Last Summer a lot of people joined me at my ‘Creative Summer Camp’
(an online ‘workshop-like’ event on my website) and we had a lot of fun
in our ‘virtual tents. I had the intention to ‘build’ a creative tent camp
again this year, but due to all the work for the magazine I didn’t have the
time to prepare such a workshop…
… you don’t have to spend the Summer without your ‘Camp Leader.’
I looked up my whistle and came up with this idea:
Good morning dear ones!
The weather in the Netherlands turned from ‘Windy and Autumn-like’
to warm sunny ‘Summer’ this week! I worked in the garden and when I
saw all the moss growing on the paving, I got my camera and figured out
the position of the ‘super macro lens’.
You’re never too old to learn something new
|super macro lens
vergroot het mos in de tuin
tot een sprookjesland
||super macro lens
makes the moss in my back yard
look like wonderland
On Friday, lovers of small words gather around the amazing Rebecca
to share their love for haiku.
Visit her blog on Recuarda Mi Corazon if you want to read more haiku.
You are also welcome to join the circle.
… something is really, really cooking
to make my blog even more fun.
Yep – I know – this is a teaser
(and no, it has nothing to do with the title of this post -
that comes later)
I can’t say more except:
… there is this idea.
… there is excitement for having this bubbling in my mind.
… there will be some work involved (for me.)
… YOU will be part of it (that is, if you like.)
OK – enough – forget about it now.
(for a week or so)
On to my weekly chronicles
and the thoughts I had about my page last week…
After the last, stressful and busy weeks I decided I deserved a ‘day off.’
Yesterday was it! The sun was shining. The door to the garden was open
and I started collecting all the gorgeous paper scraps I could find in the house.
I felt a bit rusty – I’m not in the creating flow lately – so nothing better
then to take out the grid journal and start cutting paper.
The ‘grid journal’ is especially made for times like this – when the mind
isn’t in creating mode yet but the fingers itch…
I didn’t think about it much.
I put some brushstrokes (acrylic paint) on the background.
I cut squares of beautiful and textured paper and glued it on the page.
Just like that.
Just to please the eye.
To get in the flow.
|Textuurpapiertjesop een mooie namiddag.
Vrede met alles
|| Textured paper ona delightful afternoon.
At peace with the world
The haiku came with it – and I subscribe it to ‘Haiku my Heart Friday’.
Haiku my Heart is hosted by Rebecca, You can find the list with all
haiku participants on her blog Recuarda Mi Corazon.
With this grid page, the atmosphere was set.
The flow was there.
Here’s the other pieces I made.
First of all: thanks to everyone for giving me such nice comments on my
guestpost at Baltzer Designs Art Journal Every Day.
You left me heartwarming and encouraging words, both on my own blog
as well as on Julie’s.
The word about FEATURING magazine is further spread due to Seth Apter
who wrote a blogpost on The Altered Page today about FEATURING and
the altered book collaboration he completed with Jill Zaheer. This project -
called ‘The Gift‘ – and a long interview with both artists can be found in the
inaugural issue of the magazine.
Sooo… some of you readers today might be visiting because you hopped
over from Julie’s blog or clicked on my name over at Seth’s… a special
WELCOME to you!
This is my personal blog and I try not to talk too much ”magazine’ or
‘workshops’ overhere… the links to the websites that give information
about all that can be found in my side menu if you’re interested.
Of course there will be some periods in time that the magazine or
a new workshop fills my days and those topics are on my mind, but on
other days I try to keep my readers entertained with personal stories,
poems (like a haiku every Friday) and my own artwork.
So, let’s get on with my own art then, shall we?
Last weekend, I met Lea from the US and Kimberly from the UK – both ladies
I met through the haiku-circle - and how very special this meeting was!
I’ll tell you all about it (and show photos of course) in a minute, but because
of Haiku my Heart Friday: let’s start with a haiku first.
Size: 30.5 x 11 cm - 12 x 4.3 inch
Materials: Adirondack Colorwash spray ink, Salt, Indian ink, Water
drijven op de muur – Ik ben
in een diepe trance
float on the wall – I must be
in a state of trance
Haiku my Heart is hosted by Rebecca, and without this lovely lady,
Lea, Kimberly and I wouldn’t have met. You were there in spirit Rebecca!
Visit Rebecca’s blog with all the haiku-participants on Recuerda mi Corazon
Now on to ‘World Labyrinth Day’…
I have photos to show and things to tell ’cause last Saturday, I met Lea and
Kimberly – an American and an English woman, who I know from blogging
I haven’t had the time to edit the photos.
Instead of rushing now to show you everything, I decided to give the photos
as well as the blogpost about it the attention it deserves, and present it to you
I won’t leave you with just words though… here’s some art for you to enjoy
Letters from the Wasteland – 9th letter
Size: 16 x 11 cm - 6.3 x 4.3 inch.
Materials: gesso, adirondack spray ink, cut out pieces of paper,
ridged cardboard, sequin waste template, cut out text from an old
See you on Friday dear ones!