It’s my turn on the n*Studio blog today!
Curious to see what I created for this month’s theme This Must Be the Place? And… want to watch my process video?!
Head on over here: This Must Be the Place – Marsha Valk!
Hi there! It’s the 10th today, and I’ve got a new instalment of Inspired by for you!
The theme this time is… Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood.
Het stenen matras
I read the Dutch translation, which I found in my local library. As the English title suggests, there are nine stories in the book. The first three stories are connected, and that confused me, as I was expecting stories, and then it seemed like I was reading chapters instead.
I’m not a massive fan of bundled stories. I prefer a longer, more in-depth story that I can’t wait to get back to when I have more time to read. With stories, you have to start over again and again and again.
I didn’t like all of the stories in this book, but I did enjoy most of them. The characters are dark, strange, evil, revengeful and a bit crazy.
Whilst I was reading, I kept seeing scenes that made me wish I was an illustrator: the indigo and emerald bees of Alphinland in the first story, the twins in the third story or the contents of a storage facility in the fifth one.
The bees kept popping back into my head, so I decided to try and draw those. Which was even harder than I imagined, but it was nevertheless a fun exercise.
I used Derwent Inktense pencils to sketch and colour with. They are water-soluble, but permanent once dry, so I could work in several layers.
I also used red watercolour for the background, a black permanent fineliner for the outlines and a white Stabilo All to write.
I finish the page with gold and bronze ink splatters. They represent the tears of the lady that is connected to the long black hair.
It took a long time before I felt like this page was presentable. Watercolour skills have been on my wishlist for far too long. Drawing skills too ;-). Maybe that’s something I can work on in the new year.
Of course, I’m also bothered by the colours of the bees in the middle panel. The blue one should have been green and vice versa. But I realised too late, and because I sketched with coloured pencils, there was no turning back. Which is fine. Life is too short to fret over sketchbook pages!
Be sure to check out what Riikka has made this month on her blog Paperiliitin. I’ve already seen a glimpse, and I love it!
Take care and have a wonderful week!
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.
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! In fact, I have two to share this time, because I seem to have missed one…
Each Day is a New Adventure
Last month the n*Studio Creative Squad was asked to try something new in our art-making.
I had just bought a brand new set of Ecoline Brush Pens, and I decided to break them in on this little journal page, using some of Nathalie’s stamps.
Read the how-to in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Each Day is a New Adventure – Marsha Valk
Colours Are My Friends
Aren’t you wondering what I was wearing whilst creating this journal page? Well… my new apron of course!
Read the how-to for this one in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Colors Are My Friends – Marsha Valk
My Fire Burns Bright
Curious about my project for December? Head on over here: My Fire Burns Bright – Marsha Valk
Don’t miss it, because I talk about Creative JumpStart and how it always inspires me!
Not signed up for CJS 2018 yet? I would love it if you would join us! Go to Creative JumpStart 2018 (affiliate link) to find out more!
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!
Last month the n*Studio Creative Squad worked with Nathalie Kalbach’s new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media (aff. link), to help find inspiration as we travel (or roam around the neighbourhood).
I didn’t leave the country this summer, but I did have a couple of artful adventures in Amsterdam. I documented one of them in my Traveler’s Notebook.
Read the how-to in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Artful Adventures – Marsha Valk
Curious about my project for September? Head on over here: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Marsha Valk
Derwent Inktense Pencils (I have a set of 36 of which I used: Cherry, Fuchsia, Ink Black, Peacock Blue, Poppy Red, Sun Yellow, Teal Green)
Pentel Aquash Waterbrush
uniPosca markers (black PC-5m and PC-1m)
Sakura Pigma Micron 05
Please note that though some of the supplies were given to me, I will not benefit from any sales generated by the links!
It’s Wednesday today, so that means there is a new blog post from the Mixed Media Art Crew up on Birgit Koopsen’s blog!
The theme I worked with is Alphabet Soup and as you can see: that’s just what I started out with!
It transformed into something completely different though. Visit Birgit’s blog to see the end result.
Enjoy your Wednesday!