n*Studio | Pastel Dreams

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Pastel Dreams

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Pastel Dreams art journal pageYou may have noticed that I’ve rejoined Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Squad and, it’s my turn on the n*Studio blog today! Which means that it’s time to share last month’s project with you here!

Pastel Dreams

Last month the n*Studio Creative Squad was asked to go pastel with our colour palettes and to create with Nat’s Large Floral Tile stamp set.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Pastel Dreams

The pastel theme reminded me of Mrs Prysselius, one of the characters in the old Pippi Longstocking films.

In the Dutch translation of the Astrid Lindgren books Mrs Prysselius is called aunt Pastellia, so that’s the name she goes by for me.

You can read the full story and watch the step-by-step video here on Nathalie’s blog: Pastel Dreams – Marsha Valk

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Feel The Rhythm

While you’re there you may also want to have a look at the video I did for April: Feel The Rhythm – Marsha Valk

Hex Marks The Spot

And, last but not least, my Creative Squad project for June is available right here: Hex Marks The Spot – Marsha Valk

StencilGirl® Products & Resketch Color Journal Collaboration

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab Journal

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab JournalHi there! I’ve got a special post for you today!

In February and March I worked my way through a wonderful little Resketch journal as part of the StencilGirl® Products & Resketch Color Collaboration organised by StencilGirl® columnist Tina Walker.

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab Journal

For this collaboration, all of the participants received a journal gifted by Resketch. I chose the 3.5 x 5-inch journal.

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab Journal

To fill the journal we were only allowed to use ONE colour + black and white. I chose ultramarine.

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab Journal

And, as this was a collab for the StencilGirl® Talk Blog, the only stencils we were allowed to use were stencils by StencilGirl® Products. All of the other materials I used were my own choice.

Watch the video above for a quick flip through of the journal!

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab Journal

Tina’s column about the collab is up on the StencilGirl® Talk Blog today and to celebrate she’s also hosting a GIVEAWAY!

We are giving away a random selection of Resketch journals AND a $25 StencilGirl® gift certificate to ONE LUCKY PERSON!

Make sure to comment below to let us know you’ve visited and let us know what color your journal would be. Visit each artist(s) blog for more chances to win!

Anna Friesen
Cynthia Silveri
Jenny Petricek
Tina Walker
Amie Seahorn
Michele Kosciolek
Erin DeCoste
Lisa Dobry
Josefine Fourage

We will pick ONE winner on April 29th, 2019 so watch this space to see if you are a winner! (Comments due no later than April 28th midnight EST).

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl®: Resketch Collab Journal

Please note that the journal featured in this post was gifted to me by Resketch. I’m also a columnist for the StencilGirl® Talk Blog, so though I did not receive any compensation for participating in this collaboration, the majority of the stencils I used to fill the pages were previously given to me or purchased with a discount!

StencilGirl® Column | Printing a Still Life with StencilGirl® Stencils

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl® Column: Printing a Still Life with StencilGirl® Stencils
Marsha Valk | StencilGirl® Column: Printing a Still Life with StencilGirl® Stencils

There’s a new column up on the StencilGirl® Talk blog!

In it, I share a video in which you can see me experiment with printing a still life inspired by food photography and the 17th-century Dutch master painters.

Go to the StencilGirl® Talk Blog to read the column and to see the complete list of stencils, masks and materials used!

Have a wonderful week!

Creative Jumpstart 2019 | Go ahead, jump!

Marsha Valk | Creative JumpStart 2019

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2019 (aff. link)!

If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event organised by Nathalie Kalbach to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2019.

You’ll learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

Throughout January you will get access to a new video by one of the featured artists every day. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called ‘JumpStarters’.

See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie’s website to sign up and for more details!

You get 31 downloadable videos – over 5 hours worth of video content –  for just 40 USD if you sign up TODAY (November 26, 2018) before 11:59 pm EST. 

Afterwards, it will be 45 USD until November 30th 2018, and 50 USD until December 31st 2018, before it goes to its regular sale price of 60 USD on January 1st 2019. 

So what are you are waiting for?! Sign up here!

StencilGirl® Column | Cyanotype Printing with StencilGirl® Stencils

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl® Column: Cyanotypes

There’s a new column up on the StencilGirl® Talk blog!

In it, I tell you all about my gratitude journal, you get a glimpse of what I did in London last month, and I share how I tried my hand at cyanotype printing using StencilGirl® Product stencils!

Go to the StencilGirl® Talk Blog to read the column and to see the complete list of stencils, masks and materials used!

Have a wonderful week!

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!