n*Studio | Artful Adventures

n*Studio: Artful Adventures

n*Studio: Artful Adventures

My friend Nathalie Kalbach has written a book! It’s called Artful Adventures in Mixed Media (aff. link) and it’s full of mixed media art and techniques.

The official release day is June 8th and Nat is hosting an Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge in the 30 days leading up to the release.

We’re now on day 10 of the (photo) challenge and it’s not too late to join in!

You can view the prompts at the end of my post and start right away or you can go to Nat’s website and register to get access to the optional classroom.

I’m sharing the photos I take for the challenge on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there, especially if you want to read the thoughts and explanations that go with them!

I’ve also started a new art journal for my creative takes on the prompts. On Tuesday I’ll be sharing my take on the ‘Pattern’ prompt on Nat’s blog for my monthly n*Studio Creative Squad post!

I hope you’ll join us! Enjoy your weekend!

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 1 Home

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 3 Fence

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 4 Mailbox

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 5 Shiny

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 6 Window

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 7 Sky

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 8 Ground

Marsha Valk | Artful Adventures: 9 Plantlife

n*Studio: Artful 30 Day Prompts By Date

Inspired by | …

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: WIDN

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

Hi there! It’s the 10th! Which today for the first time in almost 5 years (!) unfortunately means that there is no Inspired by post…

The reason is that my friend Riikka and I have teamed up with someone special to create with something in particular. But the ‘something’ isn’t here just yet… So stay tuned for that post later this month!

In the meantime we’ve decided to share what’s going on/what we’re working on…

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: WIDN

What I’m doing now is obvious… I’m writing to you!

It’s part of my admin day. On Mondays I’m usually tackling boring computer stuff, e-mail, invoices, receipts and such.

So it’s not the most creative workday of the week to share with you, but it is reality!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: WIDN

I taught two super fun Gelli printing workshops yesterday at the Handlettering Academy organised by Creative Xperience.

I still had to unpack all of the workshop stuff this morning and clean the used Gelli plates, brayers and painty stencils.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: WIDN

These brayers (now all clean!) were kindly lent out to me by the fab Esther of Artchicks Studio!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: WIDN

I was hoping to have some time left to play… But I haven’t gotten around to that yet. So I’m going to leave you with some of the examples I had prepared for yesterday’s workshops instead:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: WIDN

You can read about Riikka’s current goings-on at Paperiliitin. And remember that we’ll be back later this month with a real Inspired by project!

Enjoy your day!

Craft space


I shared my (updated) craft space on the Scrap365 blog a couple of weeks ago and I thought you might like to see it too!

I started scrapping at this table more than ten years ago. The table was in my living room back then and it was just our dining table. All my scrapbooking supplies fitted into a plastic container that was moved into a cabinet when I was done scrapping.

The situation lasted about three years and by 2006 I was ready to move into a corner of our attic. There was no heating there, but there was room for a desk and even better: enough space to house all the supplies and tools I had collected. I was scrapbooking right next to my washer and dryer, which of course meant that I always managed to stay on top of the laundry!

We had a separate room that we called the study, which was where we kept our desktop PC. I started to spend more and more time in there, to edit and print photos, type journaling and to check out the online scrapbooking forums.

My scrapbooking stuff was on the other hand spilling over to the rest of the attic… I clearly needed more room and the thought of central heating was kind of appealing too. So about two years later we moved my scrapbooking corner into the study.

Fast-forward to the current situation:


I have somehow managed to get rid of all the home office stuff in here. We no longer own a desktop PC, which makes things a lot more flexible!

My old dining table got replaced and found a new home in my craft space. My husband elongated the legs because I like to stand while creating.


The table recently moved to the centre of the room. I’m slowly trying to minimize the amount of stuff that is stored on these shelves.

It’s where you can find my packaging materials, pencils, crayons, punches and bigger tools, photo gear, 6×6 paper pads, canvases, printed photos, die-cuts, embellishments, tags, chipboard, envelopes, coloured cardstock, memorabilia, printer paper, photo paper and sewing materials…


On the other side of the chimney is an Expedit:


This is where I keep magazines, works in progress and… even more memorabilia:


My memorabilia hoarding habit is a problem that honestly needs to be fixed!

I have made progress in sorting it all out and now I need to do something with it. Some of it is tied to the works in progress, some of it is tied to potential projects, other stuff I keep for nostalgic or emotional reasons.

I have promised myself that this is it. I have to finish a project or decide to chuck things out before I can accumulate any more. I also need to decide what to do about the potential projects. Use it or lose it… That’s the question!

I know you can hardly see it here, but left of the Expedit sits a vintage record case. I keep my entire collection of 12×12 white, kraft and black cardstock and patterned paper in that record case!

On the opposite side of the table is another Expedit, that functions as more of a mixed media station:


Most of my inks, adhesives, special paints, pan pastels, embossing powders, watercolour mediums, washi tape, pens and markers are in those drawers, but you can also find roller and alphabet stamps, enamel dots and wood veneer in there.


This Expedit houses collage material, acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils, UTEE, clay, mediums, clear stamps and… my waste paper bin:


And last but certainly not least, there is a wine box on the window sill that contains my essential tools:


Here I can reach for my paint brushes, attacher, several pairs of scissors, hole pokers, craft knives, palette knives, foam brushes, several rulers, craft sheets, baby wipes, spray bottle with water and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

I love that this is a moveable feast: I can take out what I need, or I can just move the whole box to the worktable if needed.

I spend a lot of time in this room. This is where I paint (and splatter), cut, paste and sew. It’s also the place where I do my photo editing, writing and other computer work. It’s my room, I don’t have to share it with anyone else and I can leave unfinished projects out on the table if I want to.

I assure you that it isn’t always this tidy. I tend to pull out all kinds of stuff while creating. But I do try to put everything back once a project is finished. Having a place for everything really does help a lot and I consider myself very lucky to have a space like this!

That’s it. That concludes the tour of my room. I hope you enjoyed it!