Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WOYWW: School update


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

My workdesk isn't always at home. Once a month I have a lesson at school. Today I am sharing pictures of my last school day and my workdesk there. We were learning a technique with fine sand (the one use you use in a birdcage.


We had to paint a colorful background at home to work on. I choose spring colors.


Then we had to mix the sand with gesso. Put a thick layer on there and make a pattern in it to bring back some color.


Paint to accent the pattern.



Finished product.

It is an interesting technique but very messy. I don't have pictures of the actual process because I didn't dare to take out my phone ;)



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WOYWW: Project Life Update


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

This is getting old, but I have been off the radar yet again. The thing is that I only want to join WOYWW when I can actually visit some people, and with my failing health in the past months this wasn't rea;;y the case. That, and I have yoga classes on Wednesday for a few months now. This makes things hard to combine. Anyway, I have been doing homework and Project Life, but I will only show Project Life now. I might show my homework in another update, but I can't promise anything.


Week 3 was the week that my health started to act up. I spend most time in bed.


In Week 4, I still wasn't much stronger, but we (mostly Nick) tried some new recipes in the kitchen.


Week 5 we had a dinner with all the volunteers from Abunai!, which was fun and eventful and it was Imbolc.


In week 6 there was more food, and preparations for a party. I forgot to make pics of that party....


Week 7 was the last work week from my BF as a mail man. Due to a strange construction in Dutch law, he can come back in 3 months. Our dog Rinoa turned 2.

I am enjoying Project Life but I try to stick to the original concept, that it has to be fast and easy. Trying not to want it too perfect or whatever. Or else I won't stick with it.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WOYWW: A clean desk!!


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

So, I have been away for about a month. The holidays swept me away and after that a nice flu, which I am still recovering from. But right after new years, I had my desk really organised!! It still it. I am proud ;)


I bought some new storage boxes. The 2 big blue ones are new. The top one has all my project life things and the bottom all my washi and deco tape.


And here is my first week of Project Life. Except for the top left card, which is from the winter set, the rest are from a crafting block. The January card is a freebie.


And my 2nd week :) These cards are all from the Winter set. I need more design A layouts as shown above. This was the only one I got because I got a mixed bag. But I think I like these best. But I will have to try the others before I am sure. Expect to see more of this here for the next year :)



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WOYWW: Homework and some small projects


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)


This is a piece I did for my expressionism homework. I hate to paint humans, but that was the assignment ;) I am not displeased with the final result, but I rather paint nature or something, haha. This is oil paint on cardboard with a black gesso background. I painted this over a week ago and the oil paint is still wet. I might need to dry blow it :S

I made some red-white themed snail-mail. I think this might be the last of the year, with x-mas coming up and all. I love working on stuff like this when I have some time.


I also did another stamp collage, this time with the winter / x-mas stamps I collected from last year. Those are really fun to make :) And I have to use my stamps in some way, because I have way too many at this point ;)


Lastly, I made some wintery cards for my Project Life that I am starting in the new year. I just traced original PL cards and this paper is sturdy enough. I am probably going to pimp them more later on. I am looking for Project Life blogs to follow for inspiration, so if any of you know fun PL blogs, please let me know :) I am still a bit overwhelmed with it all.

Have a nice Wednesday all :) I will be hopping by before my yoga class :)


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WOYWW: 3rd day of school and snail mail


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

I worked on a huge (for me) painting this week and did some small things :) Nothing big, because I put must of my time in finishing the painting I started at school.


I get a lot of stamps and I always cut those from the envelope for creative use later. This is my first fully collaged stamp postcard. Before I used them for added decoration. I like this as well :)


This is the re-make for the ATC swap, because the previous one never arrived. I don't like to make the exact same thing twice, so I went with something totally different :) Hopefully it will arrive this time.


And here is my 50x60 painting. Theme is expressionism. I love expressionism, but the base we had to work from wasn't really my thing. We had to sketch 2 versions of a Rembrandt painting, and then capture an emotion we felt from the painting in our own painting. Well, I think I made it my own, but it was not my most fun project to work on. I am not unhappy with the final result though.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WOYWW: Homework and snailmail


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

I wasn't here for a few weeks, because I just didn't feel like blogging, or pretty much anything because my energy level was so low, and I had trouble keeping up as it was. I did manage to fit in some creativity, apart from the required homework ;)


I had to make some more impressionism homework, so I did a still life of fruits. I had some trouble with the background because I didn't want to paint by eye, because all the mess in the house didn't need to on the painting. So I tried something free form. Very un-impressionism ;)

And some mushrooms. I just love mushrooms :)

I also made this ATC a few weeks ago, but waited with posting this before it was received. Sadly it never arrived. I am now working on a new one.


And I made a postcard collage for a swap. I did the backgrounds way back. I still have 3 of these backgrounds left which I will turn into future collages as well :) Well this is it from me, short and sweet :)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WOYWW: Finished the painting


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

This week it is short and sweet because the only thing I have to show you is the finished painting that I started at school.


I didn't take a close up because it is impressionism and that can better be viewed from a bit of a distance.
On the background my messy desk and my autumn trees wallpaper. I did make an ATC this week as well, but I can't show that yet. But other than that I did mainly read. I had this huge book about van Gogh that I wanted to finish. Anyway, today I will do more impressionism for my homework, but first a bit of desk hopping ;)


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WOYWW: my 2nd school day


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)

Last week I didn't participate, because I was at the museum looking at an art expo. No pictures of that, because I am quite sure I am not allowed to put those on the web. But I saw great murals, photography, bird prints, and some other cool stuff. Time well spend :) Anyway, back to this week.


This is an apple themed snail mail I made. I sometimes love working with a theme. I made a small apple garland to send with the apple goodies I had :)


This ATC I made for a swap on swapbot. I am getting more and more comfy doing small zentangles like this. I do like ATC size best, because I am still too impatient for bigger ones. The design is inspired by this pin, so also submitting this for the Pin it and Do it Challenge :)


Yesterday was my second school day of the year and it was my first go with oil paint. We had to do the impressions like Monet. We had to bring 3 pictures with different light of the same location. This is the parc behind my apartment.


This is where I am at now, not finished yet. It will probably work more on it today and see if I can finish this.
But first, some desk hopping :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dewey's 24-hour readathon - fall 2013


While I am not reviewing books any more and won't be any time soon, I still read. I have to say it feels so much more relaxing without having the pressure of reviewing everything I read. So I made the right choice :)
But I still like to participate in the readathon! Never heard of the 24-hour readathon? Click here for more info :)


Instead of having a whole pile, I just have these two books. I never finish more than 2 books anyway.
Besides I am not going in for the full 24 hours anyway. I have so many more things I feel like doing, haha. But I am looking forward to reading Alice. Can you believe I never read it before?

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Hour 1:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
From Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
Alice in Wonderland. It was time I finally read it!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I have bought grapes, which I will dip in cream cheese!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 
This is the first readathon that I will attempt while having a dog!


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I won't read full time. I will keep this nice and simple. Haha. I will only read on Saturday probably. It is 2PM in the afternoon when we start. So I will just read for how long I feel like ;) I like the social aspect of the readathon best so I will check in to see the mini challenges :)

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Hour 2: Read 61 pages in Alice in Wonderland

Mini Challenge:
Choose a song that suits your reading :)


The Unbirthday song from Alice in Wonderland is suiting. No idea which version this is though, can't listen to it because my boyfriend has an important Skype meeting.
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Hour 5: Read until page 91 in Alice in Wonderland, had dinner and watched the first episode of Once Wonderland.
No mini challenges this round, because I am too lazy to puzzle, or do poetry atm ;)
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Hour 7: Finished Alice in Wonderland, but I am not really in the mood for starting my 2nd book. I picked a great day to be in a reading slump. But that is okay, as with all things lately. I just do things for relaxation as long as it feels like fun. So now going to watch TV ;)
And just now I realised why I am too restless to read.. I forgot to take my ADHD meds. Haha. Can't take them this late or else I can't sleep. Oh well ;)
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Hours 8 and beyond.
Watched TV, slept, did some baking this morning because I have a friend over later. So I did a lot, except reading. Yeah.... this is the least productive readathon I had like ever. But I am not going to feel bad about it. It is for relaxation and it is what it is.
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Updates will be here.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WOYWW: Some small projects


A while ago I came across a creative meme that is called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is all about showing what is going on on your workdesk and is hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. I really like participating, because it is an easy way to show you what I have been working on, and it is fun to visit some other participants :)


I saw this on a Dutch blog called De Postfabriek last week. It is all about pimping postcards and creating more writing space! Easy and fun! I personally think this works best with bun illustrated postcard. Go have a look. There are a lot of posts about pimping a postcard there. Even thought the blog is in Dutch, there are a lot of images to inspire. Today is world post day! So send out a card! :D


The project above counts for Pin it and Do it. Please head over to Trish from Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity, for the Pin it and Do it Challenge! It is so fun! I participated many times before :)


This week I had a visitor on my desk. Luckily the painting was already dry!

This is another homework project. Blops of ink on wet paper. When it is dry I need to look what I see in it and work on that.


As seen here. This is one I already worked on with colored pencils. I darken certain parts or lighten them to create more contrast. I could work on it lots more. But these are supposed to be quick intuitive paintings. The leaves are brooches that I bought last week :D Also: the ones that I don't see anything in, I use as background for ATC's or make tags from it. So nothing goes to waste :)