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I'm a student in cultural studies, a museum enthusiast, a scrapbooker and an art journaler. I love to travel within Europe and I enjoy photography. You can read more about me on my homepage.


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Ali Edwards
Celine Navarro
Michelle LaPoint Rydell
Elise Blaha
Les ateliers de Karine
Amy Tangerine
A Beautiful Mess
Balzer Designs
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Maarten Batenburg
Museum Meermanno
Roeland van Wely

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All will be well

I was browsing the website of Willowing Arts for mixed media inspiration and found that Tamara offers a free e-course: Art, heart & healing! I really like it so far! This is my result for the first lesson. It got me out of my comfort zone with the layering and it got me drawing. I worked on watercolor paper and used all kinds of materials, like pencil, gesso, neocolor II in different colours, stamps, stamping inks, ecoline, dip pen, brayer, white acrylic paint...

Geplaatst op 20-10-2016.
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More September Art Journaling

I was checking out Teesha Moore's artwork and felt inspired to do a bit of collage, sort of working along with this tutorial. I'm pretty happy with the results (the piece above and the first one below).
I used all kinds of paper scraps, cardstock, magazine and brochure cuttings, silver star stickers (not sure where I got them but I think Paperchase), white, pink, purple and emerald green (though it looks more blueish) uni posca markers, a black HEMA fineliner and I think different hues of green neocolor II water soluble crayons. I had the light blue background laying around somewhere, I think it was done in water colour.

Ecoline (liquid water colours), black pen, pink uni posca marker.

Black acrylic paint, emerald green and purple posca marker, HEMA washi tape.

Last month I went to the GP and she told me to start eating wheat again for a while so I could have my blood checked for anti-bodies. I hadn't eaten wheat for over a year. I made a wishlist of things I had missed and wanted to eat again. It feels weird putting things in your mouth that you know will probably cause nasty symptoms (and if it isn't just sensitivity but an allergy, maybe even damage). So I decided I would better make it count and pick yummy foods!
I used black acrylic paint, HEMA washi tape, star sticker (probably Paperchase), HEMA fineliner, HEMA notepad.

Geplaatst op 14-10-2016.
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Pods, flowers and gesso

I was surfing the web for art journal inspiration and found this youtube video by DeeDee Catron. I decided to play along. I gessoed a sheet of watercolour paper and used a pipette to apply ecoline (liquid watercolours). First warm colours, then cool colours, as suggested in the video.

I may not have a green thumb figuratively speaking, but I have coloured fingers at times for sure! ;-)

The idea is to let your background dry, draw shapes on it (I chose to go along with the pod shapes from the example) and block out the background around the shapes with gesso. But maybe my background hadn't properly dried up, or it didn't work because of the materials I had used. Anyway, the colours from the background started to mix with the newly applied gesso and smeared. In a rather nice way, I thought. So I went with it and didn't try to fix it.

I used black acrylic paint thinned with some water to trace the lines of my pod shapes and add some splatters to my work and the surrounding objects on my table (including my laptop). I wrote text around the shapes using india ink and a dip pen.

Because I still wanted to try blocking out shapes with gesso in the way the example showed, I had another go. This time, I forgot to gesso the page, so my colours didn't turn out as vibrant as I wanted; the paper sucked up a lot of the ecoline. But blocking out the circle shapes went better this time.

Again, I drew lines and made splatters with black acrylic paint that was watered down a little. I decided to make my circles into flowers. I wrote text along the stems with india ink and a dip pen.

Geplaatst op 11-10-2016.
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Cat Café Ditjes & Katjes

Today Marcel and I visited kattencafé (cat café) Ditjes & Katjes in Den Haag. Six cats live there, and if you come in for a drink or something to eat, they might just find you worthy of their attention. If they're not too busy sleeping, that is. They might want to play with you or demand to be petted. Or they might try and push you off of the chair you're sitting on because they want to lie on it. Cat Pelle and I settled on sharing. At least none of them tried to steal Marcel's apple pie.

Geplaatst op 06-10-2016.
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In September...

I finished my exam project for Project Management. I wasn't sure if I did well enough, but fortunately I got an 8 :-) This means that, considering the amount of ECTS I have earned, I have now entered the third and final year of my bachelor studies (never mind that it will probably take me two more years, as a part time student).

I picked up 'Cultural Heritage' again, on which I had made a start in early summer. I'm hoping to take the exam in November.

We played games. Machi Koro, Carcassonne, Fluxx, Qwirkle, Agricola (2 player edition)...

Maarten, Bram and I met up with Rob in Gorinchem. We spent some time walking around town and then headed towards Rob's new place in a village nearby for dinner. On our way there we stopped at a nice viewpoint.

André and I visited the Noordbrabants Museum to see the exhibition Van Eyck, Brueghel, Jordaens. The exhibition shows works from the Bruckenthal Museum in Sibiu, Romania. Amongst them is 'Protrait of a Man with a Blue Chaperon' by Jan van Eyck, that I hadn't seen before. That saves me a trip to Romania :-)

I had a job interview at the RKD (institute for art historical documentation) for a freelance job. The interview went well, but in the end they picked another candidate with more knowledge and experience. It was a nice experience though, to be picked as one of 6 candidates out of 200 applicants. And it offered me a chance to gain experience with job interviews.

I attended a study meeting about Italian Renaissance art in Rotterdam, for a study course I plan to enroll in later this study year. We started with lectures at the OU study center. After lunch we met up at Museum Boijmans for a tour of a couple of Italian renaissance paintings they have on display, and a private viewing for our group of a selection of Italian renaissance drawings.

Bram and I visited his parents.

I met up with L for another philosophical conversation about The Netherlands as a community, a topic he is currently studying.

I hosted a BBQ in the garden. Bram, Maarten, Roeland, Bob and Mark attended. We ate sausages and hamburgers and chatted about the meaning of life and about comics. Love spending time with these guys!

Photo taken by Maarten.

Frank and I spent an afternoon in Delft. The weather was nice, so we spent a lot of time strolling around town and sitting outside. We also visited Gereedschapmuseum Mensert.

Hot chocolate in Leiden with Bram.

Bram and I got to spend a short vacation at bungalow park Rabbit Hill at the Veluwe. We visited Paleis Het Loo, walked through the woods, enjoyed the facilities of the park and just relaxed.

We visited the Boekenfestijn at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. It's a big indoor market with books, craft supplies and other stuff. There are interesting bargains to be found and therefore it's a good place to find presents (thinking ahead for december).

I got back into swimming. The lack of logistics of my fellow swimmers continues to baffle me, but it was good to be back in the warm water.

Bram, Bob, Roeland, M and I met up at Haagweg 4 to enjoy the open house route of local artists in Leiden. We visited lots of studios and saw a lot of different styles of art. Very inspiring and fun! Afterwards there was dinner at Roeland's place.

I attended a UNESCO debate about the positive and negative effects world heritage status has on heritage in war zones.

I attended the Salon de Museologie with Fran. The topic was visitor research.

Geplaatst op 04-10-2016.
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Tree Girl

I'm not sure how I landed on pinterest last week, but I know I got sucked in while I should have been studying ;-) Lots of art journal inspiration! And then I came across this girl...
I have seen big eyed girls popping up everywhere and had never before felt the urge to create one myself. But when I saw this girl (by Rani Primmer from JaggedTouchStudio) with her peacock, I got a vision of a tree girl with leaves on her 'hair'branches.

My tree girl looks a lot simpler than the girl I used for inspiration, but I'm pretty happy with her! I especially like how the lighter green and the darker green blend in the smaller leaves. I'm less happy with the combination of the green in her hair and the greens I used elsewhere.

I used Schleiper mixed media cardstock (250g/m2), a soft pencil, a black pen (Hema fineliner), Caran d'Ache Neocolor II in emerald green, yellow green and brown, Caran d'Ache fibralo in green (185-210) and brown (185-059), a Uni Posca marker in apple green, a black Sakura IDentipen, and two little rhinestones for the catchlights in her eyes.

Geplaatst op 03-09-2016.
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In August...

I spent a lot of time studying Project Management. There was a deadline looming over me!

I visited my grandparents to help celebrate my grandmothers 87th birthday.

We attended three days of Castlefest.

I had drinks with C.. We hadn't seen each other in a long time. It was fun to catch up! And... I found out that Stationshuiskamer Den Haag CS has the good stuff when it comes to hot chocolate :-)

Wilma and Fred celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary and invited Bram and me for a Greek take-away dinner. Purr seems to have a thing for fries and tried to convince me to share.

We visited the Drenths Museum in Assen. This museum had been on my wishlist for a while and the Maya exhibition offered a nice occasion to finally visit.

I attended a filmnight in The Hague. Dinner at the Filmhuis restaurant with Bas, Marcel, Frank and others, and then our company split up to see different movies. I joined the peeps that went to see Suburra. Not really my genre, but it was allright.

Games were played during this month, as usual. We finally broke in Carcassonne (one of Bram's picks when he went on a shopping spree with a stack of gift cards last March). I won :-)

We visited Haarlem to see the exhibition Wanderlust at De Hallen and the Frans Hals Museum.

We went for a walk at De Horsten.

My grandparents celebrated 65 years of marriage. Even the mayor came to congratulate them.

Geplaatst op 02-09-2016.
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Life is Magical

I made this page following a tutorial by Willowing:

I want to practise layering and collage. My natural style is pretty clean. I want to learn how to add more visual interest and layering is a way to do that. I keep having trouble with coping how of their earlier layers many mixed media artists/art journalers sometimes cover up during their art process. It seems so futile to put hard work in getting things exactly right, if you're going to cover it all up in a minute anyway! I keep reaching a point where I like what I've done so much that I'm afraid I'll spoil it, or really don't want to cover it up. I didn't add as many layers als Willowing does in the video, but I did allow myself to be pushed out of my comfort zone a little bit and kept going even when I thought I was done.

I'm not too sure about the leaf, and maybe the colours of the snail are a bit too bright, but I like the owl and the colours and what I did to the lady in the photograph. When I set out to alter her I was thinking about how bright hair colours have been all the rage for a while (although even Danja, who lives in a somewhat backward provincial town, told me last year that it had become such a regular thing at her school that the only way to stand out now was to paint a full rainbow in your hair), and how Bob and I keep pointing them out to one another and even have been known to text each other about sightings.

I wanted something quirky/whimsical, and I think I succeeded. I used papers for collage, gel medium, brushes, a water brush, a magazine clipping, clear gesso, Caran d'Ache neocolor II watersoluble crayons, Caran d'Ache fibralo watersoluble markers, a pencil, black, silver and white pens, gesso, a brayer, and a brandless foam stamp with a pair of glasses, with Stazon jet black.

The text on the bottom reads: 'Life is magical. Just step on your broom and fly!'

Geplaatst op 15-08-2016.
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