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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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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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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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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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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 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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(Click above image to enlarge) I know it has been a while, but some serious gardening got in the way. My husband and I have been removing old fences, building raised beds, removing plants, removing our hen house and of course did a lot of weeding! The photo below shows the end result. Gardening also gave me inspiration for an Art Journal page. It all started with a magazine photo. I love making stamps, so I decided to turn the picture into a stamp. Below you see the first set up of the page. The background consists of some gelli prints, cleaning of my brayer and using...

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This journal spread is a rather personal one. Many people started 2014 with a special word. In my case I have two words: be open. No, actually it is more a sentence: willing to be open! On my 50th birthday I realized that I'd become some sort of an island. I did not allow "boats" to come to me and I was not "sailing" to other people either. I am an introvert person and highly sensitive. This makes it difficult to communicate with others, especially in crowded places. It took me a while to realize that I was no longer willing to try to be open. This became a turning point. I know that I...

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Funny thing is, at last I got my BIG Gelli Plate and now I love printing in my new SMALL Art Journal.... I even printed in sections, but I love the look. I used bubble wrap, a squares stamp and a litle funny tool that makes kind of circles (see below). The faces are hand carved stamps. The left one looks like this: The pages are not finished yet. They need words, I think. Thanks for stopping

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