Friday, September 21, 2018

Decorating the journal

My journal is for writing first. I write almost daily. I love the act of writing, especially with a fountain pen, but it also keeps me sane and helps clear my mind. I may skip a day here and there, but if I don't journal for a while it is always a tell tale sign that things are not going well with me. If that happens picking it up again is also the thing that gets me back to myself the quickest.

I also like it when my journal looks fun and is full of imagery and decoration. It makes it feel like a cosy safe place I can always turn to. I like the way this makes my journal feel and look like a travel journal of daily life. Life is a bit of a journey after all.

Because I write way faster and more than I could ever decorate, not every spread is elaborately done. But sometimes I do like to sit down and just do a bit of a pretty layout here and there.

Here are some pics of when I did just that.






These were done in my current journal which is a Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook in A5 size. I have been using these books for over a year now and this is my fourth and it is almost full. I'm way behind on peeks into my journals, but I will do a journal post soon, promise. In any case I still love these journals and the fifth one is already waiting to be used after this one is full.

And in case you're wondering what it looks like when I do pages like this, here you go:


It's kind of funny: I have two worktables for arts and crafts in my house, but when it comes to the journal I work best when sitting on the couch and working on my coffee table. It think it is because it's such an informal thing to do to me. The journal is the thing I always continue no matter what else happens in my life. It's my safe place if you will and my safe place needs to be comfortable above anything.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my journaling process and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Morning Mosaic #16 - step by step

Last April I decided to stop my morning art practice for an indefinite while, so I could get a bit more sleep and distance and just see how I would like it to go without. I had been doing my morning art for about three years by then, which I still think of as quite an accomplishment.

For those of you who don't know: I set aside about thirty minutes every morning right after getting up to work on some specific art project. It was almost a form of meditation for me and I enjoyed it very much, but it felt good to stop for a while too and just sit back.

Anyway, my last morning art project was doing what I call watercolour mosaics, which is pretty much what it sounds like: mosaic patterns in watercolour. I recently realised I had not shown you the last of those paintings yet, so I thought I would make up for that today and show you the process of mosaic number sixteen.








Every picture represents one half hour morning session, so this was a full week of morning art. Differences in colours have to do with different lighting circumstances.

So this was the last morning mosaic for a while. I have worked in this sketchbook after that, but not as morning art. When I have some more newer pages done I will of course show them to you.

Also, very recently I have been trying to get back into my morning art routine in general. It's still very fresh and frail and I'm not making any promises yet that I will continue with it. Still, for now it's nice to slowly get back to it, because as much as I enjoy the extra sleep, I do miss my routine a little. We'll see how it goes and I will keep you posted.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day. 


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tall Ships Races 2018 - abstracts, lines and close-ups

In my last post I told you about my trip to the Tall Ships Races in Harlingen at the beginning of August.

Being around all those ships and the harbor in general brought out my big love of lines and details and I took a whole lot of pictures just because of that fascination. Just the shape of masts, the lines of ropes, or the way little details looked up close is an endless source of beauty for me.

So here is a series of photos I took that day that shows things in a bit of a different light.



















I feel like some of these pics could be turned into really interesting abstract paintings or drawings, but for now I'll just like them for wat they are.

Hope you like them too and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Tall Ships Races 2018

The first weekend of August brought the finish of the Tall Ships Races to the port town of Harlingen. The Tall Ships Races are a sailling contest between larger sized sail ships that are also a training program for young (aspiring) sailors. You can read all about it here.

Harlingen happens to be the town where our island ferry reaches the main land, so it is very easy for me to visit. Having so many (mostly bigger) sail boats there plus the atmosphere of such an event made it a wonderful occasion to bring my camera and take lots and lots of pics. And so a day trip was born.

For your viewing pleasure, here is an impression of that photography trip I took the day after the ships arrived.





























Now obviously not all pictures are of  'tall ships'. Some are just of the harbor area and the other ships moored there or just of the things in and around the harbour. But it gives a nice impression of how Harlingen looks on a beautiful day as the center of sailing attention. ;-)

The cool part about all those moored ships is that you can go on board and look around as well. Especially when it comes to the huge ships this was fascinating.

Being there also brought out my love for lines and abstractions and details. Just think of all those ropes for instance and the lines with flags on them or the many pulleys. This was the source of a whole other series of photos which I will show you in my next post.

For now I hope you enjoyed tagging along with me and wish you all a wonderful and artsy day.
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