Dec 13 2013

Found Poetry Friday #14



I love poetry.
I am especially fond of ‘found poetry’, and I mean found in all its forms… found in book titles, found in magazines, on book pages, cut out words and sentences – you name it. There is so much possible when it comes to ‘found poetry’… and this kind of poetry is also great to use on art journal pages also.

I therefore started FOUND POETRY FRIDAY – everyone is welcome to play along!

There is an “Inlinkz”-list at the end of this post. If you want to share your found poems, you are welcome to add your name to the list that will link us to your blogpost.

You can post your found poem on your own blog any time during the week, so you don’t have to make YOUR Fridays all about poetry – you just link us to the post that contains your poem. Please use the url that goes directly to you ‘found poetry post.’


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Oct 7 2013

Guest at Daisy Yellow: Daily Paper Prompt #61

You know I am all into art journaling… and if you are too, I’m sure you have been to Tammy Garcia’s weblog Daisy Yellow before. Tammy invited me to write a guest post for her DPP (daily paper prompt) series and because I am not only into art journaling, but also into music ánd a fan of Tammy – I came up with a wonderful prompt! Well, at least I find it a wonderful prompt!

Hop on over to the Daily Paper Prompt Posts at Daisy Yellow to see my guest prompt and join the daily fun – Oh, and when you visit Daily Yellow, I advise you look a bit further than just the prompt I came up with and take a look at all the colourful gorgeousness and major inspiration Daily Yellow brings!

The Daily Paper Prompt I came up with is about getting inspired by the rhythm of music. I took photos during my creating process that make a little tutorial. Are you in for that? Come on in then…


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Jan 8 2013

Some cleaning and how I make my Chronicles


Hi there lovelies! Are you used to January yet?
The New Year finally has settled in my mind – but I’m still a bit confused about the “3″ in the number… it means I will turn 50 this year. Eeeckkk!

I suddenly got the jitters the other day to ‘clean up’ my blog but I guess that’s normal to want to start “clean” when a new year starts. For your information: If you look at the top menu (waaayyy on top) you will see I re-arranged my galleries and also added a new page. I’ll take you through it:

  • Home = obvious, you all know “Home” don’t you?
  • About = obvious too, learn more about me there.
  • Resume = I may have to work on that page. I’m not really sure what to do with it, what info goes/stays in, what goes out… I will think about it some more. For now I leave it as it is.
  • Blog series = a new page! This page will make it easy for you to find specific series of blogposts. I plan to do more ‘series’ on my blog in the future and if I do, I will add the links there.
  • Art Journals = galleries showing my various art journals.
  • Chronicles = special galleries for my Chronicles – I though I’d keep them together so you can find all the former “Chronicles” art journals there.
  • Other = well… ‘other’, like mono-types, ATCs, mail art and so on.

Besides re-arranging the top menu, I also made similar looking buttons that link to my website and social media pages… you can find them in the side menu. Before it was a bit messy with a little ‘twitter bird’, a facebook badge et cetera.


So far for the household notes – let’s move on to something creative shall we?

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Nov 17 2012

Top 2000 – Let’s vote!

Most of you who follow me for longer then a year recognize this logo…
and the story behind it. For those who don’t know, a brief history
(more posts will follow later!)

From Christmas to New Year,  the Radio 2 team presents the 2000
favorite songs of the listeners. Music! 24 hours a day!
A few years back, in the slipstream of the top 2000, I started my
top 2000 blog party‘. I created art every day inspired by a song
from the list. Everyone was invited to play along and create to
the music – and I posted all the submissions on my blog.
What succes it was! Even the top 2000 people picked up my ‘party’
and came to film me, the video can still be seen here on youtube.

This will be the fourth year that we will have this artful and musical
blog party, and I know for sure that a lot of participants look forward
to it as much as I do!

More information and ‘rules’ will be posted on my blog once the
‘official list’ is out… but that list should be composed still… and that is
where today’s blogpost comes in!


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Jul 31 2012

Quirky Dutch Summer #8
Guest: Bethany Kartchner


quirky dutch summer, badge,


Do you have no idea what ‘Quirky Dutch
Summer’ is all about? Read this post first.
All the posts – newest at the top, oldest
down below – can be found here. There is a
flickr group for sharing right here.

Quirky Dutch Summer is an event that
wil run from June 12 – August 14. 2012.
You will find an inspiring blogpost up on
this blog every Tuesday during the Summer.


If you use the given inspiration as a jumpstart for your artwork and you have
blogged about it, or shared your work in the flickr group, please leave a link in
a comment with the relevant post on this blog.


Heb je geen idee waar ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ (Grillige, Hollandse zomer)
over gaat? Lees dan eerst deze post. Alle ‘Quirky posts’ kun je hier op een
rijtje vinden (de laatste post staat altijd bovenaan.) Quirky Dutch Summer
heeft ook een eigen flickr groep, die
vind je hier.

Quirky Dutch Summer is een online inspiratie blog-event waarbij 10 weken
lang (van 12 juni t/m 14 augustus) elke dinsdag een inspirerende post op dit
blog zal verschijnen. Heb je iets gemaakt n.a.v. één van de inspiratie-posts,
zet je werk dan in de flickr groep en/of laat een link achter in een berichtje
bij de betreffende post op dit blog.


I was only blogging for a few months when in 2009 I bumped into Bethany Kartchner and her artwork at the online SIS community. At that time, both Bethany and I concentrated mainly on scrapbooking. After SIS retired (btw, I still miss the SIS community!) we lost sight of each other for a while. I concentrated on art journaling but every now and then I visited Bethany’s blog and noticed that she too was exploring all different kinds of creativity. She developed from ‘scrapbooker’ into a versatile ‘ mixed media artist ‘ and her blog is definitely worth a visit!

One of the techniques that Bethany is very good at (and that I know nothing about) is ‘plaster’ and all kind of techniques known as ‘ Encaustic ‘ (working with texture, beeswax etc.) I am very happy that she wants to share her knowledge and even made a tutorial video about working with Joint Compound. I hope that the ones of you that never worked with thicker stuff than paper, paint and glue take this challenge to dip your toes in techniques with plaster. The floor is all yours now, Bethany!

Ik was nog niet zo lang aan het bloggen toen ik in 2009, via het online scrapforum SIS, kennis maakte met Bethany Kartchner en haar werk. In die tijd waren zowel Bethany als ik voornamelijk bezig met scrapbooking. Na opheffing van SIS (een community die ik nog steeds mis!) verloren we elkaar een beetje uit het oog en bewandelden we andere wegen, maar zo nu en dan bezocht ik haar blog en zag dat ook Bethany haar creativiteit uitbreide en andere manieren van creëren onderzocht. Ze heeft zich de afgelopen jaren ontwikkeld tot een veelzijdige ‘mixed media artist’ en haar blog is zeker een bezoekje waard!

Eén van de technieken waar Bethany goed in is (en waar ik zelf niets van weet) is ‘plaster’ en technieken die bekend staan als ‘Encaustic’ (zoals werken in bijenwas.) Ik ben heel blij dat ze in deze post een tip van de sluier oplicht zodat wij ook allemaal eens aan de slag kunnen met dikker materiaal dan verf en lijm… ik geef dan ook graag het woord aan Bethany!


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