donderdag 19 juni 2014

Finally, after a long time...I found a new that I really, really, really wanted and never dreamed of finding it again. I just finished my first week....Instead of working 16 hours a week (divided in cleaning and being a mailwoman) I now work for 24 hours a week at the office. So I'm feeling good!!! And tired....:-)
I even managed to squeeze in some time for art journaling:


zaterdag 17 mei 2014


The past few weeks I was inspired by Terri Kahrs' workshop she did for 21Secrets 2013. She released her workshop on her YouTube channel and I loved it!!
She showed the difference between inkjetprinted and laserprinted pictures and how she uses reproduced images and backgrounds from her own artwork.
It was just what I needed to get me started in my art journal again!

First I created some quick collagesheet with parts of my own artwork. Like this:

I had these printed on a laserprinter, together with some previously made backgrounds, which I scanned before I collaged my images.
I wanted to start a new journal in which I would write down my favourite quotes, so I grabbed a thin Moleskine A5 sized journal (cahier) and started working...
I collaged pieces of the printed backgrounds in my journal. I tried all the background techniques Terri showed in her video's, with gesso, neocolors, acrylic paint etc. I noticed that the one with gesso, water and neocolors got me the best results. On top of these backgrounds I collaged my printed images. I also used some clothing labels as flaps on my pages to create some secret journaling spots. I collaged these flaps with pieces of my printed papers too.

(The image is collaged on a flap. 
The text on the flap is in golden letters 
but somehow my printer/scanner didn't get it right...
Behind the flap is some secret journaling.)

(With the backgrounds I created on pieces of cardstock, 
while watching the video's, I created some cute houses..)

The butterfly wings on this last page come from a great book I found at a big booksale. The book was all about butterflies with lots of images, perfect for my collages. So be prepared for some more butterfly inspired pages!


dinsdag 25 maart 2014

Never regret...

...anything that has happened in your life....

I think it took me a month to finish these pages. I'm way too busy too create, which makes it hard getting in the right creative flow.


zondag 23 februari 2014

A little bit of this and that...

I have created a few pages since January...only I haven't had the chance to show them.
Now I have! Look:

Last November I felt like painting faces and girls. I bought an XL-sized pack of playing cards and started painting, drawing and pasting....
I forgot about them and now I found them again under a pile on my desk. As I see them now, these cards were very personal small sized journal pages, some of them made in desparate moments...

Hope to be back soon with some more journal pages!


vrijdag 3 januari 2014

Happy new year... all of you!!
I had a tough year last I feel like this year will be my year...Iwill try to leave all the bad memories behind and start living again! Ok..easier said than done...but I'm going to give it a try.

I finished a new page to illustrate my thoughts:


zondag 22 december 2013

Sometimes you fall down...

...because there is something down there that you are supposed to find.

Skip the blabla about...'here I am again' and 'is it really almost two month since I did a blogpost?'..
No blabla about blogging once a month or once a week....or about getting things done...
I bumped into this quote on Pinterest a while ago and this is more the way I feel now:

Which also means I'm hanging on to my art journaling...
Having two jobs, three kids, a dog and a household...I got a lot of balls to hold up in the air! But I'm getting pretty good in this juggling now and then I try to sneak in a ball named 'art journaling'...

I started a new 'Teesha Moore-style' journal, cutting up a big sized piece of watercolourpaper and simply binding it with a thread. I feel these journals work the best for me, having different sized pages.
Here is the first page..I even thought of making a 'before' and 'after' picture for you!
This is the page with only a painted background and the collage:

And the finished page:

I have the beginning of the next page also for you...

A lot of penwork still to be done...I hope to get back soon with the final result!