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In this post I like to show you my second stamp. I imported a picture from Google into the "Eraser Stamp"-app on my iPad. Made a print and started carving. I don't know why but I think carving a stamp is therapeutic. I also like the excitement of trying a new stamp for the first time. The text "belangrijke woorden" is in Dutch and means "important words". I printed both words and stamp on an envelop and cut a big piece off. The envelop is now open and I have put some sort of "billboard" in it. If you take it out it looks like the photo on the right. They're all Dutch words...

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I love making my own rubber stamps. I got inspired by "Carve December" on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog (see here). For me it was not possible to carve a stamp a day, but I really enjoyed looking on Instagram (see here ) at all the nice stamps other people made. I did manage to make a few stamps. For this first stamp I used the "Eraser Stamp"-app again. This app gives really good stamp designs. I used the stamp "Say it out loud!" on an envelop so I can store all important words and texts in it. You can see two holes on the left side. That's because I am also working in a loose leaf...

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Better late than never, but a happy new year to everyone! I made this Art Journal page mid December but never got the time to post it. It was really fun to make it. It all started with an app on my iPad. It is called "Eraser Stamp" and transforms ordinay photos into black and white images you can use to make a stamp. Or in this case a stencel. I used the iPad camera to take a picture of the advertisement (left photo). On the right you see the result after altering it in "Eraser Stamp". I cut two stencils. One for the girl and a seperate one for the snow. I used both...

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The title of this Art Journal page "Citrasolv Rocks" can be read in two ways. There are literally rocks on this page. On the other hand the product Citrasolv rocks too. It created the most wonderful effects on several National Geographic pages. Below is a close-up picture of the man. I think the text "When life throws rocks at you, pick them up and make them into stepping stones" is appropriate. The stepping stones, by the way, are cut outs from an old poster. I finish this post with another CitraSolv image so you can see the amazing colours you can get. I didn't change a...

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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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A while ago I made an Art Journal page called "Dance" (see here). In this post I showed a picture of another "Dance"-page in progress (left picture below). Next to it is a photo of the almost finished page, taken with my iPad. Luckily I have this photo, before "disaster" struck!   I was happy with all "disco"-themed pages. I often take pictures with my iPad to show my mother what I am up to. Pictures below are again iPad pictures taken before "disaster". Then I decided to make the white page (the girl's back) black by using the Gelli Plate. When I pulled the...

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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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I have taken a long summer holiday break. Not so much from making art but from blogging. I have a couple of pages to show you. I'll do that in different posts. I made this first Art Journal page when it was very warm in The Netherlands. My art studio is the hottest place to be, both literally and figuratively! The technique I used, was letting different layers of paint dry on the Gelli Plate. I used a sheet of adhesive plastic to pull the print. For this Art Journal page I carved a stamp. It is called the "Open Eye" stamp. I also made a separate stamp for the background colour...

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(Click above image to enlarge) In a local store I bought a colouring/sticker book. For girls that is! When I was a girl I loved colouring women and making paper cloths for them.  So I went back to my childhood and made this page in my Art Journal. I started cutting a stencil and mask (see pictures below). The background is a page full of gelli prints and traces of cleaning my brayer. I love the dance theme of this colouring book. I am busy making the next art journal page with a new stencil and mask. Below you see the cover of the colouring book and the page in...

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I don't know whether you could call it a down side of making a specific stamp, but the fact is you want to USE it. So gardening is a bit of a theme in my Art Journal right now. It all started by making a "see through" page. (see below on the left) The first gardening spread (see here) was rather "busy" so this time I used simple colors and forms. On the right you see the back of the page. Also rather "quiet". After carving some background stamps the temptation of using bright colors was too big. I also carved a wheelbarrow and found out that it didn't fit next to the girl.... I...

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