het winteren in Nederland. Dat levert mooie plaatjes op en veel inspiratie! Ik heb eerst de achtergrond met de Gelli Plate geprint. Ik heb dat in verschillende keren gedaan, omdat m'n printplaat kleiner is dan het papier. De Berkenbomen had ik als foam rubberen mallen op de plaat gelegd. Dit is de tweede print, dus die bomen heb ik  moeten bijwerken vanwege de lichte afdruk. Toch heb ik vrij veel van de oorspronkelijke print laten staan, zodat het net is alsof je op twee manieren naar de bomen kan kijken. In een apart schetsboek probeer ik mijn...

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We are rapidly approaching Christmas. Last year I made a large Christmas painting (1 mtr x 1 mtr) for my dear friends Karin and Jos. It is a mixed media painting, better said a mixed material painting. I used real Christmas lights for the big star, twigs from our walnut tree and straw for the stable, and wool for the sheep. (Click on the image to enlarge it) It took a long time to make it. Yet sometimes you just have to execute an idea, because you feel so inspired... I really enjoyed making this painting and are happy my friends like it

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This is a very special painting to me. It is about my father's life journey. You literally can see the path he has taken. Early in his life he had an accident that handicapped him, a horse carriage ran over his hip. So the car in the painting represents the accident but also the various (horse) carriages he made later on in his life. In my father's workshop I found most of the materials used in this painting. As he was a smoker all his life, I made the little house out of an old cigar tin box. The "trees" are old filing tools. The edge of the sun and the birds in the sky are made of...

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