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”

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Latest Blog Posts

Transforming a Filofax into a Traveler’s journal

Do you know the quest for the PERFECT journal/planner? If you're as nuts about notebooks and planners like me and if you have a butterfly mind like me, you probably do and have probably been caught in the planner mania of the moment like me. In this post I...

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a Tanka illustrated: #1 Far away mountains,,,

English translation of the Tanka: Far away mountains behind which gold lies hidden that I'll never see because a renewed chaos shot it with an old order LIVE cursus Tanka Schrijven en Illustreren Op 9 december aanstaande vindt de ééndaagse workshop Tanka...

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LIVE Workshop Writing and Illustrating Tankas

Why Tankas? My first love was words. I filled tons of diaries with words. And when plain words weren't enough anymore, I began writing poetry. I think I was 11 years old when I started. I poured everything that happened in life into poetry. In poetry and...

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Color my Page! July Art Challenge

A new Art Challenge! Dear art challengers, today Summer has begun. With recess just around the corner I thought I'd chuck in the July challenge early so that I can just squeeze in an August challenge for those who'd like to do all months. This time the challenge is an...

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Color My Page Art Challenge: Green

June 2017's edition of the Color My Page Art Challenge: "Green" I think it's high time to get some structure in the Color My Page Art Challenge. Something I can now do because all my deadlines are made and I have time to fill with my own projects. So first thing I...

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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.”