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I am over the moon excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017. It is also my 6th time with CJS and I can tell you that it is amazing and even though I didn't think it was possible, it gets better every year!
You will learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:
The line up of teachers is amazing, you really don't want to miss out on this!! :D
Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details:
You get 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59 pm (EST), 2016. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2016 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.
So what are you waiting for? This is the moment! Sign up HERE!!
I would love to see you there!
Today I want to share with you a page I made in one of my Gelli Printed Art Journals.
It started out with a gelli printed background and some black painted scallops. The blue stenciled stars at the top were already in the gelli print.
I stamped the houses (love this stamp by Zorrotte for Carabelle Studio!) on book paper and cut them out, then glued them on the background. Then I added the moon. Below you will find step pictures on how I used my mini round gelli plate from Gelli Arts to create it.
First cover the gelli plate with distress ink and stamp it on thin white paper.
Then cut out the part you DON'T want to print. This will be your mask.
Cover the gelli plate with white paint. This is to cover up the background, if you want the background shine through you can use yellow right away. Place the mask on the gelli plate.
Mask the houses and stamp the white moon on the background.
Clean the gelli plate, cover it with yellow paint and put the mask back on.
Place the gelli plate on the white moon. You will be able to see the mask through the paint, so you can line it up.
Place the gelli plate on top of the stamp to lift of the paint.
Place the mask on the gelli plate.
Line it up again with the moon and stamp on top.
Remove the houses mask and you're done.
I finished my page with stamping, coloring, doodling and writing.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and thank you for stopping by!
Two weeks ago I had the honor to be guest blogging over on the Gelli Arts® blog.
I made a short video (5 min.) about image transfers on Gelli® printed backgrounds. This is the final page I created, of course using Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils. The stamp set I used here is one of my latest designs - Round and Round. You can find all my stamp and stencil designs + coordinating dies here.
If you missed the video you can watch it here:
More info about the technique and lots of pictures you can find on the Gelli Arts® blog here!
If you like Gelli® printing then make sure to check out the Gelli Arts® blog! It is loaded with wonderful tips, tricks, techniques and inspiring ideas. Also don't forget to visit the Gelli Arts® You Tube channel where you will find 60+ video tutorials to help you get started or keep going with Gelli® printing. Inspiration guaranteed!!
Wishing you an amazing, creative and sunny weekend!
I've done a lot of gelli printing lately, made some video's, did some blog posts and taught some workshops.
The result is that I ended up with a huge pile of lovely gelli prints, all A5 size, and I decided to bind them together again to get another colorful gelli printed art journal. This time I wanted it to be a really thick and chunky book so I used 80 pages and I LOVE how it turned out!
And here is a little video flipping through the whole journal and showing some colorful yumminess :)
Wondering how the journal was bound together? Go to this earlier blog post for instructions.
Wishing you a wonderful and creative weekend!
There has been a lot going on behind the scenes this past week!
I've created my very first newsletter ever. That was quite a challenge, I'm not so good with computers, but hey... it worked :) and the newsletter went out last Thursday. I think it looked pretty good, if I may say so myself :) If you are not yet on my list but would like to receive my newsletter in the future (1 - 2 times a month) then you can subscribe by entering your email address in the box at the top of the left side bar and pushing the button.
Another thing I've been doing is updating my blog. I gave the blog banner a make-over and changes the main color from orange to burgundy. I updated the side bars, where you will find links to the online workshops for which I'm a guest teacher, links to companies I work with, my Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest accounts and to Bloglovin' and Networked Blogs were you can sign up for my blog. And there is a Google Translate option at the upper right side if you prefer to read my blog in another language.
I also added an Inspiration Gallery. The gallery was already accessible through the link in the navigation bar at the top but I think it had been more than a year since I added anything. So I threw out all the old stuff and added a bunch of newer pictures. I also created a button in the left sidebar to access the gallery. So if you are looking for some colorful inspiration then check it out! You'll find all kinds of things there from gelli prints to acrylic paintings, from sketchbooks to art journals and "from the studio - on my desk" pictures.
Oh, and yes, you can pin from the gallery but you have to click on the desired picture before you can pin it.
The workshop list in the navigation bar is still under construction but will be up soon.
I will also update "where to buy my stamps" with pictures of all the sets I designed for Carabelle Studio and links to shops where you can buy them. That may take a little while, so please be patient :)
And last but not least there is an "Archives & Categories" button in the blog header where you can search for posts on this blog by month or category.
I hope you will have fun strolling around my blog and hopefully find loads of inspiration!
Did you see my previous post about Art Journal Summer School?
No? Check it out! It's the perfect way to keep you art journaling over summer! And... I will give away one spot for FREE!!!
edited: WOW! JULY 1 IS FULLY BOOKED ALREADY!
THEREFOR I WILL NOW ALSO TEACH THIS WORKSHOP ON FRIDAY JULY 8
On Friday, Juli 1, 2016 I will teach the workshop Gelli Printing Tools & Techniques in my studio in Winsum.
During this workshop you will create a bunch of tools for gelli printing, including an awesome texture block. You will get loads of tips and tricks on how to make great prints and learn several fun techniques.
You will be working with found material as well as with a variety of Carabelle Studio stamps, stencils and dies.
There is room for 8 people max, so a small group and a lot of personal attention.
Because it is a studio workshop you don't have to bring anything!! Everything is included, from paper to paint, from material to create the tools to a gelli plate to work on. Of course a really nice lunch + drinks and snacks during the day are also included in the package :)
So come on and spoil yourself with a fun, creative and inspiring day!
(Just and idea... you could bind all the papers you create this day together to a colorful, happy, book and use it as your summer (travel) journal. What a great start of summer!!)
Date: Friday, Juli 1 2016
Place: My studio in Winsum, The Netherlands
Price: € 70,=
Included: everything you need!
To sign up you can e-mail me at email@example.com.
I would love to welcome you in my studio!
Yes, it's that time of year again! Art Journal Summer School is coming up and I am thrilled and excited to announce that I will be one of the guest teachers again! And look at this amazing line up, so proud to be part of that! :)
What is Art Journal Summer School (AJSS)?
AJJS is hosted by Bloknote Academy. The goal is to keep you journaling over summer, not only at home but even during your vacation. We all know how hard that is, if only because of all the supplies you need to schlepp around while you're traveling. But here is the answer!
A limited amount of supplies, fitting in a toiletry bag is all you have to bring.
All teachers use merely the same supplies but all in their own way, combination and style. The colors may differ (which means you can use your own favorites) and maybe the brands, but the basics are all more or less the same.
The course is spread out over 10 weeks. There are 14 teachers bringing you 21 short video lessons (about 12-20 min) filled with tips and tricks and instructions, showing you how to create beautiful art journal pages with limited supplies whether you're on the go or sitting in your garden enjoying the lovely weather.
We don't want you to spent hours on the computer, we want you to journal!
How does it work?
Click HERE to go to the store where you can find the supply list and more info. Then sign up and join the fun!!
It doesn't matter if you're a beginner, maybe even haven't done any journaling before or if you're an advanced journaler. Whether you want journaling to be part of your daily life or just document your vacation. This course is meant to inspire and motivate ALL of you to journal over summer!!
Course starts on July 1. There will be a new video up every Wednesday and Saturday for ten weeks. Lessons are downloadable. There will be a closed FB group to share and discuss and get to know your fellow students (but only if you want too ;)). Fun, fun, fun!!
And even more fun if you can join for free, right??
I'm going to give away one spot to one lucky winner!
How can you win you ask? That's easy!
Leave a comment here, tell me why you think you should win and why you would love to take this course. Or, share this post on FB (tag me so I know you did!). Or go to my IG feed (BirgitKoopsen - follow me if you don't already) and repost my Art Journal Summer School picture (use #AJSS16Birgit) so I know that you did. Or do all of this and double, double, double your chances to win.
I will pick and announce a winner by June 1. at noon (CET).
And know what? You can just go ahead and register for the course if you want to take it anyway, that's another chance to win and if you win we will refund you your payment! Pretty awesome right?!
AND… if you sign up before June 1. you will get a HUGE early bird discount. Pay € 75,= instead of € 95,=!!
So, don't waste any time! Do it, now!! :)
I've gotten so many questions about how I assembled the little gelli plate journal which I posted on IG yesterday that I decided to do a blog post about it.
First I created a nice stack of gelli prints on A5 watercolor paper (200gr.) and folded them in half with the printed side in. So you go from A5 to A6. Be careful, the pages have to be completely dry otherwise they will stick together and you will ruin them when trying to open the book (I know from experience :(). Also make sure to fold very precise, use a scoring board if you have trouble folding straight. If your pages are not straight your book won't be either!
I glued the pages together, back to back. I used double sided tape to do so. Make sure to line up the pages very precise.
When all the pages were glued together I took a piece of self adhesive fabric to cover the spine. I let the fabric overlap half of the front and the back page. Then I added the front and back cover which are also a gelli print that I cut in half in stead of folding it.
Finally I took some Carabelle Studio stamps and Posca pens to decorate the front cover.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Now make some art!