zaterdag 31 december 2011

TOP2000 blogparty

Last week I was inspired by Marit's blogparty, based on the event of the year here in Holland, the Top 2000. (From the first day of Christmas till the end of 2011 the best two thousand hits ever...NON STOP!)
You can read all about in on her blog.
She invited everyone to join the party and send in their artwork based on the hits from this Top 2000.
I felt like I needed to journal about my all time favorite song, not even for this blogparty but also to capture the memory. So I started with this page:

Bon Jovi-Bed of Roses

And than I got the Top 2000 virus...I was browsing the list with all those hits and I immediately knew which favorite hit would be next.

Golden Earring-Radar Love

I cut out a radar and embossed it with gold embossing powder. (I would have used green if I had it...)
The heart and the zipper are magazine cut outs, glued on a background which I painted black.
I love this page! Probably it turned out so well because I had the song playing on my computer at that time. My daughter wanted to know which song I meant...and I think my neighbors heard it too...(lol). brained screamed for more pages based on hits! Of course, I had to journal about the number one of the Top of my favorites too:

Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody

The eye is from a big add in a magazine. I added a little picture of Queen in the pupil. The background comes from a magazine too. No paint involved this time! Just a black marker...
And to compensate for the missing paint...for the fourth page I took a magazine cut out, glued it on a painted background and painted over the picture of the woman.

Van Dik Hout-Stil in mij

I love, love, love this page!!!! It started as an experiment, trying to paint in all those different skin tones. But I love how it turned out!! Even the highlights in the hair are so much more than I had expected. I will definitely try this again!

And this is the last page...number five of this week.

Adele-Make you feel my love

I had to make a page with a song of Adele. I didn't have much time left to art journal so it is quite a simple page...but to be honest...that is much harder for me!

Today is the last day of the Top 2000..which means the best 272 hits ever till 24.00h tonight. My husband and I will be busy making 'oliebollen en appelflappen' this morning. Because of the smell that comes with the frying of these 'oil balls and apple flaps' (lol) we have the door and the windows wide open and the music of the Top 2000 playing cold but so much fun! I hope the neighborhood is a fan of the Top 2000 too...

This will be my last post for 2011. Looking back on all the art I made this year I think I can be very satisfied. I switched from scrapbooking to art journaling completely, which is a good thing. I managed to develop an own recognizable style of art journaling, something I couldn't do with scrapbooking.
I don't have any big New Year's resolutions. I just hope to be able to create as much as I want. I have plans to do a project 52 and create a digital layout each week about our family life. I have plans to create my own set of collage sheets, make some art to sell and maybe more. I will take it one step at a time and see how things go!
I wish all my blogreaders a good, healthy and inspirational 2012 !
See you next year...


zaterdag 24 december 2011

Merry Christmas!

Here is the card I made for Christmas. I had it printed as an official card at an online printservice.
Just for fun...I numbered each card and added the text 'limited edition'! (lol)
For those of you who haven't received a card (yet)...I hope you enjoy the digital version!


woensdag 21 december 2011

Cover of my journal

Here is the front page...which I call the cover...of my Inspired by Nature journal:
(Size 20x25cm)

No, the journal isn't completed yet! Still five pages and four 'flaps' to be continued!


maandag 19 december 2011

Another page!

Yep, I'm really 'suffering' from a very creative flow...and I love it! Although it is hard sometimes to put down my markers, cutouts and glue and make sure my kids and my household get some attention...(lol)
Here is another page in my Inspired by Nature journal:
(Size 20x25cm)

The journaling says something like: you don't have to see the whole road ahead. Just put the first step!
As you can probably see, the background picture with lava streaming down a vulcano made it hard to create some peace this page. Now it is overloaded with color, letters and images.
Still, I love the result...and I have learned something for next time, when I create my backgrounds with magazine cutouts. What do you think?


zondag 18 december 2011

The things you dream of...

...can't keep you awake.
I hope this is the right translation of the dutch journaling on my newest page in my Inspired by Nature art journal. Anyway, here it is:
(Size: 20x25cm)

I also got a lot of very nice comments on my lettering, which make me very happy of course. But often the comment is followed by the remark that 'she wishes she could make those letters too'...
So, to make clear that the lettering is much easier than it looks, I made a quick video about how I make my letters:


vrijdag 16 december 2011

Happiness consists of three things...

...something to love, something to do and something to hope for.
A new page in my Inspired by Nature journal.
This time I made a picture of Before-The-Big-Paintmarkers-Attack, just the plain collage:

And..of course...the finished page:
(Size: 30x25cm)


donderdag 15 december 2011

You only know... hard life can be if you put your teeth in it.
A new page in my Inspired by Nature journal:
(Size 20x25cm)


dinsdag 13 december 2011

True silence...

isn't without sounds, but without thoughts.
A new page in my Inspired by Nature journal:
(Size 20x25 cm)


woensdag 7 december 2011

Circle journals..update

While I was busy preparing for the Mixed Media Circus and actually making art in Hamburg, the deadlines for our Circle Journals at the dutch forum for art journaling were also there...
Here are the pages I received since my last blogpost about the circle journals.
My theme is grids.
This is the page I got from Ilse:
Talking about art, huh?! And she told me she had a hard time with my theme! Well Ilse, 'I love this piece of art' is an understatement!!
But...I got more pieces of art. Always so good to receive this sort of Happy Mail.
Here is the page I got from Ellie:
So beautiful! And the text made me smile! (Translation: I couldn't see the grid any more because of all the blocks...)

I made some pages for others too.
This is the one I made for Ilse:
Her theme is wings. I collaged the parrot with pieces of magazines. I used a drawing I found on the internet as a base.
I tried some lettering in the shape of a bird on the back:

This is a page I made for Ellie:
Her theme is human/animal combinations.

And this is the page I made for Elvy:
Her theme is quotes.

That's all I have to show you for now.
I'm working on the last two pages for the circle journals at the moment. I also made a christmascard this week. I scanned it and used it to create a digital card, which I ordered at a photoprint service. But I can't show you now of course...You will have to wait untill Christmas!