On Thursday, June 4, I took a flight to Helsinki where I met my sweet friend Nathalie Kalbach to teach together at Matka Luovuuteen in Turku. A mixed media event organized by our wonderful hosts Elina Strömberg and Minna Enqvist.
It was an amazing weekend, filled with fun workshops but also a lot of socializing and some time for sight seeing.
Here is our weekend in pictures:
The first evening, drinks and an amazing dinner with Elina and Minna in Helsinki
Friday morning Nat and I were on our own and we took the opportunity to walk around beautiful Helsinki, taste some lovely and some less lovely Finnish food and enjoy the nice weather.
Later that day Minna picked us up for our drive to Turku where we would spend the weekend teaching on the boat the Bore. This amazing picture was taken by Minna around midnight. It was 2 weeks before Midsummer Night and it never got really dark and we lost all sense of time...
On Saturday, the first workshop day, Nat and I taught our Monoprinting workshop together. I really enjoyed that and I think we worked very well together. The group was amazing, fun, cheerful and a lot of laughing going on.
And in the afternoon it was my turn with my "For the Love of Layers" art journal class.
Here is some of the beautiful student work:
Here are Nat and me with our lovely hosts Minna and Elina.
And with the whole group.
And this is what happens at the end of a photo session :)
And then, with the blink of an eye, it was Sunday evening and we had to clean up and pack. Wow, that was fast but I guess that is how it feels when you're having such a good time!
As a bonus we got to spend the last night at Minna's house and meet her lovely family.
What an amazing place she lives! In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields and woods. Deer walking in the garden. We got to sleep in a beautiful little house with an amazing view. It was so quiet en peaceful and beautiful that Nat and I sat on the terrace until way to late before going to bed.
After breakfast on Monday morning Minna drove us to the airport where we ate a reindeer burger as we thought we had to try that while we were here. Not a big succes unlike the reindeer tartare we had on the first evening.
And then we had to say goodbye to Finland... it was awesome!
I want to thank Minna and Elina for inviting and hosting us and all the lovely ladies who joined us for 2 days of creative mess :) I had a blast and hope to come back soon!
Nat came to spend the week at my place before our next teaching adventure at De Craftorij the next weekend but that is for another post :)
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a lovely weekend!
Oh man I have so much catching up to do on my blog! It's been ages that I've posted and I have done so many awesome things in the last weeks that I want to share. Tons of pictures too... So I will do some eye candy posts in the next couple days. Lots of pictures, little words. Easier for me and more fun for you probably anyway :)
Today I want to start with our visit to ColArt Benelux in Breda on May 18 where we were invited for a Intermixability training. We is Marsha and I and the Scrapbookzolder crew, Jeroen, Saskia and Yvonne.Check out the store, you will find loads of Liquitex products and much more!
Here is our day in pictures...
It all starts with some color theory:
Our instructor Lennaert and one of his portraits:
And then we are free to choose whatever we want to work with from all of this (heaven is a place on earth...):
As I have used most of the products frequently except for the spray cans I decided to go wild with spraying:
Can you tell I'm having fun???
What a great day this was! I was already a big fan of Liquitex products and now I'm even more!!
Do you want to know what Liquitex intermixability is all about? Click here!
And here are the products we worked with this day:
Did you see this fun little intro video Marieke made for Art Journal Summer School? It made me all giddy and happy for the rest of the day just by watching it!! The music and the bright colors will get you in a summer/vacation moods instantly. Aaaand will make you wanna join the fun! So watch it and then click here: bit.ly/1ICXwOz to sign up and treat yourself! You deserve it!!
I have my little toiletry bag ready to go!
For a chance to win a free spot and more info on how to sign up you can go to my previous post!
I would love to see you in Summer School!
Registration for Art Journal Summer School is open now!
Maybe you've seen some posts about this already on FB, if not let me fill you in :)
I am thrilled and excited to be one of the teachers in this amazing line up of art journaling artists to teach on this online course hosted by Marieke Blokland from Bloknote Acedemy!
What is it?
The goal is to keep you journaling over summer, not only at home but even during your vacation. We all know how hard that is, if only because of all the supplies you need to schlepp around while you're traveling. But here is the answer!
A limited amount of supplies, fitting in a toiletry bag is all you have to bring.
All teachers use merely the same supplies but all in their own way, combination and style. The colors may differ (which means you can use your own favorites) and maybe the brands, but the basics are all more or less the same.
The course is spread out over 10 weeks. There are 11 teachers bringing you 20 short video lessons (about 10-15min) filled with tips and tricks and instructions, showing you how to create beautiful art journal pages with limited supplies whether you're on the go or sitting in your garden enjoying the lovely weather.
We don't want you to spent hours on the computer, we want you to journal!
How does it work?
Click HERE to go to the store where you can find the supply list and more info. Then sign up and join the fun!!
It doesn't matter if you're a beginner, maybe even haven't done any journaling before or if you're an advanced journaler. Whether you want journaling to be part of your daily life or just document your vacation. This course is meant to inspire and motivate ALL of you to journal over summer!!
Course starts on July 1. There will be a new video up every Wednesday and Saturday for ten weeks. Lessons are downloadable. There will be a closed FB group to share and discuss and get to know your fellow students (but only if you want too ;)). Fun, fun, fun!!
And even more fun if you can join for free, right??
I'm going to give away one spot to one lucky winner!
How can you win you ask? That's easy!
Leave a comment here, tell me why you think you should win and why you would love to take this course. Or, share this post on FB and/or Twitter. Or go to my IG feed (BirgitKoopsen - follow me if you don't already) and repost my Art Journal Summer School picture, please leave a comment to let me know that you did. Or do all of this and double, double, double your chances to win.
I will pick and announce a winner by June 1. at noon (CET).
And know what? You can just go ahead and register for the course if you want to take it anyway, that's another chance to win and if you win we will refund you your payment! Pretty awesome right?!
AND… if you sign up before June 1. you will get a HUGE early bird discount. Pay € 69,= instead of € 95,=!!
So, don't waste any time! Do it, now!! :)
I would love to "see" you in class :D
Last weekend was Art Specially Event in Nijkerk. THE stamp event in The Netherlands.
This weekend was the official launch of my new stamp designs for Carabelle Studio and I had the honor to show and promote them during two days of make-and-takes in the Scrapbookzolder booth.
Saturday started with coffee and a very sweet and fun surprise. Saskia brought cake with a picture of my stamps on top to celebrate the new releases. How cool is that?!
During the m-a-t you could create a little card using the new stamps and the gelli plate. Over the weekend I taught my little make-and-take workshop too 180 people and on Saturday evening I did 2 longer workshops for 10 people each.
People had to sign up for the make-and-takes and they were fully booked. Great for me, of course, but a bit sad for all the people that didn't get a place. But who didn't have a place could at least watch. It was so nice to see that there was a little crowd around my table all the time. So awesome that there were so many people interested in my stamps and in gelli plate printing!
On the other side in the Scrapbookzolder was Marsha's table. She taught an awesome workshop using ProMarkers and the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer. No wonder that her make and takes were fully booked too! :) Marsha was not only my companion at the show, she was also my lovely host. I spend 2 nights at her house, she made me tea and lunch and took really good care of me. Thank you so much Marsha :)
It was crazy busy, the weekend flew by and at the end my throat hurt from all the talking and I have to admit that I was a bit tired ;) But it was fun, fun, fun!!
Thank you Scrapbookzolder, for everything! And thank too all the sweet, funny, enthusiastic, interested and cheerful people who sat down at my table or came by for a short chat or to say hi, it was wonderful to see you all!
It was a really good weekend and all the wonderful response to my new stamps put a smile on my face that will last for a while.
So, last week I showed my new stamp designs and told you that there was one more coming. One I am very excited about. I think this is my personal cherry on top of the stamp design cake :)
Circles Background is an XXL stamp. It is A4 size, so 8x11 inches, produced from awesome quality white rubber and because of the grand size an acrylic block is included. Yes, that makes it a bit more expensive, but the block is really handy and not only for the XXL stamp. Just imagine creating a collage of stamps on the block and being able to print it in one go…. just saying :)
So here it is, my grande finale, LOL!
I hope you like it just as much as I do!
Only 4 more days and I will be at Art Specially, where I will be doing make-and-takes in the Scrapbookzolder booth all day and the next (april 11-12). M-a-t are free so please stop by for a chance of trying some of my new stamps together with a gelli plate! Of course Scrapbookzolder will bring all of my stamps + a large variety of all the other awesome Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils!
If you are not able to come to Art Specially then you can buy the stamps in the online store. The new releases will be available this weekend.
Check out all about Art Specially here!
I would love to see you there :)
Wouldn't you LOVE to get away from everyday normal for a day or two? A day or a weekend all for yourself, being amongst people that have the same passion for their hobby as you have? Just let go of everything and only focus on getting paint on your paper, create something beautiful and getting your hands dirty? Does that sound like a dream?? …. it doesn't have to be just a dream because Nathalie Kalbach, de Craftorij in Ede (The Netherlands) and I teamed up for a dream weekend!
You can book the whole package, which means you will have both days of workshops, stay in the hotel, food included, no dishes, no house keeping, no worries, just dig in the creating process deep!
Or you can choose to come only on the saturday or the sunday, or even come both days but sleep in your own bed.
On Saturday Nat and I will be teaching the whole day a mono printing workshop together, each with our own personal and specific style and techniques. See more details on the poster below:
On Sunday we will both teach our own art journal class, so you will have two different classes, one with me and one with Nat.
It starts the moment you sit down, an experience that is distinctly Art Journaling. A quick exhilaration, a sense of control, the art media’s surprising responsiveness as if they were simply an extension of you.
There is a word for this creative experience: Artvergnugen! Artvergnugen is what makes your journal a piece of art.
Join Nathalie for a half-day workshop and play with different art media and supplies. Learn techniques, tips and tricks to take your art journaling further and turn it into Artvergnugen.
Does that sound like heaven to you? For all the info and to sign up you can go to the Craftorij website HERE. In Dutch and English.
The Craftorij crew, Nathalie and I would definitely love to see you there!
I am excited and thrilled to share my new stamp designs with Carabelle Studio that will be released the weekend of April 11-12.
Your first chances to buy them are at Version Scrap in Paris at the Carabelle Studio booth OR at Art Specially in Nijkerk, the Netherlands at the Scrapbookzolder booth where I will be doing make-ad-takes on both days. Of course you will get the chance to use the new stamps there :) So make sure to stop by if you're coming to Art Specially!
And here are my new designs:
The first one is a new size stamp which is 30x5cm. Because of the unconventional size an acrylic block is included.
Can I say I love this one?! :D
And then there are 3 10x15cm sets that come with english AND french texts:
Meanwhile, check out the Scrapbookzolder website for a large variety of Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils.
On May 29 I will be teaching my FTLOL canvas workshop at Creatief Centrum Inside Out in Zwolle, The Netherlands.
Place: Brinkhoekweg 2, Zwolle.
Price: € 75,- including all materials and a nice lunch, drinks and snacks.
For more info and to sign up you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org