Paperworld Frankfurt. A weekend filled with inspiration, meeting people, chatting, laughing, drinking lots of coffee, having dinner with lovely people, watching amazing artists at work, trying products, lots of hugs and happy faces, very short nights, discovering new and exciting things, trend watching, making plans and walking miles and miles. All of this in the sweet company of my lovely friend Marsha.
Let's not do to much writing, the pictures will tell most of it :)
Friday 30.1.2015 - a 7.5 hour train ride and some time for art journaling.
Saturday 31.1.2015 - First day of the show
At the ZIG Kuretake booth. Japanese drawing and painting, wow! Went back on Sunday afternoon to see the progress.
Creative World Trend Watching, devided into 3 sections: artistic, romantic and optimistic.
Weaving, knotting, splodge, brush and spray painting, embroider (love the embroidered journals!!)
Soft, natural, yarn, lace… (Does the technique used on the stool look familiar? If you are a Jumper it should ;))
Marbling, all kinds of tape and paper garlands
Honestly I didn't see that much new here, but hey… I'm not a trend expert :) Not saying that these things are not fun btw!
Next fun thing: Getting my name written in Japanese.
Amazing artist Brigitte Waldschmidt in the Art-Select booth demonstrating on a variety of Ampersand painting panels. Love her use of color.
Another fun thing in the Art-Select booth were the R&F pigment sticks. Very soft, high pigment oil bars. Beautiful! Wow! But not for me… they take weeks to dry.
And another amazing artist, Jenny Muncaster, demoing in the Pébéo booth using glass paint on canvas, so exciting! I want to try this!
Lots of fun products in the Pébéo booth.
Interesting texture in the Pentart Dekor booth. To bad that all the info is in Turkish.
In the Sizzix booth we met the lovely Paula Pascual and saw some wonderful projects (using the new Tim Holtz dies) created by Pete Hughes, who told us this was the first time he did mixed media projects like this. Pretty talented right?! (I WANT those dies BTW! :D)
Of course we also stopped by the WOW! Embossing booth to see sweet Tania and pick up the new catalogue and the beautiful "Essential Guide to Embossing" that Tania developed!
Saw a lot of fabric paints. Personally I was really intrigued by the Javana color blocker for fabric paint by Kreul. Love the way they used it in their examples.
So much fun to see artists at work everywhere and to come back later to see the progress!
It was lovely to meet up with this sweet girl Limor and chat for a while and hear her thoughts on the show after attending CHA only 2 weeks ago. Good to hear she loved Paperworld as much as we did :)
So much for day one. We saw so much and were so overwhelmed with everything that we couldn't sleep, of course :) But before we had time to recover we had to go in for day 2! :D
Sunday 1.2.2015 - second day of the show
We woke up in winter wonder land. How nice that there was a Messe Shuttle bringing us from the hotel straight to the entrance of the show!
One of our first stops today was at Posca, where their dutch account manager (who recognized me from last year :)) gave us a tour through their little museum filled with beautiful art. Unbelievable what can be done with "just" markers!!
Next was Montana. Lovely paints and markers too, definitely…
but what was really intriguing me were the spray cans that create marble and crackle. Ohw, love that!!
Or how about those different sized and shaped marker tips?? <3
A quick visit to The Crafter's Workshop booth to see Julie's (Balzer Designs) new stencils and some of her beautiful work.
Of course a visit to the Carabelle Studio booth!! Which I thought looked terrific!!
They displayed the stamp and stencil collection beautifully without distraction and had one wall entirely displaying the work of the DT, Marsha and little ol' me :)
We made some fun, exciting and for now very secret plans there, so stay tuned for some great news soon :D
We stopped by Dyan to see her do her magic using her new paints. Beautiful colors! And I think her idea of using them with a blending tool is just genius. Creates beautiful thin and sharp layers.
I got to try working with soap stone :) (photo by Marsha)
We met Vera and Marianne for lunch which was very nice and then went to see Ana (Finnabair) who was demonstrating her mixed media art basics at the Notions booth. I'm looking forward to play with some of her stuff, especially the light paste, mica flakes and micro beads :)
And here are some random other things I saw and liked. A lot of writing on porcelain, tins and so on, beautiful hand carved wood stamps, a color globe (Marsha and I both bought one) and more...
Of course we went back to the ZIG booth at the end of the day to see how the artists were doing. Wow, isn't that amazing? All those details! To bad that we were not there anymore at the end of the show to see the completely finished pieces!
So that was day 2… of course there was more, way more. I sometimes just forgot to take pictures. We had great company at dinner (thank you Sandra (from Scrappies München), Svetlana and Tania for 2 lovely evenings), met people for coffee and cake like Jesper from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Jeroen & Saskia from Scrapbookzolder (making more exciting plans :))… We also stopped by at the Craft Emotions and Crafter's Companion booth. And it was great! I enjoyed every minute of it!
Monday 2.2.2015 - going home
We booked the train back home at around 2 pm so we had some time to go into Frankfurt and do a little bit of (window)shopping, drink coffee and enjoy the city center.
And the very last picture of this adventure is from all the loveliness I was given to try out and experiment with.The only thing they forgot to give me was a bunch of time :)
As said… I had a great time, the only thing I might do different next time is go 3 days in stead of 2, although I'm not sure that I would survive, haha!
Now my head is full of ideas and you might see some of my test cases and experiments here on my blog in the next few weeks, so check back later if you are interested :)
Thank you for stopping by and if you made it until here… great job! :)
As you might know Gelli Plate printing is one of my favorite techniques at the moment and I love to use stencils and masks.
I happen to own this fun Sizzix die "birds on a wire" that I love and I thought it would be a perfect one to use with the Gelli Plate.
I die cut it from cardstock, but if you want to use it over and over again it might be a good idea to die cut it from template sheets like The Crafter's Workshop is selling, or you can use a sturdy plastic like packaging material.
In this case I ended up using the die cut itself on my page so it was a good thing I used cardstock :)
So, in the first 2 pages I used the birds as a mask. After creating a light colored background I added a darker color to my gelli plate and placed the birds on top of the paint before making the print.
The bird image on the next page happened when I removed the die cut from the gelli plate after doing the first 2 prints and then only the outline was left in paint on the plate. I have to work some more on this print but I love that outline!
And then the birds ended up having this nice purple paint on them and I thought they would fit perfectly on this last page so i just glued them on :)
Unfortunately this specific die is no longer available at Sizzix, such a shame! But here you will find something similar: Bower birds.
Oh or how about this one: Birds in flight, just awesome! This is going on my wishlist!!
Now, writing this post made me want to create some more with my gelli plate so that is what I am going to do right now!
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On Saturday February 14 (at Revlie's Mixed Media Shop) and Saturday March 7 (in my studio) I will be teaching my "For the Love of Layers" workshop. This is a whole day workshop which runs from 10.30 until 16.30 pm.
Ben jij een Nederlandse Jumper?
Heb je de eerste video's al gezien?
Ben je ook al helemaal enthousiasts en geïnspireerd en benieuwd wat er nog meer komt?
Lijkt het je leuk om andere Jumpers én 2 JumpStarters, namelijk mijzelf en Marsha, te ontmoeten om samen creatief bezig te zijn en een live demo te zien van onze JumpStart technieken?
Kom dan naar de Nederlandse JumpStart Meet Up in Revlie 's Mixed-Media Shop in Roelofarendsveen voor een gezellige en creatieve middag op Zaterdag 17 januari!!
Klik HIER voor aanmelding en informatie :D
Ik heb er nu al zin in dus hopelijk zie ik je daar!!
Today is the fifth day of CJS 2015, but don't worry... you can still sign up and join in the fun!!
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This layout featuring a picture I took on Malta last year was in the 2014 december issue of Histoires de Pages. Although I had a consent from Cisk to publish this layout the French law prohibits advertisement for alcohol in magazines and I had to change out the picture for a different one and change the theme.
Because I like the original better (especially because the colors in the picture) I decided to share this one in stead of the one that was actually in the magazine featuring a picture with Malteser boats.
To create the background I first covered the cardstock with gesso and added texture using a stencil and modeling paste. Then I applied Ecoline (watercolor ink) and water and let the ink move around. When the ink was dry I added some contrasting colors of acrylic paint (purple and pink). To create the "drops" I stenciled through punchanella on book paper and then cut out the shapes.
Thank you for visiting!
Riikka and I "met" online when I was invited to an event in Finland a couple of years ago and she was my contact person. Since then we met several times in real at events in Helsinki, Utrecht, Paris... and she is the sweetest person!
Riikka's layouts are always full of techniques and details. Her colors go from grays and purple to bright yellows and turquoise. She adds lots of embellishments and fun little things to her work.
I love the layers in this layout (actually you will find awesome layers in all her work) and the placement of the elements leaving "white" space in the middle. I think the "I Heart Washi Tape" stamps, embossed with glitter, add beautiful texture!
On the next layout Riikka used the "French Lily Background" stamp next to the "I Heart Washi Tape" set. Love the vibrant orange and yellow and those fun wire circles!
See how beautiful the stamps look with multi colored embossing on them!
And how about this beautiful mixed media canvas?! Don't you just love the colors and the texture?
Riikka explains the technique of stamping in modeling paste on the Scrap 365 blog in a shared blog post with Marsha where you will also find a little "how to" video from her hand.
Talking about video's... Riikka has her own You Tube Channel: Paperiliitin. Check it out, you'll find 30 something inspirational video's there!!
In this last layout Riikka created her own background paper by simply stamping the "Layered Strips" over and over in different colors. I love how she stamped the "I Heart Washi Tape" on colored paper and then cut them out to incorporate them in her paper layers underneath the photo! Note the fun "water drops" she created with crackle medium!
You can also find her on Facebook and on Instagram: Paperiliitin
Stamp set's Riikka used in these projects:
Information on where to buy these stamps you can find in the "Where to buy my stamps" section in the navigation bar or by clicking here.
And in case YOU created something with one of my stamp sets, please drop me an e-mail with a picture or a link. I would LOVE to see!! Thank you for stopping by today! Merry Christmas!
Last weekend I was guest blogging on the French Scrap 'N Photo blog about a Dutch Christmas tradition. And since the tradition started yesterday and I guess some of you might not have read the French blog I thought I'd share it here too :)
So, Virgile from Scrap 'N Photo, asked me if I could tell something about the Dutch December traditions.
I thought I could talk about how we decorate the Christmas tree listening to the same music as in my childhood, or about the presents we give to each other under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, or even about the family dinner on Christmas day where everybody brings a dish and we share it all.
But to be honest, I don’t think that is so interesting and probably not a lot different than the things people in other countries do with Christmas.
And then another tradition came to my mind. It’s a pretty new tradition that started only in 2004 but every single person in the Netherlands knows about it.
It’s called “Serious Request”. “Serious Request” is a benefit event hosted the week before Christmas each year by the Dutch radio station 3FM.
On December 18 3 DJ’s get locked up in a glass house that is build somewhere in the center of a Dutch city from where they will broadcast for 6 days, 24 hours a day, raising money for a good cause by the Red Cross. The DJ’s are not allowed to eat, only drink, during these 6 days and of course the goal is to raise as much money as possible.
Over the years “Serious Request” has become a really big thing. a few weeks ago the DJ’s that will be in the house were announced (of course every DJ in the Netherlands wants to be in it!) and the good cause of this year is to help women and girls who are victims of sexual abuse in war zones and conflict areas. The slogan is “Hands of our girls!”
Usually the square around the glass house is crowded day and night, with people who come to see the DJ’s, bring their donations, or just to experience the feeling of togetherness. And there are a lot of guests coming to the house for interviews and life music.
photo from http://seriousrequest.3fm.nl
photo from http://seriousrequest.3fm.nl
There is a special channel on television where you can see live reports 24 hours a day and in our house we have the radio on from early morning until in the evening.
Already now people start to collect money, children, groups of friends, companies, sports clubs, schools and so on. They ask for donations, bake cakes and sell them, organize auctions, walk, bike or swim and get them selves sponsored, organize events.... whatever they can think of. Also, during the event you can request for a specific song to be played and pay for it, or send a text message that will be shown in the news feed on tv and dontate that way.
photo from http://seriousrequest.3fm.nl
photo from http://seriousrequest.3fm.nl
On Christmas Eve the DJ’s get out of the house and the amount of money raised so far is announced. Last year it was €12.302.747!
For me personally this is already a very cherished tradition. I’m looking forward to listening to the radio that week (I normally never have the radio on). Hearing all the stories, some fun and exciting, some touching and moving, of people collecting money, having the feeling that the whole country, for once, is united for the good cause. The excitement, the joy, the connectedness… Basically The Christmas Spirit!
photo from http://seriousrequest.3fm.nl
If you want to learn more about this event you can visit the Serious Request Wikipedia site here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_Request (in english) or got to the official Serious Request website (in Dutch) http://seriousrequest.3fm.nl
Last year the glass house was in Leeuwarden, only about an hour from where I live and me and my family went there one day. The good cause was a campaign against child death from diarrhea with the slogan “Let’s clean this shit up!”
So let's have a look at my page. I used pictures from the house, from the soap we bought to help the good cause and of my old radio, that is in my studio and is only turned on in this special week.
Have you ever heard of Molotow Masking Liquid Markers? If not, you should check them out. You can draw, doodle and write with them or color in stencils and masks.
After they are dry you can cover your background with paint or ink and let it dry again and then rub away the marker revealing the color underneath.
Just imagine all the fun things you can do with that!!
I started with a white piece of cardstock and wrote the text of my subtitle with the marker, then I just doodles some circles and spirals and let the Molotow Masking Fluid dry.
When it was dry I covered ¾ of m background with acrylic paint, using a brayer and let that dry too. You have to make sure that your paint is completely dry, otherwise you will smear the wet paint into the masked parts when rubbing of the masking fluid!
If you use a light paint or ink like spay inks or watercolor you can rub off the masking fluid with your finger but I found out that is quite hard to rub off the acrylic paint, I almost got a burn on my finger when I just started so I used an eraser to rub it off and that worked perfectly!
Finally I took a fine black pen to draw the outlines of the text to make it stand out a little bit more.
Another thing I thought was fun to show you is how I created the banner at the top.
I used a plain green piece of scalloped washi tape and drew the outline with a fine black pen. Then I took a black marker to draw circles in the scallops and finally I layered a thinner piece of washi tape on top.
Isn’t that fun?!!
This year the house is in Haarlem and upcoming monday hubby and I are going there to feel the atmosphere. From there we will go to Amsterdam where we will spent the night and do some Christmas shopping the next day. Very much looking forward to that! Until then my radio is playing!