Freewheelin’ Friday (#11)

It’s a grey day over in the Netherlands and the rain comes pouring down…
but it doesn’t bother me much. I feel fine!
After four weeks of “Letting it Loose in my Workshop” the ladies in the
group are still very enthusiastic and it warms my heart and makes me happy!

Because of the shout outs on all their blogs, I got several others asking for this
workshop and so I’m glad to inform you that

the online workshop “Let it Loose” will start again on May 3 and a
new online workshop “A Creative Art Journey” will start on May 7.

Registration is now open and you can find all info in the shop on my website.

I finally finished the art journal page for “A Year in the Life of an Art Journal”
last week. Remember the gel medium transfer of the ultrasound photo of
my son which I transferred onto cloth? I used it!

The word for prompt #3 was “Unknown”

“The Unknown…. we live it everyday… you think your day is pretty well
planned out, “normal” and then BANG, something comes up…
a phone call, an appt changed… there’s a multitude of unknowns that
occur in our lives everyday. Are you afraid of the unknown? Do you like
what the unknown might have in store for you? How do you handle
the unknown? Everyone looks at it a little differently…

The “technique to try” was stitching on your page, and you all know I love
to do that!!! So here’s my page.

Hi there, little unknown.
So there you are!
March 1992, and I see you for the first time.
A little head, two arms, feet…
I knew you were there but it gets more real now that you waved at me.
I still don’t know you though.
You’re a part of me but as soon as you are born you will be an individual.
Will I ever know you?
Aren’t we all “unknown” somehow?

I painted the pregnant figure with water colour paint, and used my sewing
machine to stitch the transfer on her belly. The “double breast” arose
by accident… I masked the figure before I sprayed the title with spray ink,
but my mask must have moved. I liked the effect though!

Because I made a
special art journal
to fill with the
prompts – and I
use front and back
of all the pages –
I might come across
a problem when the
next prompt is up…

I thought about it
on forehand but I
decided to sew on
my page anyway.
I consider this side
of the page as an
extra challenge
coming with the next prompt.
(And I can always glue another paper on it, if I can’t integrate these threads)

And surprise, surprise, I went on with the zentangling thing!!!
Here’s page 2 and 3.
(Notice that page 3 is a lot smaller….)

Page 4 and 5
(Page 4 is the back of page 3… small again)

And here’s the surprise!!!
Page 2 and 3 again, but behind page 3 you see a part of page 5.

And page 4 and 5 again, but with a part of page 2 visible on the left side.

This is fun, FUN to do… it’s like a puzzle and every new page brings surprises!
I think I get the hang of it too! If I keep zentangling like this, my little album
will be full in no time!

But I’m thinking about some “traditional scrapping” in the days to come –
it’s been ages since I made a 12 x 12 layout!
But whatever I will decide to work on, I hope to be creative this weekend!
I wish you a nice weekend too!

Je t’embrasse!

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24 Responses to “Freewheelin’ Friday (#11)”

  • Angรจle Says:

    Wow Marit wat heb je weer moois gemaakt! Ik ben weg van ‘Unknown’! Geweldig! En Zentangling? Wat een geduld zeg!
    Ik hoop snel een pagina ‘Let it Loose’ te uploaden. De doedel-pagina waar ik gisteren aan begon is jammerlijk de mist in gegaan! Het leek zo simpel, maar na een tijdje wist ik ineens weer waarom ik als tienermeisje niet doedelde.
    Maar al zal ik geen doodle queen worden, die pagina komt er! Aan de slag!

    Fijn weekend, Angรจle

  • Chris Says:

    Your art journal page is very beautiful and moving – I really love the figure and the stitched womb – your journaling is always so precise and filled with emotion and memory. Congrats on the classes – I would love to take one but this year things are very tight – I have been following the assignments on some of my other friends’ blogs and I can tell your lessons are teaching them not only new techniques but also how to think about creating and to break out of their shells, expose their feelings, and expand their vision. Your zentangling is very inspiring – I followed some links and discovered some stunning pieces of art. I think it must be a very peaceful form of creation and would put you in a right brain frame of mind very quickly. Hope you have a great weekend! p.s. did you ever receive your prize from the Sampler?

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    Marit you are so TALENTED! That painting on your art journal page is fantastic, and the creativity in the design – WOW. Love Love Love it! And your zentangle pages are so cool too! They must take you a long time to do!

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    OH WOW WOW WOW Marit! Your doodled/zentangled pages are fantastic! You REALLY DO like it and how nice for all of us that get to enjoy your creations!
    Your pregnant pages are SO very beautiful in every detail and the words perfect too!
    Happy Weekend to you dear friend … you are sunshine enough, even on a rainy day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jeanet Says:

    WOW.. Marit wat een geweldige art journal! Zo mooi hoe je de prompt hebt vertaald naar je zoon’s echo foto.. prachtig!
    En ow… ik heb wel heel wat gemist… wat een fantastische doodling!! Het lijkt erg moeilijk om te maken… maar wat gaaf zeg! Je weet altijd weer opnieuw iets nieuws te maken.. super!!

  • Jenneke Says:

    Marit, wat ben je ontzettend creatief!! Ik bewonder je art journal, helemaal prachtig! En die zentangle pagina’s, wat geweldig zeg maar wat een gepriegel!!
    En weer een nieuwe workshop?????? Ik ga snel een kijkje nemen!

    Wens je super weekend!


  • Anne G-I Says:

    beautiful, beautiful “unknown” page!! stunning! and I love your zentangling pages – how cool!

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    I love your art journal page, it is just gorgeous!!! I love the double breasted effect too and if you wouldn’t have said anything I would have thought you did it on purpose! See, there truly aren’t any mistakes in art are there? haha Of course after reading and seeing yours I’ve now learned I didn’t stitch on mine. damn. OH well. I would love to trade with you, do you have a folder of ATC’s available somewhere and if so can you point me in the right direction? Happy Friday Marit!

  • Thinkie Says:

    ziet er allemaal mooi uit!

  • Danielle Says:

    Did I tell you I made a gel transfer too? I can’t remeber where I am, nevermind what I’ve said!!
    I love your zentangle (sp?). I don’t think I have the patience for that. But it looks awesome!! As does your layout for AYITLOAAJ. I will post mine later, it is not even CLOSE to as fabulous as yours! Awesome honey!!

  • Mirjamc Says:

    oh wow, marit je ‘unknown’ art journal is echt geweldig!!!! het vrouwenlijf heb je prachtig geschilderd en dan de fototransfer erop genaaid, echt super!!!
    je zentanlings zijn ook helemaal super…wat een werk lijkt mij dat en er zulllen vast heel wat zwarte markers doorheen gaan, of niet?
    ik wens je een heel fijn en creatief weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annemarie Says:

    Wow!!! You are becoming a zentangling expert. You would have loved being at school today. My class and our reading buddies learned about zentangling. Now my kids are asking for our new black markers and paper every spare minute. My teacher pal and I are putting together some journals for the kids so they can start doing doodles and journaling for the rest of the year. Thanks for the inspiration. I will remember to take a picture of our bulletin board and send it to you.

  • Annemarie Says:

    PS. Your pregnant figure is lovely.

  • Anna Sigga Says:

    WOW – your art journal page is amazing!

  • Viv Says:

    wow, Marit!! Wat een prachtig werk heb je weer op je blog geplaatst! Je art journal page vind ik helemaal geweldig, ik hou van het gebruik van de naaimachine op een pagina.
    De zentangling pagina`s zien er ook zo leuk uit, maar wat een geduld heb je daar voor nodig!
    Ga ik zeker ook eens proberen ๐Ÿ™‚

    Fijn weekend, groetjes Viv

  • Mon Says:

    The journal page came out fabulous. Don’t you just love when ‘accidents’ turn out so groovy?

    Zendoodling is SOOOO fun. It is freeing up my creative brain every time I do it. I’ve been working on one yesterday an today and just lose myself in it.

    Great work!

  • Yyam Says:

    Awesome interpretation of the prompt “unknown”…Love your zentangling too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fabulous weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linda Says:

    OMG Marit! I am blown away! You are such an amazing artist!!! The pregnant piece and the zentangling are incredible! I know I keep saying it and not doing it but I am DYING to take a workshop from you! I honestly just don’t have the time and nothing is gonna give right now! One of these days…I will! Keep rockin it woman!!

  • Linda Says:

    Hi Marit!

    I thot I’d write you here since I’m not sure if you go back and check comments on Linda’s ATC blog.

    For that Freebird card, I used crackle medium over acrylic paint, not crackle paint. I like the way the medium causes the crackle better than (Tim Holtz’s) paint : .) The texture is so cool!

  • merryheart2 Says:

    oh my Marit. i love the journal page with the sonogram image. i love the double image of the breast. i can’t wait to see what you do with the back side of the page.

    i haven’t read your previous post about the zentangling but that is so awesome. i love the result you get using this technique. WoW!

  • Maja Says:

    Geweldig idee om een echofoto van je zoon te gebruiken voor je art journal, het is een super pagina geworden. De zentangling pagina’s zijn ook super mooi!!! Je gaat als een trein. als je dit tempo volhoud heb je dat boekje snel vol.

  • Monique L. Says:

    Jeetje wat ben jij toch creatief!! Ik vind het geweldig wat je allemaal maakt… hoe kom je erop?!! Prachtig!!
    Ik hoop dat je een heerlijk – creatief – weekend hebt (tijd genoeg met al die regen!!)!

  • cynthia Says:

    Wow Marit!!!!!!!!! Beautiful!!!!!!!!!! Love all the stitching!!!!!!!! your art journals are just amazing my friend!!!!!!!

  • Fauve Says:

    It’s so funny to see that your pregnancy page looks like my son’s birthday card.

    Beautiful inspo!