Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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About My Art

I’m new to your site, where do I start?

First of all, pop your details in the sidebar over there on the right so you can download my free Art & Inspiration guide and get on my mailing list to receive monthly love letters straight to your inbox! Then go ahead and read the guide! It’s full of inspiration, food for thought, practical art tips & some mini tutorials. I poured my heart into it! It will give you an idea what I’m about and what I love sharing with you and help you decide to love me forever! Just kidding… not really.. =p

If you want mooooooore, then go to this page specially dedicated to new visitors of my website.

What are your favourite art supplies?

ALL.THE.SUPPLIES!!! Lol. Total art supply junkie, so this changes all the time! Right now I am in love with Sennelier oil pastels and Winsor Newton oil bars. I also love fluorescent paints and black India ink.

What is your favourite art journal?

Right now I looooove the Falkiner’s A4 journal with 300gsm hot pressed watercolour paper pages. I also like the large Dylusions journal. Read more about the art journals I love here.

Who inspires you?

The two people who totally got me into mixed media & art journaling are Tamara Laporte and Suzi Blu. Back in around 2008 they made the most awesome and inspiring YouTube videos that got me really into wanting to create art and share it with the world.

How long have you been making art?

I discovered mixed media and art journaling around 2008. I had a lot of trouble facing my inner critic around that time and didn’t do nearly as much art as I would’ve liked, especially because I was never able to really enjoy the things I created. Months would go by without creating anything. Around August 2013 I took some online classes and started doing art much more regularly (several times a week) and I haven’t stopped since!

Do you teach?

Yes, I love teaching! For free material sign up to my newsletter to receive my art & inspiration guide. Check the videos page for both time-lapse and real-time tutorials.

For in-depth art courses, please check my dedicated eCourse site. You can sign up for an account and most courses are instant access.

I live in London, UK. If you’d like me to teach in person at your venue in the UK, please contact me to discuss rates & availability.

About Business / Technical Aspects

What camera do you use?

For most of my art videos I use a Nikon Coolpix P7800. Some additional footage may have been shot with my iPhone 5 or a Canon 5D. In the past I have used a webcam, a Toshiba Camileo and a Canon Ixus (don’t let your equipment hold you back!).

What do you use to edit your videos?

I use Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows. It’s an amazingly powerful programme that can pretty much do anything you can think of. It’s a very very steep learning curve, but nothing that can’t be achieved with determined Googling and watching YouTube editing tutorials. Previously I used Adobe Premiere Elements and Windows Movie Maker.

What music do you use in your videos?

My two go-to sites are incompetech.com and audionautix.com. (Almost) All the music is free to use on there, as long as you provide credit. I occasionally use audiojungle.net to buy music.

Some helpful advice to bear in mind is that you cannot just use any music you like, like for example your favourite pop/rock track. Everything is subject to copyright, even very old music, the music itself might not be subject to copyright anymore, but the performance (i.e. the artist/orchestra that performed it and recorded it) usually is.

What to you use to host your art courses?

I use course software called Zippy Courses which I use in conjunction with Vimeo PRO.

How do you make your prints?

I start with a high quality photo or scan. Click here for a tutorial on how to capture great images for printing. I print using an OKI C511dn laser printer (used to use OKI C330dn) onto HP professional matt laser photo paper. Then I mount the prints so they are ready for framing.

About Me Personally

Do you speak Dutch? / Are you Dutch?

Yes and yes! I have lived in the UK since I was 18. I feel more comfortable speaking English these days, but my Dutch is still fine too. I raise my kids bilingually so if you want to talk about Nijntje or Sesamstraat in Dutch I should have the appropriate vocabulary to do so =p