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 | Lollipop Box Club

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

Soooo… April is (almost) over and I still owe you the second part of this month’s Inspired by!

Riikka and I teamed up with Lollipop Box Club this month!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

Lollipop Box Club is a monthly subscription kit club for those who like all things crafty, papercrafts, fun stationery, pretty planners or you just simply love receiving happy mail.

And oh, do I love receiving happy mail!!!

I’m not a subscriber though. Riikka is, but for this Inspired by Lisa from Lollipop Box Club kindly sent us each a free kit to play with.

Here’s a quick look at the super cute contents of the April 2017 kit:

I received my box just before Easter and I had travel plans later in the week. This meant that I didn’t really have time to play with it until after my trip.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

I did some faffing around with it though, filmed the unboxing and published a couple of Boomerangs in my Instagram Stories. I also took a couple of photos, but decided to think about a project later.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

At least that’s what I thought I would do… But instead I kept thinking about how much fun I had just pushing the contents of the box around, creating little square flatlays! I also got obsessed with the little word strips in the ‘Treats’ package.

So in the end I decided to just give in and create more ‘vignettes’ (not sure if that’s the proper word for it…)!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

I loved receiving the Lollipop Box Club April kit. It really is übercute and I can see myself using up all the little bits and bobs in my planner, on gifts and mail etc.

And as you can see, I’ve also discovered that the contents can be very useful and fun to use as photo props!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Lollipop Box Club

Riikka has already posted the gorgeous clustered cards she made with the kit on her blog Paperiliitin.

PS. Last time I checked there still were a few April kits available at the Lollipop Box Club website and Lisa is already taking orders for the May kit!


Marsha Valk Yesterdaygrams150120

Had to run some errands in our beautiful city centre yesterday. Tried to focus on the colour red on my walk.

It’s not really like I need another thing to focus on right now… I’ve taken on the task of (re-)establishing some routine habits. But I think I can handle a little added colour adventure.

It’s fun and easy: once the colour is in my head, I have no trouble finding it everywhere.

Creative Jumpstart 2015: It’s my turn!

Marsha Valk | Sneak peak of Creative Jumpstart 2015 project

I’m so excited! My n*studio Creative Jumpstart 2015 video is up!

Unfortunately it’s only visible for participants of the Creative Jumpstart 2015 event… But the good news is that it’s not too late to sign up! Go here to find out more.

The Dutch Creative Jumpstart Meet-up is coming up too. And there are still places available. So, for the Dutch Jumpers: je kunt je nog steeds opgeven voor de Creative Jumpstart Meet-up as. zaterdag 17 januari van 12.00-16.00 uur bij REVLIE in Roelofarendsveen.

Birgit, Revlie en ik hebben er veel zin in en we zouden het supergezellig vinden om je daar te zien!

141108 Amsterdam

P1040282P1040283P1040296P1040298P1040285P1040303P1040333P1040332P1040334P1040347P1040352P1040356 P1040359P1040372P1040378P1040387
Saturday was all about missing tram stops, cool ceramics, photography, inspiring people, great food and truly wonderful conversation.

In the afternoon my dear photographer friend Liesbeth and I participated in a Vivian Maier inspired street photography workshop at FOAM.

I carried my compact camera with me for the occasion. It isn’t my favourite camera and I’m not entirely accustomed to it, but I thought the DSLR would attract to much attention. I couldn’t use my trusty iPhone because I needed to be able to share the photos with the class afterwards.

Using the compact meant that I missed out on some shots because it was too slow or I didn’t have it on the right settings for the shot at hand. I’m still pretty chuffed with the result. I don’t tend to photograph complete strangers very often…  And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed myself photographing these strangers!