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01 Apr 2014

Little Tour Of My Art Studio

I thought I’d do a quick video to share my art studio with you all. My art space is small but packed with all the things I use. My desk is usually a really big mess, just enough room for the journal/canvas! It’s how I like to work, but you’ll see I actually tidied up a bit before filming. I absolutely love this little space I’ve created! It’s a sacred place I can retreat to and be free to create, […]

25 Mar 2014

It Can Be Simple

I love art supplies. I have a LOT of art supplies. The choices are endless when I’m creating something, but I often have to remind myself: it can be simple. When you have a lot of tools available the temptation is to want to use all of them, which can be to the detriment of the art piece. I love complex pieces with many layers that make you wonder ‘how did s/he do that?’, but sometimes it’s OK to pare […]

14 Mar 2014

Top 5 Tips For Doing It – Motivation and Art

After my post the other day about having found motivation for doing art I thought I’d share these tips for getting down to business and doing it. Just in time for the weekend to put them into practice!! There are many reasons why we might not do something we want to do. I wrote the tips below with art in mind, but with some modification they can apply to pretty much anything. The important thing is to find something that […]

11 Mar 2014

On Change – Motivation To Do Art

For years I have been in love with mixed media art and art journaling, but for the longest time I have suffered from some kind of creative paralysis. I would look at other people’s art or read mixed media books or watch art videos or buy lots of art supplies and get crazy excited and inspired. I might even attempt to do art myself but I always ended up disappointed. It wasn’t GOOD enough, I didn’t ENJOY creating it, it […]

10 Mar 2014

My 10 Favourite Art Supplies

I looove art supplies (and have spent way too much money on them over the years, probably a lot on useless stuff) so I thought you might like to know my favourite supplies. As a consequence these are supplies I use all the time and in almost all my work. This top 10 is in no particular order because it’s never just one thing that is the greatest, with mixed media it’s all about the effect things produce in combination. […]

08 Mar 2014

31 Random Iris Facts

My friend Tam posted 31 random facts about herself and asked if I would do the same. It sounded like fun, so here they are! 1. I am Dutch but have lived in the UK for over 10 years now 2. I speak only Dutch to my kids. It is challenging as I haven’t used my Dutch much these past 10 years, but I’m pleased to be doing it as I think it’s valuable for them to grow up bilingual. […]

04 Mar 2014

Taking Time & Enjoying Life

Phew, February was a whirlwind of fun! We went on our much anticipated trip to the US. In one word it was AWESOME. Probably up there with the best holidays I’ve ever had. We flew to NYC and picked up our RV We did a couple of days of the tourist thing in NYC and I met up with two of my highschool friends (bearing in mind we’re all from The Netherlands it was a bit of a coincidence that […]

04 Feb 2014

OMG You’ve Ruined It!

I have such a big fear of spoiling things. Either spoiling things for myself of a fear of external things spoiling things for me. It affects pretty much all areas of my life, for example I find it very hard to order off a menu, in case the choice turns out to be ‘wrong’ or disappointing. Similar with art. What if this colour is the wrong one, what if this stamp makes things look ugly, what if I ruin the […]

28 Jan 2014

New Beginnings – Video & Giveaway

I’ve been arty & crafty for a long time, but recently it has felt like a new beginning. A renewed enthusiasm unlike any time before and a much greater connection with my artistic self. It is ironic, as it was through focussing on the journey (i.e. being less occupied with the end result) that I have actually gained a much greater sense of direction and purpose with regards to my art. One of my tentative goals this year is to […]

23 Jan 2014

It’s Not Automatic – Deserving To Do Art

From a young age I feel I have always been given the message that if you’re not good at something, you shouldn’t do it.You are only ‘allowed’ to pursue something if you’re already magically good at it. Kids who are good at drawing should keep drawing. Kids who are not good at drawing shouldn’t bother. We say things like: “Oh I can’t draw” or “I will never be good at painting” or “So and so is much better than me”. […]