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Friday, June 07, 2013


Yes artjournal lovers, another artjournal flip. :-)

This time one from a class I did; 30 pages in 90 days with Christy Sobolewski. You can find this class here.
This is the result of 90 days of artjournaling, I've learned a lot and had so much fun!
In fact, I'm going to start all over again for round 2! LOL (it starts next monday, 10th of june)

I am very curious how the second one will turn out. 3 Months have past, things have changed, I learned a lot but probably have missed some things and/or have allready forgotten all about them. There was so much information in this class.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you are not in a class right now go and give yourself one! 
Learning and making that wich you have learned your own is such a beautiful journey...

Happy Creating!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Mandala artjournal page

A quicky this time.. :-)
I am still following my renewed mandala path.. lol.
I was enjoying making this page so much I forgot to take pictures, I only took two so here they are...

If you like Mandala's maybe you would like to join me on google+?
I have started a comunity called Mandal Mayhem where we can share our mandala's.
All mandala's are welcome!
I would love to see your Mandala's and maybe hear about how you create them and why?

Happy creating,

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Artjournal flip!!!

For you art journalers out there,

Take a quick peek into one of my finished art journals! Wel, more an altered book to be precise... lol
Now I can start a new journal, Yes! :-)
Only because I have no other projects running at the moment... *chuckle*


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspiration, old and new...

Hello crafters!

At the moment I am doing an online Artjournaling course at and having tons of fun!
On more than one occasion the lessons brought back memories of the mandala and celtic knotwork I used to make. At first I set it aside, just a good memorie I thought, it made me smile.
Yeah, right.... The memories kept creeping up on me, I could't ignore them, they were telling me something...but what?
I decided to listen to my muse and just make one of the pages in the style I was formiliar with way back when. I'd see where it would lead me...
This is the result of a lesson about boxes and letting other elements flow in and out of these boxes. This is where my new journey started I quess. :-)

This is SO different than the way I work now. It is al done in pencil, not a drop of paint!
The only thing that is the same are the layers, there are many, many layers of pencil on the page to create the shadows and mix the colors.

I felt I was on the right path so to speak but this way of working doesn't feel like me anymore. 
So, now what?
I started out on a search for my old mandala's to see if they had anything to say.
Here are some of them. Some are from 2002!!!



I do still love them and I felt I wanted to create Mandala's again. Offcourse A lot has changed since then. In my life and in my artwork so how to go about it?
I had no clue whatsoever but just went for it!

This is my latest artjournal page with a Mandala:

You could say something has changed right? :-)

Some details:

I am working on a canvas right now, it's not finished yet but I'm liking it so there is more comming...
Stay tuned and get creative in any way that feels right to you ok? Creativity is food for the soul!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Artjournaling à la Dina Wakley

Hallo creatief mens!

Enige tijd geleden kwam ik dit boek tegen en kon het gewoon niet laten liggen.

Dina Wakley is in de wereld van Artjournaling een bekende dame met een geheel eigen stijl.
Haar stijl is zo anders dan de mijne, zij gebruikt net als ik veel vrolijke kleuren maar op een totaal andere manier dan ik.
Monique zou Monique niet zijn om daar niet een leuke uitdaging in te zien! :-)
In het boek staan naast uitleg over o.a. technieken en compositie ook een aantal stap-voor-stap projecten om te volgen. Te leuk om aan mij voorbij te laten gaan toch?
In de video hieronder laat ik het proces zien. Veel plezier!
Happy Creating!

Hi Creative being!

A while ago I came across this book by Dina Wakley, a well-known artist in the Artjournalingworld.
She has a style of her own wich I like very much. Her style is so different than mine that I just couldn't resist this opportunity to learn from her way of going about making an artjournal page. 
Next to explaining things about composition and the use of white space she also provides step-by-step
projects to follow. So... I jumped in! Here is the video of the process. 
Enjoy and happy creating!



Friday, April 26, 2013

Paper Bag Art

Hallo Creators!

Deze keer een klein projectje dat ik maakte naar aanleiding van een cursus die ik nu doe.
In een van de lessen was het thema een silhouet en hoe deze te bewerken en verwerken op een pagina in jouw artjournal. 
(de cursus die ik volg heet 30 pages in 90 days, wordt gegeven door Christy Sobolewski. Zij is te vinden op

Ik heb hier gekozen om wat we geleerd hebben een beetje te veranderen en eens papieren tas te decoreren... :-)
In principe zijn de mogelijkheden natuurlijk eindeloos; een canvas, op papier, op een kartonnen doos, in een art journal en ga zo maar door. 
Ik vond het leuk om te doen en hoop dat jullie met plezier naar mijn filmpje kijken.

Happy Creating!


Hey there Creators!

My inspiration for this little paper bag decoration came from a class at I am in at the moment. It is called 30 pages in 90 days and you can find it here: I just felt like doing something else than working in my artjournal for a change. :-) I had fun, hope you enjoy watching the video! Happy Creating!

love, Monique

Monday, March 04, 2013

Fly Free

Hey Creabea's!

Deze keer een paar foto's van een artjournal pagina die ik gemaakt heb.
Deze keer kwam de inspiratie na een goed gesprek over vrijheid.
Wat is vrijheid? Wat betekent het voort mij? Wat heb ik nodig om me vrij te voelen? Is vrij zijn hetzelfde als je vrij voelen? Kan iedereen zich vrij voelen ongeacht de omstandigheden (ik moet bij het stellen van deze vraag aan Nelson Mandela denken...)?
Na lang genoeg gemijmerd te hebben maakte ik deze pagina, veel plezier!

Creëer iets leuks deze week en voel je vrij daarbij ok? :-D
Hello there artpeeps!

Just wanted to share another artjournal page I've created.
I was inspired after having had a good conversation about freedom. 
What is freedom? What does it mean to me? What do I need to feel free? Is being free the same as feeling free? Can anybody feel free no matter the circumstances? (with this question asked I cannot help but think of Nelson Mandela) and on and on the questions came to mind.
After pondering long enough I made this page.
No video this time, just some pictures of the process. Enjoy!

Happy creating and feel free when you do so ok? :-D

For starters I grabbed a marker and just threw some words on my page.

Then some watered down acrylic paint.

Of course I had to use my new homemade stencil, inspired by Sacred Geometry, the pattern is called 'The flower of life'. :-)

A few more patterns with acrylic paint and a mask.

I used acrylic ink for the red circles and the white tekst. Looove drips
And a little felt birdie and I made a little 'tag-like-thingy' for the date... :-)

Ik hoop dat je dit proces leuk vond om te zien. Je bent van harte welkom dit blog te volgen en/of een vraag achter te laten over art journaling/visueel dagboek maken/mixed media.
Hope you liked it! Feel free to follow this blog and/or ask any question you may have about art journaling/mixed media.