zondag 5 oktober 2014

Black & White..and color of course..

I loved my black and white collage so much that I decided to try another one. I'm not completely satisfied but that is ok:
Don't lose faith...sometimes what looks like a disappointment
is simply meant to get you in position for greatness.

And another one...I needed some color again...:

Be ok with not knowing for sure what might come next, 
but know that whatever it is you will be ok.

Only two more empty pages in this journal left....


vrijdag 5 september 2014

More pages...

This first page I want to show you is about a personal challenge, just to force myself to get out of my comfort zone. First I challenged myself to use only black and white (and grey) pictures in my collage, because I ALWAYS use as much color as possible. The second challenge was to create a collage that didn't mean no new creatures or girls with big heads, just a collection of cutouts glued on paper.
Because I am working in a selfmade journal (à la Teesha of course) in which I painted all the pages before even working in it...I allowed myself to use a colored background...plain blue acrylic paint as we speak :-)
This is what happened:
Journaling (in dutch): 
Jezelf afsluiten is jezelf beperken. Neem de dingen zoals ze zijn. 
Vertrouw op je eigen kracht. Open je deuren en geniet.

I like it!!! Yeah! So...lesson learned: I want more of this!!

The second page I'm showing you is about a little flaw in my character..haha..I like to be 'a little' stubborn now and then...I like to bend the rules sometimes or let's say: stretch my boundaries!
The page isn't upside down by the don't stretch your neck too far...
I don't have an attitude problem. 
I just have a personality you can't handle!

And the third page is one I finally finished. The collage was in my journal for months now...I just never felt working on it. I probably had great plans when I made this collage but didn't work out like I wanted to.
This is what it looked like:

Last week I wanted to finish it because it is one of the last pages in this journal...and I just couldn't accept the fact that there is an unfinished page in my journal...
By the way. that is also what I like most about these Teesha Moore-bound journals and why I keep coming back to them: the journals have just the right size and the right number of pages. It is possible and even simple to finish a complete journal! (I have lots of journals with only a few pages in it and the rest of the pages are empty, simply because there are too many pages in it, or after a few pages I want another size...)
Anyway, this is what happened after I added some shadow with an Inktense pencil, added the journaling and some doodling with colored markers.

You don't need another human being to make your life complete. 
But let's be honest...
having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn't see them
as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into 
is the most calming thing in this world.

That's all for now. Only four pages left in this journal...


vrijdag 29 augustus 2014

Whenever you find yourself doubting... far you can go...just remember how far you've come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome.

Enjoying lots of art journaling time right now...being in a great, creative flow!
Let's hope it will last a little bit longer...


donderdag 28 augustus 2014

Sometimes you wish... could just fast forward time, just to see if in the end it is all worth it.


dinsdag 26 augustus 2014

zondag 17 augustus 2014

Watch the sunrise...

It is summer but it feels like autumn today...a grey, rainy day here in Holland!
But this bad weather was great for working in my art journal...

"Watch the sunrise at least once a year. Put a lot of marshmellows in your hot chocolate. Lie on your back and look at the stars. Never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline. Don't overlook life's small joys while searching for the big ones."


zaterdag 9 augustus 2014

A little bit of this and that...

I created several pages lately, trying different things, just what I felt like doing.
It is all about being creative and not about the results! Although I like what came out of my hands....

Simple collage, combined with text on a background of Neocolors and stamps:

Doodling, in black and white...

..and colored with Prismacolor pencils:

More doodling and coloring with Prismacolor pencils:

Collage on a background of scrapbookpaper, cut to A4 size.
I would have loved to credit the designer of the scrapbookpaper, but I threw away the strips with their name on it...However, their papers make a quick and easy backgroud!
I just added the cutout of the woman and the text (in red). I made some blue dots too.

The same for this page, only without an image. Just added the journaling (found on Pinterest) and a little bit of extra doodling.

As I said before, it was all about being creative. No fancy techniques, no complicated collages, I just kept things simple...and the fact that I'm happy with the results is a bonus!