Friday, 16 June 2017

Busy busy ....

Life is very busy at the moment, and last week I didn't even have time to blog. We are back at renovating the parts of the house that we didn't do yet, and it's still so much work. I have been trying out things in my new journal though, and I finally managed to sort out (almost) all of my collage-material. And discovered the fun of collage again :-)

The journal that I started is meant to be a kind of logbook that I can look back in and find out how I spent my days. Not too detailed, just a few of the things I (want to) remember from that day. It's also meant to give me the incentive to create a little something every day, even if it's just a doodle. I'm still figuring out how I want to do it exactly, so it's a case of trial and error at the moment. Been looking at some video's on YouTube to get ideas.

Here's my first week:

Things I learnt ....
- even though I like the text done with stamps (I saw it in some other examples) it is just way too much fiddling for me. I am not known for my patience, and I'd much rather spend my time drawing or painting
- it looks too much like a diary at the moment, but I don't know yet how to resolve that
- it doesn't yet feel like it's mine, except for the 2 girls

I first started out with drawing a face. But then decided that's not what I wanted. I want weird and playful and not just drawing a face. And then I came across this video on YouTube, and decided that was perfect for my journal. Have a look at the video, she has a lot more of these and I really like her work. So that´s how I start my figures, and then I finish it with doodles and collage. I didn´t make a picture of the first week´s start, but here´s the start of this week´s spread:

I love how unpredictable it is. I wouldn´t be able to draw these characters if I just started plain drawing.

Apart from this I've also been experimenting with digital art. I have so much to learn yet, and I can't really put the time in right now. So for now I'm just making simple things, like this one:

I used images of art that I made in the last years, and mixed them all up. Face, hair and body are all from different artworks. It's like collage but the scissors and glue are replaced by the computer. I put it all on a background of one of my in-progress-painting-pictures. Oh yes, I added two birds too. It's the same bird but flipped horizontally and sized differently. That's the beauty of the computer, you can change every image so easily. And of course I needed to add a quote :-) I'll definitely try out more of these.

And then I received this surprise card in the mail from Robin! That was so nice, seeing that brightly coloured cat (the name is Chester) looking at me from the mailbox. Thanks Robin! If you don't know her quirky art and the wonderful and funny stories she writes on her blog, you're in for a treat. Have a look here!

Well, that's it for this week! Except for the funnies of course :-)

And the less funny ones ....

Linking to Paint Party Friday and looking forward to seeing what everyone's been creating this week!
Take care of yourself, thanks for visiting and have a lovely day and weekend!
See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Thank you so much for the shout out! I'm glad Chester is happy in his new home. (I knew he would be!) :D

  2. hey I am back this week too. DH had his first back procedure. One more like today and then they go in and kill the nerves. Anyway, I love your new collage. The art is amazing. Of course my favorite funny this week is the stamp. OMG I am still laughing at that one.

  3. Wonderful art, love the new journal. Have fun with renovating the house! Wonderful funnies, thanks for the laughs. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. You have started a great project. The journal spread is fabulous.
    Thanks for wonderful funnies 😂
    Happy PPF and upcoming week ❤

  5. You have been busy! Love the new art journal.

  6. I love the new journal! Thanks for sharing all of the funnies! Having a good laugh in the morning is a great way to start the day. Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. oh what great funnies Denise!!! Love your journal pages.Your paintings are always so beautiful and I love how you've added them to your pages along with using washi tapes to divide your days. Thanks for sharing the you tube video-I must have a look. Happy PPF!

  8. Your drawings are warm and wonderful in or out of a journal, but keeping a journal is a surprisingly healthy thing to do. It gives you a chance to give deeper thought to your day than you normally would and you can learn from it. Your funnies, all of them, just blow me away. It is comforting to know that many others feel as I do about our current political disaster and it always helps to be able to laugh about it. Thanks for making my day ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  9. Your art work is always such an inspiration. I wish I could be as creative as you are.

  10. A wonderful journal! Looking forward to see how it will evolve. And the digital painting, I thought at first, before I read, that you had painted it. It's gorgeous! In a way it's your painted sheets pluss digital work. So fascinating. A couple of days back I tried digital painting myself, but much is unknown to me. I have to find it out.. I will go to see those two links.

  11. Hi Denthe, your artwork is gorgeous. Different again! Love the journal pages and thanks for the link re the watercolour faces - definitely a starter incentive.
    Wow, I'm really impressed with your digital art too!
    Great funnies as well. Cheers and good wishes for the renos :D)

  12. Great start on the journal and on the digital art, that's something I haven't gone into.

  13. I love your art journal!
    The digital experiment of the old drawings have succeeded.
    I wish you a good progress with the work on the house and a nice weekend

  14. Oh I love the journal pages!!! I admire those who keep and art journal that is really a journal along with art. I never manage to get that done. Love the other art piece too. I have been super busy trying to catch up with yard work and house work here so not a whole of art going on. Love the funnies ♥♥♥

  15. Interesting journal and the steps shown gives it more meaning. All the best with the renovations, warm greetings!

  16. what program are yo using for your digital work?

    I agree about the little stamps, take way too long even tho i di like the look

    1. I'm using an old version of Photoshop :-)

  17. Wow, even when you are super busy you are trying new things and creating art in a journal. It all looks wonderful.

  18. Hi! I am still catching up with visiting from PPF. I love the new journal - thanks for the link to the video - looks like a fun process. I hope you share more pages from this m=new journal! Have a great week!!

  19. Good to see you back! I've been busy with renovations too! I really love your journal! Everything looks really beautiful! Big Hugs!

  20. I think your journal page looks gorgeous! But I can understand that you find the stamping too fiddly. I do like alphabet stamps, but it does take a lot of time. Your digital page looks great too. I've never tried digital art, but it's something I find fascinating.

  21. Journals are always fun. . albeit a lot of extra work. Blessings, Janet

  22. Hello my dear friend!!
    happy summer to you!
    I love that you are trying out new things, the journaling is really neat, but as you say, not you.
    The digital is so cool, wish I would sit and try to learn as well..I just have a problem with not seeing the layers...I would like to see each step as I go..perhaps I am doing it all wrong- haahaa

    Another week of great cartoons- the dogs in chairs made me lol because Chum did the same thing while we were camping! Silly dogs! heehee
    Hope all is well in your world,sending huge hugs and love! Jackie xx

  23. Oh I am loving your new digital art...can't wait to see what else you come up with when you have more time!! Journal pages are lovely too!! Your funnies are always the best most I've never seen that makes it even better!!

    Hugs Giggles


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