donderdag 27 oktober 2011

Metal art and a new page

In my previous blogpost I wrote about the fact that I had a great idea for the cover of my Grids circle journal.
Well, here it is:

Inspired by this YouTube video:

I bought some metal tape in the hardware store and created the cover on a piece of a cereal box.
I didn't have all those great tools unfortunately but I used the corner of an old creditcard, the back of a small paintbrush and my eyelet setter instead.
It was fun doing this and I really want to make some more metal art. How about some ATC's?

I also received another page..a double sided artwork!...for my grid CJ:
From Elvy:

Love it! Thanks, Elvy!

And last but not least, a new page in my Inspired by Teesha journal:
(Journaling: Some people ask for the truth while they can't even handle the lie.)


zondag 23 oktober 2011

Circle journals

At the dutch forum for art journalers we started a round of circle journals. We decided to work with separate pages on A5 size, so we could save on postage and we didn't risk to lose complete journals in the mail. We set the deadline for each page on the 1st and 15th of every month.
The theme for my CJ is 'grids', inspired by Marit's grid album. The possibilities with grids are almost endless, I think. I love it when I receive artwork in the mail and especially to see what everybody has done with 'their grids'.
Here are the pages I received so far:

from Marieke:

 From Margot:

Of course I had lots of inspiration to make my own pages to add to my CJ...only not enough time yet...
But yesterday I managed to make my first grid page:

I was inspired by the work of Lori Vliegen. She makes great artwork with watercolor and some Micron pens. Her letters are always so beautiful!
For this page I drew my grid first (with pencil!) and filled the grid with leafs and letters. Than I traced the lines with a fine Micron pen and colored it all with my Inktense pencils. I tried to make the same letters as she always does but I definitely need some more practice and a better pen for that...
Still, I'm very, very happy with the results. Especially because I tried something completely different than my usual collages.

By the way, speaking of collages. I made some pages for other CJ's as well:

For Bonita:
(theme: Quotes)

For Alda:
(theme: Hearts)

For Astrid:
(theme: Flowers)
(The border of flowers on the left is colored with fluorescent Sharpies in pink, orange, red en blue but somehow my scanner can't handle these colours and makes the flowers look pale...)

I have big plans for the cover of my grid CJ and I will to start with it today.
I hope I can show you the results soon!


dinsdag 18 oktober 2011

Luck is what happens...

...when preparation meets opportunity!
It is a quote I read on ThinkExist on the same day that I heard the coach of the dutch national baseballteam say the same to his team, right before the worldchampionship finals against Cuba. And they won! I'm not a basebal fan at all but I like it when I realize that a new historical event has taken place. It was the first time in history that our national baseball team became worldchampion. It must have had something to do with that quote....
So here is my newest page in my Inspired by Teesha journal:
Size: 20x25cm

Only two more pages to go and than I filled the complete journal!
By the way, that would be historical too...all the journals I've started so far still have a lot of blanc pages....


donderdag 13 oktober 2011

Life would be happier...

...if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
How true is that, huh? On the other hand, if I knew all the things that I know right now, I probably wouldn't have done a whole lot of things when I was younger...things that I made me who I am and which I couldn't do without! So I guess it works in both ways. Still, I loved the quote because it made me think and it fitted perfectly on my journal page...another one in my Inspired by Teesha journal:
(Size: 27x25cm)


woensdag 12 oktober 2011

More pages...

At the dutch forum for art journaling is this month challenge: Halloween.
I don't have much with Halloween but I remembered having a digital scrapkit in a Halloween theme, called Welcome to my Nightmare, so I decided to give this challenge a try.
My Spiderwick journal seemed to be the perfect background for a Halloween page.
It is a big size journal, 12x12 inch and I even decided to do a my page was 24x12 inch (60x30cm).
This is what my pages looked like, before I started with the gesso and paint:

Some details:

(sorry for the reflection of the flashlight...)

And this is what my pages looked like after painting and collaging:

Some details: 

I tried to use the pictures that were already on the pages and added some more printed pictures from my digital scrapkit.
The spider in the little brown envelope was already there. I added the bats, looking if they came out of the envelop.
For the journaling I downloaded a free font, printed the letters and cut them out.
I painted the blooddrips and drew a spiderweb with my markers.

And do you remember this:
The cover of my Inspired by Teesha journal.
I kept looking at it after I finished it but I couldn't find what was missing. When I published it on the forum for dutch art journalers I heard it was 'something with the eye'. So I grabbed my markers and even collaged a bit more and now it looks like this:

I feel more satisfied about it now. What do you think?


donderdag 6 oktober 2011

Inspired by Teesha: cover and new page

I finished the cover of my Inspired by Teesha journal:
Size: 27x25cm

And I finished another page in the journal itself:
Size: 35x25

For this page I used two quotes to fill my page. I'm bad journaler so I stick to quotes...but to me these quotes are a brief summary of my thoughts.


zondag 2 oktober 2011


Today Marit is celebrating her birthday, so I send her some birthday A4 size 'card':

If you're wondering why I choose to write this text, look here (list #27 lesson learned) and here, two blogposts at Marit's blog. Happy birthday, Marit!
And..while you're visiting Marit's blog to send her a birthday will see that she has some great news to share with all of us: she will be launching a new printed magazine in the spring of 2012, loaded with art journaling, mixed media and more. It is called Featuring! Go check it out!