Maybe you remember this post from March where I talked about wanting to paint on bigger canvasses and how my former highschool art teacher triggered me to actually try it.
Because of the 150th anniversary of my highschool Kamerlingh Onnes in Groningen my art teacher is organizing an exposition in a gallery in Groningen. He tracked down more then 20 of his former students that graduated in art and are now in some way working in the art area. There are painters, photograpers, graphic designers and more... and me :)
Since that post in March I have been learning, playing, experimenting and had a lot of fun exploring acrylic painting.
So now the exposition is getting closer I have some preparations to do.
I will have space to show 6 framed layouts, 6 framed art journal pages (the benifit of having a binder/page protector art journal) and.... 2 paintings size 50x60cm.
I will also have a table to show magazines and other work.
I ordered frames and framed the paintings and the art journal pages of my choice. And I was like... woww! Unbelievable what a frame adds to a project. It totally completes it, takes it to a higher level. I had no idea that a simple frame could do this.
Here are the results, what do you think?
I am really happy with how this looks :)
And here are the art journal pages:
And now that is done I need to find 6 layouts to frame. Six!!! From the biljoen pages I have. How am I ever going to choose... sigh :)
Coming monday I have to bring everything over to the gallery and I'm very excited how it will all look haning at the wall :)
If you are interested, the exposition runs from September 9 until September 28 at Pictura in Groningen.
I am thrilled and very excited that I will be teaching in Toronto and New York in September!!
First I will come to Bizzy B's in Toronto where I will teach the weekend of September 19-21.
You can join me for my Technique Tags class on Friday evening (9/21) from 6.30-10.00.
During this workshop you will create a couple of beautiful large tags but more important you will learn a variety of mixed media techniques using IZinks, gesso, modeling paste, embossing powders, stamps and stencils. Besides that you will learn how to heat emboss on adhesive foam sheets and add stunning texture to them plus the amazing things you can do with Shimmer Sheetz. The learned techniques can be used in all kinds of projects, whether it are scrapbook pages, cards, art journal pages, canvasses or mini albums. You will use IZinks for coloring, they are very versatile, are highly pigmented and have beautiful colors. Find out about the many ways that you can use IZinks to create colorful, textured and artsy projects.
On Saturday (9/20) I will be teaching my "For the Love of Layers" workshop. This is a whole day workshop which runs from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm.
In this class you will work with acrylic paint, stamps and stencils. You will learn how to build up a number of layers to create an interesting, playful and artsy look. You can choose your own favorite colors and create a painting in your own unique style.
When the rough work is done you will use Posca pens to add details and interest. Important part of this workshop is that you let go of control and go with the flow. You will start this project without thinking and just see where the colors and shapes take you. It might sound scary but you will experience how relaxed this way of working is!
Here are some examples of paintings made with the techniques used in this class.
The third workshop, "Embossing and Beyond" will be on Sunday (9/21) from 12.30-5.30 pm.
In this class you will create a little mini book filled with a variety of embossing techniques and more.
We will do layered embossing, multicolor embossing, embossing with stencils, a combination of dry and hot embossing and resist embossing. Besides that you will learn how to use transfer foil to add beautiful shine and color to your projects. With a different technique on every page you will learn to bring embossing to a higher level!
Please visit Bizzy B's website for more details and to sign up! I would love to see you there!!
After this weekend I will fly to New York to spent a week with my sweet friend Nathalie Kalbach and I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to that!! I know for sure that we will have an awesome week filled with laughter, chatting, walking, sightseeing....
At the end of the week Nathalie and I will teach our mini Art Fusion Event at The Ink Pad in NYC.
After a wonderful, sunny, relaxing vacation in Greece I think it is time to pick this up and start fresh with blogging on a regular basis again. With regular I don't mean on a daily basis because I know I simply can't keep up with that. But on a weekly basis should be possible, maybe twice a week :)
The first layout "Letting go..." was published in HdP. I created it when my sweet daugther was about to leave to Hawaii to live and study there for 6 months. The title comes from the song "let her go" from Passenger. Under the tag is some hidden journaling saying:
"Saying goodbye, now Anne is leaving for Hawaii for 6 months, is not easy! I will miss her so much! But I want her to make her dreams come true because I love her... so I let her go... I hope she will have the best time of her life!
Afterwards we realized that those 6 months went quicker than we expected. And Hawaii is not even that far away if you have Whatsapp and Facetime. Besides that I visited her after about 2,5 months, which made it better too. And she definitely did have the best time of her life! But is was sooo good to have her back home :D
The next layout "2 peas in a pod" was also made for Histoires de Pages. It was for an article about the impact color has. I made 2 exact the same layouts with different color schemes. I had to pick 2 colors + black and white. This is the first one using orange and green for a fresh and sunny spring feel. I will show the other one some other time.
Did you know that Histoires de Pages had an international english online version (Let's Talk Layouts) available? Check it out and read the first 25 pages of issue #2 for free here! Also check out the HdP FB page and blog!
The last project is a mini album I made for a recycle article in Scrap 365. For this mini I only used clothing tags and other items that can be collected from old cloths, like buttons, safety pins, straps and ribbon and so on. The only other items I used were a couple of wood veneer shapes, letter stickers (but most of the text was already on the tags and fitted the project perfectly). to create the little pocket I cut 2 pockets from an old pair of jeans and sewed them together, right sides facing each other and then turned it inside out.
This project was in the April/May issue which you can still buy online here where you can also find all the other previous issues.
About 19 years ago I did an attempt on oil painting.
Let’s say it was not my medium. I was not very good at it and I didn’t enjoy it enough to take the time to learn.
I only made 2 or 3 paintings. One of these paintings though is still in my bedroom and very dear to me. It’s me and my newborn baby.
My little girl Anne is not so little anymore. Next month she is turning 20 (my gosh, how did that happen?) and tomorrow she’s starting a new big adventure in her life.
After being in Hawaii for 6 months last year she decided it is time to explore another part of the world. Tomorrow evening we will drop her off at Schiphol airport for her flight to Bangkok from where she will travel through Thailand and Indonesia for 2 months.
After an introduction week with small group it will be just her and her backpack in Thailand until she’s meeting a friend in Jakarta 4 weeks later. From there they will travel together through Java, Bali and Lombok for another month.
It will be a whole new experience for her, being all on her own. Not knowing today where she will be tomorrow.
I am confident that she will do great and that she will have an amazing time. Making life time memories, meeting new people, enjoying the sun and the beautiful nature. I’m looking forward to hear her stories and see her pictures.
I am very happy that she is able to do this. Wish I would have had the oppertunity to do things like this when I was young. Those 2 months will be over before I know it… But I will miss her and can’t wait to have her back home :)
Workshops in mijn studio in Winsum Zondag 18 mei en zaterdag 28 juni Tijd: 10.00-16.00 Prijs: € 65,= inclusief materialen,koffie/thee en lunch Maximaal 8 deelnemers Voor opgave en meer info kun je mailen naar: email@example.com