17 October 2017

Making monograms...

It's been aaaages since I last posted on my blog. 🙈 I'm still here though!

A while back I've worked on a little typography project... I've been making a few decorated monograms. On I did a lettering lesson of my dear instagram friend Alexandra Snowdon. Please do check out here lovely feed... She's a big inspiration to me!

First I made pencil sketches, then I inked my illustrated letters... and the last step was watercolor painting it.



So here's how my project turned out... I like ampersands a lot, but I could’ve left it out, since JA means YES in Dutch. 💪🏼

20 April 2017

Little book of connection

My friend Piet Koek and I recently collaborated and made a little zine for our just married friends. We both know the bride for about 20 years now; we met when we were all students Creative Therapy. Music Therapist, writer and storyteller Piet wrote a lovely (Dutch) poem about the bride, our friendship and our wishes for her and her husband. I made illustrations to symbolize our friendship and wishes.

It was both Piet and my first little book project, and we're quite happy how it turned out!
Here's a little video of me flipping through it... Hopefully not to quickly for you to read. Or else just pause it whenever you like. ;-)


15 April 2017

They said: "Ja!"

Last week my dear friend Frederike married her love Stefan. ❤ It was a beautiful day!

I’m excited I can finally share the wedding invitation I designed for them... At the front I illustrated their pretty wedding location: Castle De Schaffelaar in Spring time, peeking through the fresh green leaves. A little bird is singing them a love song, obviously. ;-)

I enjoyed drawing all the little branches and leaves... And laying the bricks of course.

At the back I painted little symbols to visualize their day program.
Here's how it finally turned out...

It was so fun to see how my illustrations were used during their day. The leaves were printed on the chocolats around their wedding cake. The castle was printed on their wedding favors. And they put real grape hyacinths along with pretty name tags, handlettered by the bride, on the plates during the dinner party. Pictures will follow... ;-)

I'm wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of love and happiness! 💑

27 December 2016

Good thoughts...

This year I kept our Christmas card design simple, with only a few branches and berries... and good thoughts of Peace, Love and Joy. Cause that's all we really need, isn't it? ❤

10 November 2016

Yi ya yoga!

Ever since Laura from InBloei coaching asked me to make illustrations for her new kids yoga studio Bloesem kinderyoga, I've been learning a thing or two about yoga…

It was a joy for me to draw these kids in different yoga positions, and of course I couldn't fight the impulse to try them all out! That is… the tree, the lotus, the triangle, the bound angle, the bow, warrior II and the cobra pose. Yup, quite a few. ;-) With a pencil behind my ear and a brush between my teeth, obviously.

Oh, and while kids (or adults) are being so busy yogaing, they seriously need some watercolour confetti too, don't they? So there you go…

For all mindful, Dutch moms and their (highly) sensitive kids, please do check out Laura's lovely work as a mindful mommy coach, nutritionist, kids yoga instructor and child coach!

And... she's on social media too :-)
Instagram: Laura In Bloei
Twitter: Bloesem kind
Facebook: In Bloei Coaching

25 October 2016

Miekes Baked

The past weeks I've been watching Heel Holland Bakt: the Dutch version of The Great British Bake Off. The bakers were very well matched this year. Last Sunday was the finale and in the end baker Annemarie won. She baked the prettiest things! This also means the Heel Holland Bakt drawing challenge I've participated in has come to an end. Along with other creatives on Instagram I've drawn and painted my weekly favourite bakings... Check HHB Challenge for an overview of all illustrated cakes and pastries.
The ones pictured here were "my bakings"... (oh, if only I could test them all out :-P )


8 August 2016

The 100 doodles are done!

It's already been a week since I finished my 100 days project on instagram called #100daysofdoodlingthingsilove. It was the first time I did a project like this and I must say it has learned me quite a lot...

  • About how making daily drawing time slowly but surely turns into a habit. I actually miss it now, even though I obviously enjoy my extra time too ;-).
  • About how drawing often doesn't start with inspiration, but just with making time for it. Even, or maybe especially, when I don't feel like it. Somehow I've produced some of my most favourite sketches when I wasn't in the mood to draw. And also: drawing when I wasn't feeling like it (because of tiredness, lack of focus, a tight schedule or whatever), almost always made me feel better and gave me more energy in the end.
  • About how my thoughts about a particular drawing (It's nice. It's crap.) are just thoughts... and other people often respond completely different to it. Which in itself is a lesson for me to be less judgemental about my own work, and just dare to put it out there... dispite of my own uncertainty and the flaws I see.
  • About how persistently focussing on something happy-making day in day out, sets positive things into motion. It became easier for me to start drawing in the first place, without staring too long at the white piece of paper in front of me. I've started to feel more confident about my drawings (even the silly sketches). I've connected to many kind, creative people during these 100 days. And somehow I've gained over a 1000 new followers! (Huh? Say what??!) I certainly hadn't expect this to happen, but I'm happy and grateful people apparantly like my work enough that they want to tag along. Thanks to all of them! They are a big motivation for me to keep going.
  • The topic I choose was quite personal and at first I thought: "Can I even come up with 100 things I love?". But the strangest thing happened: the further I came into the challenge, the easier it got to think up new drawing topics. I knew it already, but this challenge made it extra clear: you get more of what you focus on. So in this case I began to see "things I love" everywhere. This is why my project was also a daily gratitude practise... :)
  • Most importantly I think these things I've learned are true in general for all I (or we) would like to focus on more. This gives confidence that whatever I choose to put my energy in on a regular basis, it will bring new insights and good things my way.

While working on mine, I loved following other 100 days projects on instagram as well. And it makes me curious of their, and other peoples, experiences too... Did you ever do a 100 (or other amount of) days project of any sort? How did it turn out? What did you learn from it? And are there any things we have in common? Or maybe you've experienced it completely different?

All in all I'm happy I've commited to this challenge 100 days ago! And I'll probably do it again in the future. Though maybe first a 30 days challenge to warm up a bit. ;-)