donderdag 4 september 2014

Hi guys and girls :)

Its been a really long time and there are no excuses, but lots of reasons ;)
I've been working a lot pay off my student dept, last month was my last payment :) Joepie
And... we're moving to Scotland, well emigrate to Scotland to a small town called Oldmeldrum near Aberdeen. We've cleaned up our house, so we can sell it. We've rented a house in Oldmeldrum, booked tickets for the boat and vaccinated the cat so there is no quarantine time for him. I'm really looking forward to this move but I'm also very sad to leave my family and friends.
I hope I will have more time when I'm settled, which will be in November.

Thanks for sticking with me,

Love Susan

Having fun in my moms garden! 

dinsdag 24 december 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014

Hi Guys,

Very busy around here. I'm planning on posting more often in 2014. Just wanna wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyfull 2014!

Love Susan

dinsdag 18 juni 2013

Still a live and creating

Hi Guys,

I'm sorry I haven't posted in such a long long time. There are a lot of reasons,
First of al I've had an sinus/nasal cavity operations because my mucous membrane where in a constant state of irritation, that's why every cold ended up with a cavity inflammation which made my right cheek look puffy and blue. I always had to take a course of antibiotics to get rid of it.
The operations itself doesn't take long, the healing process does. I did get some complications so it took even longer for me. Every thing is well now and it's a bigger releave than I would have thought.
Second reason I'm preparing for our emigrations to Scotland and
3th I'm still planning on graduating.

There for blogging will be infrequently till I'm in Scotland.

For now some flowers and a butterfly I created with my new Big Brush pens from Faber-Castell

Have a nice week,
Love Susan

zondag 14 april 2013

Super fun video about the Nachtwacht.

Hi guys,
I found this video on the internet about the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and one of their most famous pieces. It's shot in the shoppingcentre in the middle of the shopping area in "old" Breda, the city centre. The city in which I life. I'm there on a monthly basis (give or take) :)
Have fun watching!!

I haven't been there yet. But I'm definitely planning on going!

Love Susan

donderdag 11 april 2013

chaotic times

Hi guys,

Sooo I've got a lot to tell you all. The biggest news is that we are going to move. My love has found a job in Aberdeen, Scotland. If all goes well the next 6 weeks (he has to pass the retraining tests) I'll be following him there in 6 months!
Emigrating from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom.
It's a lot to take in, to organize and so on. But I'm quite exited.

My love has started his training the 8th of April, which was my Birthday so booohooo for me, I had too spend the day without him. Luckily a lot of friends and family stopped by. (I made some yummie blueberry muffins and at the end of the day they were all gone :))
Yesterday was the day that marked our 10 years together and I haven't even spoken to my love because he's so busy. I did get a wattsapp message, so I'm not really complaining but there are moments that its hard. Soo to chear myself up I've brought myself some washi-tape. I've read that they aren't hot/trending anymore but I still love, love, love them.

  Now I have to think about a place to store them, my old one is full (of washi-tape).

Last time I told you all about projects I saw on Youtube with alcohol and spray ink or acrylic paint.
I've tried a few pages with spay ink and its amazing. Really beautifull background pages with al kinds off shapes.
Here are my pages. I've used different "undergrounds", some pages have none, others have gesso or aquarell ground (schmincke)

First layer: Aquarell-ground. Second layer color wash, multipule times alcohol drops. Third layer:home made glittermist on alcohol basis.
sprayed the paper with water before using the color wash and alcohol.
backsite of the previous paper. I like this side better !

First layer: Gesso, second layer Color wash with alcohol.

Gesso and Aqua-ground with color wash
Dylusions and colorwash on dry paper with alcohol drops.

Backside of the paper in the previous picture. Again I like this side better!

Sooo next time I will tell you what I recieved for my birthday and show some project I made with it.

Thanks for reading!

Love Susan

woensdag 27 maart 2013

Cheerfull display

Hello hello,

Spring has arrived, I hope. We have beautiful clear blue skies with a happy sun. Its still cold outside (around 1 Celsius). I'm really enjoying my study in the attic. The two windows allow me to enjoy the sun the whole day!
I'm alway interested in other peoples interiors, creative rooms, cheerfull displays. So I've decided to update mine and share it with you:

What your seeing is what I'm seeing when I'm working on my desk. It really is a mixture of new and old things I adore. The cups are a gift from my grandmother. De white frame with the paiting with polarbeers I've won in a giveaway from Veronique. The card with the "apple tree" is a lovely note from Su-pyo which came with some beautifull writingpaper I've won in a giveaway on her blog.
I've grown up with the dog in the picture. He's not with us anymore (for a long long time now). Further more some things I've made of found.
I think it will stay up for a few month before I will re-arange it.

Love Susan

dinsdag 26 maart 2013

Creative JumpStart 2013 Last post.

Hi Guys,

I'm sooooo sorry I haven't posted earlier. There's a lot going on at the moment. It's a bit too early for me to blog about that yet, I will when I feel I've sorted it all out (in my head at least :))
First I'll show you all my progress on the last tutorials in Creative Jumpstart 2013. The video's are still available on Natalie's blog.

Number 32 is a tutorial from Nathalie about PanPastels:

The stamps are from Hero Arts

Number 33 is a tutorial from Dina Wakley. She shows a few techniques, one is how to use stamps on tissuepaper. I really loved this and my result is quite "grungie" and will make a perfect background.
most of the stamps are made by Paperartsy from the hotpick series. The background rainbow color is made with Neocolor II from Caran d'Ache)

After I had lot's of fun with that page I recieved a parcel with some sticky back canvas I needed for CJS number 22 with Claudine Hellmuth. I've used some of her techniques and with the last one I just played around.
All four a soo different.. I love it.

Lesson 35 was made by Nathalie also and soooooooo much fun. She called it Gesso fun and that's just what it is!

Festina Lente = Hurry slowly
I've used Gesso (duh) dylusions blue and Neocolor II from Caran d'Ache. They are one of my favourites, I only have 15 colors but the possibilities are endless. ( still I'm saving for a bigger box, Í'll just use this box for traveling)
Then there were some give aways and tutorials with materials I don't have or techniques I already knew.
So the next one I made was number 41 made by Nathalie, again :)
In this tutorial she used different kinds of tape, the result is stunning. I've used tissue tape from two different brands and some homemade tissue tape, some sticky back canvas cuts and some papertape from Leukopor. It's used for bandages (I'm allergic to all other kinds of sticky tapes and bandages). Leukopos is the official brand here but there are cheaper ones. (I've found, in my eyes, the same material by Kruidvat (dutch drug store).
The best part of the papertape is 1. that you can remove it afterwards and 2 that you can winkle it up and gives you great texture.
I've use my other favourite coloring suply for this one: Inktense blocks from Derwent.

So the last CJS tutorial I've made is number 42 by Ronda Palazzari. A tutorial with templates and watersolubles. I've used my trusted Neocolor II again.

Soooo my sketchbook isn't full I will be roaming Youtube to find some great other techniques. I've set my eyes on some technique with alcohol, I will be playing with that one this week and show you guys the result next week.

Oh last but not least I've made a fun index for the Creative Jumpstart:

Soo that's it. I've still some fun items to show from last month. I will post again soon I promise.

Love Susan