Monday, November 13, 2017

Kreadoe 2017 - Art Supply Loot

Every year my sister and I visit the Kreadoe in Utrecht. It is a huge art and craft supply fair that is like a  piece of heaven for anybody who likes to make stuff. A very busy piece of heaven, but still...

All year long I save coins and recycling money especially for this fair, so I always have quite a surprising bit of spending money when I go there and don't have to worry too much about what I want to buy. It's my day to splurge on things just because I like them.

Because it was very busy and I just wanted to focus on my visit there I did not really take any pictures while at the fair, except for this one:

I just loved the look of these huge handmade chandeliers that were hanging from the ceilings.

If you want to see more pics of the fair itself you can check the list of labels in the sidebar and click on Kreadoe, which will lead you to all my previous posts about this fair. Although every year there are new products and different trends, the concept as a whole is pretty much the same every time.

What I do want to show you is my loot of that day, because of course I bought stuff. Stuff I don't really need, but love to have anyway. The pictures were taken at sister's kitchen table late at night so there may be a bit of glare from the overhead lights, but I'm sure you get the idea.

Stamps, inks, washi, journaling cards, bookmarks and a pen holder you can strap to your journal.

Some additions to my Tombow and Ecoline brush pen collection and a Dylusions journal.

A letter stencil, three christmas collage packs and two artsy books.

A jigsaw puzzle, double sided sticky back plastic and a huge paper pack.

The huge paper pack was really unnecessary, I have tons of pretty papers at home, but I couldn't resist it, because it's full of lovely small retro patterns that just make me so happy to look at. I might even use them too, haha.

The book by Yellena James just blew me away. I had never heard of her, but her work is just stunning. I had been thinking about doing something with more organic forms in my patterns/drawings and this book will help me practice just that.  But frankly I mostly bought it for her artwork. Here's a close up of some of her work in the book:

I am swooning just looking at this.

So that's my loot of this year's Kreadoe. Now I have to start saving again for next year. Because sister and I already know we will be going then as well! We are Kreadoe addicts! ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.