Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Scrap Fx Australia #2 December Scrapbook Layout

 Hello my dear blog reader,

and welcome to my second blog post for this month for the company ScrapFx.

Here is the link: http://www.scrapfx.com.au/blog/

I hope your Christmas was filled with lots of happiness, love and laughter.

For my second blog post I was inspired by the abstract art of Hilma at Klint.

Hilma at Klint was an Swedish artist born in 1862.

The Swan 1940 Hilma at Klint.

This is the painting which inspired me the most.

I have consciously placed the women photo in the middle of my scrapbook page, 

just as Hilma at Klint did by her painting the Swan (picture above).

I don`t know what inspired you, or what motivated you to create art. 

I my case it was the abstract art from Robert Rauschenbach, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and

Hilma at Klint. But there are so many more artist which I really love.

I like to scroll through art books, that is for me the best inspiration and motivation

to make and create art. 


I don't know if you feel the same way but the eye immediately pulls to the photo when you look at the layout above. That is so cool!
This effect arises when you paint the focale point in a different color than the background. Important here is that the focale point is not decorated with embellishments. The embellishments reduce the strong contrast between the photo and background.
And you knew it already, I like to be a bit different, at least in my scrapbook art.

A closer look.

The skull images is actually a collage paper sheet from ScrapFx, designed by Tanya Froud.
I painted some parts of the skull design with bigbrush pens. My photo is from Finnabair.

For a little bit texture on my page, I added to all wet stamp images WOW embossing powder in the color black.

Before I added all my stamping work, I started with Archival ink and the beautiful new 
river bubbles stencil from ScrapFx. Above you can see it a bit, under the stamp images.

A closer look to my background work.

I started on a glossy paper sheet with markmaking lines.
Therefor I used red, yellow and orange Crayons, Inktense-pencils and Polychromos-pencils.
After that I added a layer clear gesso from 13@rts. 

I used for my next step a palett-knife and orange acrylic color and after that I added
 in the wet paint markmaking lines with a toothpick. The orange color is applied thickly. After adding the color it takes a little time to dry. After the color is dried, I did the same step with another acrylic color but this time in  the color red. And last but not least my third color was white acrylic paint. 
But this time I have no markmaking lines attached in the wet paint with the toothpick.
I wanted to have the white color nicely smooth for my next steps.

I used from ScrapFx:

Skulls & Roses by Tanya Froud collage paper

Art Inspiration rice paper

Circle collage stamps

Journey stamp

Number Crunch stamps

Scratchings & Scribble stamp

Art Words transparency

Label Maker Negative transparency

River Bubbles stencil

Please use the link above for your visit of the company ScrapFx.

I hope I was able to inspire you to create with the beautiful products of ScrapFx.

And if you need a little inspiration, give it a try and look at art books. 

With that in mind, I would like to wish you all the best for the coming New Year.

Until then.




Monday, December 28, 2020

Blog post for 13@rts altered wooden painter`s palette

 Hello everyone,

and welcome to my design team work for the company 13@rts.

I hope you had a beautiful Christmas time with lots of lovely memories.

Our Christmas time was quiet, J├Ârgen my handsome hubby had  to work in the hospital.

So we only had the Christmas Eve lunch with three of our four kids.

I enjoyed the time we had together. It is so sad that the time for Christmas music is also over.

I love Christmas music and one of my favorite songs is: 

"Walking in the air"

"Walking in the air" is  a song from Howard Blake created for the 1982 animated UK Christmas special "The Snowman" based on the book by Raymond Briggs. The song was sung by choirboy Peter Auty.

The song has become a kind of Christmas standard in the United Kingdom,

as the animated special has become prominent in British culture airing annually similar to

 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in the US.

Here is a short lyric from the song.

Walking in the air

We `re walking in the air.

We`re flooting in the moonlit sky.

The pepole far below 

Are sleeping as we fly

I`m holding very tight

I`m finding I can fly

So high above with you....

Here is a link to the song:

(1) Peter Auty - Walking In The Air - YouTube 

But any way:

I created for you an altered mixed media project, more precisely

a wooden painter`s palette.

A closer look.

My focal point photo is with clear embossing powder covered. I also used the little palette opening as frame for another photo which I covered with clear embossing powder also.

A short description about my background steps:

I started on my wooden painter`s palette with a layer of black gesso. After my black gesso was dry

I cut a paper-sheet from the sunrise paper collection and I glued this

 to my wooden palette with gel medium.

I protected my paper with a layer of clear gesso.

After that I cut a piece  of the travel the world transparency folie and I glued this with gel medium on my wooden palette.

After that I have added lots of texture with multipurpose medium, crackle glaze,

 modeling paste and a stencil, powertex balls and 3D powders. I let the hole thing dry overnight.

My photo image shows the wet texture on my wooden palette.

My color choice for this project was quite dark and vintage looking.

That means Color Glow powders in dark blue and brown with gold and bras should

 be the main colors on my wooden painter`s paltette.

I used from 13@rts:


Paper sheet -In-the-wind-SUNRISE




Cardstock words-elements-TRAVELLING-12x12

Rust liquid-30ml




Gesso white-500-ml













Powertex balls-3D-Medium

Powertex -3D-Sand


ALLOY-silver alcohol ink




Silicon brush-50mm

I hope I was able enough to inspire you to create with the beautiful products of 13@rts.

There is a Facebook pagina for 13@rts friends to showcase there projects.

Here is the link: facebook.com/group

We love to see what you create.

Have a beautiful day.



Saturday, December 19, 2020

ScrapFx Australia #1 Scrapbook Layout and Art Journal Page

 Hello my dear blog reader,

welcome to my first blog post in the month of December for the company Scrap Fx.

I created for you one scrapbook layout in mixed media style and one art journal page.

We have here in The Netherlands cold, frosty days and I am so glad that our house is now warm and cosy with the new Kingspan isolation. 

Since Monday we have a lockdown here in The Netherlands until 19.01.2021.

Hopefully, we have the virus then behind us and the vaccine shows us the first effect.

But anyway, my Christmas layout has a non Christmas color combination, at least for me.

Cobalt blue with a bright yellow color on a dark red background and white highlights.

I started on  yellow cardstock with a layer of clear gesso.

After that I cut a sheet of the 13arts Victorian paper collection in stripes.

Then I painted the edges with cobalt blue acrylic color and I glued the stripes to the 

yellow cardstock.

After that I paint a little bit with the yellow and cobalt blue acrylic color and I added a mix of red acrylic and gel medium to one of my favorite stencil of Scrapfx.

Black ink stamping was my next step.

For the chipboards from Scrapfx I used the color combination dark red and cobalt blue acrylic 

and I highlight the chipboards with Finnabair wax.

The eye on my focal point is actually a collage paper image from Scrapfx which I glued on  white cardstock and after that I added a layer clear embossing powder also.

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas is my title

A closer look:

I used from Scrapfx:

Number Crunch stamps 

Flower Buds stencil used with a mix: gel medium and acrylic color.

Moroccan frame chipboard

Face Features rice paper eye image on my focal point.

I also used:
White lace, yellow and blue pearls, blue wire, white snowballs, vintage photo image, glitter Old Holland acrylic color, Posca pen,
13@rts paper and mediums, Versafine black ink, WOW clear embossing, left over fuzzy cut images and DIE cut leaves. 

My next inspiration is an art journal page.


You know already that I love DIN4 art journal pages.

On this page I chose my color combination first. Blue, lilac, ochre and orange.

Black and white as neutral colors. 

The photo is from Tim Holtz. One of the washi tapes is from Jane Davenport.

The tiny word stickers are from 13@rts.

I started with the beautiful stencil of ScrapFx. This stencil comes with the same design as stamp.

A perfect combination for art journalers and scrapbookers.

I used from Scrap Fx:

2020289 Dream Phrase stencil

Circles & Squares stamp

Please my dear blog reader use this link for your Scrap Fx visit.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, 
until my second blog post on the 29.12.2020


Saturday, December 12, 2020

December challenge More than words: Childhood and Gold

 Hello my dear blog reader,

todays inspiration is for the December challenge More Than Words.

Here is the link: https://morethanwordschallenge.blogspot.com/

 The beauty of Christmas, is the beauty of CHILDHOOD. I decided to create a Christmas scrapbook layout in mixed media style for our main December challenge. I love everything about the festive December month. The smell of homemade cookies, hot chocolate, the tradition decoration in red, green and gold, the secrets and the family togetherness. The memory of my Christmas-childhood long time ago was my inspiration for the December page. I used for my layout the Dreamland paper collection of 13arts and I added lots of gold glitter ink and WOW gold embossing powder on the background. Also a little bit gold glitter ink on the clock. I wish you a Happy Christmas with many beautiful memories.

Here are our MTW rules:

Our prizes:

(as voted by our DT) 

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order) 

$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY
$25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS
$25 USD value prize from LINDYS GANG
$25 USD value prize from ARTSTACKS
(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from SCRAPMATTS

(hand picked by our Admin team - two entries not in our Top 5,
but that have that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designer.

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our

Please link up your projects
by clicking on the "Add Link" button below.
PLEASE be sure to include your personal name and country in your InLinkz title.

Challenge closes December 31st at 11:59 pm EST.

I see you on the blog from MTW



Thursday, December 3, 2020

December challenge 13@rts #97

 Hello everyone,

and welcome to the new challenge from 13@rts.

We have an amazing winter wonderland mood board to create with.

Rules of the challenge

1. Create a project based on the mood board (details above).
2. Publish your project on your blog/intstagram/facebook and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the right side bar.
3. Please add a link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
4. You may submit as many entries as you like. 
5. You can enter your project with a maximum of 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on the 31st of December. Winners will be announced on the 10th of January.
7. Use at least one 13@rts product in your project.

Here is the link to the #97 challenge:

I created a scrapbook page in mixed media style, with soft and light colors.

The Dreamland collection from 13@rts is perfect for this mood board.

Two of us...

I used from 13@rts:





/Papier-In-my-dreams-DREAMLAND background paper sheet.

Papier-Hello-December-DREAMLAND torn paper sheet.

Papier-Wonder-of-nature-DREAMLAND fuzzy-cut paper sheet.







/Gesso-500-ml black


Mist Spray-Old-Gold





Mikro-3D Glas


I see you on the blog from 13@rts.

Thank you for your visit.

Have a beautiful day.



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