The past days were busy, busy, busy, as the articles for the second issue
of FEATURING are getting designed. Because of the tropical temperatures
in the Netherlands at the beginning of the week, we had to shut down the
computers for two or three days. That meant a delay in the progress of the
magazine and we’re working our asses off to get everything done now.
There’s a lot of work involved, not only for the designer but for me also.
Deliberating, editing and criticizing & judging the look of the pages, to
name some activities. It is all worth it though, as readers are enthusiastic
about the magazine. (See the review Quinn McDonald wrote – yep, Quinn!
Author of the book Raw Art Jounaling – which, by the way, I highly
recommend, especially if you are a beginner at art journaling – but where
was I? Oh, yes, Quinn. She bought the magazine without my knowledge and
I was happily surprised to find out that she wrote a review on her blog.)
Bottom line: busy I am.
But today is Friday… and this morning, I took some time off to find
a photo and write a haiku and a blogpost. I also have an art journal page
that I made last Summer but have not showed yet. And of course there is
the weekly ‘Chronicles’ spread. How could I not make a chronicles spread?
It is a ‘quick and easy’ page this time due to lack of time, but it’s there.
Haiku my Heart
|Niets houdt ‘m tegen.
Vrijpostig klimt de klimop
de slaapkamer in.
|There’s no stopping him.
leaf after leaf, the ivy
penetrates the rooms
‘Haiku my Heart Friday’ is hosted by the wonderful Rebecca.
Visit her blog to find a list of the other participants: Recuerda Mi Corazon
Next page in my big art journal (Size: 25 x 35 cm – 9.8 x 13.8 inch) is
what I call an ‘easy page’. I name it that because pages like this don’t
require much ‘heavy thoughts’.
It’s ‘fun play with colours’ –
nothing more but certainly
No thinking involved.
Know what I mean?
I used a background paper which I made last Summer in my ‘outdoor
session’ which I showed photos from here.
I added extra paint (applied through a template), a cut out image from
a magazine, scraps of paper and washi tape for the border and lettering
with gesso and sharpies.
… and on to the Chronicles.
The Chronicles of Marit 2012 – Week 33
(Size: 24,5 x 49 cm – 9.65 x 14.86 inch)
I told you… a ‘quick and easy’ spread, but a fun one on which I jotted down
some phrases that capture that week – and sorry, you English readers cannot
read it. It’s Dutch and I don’t have the time left to translate it all for you, but
there’s nothing important there so you don’t miss ‘exiting things’ – things like
how a bird pooped on my bare foot when I sat outside 😀
… and that’s all for today.
I hear work screaming… I have to go and get it done.
Enjoy your weekend dear ones!
Whether it is for recreation or work, enjoy what you do.
Julie Tucker-Wolek says
Good luck with the issue and getting it done!! I loveeeeeeeeeee your pages!!! So loving that quote on the hands one!!!!
Quick and easy maar wel heel mooi en grappig! Leuk hè die vogels, bij mij schijten ze steeds mijn auto onder! En dan echt heel veel. blèh!!! Oh, en die envelop hou ik zelf, maar jij hebt er nog wel een van me te goed. Die zie je binnenkort wel een keer verschijnen. Nu ga ik bij je vorige post kijken, misschien kan ik daar wat inspiratie op doen! Fijn weekend!!!
Honestly, your blog is so much FUN!
Loving that journal page and the photo/haiku.
They say it’s good luck to have a bird poop on you:)
Wow, Marit…dat ik die pagina met die handen helemaal geweldig vind, zal je niet verbazen zeker?! En ach, quick and easy moet ook kunnen hoor!
Theresa G. says
hi Marit!!! sounds like you are running around at the speed of light over there. glad to hear the mag is doing good. your haiku and pages are wonderful.. love the colors you selected for the chronicles and the journal page, all so vibrant.
have a wonderful weekend. =)
Fleur Smith says
Love your blog, the art journal page is fabulous
April Michelle says
Wat een leuke haiku weer (vooral de Ned. versie vind ik mooi)!! Wat ben je daar toch goed in!
Waar je ook zo goed in bent is in het letters tekenen… ze zien er weer geweldig uit op je ‘handen’ pagina!!
Leuk dat je weekjournal een soort memobordje is geworden. Enne…. volgens mij ben je nog lang geen ‘schommelende boerin’ hoor!! ;P
Prachtig werk weer, en een hele mooie Haiku. Fijn weekend!
Linda K says
First of all, how cool that you received a good review from Quinn McDonald! I absolutely love your photo and haiku-gorgeous!! And as busy as you are you have made two wonderful pages of journaling!!
Lots of wonderful creativity here ~ looking forward to 2nd issue ~ and lovely classical haiku ~ ivy is awesome! ~ (A Creative Harbor)
Magical Mystical Teacher says
I suppose the moral of your little story is: Never turn your back on ivy!
Indeed it does ~ Love your artwork ~
Have a good weekend too ~
~*~ Patty says
a bird pooping on your foot…I don’t know why it makes me giggle so much to hear of your misfortune…butttt 😉
your Ivy haiku is wonderful and full of movement 😉
hope you cool down a bit … I know you will create another masterpiece issue of FEATURING
AND I read that review and it was so well written and wonderful!
Happy weekend dear one
~*~ Patty says
oh and those hands…Love those hands!
love the old brick cottage and the rambling ivy, what stories they both could tell!
your haiku reminds me of YOU!! nothing can stop you in your beauty quest!
thanks for being here marit and sharing your humor, charm and inspiration.
De klimop, de handen, je chronicles, alles even mooi en leuk om door jou geïnspireerd te worden !!
Glenda T. says
I can’t imagine the weather getting that warm that you need to shut down computers, it’s nothing like that here!! haha Love that journal page!!!!
Sue Fox says
Thank you for visiting me in your busy schedule, at present I’m thinking about ‘Ritual’, the importance of! Haiku my Heart now fits the category I think! Nice to say hello and I love your art – all of it! x
Arnoldo L. Romero says
I love your work’s clear, yet colorful nature. Congratulations on your Featuring magazine review. I know Jennifer McLean, one of my blogging friends, is involved in it too. I need to buy a subscription. Blessings!
Adore the ivy creeping…and the hands in your journal, the layers of detail are wonderful as is the tattooed graffiti
Carolyn Dube says
Sounds like you are super duper busy- so glad you found time to post your artist creations! The hand journal page is my favorite- the way you did the words squeezed in around the hands keeps supports your focal point beautifully!!
Great haiku and love your journal pages!
Dawn Elliott says
But, who wants to stop him??? Love that ivy, I do! And the hands…such a beautiful image, and speaking the truth!
Hello dear Marit, it is amazing how ivy maneuvers itself everywhere… inch by inch it returns civilization to the jungle… I can only imagine how busy you are and send you cool breezes of inspiration and relaxing moments! Tell those birds to go sit in the ivy! XOXOXO
That hands page is absolutely gorgeous! Love that thought, too!
Willy Duit says
Wauuuwww…Marit, prachtig! Wat een mooie kleuren en ook je washi rand vind ik super. Prachtige afbeelding en tekst heb je gebruikt!!!
Melissa Johnson says
Enjoyed your haiku and art journal pages. Sounds like you have been a busy bee! 🙂 Glad you found some time for creativity!!
Loveeeeeeeeeee your pages…adore them…you r soo Inspiring , hope to become like you. I am a twelve year old who just made a blog.
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