n*Studio | Say it like you Mean it

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say It Like You Mean It

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say It Like You Mean It
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!

Say it like you Mean it

Last month the assignment was ‘Let your unique voice be heard and tell us what’s on your mind. Be bold. Be yourself. We all have something to say and sometimes we need to shout it!’, using Nat’s Stroll Through the Hood #1 Cling Rubber Stamp Set.

Uhm… yeah. There was a lot going on when I was working on this page.

I mean: there is always a lot going on, but we had our national election day on the exact day my page posted on Nathalie’s blog, so there seriously was a LOT on my mind.

And… current affairs in the US weren’t in the forefront.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say It Like You Mean It

This caused a minor problem, because The Stroll Through the Hood #1 set (though I adore it!) wasn’t the most suitable stamp set for speaking my mind then and there!

So what was I going to do? I didn’t want to make another ‘I don’t want to’ spread. So I decided to turn off my mind and let the theme and the stamps do the talking.

Earworm

Each time I read the theme ‘Say it like you Mean it’, I had a bad case of ear worm: the song ‘Sewn’ by The Feeling instantly started playing in my head. And that made me think about songs that fitted the New York City feel of the stamps.

‘I can’t see New York’ by Tori Amos came to mind.

I wasn’t sure if either song was a good fit, but they certainly were on my mind, so I decided to go with both songs.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say It Like You Mean It

You can read about my next steps in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Say It Like You Mean It – Marsha Valk.

And just in case you want to see what I have up my sleeve for the April n*Studio Creative Squad theme… Here’s a link to the new blog post too: Live Like it’s Spring – Marsha Valk!

Materials used
RubberMoon – n*Studio Stroll Through the Hood #1 Cling Rubber Stamp Set
RubberMoon – n*Studio Stroll Through the Hood #2 Cling Rubber Stamp Set

Watercolour paper (Canson Mix Media Imagine)
Black waterproof ink (Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black)
Waterproof fineliner 0.2 and 0.5 (Black)
Watercolour set (Winsor & Newton)
India Ink (Royal Talens)
Paint marker (uni Posca marker PC-5M black)
Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen (Black, Deep Yellow, Light Cool Gray)
Graphite pencil

Please note that though a couple of these materials were given to me, I will not benefit from sales generated by the links!

n*Studio | Let’s Go Somewhere

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Let's Go Somewhere \\ Faux Batik Stamping & Embossing

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Let's Go Somewhere \\ Faux Batik Stamping & Embossing

It’s my turn on the n*Studio blog today! Which from now on means that I’m going to share last month’s project with you here!

Let’s Go Somewhere…

Somewhere exotic… somewhere where there are palm trees… cocktails… and where the women wear beautiful patterned summer dresses in vivid colours!

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Let's Go Somewhere \\ Faux Batik Stamping & Embossing

The assignment was to use the Batik Art Foamies and batik only means one thing to me: fabric.

I decided to create patterned designs using embossing powder instead of wax in an attempt to make my paper look like batiked fabric. I’m not sure I succeeded, but it was a fun experiment!

Here’s the step-by-step video tutorial. There are a lot of repeat steps, to create a multi-layered look!

Materials used
RubberMoon – n*Studio Embroidery Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Art Foamies – n*Studio Batik Pattern 3 Foam Stamp
Stencil Girl Products – n*Studio Batik Stencil

Canson Mix Media Imagine (this is paper with only a light grain)
WOW! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad
WOW! Clear Gloss Regular Embossing Powder
Royal Talens Ecoline (201 Light Yellow, 334 Scarlet, 506 Ultramarine Dark, 578 Cyan, 580 Pastel Blue)
Posca marker (PC-1M black)

Please note that some of these materials were given to me, but I will not benefit from sales generated by the links!

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Let's Go Somewhere \\ Faux Batik Stamping & Embossing

Find the written steps on Nathalie Kalbach’s blog: Let’s Go Somewhere – Marsha Valk.

And just in case you want to see what I have up my sleeve for the March n*Studio Creative Squad theme… Here’s a link to the new blog post too: Say it like you Mean it – Marsha Valk!

n*Studio | Retrospective

Time flies when you’re having fun! Next month marks my one year anniversary with the n*Studio Creative Squad!

There’s a brand new project up on Nathalie Kalbach’s blog today. This time the theme is Let’s Go Somewhere and I even created a video tutorial to go along with it, so be sure to check that out here!

I haven’t shared any of the completed projects I made for the Creative Squad so far, so if you haven’t been visiting my friend Nathalie’s blog, you’re in for a treat!

Looking back on everything I created in the past year, I see some of my absolute favourites among the n*Studio projects. Nat (and her awesome assistant Kim)’s monthly prompts always seem to bring out the best in me.

Nat’s designs are of course also right up my alley, so I truly enjoy working with her stamps and stencils and I think that shows!

But you don’t have to believe my word for it… Take a look for yourself!

Click on the photo if you want to know more about the project, the materials I used and what prompted me to create it. The link will take you to the original blog post on Nathalie’s blog.

Opposites Attract
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Opposites Attract \\ Gelli Prints

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Opposites Attract \\ Gelli Prints

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Opposites Attract \\ Gelli Prints

My City Speaks to Me
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: My City Speaks to Me \\ art journal page

Elephants Never Forget
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Elephants Never Forget \\ Mixed media woodpanel

My Own Drum
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: My Own Drum \\ Mixed media cards

Letter to My Future Self
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Letter to My Future Self \\ Mixed media art journal page A4

Say Yes to New Adventures
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say Yes to New Adventures \\ Gelli printed accordion booklet

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say Yes to New Adventures \\ Gelli printed and doodled accordion booklet

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Say Yes to New Adventures \\ Gelli printed and doodled accordion booklet

From Small Beginnings
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: From Small Beginnings \\ Mixed media scrapbook page A4

Today is the Day
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Today is the Day \\ DIY Mixed Media Planner Dividers

Good Things Just Keep Happening
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Good Things Just Keep Happening \\ Mixed Media Gelli Prints

Return to the Light
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Return to the Light \\ DIY stenciled votive candle holders

Dream a New Dream
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Dream a New Dream \\ Mixed Media Art Journaling Page

Let’s Go Somewhere
Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Let's Go Somewhere \\ sneak peakCheck out my latest n*Studio Creative Squad project on Nat’s blog.

Enjoy your day!

Creative JumpStart 2017 | Let’s Jump!

Creative Jumpstart 2017

Happy New Year! And… We’re off! Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017 has officially begun and I’m super excited that my video is up today!!!

I can’t wait to see all the other videos and I’m excited to see what the Jumpers are going to make inspired by those videos. Creative JumpStart really is the best way to start a new creative year!

Haven’t signed up yet? No worries! It’s not too late to join in! Go to Nathalie’s site to find out more and sign up!

Here’s a little sneak of what I’ve got in store for you:

Marsha Valk | Creative JumpStart 2017 Sneak Peek

Note that all links in this blog post are affiliate links, so if you decide to sign up through these links it is possible that I will get a percentage of the sale.

Inspired by | A Song Playing on the Radio

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

It’s the 10th! Only 14 days until Christmas! 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.

This time we chose a music theme and it’s kind of vague, but it makes sense to us:

A song playing on the radio

I was thinking of the Top 2000 when I came up with this month’s theme. It’s a popular annual event on one of the Dutch public radio stations, where they play 2000 songs from Christmas until New Year’s Eve. The songs are chosen by the public. This year’s list isn’t published yet.

The idea was that you have all these songs and because they are of all times, you are bound to hear ones that spark memories or that mean something to you.

In my case, I don’t need the Top 2000 to spark ideas or memories. I can just turn on the radio and many random songs will make me think of something specific.

It’s harder when you know you have to create something with that story or memory though!

It took me about half an hour of listening to the radio to find a song I could work with. And I didn’t even have to hear the song I chose.

I heard someone request ‘It’s on you’ by M.C. Sar and The Real McCoy and I was immediately brought back to the dance floor of the disco where my friends and I spent our Saturday nights. The radio DJ didn’t play it, but he played other songs related to that same time, so I went with it anyway.

I totally get why the DJ chose to play other songs instead. ‘It’s on you’ was a huge hit in the Netherlands in 1990 and I remember I loved it, but when you hear it now… It’s sooooo nineties!

Awkward

The song hit number 3 in the Dutch Top 40 by the end of September 1990. I was 16, turning 17 in October. Being 16 is hard for anyone. I was in my pre-exam year and I had tons and tons of homework. I still have the school planner to prove it.

It’s also the year I stopped journaling. Which is a shame, because I would have liked to read a bit about what was going on. I know that my grandmother died in August of that year and that I must have been grieving hard.

Things were changing fast, school demanded a lot of time, I had a job at a supermarket on the weekends and on Saturday night me and my friends hung out together. I don’t think we could afford going to the disco every weekend, but we tried to go at least every other week.

At first I thought I would scrapbook for this month’s Inspired by, but then the things that came up seemed raw, so I turned to an art journal spread instead:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: A Song on the Radio

I started with a black gesso-ed page. I have a stack of inky paper towels sitting on a shelve because my friend Birgit told me they’re a fun supply to use. The colours remind me of disco lights. So I decided use them. They represent the fun times and the dark purples represent the sad things.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: A Song on the Radio

I wrote part of the lyrics with a purple metallic gel pen along the edges of the paper towel collage. The little collage pieces on top are a jeans label from that time. There is some stamping and scribbling on the spread too, but it’s hardly visible.

Conclusion

Wow… The thing about this that has struck me most is: I didn’t realize I didn’t journal in 1990. Not that I ever go back to read any of my journals, but it’s telling that the one I want to read doesn’t exist. I hit something with this song, that I didn’t realize was there. Interesting!

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: A Song Playing on the Radio

The colours and texture on this page are stunning. I don’t think the photos do it justice. I’m really pleased with how the paper towel collage pieces look. It’s something I will definitely try again!

Now… I’ve kept you for far too long! Hop on over to Paperiliitin, to see what Riikka has come up with!

Edit: I forgot to tell you about Marit Barentsen’s annual Top 2000 blog party. If you like the idea of creating to music, then I encourage you to check it out. Everyone is welcome to play along!

Have a wonderful weekend!