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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n*Studio | Artful Adventures

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Artful Adventures // BeautifulDay

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!

Artful Adventures

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

Materials used
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Amsterdam Stencil
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Chicago Stencil
n*Studio for Stencil Girl Products Mesa Verde Stencil

Other supplies:
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!

Inspired by | Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Marsha Valk | Nathalie Kalbach Artful Adventures book

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

Can you believe it’s September already? It’s been raining cats and dogs over here, so it honestly feels like Autumn too. I’m hopeful though that there are still some days to come with enough dry spells to enjoy a cup of tea in the yard with a bit of journaling or reading on the side.

So today’s the 10th, and that means Riikka and I have a new Inspired by to share with you! This time the theme is:

Marsha Valk | Nathalie Kalbach Artful Adventures book

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media by Nathalie Kalbach

As you may know, Nathalie is a friend, and I did not buy this book. Receiving it was one of the perks of being part of her Creative Squad, but I’m sure you know me well enough to know that I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t love it.

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media (aff. link) is a book full of stories, prompts, tips, instructions as well as mixed media techniques to get the creative juices flowing.

This book can not only help you get an enormous amount of creative inspiration and mojo out of your next vacation/trip, it also encourages you to explore nature, your neighbourhood and it gives helpful pointers on what to look for in museums and galleries.

Nat also shares about being inspired by books and movies, extraordinary people and artistic friends.

The book covers all the things Riikka and I regularly do here with Inspired by, and more: It’s is very much about Nat’s journey into art, and she shares a lot about who and what inspires her personally.

I especially enjoyed reading about her travels and looking at her personal photos.

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Taking notes

I found the book incredibly inspiring, and I read it like a textbook, taking notes from the first to the last page.

You can really get a lot out of it if you decide to go deep. I plan to work my way through the assignments in the book, starting with chapter one.

I created a new Pinterest board especially for Artful Adventures, bought a small Traveler’s Notebook and gathered supplies for art making on the go (that I’ve yet to use off the premises, but… at least it’s ready to go!).

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

My first focus is on my own neighbourhood and the city I live in.

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Following the prompts in the book, I created a checklist of things I want to see and do, that I now carry with me in the new notebook that lives in my purse.

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

I’m also taking note of events that are happening in the city.

Not that I didn’t do that before, but there are plenty of annual events that we always intend to go to, but in the end never attend because of life, laundry or another lame excuse…

The fact is that if you don’t make time for adventures, they just won’t happen!

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

I’m also embarrassed to say that Amersfoort is a beautiful old city and I’ve hardly visited any of the major tourist attractions in all the years I’ve lived here.

I haven’t even been to all the local museums yet. It’s ridiculous! But I’m doing everything to correct that!

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

The result

I don’t have anything to show you except photos. Ironically I haven’t felt like creating anything for weeks now… I seem to be far more interested in being outside in nature, out and about in the city and visiting museums. Which is exactly what Nat suggests in the book, and I trust that the creating will follow eventually.

Marsha Valk | Inspired By: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

So… whilst I’m exploring the city, you can have a look at what inspiration Riikka picked up on her family trip to London.

Or you can go here to Nat’s blog, where I shared what I created after an Artful Adventure in Amsterdam last month!

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.

n*Studio | Free For All

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Free For All

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Free For All

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!

Free For All

Last month the n*Studio Creative Squad didn’t have a theme, we could just do whatever we liked!

I have piles and piles of printed paper sitting under the desk in my workspace, waiting for a fun project to use them on.

Whilst sorting through the prints, I also came across an illustration I did a couple of years ago.

And that’s how one + one became this:

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Free For All

Read the how-to in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Free For All – Marsha Valk.

Curious about my project for August? Head on over here: Artful Adventures – Marsha Valk.

Materials used
n*Studio Buenos Aires Tile Foam Stamp
n*Studio Santa Fe Positive and Negative Foam Stamp Set
n*Studio Stroll Through the Hood 1 Cling Rubber Stamp Set (Brownstone, Lady Liberty, Star Tag)
n*Studio Stroll Through the Hood 2 Cling Rubber Stamp Set (E-Train, Mailbox, Warehouse)
n*Studio Cardboard Cling Rubber Stamp Set (Pie Top)
n*Studio Embroidery Cling Rubber Stamp Set (Cross Circle, Star Fish, Grannies, Love Knots)

White cardstock (I used A4 size)
Acrylic paint
StazOn Jet Black
Silhouette electronic cutting machine (mine is an antique, but it’s similar to the current Silhouette Portrait)
Adhesive
Scanner
Black pen

Please note that though almost all stamps were given to me, I will not benefit from any sales generated by the links!

n*Studio | Pattern Lovers Love Patterns

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Pattern Lovers Love Patterns

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!

Pattern Lovers Love Patterns

Last month the n*Studio Creative Squad assignment was to play with pattern, in my case using Nathalie’s Santiago Stencil and the Embroidery Stamp Set!

And because Harold and I were redecorating the living room, I thought I’d alter a couple of plain white tiles so we can use them as coasters.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio: Pattern Lovers Love Patterns

Read the how-to in this post on Nathalie’s blog: Pattern Lovers Love Patterns – Marsha Valk.

Curious about my project for July? Head on over here: Free For All – Marsha Valk.

Materials used
n*Studio Santiago Stencil 9″x12″
n*Studio Embroidery Cling Rubber Stamp Set

White ceramic tiles
Porcelain paint
Cosmetic sponge
(Washi) tape

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

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!