donderdag 23 mei 2013


Yippie yeah! I am going on vacation, tomorrow! I have been looking forward to this trip for months.... ;-). And now the day is almost there. I am flying to Los Angeles with my sister and we will spend a few days at the coast before we will go to the CREATE mixed media event in Irvine. 5 days of mixed media / creative workshops, heaven!! If I have some time, I will write on the blog what we are up to.

Have a great time!!

zondag 19 mei 2013

A dog portrait in watercolors - for the WDE WetCanvas Drawing Event

Yesterday and today I have been painting a dog portrait for the WetCanvas Drawing Event. This is Kashmir. I am showing you some pictures I took from the process. I painted the portrait with Winsor & Newton artist watercolors on Fabriano watercolor paper (300gr).

This is after the first wet-in-wet layer.

This is after about 2 hours.
This is Kashmir after another hour.

And after a few more brush strokes is this the final. I am really happy with the outcome!


dinsdag 14 mei 2013

Watercolor painting

This week I have been painting with watercolors. I made some journal pages with little paintings of California. I will be going on a trip to the US, to California in 10 days time and I want to make a smashbook/art journal/journal from our trip. And I know that sometimes time to create is limited during travelling, I already prepared some pages ;-). I will be flying to Los Angeles with my sister and we will start our vacation with a few days in Laguna Beach. Then we will go to Irvine, we both will follow some mixed media art classes at CREATE. Then we will move north, to LA, to Monterey and we will fly back from San Francisco. I am really looking forward to it!!

In between I painted this Tuscany ATC. For sale in my Etsy shop.

vrijdag 10 mei 2013

I am now selling vintage book pages in my Etsy shop!

I have been searching around on flea markets and yard sales for lovely vintage books. And I have found some! A lovely old atlas, with beautiful yellowed maps. And an old music book with marvelous vintage looking (yellow/brown) pages. A book on how to make (crossword and other) puzzles (?). The pages have illustrations of puzzles and text combined, making it great collage pieces.

The link to my Etsy shop is on the right hand side on this page. Check it out and get some pages before they are gone!

zondag 5 mei 2013

Painting for the WetCanvas Drawing Event

Today I have been painting a reference in the WetCanvas Drawing Event (WDE). This reference picture really spoke to me, but I found it hard to get started. The original plan was to paint it with regular watercolors, maybe use some salt to get the old rusty look. I know when I find it too challenging I kind of block. So I switched over to deli paper. I drew the truck first with my Pitt pens and then added color with my aquamarkers.

The black and white pen drawing is after about 1 hour, the colored version after another hour.

vrijdag 3 mei 2013

ATC's for the Buddha buddha swap

Today I have been making ATC's for the Buddha buddha swap on I love how they turned out! I hope to get some lovely buddha's in return.

donderdag 2 mei 2013

Video on YouTube from Evelyn

One of my art friends, Evelyn Havertz from Germany has posted her first art-how-to video's on YouTube. You can find her under the name of Evelynsdreaming and here is one of the video's. She makes lovely backgrounds for art journaling and other projects. Check it out!