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Good morning, my creative online friends and deskers and good morning to every passer-by who stumbled upon my blog today. You want to see where I make art? You want to know what I’m up to these days? Come on in, I’ll show you.

WOYWW #528

There’s two half-finished art journals on my desk. That’s not my usual way of creating but yesterday it somehow worked, as I was at the computer writing a Quirky post and every time my mind  wandered off the topic, I turned my chair and ‘did something’ in my journals.

The journal on the left is my ‘Chronicles’ art journal and last week you could see it on my desk while I was working on a spread for week 26. That one is finished now.

The Chronicles of Marit 2019 – Week 26

Next is my ‘Soul from Zeeland’ journal. Months ago I created the background for this ‘spread’ (actually this are three pages, you can fold the part on the right and when you do, the next page will be visible and works with the left page of this spread… sounds confusing? I’ll show you how it looks when I finish the next pages.) Last week I gave this spread it’s final touches.

Voor altijd naar huis (Forever going home)

Because I spend most of the past days at the computer, typing, I will keep this blogpost short. This is it, from me, today, but if you like to see more artsy desks, hop on over to Julia’s blog where you can find the link-list with all other ‘deskers’ to visit. You can even join in yourself if you want to… I assure you it will be fun! Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day.

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Quirky Dutch Summer
Do you have no idea what ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ is all about? Read this post first. There is a Facebook group for sharing your QDS work here.
QDS 2019 runs from June 10 – August 12. There will be an inspiring quirky post up on this blog every Monday during the Dutch Summer.
Guest blogger: Willy Duit

Willy wrote a tutorial about the making of an envelope booklet. If you don’t feel creating yet another journal, than you can use the techniques she describes for creating the cover to create – for example – an art journal page.

I need to dig deep in my memory to get to the surface where and how Willy and I met… I think I found her online when we both were scrapbookers, that must have been in 2009. I even think I met her in real life, on a scrapbook fair once (in Utrecht?) but I’m not sure about that either. What I AM sure of is, that I have been following her blog and creative development for years now. Willy creates in a totally different style than me and that’s why I love her so much: she challenges and inspires me! I bet she can do the same for you with this Quirky blogpost.

WHO IS WILLY?

mother of three  ~ married to a sweet handyman ~ creative coach ~ design team member at Art Journey and Art Specially ~ mixed media ~ natural green ~ recycling ~ busy bee ~ usually happy ~

Willy’s Blog: Bewust & Gewoon Doen  (this means something like: ‘be aware and just do it’)

Social Media

Facebook: Bewust & Gewoon Doen

Instagram: @duitw

QDS #6. Tea dye envelope book

As a child of deaf parents, I have been taught from an early age on to express myself ‘differently.’ When I, years later, was introduced to the wonderful world of mixed media and art journaling, my heart made a little jump: it felt like coming home right away! I playfully make contact with my inner self in a natural way and go from there to create and share my ‘being’. In this blogpost I take you with me on this road and share my imagination with you, welcome!

I show you how you can make an easy and fun, personal (Summer) booklet for keepsakes, using simple envelopes.

Get 12 simple, white envelopes and give them a beautiful old weathered look by soaking them in tea one by one.  Take the envelopes out of the ‘tea bath’ gently and let them air dry. “Rooibos” tea gives the best results. When the envelopes are completely dry, glue them together like this:  six envelops with the open side to the outside (fold the flap first and stick the ‘nice sides’ together.) These will be the pages on the inside of your book in which you can put ‘stuff’ (tickets, notes et cetera.) You have four envelopes left. Glue those per two together with the nice side on the outside, these will be the cover of your booklet that we will decorate.

Next collect all kinds of material like: tea bags, dried flowers, stamps, pieces of text-pages, magazine clippings, napkins, labels et cetera.

Take the top layer (that has the color/image on) off the napkin and glue it on the envelope cover using a thin layer of gel medium or mod podge. (Put the medium on the envelope and not on the napkin, it will tore…) Now ‘build’ layer after layer using the materials and clippings you like.

Add a little gesso here and there using your fingers. When everything is dry, stamp with (permanent) ink over the collage to create a well balanced total image.

Now stamp on the thin, white layer of the napkin (which you took off earlier, remember?) using waterproof ink. I used the image of a woman for my example, but you can of course use any stamp you like. If you don’t like (or have) stamps, you can use an image from a magazine or a photo.

Glue the image on the cover (remember: put the glue/medium on the cover and NOT on the thin paper layer.) Now sponge a little bit of color on your cover. I used distress ink (Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.) You can also color the stamped image if you like.  Finish the cover with paint splatters and a wonky pencil line to make a border.


Punch holes in the cover using a puncher (measure and mark the place of the holes first.) Copy the place of the holes on all the pages and the back cover. Find a fitting branch outside your house to use for the binding. I put a bit of white gesso on mine for extra interest.

Bind your booklet like this:

Step 1: Stick the needle through the hole from the back to the front side, put the thread over the branch and stick the needle/thread back in the same hole, going from front to back again.

Step 2: On the back side, go to the second hole.

Repeat step 1.

When you got to the last hole, fasten off the thread.

Decorate the envelopes (pages) on the inside. I used stamps, a small (red) line and a found text: “Memory is the best of all gardens. Therein, Winter and Wummer, the seeds of there past lie dormant, ready to spring into instant bloom at any moment the mind wishes to bring them alive.”

Have a nice Summer!

Love,
Willy

Did you create something inspired by this blogpost?
Use the InLinkz list at the end of this post to leave a link to your artwork/blogpost.
You can also post your work in the Quirky Facebook group

Quirky Dutch Summer
Heb je geen idee waar ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ (Grillige, Hollandse zomer) over gaat? Lees dan eerst deze post. Quirky Dutch Summer heeft ook een eigen Facebook groep, die vind je hier.
QDS 2019 duurt van 10 juni tot 12 augustus. Gedurende deze zomer zal er elke maandag een inspirerende, ‘Quirky post’ worden gepubliceerd op mijn blog.
Gast blogger: Willy Duit

Willy schreef een tutorial over het maken van een enveloppe boekje. Wil je nou niet wéér een boekje maken, gebruik dan de techniek – die ze beschrijft voor het bewerken van de cover – om bv. een art journal pagina te maken.

Ik moet even in mijn geheugen graven waar ik Willy ook alweer van ken… ik denk dat ik haar online ‘ontmoette’ toen we beiden nog scrapbookers waren en dat moet dan ergens in 2009 geweest zijn… en ik denk zelfs dat ik haar ooit op een scrapbook-beurs (in Utrecht?) live ben tegengekomen maar ook dat weet ik niet zeker meer. Wat ik wél zeker weet is dat ik haar blog en haar creatieve ontwikkeling altijd ben blijven volgen. Willy heeft een compleet andere stijl en werkt meestal op een totaal andere manier dan ik, en dat vind ik nou zo leuk aan haar: zij daagt mij uit en inspireert me! Wedden dat ze dat ook met jou doet in haar Quirky gast post…!

WIE IS WILLY?

moeder van drie (b)engels ~ getrouwd met lieve handyman ~ creatief coach ~ designteamlid bij Art Journey en Art Specially ~ mixed media ~ natuurlijk groen ~ recyclen ~ altijd bezig ~ meestal blij ~

Willy’s Blog: Bewust & Gewoon Doen

Social Media

Facebook: Bewust & Gewoon Doen

Instagram: @duitw

QDS #6. Natuurlijk (met thee) gekleurd envelop boekje

Als kind van dove ouders heb ik mij van jongs af aan aangeleerd ‘anders’ uit te drukken. Toen ik jaren later voor het eerst kennis maakte met de wondere wereld van mixed media en art journaling maakte mijn hart een sprongetje, het voelde direct als thuiskomen! Spelenderwijs maak ik op een natuurlijke manier contact met mijn binnenwereld, vandaar uit creëer en deel ik graag. In deze post neem ik je een stukje mee in mijn verbeelding , welkom!

Van enveloppen maak je heel eenvoudig een leuk persoonlijk (zomers) bewaarboekje

Geef de 12 enveloppen een mooie oude verweerde look door ze één voor één in een badje van thee te weken. Haal ze er vervolgens voorzichtig uit en laat ze aan de lucht drogen. Rooibosthee geeft het mooiste resultaat. Als de enveloppen droog zijn plak je ze twee aan twee aan elkaar. Zes met de opening naar buiten (vouw het flapje eerst om). Dit worden de bladzijden aan de binnenkant van je boekje waar je iets in kunt bewaren. De andere vier plak eerst dicht en vervolgens met de mooie kant naar buiten tegen elkaar aan. Dit worden de kaftjes van je boekje die we nu gaan versieren.

Verzamel collage materiaal, zoals: lege theezakjes, gedroogde bloemen, postzegels, stukjes tekst, tijdschrift, servetten, labels etc.

Haal de bovenste laag van je servet en bevestig deze door een dun laagje gelmedium of mode podge op de voorkant van je kaftje te smeren. ‘Bouw’ vervolgens in laagjes verder met de rest van het materiaal.

Breng her en der een dun laagje gesso aan met je vingers. Stempel als dit droog is met (permanente) inkt tekst over je collage zodat er een geheel ontstaat.

Stempel op het witte (onderste) laagje van je servet met watervaste inkt een afbeelding. In mijn voorbeeld een vrouw maar dit kan natuurlijk ook iets anders zijn, bv een leuke afbeelding uit een tijdschrift of een foto.

Plak de afbeelding vast door gelmedium of mode podge op je achtergrond te smeren, niet andersom, anders scheurt het. Spons daarna hier en daar kleur met bv distress ink (ik gebruikte: Rusty Hinge en Vintage Photo) en kleur je afbeelding eventueel in. Maak het kaftje af met bv verfspetters en een slordig potloodlijntje rondom.


Maak gaatjes in je kaftje (meet en teken deze eerst af) met behulp van een gaatjestang. Neem de gaatjes vervolgens over op de rest van de bladzijden en het andere kaftje. Zoek een takje uit je tuin, ik maakte de mijne een beetje wit met gesso.

Naai vervolgens het boekje zo in elkaar.

Stap 1: Steek je naald van de achter- naar de voorkant van je boekje, sla over het takje en ga in hetzelfde gaatje terug naar de achterkant.

Stap 2: Ga aan de achterkant door naar het tweede gaatje

en herhaal stap 1 tot je bovenaan bent en hecht het draad af.

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Goodmorning lovely ones – I am back with a haiku today. The photo is made by my friend Lena Schreijenberg

Friday haiku

windstille morgen
de oude molen krijgt plots
een extra dag vrij
day without wind
an unexpected day off
for the old windmill

I submit this haiku to Recuerda Mi Corazon where our lovely hostess Rebecca brings us all together to share a haiku on Friday: Haiku my Heart.

It’s Summer in the Netherlands and I spend my days being lazy. I wander around the house or I hook up with people I haven’t seen in a while. I also spend an afternoon with my parents. We drove to a small village near the water where my dad and I sat on a dyke and sketched. Some of you may have seen these drawings on my Facebook page or in the newsletter, but I had not published them on my blog yet.

These sketches perfectly picture the languor of a warm summer afternoon.

I wish you days like that!

Je t’embrasse.

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Goodmorning lovelies, it’s been a while since I wrote a ‘normal’ blogpost. I put all my energy in the Quirky Dutch Summer blogposts these days and BOY, this series of inspirational posts is popular! The Quirky Facebook group is buzzing and filling with beautiful pieces that participants create. If YOU want some (free!) inspiration and tutorials this Summer, you can check ik all out HERE.

Because of the above, and because of ‘laziness’, I skipped the usual ‘personal blogging’ a few times. I spend the Summer days wandering around the house. I hooked up with people (visited a friend, my son stayed with us for a day or two, family came over from Canada.) I also went to the local ‘Summer market’ and last week I spend an afternoon with my parents: my dad and I sat on a dyke sketching.

In between I tried to catch up in my “Chronicles” art journal, and although I am still behind in creating spreads with the weeks (we’re in week 28 and I am just about to start creating the pages for week 26) I have a few to show you.

But first: my desk this morning. (See the start of ‘week 26’?)

WOYWW #527

Here’s the art journal spreads from older weeks

The Chronicles of Marit 2019 – Week 23

Week 23 was made in a ‘fast and furious’ mood… a newspaper clipping from a free outdoor concert I went to and I journaled about the ‘highlights of the week.’

The Chronicles of Marit 2019 – Week 24

I spend a little more time creating the next spread, but I can still see the ‘catching up mood’ I was in – not much interest went into the background. I’m not very satisfied about this spread…

… but I do like the photo that I glued underneath the postcard. It’s an old photo of me that I blew my mind when I found it again: “wowzah, was I really that young and beautiful? Then why was I so insecure back then?”

The Chronicles of Marit 2019 – Week 25

I took more time to create the spread for week 25. The collage on the right is made with the Quirky Dutch Summer tutorial that Jenny the Bode wrote as a guest blogger (find it here) The photos on the page show my niece with her little daughter Alice, who came to visit us from Canada (on the top photo: mum, me, my niece Lisa & her daughter Alice, my dad, my son) and the photo beneath is my ex SIL with me. It was wonderful to catch up with them, I hadn’t seen my SIL for 7 years (and my niece even longer… the last time I saw Lisa she was 14 years old!)

Seeing these spreads I again realize how time flies by so fast… let’s make the most of each day!

Je t’embrasse.

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Quirky Dutch Summer
Do you have no idea what ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ is all about? Read this post first. There is a Facebook group for sharing your QDS work here.
QDS 2019 runs from June 10 – August 12. There will be an inspiring quirky post up on this blog every Monday during the Dutch Summer.
Gast blogger: Sharon Fritchman

Sharon wrote a tutorial about making a scrapbook layout. If you are more of an art journaler and/or don’t have all the materials she uses, you are of course free to give this tutorial a twist and work in an art journal.

I remember Sharon being a team member of the design team at Scrapping the Music, which was a scrapbook challenge blog founded by my friend Michelle LaPoint and I used to play along there, way back in the time I was creating scrapbook lay-outs. Scrapping the Music retired in 2012 so I must know Sharon longer then… In 2013, Michelle and I taught an online workshop together that Sharon also joined. I went back to Sharon’s blog the other day and looked it up, and when I saw the pages she created for that workshop I not only remembered them, I also was in ooh and aawe all over! A couple of months ago I bumped into Sharon again, ’cause I wanted to make an ‘old fashion scrapbook lay out’ and was looking online for challenge blogs; do those still exist? Hell yes, Sharon owns/runs one! Sharon is a lovely lady and a very talented scrapbooker and I am glad she agreed to write a Quirky post for you. enjoy!

WHO IS SHARON?

Hello,  I’m Sharon Fritchman

A Bit About Me
I live in the state of Pennsylvania in the USA. I am married, have two daughters, and work part time as a registered nurse. I also have an identical twin sister – she’s the sports minded, analytical one, and I am the artistic one. Funny how things work out! My artistic passions are scrapbooking and photography. I got interested in scrapbooking 16 years ago when my husband and I adopted our second daughter from China, and I haven’t stopped since. I have worked on several design teams over the years and have enjoyed learning from each and every one of the talented people I have met along the way. I met Marit a few years ago when I took her “Mixed Emotions” class. I am very honored to be participating in her Quirky Dutch Summer blogpost series!!!
You can find me here . . .

Sharon’s Blog: That Girl Fritchey

Social Media

Facebook: Sharon Fritchman

Instagram: @sfritchey

Pinterest: Sharon “Fritchey” Fritchman

Sharon at scrapbook.com

Sharon’s scrapbooking challenge blog: Challenge YOUrself

QDS #5. Quirky summer scrapbook page

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here and sharing my quirky summer scrapbook page with all of you! I am going to start by showing you my scrapbook page, followed by a detailed supply list and a step by step tutorial. Here’s my scrapbook page: entitled “Hello Beautiful:”

I always start any of my scrapbook pages by picking the photo that I want to use. I took this photo of my daughter, Anne, at the end of the summer a few years ago. It is one of my favorite photos of her! You can tell it’s the end of the summer because the corn is so tall in the background.

Here is my supply list:

  1. 12 inch x 12 inch Prima Watercolor Paper
  2. Echo Park “I Love Sunshine” Yellow Solid paper.
  3. Echo Park “I Love Sunshine” Blue Sky paper. (I cut out the clouds.)
  4. Echo Park “Splendid Sunshine” cardstock stickers. (I used the tree.)
  5. Echo Park “Magical Adventure” Yellow Striped paper.
  6. Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Boys Rule” Entitled paper and die cut ephemera. (“Hello” and ” &”)
  7. Echo Park “Keepin’ Cool” Pennant Alpha Stickers.
  8. Scrap FX Chipboard “Arrow Corner.”
  9. Cheesecloth.
  10. Blue Fern Studios Lace.
  11. Washable watercolor pan set and brush.
  12. My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist twine.
  13. Doodlebug Design die cut balloon.
  14. Echo Park Sizzix Sun and Clouds die cut.
  15. Tim Holtz Alterations Scallops die cut.
  16. Recollections white embossing powder.
  17. Dylusions white linen and black marble spray ink.
  18. Stamps: Recollections script stamp, Close to My Heart circle acrylic stamp, Designs by Ryn Silhouette Doves stamp.
  19. My favorite adhesives.

Here is my tutorial:
1. I started by making my background with 12 x 12 Prima Watercolor paper:

2. I stamped the watercolor paper in various places with Versa Mark stamp pad and heat embossed the areas with white embossing powder. This gave my background paper a resist technique.

3. I applied water with my spritz bottle and added shades of yellow,orange, and green watercolor paint with a paint brush.

4. While the watercolor was drying, I heat embossed my chipboard piece with white embossing powder.

5. I gathered my patterned paper and distressed the edges.

6. I die cut my patterned paper using the Scallops and Sun die cuts. Then began adhering them to my dried background, watercolored paper.

7. I planed my items on the paper, changing the design and adding other items:

8. I decided to add some cheese cloth for more interest:

9. I adhered, layered, and moved around the items until I came up with a look that I liked. Then I adhered everything with my favorite adhesives.

10. Here’s a larger image:

11. Next, I distressed the edges of the watercolor paper, then mounted it on 12 x 12 yellow paper. I added more twine, and black and white paint splats for more interest. Here’s my completed page:

12. Here is a close-up:

13. And some different views:

I hope you enjoyed seeing my quirky summer scrapbook page and the little insights into how I made it! I had so much fun creating this page for you. I cannot wait to see more from Marit’s Quirky Dutch Summer blog series. I have learned so much from all of you!!!

Have a happy and creative rest of your summer!

Thank you!

Did you create something inspired by this blogpost?
Use the InLinkz list at the end of this post to leave a link to your artwork/blogpost.
You can also post your work in the Quirky Facebook group

Quirky Dutch Summer
Heb je geen idee waar ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ (Grillige, Hollandse zomer) over gaat? Lees dan eerst deze post. Quirky Dutch Summer heeft ook een eigen Facebook groep, die vind je hier.
QDS 2019 duurt van 10 juni tot 12 augustus. Gedurende deze zomer zal er elke maandag een inspirerende, ‘Quirky post’ worden gepubliceerd op mijn blog.
Gast blogger: Sharon Fritchman

Sharon schreef een tutorial over het maken van een speciale scrapbook layout. Ben je meer een art journaler en/of heb je niet alle materialen in huis die zij gebruikt? Voel je dan vrij om de tutorial naar je eigen hand te zetten en in een art journal te werken.

Ik herinner me Sharon uit de tijd dat ik nog voornamelijk scrapbook layouts maakte – Sharon zat namelijk in het Design Team van Scrapping the Music – een challenge blog dat werd gerund door Michelle LaPoint, waar ik bevriend mee raakte. Scrapping the Music hield op te bestaan in 2012 en ik ‘kende’ Sharon toen al een tijdje… jeetje, wat gaat de tijd snel! In 2013 gaven Michelle en ik een online workshop samen en Sharon was één van de mensen die zich inschreef. (Ik ben eens even terug gaan neuzen op haar blog en kwam het werk dat ze maakte naar aanleiding van die workshop weer tegen. Toen ik het zag herinnerde me ik die pagina’s ook weer en ik was er opnieuw van onder de indruk!) Een paar maanden geleden besloot ik, naast al mijn art journal werk, ook zo nu en dan weer eens een ‘ouderwetse’ scrap layout te maken, gewoon voor de lol, en ik vroeg me af of er nog van die scrap-challenge blogs online actief zijn. En jawel hoor… ik vond er een aantal waaronder eentje die Sharon zelf heeft opgezet en runt. Sharon is een getalenteerde scrapbooker en ze reageerde heel enthousiast op mijn vraag of ze een Quirky post zou willen verzorgen. Ik laat nu verder Sharon aan het woord, veel plezier!

WIE IS SHARON?

Hallo, Ik ben Sharon Fritchman

Iets over mijzelf
Ik woon in Pennsylvania in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. Ik ben getrouwd, heb twee dochters en werk part time als een gediplomeerd verpleegkundige. Ik ben de helft van één-eiige tweeling, mijn zus bezit de sportieve en analytische kanten. Daarentegen ben ik de artistieke helft. Grappig hoe zoiets werkt! Mijn artistieke passies zijn scrapbooking en fotografie. Ik raakte 16 jaar geleden in scrapbooking geïnteresseerd toen mijn man en ik onze tweede dochter uit China adopteerden, en ik ben nooit meer gestopt met scrapbooking. Gedurende de afgelopen jaren ben ik met veel plezier lid geweest van diverse design teams waar ik veel van heb geleerd en met andere getalenteerde mensen in contact kwam. Ik kwam Marit een paar jaar geleden tegen toen ik me inschreef voor de workshop “Mixed Emotions.” Ik ben vereerd om nu onderdeel uit te mogen maken van haar Quirky Dutch Summer blog serie!!!
Je kunt mij hier vinden:

Sharon’s Blog: That Girl Fritchey

Social Media

Facebook: Sharon Fritchman

Instagram: @sfritchey

Pinterest: Sharon “Fritchey” Fritchman

Sharon op scrapbook.com

Sharon’s scrapbooking challenge blog: Challenge YOUrself

QDS #5. Quirky summer scrapbook pagina

Hoi allemaal! Ik ben opgetogen dat ik hier mijn Quirky Summer scrapbook pagina met jullie kan delen. Aan het begin van deze tutorial wil ik jullie allereerst de layout laten zien. Daarna presenteer ik de lijst met de door mij gebruikte materialen en een stap-voor-stap tutorial. Mijn layout heeft als naam “Hello Beautiful.”

Ik begin mijn scrapbook pagina altijd met het kiezen van een foto waar ik mee wil gaan werken. Deze foto, van mijn dochter Anne, is een paar jaar geleden aan het eind van de zomer genomen. Het is één van mijn favoriete foto’s van haar! Je kunt zien dat het op de foto tegen het einde van de zomer loopt want de maïs op de achtergrond staat al hoog.

Hier is de lijst met materialen die ik gebruikte:

  1. 12 x 12 Prima Watercolor papier
  2. Echo Park “I Love Sunshine” geel papier.
  3. Echo Park “I Love Sunshine” Blue Sky papier. (Ik knipte de wolken uit.)
  4. Echo Park “Splendid Sunshine” cardstock stickers. (Ik gebruikte de boom.)
  5. Echo Park “Magical Adventure” geel gestreepd papier.
  6. Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Boys Rule” papier met teksten en kartonnen vormpjes, zgn. ‘die cuts’ (“Hello” and ” &”)
  7. Echo Park “Keepin’ Cool” Pennant Alfabet Stickers.
  8. Scrap FX Chipboard “Arrow Corner” (“hoekpijl”)
  9. Stukje kaasdoek.
  10. Blauw “Fern Studios” kant.
  11. Waterverf en een..
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Quirky Dutch Summer
Do you have no idea what ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ is all about? Read this post first. There is a Facebook group for sharing your QDS work here.
QDS 2019 runs from June 10 – August 12. There will be an inspiring quirky post up on this blog every Monday during the Dutch Summer.

For years my father takes his drawing pad, pencils, watercolor and pens with him when he and my mum travel with their camper. Flipping through his sketchbook it’s obvious he prefers to draw small villages in France. Sitting on a mountain slope, chair and table in front of the camper, coffee, wine and refreshments within easy reach, he loves seeing the small houses and characteristic little churches that lie in the distance – and he tries to catch those with his pencil or pen.

But also closer to home, a day out with the van is a fun excursion and of course daughter (me!) is invited to come along. We find a place to sit on a dike – watching the ships roll in – or at a lake.  I always bring a sketchbook and some drawing materials, but nine times out of ten it stays in my bag while I spend the afternoon chatting, eating and drinking. A day in september 2016; and again I spent most of the afternoon lounging – but by the end of the day I forced myself to ‘do something’ and not again come home with ‘nothing’ (well, a great day out and fun memories is not “nothing” of course; what I mean is ‘at least one drawing’…) The scenery (water, boats, a small town in the distance) was not what you would call ‘Urban’ but I’ll show you the drawing anyway…

You can tell from this sketch that I forced myself: there was no focus, no concentration. Quick strokes, harsh colors; this sketch looks rushed and it was! Here’s the first lesson: If you don’t really feel like sketching or drawing, then don’t!

So I didn’t. I kept on packing my drawing materials on days out but they stayed untouched.

However, last month, my former neighbor Frederika pointed out a Facebook group to me: “Urban Sketchers Middelburg.” Frederika is a drawer and painter and goes out – alone or with a group of painters – to sketch. She also visits so-called ‘Sketch crawls’ (which I learned is a meeting of sketch artists who go into a city to sketch.) I told her I would like to make another attempt on sketching and so we had a date: we would go into town together to sketch!

This time I took it more seriously: I bound me a little sketch book and I did some preliminary research on “Urban Sketching.” And now you can benefit from my research and my experience with Urban Sketching ’cause I wrote this Quirky post about it for you!

QDS #4. Urban sketching
What is urban sketching?

“Urban sketching is reportage: drawings or paintings created on-site, as a spontaneous response to people, places or incidents. It is the act of placing oneself in a space, attempting to capture and interpret a particular moment in time.” (source: Lynne Chapman – Urban Sketcher)

“Urban Sketching” is all about sketching on location – especially in an urban area. No landscapes and no drawing from a photo or magazine picture. You can of course take a photo after you’ve been sketching, to use as a reference when you want to work on your sketch some more later, but the basic is to SKETCH ON LOCATION.

(‘Sketchers in the wild: photo from blogpost National Sketch Day Middelburg)

In my search I found various tutorials, blog posts, examples, tips and tricks for people who want to venture ‘Urban Sketching’ – I collected some ‘basics’ to get you started and at the end of this blogpost I’ll give you links to various websites and information if you want to dive into Urban Sketching and explore further.

Eeeck….scary!

To sit outside in the open and sketch in public can be pretty scary, even more so if you sit at a spot were lots of people pass by… you are never alone when you draw in an urban environment. Changes are, that people stop and come look at what you are doing. Especially when it is the first time for you to sketch outside, and you are not confident about your drawing skills, we don’t like it much when other’s come look at your attempts – oh, how we worry about what other people think of us! On top of that, we are our own worst critics. I found it scary myself too but when someone approached me with the question “what are you doing, can I take a look?” I said: “I take a class and I was challenged to go outside to draw. It’s the first time for me and I find it pretty scary…” And you know what? People were very nice, gave me compliments and I had unexpected, lovely encounters with bypassers. (and it does help to thing “I am doing this, I am learning, I am trying, THEY don’t!)

Tips to make ‘the first time’ outside sketching a bit easier:

– Sit in your own front yard or in a corner of a terrace, there’s less public there. (however, sitting in your garden is VERY safe solution and not really ‘urban sketching’)

– Take a friend or go sketching with a group. Extra fun is to take children with you – especially small children (age 5 – 10) are used to ‘play outside’, they will love to draw with you and it helps to let go of your own nervousness.

Location and subject

Which location are you going to choose and what subject will you sketch?

– Make it easy on yourself and pick a location close to your home. Choose a subject (house, building, park) that you are familiar with.

– Choose a scene or building that you love. Do you like modern buildings or industrial environments – like to draw their straight lines? Go find a place where you can draw that. Do you prefer to draw traffic, or people? Go sit near a busy road or city centre. Like water and boats? Find a canal or port to draw. But remember: you learn what you love to draw by DOING IT. So don’t walk for hours searching for ‘the perfect place’ – pick a spot, sit down and start drawing!

A  sketch isn’t a photo!

Let me repeat that: a sketch is not a photo. It may seem a truism but let it sink in for a minute. Even if you had the skills to make a drawing that looks as detailed as a photo, would you want that? The fun of sketching is, that you are free to draw messy and playful. Your drawing does not have to look ‘exactly the same’ as the subject you are sketching.

Materials

You probably have a preference for a certain material. Do you like to create detailed, neatly and precisely? Take ink, fountain pens or macro pens. Do you prefer to sketch fast and less detailed? Take graphite pencils or even charcoal. You can also think of chalk crayons, a box of watercolours or… well, there’s a lot of materials you can choose from. Just don’t take it all with you, make a choice because you don’t want to walk around town with a heavy bag and the more materials you take with you, the more difficult you will make it on yourself.

I list some materials that urban sketchers use, just so you have an idea. Make your own choice.

  • Paper to sketch on (art journal, sketch pad with or without spiral spine, big, small… it’s up to you. (However, choose paper that’s fitting for the medium you use. Watercolourpaper is different from paper that you sketch on with a pen or pencil. )
  • A light and portable camping stool (but I would not purchase that right now – maybe you want that when you sketch outside often but for now: find a bench, a terrace or sit on a curb.)
  • Graphite, pencils
  • Pens: fine line pens, brush pens, macro pens.
  • Box with watercolour paint
  • Brushes in various sizes/water brush
  • Bottle of water, maybe some extra (small) spray bottles
  • Small paintpalet

you can also think of:

  • Pastel or oil crayons
  • Color pencils
  • Charcoal

And there is more… a lot more. Too much to name it all in this post. If you want to explore Urban Sketching further you can find more info and tutorials via the links at the end of this post.

My experience: an afternoon of Urban Sketching

I thought if I share my experience and the things I came across during the afternoon that I went urban sketching with Frederika, you can benefit from the things I learned. It is of course my personal observations and experiences, but they might be helpfull.

Like I said, I bounded a sketch journal (that I plan to use, I really do!) and I added ‘something’ to the first pages because [1] I came across an example and thought it would add a nice ‘extra’ to the sketch and [2] I was a bit scared to go sketch in public and thought that having something on the page already would give me some confidence to put my pencil to the page.

Don’t add to much to the page, you want the focus on the sketch and not on the background.

I glued some pieces of paper onto the page and toned it down with white gesso.

On the next page, I made some random colored ‘splashes’ – I used ‘bister’ (pigment powder) and water but you can also use watercolor paint.

And then the day came… Frederika and I met and we decided to go to the courtyard of the old Abbey first. We found a nice spot on a bench – or better: we sat on the window sill and put our feet on the bench. That way, we had our legs in an angle to put our sketch pads on… perfect!

On the next photo, you can see what was in front of us. (We sketched this ‘live’ and I took the photo later.)

My very first urban sketch!

Were the pieces of paper on the background, helpfull?
No, they didn’t do anything for me. They don’t add much ‘fun’ to the drawing either.
Buy hey, I tried something, ok?!

I used a soft pencil for my sketch, Frederika took out her macro pens and watercolor box. She’s more experienced and you can tell by her sketch!

There were more benches in the courtyard. I tried to sketch a couple that was sitting there, but they didn’t sit still all the time so it wasn’t easy… and for the lady walking by I only had a few seconds to get her on paper.

I loved sketching with a soft pencil but it stained a lot – my hand was all black with graphite and the page showed a lot of smears and stains. I also brought macro pens so I tried using those for a while to sketch people walking through the courtyard. Fast sketches in which I tried to capture their postures. The person leaning against the wall reading a tourist guide gave me some more minutes to sketch.

Having seen enough of what was in front of me, I looked up…

… “well, that’s a challenge to try and draw the shapes, lines and depth… ” I thought. I used a pencil again for the sketch.

I was already working on a fifth sketch by the time Frederika was finished with her one drawing (that tells you something about her concentration and way of viewing & working – and my short attention-arc!) and we decided to break up and find a new spot to sketch.

We went to the ‘Abbey square’ where a stage was build on which a choir was singing and swinging. It was a ‘choir festival’ in town and there were lots of people singing and public watching all over town. Because of the festivities, there were also chairs and tables – happy coincidence – and we found a nice spot to sit. There even was a stand where we could buy coffee (see paper coffee cups on the table) and there was a lot to see and sketch. This time, I took out my watercolor box.

The green trees, the choir on the stage, the public… this was what I had in front of me.

I started my sketch with painting ‘green spots’ where I wanted the trees on my page. I added some yellow to try and capture the sunlight… and then I started sketching. I tried to depict the atmosphere of people on a square under the trees with a few lines (I’d discovered by now that I am more of a ‘fast sketcher’ so I worked with that.)

I like the sketch, it feels ‘me’ – my style,  but this way of painting and sketching comes with disadvantages: see my considerations in italic.

  • Wet your watercolor paper (I used a spray bottle)
  • I need a cup to put water in for my brushes… lucky me: I can use that paper coffee cup! Next time I must not forget to bring a cup with me!
  • Wet your brush and put water color ‘stains’ to the page. Spray some extra water to allow the paint to merge.
  • No heat tool… so it takes a while for the page and paint to dry. Maybe bring two sketch books next time, so you can sketch in another one while this dries?
  • I sketch with a pencil, the paper is still a bit moist but I think I could have used a pen also…
  • I thought of bringing a rag, an old dishcloth that I use to dab my paper and wet brushes. When you plan to work with paint, don’t forget to bring such a cloth.

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Goodmorning lovely ones – I am back with a haiku today. The photo is again made by my friend Lena Schreijenberg

Friday haiku

boterbloemenveld
kijk, alle kopjes draaien
richting ochtendzon
field of Buttercups
their little heads all turn to
the first daylight

I submit this haiku to Recuerda Mi Corazon where our lovely hostess Rebecca brings us all together to share a haiku on Friday: Haiku my Heart.

I did all kinds of things over the last weeks: met with family (my niece, her daughter and her mum were over from Canada) and friends, wrote posts for the Quirky Dutch Summer blogseries, spend hours in the sun reading a book, crocheted, watched bicycle races on tv – I guess you could say I was freewheeling and didn’t spend much time in my atelier. I neglected my Chronicles art journal a bit – we are in week 26 and I came to creating pages for weeks 21 and 22… I hope to catch up on spreads this weekend – it’s about time I got creative again!

Anyway, here are the latest spreads

The Chronicles of Marit 2019 – Week 21

The Chronicles of Marit 2019 – Week 21

I wish you all a lovely day.

Je t’embrasse.

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Hi there lovelies, goodmorning!
I was not around last week and don’t have much time this week either… but since I rose very early this morning I have a little time to upload this photo and write a few words before I have to catch a train to visit my friend Mandy (we have a ‘playdate’ today, YAY! Get out the paint, I’ll be there in a while Mandy…!)

So, my desk… there isn’t much on it these days but this was yesterday: the old jeans my mum asked me to repair for her.

WOYWW #525

The jeans was torn on her knee but I decorated it all with pieces of Japanese fabric and Sashiko stitches… I love how it turned out and so does my mum!

And that’s it for today sweeties. I have to get dressed, pack my journals and hit the road (uhrm, ‘rails’, as I am taking the train.)  Hope to visit you at the end of the week… see ya!

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QDS 2019 runs from June 10 – August 12. There will be an inspiring quirky post up on this blog every Monday during the Dutch Summer.
Guest blogger: Nel Wisse

I don’t remember exactly when Nel (or ‘Florenel’ as she first presented herself with the name of her blog) and I got contact with each other. I recall that Nel participated in my online workshop “Let it Loose” but I taught that workshop several times and I don’t know what year it was when Nel participated. I do remember that I was still living in Eindhoven and liked the fact that I had someone from my ‘home-region’ amongst my students. I moved back to Zeeland five years ago and since we live in the same town now, we meet each other in real life every now and then to drink coffee, chat and inspire each other… and “inspire others”, that is what Nel is really good at!

WHO IS NEL?
Nel is a self-taught artist who developed her skills by taking courses from various artists. She also attended a course “Process-driven work for amateur artists.”  In 1996, Nel got a certificate “Creative Crafts” and two years later she and a fellow ex-student put up a Creative Centre in Nagele, a small town in the Netherlands. Nel taught creative workshops there as well as in other places. She still teaches creative workshops occasionally. Nel prefers working with mixed media but also makes collages (including “zettiology”) and she loves to try out new techniques. She keeps on learning and developing by taking online workshops on a regular base.

Nel’s blog Florenel

QDS #3. Harmonica booklet in a tin can

It was years ago that I got this tin can…

For a long time I didn’t know what to do with it, until one day I found a little felt fish. The idea came to mind that I could fill this can with fishies; a little harmonica booklet with a ‘fish theme’.

What do you need to make a harmonica booklet-in-a-can?

  • Small tin can with hinged lid (a box out of wood may do the trick also.)
  • Images and quotes with/about your choosen theme.
  • Thin piece of cardboard.
  • Strip of thick paper (for your booklet.)
  • Aquarelle tape/watercolor tape (or some sort of paper tape, see tutorial.)
  • Pencil, glue, craft knife.
  • Markers, coloring pencils, paint.

How to make the booklet

Put your can on a piece of thin cardboard (you are making a template so  you can cut it out of packing material, a cereal box or something…) Outline, and cut out the shape.

Now cut the shape a little smaller (remove approximately 0.08 inch from the borders.) Place the cardboard shape/template on the bottom of your can to see if it fits. You should be able to get it out easily. If not, cut the template slightly smaller.

Now cut a strip of paper.

Lay the cardboard template on your paper, outline the piece with a pencil and fold the strip exactly on the perimeter line. Fold and flip the paper strip, outline the template on the next piece of paper, fold and so on until you are satisfied with the length/number of pages. If your paper strip is too short, you can extend it by taping another paper strip to it using *aquarel/watercolor-tape. Be sure the tape is completely dry before you start working on the pages. (* Note by Marit: aquarelle- or watercolor tape is a thin paper tape. It is different from ‘painters/masking tape’ – the latter shows some sort of structure that probably stands out and stays visible on your pages. You can use it if you don’t mind that effect – you can even use patterned Washi tape – but if you want the connection as invisible as possible and don’t have watercolor-tape, then you might best cut a piece of thin paper to use as ‘tape’.)

Do you have a tin with round corners? Then cut out the marked corners of your harmonica-paperstrip.

Put the harmonica-stack one more time in the can to see if it fits well. You can adjust it still.

And now you can start working on your pages. You can fill the strip of paper per shape (page) or per spread but you can also deside to work on the whole strip at once (make a comic strip for example.) Of course you can use all kinds of techniques and materials, it depends on your style and your theme. Choose whatever you like working with.

You can see on the photo that I used all kinds of mixed media techniques – I even added a piece of dried fish-skin (on the photo to the right.)

I also wrote quotes and sayings about ‘fish’ on the pages, but you don’t have to use texts if you don’t like that. Create on the paper and finish the booklet every way you want and let it dry completely. When it is dry and to your liking, put glue to the bottom of your tin can and push the booklet on to it. Let dry, and finished!

It is of course fun to decorate the can in a way that it gives a clue about it’s content.

Om, na openen van mijn blikje, ook het boekje makkelijk te kunnen openen heb ik een splitpen gebruikt als oog waarmee ik de vilten vis vast maakte.

After opening the can, you also want easy acces to the booklet. I used a split pin (cotter pin) – attached as an ‘eye’ to the felt fish – that makes the booklet easy to open.

A little ‘knob’ like that is handy – you could also use a button.

… and what a surprise it is when you open the lid later… there’s that little booklet! Give yourself a compliment, YOU made that!

HAVE FUN CREATING.

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QDS 2019 duurt van 10 juni tot 12 augustus. Gedurende deze zomer zal er elke maandag een inspirerende, ‘Quirky post’ worden gepubliceerd op mijn blog.
Gast blogger: Nel Wisse

Ik weet niet precies meer wanneer Nel (of ‘Florenel’ zoals ze zich toen presenteerde, naar de naam van haar blog) en ik contact kregen – ik meen me te herinneren dat Nel aan één van mijn eerste “Let it Loose” workshops deelnam maar in welk jaar dat was…? Ik woonde nog in Eindhoven en vond het leuk een ‘echte Zeeuwse’ in de groep te hebben. Toen ik vijf jaar geleden in Middelburg kwam te wonen ontmoetten we elkaar ‘in real life’ en sindsdien gaan we op gezette tijden bij elkaar ‘buurten’, koffie drinken en bijkletsen. En elkaar inspireren natuurlijk, want anderen inspireren: dat kán Nel!

WIE IS NEL?
Nel is autodidact en heeft zich op artistiek niveau ontwikkeld door het volgen van cursussen bij diverse kunstenaars. Ook volgde ze een opleiding Procesmatig werken voor Amateurkunstenaars. In 1996 slaagde ze voor het diploma Creatieve Handvaardigheid en twee jaar later zette ze in Nagele een Creatief Centrum op, samen met een mede-geslaagde. Nel gaf zowel daar als op andere plaatsen creatieve workshops en doet dat nu af en toe nog met veel plezier. Nel werkt het liefst met mixed media maar maakt ook collages (waaronder “zettiology”) en ze houdt ervan om nieuwe technieken uit te proberen. De laatste tijd volgt Nel regelmatig online workshops.

Nel’s blog Florenel

QDS #3. Zig-zag boekje in een blikje

Jaren geleden kreeg ik dit blikje…

Lang wist ik niet wat ik er mee wilde doen, totdat ik een vilten visje vond. Dat bracht me op het idee om het blikje met visjes te vullen in de vorm van een zigzagboekje.

Wat heb ik nodig om ook zo’n soort boekje-in-blikje te maken?

  • Blikje met scharnierend deksel (een spanen doosje kan ook.)
  • Afbeeldingen over het onderwerp wat je kiest en quotes die erbij horen.
  • Stukje dun karton.
  • Strook stevig papier.
  • Aquarelplakband (of papieren tape, zie tutorial.)
  • Potlood, lijm, evt. snijmes.
  • Markers, kleurpotloden, verf

Werkwijze

Zet je blikje met de onderkant op het dunne karton. (Je maakt een malletje uit het karton, dus je kunt hiervoor b.v. een cornflakes-verpakking o.i.d. gebruiken.) Trek de vorm om en knip die uit.

Knip daarna rondom nog 2 mm af. Leg die vorm daarna op de bodem van je blikje en kijk of je het kartonnetje er makkelijk uit kunt halen. Zo niet, knip de vorm dan nog iets kleiner.

Snij/knip vervolgens een strook papier.

Leg vervolgens de kartonnen vorm op je papier, trek de vorm om en vouw de strook precies op de omtrek-lijn. Daarna de vorm omklappen, met potlood omtrekken, vouwen etc. Ga daarmee door tot je de gewenste lengte (aantal bladzijden) hebt. Is je strook te kort, plak er dan met aquarel-tape* een extra strook aan vast. Daar zie je niks meer van na het bewerken. Laat de tape wel goed drogen voor je op de bladzijden gaat werken. (*Opmerking van Marit: Aquareltape is een dun papieren tape. Het is anders dan ‘schilderstape’ – dat laatste heeft namelijk een structuurtje dat waarschijnlijk afsteekt op je bladzijden. Je kunt dat natuurlijk gebruiken – je zou zelfs gedessineerd Washi tape kunnen gebruiken – maar wil je de verbinding zo onzichtbaar mogelijk houden en heb je geen aquareltape in huis, dan kun je misschien beter een strookje papier knippen en gebruiken/vastlijmen om de verbinding te maken.)

Als je blikje ronde hoeken heeft, knip dan ook de afgetekende hoekjes van je zigzagstrook.

Leg het zigzag stapeltje in het blikje en kijk of het goed past. Je kunt het nu eventueel nog bijsnijden.

Nu kun je de hele strook gaan bewerken. Dat kan per vouw (malvorm/bladzijde) of per twee (spread) maar je kunt natuurlijk ook de hele strook tegelijk bewerken (maak er b.v. een stripverhaal van o.i.d.) Je kunt op allerlei manieren en met elk materiaal aan de gang gaan – doe dát wat je leuk vindt.

Op de foto zie je dat ik allerlei mixed media technieken gebruikte – ik gebruikte zelfs een stukje vissenhuid (de pagina’s rechts op de foto.)

Ook heb ik toepasselijke spreekwoorden en quotes toegevoegd, maar dat hoeft natuurlijk niet. Werk de stroken helemaal af op jouw manier en laat alles goed drogen. Als het geheel naar je zin en droog is, doe dan lijm op de bodem van het blikje en leg daarop je zigzagboekje. Druk goed aan, even drogen en het is klaar!

Het is wel zo leuk om de bovenkant van het blikje ook zó te bewerken dat het iets zegt over de inhoud.

Om, na openen van mijn blikje, ook het boekje makkelijk te kunnen openen heb ik een splitpen gebruikt als oog waarmee ik de vilten vis vast maakte.

Zo’n ‘handvatje’ is handig. Je kunt daarvoor ook een knoop gebruiken.

… en wat een verrassing als je na een poosje het deksel open doet; geef jezelf een groot compliment!

VEEL PLEZIER MET HET MAKEN.

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Quirky Dutch Summer
Do you have no idea what ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ is all about? Read this post first. There is a Facebook group for sharing your QDS work here.
QDS 2019 runs from June 10 – August 12. There will be an inspiring quirky post up on this blog every Monday during the Dutch Summer.
Guest blogger: Jenny de Bode

I got to know Jenny de Bode 2012, when I discovered her ‘stone folks‘ on the Internet. I emailed her because I wanted to write an article for Featuring magazine about her art and right away it felt we’d always been friends. Jenny and I, we ‘click.’ Ever since that day we email each other, we write each other, we call each other, we inspire each other, we collaborate on projects together and we gave workshops together. We don’t visit each other as much as we might want to (she lives in another part of the Netherlands) but we are in each other’s hearts.

WHO IS JENNY?
Jenny de Bode is a teacher of English and Dutch and loves to encourage creativity in people. She developed courses and workshops in guided fantasy, creative writing, storytelling and language play. She teaches art journaling and creative writing (and loves to combine texts and images). She translated children’s books, writes poetry and short stories, draws on stones and paints on paper and makes big big messes. She’s convinced that creating makes us happy. Jenny wrote a book in Dutch about the magic of art journaling: Art Journaling, de magie van tekenen, schrijven en plakken in een creatief journaal and was co-writer (together with Lia Nijman) of books about how to develop your creativity: Creativiteit, géén kunst and how to stimulate creative thinking in children: Hoe bedenk je het ?!

Jenny’s website
Jenny’s creatieve community Creatief contact
Jenny’s blog Quataalenteken

QDS #2. A Summer of Snippety Susies

Some creative work just happens. Three scraps of paper that I thoughtlessly put down on some brown paper suddenly showed their hidden potential! Only a few extra lines were needed to transform them into three funny figures. When Marit invited me as a guest blogger for her Quirky Summer project I remembered the sheer joy of working with coincidental odd scraps of paper.. Would you like to try?

What you will need
An interesting page from a magazine that preferably shows some skin or skin-like colour, some Kraftpaper or grey wrapping paper (black or plain coloured paper can also be used) black and white fine liners or gelly rollers and glue

Step 1: Just randomly rip
First rip some random forms from your magazine page and lay them out on a piece of brown paper

Step 2: Look for a face
First see if there’s a piece of ‘skin’ that can be used for a face. Now look among your torn pieces for useful forms for a body or legs. Resist the urge to grab a pair of scissors and cut out a skirt, a bra or a little coat. It’s the irregular forms that you have ripped from the page that will stimulate your fantasy!

Step 3: Puzzle
Use only what’s available but feel free to turn your torn pieces upside down to see if the other side is more interesting.
Puzzle with the pieces until your fantasy takes over and tells you what it’s going to be. Take only what you can use and leave the rest.(watch out: don’t throw anything away yet. Cherish your leftovers, they may be useful later on.)

Step 4: Draw and Decorate
Feel free to draw parts that aren’t there to complete your image. (I added the hands!) An arm, a pair of shoes, part of a leg…hair. It is the combination of collage and your drawn parts that will make it special! Then take your fineliners and decorate as much as you like, add buttons, shoestrings, frills…whatever.

Step 5: Add text
You’ll probably end up with some quite hilarious figures and a funny text may add to that.

Step 6: Make a border
Lay the finished figure on a blank page of your art journal. Have you still enough snippets to make an irregularly ripped border around it? (If not grab a suitable new page.) There are various ways to make a border. See what appeals to you most and secure it with glue. Leave room to surround the border with text!

Step 7: Add handwriting
Now write around it! Use your sloppiest handwriting and write big! Your scrawly text will act as an extra border and the sloppier it looks the better! (It may be quirky, remember!) What to write? Just anything that comes to mind…I for example wrote “It’s so nice to fiddle about with scraps of paper and just see what wants to be created with them…”

And then what?

Leftover scraps
So many pieces that I did not use. Oh…I had loads on my work top. Have you?
Watch them closely, you now know what these scraps may lead to…. Among mine there was a snippet showing two toes and the nails looked so much like eyes that I could not resist….I drew eyelids on them and made them into a little face.

Fat lady
I arranged some of the left over scraps on a fresh piece of Kraft paper. There was a fat behind and two pieces that could be used as legs. And there she was, my fat little lady.

Sensible Shoes
And all that was left to be done was drawing a hand, a handbag (yes, here I took another scrap) and nice sensible shoes.

Buttons and frills
Decorating her was the last thing to do: some buttons, curly hair and some fashionable frills at her ankles. When I looked her in the eyes, the text came almost all by itself…. “She was always a bit ashamed of her bottom…”

BEWARE: You’ll make what you are!
I glued her in my journal and made a border out of another coloured page. I surprised myself by writing: “And of course this is all about projection! It’s MY OWN bottom that I’m ashamed of that makes me write this!” So now you know…

HAVE A rippin’ good summer… CREATE! HAVE FUN !

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Quirky Dutch Summer
Heb je geen idee waar ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ (Grillige, Hollandse zomer) over gaat? Lees dan eerst deze post. Quirky Dutch Summer heeft ook een eigen Facebook groep, die vind je hier.
QDS 2019 duurt van 10 juni tot 12 augustus. Gedurende deze zomer zal er elke maandag een inspirerende, ‘Quirky post’ worden gepubliceerd op mijn blog.

 

Gast blogger: Jenny de Bode

Ik leerde Jenny de Bode kennen in 2012, toen ik online ergens haar ‘gezichten in steen‘ ontdekte en haar aanschreef omdat ik voor Featuring magazine een artikel over haar werk wilde schrijven. Jenny en ik, dat klikte meteen! Sindsdien emailen we, schrijven we, bellen we, inspireren we elkaar, werken we aan gezamenlijke projecten en we gaven ook al workshops samen. We bezoeken elkaar veel te weinig (we wonen niet bij elkaar om de hoek) maar we wonen al jaren in elkaars hart…

WIE IS JENNY?
Jenny de Bode is lerares Engels en Nederlands en houdt ervan om creativiteit in mensen te stimuleren en te bevorderen. Ze ontwikkelt en geeft cursussen en workshops o.a. op het gebied van art journaling (= werken met een creatief dagboek), creativiteitsontwikkeling, creatief schrijven, creatieve denktechnieken, taalspel, geleide fantasie, verhalen vertellen en voorleestechnieken. Verder vertaalt Jenny kinderboeken, schrijft poëzie en korte verhalen, tekent op stenen, schildert op papier en maakt er een grote blije rommel van. Jenny is ervan overtuigd dat creëren ons gelukkig maakt. Jenny is de auteur van Art Journaling, de magie van tekenen, schrijven en plakken in een creatief journaal – 2014 uitgeverij Akasha en scheef samen met Lia Nijman Creativiteit, géén kunst – 2010 uitgeverij Akasha en Hoe bedenk je het ?! – 2014 uitgeverij Coutinho

Jenny’s website
Jenny’s creative community Creatief contact
Jenny’s blog Quataalenteken

QDS #2. Een zomer vol scheurmadammekes

Soms komt iets vanzelf op je weg. Drie strips gescheurd papier die ik gedachteloos naast elkaar had gelegd op een grauwpapieren ondergrond lieten opeens verborgen mogelijkheden zien! Er waren maar een paar lijntjes nodig om ze te veranderen in deze drie grappige figuren. Toen Marit mij vroeg als gastblogger voor haar Quirky Dutch Summer moest ik meteen terugdenken aan het pure plezier van werken met toevallige vormen en daar dan je ding mee doen. Wil je ’t ook proberen?

Wat heb je nodig
Een kleurige pagina uit een tijdschrift waarop liefst ook een stukje huid of iets huidkleurigs te zien is, een stuk kraftpapier of bruin inpakpapier (zwart papier of een effen kleur kan ook), zwarte en witte fineliners of gelpennen en lijm.

Stap 1: Willekeurig scheuren
Neem je tijdschriftpagina en scheur daar wat willekeurige vormen uit en leg die op een ondergrond (ik gebruik daarvoor graag grauw-bruin kraftpapier.)

Step 2: Vind een gezichtje
Kijk of er ergens een gezichtje getekend kan worden (liefst op een stukje huid) en kijk of de scheurvormen als lijfjes of andere lichaamsdelen gebruikt kunnen worden. Weersta vooral de neiging om de schaar te pakken en een broekje, behaatje of colbertje te knippen. Juist onregelmatige scheurvormen prikkelen de fantasie!

Step 3: Puzzel
Maak er een sport van om alleen te gebruiken wat er op je tafel ligt. Je hoeft niet alles te gebruiken, juist niet! Draai gerust je scheurstukjes om. Soms is de achterkant beter bruikbaar. (en let op: gooi nog niks weg! Koester je restjes, ze kunnen straks nog van pas komen!) Puzzel tot je fantasie het overneemt en je een idee krijgt van wat het zou kunnen worden.

Step 4: Teken en versier
Teken er gerust wat ontbrekende delen bij om het kompleet te maken, een stukje arm, een paar schoenen, haren… Het is juist de combinatie van collage en tekenwerk die het zo leuk maakt! Versier dan naar hartenlust en gebruik alleen zwarte en witte fineliners. Voeg knopen, veters, randjes en kantjes toe, wat je maar invalt.

Step 5: Voeg tekst toe
Het worden meestal tamelijk hilarische figuren en een tekstje erbij kan dat nadrukkelijk laten uitkomen.

Step 6: Creëer een rand
Leg je uitgewerkte scheurfiguurtje op een blanco pagina in je art journal en kijk of je nog genoeg snippers hebt om een liefst gescheurde rand om het ondergrondpapier te maken. (Zo niet, pak een nieuwe bijkleurende pagina) Een scheurrand kun je op verschillende manieren maken; kijk wat je aanspreekt en plak het vast. Laat genoeg ruimte om er tekst omheen te schrijven!

Step 7: Handgeschreven tekst
Schrijf er nu omheen. Schrijf met je slordigste hanepoten en schrijf groot! Je tekst wordt een extra rand om je werkstuk en hoe hanepoteriger hoe beter. (Het mag ‘quirky’ zijn, weet je wel…) En WAT je dan moet schrijven? Alles wat er maar bij je op komt. Het hoeft niks literairs te zijn. Ik schreef: bijvoorbeeld “Het is zo leuk om maar wat aan te rommelen met scheursels en gewoon te kijken wat er gemaakt wil worden…”

En nu…?

Overgebleven scheursels
Ongebruikte scheursels… er lagen er flink wat op mijn werktafel. Bij jou ook? Kijk eens goed… je weet nu waar die snippers toe kunnen leiden… Op een van mijn stukjes stonden twee tenen met keurig gelakte nageltjes. Ze zagen er uit als oogjes en ik kon het niet laten…dus ik tekende die oogjes op de nagels en maakte er een gezichtje omheen.

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