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Color My Page Art Challenge #5 – Golden High Flow acrylics

Time for another Color My Page Art Challenge!

And this time I’ll demo Golden High Flow acrylic paint using a watercolor-like technique.

In the video below you will find a bit more information about what the Color My Page Art Challenge is and why I started it and I introduce to you this challenge’s paint.

YOU can vote MY palette in the poll!

In this poll below you can vote for up to 5 colors you would like to see me paint the demo in. When you’re done voting, you will see the results thus far.

Which Golden High Flow transparent acrylic colors would you love to see me demo in the next video?
  • Dioxazine Purple 16%, 29 votes
    29 votes 16%
    29 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Phtalo Green Blue Shade 14%, 25 votes
    25 votes 14%
    25 votes - 14% of all votes
  • Phtalo Blue Green Shade 12%, 22 votes
    22 votes 12%
    22 votes - 12% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Red 10%, 19 votes
    19 votes 10%
    19 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Shading Grey 10%, 19 votes
    19 votes 10%
    19 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Transparen Red Iron Oxide 10%, 18 votes
    18 votes 10%
    18 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Hansa Yellow Medium 8%, 15 votes
    15 votes 8%
    15 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide 8%, 15 votes
    15 votes 8%
    15 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Transparent Brown Iron Oxide 6%, 12 votes
    12 votes 6%
    12 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Naphthol Red Light 6%, 11 votes
    11 votes 6%
    11 votes - 6% of all votes
Total Votes: 185
Voters:50
January 23, 2017 - January 30, 2017
Voting is closed
© Kama

Facebook group

Do you like being challenged, art-supply wise? Do you dare painting with a limited color palette like I do? And would you like to see how others pull it off and share your own work? Then join the designated closed facebook group! You can find it here!

Giveaway

You can be the winner of the painting I’m going to make in the demo video. To partake, leave a comment below this blog post! And if you want to be kept up-to-date on new challenges, demo videos, workshops, tutorials, giveaways, then go here to sign up for my not-so-frequent newsletter!

Life Book 2017 Sneak Preview

Life Book Sneak Preview

Life Book 2017 has started!!! I checked out the first two lessons and it promises to be a good, very good year!!!

I’m teaching two lessons in this wonderful year-long art journaling course…the bonus lesson I’ll keep secret for now, but my main lesson is really, really cool…it’s a wonderful watercolor & mixed media technique like you can see in the page above. I’ve decided to give you a sneak preview; in the latest newsletter you’ll find a step-by-step photo series of a painting like the one that will feature in my Life Book lesson.

If you’re not getting my newsletter yet, you can still sign up. When you do, I’ll make sure this step-by-step Sneak Preview lands in your mail box! To sign up, go here!

Discount

Oh, and before I forget…there are only 5 days left to grab the 20% discount which makes this already affordable course extreme value for money! You can find the coupon code in the newsletter!

What resolutions did you make?

I never took New Year’s resolutions seriously. But this year I have one.

new year's resolutions art journal page

Racing cars and hyper-focus

You see, I’m kind of a formula-1 racing car. I carefully engineer my plans and then I take off in a dash, leaving people amazed at the speed and noise with which I go. This kind of productivity is made possible by a hyper-focus mode which deepens and intensifies my concentration and pushes away any needs in favor of that focus. Those are the days that my daughter’s return from school catches me by surprise  because only then do I realize I lost track of the clock and totally forgot about lunch or any other needs. Days like that can easily string into periods of weeks at a time in which I get a lot done.

Pit stops and gravel traps

But, as with most racing cars, I need to make a lot of pit stops to repair damage and refuel. And, quite to my embarrassment, I often land in the gravel traps. Worn out to the bone, the ultra-productive weeks take their toll with one or two weeks of physical misery. Then a fatigue knocks at my door so deep that I sometimes fear it will drag me under the pavement in the back yard. Then stray viruses bite themselves a way into my flesh, periods refuse to wait for their time and weaknesses blow themselves up into undeniable proportion because my body won’t resist anyway.

The amount of energy it takes to get back on a roll after crashing is unspeakable. Starting up costs way more energy than driving.

Steam trains

I met quite a few steam trains over the years. People who are the perfect opposite of me in life and work. They take time to do things and have no trouble resolving to do something ‘some time’. Or the week after. And they have the audacity to take time for family, friends, hobbies, long baths, days out and such luxuries. Stuck inside my own frame of reference I used to think that such a laid back way of working wouldn’t get them far. But now, a few years later, studies have been finished, new career paths have been trodden and new companies are up and running. In other words, the steam trains got as far as I did. But with one big difference: they took things easy, enjoyed life more, stayed in the race with a pit stop or two and managed all of that without crashing. So in the end, they didn’t spend half the amount of energy I did to get just as far.

Lesson learned, resolution made

So, being a steam train isn’t that bad after all, it seems. It’s impossible to change one’s character, but I’ve seen enough gravel the past years. So this year I’m going to try and say bye-bye to my inner racing car and embrace my inner steam train instead!

I’m curious; what new-year’s resolutions did you make?

Best wishes and Life Book update

christmas card mandy van goeije

Hello from the cocoon, dear people…I’ve already retreated from the dark and cold outside into my warm nest, filling it up with lights and love, to celebrate the return of the sun…the longest night is already behind us on the Northern hemisphere…

How are you celebrating the holidays?

After this roller coaster year we nearly have behind us, we’re planning on some serious cocooning…that is to say, our cocoon includes long walks with the dog and of course family and friends. Not too much hassle, though, this year. We’re taking the time to do things slowly and enjoy our time together. My entire Christmas planning fitted on one side of a 5x5″piece of paper a quarter of which was still empty…no stress this year! And I must say…it’s fantastic! Soup’s cooking and some final laundry is tumbling in the drier, so I had time for a little blog post. Mainly, I want to wish everybody very happy holidays…whether you celebrate Christmas, or not…if anything, I wish you a lot of warmth and light in your life. Not just for Christmas, but for keeps…

Life Book Love

Speaking of light and warmth…it is double worth checking out Life Book 2017 this holiday season! Until 14 January you get 20% off at checkout if you fill in the code: FIREWORKS2017
I’m not just saying that because I’m a teacher next year, because leaving myself out of the equasion, I think that if you’re looking for a huge amount of input and a great diversity in techniques, Life Book 2017 really does have a lot to offer…and the 20% off makes it the best priced program in the field for what you’re getting by far.

(com)mission accomplished!

2016 has been a mad year for me and my family. I remember so well that on New Year’s eve last year, I said out loud that 2016 would finally be a calm year. Well, as you know, it wasn’t. And still, it was a beautiful year that made us treasure what we have more deeply. It was the year in which I produced 5 online courses (of which two will run next year) and a lot of review videos and many journal pages and also the year in which I did this illustration for a health care organisation. It became their Christmas card to all their relations…

Itching fingers

And now, after a year of hard work, it’s time to retreat, to be with the ones we love and if we can’t be with them, to reach out to them, call them, write them, be with them in mind, remember them.
It’s time to find light in the darkness and to nurture our light and keep it burning to help light the world.
And it’s time to stretch and massage our fingers and whisper sweet little somethings to them for they carry our voices onto paper to share our ideas with the world. Grant them a little rest or finally let them go rampant on our sheets of paper and canvases…my last Color-my-page Art challenge got lost in the end-of-year humdrum and my fingers are itching to dig it up and finally work with the lovely greens the challenge turned out for me.

Well, dear people…this will be all for now…I’m retreating back deep into my cocoon for the coming weeks. I wish you all very warm and light weeks and am looking forward to seeing you back again next year!

Love, Mandy

Color-my-page Art Journal Challenge #4, Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks, Giveaway and Discount

Another generous offer

A few weeks back I received a message from Gina offering me a wonderful set of Daniel Smith watercolor sticks to try for a demo video and look what she’s sent me! An amazing set of Daniel Smith watercolor sticks for another amazing art challenge plus some more gorgeous art supplies I can’t wait to try. But first, this Color-My-Page art challenge that you can take part in too if you like. And this week there is an Art Giveaway. More info in this post!

Gina's parcel, bringing me Daniel Smith watercolor sticks, M. Graham watercolor paints (yay) and Prismacolor markers

Smart thinking: from sticks to pans

Gina wrote how she loved the Daniel Smith watercolor sticks. They seem a bit cheaper than the tubes and also, she figured out that if you cut the sticks into chunks, you can fill pans with it and thus create your own paint box. This way she makes these sticks incredibly versatile! I’m not an easy one to convince to buy crayons or paint sticks because it’s so different to the way I normally work. But Gina came up with a wonderful application that made these sticks very interesting to me! I tried a green one that I got from Caroline in the last Color-My-Page art challenge and was pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the paint and how easily a wet brush picks up paint from it! The fact that Gina put them into these pans makes them so much easier to work with when working with a lot of colors at the same time. So my fingers are itching to go!

Daniel Smith watercolor sticks in pans

So…now vote my colors and win the demo painting!!!

Right below you will find the color chart and the poll where you can vote for your 5 favorite colors. The top 3 will be used for the Color-my-Page demo video. If you would like to take part in the giveaway of the original demo painting, then please leave a comment below this blog post so that I can contact you should your name pop up…♥

Daniel Smith watercolor stick color chart
Which Daniel Smith watercolor Sticks would you like to see me use in my next demo and review video? You can pick 5. The top 3 will be used! Don't forget to leave a comment below this blog post for the giveaway of this painting!!!
  • Bloodstone Genuine (oh my, what a pretty color...no...nope...not influencing you guys at all...neh-eh... 😉 ) 14%, 51 vote
    51 vote 14%
    51 vote - 14% of all votes
  • NIckel Azo Yellow (please, choose this one...please...not trying to influence the poll....not at all.... 😉 ) 10%, 37 votes
    37 votes 10%
    37 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Undersea Green 9%, 32 votes
    32 votes 9%
    32 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Quinacrione Coral 8%, 28 votes
    28 votes 8%
    28 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Violet 7%, 27 votes
    27 votes 7%
    27 votes - 7% of all votes
  • Phtalo Turquoise 7%, 26 votes
    26 votes 7%
    26 votes - 7% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Gold 6%, 23 votes
    23 votes 6%
    23 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Piemontite Genuine 4%, 16 votes
    16 votes 4%
    16 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Sodalite 4%, 15 votes
    15 votes 4%
    15 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Indanthrone 4%, 14 votes
    14 votes 4%
    14 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Buff Titanium 3%, 12 votes
    12 votes 3%
    12 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange 3%, 12 votes
    12 votes 3%
    12 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Blue Apatite 3%, 11 votes
    11 votes 3%
    11 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Hansa Yellow Deep 2%, 9 votes
    9 votes 2%
    9 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Red 2%, 7 votes
    7 votes 2%
    7 votes - 2% of all votes
  • French Ultramarine 2%, 7 votes
    7 votes 2%
    7 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Ben heel benieuwd en loot graag mee voor de watercolor sticks* 1%, 5 votes
    5 votes 1%
    5 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Scarlet 1%, 5 votes
    5 votes 1%
    5 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Lunar Black 1%, 5 votes
    5 votes 1%
    5 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Crimson 1%, 5 votes
    5 votes 1%
    5 votes - 1% of all votes
  • New Gamboge 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Phtalo Blue Red Shade 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Aureolin 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Burnt Sienna 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Phtalo Blue Green Shade 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Burnt Yellow Ochre 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Hansa Yellow Light 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Permanent Red 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Hansa Yellow Medium 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Raw Sienna 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Yellow Ochre 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 370
Voters:84
November 28, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Voting is closed
© Kama

Watercolor Workshops ahead and 20% discount on LifeBook 2017!

Before the end of this year I will launch a lovely watercolor workshop. So keep an eye on my blog or sign up for my newsletter so you’re sure not to miss out on the opening sale! I’m also a guest teacher in Life Book 2017 for which I’m doing an adventurous watercolor workshop! There is now a 20% discount to be had by using the coupon code FIREWORKS2017 before 14 January 2017 at checkout. See you there?

More Daniel Smith watercolor paint videos by my hand

A little while ago, I did four Daniel Smith videos after I’d received a Daniel Smith dot sampler color chart to review. You can find the Yellows and Reds here, the  Blues and Greens here, the Browns and earth tones here and the Blacks, whites and effect paints here.

Color my Page #3: Daniel Smith watercolors – the Caroline edition

Daniel Smith watercolors…would they be as great as they are made out to be? I tried the dot color sampler, as you can see in my demo videos of it. And I was impressed. Only, some viewers said: Hey, Mandy, some of that paint is much more easily lifted from the tube and is much more vibrant from the tube! So I got curious…

…and then Caroline generously sent me set of seven vials of this wonderful Daniel Smith watercolors to play with. I let you decide which three colors to use and here is what I made!

Color mixing chart

First I did a color mixing chart of the three colors I was given through the poll. This is a wonderful tool to see what colors can be made by mixing or expected when used wet in wet.

The colors that came from these three colors were wonderful and very warm. Moonglow proved to be a color that altered the warm red and yellow so well, creating a range from purple to bronze to orange to yellow.

The Painting

Then it was time to sit down for the painting. I had no idea what to paint. Sometimes I have a fixed idea in my head due to previous ideas I had. Sometimes it’s a dream that conjurs up an image that sticks in my head all day, waiting to be painted. Sometimes it’s the folds in a towel that ended up in the corner of our bathroom that transformed into a character in my gaze. Sometimes it’s a feeling I have that is very strong and that asks for a character to let it out. Today there was none of the above.

So I started with a watercolor stain, which I trust to bring me a character to paint…and indeed, it did!

La Vieille Dame painting in Daniel Smith watercolors by mandy van goeije

Demo / review Video

Color My Page Challenges and Online Watercolor Workshops ahead!

I’d love to know what you’d like to see me demo and/or review next. I can’t promise I can fulfill every request, but I have a lot of art supplies here and I might just be able to make you happy! Let me know in the Color My Page facebook group!

Want to be kept up-to-date about every Color My Page challenge and perhaps even join yourself? Sign up for the closed Facebook page here.

I’m teaching a new online watercolor course this fall. If you want to be notified as soon as it launches, sign up for my newsletter here.

Life Book 2017 Discount Code for 20% off

If you like to see me as a (watercolor) guest teacher among many fantastic and inspiring teachers, visit LifeBook 2017…it may be just the thing for you! Now get 20% off until 14 January 2017…fill out the discount code: FIREWORKS2017

Color my Page #2: QoR watercolors demo and review

Ahhhh…finally I’ve been able to sit down and film the Color My Page demo and review of QoR watercolor paints! You chose colors that offered a bit of a challenge, but the paint was so fine it worked out nicely! Check out the photos and video below!
QoR watercolor by Golden art journal page by mandy van goeije

What is the Color my Page Challenge?

The Color My Page challenge is a challengeing way for me to demo and review art supplies. The way it works, is that I pick a type and brand of art supply and give you a color chart. Then you can vote for your favorite colors. The top three of your favorites will be used in the demo and review video! This week you voted for QoR Cobalt Teal, Transparent Pyrrole Orange and Quinacridone Magenta.

In return you can also take the challenge! If you like, you can join me in the challenge by using the same colors – or colors that are close – in an art journal page. Our work can be posted in the facebook group, which you can find here.

QoR watercolor art journal page by Mandy van Goeije

How did I like QoR?

In one sentence: QoR watercolor paint is fantastic! I love it! I’m not getting paid by Golden to say this. My experience with this paint is just great! Check out the video why.

This paint falls in the same quality range as Daniel Smith, Rembrandt, Winsor & Newton Artist’s, Sennelier fine watercolor and Schmincke Horadam. So far I’ve had no luck acquaring Holbein and M Graham yet, so I can’t compare this paint to those brands yet. QoR comes closest to the Sennelier watercolor in vibrancy and transparency and how well it layers.

QoR watercolor art journal page by Mandy van Goeije

QoR Demo and Review

In the video below I demonstrate how I painted my art journal page with the QoR watercolor paint and I also share my experiences with you. If you are only interested in the review, you can skip to 7:45 for the QoR review.

QoR watercolor art journal page by Mandy van Goeije

Color My Page Challenges and Online Watercolor Workshops ahead!

Do you want to vote for Color My Page #3 Daniel Smith watercolors? Visit this blogpost of mine before 5 November and let me know which colors you want to see me demonstrate and review!

Want to be kept up-to-date about every Color My Page challenge and perhaps even join yourself? Sign up for the closed Facebook page here.

I’m teaching a new online watercolor course this fall. If you want to be notified as soon as it launches, sign up for my newsletter here.

If you like to see me as a (watercolor) guest teacher among many fantastic and inspiring teachers, visit LifeBook 2017…it may be just the thing for you!

FAQ about my watercolor paint reviews on YouTube

frequently asked questions

With a growing YouTube audience, I get asked certain questions A LOT! Thus far I’ve been trying to answer everybody individually, but it’s becoming a rather time-consuming job, so I figured it would be a good idea to answer the most frequently asked questions in FAQ vlogs. I filmed the first three today. You can find them below.

FAQ #1: Can you review this or that paint for me?

I get a lot of requests for paint reviews. There are so many gorgeous paint brands out there and yet I cannot review them all – much to my regret. Here is why…

FAQ #2: Why don’t you do details on pigments?

I sometimes get questions or complaints about not discussing watercolorpigments and chemical specifics in my paint reviews. I choose not to do that. And here is the reason why…

FAQ #3: Which paint should I buy?

Undoubtedly THE most asked question on my channel and in my mailbox…”Mandy, what paint do you think I should buy?” There is no straight and easy answer to this question. In this video I explain why not and  hope to give some information that is helpful to you in choosing your watercolor paint…

Watercolor workshops ahead!

I’m currently filming a new watercolor workshop that will appear this fall. It was the drying time of a project that I used to film these first three FAQ vlogs in! If you’re interested in my next course and want to be among the firs to find out about the launch and the early bird sale, then sign up for my newsletter here.

If you’re intersted in a lot of artistic variety in online workshops, you might like to know I’m teaching a watercolor workshop (and a really, really great bonus!!!! ssssshhhhttt….) in the year-long art journaling course Life Book 2017. You can find more about it behind the link!

Color-my-page Art Journal Challenge #3, the Daniel Smith watercolor Caroline Edition

A few weeks ago I received a message from Caroline, offering to send me some Daniel Smith paint for reviewing and making a video. She had seven vials for me to fill up. I was over the moon! Testing paint from a dot sampler was a wonderful way of creating a gorgeous real color chart. But some of the paints were hard to pick up and I got so many people saying the paint looked more vibrant and deep from the tubes that it did get me curious to try…
Caroline's parcel, bringing me Daniel Smith paints

Caroline’s parcel with Daniel Smith watercolor paints

A week and a half ago Caroline’s lovely package arrived…she’d filled up seven vials with lots and lots of gorgeous paint and had even added a full tube and half a watercolor stick to try…and then I’m not even mentioning the wonderful waterproof drawing inks…couldn’t wait to try the paint in a Color-My-Page Art Journal Challenge?

Vote for the Art Journal Challenge

With these lovelies in hands I felt it’s time for another Color-My-Page challenge, don’t you? Below you will find the poll with the colors in Caroline’s collection. You can vote for 5 and the top three will be used in a live painting and review video on YouTube. (And yes, I know…the #2 Qor challenge video has yet to be made…I will do two one after another 🙂 The insetting slumber of fall grabbed me and drew me into a cocoon in the pauses between the fall-break-company and demands of my kids and hubs)

Daniel Smith watercolor mixing color chart

Below you will find a color-mixing chart that I made of the nine colors Caronline sent me. You can take the lovely mixing colors in mind for your vote!

Daniel Smith color chart by Mandy van Goeije

Vote for your favorite colors!

You can vote for the colors right below until 5 November. But make sure to visit the Color-My-Page facebook group to join the challenge!

Which Daniel Smith watercolors would you like to see me use in my next Art Journaling and review video? You can pick 5. The top 3 will be used!
  • Moonglow 17%, 28 votes
    28 votes 17%
    28 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Coral 16%, 26 votes
    26 votes 16%
    26 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Gold 16%, 26 votes
    26 votes 16%
    26 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Indanthrone 10%, 16 votes
    16 votes 10%
    16 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Serpentine Genuine 10%, 16 votes
    16 votes 10%
    16 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Anthraquinoid Red 9%, 15 votes
    15 votes 9%
    15 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Phtalo Blue Green Shade 9%, 14 votes
    14 votes 9%
    14 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Indian Yellow 8%, 13 votes
    13 votes 8%
    13 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Hooker's Green 6%, 9 votes
    9 votes 6%
    9 votes - 6% of all votes
Total Votes: 163
Voters:39
October 30, 2016 - November 5, 2016
Voting is closed
© Kama

More Daniel Smith watercolor paint videos by my hand

A little while ago, I did four Daniel Smith videos after I’d received a Daniel Smith dot sampler color chart to review. You can find the Yellows and Reds here, the  Blues and Greens here, the Browns and earth tones here and the Blacks, whites and effect paints here.

Watercolor Workshops ahead!

This fall I will launch a lovely watercolor workshop. So keep an eye on my blog or sign up for my newsletter so you’re sure not to miss out on the opening sale! Or check out Life Book 2017 for which I’m doing a watercolor workshop!

Color My Page #2: Qor Watercolor…which colors do you want me to paint in?

Color my page!!!
How would YOU like to choose MY colors for a painting or art journal page and see in a video what I do with them?

Yesterday I filmed the Mijello Mission Gold watercolor demo after you voted the three colors I was going to paint in…(see my painting of The Snow Queen here.) And now I’m ready for challenge #2!

I recently bough a small Qor watercolor set of 6 colors and they are fabulous! Below you find a color-mixing chart that I made this morning. Take a special, close look at the colors mixed with the cobalt teal. Aren’t these effects wonderful?

Limitation is inspiring!

It’s like many artists and writers say: working within limitations fuels the inspiration. So let’s see what it does for us in Color my Page, eh?

Will you take the challenge?

Below you will find a poll in which you can choose 3 colors that you’d like to see me working with. You can choose the most beautiful combination or the ugliest…whatever you like to throw at me I’ll take. The top-3 winners I will use exclusively in the making of a painting or an art journal page, of which I will make a speed paint video of for you to see.

Facebook group

For those who really like this challenge, there is a facebook group you can join to share your work! You can visit it right here.

Which Qor watercolors do you want me to paint a demo in? You vote on 3. I'll take the 3 winners!
  • Cobalt Teal 24%, 24 votes
    24 votes 24%
    24 votes - 24% of all votes
  • Transparent Pyrrole Orange 23%, 23 votes
    23 votes 23%
    23 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Magenta 17%, 17 votes
    17 votes 17%
    17 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Gold 17%, 17 votes
    17 votes 17%
    17 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Green Gold 11%, 11 votes
    11 votes 11%
    11 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Dioxazine Purple 9%, 9 votes
    9 votes 9%
    9 votes - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 101
Voters:37
October 13, 2016 - October 17, 2016
Voting is closed
© Kama

Color My Page #1: “The Snow Queen” painted with Mijello Mission Gold Watercolor

The Snow Queen watercolor painting by Mandy van Goeije

The Winning Colors of the Challenge

You have voted in the Color my Page challenge poll and that resulted in the following three winning Mijello Mission Gold watercolor colors:
1. Peacock blue
2. Red Violet
3. Viridian

The Watercolor paint demo

I loved to be challenged by your choice of colors, especially because Viridian is not a color I use a lot or at all. It was fabulous to discover this color as you can see in my video below:

A New Challenge Awaits (You)!

I really enjoyed this Color my Page Challenge. I hope you enjoyed my video and now have itching fingers to get started with these colors yourself! I invite you to make your own art (journal pages) in these colors, upload them and post a link to it in the comment section below!

I will be issueing a new challenge really soon….watercolor brand name starting with…a Q!!! Make sure you’re here to vote!

If you like this intuitive way of painting, I’d like to notify you of the online painting workshop Mixed Media Character Faces by me. You can sign up any time and do it at your own pace.

Art Journal Page: La Feuille Verte (incl. process photos)

Bluh. Fall hasn’t settled yet and I’m already down with some obnoxious virus. But only half down, so I decided no work, just play on an art journal page today! Creatamins are incredibly good for your health, you know 😉

I did a random painting trying out my Kuretake Gansak Tambi watercolor set. Which was very interesting. To say the least. Here’s what I made (process photos below):

"La Feuille Verte " art journal page by Mandy van Goeije depicting a girl under a starry sky with two faces and an open mouth because she has a bad cold

As I said I painted this art journal page mostly in Kuretake Gansak Tambi watercolor paints. I did a first-impression video review of the paint a little while ago in which it was immediately clear that this paint does NOT resemble watercolors as I know them. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t like the paint. It’s just different… For me, it falls in the same category as the St. Petersburg White Nights paint, which also behaves differently. Here’s the first-impression video I made:

Since I caught a nasty virus I felt ‘different’ enough today to try this ‘different’ paint by Kuretake. Knowing the paint doesn’t flow and mix in the same way as I’m used to from most brand I have, what I do when working with this paint is that I start random. I did a huge flow stain for the background of my art journal page to start building on:

Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow for background

Using the paint this lightly, I noticed that it still didn’t flow as fluidly as other brands do. And some colors mixed into a really muddy color. But, in this case I wanted that to happen. Because working on a background like this, I want happy and somewhat less happy accidents to give me grit to start building on.

From here I looked for a place to start and started building my art journal page up from there…

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

First, I found the little top face with a huge hat-like structure. But when I’d outlined that one, I found a second face with an open mouth, pretty much like mine (my nose being obstructed by this nastly little viral swelling) at the moment. So see? Here begins a journal page that really says something about my life. And that ALWAYS happens. You simply start somewhere. And before you know it, you begin telling a story. But instead of adding letters, words, sentences, paragraphs and chapers, you add colors, lines and media.

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

I gave the background of my art journal page a fiery yellow base that is weighed on by a really heavy night sky blue that I will lighten up in the next stages of the page. Also, I began outlining. But not with regular lines. Feeling as feverishly unfocused as I do now, I went for dotted lines…

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

The image needed more red to supplement the yellow and the blue and make the triad of primary colors complete, so I sort of gave the soft-ice like head garment a dark wash of magenta. Also I blende the yellow and the blue in a bit by drawing the yellow bubbles all the way up into the blue.

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

Then the entire art journal page felt too thick. The Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint really doesn’t feel like watercolor. So I had used it more like I would have used gouache, which had resulted in a ‘dense’ feel that I needed to light up. So I drew in lots of stars in the sky and turned the colored stain on the shoulders into a lace shawl by drawing in white ink.

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

Then it was time to give some dimension to the face, so it was time for a little stylized shading.

And finally I needed to do something with the hair. But what? I wanted to keep the watercolor background of the art journal page intact and yet it needed something. Staring outside pondering for a bit I noticed how trees have begun dropping their leaves and I realised that soon the day will come that trees will be about to shed their very last leaf. I know nature rebirths. But I find The Days of the Last Leaves a bit sad every year. Because then the dark days come when we have to rely on the sun to return. How odd it must have been for our early ancestors who believed they were at the mercy of their gods to let the light return and therewith new leaves. That kind of magic is lost to us. But the melancholy of The Last Leaf remains. To express the promise of the return of light, I colored it fresh green. Therefore I call today’s Journal Page “La Feuille Verte”…

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

And this is the finished art journal page…

So, if you ask me now if I like Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors as much as, say, my Horadams, I have to say ‘no’. I did love working with this paint, though. I love how its opacity allowed for the green bubbles on the dark blue background so that they really pop out. When used in a thicker layer, the paint does dry up a bit shiny like acrylics, though. I hope it won’t stick to the opposite page… It doesn’t feel sticky. But I’ll have to wait and see what happens when I close my journal…

Can’t wait to start on a new ‘happy accident’ art journal page…do you care to try?

I’ll soon do one in Mijello Mission Gold. The first edition of the  “Color My Page” challenge has been voted for really well! The votes close this Sunday and then I’ll paint an art journal page with only three colors and record it onvideo, reviewing the Mijellow Mission Golod paint as I go. If you like, you can still vote!

Color my Page #1 – You choose the colors of my next watercolor Art Journaling video!!! Care to join?

Color my page!!!
How would YOU like to choose MY colors for a journal page and see in a video what I do with them?

So…I was thinking the other day…

I have yet to test the Mijello Mission Gold watercolor paint for real and take my experience with it a bit further than color swatching. AndI also like a challenge…so what if I combine the two and let YOU color MY page?

But…since it’s fun to do together…you color my page, but I was thinking that perhaps you’d like to join! What if you use the same colors for a journal page of your own and post it in my Art Journal and Diary pages group on Flickr? Or on your own blog with a link in the blog or YouTube comments? You wouldn’t be restricted to the Mijello brand, of course. You can use any brand of paint that you have and any type of paint…acrylics, gouache, oils, crayons, pencil…everything is fine.

Below you find an image of the Mijello Mission Gold color chart, for reference. You can click on it for a bigger version. Unfortunately my scanner didn’t pick up on the Bright Opera, but if you take neon pink in mind, that comes really close to what the color looks like.

Limitation is inspiring!

It’s like many artists and writers say: working within limitations fuels the inspiration. So let’s see what it does for us in Color my Page, eh?

Will you take the challenge?

Below you will find a poll in which you can clhoose 5 colors that you’d like to see me working with. You can choose the most beautiful combination or the ugliest…whatever you like to throw at me I’ll take. The top-3 winners I will use exclusively in the making of an art journal page, which I will make a speed paint video of for you to see.

Facebook group

For those who really like this challenge, there is a facebook group you can join to share your work! You can visit it right here.

Which colors do you want to do the Mijello Mission Gold Art Journaling challenge in? You can pick 5 for me - as crazy as you like, or as beautiful as you like. I will use the top-3 colors in a journal page that I will make an art video of....
  • W543 Peacock blue 9%, 25 votes
    25 votes 9%
    25 votes - 9% of all votes
  • W536 Viridian 6%, 16 votes
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    16 votes - 6% of all votes
  • W546 Indigo 5%, 14 votes
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  • W552 Red Violet 5%, 14 votes
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  • W544 Prussian blue 5%, 13 votes
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  • W551 Bright Opera 5%, 13 votes
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  • W564 Burnt sienna 5%, 13 votes
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  • W521 Lemon Yellow 4%, 12 votes
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  • W553 Bright clear Violet 4%, 11 votes
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  • W513 Rose Madder 3%, 10 votes
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  • W516 Vermillion 3%, 10 votes
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  • W522 Permanent Yellow Light 3%, 10 votes
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  • W531 Greenish yellow 3%, 10 votes
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  • W561 Yellow ochre 3%, 9 votes
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  • W565 Red brown 3%, 9 votes
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  • W533 Olive green 3%, 9 votes
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  • W537 Van Dyk green 2%, 7 votes
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  • W523 Permanent Yellow deep 2%, 7 votes
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  • W534 Sap green 2%, 7 votes
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  • W532 Yellow green 2%, 7 votes
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  • W541 Cerulean blue 2%, 6 votes
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  • W562 Light Red 2%, 6 votes
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  • W545 Ultramarine deep 2%, 6 votes
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  • W567 Sepia 2%, 6 votes
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  • W512 Permanent Rose 2%, 5 votes
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  • W570 Burnt umber 1%, 4 votes
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  • W566 Van Dyke Brown 1%, 4 votes
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  • W502 Black 1%, 4 votes
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  • W563 Raw umber 1%, 4 votes
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  • W514 Crimson Lake 1%, 3 votes
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    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • W517 Orange 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • W518 Yellow Orange 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • W535 Hooker's green 1%, 2 votes
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  • W511 Permanent Red 1%, 2 votes
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  • W501 Chinese White 1%, 2 votes
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  • W542 Cobalt blue #1 0%, 1 vote
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Total Votes: 287
Voters:62
October 3, 2016 - October 9, 2016
Voting is closed
© Kama

5 sparks of Art Journaling inspiration & a winner…

One of the things people say most when talking about art is: “[sigh]…I am not as creative as you are. I wouldn’t know what to draw and paint like you do. I never have inspiration. ” And then I always reply that often I have no idea either. I simply sit down, grab some stuff that I feel like working with and then something starts to happen. Only very rarely my fingers won’t move. But showing up is the greatest part of the work – or at least for me.

a shelf of picture books in mandy van goeije book case in which she finds inspiration

Sparks for Art Journaling inspiration:

That being said, though, there are moments I need a spark from the outside world. Here’s a few things I do then:

1. Finding inspiration in Picture Books

I have a pretty massive collection of picture books that I use to seek inspiration in. I buy a lot of them second hand or at the library clear out. And the thing I watch out for, is the techniques and styles used by the illustrators. I tend to buy books that are unique in both ways because they are most inspiring to me. Only a few illustrators fascinate me enough to collect their work.
My top illustration heroine is Rebecca Dautremer. She is da boss in the field as far as I’m concerned. I own quite a few of her books. Her work got me into gouache and a tiny video of hers on facebook a few years back helped me enormously to conquer the battle with this peculiar medium.
Another really great illustrator is Kaatje Vermeire who works in mixed media in a really great style.
And then there’s illustrators from the past that I really adore like Stasys Eidrigevicius, Adolf Born and Arthur Rackham. Sticking my nose into their books always produces an itch in my mind and fingers.

 

Mandy van Goeije work top scattered with art supplies during a crazy professor experimentation session with art supplies in which she finds inspiration

  1. Being a crazy professor with Art Supplies
  2. When even picture books don’t help, I get this gnawing sensation in my gut and sometimes become a little cranky. That’s when you know there’s an egg inside of you that needs to be laid; you just need to find a way to do it. Inspiration is pretty much just that, eh? The spark to lay your egg… So then I drag out lots of art supplies and simply start experimenting! My studio and I look awful when that’s done. And sometimes there’s little result to show for the hard work. But it always takes off some steam!

  1. Spinning worlds of color
  2. If both picture books and art supplies fail to make my fingers itch, then I know I’m in a bad place. This is usually a day when my kids say: “Mom, shouldn’t you be painting in your studio? I’ll do the dishes for you.” On days like that, I open my little black cupboard and take out my collection of kaleidoscopes. Yup, really!
    I install myself in a comfy chair with some calming music. Say that of Erik Satie and simply turn them kaleidoscopes in front of my eyes. Color therapy! Sometimes it takes a while, but almost always the rotating color combos helps release some energy to get going. Sometimes it’s literally a color combination that gets me to work. And at other times it’s just the colors that trigger something in my mind that gets me going. A great way of finding inspiration!
    This little video above here is a video I once recorded of some of my own kaleidoscopes…I thought I’d add it for those who have yet to do without…
flickr group art journal and diary pages homepage in which mandy finds inspiration

  1. Sharing inspiration in the Flickr Art Journaling group
  2. A few years ago I set up an Art Journaling group on Flickr for people to share their art journal pages in. To inspire and to be inspired! The group now has 1240+ members and more than 31000 photos for you to enjoy! It’s great fun to see what other people do in their journals on a daily basis!!! It’s hard not to get any inspiration out of that!!! I sometimes see work passing by that makes me think: why didn’t I think of that?! And then my hands get busy again…

  1. Let your self be inspired by Online art classes
  2. Sometimes taking an (online) art class can be truly transformative. I will never forget Carla Sonheim‘s first online drawing class. I was in it. And that lady simply sparked my confidence. She was the first art teacher who showed me that there was no one correct way of drawing and that I could draw very well if I simply got myself to do it.
    Another really great class I once took was by Mindy Lacefield. I never kept working in her style. But I loved her joyful approach and very much admire how she keeps on working in her own style. In her class was a guest teacher, Lana Guerra. And that lesson was just simply marvellous. Where mixed media techniques were sometimes a bit too good-girl for my liking, suddenly there was this awesome punk-doll like artist showing me that it didn’t have to be good-girl at all. I painted in that style for weeks. And a lot of that sense of freedom is still with me today.
    Not having been very good with color pencil, I took a class of Peony and Parakeet last year. And even though I’m quite an advanced student, I still picked up a thing or two that has been important in my work. I learned to love the color pencil and the freedom of working in color, color, color and color. That class has seriously impacted my own work since I’ve begun to use that free layering of colors as a basis to work on.
    And even though I don’t follow classes as intensely anymore, this year I enrolled for Erin Faith Allen’s class Metamorph. Her work is so different from mine and I love how she lays down meaning in everything. I had been on the lookout for a real-life workshop by her, but that wasn’t feasible, so I decided to join her online. I may not learn much from the techniques anymore because I’ve seen a lot. And…progressing in my development I find I’m beginning to stick to my tracks more and more. But still…it’s that spark you want sometimes. And I still find that in her class, making it worthwhile still.
    Being around other artists and learning how they work, think and live is simply contagious! It’s pre-packed and well-presented inspiration to take from what you need…

Finding sparks in Life Book

I think that passing the spark on is why I have begun teaching online classes myself. I want to help people find their spark. And that’s why I’m so glad to be teaching on Life Book next year. It’s great to be part of such a big team of inspiring teachers who are all so very different. That means you will definitely find inspiration there! Maybe not in everything. But there is so much variety that you will most certainly find lessons in there that will affect your work permanently. And they get delivered right in your mailbox for a whole year.

If you want to take a look at Life Book 2017, it’s good to know you can sign up as of 3 October, so in a few days already! Lessons start 1 January. I’ll be in the classroom for questions and feedback on your work for both of my classes! I hope to see you there!

And the winner is…

Before I announcing the winner of the free spot for this wonderful art journaling course, I’d like to thank you for the many, many shares and newsletter subscriptions and for your beautiful comments here on my blog. Many of you seem to be looking for inspiration…so it’s a good thing I wrote this article 😉
I read all comments and there was no way of choosing one person who deserved to win most. So many of you have such good reasons to win, but I can give away only one spot for free. So in the end I ordered all entries and used a random number generator which rolled out Number 22. And on that spot was…..drumroll….Rachel Evans White!!!
Congratulations, Rachel with your spot in this really awesome year-long art journaling course. We’ll see each other in class!!! I do hope to see the rest of you there too…you all deserve a really big spark of inspiration and art to make your lives richer!!! Keep an eye on my blog for another giveaway this fall when I release my new online class…you might get lucky this time!

My new LOVE…my Bullet Journal

Here’s a bit about me and my bullet journal…

stack of notebooks for bullet journaling; leuchtturm and cangini filippi

How does an artist mind stay organized?

I don’t know, to tell you the truth. I’ve been looking for THE way to organize my mind from the day I needed to.  But artistic minds are wired a bit differently, so the normal way of getting organized with diaries, planners, calendars and whatnots is often not really the way an artist gets it done. A workplace scattered with post-it notes and to-do lists gets closer to the organizational reality of an artist’s mind. But that is about as fault-proof as you can imagine…

So, after the “Oh boy, I lost my little post-it, wherethehelizzit?!” phase, I moved on to keeping a collection of notebooks to jot things down in. Until, as you can see in the video, I had gathered as much as 5 huge notebooks to “keep me organized”… Duh! As if!

my cangini filippi bullet journal

Eurekalreadyhadit!!!

So then I finally sat down to look up a thing or two about Bullet Journaling. I had heard the word before, but I’m never crazy about hypes, so stayed away from it a bit. And irony had its stab at me, for when I finally did go check it out, it turned out that I had been bullet journaling all my life already! I just hadn’t called it that way. And, granted, I did find out I could bullet journal “a wee bit” more efficient than I’d be doing it so far. And thus I condensed my 5-fat-notebook system to only 1 Bullet Journal. And I love it!

Video

In this video I show you all that I’ve done so far…

Interesting links

If bullet journaling got your attention, then here’s a few interesting links to follow:

www.bulletjournal.com
This guy was smart enough to think of a clever name for this system and market it! (Why didn’t I think of that?!) His website has got some really great starters’ videos on his website.

www.bohoberry.com
This blog lady gave in to the craze a lot sooner than me and is truly passionate about her bullet journal. She’s got a ton of inspiring videos on her website that inspired me for some of the content that I have. If it’s your thing, she’s got a really great decorating style too…so with a little music on your head, I bet you can enjoy yourself loads while using her decorating tips!

www.canginifilippi.it
Ah, THE notebook makers!!! I adore Cangini Filippi notebooks. I’ve used the Paros and the Color books for over a decade now and buy them more than a handful at a time. I use them to keep my written diary/smashbook, for designated topical notebooks and…since last week…for my Bullet Journal. Leuchtturm is going to have a REALLY hard time kicking this one out of my footlight. And to those who love Moleskines…in my experience, these books have better paper and are even a bit more affordable (in the Netherlands) while at a considerably larger size, so perhaps interesting to check out?

www.leuchtturm1917.de
THE original Bullet Journal is made by these makers. And I found they have an impressive amount of dotted notebooks in their collection in the yummiest of colors!!!

www.moleskine.com
The classic notebook that many writers are said to have used for writing their books. I love them, but they are on the expensive side. The paper isn’t as good as that in many notebooks and I found a great many pens to bleed right through… But…if you work with pencil and ballpoint mainly, this is a really great book…with a history…

WonderlandStationery
Wonderland Stationary make really great printables, amongst which the blog planner that I purchased there. I don’t use it as it came, but I cut parts from it that I now use in my bullet journal. Really handy!

www.hummelman.com
The Dutch store where I’ve been buying my Cangini Filippi books for a long time now. They offer great service! And when I ordered two books from the color range, they e-mailed me a photograph so that I could choose! Isn’t that awesome? Things like that make me a loyal customer, glad to recommend their services!

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I’m Mandy van Goeije, a Dutch artist/illustrator/teacher. With a head full of inspiration I relentlessly try to find ways of expressing myself in imagery and language, helping others to do the same.

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