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welcome to 2018

Making an art-journal is not easy when you are out of inspiration!

Last year, after a year of making a nice art-journal, I was lost  and no ideas came into my brain. Maybe my goal was to ambitious! I had planned to make everyday a entry and that was not to maintain. So now for this year I want to have a guideline. Doing a page or 2 every week must be achievable and for content I visit a dutch website with every week a challenge in writing. I can use the topic for my art-journal if I am out of inspiration or have my own topic. I also want to make more doodles, drawings and paintings and even writings.

The topic of this week is welcome and it suits my entries, because I say farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018. The entry is symbolic in the picture above. It is about rain  (it is raining every day nowadays) and the coming  chinese year of the Dog. Also about feeding the birds, motherhood and children. Furthermore there is still a bit of christmas in the house, but the 2 tree climbers (elves from Alan Dart) are saying goodbye, and there is a rain of hearts and love in the air. There is only one thing else to do, gluing the welcome word into the picture.   Alice


huis1aYesterday I was painting with my derwent inktense pencils this little house on the hill. The drawing is not very cool and good, but was intended to play a bit with color and water. Because I have now a nice waterbrush the drawing was finished in no time at all. With the derwent inktense pencils you apply the colors in the panels and with the waterbrush the colors come to life. The inktense colors are very intense, so for a soft drawing you have to use them lightly. The little bird on the picture is a clipped christmas card. Instead of throwing them away I use some parts again in my art-journal. The page in my art-journal is not yet ready, I still have some clipping and gluing to do. Alice

distelvlinderThe lavender blooms and on the little flower buds I see a nice butterfly. It is summertime in my garden and I am enjoying the colors and the fragrance of the flowers.

There is not yet much to do in the forest garden, because there is still no fruit tree planted. A lot of the enthusiastic people we met at the workshops is doing something else. But we are still on track although it will take a lot of time before the forest garden is realized. Meanwhile we organize some activities to keep the folk happy. The plan is almost finished and in the autumn the great works will start. At least we hope so. The flower meadow is now in bloom, the bees will be happy. Alice


The train iweide to de arks  driving slowly, we are on track. The first real steps are done. But there is a lot to be done with very little help. The transition to a perma-culture mini forest is more difficult than we thought.  We had some workshops to prepare us on the work that lies a head, but it is not enough. We miss a practical kind of view. We miss a man or woman with practical ideas, how to go on, a field manager or someone like that.

The first steps were a flower meadow for the bees. A hive will be placed in one of the meadows and bees will work in the fruittrees. In the meadow there will be many flowers.  But the weather is warm and dry and we hope that will not effect the sprouting of the flowers. For the meadow we mixed some annuals and perennials that love to grow on the very heavy clay of our forest-park.



appelbloesemIt is cold and raining, but the apple-tree is full in blossom. It is a pity I can’t enjoy the flowers in the garden itself. But I made a nice picture of the first flowers. I hope the tree will still have apples in the autumn, despite the weather of this cold april. We had al kinds of nasty and cold weather and even frost in the nights and that is not good for blossoms. But the bees were active and I hope the wheater isn’t so damaging as forcast. Alice

The sun isspring2 shining today and all bulbs in the garden are flowering. It is a festival of colors and green. The birds are still feeding on my bird-feeder, but i have seen a tit with fluffy stuff in her beak. It is time to make the garden spring proof. All old stuff has to be cut away to expose the new greens and bulbs.  I hope you enjoy the spring as much as I do. Alice

Winter iswinter here and it is a quiet time. I am not in a mood to write much.

The food forest project is still on its way. We have now several schemes for the project. There is a scheme in which most of the trees of the park are replaced with fruit and nut-trees, there is a scheme in which fruittrees are implemented in the existing park and there is a scheme with zones in which some place will be wild and others cultivated. Soon we will discuss these plans with the group and make a decision. Meanwhile the whole operation is shifted to a later date. Groundwork is due to the autumn and the harvesting and replacing of trees still later. It is frustrating not to begin yet, but it also gives us time to make a good plan. (photo: my son)


It is december and celebration time. So we baked some cakes and decorated the house, made presents for each other, wrote some cards and shopped for a lot of food. It is the busiest timeananastaart of the year, I think.

Also it is winter time, trees are bald, leaves are fallen and the landscape is barren. Forest gardening has come to a standstill. But plans are made and in January we will discuss the plans and make a planning. Maybe we can plant this year some nice fruit trees and shrubs. It would be lovely to see them grow.

I am also closing my Art journal. Some months I didn’t draw or glued a page, some months I made every day a page. I hope to start in the new year with a fresh journal and make some nice entries in the year to come, for now I am closing the old journal and tear the empty AJ _watercolor1pages down. I have found also some nice new pencils, stamps and paper material that will inspire me in the year to come.

I hope everybody has a fine celebration time. I see you in the new year, Alice

aj-birdieJust a fun contribution to my Art Journal. A nice bird drawing with fineliner and colour pencil. I have made some edges with flower tape. Alice


aj-mushroomsAutumn is the time of year in which we see many Mushrooms and Toadstools in parks and forest. It gave me some inspiration to draw a few of these magic beings myself and make some entries in my Art Journal. I made some fantasy drawings with my new fineliners and glued them on green paper with some thick glue. I hope you like my mushroom drawings. Alice