Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A peek in the journal - The Second Leuchtturm

When I looked back into my posts of the last months I realized it had been quite a while since I showed some finished journal pages. In fact the last pages I showed you were from my Second Leuchtturm. As you may or may not remember I have absolutely fallen in love with the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks and I cannot seem to part with them. It's the combination of the paper and my fountain pens that keeps me buying them.They are not perfect books, but they are perfect for me and my current style of journaling.

It may help to figure out how much I haven't shown yet if you realize that I just started on my fifth Leuchtturm! So there are two whole journals you have not looked into yet! That's still a lot of posts to look forward to. :-)

The pages in this post are from the last third of the second book and were all done in January of this year. Mostly during my two week vacation to the island of Schiermonnikoog. So this is kind of a travel journal post too.

Here's a peek:













Of course this is just a selection of pages. The books have 249 pages and there's a lot of writing in them. I love showing my journals, but I have no intention of making the entire books public. A journal is simply too personal, plus it would make for a truck load of posts that would never end.

As always my journal is a combination of imagery, photographs, some drawing and mostly just my thoughts on paper. Putting thoughts on paper is a good way to get a look at them and seeing what goes on inside your head. It doesn't always make for interesting reading and there's a lot of repetition. But then again I don't consider a journal a thing that should be read as much as I think of it as a thing that should be written. It's a very self centered and personal exercise, not prose for some external reader. The journal is for me. That it also is a good way to keep memories of my life is a wonderful bonus and does make it extra precious.

I hope you are enjoying some personal creative outlet of your own and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Back to my morning art

In the beginning of 2015 I started a new personal routine by doing art every morning, mostly before breakfast. This new habit has gone through many changes and many challenges, but I was pretty consistent in keeping it up.

However when life got a bit too overwhelming last spring I decided to take a break from it all and just not do my morning art for a while. It was a good decision by the way.

At the time I didn't know if I would pick it up again or if it would just be the end of this daily routine. I didn't really mind one way or another, I was already pretty proud for having done this for over three years and it had given me a lot of pleasure and a lot of filled sketchbook pages too!

Still, at the end of the summer when things started to quiet down a little and I got back into my regular rhythm and pass-times, I actually started to miss it. So very carefully I did a few  pages in a moleskine sketchbook that I had already started using ages ago. The idea was to just see if I would enjoy doing some art again every morning or if I would find it less pleasurable than I remembered.

I finished three spreads in this sketchbook in about three weeks. Patterns take a lot of time and I do the morning art about half an hour every morning. Here are the three spreads I did:


The stain on the top left is the result of a helpful cat. :-)


After three weeks it was obvious that I was very much enjoying doing this again and I decided to start a fresh sketchbook just for my morning art again. I'm focusing on patterns in felt tip pen right now, because it's easy and practical. But in time I may return to some watercolour or some other media. It's all good as long as I keep creating something.

The most important thing is that I am back in the habit of doing some art before breakfast again. It shapes my day to start with art. I have been at it for a little over two months now and am still enjoying it, so that's a good sign. I will show you some of the new sketchbook in another post of course.

For now I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A vacation in six walks - Sixth walk - Ruurlo

The first week of October I got to have a free vacation by house sitting for my sister again who lives in te East of the Netherlands in a town called Zelhhem, which is in a region called Achterhoek.
 
During the week I went on six medium to long walks in different parts of the region. 
I cannot walk anywhere without taking pictures, so I will take you along with me vicariously by giving you a photographic impression of each walk. That means six posts of just landscapes, castles, windmills and other lovely scenery. 

I sure hope you will enjoy the view!

Sixth walk - West of Ruurlo

My last vacation day was very near to perfect. Not only was te weather much cooler, it was also still very sunny and nice out, plus the walk I took was just stunning. I took the bus to the town of Ruurlo, but I did not visit the town itself. Right next to it on the west is Ruurlo Castle and next to that are glorious landscapes to be had. After two walks in and around towns, I kind of wanted to avoid the town itself and just be 'outdoors'. I got what I wanted.

So here's an impression of my last vacation walk:


Ruurlo Castle - it houses an art museum.









I had my lunch here, can you imagine?








And with this sixth and final walk I concluded my lovely vacation, and we conclude this series of posts on the blog. Thank you all for bearing with me. I just have to get these trips out of my system before I can move on with the regular artsy stuff.

I do hope you enjoyed viewing these walks as much as I enjoyed doing them. I'm still a little 'homesick' for this lovely area and its comforting to know I can visit there from time to time and stay in sister's house again.

For now though I will enjoy being on this beautiful island I call home and am back to my regular routine. Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

A vacation in six walks - Fifth walk - Borculo

The first week of October I got to have a free vacation by house sitting for my sister again who lives in te East of the Netherlands in a town called Zelhhem, which is in a region called Achterhoek.
 
During the week I went on six medium to long walks in different parts of the region. 
I cannot walk anywhere without taking pictures, so I will take you along with me vicariously by giving you a photographic impression of each walk. That means six posts of just landscapes, castles, windmills and other lovely scenery. 

I sure hope you will enjoy the view!

Fifth walk - In and around the town of Borculo

After a day of rest I was all ready to get out and move again. I chose a medium sized walk in and around the medium sized town of Borculo. Borculo has a really cute town center with some old buildings and lots of canals and (draw) bridges. It also houses a private museum all about crystals.

My walk took me outside of town too which was nice, but just like my previous walk in Zutphen I had to traverse some pretty boring areas to get anywhere nice. Oh well, so be it.

Here's an impression of Borculo:


This is the Crystal Museum. It used to be the local Town Hall.


















Now I already mentioned the Crystal Museum. I have fond memories of this museum from my childhood, because my parents took me there several times when I was still very young. So for nostalgia's sake alone I had to visit it again, even though it had moved to that lovely building above and I didn't really recognize anything anymore. Except of course that crystals are pretty.

See?



I'd say of all my walks this one was the most uncomfortable physically, because it was summery warm and I don't like to walk with warm weather. I think most people would have loved it though and it's not like I didn't enjoy myself, so don't feel too sorry for me, haha. I just prefer it cool.

Well now, we're almost done. Just one more walk to go and then it's back to business as usual. For now I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day.
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