Sunday, August 01, 2010

Day 31 of the 30-journals-in-30-days project

How long have you been Art Journaling?

I've been art journaling for years, but I haven't had a clue about the fact that it had a name...I started when I was about 8 years old I guess, in every kind of way and with every kind of material I could get my hands on, and that never really changed.

How has Art Journaling impacted,
changed or enhanced your life?

While art journaling I can show (and tell) what's bothering me, without really talking about it. I can express myself and just "be me" in it, in an abstract way, it's very important to me, and it's a huge healing process for me, for years.

What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials to use?

White and black Gesso, watercolor crayons (Lyra brand), permanent markers, acrylic paints, a scraper, scrap papers.

Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?

I really love and admire the work of Leslie Herger (aka Comfortable Shoes Studio), Paula Philips (aka JournalArtista), Willowing, my good friend Kerri (aka KerriLove), Milliande, Connie (aka Dirty Foodprints Studio), and many more...

What kind words of encouragement would you say to an
Art Journal newbie?

What you make is never wrong. You can express in your work, what you want and how you wanna do that, because NEVER forget, it's YOUR art journal, and it doesn't have to be perfect. You'll learn from everything you do, if you like it or not... :)

Where can we contact you... Give us some link LOVE!!

Short Bio

Born and raised in The Netherlands, married, having a pure and intense love with animals. My life wasn't a "walk on the beach", and it had so many bumps in the road, I never wanted to count them... But these bumps left their scars, and some of them make me struggle some of these bumps daily, over and over again. Next to my artsy things, I can express myself in music (singing), I love to read, write, and watching movies with my hubby. I used to train dogs, and that was a huge passion of mine. But I had to quit, because of an auto-immune disease that started when I was 11 years old, but progressed in the years. It's causing me so much pain that I had to quit many things, and that hurts inside...because the're so many things I LOVE to do...
And I still do things I love, art, for example. And even my pain is holding me back from many sports, I still do a workout, daily at home, with all kinds of fitness machines we have here. And yes, it hurts (it really does), but without training, it hurts just a little less... That difference doesn't make me quit this too!

I keep holding on to the things I can do! That makes life worth living!


  1. Wow Karin... these are some things I didn't know about you. It gave me the goose bumps, especially the mama page and your bio...
    :o) Loes

  2. Awesome entry hun. Can't wait to see more entries and being bale to pimp ya out. Love & Hugs, Poe

  3. Thank you sweety :) I just love the signature at the end, very cute :)

  4. Hi Karin! Thanks for sharing, this series has been so much fun.

  5. Hoi Karin,

    Bedankt voor je reactie op mijn blog.
    Ons pupje gaan we over anderhalve week ophalen. Wat een schatje hé??? Ik lak mijn kralen eigenlijk altijd met glanslak. Op den duur worden ze van het dragen wel wat kaler maar als je ze niet lakt worden ze zo vies vind ik.


  6. Fabulous interview, Karin! We have the same favorite journalers and many of the same fave supplies (LOVE those lyra crayons!!!)
    Sorry it took me so long to get over here to comment.


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Luv, Karin