27 November 2016

A 15 Minutes Page And A Colourful Owl

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great weekend. Yesterday was a bit of an off-day for me, but today I feel good. And I’m determined to finally give my project Midori a new try. I’ve watched a ton of videos on YouTube and I think I’m ready. Before I head to my art room, I would like to share some art journal pages with you. I’ve mentioned the #sisterswithheartinart project on Instagram before and both these pages were made after their new prompts.

The first one was to make an entire page in 15 minutes. I am a slow worker, so this really was a challenge for me. I decided to use my A6 size journal, so my pages would be small enough to fill in an hour. I spread some paint with baby wipes. I love using them to layer a first coat of paint on my paper. You need a small amount of paint and the moist wipes makes it easy to spread the paint in a thin layer. It also works great for blending, which I did with a second colour. I started with bright yellow and added some orange from the edges towards the center. Thin layers speed up drying time, which is very usefull when only having 15 minutes to make a page. I used a stencil by The Crafters Workshop together with a make-up sponge and a red acrylic paint. At this point, I layed my journal aside to dry and moved on with the focal image. I drew a bunch of whimsical animals in Juliette Crane’s online workshop, which I scanned into my computer and printed out a several times, so I always have them at hand when I want to use them. They’re kind of my home made digital stamps now. I chose one of the animals and coloured it in with coloured pencils (Koh-i-Nor, not the best quality, but a good alternative when you can’t affor the fancy pencils by Prisma or Derwent). Usually I take my time for colouring, but time was not my friend with this project. Only 5 minutes to go. I quickly layered some colours on top of each other. Only 30 seconds to cut and adhere. I like to be very precise when I fussy cut an image, but there was no time for that, so I quickly cut around the image, leaving a small white border. I adhered it to the page using a glue stick. Times up! So…I cheated a bit and took another 30 seconds to write down some journaling.

I have to say this prompt was very educative for me. Normally I tend to overthink everything too much and you don’t have time for that with this prompt. I think it’s a good exercise for us overthinkers to practise every once and a while.

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Another week’s prompt was to create a cartoonish owl. Those of you who know me for a while, know I am a big owl lover. No surprise I was very happy with this prompt. As a warm up, I started sketching some owls in my sketchbook.

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I chose the top right owl for my project and decided to work in my watercolour journal. I made this journal as an insert for my Midori style Travelers Notebook, that I have yet to make. It’s A5 size. I had a lot of fun mixing and blending all the colours, even though my skills are pretty lousy. Well, you need to practice to get better, right. I used Van Gogh watercolours, which is a student grade. I won’t buy any fancy watercolours until my skills have improved enough to be worth artist grade paints. Sometimes I do treat myself to a new colour, but always the student grade. I must say these Van Gogh watercolours are pretty good quality.

When I was done painting and let the page dry overnight, I started to add some texture to the owl with some coloured pencils. Also I went over the lines with a black brush pen (Faber Castel) and gave him eyelids with a small tip fineliner (Micron). It looked nice, but it was too clean to my liking, so I added a couple of background stamps with Archival ink. Finally I marked a small border with a black inktense pencil and called it done.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and see you back next time. Have a great day!

16 November 2016

How To Make Marbled Background Paper – The Easy Way

Don’t you just love the effect of marbled paper? I sure do! Back in the days at college, I learned how to do it, but it was a lot of fuss and the results weren’t very satisfying. And most of all, it definitely wasn’t a project to do at home, unless you had a lot of room and didn’t mind to clean the hot mess. Well, I’ve got good news for you. All you need is shaving cream and something like liquid watercolour. In my instruction video I’m using Dylusions ink sprays, but there are all kind of products at the market you can use. You can even dilute acrylic paints with water. I just thought it would be fun to use my Dylusions in a different way than just spraying on paper.

The picture below is a collage of all the papers I created. They make great backgrounds for all kind of projects.

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Here’s an example of a digital Project Life card I made, using one of the backgrounds. I just scanned it to my computer, transfered it to my iPhone and used an editing app by Rhonna Farrer. Feel free to download this card and use it in your projects. If you want to share this card, please send people to my blog so they can download it here.

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When I needed a quick thank you card, I made one using another background.

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I hope you’ll give this technique a try. Maybe you can even make it into a creative afternoon with your kids. I’m sure they’ll love it!

 

For this project you will need:

- Dylusions spray ink (or any other ink)
- shaving cream
- kitchen roll / paper towels
- skewer
- something to spread the shaving cream (think baking supplies)

Optional:
- wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from staining
- cover your working surface with a plastic bag

 

Have a great day and see you back soon!

15 November 2016

Hello Fall - Keep Swimming

While Fall is having the time of her life, I get so inspired. I go outside with my camera to capture the beauty of this time of year when I can. Rainy days have their charm too, as they make perfect days for arts and crafts. I rediscoverd my A6 sized art journal that I bought last year. It’s a great size for making spreads in stead of one page. I love the look of it. Another thing I am finally using, is the old typewriter I bought in a thriftstore a couple of years ago. I found a shop that still sells the ink ribbon and now it’s ready to go.

I made this journal page/spread following a prompt on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, look for the hashtag #sisterswithheartinart to see all the artwork. There’s a new prompt every Wednessday. This prompt was “leaves”. I used my Spelbinders die set to make a stencil. I also punched two bigger leaves with the same set. The circlen figures is a stencil by Carabelle Studio. The paints I used are Amsterdam acrylics, except for the middle sized leaf, for which used Van Gogh watercolours. There’s also a background stamp by Christy Tomlinson.

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The page below is my latest. I made it yesterday. Last week I visited a museum (Museon, The Hague) and in the museum shop they sold some adorable Indian wooden stamps, that are originally used to make patterned fabric. This was my first time using them and I am in love. I used them with a 3”x5” Gelli Plate. The images are so sharp! I stencilled a wave pattern (Carabelle Studio) to create more of a sea look and some black dots through a piece of dry wall paper for some extra texture. The quote is from “Finding Nemo” that I typed with my vintage typewriter. I also added some neon pink dashes.

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Well, that’s it for today! I have a lot of editing to do, because I took tons of photo’s and there are also quite some more art projects that I’d like to share with you. So I hope to see you back soon!

28 October 2016

Little Book Of Christmas

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I know it’s still early and some of you don’t want to think about Christmas yet, but I had a good reason to dive into my Christmas stuff. There are people in this world who already are exited about that time of year coming. And last week I was making a surprise gift for one of them. Of course this idea came up in my mind close before I needed the present, so I had to think of something that didn’t take more than a day to make. This cute little Christmas album is quite easy to make and the time it takes, depends on how crazy you go with embellishing.

Because of the lack of time I didn’t think of filming the process, but a tutorial has already been requested, so I’m planning to do a how-to video on a similar album. Maybe even another Christmas themed one.

For this album I used up an old paper collection by My Minds Eye. I so wish I had more of this. I think I will buy “Mistletoe Kisses” by Simple Stories this year. I just love the non traditional colours. Better make up my mind fast, because these Christmas collections are always gone long before I get in the Christmas mood. Good thing I was challenged to dig into my Christmas stuff early this year.

Here’s a flip through video for you. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

26 October 2016

Gelli Printed Art Journal Flip Through

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Hi all! I’m sorry it’s been a while. My laptop was running so slow, it was hardly working. I did try to find a good app, so I could write my blog from my iPad, but unfortunately the only good app that ever existed, ceized to be. I could really do with a new computer, but I had to choose. A new laptop or a new bed. And since my bed is very old and I’m dealing with chronic pain, I really need that new bed. My bestie and I talked everything through and a new idea was born. What if he installed an SSD in my old laptop. It was worth the try. And so he did. Tonight I’m bussy installing all the software I need and boy does this SSD make a difference! My laptop starts within 12 seconds. I hit the on button, take a deep breath and my computer is ready to go. That fast! I’m doing a little happy dance here!

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So, finally, I am able to share the video I made. Some of you may already have seen it, since I was able to upload it from my iPad, but I just wasn’t able to share it through my blog yet. I’m still very new to making and editing videos, so please have a little patience while I’m trying to improve. It’s already been watched by nearly 400 people, which makes me very happy and proud. Since I’m all new to this, I could use a little help. If you like my videos (yes, I made a few), please hit the thumbs up button below the video. This helps to let YouTube know you like my videos, which makes that YouTube will suggest my videos to other people who might be interested. Also, if you subscribe to my channel, you will know when I uploaded a new video. I would be very grateful if you would share my video with someone who will enjoy the content.

Enough said. Let’s watch the video.

If you have any suggestions or request for future videos, please let me know!

14 May 2016

Spring In Pink (and a touch of purple)

Hello! Like I mentioned in my previous poste, I’ve got some photos to share with you. They were taken during the last couple of weeks and have something in comment. They are spring bloomings and they are quite pink, except for one that is purple, but well, purple is close to pink right? I’m still playing around with my new vintage 50mm lens and I like it a lot!

This is the purple photo. I call it “tulip in the city” as you can see the large buildings in the background.

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Let’s move on to the pink. I adore the vivid colours of the rhododendron flowers. I think they look kind of exotic.

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Yes, I know. The sunlight was too bright, but I couldn’t really change that, could I? And coming back later that day, wasn’t an option. I still like how the photos turned out.

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Don’t you love the pink flowers? As much as I adore the rhododendron’s flowers, I am absolutely in love with the sakura, better known as cherry blossoms.

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I tried to capture their beauty as best as I could.

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I just can’t get enough of them.

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I saved the best for last. This is a photo I am very proud of. It hardly needed any post-processing. I know taking good pictures isn’t about having the best gear, but I do notice the difference with this prime lens. It’s vintage, but it sure is good glass. The conditions for taking this photo were also really good. Even though it was the same (too) bright sunlight as in the rhododendron pictures. I took my time to get it all nice in frame, adjusted my settings et voila! I hope you like it as much as I do. I call this one “sakura lush”.

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Allright. That’s it for today. I don’t have any pink spring delightness left anymore. I will go exploring what other kinds of spring colours are waiting to get captured. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!

10 May 2016

Some Art Journal Pages

Hi! It’s been a while since I shared anything, so this is going to be a long post with lots of eye candy. I’ve been busy with all kinds of projects. The weather is beautiful too (not today though), so I’ve also been outside taking photos. Some successful, others a bit less succesful. There’s still so much to learn. I know now, full sunshine is nice and helps for a good mood, but it can be a struggle to take photos in the bright light. Lesson learned: I need to avoid that hard, bright light. Better not take photos in the middle of the day.

I’ve also done some art journaling. I’ve made myself a stamp too. It’s big and I love it. The type of linoleum I used doesn’t like to be used with stamping ink, but it does a good job with acrylic ink applied with a brayer. I had some mono printed papers lying on my table, that made a good base to test the stamp. The mono print was done with the Gelli Arts® printing plate.

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Another day I started working on a page in my Dylusions art journal. I started on a page I already brayed some paint on in a previous session. Sometimes I like to start on a clear page, but sometimes it helps more to start on a page that already has something on it.

When I’m in doubt of what I want with a page, I start doodling loosely with a pencil. Sometimes I pick up a pen too or coloured pencils. This time I just took a graphite pencil. Next I stamped with a backgroundstamp (by Hema). I don’t have a lot of inkpads, so I chose a colour from my Neo Color II crayons, rubbed a bit onto my stamp and spritzed it with water. I love the look this gives. I also used a chevron stamp (also by Hema) with black Stazon ink.

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Still happy with the stamp I made, I fuzzy cut one of the flowers from the print and started playing with composition. While moving the flower from edge to edge, ideas were flowing through my mind. I drew a scalloped border shape on the same mono printed paper and cut that too. I used a black and a white Posca marker.

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I went through my collection of quirky collage images by Tumble Fish Studio. I chose this body of a football player together with a label and the “notions” word. I drew the head on a scrap piece of paper and fuzzy cut it. I also cut a crown out of a piece of mono printed paper. Next I adhered it all in place and wrote a list about some currently facts in my life. The page had some maskingtape to prevent the paper from tearing out of the journal. I decided to make it look pretty by embellishing it with a piece of washi tape. I wrote a statement and finalized the page by drawing a border.

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Another page I made, also started with a previously brayered background (same session). I sprayed some Bubblegum Pink Dylusions spray ink through a stencil by The Crafters Workshop. In order not to waste any ink, I also turned the stencil and stamped the ink on the page like that. Then I applied purple (Seedless Preserves) Distress ink through a piece of punchinella (sequin waste). I knew I wanted to make a cluster following the rule of thirds, but didn’t exactly know how to do this. Luckily I have a book called “Art Journal Freedom” by the wonderful Dina Wakley that explains this way of composition very well and has some great inspiration photos. I adhered the washi tape, wrote some journaling about how I felt that day, tore a strip of mono printed paper, together with a piece of kitchen towel I once used to mop up some ink, stamped a postcard image on a piece of paper I aged with Distress ink (antique linen) and fuzzy cut it. While going through my washi tapes, I found this cute mushroom tape that says “how are you?” and I just needed to use it on my page.

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When I adhered al the pieces, I stamped on of Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds, fuzzy cut and adhered it. I also added a bird of a very old Maya Road collection to the cluster. To finish the page I splattered some purple (Funky Fuchsia)Dylusions spray ink on the page.

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Here are some close-up pictures of the page.

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And then Carla Sonheim happened. I bet a lot of you have heared that name somewhere. She is an illustrator from the States who teaches the fun of making art through online classes and the books she wrote. I adore her cute creatures who always seem to look a little confused. A couple of weeks ago she shared a technique on YouTube called Ink Figures. The idea is to make some marks with black ink on a piece of paper and from this draw a figure. I just had to try this as it seemed such a fun technique. And it is! I’ve noticed how this small exercise can take you into a creative mood in seconds.

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The next day I decided to try if this technique would work for an animal too, which it did.

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Now I am really hooked! So I ordered Carla’s book “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals”. Can’t wait till it arrives. A lesson in patience here, as the book has to come all the way from the UK. Until then I already enjoy the book “Creative Photography” by Carla’s husband Steve Sonheim, which I also ordered and was delivered the next day.

Please make sure you follow my blog as I will be back soon showing some pretty photos I made during the nice weather. Bye for now!

27 March 2016

A Bear In Springtime

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done some scrapbooking, apart from the December Daily which was never finished (again). Today I can show you a project I did finish. It’s called “A Bear in Springtime”.

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The idea came from a tiny bear someone handmade, together with a new lens for my camera: playtime!

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At first it was just a funny photo project on it’s own. I took the little bear with me, while I went out photographing some spring flowers.

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It was fun to come up with different compositions that featured the bear.

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From photos with flowers I took the challenge to the next level: the beach. I didn’t bring anything but the bear with me, so I positioned it in the sand.

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Another day I went back to the beach, but brought some additional stuff with me. I knew exactly what I wanted.

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Having all these fun photos, I decided to make a mini album. It was great project!

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I also made a video, showing the album. Have a look!

10 March 2016

Spring Flowers

The macro extension tubes arrived! And it must have been my lucky day, because the weather was good. I found it quite difficult to work with the tubes. I didn’t expect I need to point my camera that close to the subject. I started in a local park, where at the moment are a lot of crocusses blooming. I must say, it was a little uncomfortable, leaning on my knees and elbows, trying to get a good focus. I had to come so close, that the picture wasn’t recognizable as a crocus. Still, I like the abstract result. I love how the droplets show. I used the tubes with the 50 mm lens, mentioned in my previous post.

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Next I focussed at the stamens. Not a great photo, but look how much detail!

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I removed the extension tubes and took a shot of a bunch of crocusses. I really like this lens and it’s bokeh!

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A bit dissapointed about the extension tubes, I left the crocus park and thought I’d give op on macro for the day and headed to the beach. On my way I saw a garden center and thought maybe I could give the macro another try. This was a way better situation to shoot as the plants and flowers were on trays. Most of them even at eye level.

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The extension tubes came in a set of three rings that could be used together or separated. I experimented a little with that. It was not on purpose, but all photos are shot at an aperture of F2, which gives a great deapth of field (a lot of blurr). I like it a lot!

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Same flower, different focus point.

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I think this was shot with just one tube between the lens and camera. Not tack sharp, but I like it anyway.

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After all I did go to the beach and took some pictures, but I didn’t like them. I posted one in the Pentaxanian group at Facebook, to ask advice on how to make the photo’s look better. It appeared I had the settings on my camera all wrong. That’s why they all are at F2 (wide open). Today I went back to the beach to see if I was able to take some better shots, but the road through the dunes was under constructure and I was not able to pass the vehicles. Oh well, this is only the beginning of beautiful sun shining days, so I will get my chance eventually.

Thank you very much for stopping by! See you soon!

03 March 2016

50mm Try Out

Since today I’m taking photography to a whole new level. I bought a vintage 50mm F2 lens. Pentax has this advantage over other brands, which I think is incredible. It enables you to use very old Pentax lenses on the new dslr cameras. This is good news, because there are quite some old lenses still going around. I’ve never used anything other than the lens that came with the camera and a Sigma telezoom, so I’m coming out of my comfort zone. First of all, this is a prime lense. Meaning, you can’t zoom in and out to find your composition. It is what it is. Use your legs to step any closer or farther away. Second, no auto focus. Darn! Did I get used to that “press the shutter button half and your focus is sharp”. Not with this lens. It all comes to my own eyes. Good thing I wear good glasses these days. And then there is this: a F2 aperture, which creates a grand depth of field (sharp object with nice blurry background). No wonder the reviews of this lens are so good! Now you probably think I’m a big spender, since this lens is so good, but trust me, dinner for one at McD’s is more expensive. Enough with the words, let’s show some pictures. Please keep in mind these are only my first try on this lense (but I love it already!).

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funny-araThis ara was making silly faces. I thought it was too funny not to include.

More fun tomorrow, as I also ordered some extension tubes, that enable me to take macros with this lens.

 

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