16 okt. 2015

Friday Freebie 5

It's time to post another Foarhinne Friday Freebie. I've got a lovely picture for you. The source of this  image is 'De Katholieke Illustratie', tweede jaargang, 's Hertogenbosch/Amsterdam, 1868-1869, page 28. Title: 'De zorgen des levens' (The worries of life). Right click on the images to download/save. Enjoy!

I made this .jpg picture with my Foarhinne Friday Freebie as a Goodbye to the last summer roses. 

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3 okt. 2015

My very first video and junk journal


Yes, I'm back again. I have moved to another house this summer, so I have been very busy painting and decorating my new place and I did n't have as much time for crafting.
But now I 'm settled in I'm back on track!

Lately I'm quite into journaling. Here is my very first video with my first junkjournal. Please let me know what you think.

1 mei 2015

Friday Freebie 4

The source of this  image is 'De Katholieke Illustratie', tweede jaargang, 's Hertogenbosch/Amsterdam, 1868-1869, page 96.  A sewingmachine. Right click on the images to download/save. Enjoy!
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24 apr. 2015

Foarhinne Friday Freebie 3

Yes, it's time for a new Friday Freebie! The source of this  image of a bird is 'De Katholieke Illustratie', tweede jaargang, 's Hertogenbosch/Amsterdam, 1868-1869, page 32.  A 'sappho'. Right click on the images to download/save. Happy scrapping!

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17 apr. 2015

Foarhinne Friday Freebie 2

Here is the second image of Foarhinne Friday Freebies. The source of the image is 'De Katholieke Illustratie', tweede jaargang, 's Hertogenbosch/Amsterdam, 1868-1869, page 4.  'Een nacht in Normandië' (A night in Normandy, France).

The images are resized to Width 10 cm x Height 14,71 cm. Right click to download/save.
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5 apr. 2015

A princess in soft pastels

After seeing Vicky Ross'  video Skin Tone demo pastel acrylic on YouTube, she inspired me to take my pastel colors out of the box and try it out. I did not use soft pastel for quite some time, so thanks to Vicky I'm doing it again!
I tried to make a portrait of princess Maria Louise van Hessen Kassel (1688-1765). She was an ancestor of the Dutch royals and a lot of European royals as well.  I'm involved in a cultural history project about her life.

Happy Easter tags

Happy Easter to you! I made a few multi media tags with a spring/bunny/egg theme. I love the little pictures of the Easterbunnies. So cute. :)!

3 apr. 2015

Foarhinne Friday Freebie 1

To all vintage freebie lovers: from now on I will try to post each Friday of the week a new vintage image. Recently I bought three bound volumes of full year 'Katholieke Illustratie' dating 1868-1869, 1871-1872, 1873-1874. Those magazines are filled with exquisite illustrations and alpha. It will take a while to scan all the illustrations, I reckon there are at least 500 images to scan. It will be such a treasure for vintage scrapbooking!

Here is the first Foarhinne Friday Freebie. The source of the image is 'De Katholieke Illustratie', tweede jaargang, 's Hertogenbosch/Amsterdam, 1868-1869, pag. 1.  'Aan den Lezer' translates as 'To the reader'; 'Een blijde toekomst' as 'A happy future'.

All images are the original size. Right click to download/save.

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Ecce Homo

Today it is Good Friday. I've been reflecting the Passion of Christ in my art journal.
John 19:5  When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

2 apr. 2015

It's spring: mixed media tags

Last week I made these mixed media tags with a spring theme.

I tried my light box for taking pictures, but I think the background is a bit too gray. Ofcourse Moeska -my cat - had to see what I was doing when I photographed my tags. He's so curious! :)

Bookmark: 'Sjong dyn eigen liet' is Frisian for 'Sing your own song'

31 mrt. 2015

Spring is here! Three brand-new digital scrap design kits

Last year I joined Pixel Scrapper. I learned a lot already about digital scrapbooking by following the great tutorials and the forum on the site. Each month there are blogtrains on the forum, and this month (april) the theme is 'Reflections'. So I decided to have a go - my first time ever! - and design some of my own papers and overlays.
The colors prescribed by the blogtrain are so vibrant and they certainly have a spring feeling to it, so I decided to create papers and overlays reflecting on 'Spring is here!'.

My kits are for Personal Use only, you can download them as dropbox zipfiles and use the kits for your own scrapping purposes, e.g. making cards, or scrapbookpages. Perhaps you have another idea for using those images I created? Please let me know, I like creative ideas! :)



And to show you how you could use the papers and overlays I made a kit of two quickpages.



If you want to download them all, here is the link to the Bundle:

To all (pixel)scrappers: enjoy!

14 mrt. 2015

Pixel scrapper blogtrain april challenge

Since a few months I'm a follower of the Pixel scrapper blog. It's great fun to see new digital scrapbook designs and to have the possibility to download templates and elements for PU (personal use) or CU (commercial use) for free.
I discovered in the forum there were blogtrains going and I accepted the challenge to design my first kits of digital papers, overlays and quickpages.

According to the blogtrain rules the designs for april must be on this blog by april 1st, so you have to have some patience and wait for the opportunity to download the kits I will be making and posting here and on the Pixel Scrapper blogtrain forum.

These are the colors to be used in the Pixel Scrapper blogtrain april 2015. 'Reflections' on a spring theme for my design.

Here's a sneakpreview of the bundle I will be presenting april 1st.  (No joke!)

3 mrt. 2015

Tribute to a great grandmother: DIY

Would you like to make something like this? 

I made this wall decoration with a printed photocopy of my great grandmother (photo dates back to approx. 1900), a plate, plastic laces, glue, gesso, several (sparkling/metallic) acrylic paints, silk-, plastic and paper flowers, stamps and distress ink, acrylic varnish (gloss)

Let me show you how to do it:

I bought a cheap plastic plate (1 euro!) to make a wall decoration. Back home I glued 3 different kinds of plastic laces on top of it, after I had torn the lace in small pieces. I used Alleene's Original Tacky Glue (all purpose). 

Next I gave the plate a layer of gesso. The paint needed to dry,  so during that time I used photoshop elements to edit an vintage photo of my great grandmother and made a copy of her picture on my inkjet printer( use good quality photopaper e.g. Inkjet Premium Paper instant dry). I used glossy paper.

The fun part: adding color! Choose your own color combo.

Glue the copy of the vintage photo on the plate. Don't forget to protect your photo with another paper when you decide to add some more color or when you need to glue some things on the plate. I added roses and other little flowers as a sort of aureole around the vintage picture. The flowers were in different colors, so I used gesso to give them the same white coat of paint. I used the tacky glue again, but that was a little mistake. I needed a lot of patience and had to wait a long time for it to dry.  Next time I will use my glue gun for sure!

Here is a detail. Painting in progress! I also used some stamps in vintage style to decorate the center of the plate.

I gave the flowers several layers of paint. I could have left this like this, but I wanted to darken it bit more. Because of the vintage color of the photo, I decided to give the flowers a few extra layers of paint. I also colored the photo a little bit with distress ink (face)  and paint (dress).

Satisfied with the result of painting the flowers I gave the lace a bit of a rub with black distress ink (waterproof) and gave everything including the photo a layer of acrylic glossy varnish.
And this is the result! 

Now it's your turn to DIY! 
Enjoy and have fun!

22 feb. 2015

'Three girls in 1893'

In my digital photo archive I collect vintage family pictures. I normally use them to illustrate my family tree. But  sometimes I like to do something different with some of the pictures; especially when the photo reveals a story.

The photograph of my great grandmother and her two younger sisters was made in 1893, when one of her two brothers - only 15 years old - emigrated to the USA. He must have had a copy of this photo as a keepsake. My grandmother was only 12 years old; she wears a new dress in the fashion of 1893. There's  a large seam on the bottom so there would be enough cloth to alter the dress. She also wears her hair in an updo, which meant that she was already working as a maid. Hard times for such young girls!

I made this mixed media panel with gesso, acrylic paints, gel medium, laces, stamps and flowers. 

10 feb. 2015

'Brick by Brick'

Inspiration can be found everywhere! Lately I visited a late medieval tower and admired the pattern and colors of the stones.
Earlier I made a background in my art journal but did n't quite know how I would finish it. I then noticed that the colors resembled the pattern of the stones in the photo I made of the brick wall, and I decided to use the quote 'Brick by Brick' and 'Leave no stone unturned'.  Seemed appopriate to me!

This is my spread:

Late medieval stone wall: