Friday, 21 August 2015

busy with the markets ....

I've been preparing for the markets this weekend and next weekend, and it all took a lot more time than I realized .... But I had fun in the process, so that makes it worthwhile :-)

I'll show you just a few of the things I've been doing this week (amongst many others ....)

Decided to make some small dotpaintings. Here are 2 examples:

They are both painted on very small canvases of 10x10cm (4x4 inches). Love making these small paintings. And I already have some ideas about making them into a pattern too ....

Here are some more painted rocks, with Dutch quote on the back:

 quote says something like: "Logic will bring you from A to B, imagination brings you everywhere"
"Never regret anything that made you smile"

What else did I do? Oh yes, I dotted another sidetable:

This one was really fun to do. Love these round ones..

And since it was my birthday yesterday, I allowed myself to stop doing things for the markets and painted a (little) bit on my big intuitive painting:

I now know exactly which way I want to go with it. Can't wait for the markets to be over so I can spend more time with this painting :-)

I showed you an artjournalpage last week that I made in my new handmade artjournal, and I promised to share some pictures. Here they are:

This is what I started out with: when I purchased a gelliplate some years ago I spent an afternoon trying out different things on different kinds of paper. I also had some new Dylusion inks, so not everything is done on the gelliplate. I ended up with a whole pile of painted papers, some beautiful and some not so. What to do with them? I decided to fold them in half and make an artjournal out of it. And then left them for I don't know how long. In the meantime I used some of these papers to draw or paint on. And before we went on holidays a few weeks ago I decided it was time to finally do something with it. I found this tutorial on the internet and followed it more or less.

 gelliprint with a piece of thread. You can get really fascinating patterns with that.

 you might remember this one: it was a face for the 29 faces challenge last year. I now used the paper she was on (it was folded double) to put in one of the signatures

I'm very happy with it, but must say I'm a bit intimidated by the pages I really like. Don't want to "ruin" them by putting something on top. Which is silly really, that's what they're there for, so I'll just have to get over it ;-)

That's it for now! I will be linking this to Paint Party Friday, and to Show your Face. Show your face this month is about making a face that is inspired by another artist that participates. I'd love to do that but haven't found the time yet. Hopefully next week.

And here's my funny for this week:

hahahaha! Mind you, I have no idea how these machines work either, but I'm pretty sure this is not how it's supposed to be :-D

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you'll have a beautiful day  and a weekend full of warmth and smiles. See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. So much art on all sorts of substrates!! I adore that table - I love how the rings look like the rings on a tree trunk. It sounds like you've been really busy with the markets but you must do really well at them as you have so much gorgeous stuff. The art journal looks fabulous - really professionally done, I love it. Ha, that gym photo made me laugh - I know I've avoided equipment in the gym purely because I had no idea how to use it!!

  2. You create wonderful art, its so unique. Especially like the amazing stone paintings and book spread is gorgeous.
    Happy weekend ♥

  3. A wonderful selection of colourful art again this week, great! Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  4. Denise, your art brightens my day. Love your journal pages. Amazing!As for gym....well it's not my cup of cake!

  5. Love your tables. Are you selling these at the markets? Nice. xox

    1. thanks Corrine! Yes, I'm selling these at the markets :-)

  6. Beautiful journal pages....all terrific your little dutch rocks too!! Always a joy to visit!! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. I always enjoy your bright colors, beautiful combinations ♥

  8. Love all your work. I have a wooden stool just like that and I am inspired by that organic dot painting on it. I may have to try that

  9. Yes, yes and yes!! You also have inspired me with your dotted table. Heck! You always inspire me.

  10. Oh!!! happy belated birthday dear Denise!! I do hope it was wonderful!!!
    My goodness, that table is just fabulous!!! As is your intuitive piece, but that table!!! I just love the fun of it!!

  11. So much eye candy here this week ♥♥♥♥ That little side table is amazing!!!! Love your gelli prints and the art journal. I have a few gelli prints too that I like too much to use for anything else :) Can't wait to see what all you do with the journal ♥

  12. Happy Birthday for the other day! the intuitive painting is coming along gorgeously and your journal pages with gelliprint pages is so awesome. Are you participating in the 29 Faces in September? I think i will, so i hope you do

  13. Ha Denise, of het groot is of klein het ziet er mooi uit, het is een genot naar jou kunst te kijken!
    Het tafeltje is bijzonder mooi geworden , de stenen met tekst leuk hoor!!
    Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, ik hoop dat je een leuke dag hebt gehad.....
    Wens je veel plezier met het maken van deze prachtige kunst werken.
    fijne week, groetjes Christiene.

  14. fantastic art Denise! Good luck with the markets!

  15. I love your stones! Your art is fabulous. A lot of pages I really like as they are I journal in different directions in different colored pens. Or white is a favorite of mine.

  16. Happy Birthday! What fabulous art, you've really been busy! Love your dotpaintings, and that table is just gorgeous! And I'm always looking forward to seeing your intuitive paintings and see how you approach them. Oh and I love that book!

  17. Oh my goodness! I think I might be in love! Adore all your work but I really love the orange face stone! Wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Show Your Face and for the shout out too! Kx


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