Posts Tagged ‘acryl’


Todays prompt in the 30 days journal-project was “To practise any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut.

Arts, that I want to practise… I do not think, this is only about arts like painting, writing, crafting…. Anything really can be made to be an art, the art of loving (yourself), the art of living (a fulfilled life), the art of….. anything.

Writing in my journal I only focused on painting and singing, as arts that I would like to practise. I haven’t been singing “properly” for almost 15 years now and I miss it. The time for singing will come again. But I am painting, and it makes me feel good. With both arts I can express myself, they make my soul grow, because I feel good when I paint or sing. A growing soul shows confidence, and confidence lets my soul shine, makes me shine. I shine.

The painting above this post was made on stretched canvas, with collage, water-soluble crayons, acrylics and markers, in Summer 2012. It’s not big, about A4-A3 size, but it warms my heart the way it shines.


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Last week a colleague of mine went on a stress-seminar for two days. She’s 25 years and already feels the go-go-go of everyday-working-life like so many of us.

She came back absolutely invigorated and full of knowledge, filled with tricks and advice, how to know before it’s too late and what to do, so it won’t come to the nowadays widely spread burn-out.

One of the things the trainer said was that you should always love yourself, be aware of what you are doing and giving in your job. And that you DESERVE everything you are getting and even more. Every break, and be it just 5 minutes, YOU DESERVE IT!

And who of you – including me – is always aware of this? Well, I for one am not. But more and more, everyday.

So, my colleagues like my paintings, and we are a great team with just the right connection, and I thought I give something “back” to them, especially since we – as a team – are together for exactly one year today. And this is what I made, “You Deserve”,  ink, watersoluable crayons, acrylics and marker on mixed media paper, 29,7x42cm (11,75″x16,5″)


You Deserve

You Deserve original painting


I would like them all to remember everyday that they DESERVE every praise, break, good word and so on, so I made a copy of the painting and cut it into pieces to write on. And that’s what they get to pin to the screen at work 🙂


You Deserve Cards

Your Deserve Cards


Du verdienst das = You Deserve







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A while ago, I think it was after a night out, a happy night out, I went to bed and while falling asleep I started to think about my kids. And whenever they occupy my mind like this I get a very warm feeling in my belly, like a cozy fire reaching up to my heart. And my heart feels so full of LOVE. For both of them. For each of them.

After I gave birth to our daughter, holding her in my arms and looking at her, I had the same feeling. That kind that brings tears to your eyes, happy tears, like spilling over. And I thought to myself, how can I ever share this LOVE that I feel now for my little baby with a babybrother or -sister to come some time? But I know now: This LOVE is not being shared. The second my son started growing in me it was not only him getting bigger. It was as if my heart was expanding in a different dimension and at the same time filling up with LOVE for this little being. And no LOVE had to be shared, it just came into being.

Knowing this I now can say with an absolute certainty about each of my children, that I LOVE one of them more without LOVING the other one less as well as being more proud of one of them without being less proud of the other. And it does make no difference whose name is in which part of these two certainties, they can be changed around all the time.

And having all these thoughts running around in my mind in what felt like hours, but was probably more like 2 minutes, I saw the rough picture of what I wanted to put on canvas next. So “Heart of A Mother” was being born. It is my biggest painting yet (a bigger yet canvas is waiting downstairs for me though) and it was pretty scary to start, but once I did I just kept on going.

Heart of A Mother, acrylics, markers and watercolour on canvas, 80×60 cm



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My first attempt at just go-with-the-flow-painting was Faces, Bloom was the second (see here). The process was kind of the same.

faces1 12.05.2013 20-15-46 I took my beloved Caran D’Ache NeocolorII’s and put down a few coloured spots. These I brushed with water, but tried to keep the forms and shapes, and at the same time blend the colours into each other but not to mix them too much.

After that I brought my violet ink out to draw lines around the forms and shapes.

Faces 23.05.2013 10-08-06With acrylics I painted over the watercolour, trying to keep to the original colours, but in places they changed and changed and changed….. It was just colour, re-doing the lines every now and again, but just colour….. very meditative ♥

It was done on mixed media 140lbs paper, 11 3/4″ x 16 1/2″ and is waiting to be framed.

The title “Faces” comes from my husband, who looked at it and said “I see faces, it should be called Faces” so I did. And I see them, too, in different places than he does, and two or three more….


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I just might keep on posting a bit more and just show how “Bloom” came into life, since I got a few questions about it.

I took the pictures during painting for my own references and now they come in quite handy 🙂


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I do not really like the big white blank canvas, so I tend to either put down diluted acrylics or crayon, that is watersoluable, in this case I took Neocolour II and washed it with water to cover the whole surface of the canvas in different colours.


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Then I grabbed one of my inkbottles and let a few drops fall down and spread them out with a brush. I was looking for shapes and forms, but none were to be seen yet, so I took my violet ink and made a few circles, spirals, lines…. and there they were, the forms and shapes I was looking for.


bloom7 24.05.2013 20-03-57Now it was time for the colouring in with acrylics – funFUNfun! If anyone might get the idea that green is my favourite colour – yes, it is 🙂 I meant to leave a few patches of the first layer of watercolour looking through, but I covered almost all in the end with different shades of green. Doing so I found the “Blooms”, the circles that had spirals in them, and I let them grow…









bloom8 24.05.2013 20-03-48In between I covered the ink-lines again and again, just to get a clearer view at my Blooms, and not every form or shape “survived” the colouring in, just the ones I really liked. It is a very easy and fun technique, and in fact it is so much fun, I have to take care not to do everything like this 🙂


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No. I’m not making any promises. Every now and again I feel like blogging again. Every now and again seems to be, when something has changed, or a change has kind of manifested.

For one, I have put the online-shop for my hand-dyed yarn on ice. I am working full time again, and it is too much pressure to try and keep up stock and dye and put it online and and and – and still enjoy it. I am very happy in my not new anymore job (1st anniversary coming up 🙂 ) and I want to be happy with ALL the things I am doing, at least that’s the goal. So: I have quite a bit of yarn and fibres “left over” and might be having a spring sale soon – if spring ever really starts that is.

And then I have really started to find a lot – a great LOT – of FuN in painting. And all because of Effy Wild, she started the whole thing 🙂

Since then I have found Tamara Laporte and so many others, and I am so greatful to have been able to “meet” them. In the meantime I trew quite a bit of paint as well ;-). And – heyho! never even dared to have a tiny glimpse of this thought – I was asked for a mini-tutorial of one of my latest paintings! So, who knows, I might sit down and do it  🙂

So, here it is, “Bloom”

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watersoluable crayons, acrylics and ink on 30x70cm canvas


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though I AM still knitting – just somehow I get to take pictures of my painted creative outbursts taken faster than of the yarn-related results…


So here a canvas, about 120×40 cm, acrylic paint, ink, pens, markers, whathaveyounots…..

And since I am too impatient to upload 11 different pics, I made them into a mini-slideshow. Enjoy!

Oh! I call it “Look at you”


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