Saturday, April 15, 2017

Day of the Dead Tryptich

My turn at the Sin City blog go here for a step by step tutorial and more pics


Sin City stamps Sugar Skull Floral Flourish and Praying kneeling skeleton
flower flourish from the Day of the dead sugar Skull sheet

Die Artfull Dwellings, but these shapes are also easy to handcut
Black ribbon
Deco Art Media fluid acrylics in  blue, quinacridone gold , red, dark grey, yellow iron oxide.
Deco Art Media Antiquing cream in white
Deco Art Matte Varnish
Chipboard (I used the back of a paperpad)
Black waterproof stamp ink
Arylic block
Unmounted rubber stamp  about the same size as the kneeling skeleton stamp

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Deco Art Products used: Americana acrylics in: Moon Yellow, Jack O lantern orange, Butterscotch, Sable Brown, Asphaltum, Traditional burnt Sienna, Blue Chiffon, Snow White, Lamp Black.
Americana Metallic Gold , Dazzling Metallics in Medieval Gold, Venetian Gold, Champagne Gold
Deco Art Media: white gesso and matte varnish
Stencils for background by Nellie Snellen (Dots) and Dutch Doobadoo (fabric)
Letters: Cricut Expression with Base Camp Cartridge

I love Dodos, they are not the most beautiful birds (they are rather ugly to be honest), so that is not the reason, it's the bit of mystery that come with the Dodo.

There are paintings and skeletons but the painting were rarely painted with a life bird as a model and that is why there are so many different shapes when you look at Dodos in paintings. Because I am just starting at acrylic painting, the bird seemed a good subject to practise on, afteral no one really knows what it looked like so that helps if you are just starting out lol.

First I collected all kind of Dodo images on pinterest to see how they were drawn and painted and looked at some skeletons. Next I picked a painting of a Dodo that I liked the most.

So here my reference image, a painting by Jan Savery (1651), I made a screenshot on my phone and used that as an example, I had no intention of copying the painting but I do need a reference so...

Ok if you compare them you will see a big difference but as I said I don't have much experience in acrylic painting and I am very happy how it turned out.  I have taken pictures while I was painting so will show those here for you to see how I did it.

I did not paint on a canvas, maybe I should have but I had no idea how it would turn out and that is why I used my Art Journal, the big Dylusions creative journal. It's less scary as using a canvas and seems less of a waste to practice on paper. Other reason to work in a journal is I like the size and I love having a collection of paintings you can flip through in a book.

First step was painting the page Moon Yellow , I did not gesso the page , just added a layer of yellow.
Next I sketched the bird using a charcoal pencil, just the shape is enough.
Step 2 Gesso the bird to create a white surface and cover the lines of th charcoal as it will smudge in the paint. The lines will still show throw the Gesso but they won't smudge anymore.

Step 3: the challenge begun.....started with the beak and the head and did not think about how I had to paint the rest yet. I used lamp black paint and a small paint brush to kinda map in the details and shade of the beak and face.
Step 4: giving myself some directions where the shades and highlights would be using black and chiffon blue. And trying to find a color to use for the head and body. I tried Drift wood first which is the greyish color and did not like it so swithed to saddle brown.

step 5  practising how to get a feathered look and dabbing with a very little paint seemed to work best to get the small feathers on the head and body

Step 6: working in the small feathers using different shades of brown and finish the face/beak. 
The shades are a mix of  Asphaltum with a little black. the highlights are chiffon blue .

Step 7: the wings have bigger feathers a bit like a chicken yellow ish with brown and black. 

When I thought the Dodo was ready I started the background and sponged Jack O lantern orange over the yellow.

Step 8: I wanted to do a bit of a Klimt like background so used different golds and white and stencils to create patterns. the circles a stamped using different sizes of round items, a glass, lids  anything that wold fit inside the bigger circle to work to the small center .
I used masks made out of copier paper to cover the circles and the bird .
I added some layers of matte varnish for protection

I thought the left corner below needed something more so used my Cricut to cut out the word Extinct out of polka dot paper.

Here it is, my take on a Dodo, I am happy with the result :-)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It''s my turn to show you a project and how to on the Sin City Inspiration team blog you can find all details and more pictures  here

Supplies used:

Sin City Skeleton  head on vintage key stamp
A small canvas about 3.5 x 2.5 inch
Deco Art  Dazzling Metallics paint in Copper, Moss Green and Purple
Deco Art Americana Black acrylic paint
Americana Stencil short Circuit
Deco Art Media Gesso
Deco Art Metallic lustre in Silver Spark
Gear and wings dies
Die cutting machine
Black cardstock for the gears
White cardstock to stamp on
Chipboard for the wings
Colored pencils or markers

Friday, March 31, 2017

Potions on the Sin City Inspiration team blog

Today it's my turn to show you some inspriation on the Sin City stamps dt blog, hope you have fun checking out my potion receipe there, step by step instructions included (use at your own risk)

O and don't forget to check out the rubber stamp set I designed for them
see link here

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


I got my hands on the stamp sets designed by Rick St.dennis available at Sin City stamps, and I thought to have a play with the Cats set see the set below

Since we have 3 cats, they demanded I got the set, and you better listen to what you cats tells you to do, or you get the death stare or worse.....

I made a little fun tag, hope you like it

Products used:  Sin City stamp set Cats
Deco Art Americana acrylics in Lilac and Lavender and Gesso and Matte Medium
Deco Art stencil designed by Andy Skinner Halftone
And Stampendous stamp by Andy Skinner; Toxic

Fist I gessoed the tag and painted it Lavender, next used the stencil to make the dots.
Stamped the stamp on paper using Archival ink andcoloured it  using pencils, next cut it out.
(stamp it on the tag to get the whiskers on there so you don;t have to cut those out)

Use the Toxic stamp with archival blue ink on the tag (the scratches looked like there had been a cat fight in my mind)

adhere the image to the tag using matte medium.

next stamp the sentiment using alphabet stamps, and to finish add a ribbon to the tag and a little bow to the duck's neck.

I will enter the following challenges

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Awesome news

Hi  all, I finally can show you the rubber stamps I designed for Sin City Stamp, I hope you all like them.

Here is a first project sample i made using my designs.

Sin City Stamps Used : The Wildflower set (designed by me cool is that?) 

Americana Neon Lights in Knock Out Blue and Pink Explosion
Dazzling metallics in: Teal and Berry
Metallic Lustres in Fab Fuchsia and Brilliant Turquoise

 Dutch doobadoo stencil and Tim Holtz gear dies

First I made the background  using the Americana Neon paints and because Alice's world is surreal and my worl too (ya what can I say....) I thought to make the ground pink....and ofcours the sky blue.

Next I stencilled the checks using Dazzling Metallics and to complete the weard world of Alice I used my own stamp designs (it's sooo cool to be able to write "my own stamp designs" sorry bout that  but just super exited I got asked to do this ). To get this world I thought of I could either go mask or just use the stamps on paper and cut them out, since masking would have had the risk of paint getting under the mask and it would mean fussy cutting too, I went for oprion 2 :-).
I coloured the stamps using colored pencils (Crayola nothing fancy) and used Matte Medium to glue them on the page.

The Wildflower word comes in "my"stamp set too, the rest of the senti I wrote using a Deco Art glass marker, they work great over acrylic paint.

I finsihed the page giving it a frame of gears using the Tim Holts die and black cardstock. The gears were coloured using the metallic lustres and glued to the page using tacky glue.

In my brain Alice is asking where to go and the scary flower is asking the heart vine if Alice is a wildflower, sorta  like in the book, just different flowers

Hope you like the page. The journal I used is a small Moleskine.

here a view of the complete stampset, now available on pre order for 14.99 USD for the coming 2 weeks, next it will go back to it's regular price of 18.99 USD, so I would suggest to go get them fast to save some money :-)

I will enter the following challenges

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SinCity Sugar Skull bloghop

Hi everyone,  welcome to my blog, and thank you Sin City Art Stamps for hosting a blog hop on my favorite subject Sugar Skulls. Al inspiration team members were kindly given a sheet of the Sugar Skull stamps designed by the talented Michelle Frae Cummings.

The premise of this blog hop is for you to meet our in house Inspiration team members along with a few guest members, discover more ways to create with these stamps and possibly win a set for yourself!

No matter where you have started, To qualify to win your own Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls stamp set, (we are giving away 3!) we ask that you visit each of the blogs participating, leave a nice comment and then come back to the Sin City Blog and let us know which blog projects you liked the most and why.

The blog hop will end on the 27th and the 3 winners will be announced on the Sin City blog and on our FB Fan Group on March 28th

If you'd like to see more inspirational projects using Sincity stamps , please check out the DT blog here and the facebook group here.

Blog Roll below at the end of the post......sooooo here it project for the a Sugar Skull Shrine (duh!)

The skull was stamped into clay and painted after the clay had dried. I made a video how to stamp into clay for my You Tube channel and it shows you not only the stamping but also the painting of this skull. Here is a link to the video (please subscribe to my channel so you won;t miss any of my videos)

Supply List:
Sugar Skull stamps by Sin City (both the skull but also the flower stamp in the backgound are on that sheet)
Deco Art Products:
For the Skull: Americana acrylics in: Sea Breeze, Carousel Pink, Antique White  Moon Yellow, Lamp Black. Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.
For the Shrine: Deco Art Media Gesso and Americana acrylics in Lamp Black,  Neutral Grey, Grey Sky and Driftwood. The Gold paint is Dazzling metallic Emperors gold.

For the Shrine I used Tim Holtz dies the big and small Cabinet card die, and chipboard.  I will have a step by step how to make the shrine for you on the Sin City Inspiration Blog soon, so follow the blog and you won't miss it :-)

All instructions on ow to make the skull ar in the video mentioned above, the roses are bought paper roses, I cut of the wire they were on and gave them a layer of Triple Thick Gloss to make them look like they are made of porcelain, and when dry I adhered them to the shrine.

here some more pictures
 I realy love how the background turned out using the flower stamp that is also onn the Sugar Skull sheet

I used my favorite colors to paint Mr. Sugar Skull, love his moustache

So tha's it folks, please check out the rest of the blogs in the hop and don't forget to check out the give away.
If you'd like to see more inspirational projects using Sincity stamps , please check out the DT blog here and the facebook group here.

Thanks for visiting

Blog rol:
  1. Sin City Stamps
  2. Michelle Frae Cummings
  3. Katie Lamb
  4. Chris Pozzi
  5. Irit Shalom
  6. Shilpa Nagaonkar
  7. Sharon Rogers
  8. Jenn Gary DuBell
  9. Monique Van Dijk
  10. Adam
  11. Kim Johnny
  12. Granne
  13. Anne

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How to make an art journal using envelopes

 Deco Art Products used: Americana Acrylics in : Lemon Yellow, Titanium White, Banana Cream, Bright Green, True Blue, True Red, Aqua Sky, Jack O Lantern Orange, Lamp Black, Baby Pink, Lilac, Purple Pizzazz, Red Iron Oxide
Metallic lustre: Burnished Brass
Deco Art Media matte varnish.
Americana Acrylic Gesso
Andy Skinner Stencils: Creativity, Fossil, Halftone, Time Warp, Distressed Digits, Code Breaker, Bubbles

 I did a series of 3 videos on how to make this journal using envelopes.

You can see all pages in there, here just a few.

Links to the videos:

Part 1 Gelliplating the pages
Part 2 Making background using stencils
Part 3 Assembling the book and how to make the covers


Life has been so busy I completly forgot to post about #Artifacts.

I have been looking at bullet journalling and decided it was not for me, and while I was thinking how to keep track on my deadlines and important appointments  I came across the Artifacts Idea by Seth Apther, check out his blog here.

In these modern days everyone keeps theire agenda in their cell phones and allthough my phone is always within reach it does not work for me, I need to make lists, on paper, preferably on nice colored, decorated paper in a book that feels good when you hold it in your hands. (yah I know I am funny that way)

So instead of buying a agenda I thought to give the Artifacts idea a chance, and to be honest I am not doing it the way Seth does (see his pages here), I just make it work for me.

When  I saw this book I had to pick it up, it's the quote on the front and the fabric cover that caught my attention. I picked it up and it felt right. it has lined pages so that's perfect the only downside is the paper is thin, too thin to really have wet media on it. But hey hoo, we know how to work around that don't we, just glue 2 pages togehter and voila.....

Ofcourse the inside needed some changes so I did some decoration using patterened paper and added a pocket. (I have notes lying around everywhere so I can now put them all in the pocket till they are done and can be thrown away)

 Next I started my pages. January  I wrote down some goals and some unexpected news, that I can share now but in January it was still top secret, it's written underneath the tag  not visable for everyone but still in my book.

BTW the news is I am designing rubber stamps for Sin City Stamps (yep I am in their DT as well). Kim saw a drawing I made and she asked if I would be interested in designing for Sin City (DUH!).
I think they will be in the shop in April, I will keep you posted.

So January started out great , I also reached 300 subscribers on my youtube channel, there is more but I can't share that yet :-).  I am allowed to keep some secrets don't I?

 Next page is the actual planner, on one page all dates and the things I needed to remember on the right some info just for me.  Also notice my notes are a mix of English and Dutch lol, it's strange but most of my personal stuf and my paying job stuff goes in Dutch and everyting Art related in English.

So while I was working with this journal I thought it would be nice to keep some memories in there too, and also decided the art for some monthly challenges I participate in, would get in this book too.
In January I went to a Green Day concert and the ticket is now in my journal

 February the month of my Birthday, and some important paying job dates.   I liked the tag concept so used it again.
 A theatre ticket to Carre in Amsterdam, the parking ticket and on the back of the ticket I wrote down some memories, just s short description of the theatre visit and walking through a snowy Amsterdam in the evening (you should try it, it's beautiful)
 A card from the restaurant wehere we had my birthday dinner,  and on the right page prompts for the challenges I do monthly, see below the result.

 thereis a video about this page here

Also I attended an on line course called "de Betekenaar" in which you learn to make things clearer using drawings rather than words, It was a 4 day trial and I decided to do the lessons in my book.

the tag thing again....
and some cards I found in my craftroom

March....along the way I decided to keep out as much of my paying job stuff as possible, this has become my Agenda, meets Art Journal, meets diary book and I decided it's for the fun stuff only (most of it anyway, you will still see some important stuff notes in there like we needed to vote March 15 th, and I had to do my annual blood test needed for the medicines I take)

Not a lot else there , just the usual monthly deadlines for my DT's and challenges, a schedual for posting on my you tube channel. I hope in future there will be more art related things in there, more like Seth pages about demoing and workshops. Well who knows one day, like the cover says Dream Big Never Quit......