Inspired by | Surprise Surprise

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Surprise Surprise // art journal spread

Inspired by: a monthly creative blog series by Riikka Kovasin and Marsha ValkIt’s the 10th, and I’ve got a new instalment of Inspired by to share!

Inspired by is a blog series by my friend Riikka and I. We decide on a theme (and that theme can be anything from a film, a book, a painting, to an item, colour scheme or material), and then we create something with that theme or thing in mind.

We keep what we’re making a secret until reveal day on the 10th when we show you and each other our creations.


In January, Riikka and I both attended Creativeworld at the Messe Frankfurt. Christmasworld is being held at the same time, and it’s the fair where new products and innovative trends for seasonal decorations are presented by manufacturers and wholesalers from all over the world.

I’ve never been to that part of the Messe, but Riikka found time to go this year and got bedazzled by the glim glam and madness of it all. She described it along the lines of Easter meets Christmas with rainbows, fairies, lollipops and fluffy cupcakes in pastel colours.

But don’t take my word for it: go to Riikka’s blog post to read about it first hand!

She gave me this brochure when she got back and said it would be awesome for Inspired by.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Surprise Surprise // art journal spread

Surprise Surprise

The inside of the brochure isn’t super special. I think the cover says it all, so I decided to use it as a mood board.

I toyed with the idea of creating something 3D but decided to go with my art journal instead for practical reasons.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Surprise Surprise // art journal spread

The idea for the elephant came from a photo of one of the Christmasworld displays I found on Instagram.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Surprise Surprise // art journal spread

And this is what I ended up with:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Surprise Surprise // art journal spread


This was interesting!

I thought the colours of the mood board were out of my comfort zone, but in the end, I think that only the peachy pink colour isn’t one I use very often.

I really enjoyed drawing and painting the girl. I’m not that comfortable drawing ‘human’ figures, but maybe I should just explore it a bit more.

I loved mixing older and newer (to me) supplies: DecoArt Media fluid acrylics, Nathalie Kalbach’s Elephant stencil, WOW! Sparkles (Pumpkin Spice), the cute washi tape with baby animals that was kindly sent to me by Tapegarden and of course my favourite uniPosca pens!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Surprise Surprise // art journal spread

Now head over to Riikka. I can’t wait to see what she has come up with!

Enjoy your week!

StencilGirl Products | Guest Designer

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl Products: Accordion Fold

Marsha Valk | StencilGirl Products: Accordion FoldI’m super honoured and excited to tell you that StencilGirl Products has invited me to guest post on their blog!

As you know, I use the stencils Nathalie Kalbach designed for StencilGirl all the time, and I’m a big fan of the product as well as the designs!

StencilGirl Products has a huge team of artists working with them, and there is an extensive collection of fab StencilGirl designs available.

I got to pick three new (to me) stencils to play with for my guest post.

It was super hard, but I seriously love the ones I chose, and they go really well with the Nathalie Kalbach designs I already had!

Want to see which ones I picked? Click on the photo to go to the corresponding blog post on StencilGirl Talk!

Enjoy your day!

Carabelle Studio | Pretty in Pink Art Journal Spread

Marsha Valk | Carabelle Studio: Pretty In Pink // art journal spreadDid you catch my latest guest tutorial on the Carabelle Studio blog?

I even created a video so you can see exactly what I did to create the art journal spread in my Midori Traveler’s Notebook:

You can find all the written steps and a materials list in this post on the Carabelle Studio blog.

And… If you’d like to see more videos from me, then consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel. I have a couple more coming up soon!

Have a sunny day!

n*Studio | Out and About

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Out and About

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Out and About

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!

Out and About

Just in case you missed it: the Creative Squad had a super special assignment last month.

In honour of the release of Nat’s book ‘Artful Adventures in Mixed Media’ ( the Squad played along with her 30 day Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge and created with the prompt of the day of our posts in mind.

My prompt was ‘Pattern’!

And I made the art journal page you can see above, as well as a couple of Mondriaan inspired cards!

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Out and About

Read the how-to in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Out and About – Marsha Valk.

Curious about my project for June? Head on over here: Pattern Lovers Love Patterns – Marsha Valk and… let me know what you think!

Materials used
n*Studio Stroll Through the Hood 1 Cling Rubber Stamp Set
n*Studio Stroll Through the Hood 2 Cling Rubber Stamp Set
n*Studio Embroidery Cling Rubber Stamp Set
n*Studio Cardboard Cling Rubber Stamp Set

White cardstock
Black cardstock
Gesso (Royal Talens)
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Granite
Tsukineko Brilliance Rocket Red
Tsukineko Brilliance Sunflower Yellow
Tsukineko StazOn Dove Gray
Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black
Tsukineko VersaCraft Ultramarine
Post-it Tape

Please note that though almost all of the stamps listed above were given to me, I will not benefit from sales generated by the links!


Carabelle Studio | June 2017 Guest Designer

Marsha Valk | Carabelle Studio: Pop-Up Zinouk Card

Marsha Valk | Carabelle Studio: DIY Midori Art Journal

I’m super honoured to be a guest designer for Carabelle Studio this month.

Click on the photo to go to the corresponding blog posts on the Carabelle Studio blog!

Marsha Valk | Carabelle Studio: Pop-Up Zinouk Cards

And that’s not all!

A couple of weeks ago, I also shared a process video and tutorial for this cute art journal page over on Birgit Koopsen’s blog:

Marsha Valk | BMMAC: Little Birds Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Stay tuned for more guest post projects coming up soon.

Happy Saturday!

Creative JumpStart 2017 | Jump into Summer SALE

Are you looking for some Summertime inspiration? And did you miss out on Creative JumpStart 2017 in January?! Then you are in luck!

Nathalie Kalbach (aff. link) is running a 20% off sale on Creative JumpStart 2017 from June 16th 12:01 am EST – June 23rd 11:59 pm EST!

Sign up for only $40 (instead of the regular price of $50) and have an awesome resource for creative inspiration to last you all Summer long!

Having watched all the videos myself back in January, I can assure you that it’s a true treasure trove of stunning projects to watch come to life as well as countless techniques and fun ideas for you to try.

You’ll get 27 downloadable instructional mixed media videos by leading mixed media artists (+ me!) and access to the CJS2017 classroom and galleries until November 2017.

For more info go to Nathalie’s website (aff. link)!

Give yourself permission to JUMP this Summer!!!