2017/03/24

Art Journal: Fragile

Art journal: Fragile
This week has been filled with springtime inspired projects. When the weather changes to brighter days so does my mood and you can really notice that in my work. I would like to share this art journal page with you I made recently and it's inspired by the prompts over at Rubber Dance blog. The theme challenge now is everything spring which is their Mid month challenge. 

Earlier this month they also had a color challenge based on the below color scheme.

And isn't it just gorgeous? Absolutely wonderful spring time colors! Due to time constraints and a holiday in the first weeks of march I wasn't able to participate, but I'm happily combining the two of these challenges together which resulted in the art journal page I am showing you today.

Art journal: Fragile
Let me tell you how I made the base. I started off by spraying some magenta, yellow and turquoise dylusions spray on a piece of A5 paper. The yellow and turquoise blended to a bit of green here and there which I loved. I then took a script and postage stamp and stamped with corresponding Staz-On colors. I placed a script stencil over it and then dabbed some Paper Artsy Fresco paint hint of mint through it. I built up everything else from here.

Art journal: Fragile
The Birds stamp is from Studio light and the flowers from Artemio. The postage border around the birds is also from Artemio. I accentuated the birds with a mint colored gelpen to have then stand out more.The Fragile stamp is from paper Artsy and I also colored it in with the mint gel pen.

Art journal: Fragile
The flowers are stamped with midnight blue & dove gray Staz-On and then overplayed with versamark and violet interference embossing powder. These wonderful flower postage stamps, also in corresponding colors, have a great pop up effect on the over all lay out.

Art journal: Fragile
I splattered some Hint of Mint paint and a bit of Liquitex Gold INK on the page, colored the border with Chipped Sapphire distress crayon and matted it onto a light blue card stock before adhering it to my black spiral bound journal. A light, happy, colorful page to ring in the first weekend of spring :)

I'm also entering this art journal page in the following challenges:
HeARTful stamping Spring + Stamp 
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge March 

the Stamps and Stencils March Birds challenge

AND as invited to the Art Journal Journey Out and About challenge


Happy Spring
I digitally altered the page to add the words to it and to use as my FB banner for the coming weeks. 
Happy spring to you all!

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!



2017/03/23

Fountain pen NL club meet at La Couronne du Comte

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up

On March 4th we had the second meet up of our Fountain Pen NL club and this time it was in Tilburg, This day was in part hosted by La Couronne du Comte, a great store that sells amazing stationery products, art supplies and of course fountain pens :)

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
The store is a bit on the smallish side (good news, they will move to a bigger location soon! Check out their moving sale!) but packed with a ton of goodies and people on this day! About 30 of the facebook members attended and it was super fun! More pics of the store coming up:

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
Faber Castell products

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
Lamy, viscont, pelikan, sailor...

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
We arrived a bit earlier than the meet up was planned so we still had some room to browse in the store.

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
But that quickly changed as everyone had the same idea ;)

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
We had lunch at Happy Italy which was across the street from LCDC and it was great to chat with everyone, try each other's fountain pens (also be envious of them, haha!) and getting to know fun and interesting people. And I'm really missing the two crazy people on the left! Sigh...

goods from La Couronne du Comte
Group members Chaïm and Martin together with Dennis from LCDC also organized a little quiz to test your fountain pen knowledge. There were 6 prizes to be won and I was one of the winners, yay! The prize was the yellow Lamy on the right. Everything else you see except for the sailor pro gear slim earth and the KWZink were gifts in the goodiebag LCDC gave us. By the way, The winner of the quiz was Azizah, with 9 out of 10 correct answers. She even beat Stephen whom was 3rd place with 7 correct answers ;) I had 6 correct and was 4th place :D

goods from La Couronne du Comte
With a whopping 25% discount on the assortment offered to the group members I could not leave without buying something, and they had this gorgeous pen with a music nib on it, so naturally I was a goner as soon as I tried it! I got KWZ ink old gold to go with the pen, love the shading in this ink.

FountainpenclubNL 2nd meet up
Did you know that LCDC also sells art supplies? I saw this gorgeous Karl Box with amazing Faber Castell goods. The price, even with 25% off was still a bit too steep for me, but well one can dream, right? 

goods from La Couronne du Comte
They also have these amazing Caran d'Ache oil and water color pastel's for sale. Pictured are the NeoPastels 24 set and Neocolor II 30 set. I always wanted to try them in my art and now I can thanks to Dennis! I can't wait to use them and will post a review of them too, hopefully in not too long from now. 

This was such a fun day and if you're a fountain pen enthusiast living in the Benelux (or are from the Benelux but currently live somewhere else...), you can join the the FPCNL facebook group to chat with other Dutchies about this crazy hobby of ours :) And of course you will get notified by next group outings such as this one. Sadly I had not taken any pictures of the first meet up, as it was so hectic and we had to leave early, but Akkerman in the Hague were also awesome and gracious hosts then. Please see Azizah's blogpost about that meet up (and yes, that guy standing next to me in the 3rd last picture is my husband.... :D) Am looking forward to the next meet up in May!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


2017/03/22

Courageous Mother Nature


Today I wanted to show you a Mixed Media card I made inspired by this month's Challenge Inspiration Board over at Viva Las VegaStamps!

Beautiful isn't it? I got inspired by the nature elements and the green and purple colors.

Last week I showed you how the Mixed Media base  of the card was made.
I added a lot of paints on to the card to get the bold colors layered well.
Some detail shots below:





Please visit my blogpost over at VLVS! to see the details on how I made this card and which stamps I used. Hopefully this will inspire you to play along with this month's VLVS! challenge as well.

I would like to enter this card to
Craft Stamper March Take it Make it Challenge


heARTful Stamping challenge for Spring+stamp

Stamping sensations - Close to Nature

Mixed Media World #23 Anything goes Challenge

And lastly the Rubber dance Theme Challenge Everything Spring

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


2017/03/20

MailART Monday: Springtime BIRDS

BIRDS mail art

Today is the start of spring as marked in the calendar and I wanted to show you some happy bright springtime mixed media envelope on today's MailART Monday. I've only used Dylusions stamps for this piece together with my gelli plate, distress paints, embossing powders, sharpies and alcohol markers. It was really fun to do!

Springtime birds mail art
I started off by masking the round address circle on an envelope which already had some blue paint on it. Then I brayered on some orange and green colors. I made some texture by stamping on some bubble wrap with green paint directly on the envelope and also with use of my gelli plate.


springtime birds mail art
Then I layered on the stamps with memento, dylusions and staz-on inks. I made the birds blacker with sharpies and used the text stamps over them and embossed those to finish it off as you can see in the first picture on the blogpost.

BIRDS mail art back
The back was also decorated the same way with brighter green and blue colors. I used a white gelpen to accentuate the outer lines. I loved using my Dylusions stamps again as I has them in my statsh for a good long while, at least over a year. 

Dylusions stamp sets used: 

Entering this to the 


 also a great challenge to encourage people to use what they have in their stash already!


Creative Artiste Challenge for march - Anything mixed media goes

Hopefully spring weather will arrive soon again here!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

2017/03/17

Twinkling Chief Agatha

Chief Agatha ATC's

A little while ago I made these two little cuties for an ATC swap over at the Stampotique Originals group on facebook. The challenge was a color theme this time around so we had to use all the colors of this color scheme.

No automatic alt text available.
I knew right away I wanted to use Agatha for this because of her lovely feathers. Also a wonderful excuse to use my new Twinkling H2O's for this project as well.
Twinkling H20's

They have such a nice sparkle to them :) To color her in I used Orange peel, Vavoom red, Poppy Red, Wild blueberry and Rich cobalt.

Chief Agatha ATC's
The background is made with distress inks mustard seed and ripe persimmon. Dylusions Mixed Media palette inks are used to stamp on the Texture Cube motives by Kate Crane to give the background more interest. Edges were rounded with a paper punch and then blackened with distress crayon. 

Chief Agatha ATC's
It's hard to show a good picture of how she twinkles, but she definitely does shine! Oh a tip for you: I have colored the whole image of Agatha and then just het face on separate pieced of sticker paper (the face is colored with alcohol markers). The I cut it out to place the face over the water colored image. That is how the face is unaffected by the Twinkles. Masking won't help much as water just seeps everywhere, really. I also drew in her hair and made the eyes blacker with my trusty faber castell pitt artist marker. 

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a colorful and twinkling weekend :)