Hi and Welcome! I’m Mandy.
I’m a Dutch artist, art journaler and teacher and I am a passionate visual storyteller. It is in the stories we share that other people read or see a reflection of their own. It is through stories that we connect. That’s why I make art.
I help people use art and language to tell their stories and show them it is the stories we carry that make us unique. They determine how much we allow ourselves to heal. By looking at all of them, those in the light of our lives and those tucked away in the shadows, we can find strength, healing, joy, relief and confidence.
People talk a lot, but opening up to the essentials is something altogether different. In our own unique visual language we can do so safely. And I go to any length to help people do so, because…
“What’s wrong with being personal anyway? Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”
– Meg Ryan in “You’ve got Mail”
Latest Blog Posts
Last Summer I went on a holiday to France travelling light. I had only brought some Bruynzeel Design watercolor pencils with me. But, as it goes, when I was in an art store, I wanted to buy something new as a souvenir from France. I chose to supplement my travel-set...read more
Do you keep track of your days? And if so, how do you do it? Should you love the idea, but have no idea how to do it or need some inspiration to do it, at the bottom of this post you will find a big bunch of videos and links to inspire you. I'm finally keeping track...read more
Dear readers, we've come to the end of this year...already! Time is rushing by so fast I feel its velocity might toss me off the planet sometimes. Gosh...almost 2018 already! High time to review, look ahead and fuel our minds with a little, or no...a lot of...read more
Summer has fallen and my Tanka couldn't but follow... English translation of the Tanka: every day raindrops on the map - it's sunny now beckoning me out but I find my feet frozen in the work I have to do The skies have turned a dull kind of heavy and...read more
It's time for a little bit of weekend inspiration and an update on what I've been working on. The past week I've been practising my collage skills. Inspired by the work of Sara Fanelli, I finally got started on a collage journal, something I'd been...read more
I'm still working on my series of illustrated Tanka. I searched for a way to combine writing poetry with my art work for years and now it feels like I've found it. The more I write, the more ideas are growing, the harder my fingers are itching. I made some...read more
David Bowie on expression:
“There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.”