n*Studio | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Coffee Filter Flowers

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Coffee Filter Flowers

Just in case you missed it: it was my turn on the n*Studio blog last week! Which means that it’s time to share last month’s project with you here!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Last month the n*Studio Creative Squad used what we already had, in an attempt to make our carbon footprint just a tiny bit smaller.

I recycled a recent project idea and shared another take on my Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Coffee Filter Flowers. These are so much fun to make!

Read the how-to in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Marsha Valk

Curious about my project for October? Head on over here: Colors Are My Friends – Marsha Valk

Materials used
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Amsterdam Stencil
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Batik
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Buenos Aires
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Chicago Stencil
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Manhattan
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Mesa Verde Stencil
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Ornament Wallpaper
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Santiago
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Toledo

Other:
Gelli Arts® 12″ x 14″ Printing Plate
4″ Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Coffee filters
Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam Titanium White)
Spray bottle with water
Spray inks (Ranger Dylusions: Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Royal Talens Ecoline: Light Yellow)
Buttons
Embroidery floss
Glue dots (Scrapbook Adhesives Dodz)

Please note that though most of the stencils were given to me, I will not benefit from any sales generated by the links!

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Inspired by | Masking Tape

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

Inspired by: a monthly creative blog series by Riikka Kovasin and 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…

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

Masking Tape

Who doesn’t love washi tape?! The idea for this theme came about a couple of months ago when Riikka sent me a set of beautiful washi tapes on behalf of Tapegarden. Tapegarden (or Teippitarha) is a Finnish online store that offers a wide variety of tapes, stationery and planner goods.

The Japanese masking tapes are by far my favourites. I love both the quality and the designs of these tapes. The first washi tape I acquired in 2009/2010 was a (crazy expensive!) set by Kamoi, and I still have some of these rolls!

As it turns out Kamoi and mt – masking tape is the same thing. On the mt website, it says that Kamoi started out as a fly catch paper manufacturer in 1923. They didn’t start making paper adhesive tape, like sealing tape and industrial masking tape until the 1960s.

The tape we know as washi tape (washi means ‘Japanese paper’) was first created in 2008. Apparently, three women wrote a book that showed creative use of industrial masking tape and that inspired Kamoi to develop colourful masking tape.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

My collection

Can you believe washi tape is only 9 years old?

The photo above shows my washi tape in spring 2013. The collection soon grew out of this cute house shelf, and I moved it into a big drawer in my Ikea Moppe unit.

And that’s where it stayed until I thoroughly Marie Kondoed my craft room and donated a massive amount of craft supplies to a local school earlier this year.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

I’ve kept only the ones that I love and more importantly that haven’t lost their adhesive power (even after years and years).

I use washi tape all the time, but mostly for gift wrapping, to hang things or to temporarily stick something down. Sometimes a stray piece of tape shows up in an art journal spread, but it honestly isn’t the first thing I grab when it comes to art journaling.

I am however not afraid to use up an entire roll on something silly like masking off my Gelli plate.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

The project

When it came down to creating with washi tape, several ideas came to mind, and none of them seemed right. I’m unfortunately stuck in a major creative rut, and I feel terribly recalcitrant every time I *have* to create something. Even if it’s for Inspired by!

I know you can’t tell, but it took me ages to come up with this idea. And then I had the idea (of a hand-lettered and washi tape embellished quote), but could not come up with a text to write. Everything seemed so mundane and meaningless!

So I decided to make it as low key as possible. I grabbed grid paper from my Filofax planner to write on, and I just took text from the back of a magazine:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

At least this line isn’t meaningless! (Translation: ‘Climate suffers under cheap meat’)

Then I took a news headline (Translation: ‘Now it’s upon the political groups’) and I hand-lettered that:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Masking Tape

Conclusion

I really, really love the way the washi tape borders turned out. It was a bit of a faff, the cutting of the tape, but I think it was worth it. Even for a creative exercise like this! I also practised my hand-lettering, which was awesome. Let’s not waste any more words on my creative rut. I hope it blows over soon!

Check out what Riikka has made this month on her blog Paperiliitin. I can’t wait to see!

Take care and have a wonderful week!

Please note that though I received masking tape from Tapegarden, most of the tape shown was bought by me over the years and I will not benefit from any sales generated by the links!

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

Birgit’s Mixed Media Art Crew | Alphabet Soup

Marsha Valk | BMMAC: Alphabet Soup // art journal page

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!

Birgit’s Mixed Media Art Crew | Playing with Textile Dye and Paint

Marsha Valk | BMMAC: Mixed Media Shoe Bag

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.

I transformed a useful, but rather boring item into something fun and colourful using fabric dye and paint.

Curious to know what it is? Visit Birgit’s blog to see!

Enjoy your day!

Inspired by | Surprise Surprise

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 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!