Inspired by | Volume 10 – 2018: New Beginnings

Inspired by: a monthly creative blog series by Riikka Kovasin and Marsha Valk

Hi there! It’s October, it’s the 10th… Time for a new Inspired by post!

September is like the start of a new year, isn’t it? It’s when a new school year starts, we return to the ‘regular’ routines, and it’s when we exchange the shorts and flip-flops for sweaters and scarves.

I feel like September was like that for me this year. I didn’t see it coming, but all of a sudden I started a new course, I started a new part-time job, and I really had to rethink my routines and the way I go about my days.

So I’ve been making plans, I’ve made a big schedule that I’ve taped to the inside of a cabinet, I’ve brainstormed and researched a ton for upcoming trips, workshops, assignments and… Of course, I can’t tell you anything about most of it yet!

All will be revealed in time though! For now, let’s talk about what I have been creating this month and where my inspiration came from.

Printmaking course

The course I’m taking is a printmaking course. I’ve wanted to take this course for years now, and I was super lucky to get accepted into it this year. I feel so happy and immensely grateful!

Four weeks in I’ve already learned a ton. I’ve also realised that I know way more than I thought I knew. The course isn’t what I expected at all. But in the very best way possible!

I look forward to it every week, and I always come home inspired to research more, to learn more and to create more.

The Stencilfied Journal

Last week I caught up with all the Stencilfied Journal prompts I still had to do since last months blog post. The current prompt is #19, so that means I can share the results of seven prompts with you.

From June through November fellow StencilGirl® Columnist Tina Walker is posting one prompt a week (24 in total), and we’re creating a ‘Wreck this Journal’-esque journal StencilGirl® style.

Check Tina’s Instagram or Facebook feed to find out more!

Scary Portraits

For my recent Gelli Arts® video tutorial, I was inspired by… myself. You know how sometimes you can combine a couple of older ideas to form a new idea? That’s precisely what happened here.

I wanted to recreate a craft project I did as a kid, but I didn’t want to use the same theme. So I thought about something seasonal, and that made me think of Halloween. Which then reminded me of this craft tutorial I did for DoenKids last year:

You can watch the Gelli Arts® video tutorial here: Create Scary Portraits with DIY Chipboard Texture Plates and Gelli Arts® Printing Plates

Find last years Halloween craft tutorial for DoenKids here: Vrolijke knutsels voor Halloween: de monstergalerie

Talking about autumnal projects for kids, here’s another fun one that DoenKids has published recently: Kiezelkabouters

That’s a wrap!

OK, that’s it for this month’s edition of Inspired by!

I’m curious to see and read what has inspired Riikka this month. Hop on over to Paperiliitin to see it for yourself!

Inspired by: a monthly creative blog series by Riikka Kovasin and Marsha Valk

Inspired by is a blog series by my friend Riikka and I.

On the 10th of each month, we share what inspired us that month with you and each other.

It can be anything from a person, a film, a book, a painting, to an item, something found in nature or in the city, a colour scheme or some materials we bought or discovered.

We will also share how the source of inspiration affects our work. Consider it a window into our creative minds!