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.

Christmasworld

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

Conclusion

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!

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!!!

Inspired by | Throwback

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold

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

It’s the 10th and I’m back with an instalment of Inspired by!

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.

And… this month we chose a throwback. But not any throwback: a throwback to our very first blog post.

Hello!

Ten years ago today I posted this post. I wrote in Dutch and it was a brief one:

Welcome to my blog! I have no clue what I’m doing at the moment, but the idea is that you can see my activities here. And this is what I created today: a photo display after the example of the British Mandy Anderson. I attended her workshop ‘Dubious Doily’ at Scrap-A-Ganza last week.


It really is a blast from the past… Seems a lifetime ago! Definitely longer than 10 years. But the stats don’t lie, so I have to believe it.

Scrap-A-Ganza was one of those huge scrapbook events with lots of workshops and a market where you could get the latest and greatest scrapbooking supplies. This was probably the first one I visited.

I remember Mandy Anderson as a blonde, but I don’t recall anything else about her… I haven’t found her online, so I wonder what she’s doing now.

I still have the photo display. I keep it in a little cupboard with the rest of my mini books. I hadn’t looked into that cupboard for a while and I was surprised at what I found. I have forgotten about a lot of the scrapbooking projects I’ve made over the years.

To keep

As my first post was about a specific project, I decided that I wanted to re-create that project, but in a way I would do it now.

Now, this project was the result of a workshop and knowing me, I probably followed the teacher’s instructions to a T. So I can’t say that this project is something that I would have made on my own. But I do know that I would not make anything like it today!

So what would I make today?

Instead of a photo display, I would most probably make a little book. I really like accordion folded books and I pulled out one of the ready made ones that are in my stash.

The me of today also wouldn’t scrapbook photos from a holiday in Spain. But the one thing I really like about the photo display are… the photos. So they had to stay! And as I could not print them directly onto the pre-made accordion fold, I decided I would have to transfer them.

Lazertran

Gel medium transfers didn’t seem like a good idea because I wasn’t sure how the paper of the accordion fold would hold up. But I remembered that I had a couple of sheets of Lazertran waterslide decal paper for inkjet printers, that I’ve had for years, but never used.

This is how it works:
1 | Print photos (with your inkjet printer) onto the chalky side of the Lazertran waterslide decal paper for inkjet printers
2 | Leave them to dry for about 30 minutes.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback 3 | Cut (or tear) your images to size.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold 4 | Drop the image into a dish of water and wait until the decal releases.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold

And then this is what I did:
5 | Put the decal on a paper towel to get rid of the excess water.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold 6 | Apply a thin coat of gel medium to the back of the decal and glue it onto the accordion fold.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold

Once I had all the photos adhered to the booklet, I trimmed the edges and started to paint to make it all flow together.

I didn’t want to make it too serious, so I added little clouds and drew some lines around the images. I also added Ecoline in some areas and I added the titles with india ink and a brush.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold

Conclusion

Lazertran is fun stuff! There is so much more you can do with the decals, like putting them on a wooden or metal surface or over a gelli print, patterned paper or a drawing.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold

It is kind of delicate though and it was hard to paint or write over. On the other hand: it took the Ecoline really well. So maybe it’s just a question of more experimenting. Or… maybe I should have applied a coat of clear gesso before I worked on top of it…

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Throwback // Mixed Media Accordion Fold

Maybe next time! That is if I can still find it somewhere, because I only had four sheets and I used them all up!

Now, don’t let me keep you any longer! I’m super curious to see Riikka‘s first blog post and what she was inspired to create!