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Iris Impressions

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”. […]

18 Jan 2014

A Happy Accident – Gelli Plate & Brayer Fun

I finally got some time the other night to play with my new Gelli plate that I got for Christmas! I’d seen a couple of videos about them, but hadn’t used one before myself. I was just playing really, finding out how to use it, how to create texture and what colours to use. I created a few sheets that I’m pleased with and some that look a bit close to mud!! The thing I ended up liking most was […]

14 Jan 2014

Journey – My Word Of The Year & Artist Guardian

When I was at university and had to write essays I was the Queen of Procrastination™. Although I always finished things on time, I was emotionally unable to put in the proper time required. I would always do everything last minute, rushing through it, wishing for it to be finished already. I never had anything looked at beforehand by teachers to be critiqued. I would read through it before submitting to spot spelling mistakes, but actual rewriting was too painful. […]