Lace, paint and paper

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I am so happy with my stack of handmade Lokta paper from the Himalaya, nice to print on, see my monotype prints in an earlier blog, and also lovely to paint on with oil paint! The oil paint I use is a water based paint from the brand Cobra-Royal -Talens. Love the structure of the paper and the richness of this paint. I have a weakness for textile as well, for a longer period of time, I tried to find … Read More

Winter – Blue Monday

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Snow is falling on this Blue Monday here in La Charité sur Loire, however it won’t last. Some crane birds are staying in Burgundy and the weather forecast is good. But Blue Monday or Winter, or whatever, my studio is nice and warm, the music is on and I have good light to work on my new project: Monotype prints combined with drawing and textile/lace. My goal is to find a way to combine the two with each other. Now … Read More

Monotype in 3 print versions

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Normally a monotype print is as the word says, a single print. But by using a Monotype and an object, you can create 3 different prints. You print a positive one, a negative version, and one final of the object itself. How? Take a plexiglass or thick plastic sheet and roll printing ink on it with a small roller, not too thick, and not too thin either. Put an object (leaf, flower, net etc.) on the ink, cover it with a piece of … Read More

Monotype Printing and Print Transfer

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Print Transfer For my upcoming workshop ‘Monotype Printing’ I like to add this very nice technique, so called ‘Print Transfer’. I’ve made a few samples on watercolor paper (300 gr.), as you can see here. You need gesso and a print/picture you want to transfer, best is to print this with your laser printer. Put a thick layer of gesso on your paper, smooth it out and put your print with the good side into the gesso and press with … Read More

Drawing and Painting with a Dancer

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Hello New Year, nice to see you 2015, a joy to look forward to all new inspirations this year will bring us! I like to share with you the joy of painting/drawing on music with a dancer! Imagine a nice French petit village with a roomy historic building, nicely restored and with a lot of light. It used to be a market hall. The place is called “Châteauneuf Val de Bargis”, situated in Burgundy. Ok, picture a ballet dancer (male/female) … Read More

Plein Air Painting

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  To be outside for painting in nature or in a nice little town is enjoying life at the fullest for me. A day of plein air painting feels like I’ve been a week-end on holiday.  I am a good weather painter to be honest, so no rain or snow for me! When I pack my gear, prepare my canvas, take something to eat and drink, I get exited already. On the spot where I want to paint, I walk … Read More

MonoType – What is this?

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    Monotype is a kind of one-print (mono), a unique print which you can make only once! You paint with a special ink on a piece of acrylic glass and put it on paper, then you slide this through a roll-press. You can paint with brushes, ink-rollers, sponches and all kind of other materials such as nets, threads, leafes or flowers etc. I work a lot with MonoType prints,normally as a background. On top I use ink, colorpencils and … Read More

Symbols

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My latest work is this Monotype – Mixed Media painting on Lokta paper from the Himalaya. Size: 36 x 50 cm painted area: 18x33cm I have worked with Symbols in my paintings for some years now, it fascinates me, and it is a binding between the Past, Present and Future. Like Music, Symbols are older than Words in Human History. This painting has 9 Symbols on it of different countries / cultures. Some of the Symbols everybody knows; like birds … Read More

My new Website online

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                                            I’m very happy with my new website! I like to thank Bas van Gaalen, my husband, who is the builder of this website and worked all week on it. We had some rainy days so that helped a lot. You can see my work and also you’ll find my shop where you can buy the work online. On a regular … Read More

The creation of Lokta Paper

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Lokta paper is handmade and comes from the Himalayas in Nepal. It is made traditionally by Nepalese families near a river from the Lokta plant or Papyraceas. This plant grows in the mountains at an altitude between 1800 and 2500 meters. It is cooked on a wood stove to get the smooth material to make paper. This material is beaten till pulp and this will go on frames with cotton. It is sun dried and each paper sheet is different, … Read More

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