Art Journal: Summer Night Sky

summer night sky

In between everything that was happening last month, I made sure I spent some time in my art studio to help me lift the heavy stuff I was going through. This is an art journal page I created during that time and it definitely was a breath of fresh air and let me release some tension I was carrying.

summer night sky
I started off on a double spread in my art journal which already had some paint on and I glued on (with deco arts decoupage glue) a gelli print made on deli paper. It is made with a gorgeous star stencil from 101 stencils. After it was glued down I blended the edges in with finnabair blue metallic and highlighted it with spark paints.

summer night sky
Close up shot of the highlights.

summer night sky
Then I went to work on the main image, which is Hera from Carabelle Studio. I stamped her on tissue paper and adhered with Decoart Decoupage napkin glue. The glue also works as a sealant so I could work over the image with my paints. It was a labor of love using acrylics (I used distress paints) but with some help of technique tricks and tutorials on You Tube By Karen Cambell, I managed to get the color and sharing in the face and hair done. The bright yellow swirls in the hair is inspired by Van Gogh's Starry night. And I added more stars on the pages with the same stencil and a pale light blue paint for more contrast.

summer night sky
To finish off the page I added some white and gold paint splatters and the quote of Van Gogh :
"I dream my painting and then I paint my dream"

I absolutely loved making this page and was very cathartic to do.  And these past few days we have been having gorgeous summer like nights... may the be plentiful and hope you will enjoy them as well.

I would like to enter this art journal page in the following challenges: 

Had fun doodling the swirly hair!

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I absolutely love the sky, day or night, it is one of nature's exquisite beauty

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


Craft Stamper TIMI - April Challenge Inspiration

April Showers

Over at Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge blog, the April challenge is still under way for a few more days and I am sharing this challenge inspiration piece with you. The base is a book page on which I rolled out some Paper Artsy Fresco paints in blue greens. And I used various stamps by Carabelle Studio, Designs by Rynn and VLVS! The sentiment is a beauty by Cat Kerr and something to remind yourself of when you're stepping out of your comfort zone. By the way, I stamped the umbrella girl on tissue paper, and adhered it with decoarts napkin decoupage glue. Over it I used Dina Wakley scribble sticks to blend the image with the back ground. 

You have to be in it to win it, so play along to be in the running for fab prizes and the chance to be featured on the blog and in the magazine with your art work. Do read the rules before entering. Oh and the theme is ALWAYS anything goes, just as long you have a hand stamped image on your project. Can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!


WOYWW 463: the aftermath of Art Specially 2018

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This past weekend was one of the favorites I had of the year (so far ;) as it was time for the yearly ART Specially mixed media event. This time we (yes my husband likes to accompany me for these crafty events, when he is able to) only went on Saturday, but what a day it was! So many wonderful people (got to meet some of my wonderful Stampotique DT mates Yvonne & Arwen!), doing workshops and getting all the supplies you've always wanted for a really good deal. So this week's desk shot for WOYWW 463 is mostly showing off my new stuff haha ;) On top of the glass mat the projects made; learned a new stitch for book binding in a workshop provided by Art Specially and cards we made at the AALL and Create booth. Autour and Olga were there doing some demo's and their stamps are just amazing! I also got to see some sneak peaks of their new stamp designs coming up later this month :) The glass mat is something I've always wanted and so happy to finally have it! And by all the mess around it, you can see I have been happily using it already :)

Spoils from yesterday at @artspecially event at Nijkerk yesterday. Was such an amazing day meeting wonderful people and lots of new stuff to try out! #artspecially #mixedmediatechniques #mixedmedia #aallandcreate #artsupplies #craftaholic #creativejourney
And this is the full haul shot and I can't wait to play with all of them! I already played with the elegant writer, paper collage people and some of the AALL and Create stamps. Results will be at some point for sure. But I can show you this: 

Saturday at the @artspecially event one of the workshops was bookbinding. Since the focus was the binding technique, the cover was left blank. I finished making the cover today. Used @gelliarts prints with @stencilgirl_products stencils, @katzelkraft stam
The art journal I made during the bookbinding workshop. We didn't have time to make the cover on the event, but I completed it last Monday. Used gelli prints made with Stencil Girl Stencils/masks, Katzelkraft stamps and vintage magazine clippings. 

It was definitely a great day and also a wonderful distraction from all the events that happened over the last few weeks. My dad passed away on the 6th of April and we had the funeral on the 12th. I talk a bit about it on my Present and Connected instagram account if you're interested in reading more about it. But all I can say that it was as peaceful as it could be and he's now lying next to my mom at eternal rest. I also wanted to say thanks to everyone whom commented on my post a few weeks ago, about the situation with my dad then. It was heartwarming to read them and feeling support from miles away. Thank you wholeheartedly. 

Hope all you deskers' out there are having a wonderful wednesday.  (For people who don't know who the desker's are, check out Julia's blog to see more about it.)

Thanks you for stopping by. It's a beautiful spring day here and hope you all are enjoying it :)


Art Journal: Groovy Richard Pelvis (Stampotique Originals New Releases April 2018)

Groovy Richard New release April 2018

Meet Richard Pelvis, a newly released stamp from Stampotique Originals designed by Daniel Torrente. Isn't he just Groovy? I definitely think so. He's placed on the second half of the gelli printed paper from Sunday's post -  that StencilGirl mask is just so gorgeous to work with! 

A short but sweet little blogpost from me today. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


SDC295 - Little Monsters

Little Monsters challenge

Hi all it's wednesday and it's time for some challenge inspiration for this weeks Stampotique Originals Designer's challenge. It's the second week of "little monsters" and I made this card using the following stamps: 
Donald which I flipped so it looks like he is picking up the little whookies. 

I also used some gelli printed paper and the back ground is made with fountain pen ink and a brick stencil to emulate a wall. 

Hope this will inspire you to play along with us this week. You can link up your projects for this theme HERE or on our facebook page in the designated album. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: Oh Jackie (Stampotique Originals New Release April 2018)

Stampotique new release April 2018

Hi all, it's the first of the month and we're sharing some new releases by Stampotique Originals today! I created a page with a gelli print made with Liquitex paints and StencilGirl Deconstructed Chrysanthemum Mask and Stencil by Traci  Bautista. The wonderful new face stamp by Daniel Torrente is called Oh, Jackie. Isn't she just wonderful? Absolutely love that hair, there is so much potential! I've also used the quote from Terri Richardson's Phrase cube 2 which I thought was fitting and added some texture with Kate's Texture Cube.

Check out our facebook group for more new release makes from my other lovely DT members and I'll be sharing a few more in the course of this month. Do check back later this week for some inspiration for our current challenge at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Easter Holiday!


Art Journal: There is a universe inside you

WIP in my mini pocket journal with #octopodefactory stamps @tcwstencils stencils and @liquitexofficial paints. #mixedmediatechniques #mixedmediaart #artjournalpage #artistofinstagram #rubberstamping #stencils #colorcoordination

It's been a little quiet on my blog, due to some things happening on the personal front. My dad has been in the hospital for a week and the fact is he's not going to recover, this time, from the heart attack he had. He's getting palliative nursing care at his home so he's being well taken care of until that moment arises that he is no longer with us. Acceptance is the only way to move forward, things are settling down and there is some peace and calm again, within and around me.

So last weekend I finally sat down in my art room and started to create again. It felt SOOOO GOOD! What a relief it was for me to pour it all out on blank pages. Creation is definitely good for the soul. There is like this whole universe inside you that wants to be seen and heard and can be awakened if you let yourself be immersed in it. I finished the journal pages over the last few days.

Universe inside
This is the end result of the art journal pages and creating this page really was very soothing and freeing. I used some of my fave products from my fave companies:
Liquitex gesso, paints and gel medium  specimen stencil from TCW, Succulents stencil from StencilGirl, Alice (by Janet Klein) stamp from Stampotique Originals, The large rose stamp from Octopode Factory and several mixed media stamps from VLVS! as well as "dreamer's only" and "there is a universe inside you" stamps by Cat Kerr. I also used paint over pens, wink of luna metallic brushes, distress crayons and pearl rubs. 

Universe inside

Let us all find that universe inside us and pour it out on blank pages. 

Sharing the above desk shot with WOYWW #460 at Julia's wonderful blog. Sorry I've been a bit out of touch, now you know why, but hope to connect with you all again this week. 

I also would like to add this journal page to the following challenges: 
The mood board was wonderful and I am absolutely longing for spring to arrive. 
The sky blue, magenta/pink colors and flowers inspired me with this page.

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I used a couple of stencils, liquitex paints, gesso and gel medium as well as alcohol markers, staz on ink, paint over markers, distress crayons and more. 

I interpreted this as I myself being the "box" in which there is a whole other universe inside to discover. As we all do, I believe :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: A Rainbow in Writing

rainbow writing

It's already halfway through March and I'm really longing for spring to finally arrive! But it's still a bit cold in my hemisphere and wanted to share a colorful art journal page to share some warmth. I've stamped the dip nibs (by darkroom door) on a book page with versamark ink and heat embossed it with transparent embossing powder. Then I dripped some various fountain pen ink over the page and diluted it with water to make a rainbow effect. The embossed parts worked as a resist. The lady is from a vintage magazine and handwriting stamp and moth are from Paper Artsy and stamped with Staz-on.

rainbow writing

I used washi tape for the edges and sealed it off with a thin layer of modge podge matte medium. Love how the resist effect worked here and how bright these beautiful colors are. Such a happy page to look at! 

Would love to enter this in the following challenges: 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Craft Stamper TIMI - March Challenge Inspiration

CSTIMI March Inspiration

Today I am sharing some challenge inspiration for this month's Craft Stamper Take it Make it March Challenge. As always the theme is anything goes as long as there is stamping on it and if you share your project you are in the running for a fabulous prize. This month it is sponsored by That's Crafty (stamps designed by Donna Gray). I have made the above card to inspire you and it's made with wonderful layers of water color paints, stamps and die cut embellishments.
The cup of roses stamps are from Stamplorations which I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. The Thanks die cut is from Create A Smile and wanted it ever since I saw it at the Favorites of 2017 on Jennifer McGuire's YT channel. I just love how beautiful & elegant this layered die cut is. The card is water colored with Cloves and Honey Watercolors and all the border accents are made with washi tape. I am exploring ways how to incorporate washi tape more into my work and thought this worked well in the over all design. 

Hopefully this inspired you to participate in the current challenge at Craft Stamper blog. Do link up your projects HERE 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Mail Art Monday - Thinking of you (SCD293 Mail Art)

Stampotique new releases february 2018

It's been a while, but finally felt some inspiration again to make some mail art to share with you on this monday. Created a little set of mail art envie and notecard to share with you and they are all made with Stampotqiue Original Stamps. I used Spongul, the Filmstrip as an address section and Happy Mail from Terri's Salutations 2. Colored with Tombow markers and splatter effect with Distress Oxides. Also stamped the Texture Stamp from Kate for more more interest in the background.

Stampotique new releases february 2018
I have made this notecard to match the envie, using the same stamps and color scheme. The background was done with stencils and DecoArtMedia spray paint in Cyan and Lindy's shimmer sprays. 

We have a new challenge running this fortnight, which is the theme of Mail Art! Next week I'll have more inspiration posted for that as well. Come and join us with the challenge and link up your mail art related posts either on the blog or on our facebook page in the designated album. We pick our top 3 fave every week and you'll also be in the running to win a 30$ gift certificate which goes to 2 people every month! So we'll hope you'll join the fun :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: I Heart You Cindy (Stampotique Originals March new release)

March new release

Hi all! Today I have another art journal page to share with you. It's made with a few Stampotique Originals  new stamp releases! We have a new seahorse to add to the family, which is Cindy Seahorse by Kassa Hayselden. She has been super popular ever since Kassa posted the drawing at our facebook page and we are all super delighted that she is in stamp form now. YAY! I paired her up with cute Rudy and used some words from the When your heart speaks quote stamp. Added a few hearts cut out from Daniel's Hearts background stamp for accents. Also in the background is parts of Doodle Mania and is it's such a gorgeous journal stamp and versatile to use for texture in the back gound like this. By the way the back ground is make with Liquitex modeling paste over a stencil, I added Lindy's magical shakers and sprayed to get a fun color blend, then added some metallic sheen with Deco Art media Lusters. Border with distress crayons and then adhered the pieces (colored with alcohol markers on sticker paper) on top of it.

And check out Kassa's Facebook as she is graciously holding a giveaway of her designed stamps this weekend.

To see more of the new releases this month, click HERE and there are 7 stamps instead of the usual 6 :) Also there is a new designer on the team, Tini Rubberink, so definitely take a look at her fun and quirky designs!

We also have a new challenge running this fortnight, which is the theme of Mail Art! Coming week I'll have some inspiration posted for that as well. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Art Journal: Brave (Stampotique Originals March new release)

March new release

It is the 1st of the month and that means that Stampotique Originals brought out some new stamp releases! I'll be showcasing a few makes with the new lush stamps over the coming days and I wanted to start off this this art journal page I made in my pocket art journal. The large stamp is called Doodle Mania and is designed by Kassa Hayselden. It's such a gorgeous journal stamp and versatile to use. 
Recently I saw interviews of Rose McGowan at the Daily Show and the Late show and she talked about her book Brave, which I think she really is. The art journal page is a tribute to her. I used the highly juicy mermaid markers from Jane Davenport for the colors. And doodled over it with a sakura gelly roll. The alphabet by Terri Richardson really fits well with the style I was going for, 

To see more of the new releases this month, click HERE and there are 7 stamps instead of the usual 6 :) Also there is a new designer on the team, Tini Rubberink, so definitely take a look at her fun and quirky designs!

We also have a new challenge running this fortnight, which is the theme of Mail Art! Next week I'll have some inspiration posted for that as well. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


SDC292 - Bookmarks

SDC292 Bookmarks

It's Stampotique challenge time again and it's the second week of Bookmarks. I've created this fun bookmark with Queenie, parts of a quote from Quotes 2 and the wonderful textures cube from Kate Crane. We would love it if you would join the fun and link your project on the Blog HERE OR on Facebook HERE. Every week we choose our top 3 and at the end of the month 2 from the top picks are chosen as winners of a gift certificate to the Stampotique online store. Make sure you do read all the rules before entering, one of them is that you enter no more than 4 other challenges (5 including Stampotique) and sadly this rule is often overlooked. So do keep that in mind when linking up :)
ETA: you can use ANY stamp to participate in the challenge, it doesn't have to be from Stampotique Originals exclusively :) 

SDC292 Bookmarks

On the topic of bookmarks I do have a question for you: are you a paper book reader or e-reader kind of person? I'm more of an hybrid reader myself as I love both. I have an e-reader as it's so handy to take with you on travels abroad, but I just love the feel of a "real" book in my hands and leaf through the pages. I prefer to have hard back bound copies of my fave books from my fave writers, esp. from Haruki Murakami and books on mindfulness and compassion (which this book is about). I often leave the book on my desk and read a few pages with my morning cuppa coffee. 

Sharing this desk shot with all the lovely desker's at Julia's WOYWW#455 and I thank everyone for their visit last week! I'm sorry I wasn't able to return a few visits later in the week. It was a bit hectic as the father of a dear friend of mine passed away suddenly. The service was on friday which was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I'm proud of my friend that she was able to stand up and recite the beautiful eulogy she had written. And I'm grateful I was able to support her when she needed me. Anyhow, I will do my best to catch up with you all this week. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone and all your loved ones are doing well. 


WIP: Left Over Art Collage clean up session

WIP junk mail art journal

Today I wanted to share a little bit what happens behind the scenes at my creative station. Usually when I create something the left over scraps bits, trims and pieces gets piled up to the left hand side. And when it gets a little out of control (like migrating to the middle of the desk) I take my Junk Mail Art Journal and have what I like to call a "Left-Over Art Collage clean up session" and take my jar of Modge Podge, a brush and use my scraps to create some fun collage style journal pages. And yes, mostly they are supervised by my kitty Meesha :)

WIP junk mail art journal

Usually I just continue to fill pages until I feel like the left over pile is manageable again, like so. And when I'm done with a session like this, I'm always glad that I just didn't chuck all the scraps into the bin like I am always tempted to do when that mess just gets out of control. It's a peaceful and meditative process and oh yeah, I totally get distracted by looking at the utter adorableness sleeping in that basket :) 

WIP junk mail art journal

Close up of a spread from this session. Just randomly slapped together pages, but I do try to look for composition and color. Not sure if they are "done" I might just come back to a page, gesso all over it and completely transform the look of it. I have dome that with a few which I will share at a later time. 

What do you do with your left over scraps? Bin them right away or are you also hoarding them to use later? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Sharing this post with the fellow deskers at Julia's WOYWW454 - glad to be playing along again, hope you all are doing well and will say hi to you all shortly :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


The impossible makes love possible

Impossible love

It's almost Valentine's day and I have been inspired to create some works in the theme of love this weekend. A while back I bought a bunch of mini ATC size canvases and finally used one of them for the above mixed media piece. I used a lot of layers of wonderful paints, modeling paste, pieces of vintage lace and vintage images.

Impossible love

The hearts and letters are die cut and the stamped text is from Dina Wakley "Love Rocks"  stamp set. It was challenging to create a mixed media piece on this smaller scale but definitely loved the process.

Impossible love

A close up of the yummy texture and layers paint. I've used a shattered heart stencil and modeling paste to create the background. DecoArt Media Shimmer sprays for the glittery effects.

Entering this piece in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day.