Fragments of a Self
(Freewheelin’ Friday #27)

What did I write in the last post???
“Expect to see more artwork coming from now on…”

Not yet, my friends, not much anyway.

Yes, I had more time last week and yes I made good use of it but photo’s
of a clean toilet, a neat bathroom, fresh sheets on the beds and ironed
clothes in the cabinet aren’t very interesting to you I guess…
I can tell my men found it VERY MUCH interesting! 😀

But you know me… I  couldn’t let the week pass by completely without
being creative so don’t worry, I have something to show you.



The mailman
brought me a huge
envelope last week
and I couldn’t
believe my eyes
when I opened it!

Kathy (“amusing
) send me
these beautiful
prints! I won two
of them a while ago,
but she send me so much more…

It’s going to be difficult to choose which of the print(s) I will frame,
each one is gorgeous in it’s own way and I love them all!!!
Thank you so much sweet Kathy!!!


I was a little bit behind with the “A Year in the Life of an Art Journal
challenges – the new one (#11) was on the blog last Tuesday while I
still had to make prompt #10… so in between cleaning and laundry
I worked on a page with the word “Self”.

Fragments of a Self

The inspiration came from my own workshop where there was a lesson
last week about pop art. I had some examples in the lesson and one of
the art works was by David Hockney who works with Polaroids.

I used some light paint and distress ink on the background and journaled
with a grey pen.


The journaling
is all about me;
the roles I have
in life (mother,
daughter, lover)

The things I love,
the things I hate
and so on.

You get the picture,


I used several detailed photo’s of myself to make the collage.
I used Tim Holtz alpha masks –  outlined with a black marker – for the title.
It says “Fragments of a Self” and I gave the inside just a little bit of colour
with distress ink. A few paint strokes using a dry brush finished the page of.


This is going to be a long post after all… ’cause while I’m typing my post
my son is cleaning his room upstairs and just a minute ago he suddenly
stood behind me…

N: “Mum?”

Me: “Hmmm?”

N: “This is your lucky day!”

Me: “Oh?”

N: “Look!”

Me: “I’m writing a post, hon”

N: “But look, remember this?”

Me: *sigh*

(turning around)

Me: “Yes, I remember!
that’s the journal
you bought from
your saving money
a few years back.”

N: “I only wrote
on the first page
and I don’t have
any use for it really
so I want to give it
to you mum.
With all your
art journaling
and all…
I just know
you will
have a good
use for it.”

My oh my! Isn’t that the sweetest thing? I guess it IS my lucky day!

The book is 25 x 35 cm (9.8 x 13.7 inch) and there’s a protective sheet
between each page… WOW!

And take
a look
at the
of the

There are
little fibres
in the paper
and the
is so neat!

I’d love
to try some
water colour
paint on this…!


So this was a long post after all.
I hope to show some more artwork next week… I’m sure I can’t resist
this new journal and start working in it this weekend!
See you next week!

Je t’embrasse!

And remember: you have until July 1st for this:
I am gathering advice and wisdom from all over the world – to add in a mini
album I’m creating for my son to give to him as he graduates highschool ánd
turns 18. What would you say to him? What advice would you give to a young
adult, stepping into a new life phase? All quotes, suggestions, advice, poems

and so on are welcome! Read more about it in this post.

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14 Responses to “Fragments of a Self
(Freewheelin’ Friday #27)”

  • phinner Says:

    sweet boy!!!

    I love Hockney!!! you can hockneyize yourself here! just for fun!!! your way is definitely cooler! I love this page!!! what a clever idea!!!

    oh, and Marit, did you see my post with the embroidery (“what I’ve been doing part 1,” the last photo)? I was hoping for a translation if you recognize the txt! thanks!!!

    have a good weekend!

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    Wow, dat zijn gave prints!
    Wat lief van je zoon om jou die artjournal te geven. Daar zal wellicht iets moois uit voortkomen…

  • Angèle Says:

    Je art-pagina is PRACHTIG Marit! Ik hou van deze zachte, grijze tinten met een zweem van kleur! Mooi; de journaling met de grijze pen.

    Lief gebaar van je zoon! Daar zou ik ook ‘happy’ mee zijn!

    Fijn weekend, Angèle

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    How sweet of Nout to give you that awesome journal! It looks gorgeous and that paper is fabulous! Love the art prints and your journal page too! That grey writing makes such a cool background! Have a great weekend my friend!

  • Mirjamc Says:

    de prints zijn super gaaf! je art journal is weer prachtig, ik vind de achtergrond erg mooi, met de grijze journaling!
    en wat lief van je zoon dat hij zijn artjournal aan jou heeft gegeven:)
    fijn weekend gewenst!

  • Lena Says:

    Wow… “fragments of a self” is zoooo mooi! Ik herkende dit meteen van een van je promps uit je workshop (was eerst van plan deze promt te kiezen maar ik had geen fotoos!!!) Die prints van Kathy….. GEWELDIG!! (heb even op haar blog gekeken… zo inspirerend!!!!)
    En Nout… tja, gewoon een lieverd hé!!

  • Chris Says:

    What a lovely present from your son – I know you will create beautiful pages with it. and what cool prints!!! Really love how you did the fragments of yourself – and how cool that you used your own class for inspiration! Have a great weekend!

  • Rita B Says:

    That book is so cool! What a nice surprize! i love the idea of your lo! Your post reminds me that I really need to get back to my art journal!!!

  • Annemarie Says:

    First, I had plans to share something with you for Nout, but I am still in summer school and time keeps getting away from me…next, I love the fragments of you. This is a great technique. Finally, what a great gift. I am a little jealous. Happy painting!

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    Always sweet and special to visit with you dear Marit! So much to see, enjoy and think about!

    Congrats on winning those gorgeous prints from Kathy, that is really special … her artwork is inspiring and uplifting!

    Your self fragments sure is powerful … you really are in touch with your feelings and express yourself SO beautifully and in English too … you go girl!!!

  • Jeanet Says:

    Wow..those prints are awesome Marit!And I love your art journal page!Beautiful!
    And your son is just so sweet!!What a beautiful gift!!That’s going to be a very special art journal!!

  • Yyam Says:

    Ahhh…I know the feeling…I always start the week with grandeur plans of accomplishing so much more…lol..I wouldn’t even tell you how much I’ve fallen behind on my art journal prompts..;)

    What a sweet boy you have Marit! Hope his album’s feeling up nicely! Can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂

  • Maja Says:

    Wat lief van je zoon om je zijn artjournal te geven. Daar ga je vast iets moois van maken !! Je layout is super, mooie vergrijsde kleuren en de collage van je gezicht is ook erg leuk.

  • Viv Says:

    Dat is een mooi journal, wat lief van Nout dat hij je dat gegeven heeft!

    Je Fragments of a Self pagina is weer mooi geworden, leuk hoe je de journaling in de achtergrond hebt verwerkt!

    Fijne week, groetjes Viv