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1. Summer in Amsterdam

A few art journal pages I made in August, while enjoying summer in Amsterdam:

Sipping cool drinks on a bridge over the canal

My husband playing the mandoline lying down in the park

Pretty park people

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2. A little Art Journaling Tip

Here's a little draw tip for you:

When you are keeping an art journal, you don't need to fill each page with a perfect drawing. You may not have time to fill a whole page in one go. And hey, telling yourself that the completely blank page should be filled with a fantastic piece of art seems high pitched and isn't very motivating if you just feel like putting pen on paper.
So that's what you do: let the ink flow and enjoy your pen lines on the paper. Choose to draw details of your day. If you do a few of them throughout the day or the week, your double page will be filled in the end.

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3. Why You Should Stack Habit Upon Habit

Do you have any daily habits? Maybe they even feel like little rituals in your day?
Like: making yourself a nice cup of tea in the afternoon, refreshing your brain with a workout, or kickstarting your day with strong coffee - to name just a few.
If you want to create a habit, it may help to stack that habit onto another good habit. For example: If you enjoy drinking your morning coffee, why don't you add to the ritual by taking the time to make a drawing?
It'll be a lot easier than starting a habit from scratch, when you link it to another one.
If you miss a day, don't beat yourself up about it. It's okay. Just make sure that the day after, you get right back into it again. The longer you wait picking it back up, the harder it will be. However, once your creative habit is in your system, you'll start missing it whenever you don't keep to it.
It's a win-win situation!
I hope this helps you to make awesome art!
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4. Travel Journal pages: Norway 3

These are the last bits and pieces from my travel pages I did in Norway. I am pretty amazed by how much drawings I made during just a one week vacation. It seems like the world without wifi has slower hours.
Thanks for stopping by to look at my vacation memories of this July!

We didn't mind that one day of rain: it meant we had a reason to start the fire place
The Jetty, where we also swam, at the Oslofjord
Random building in Gamlebyen
I started this drawing while waiting for lunch in Gamlebyen. I added some more details and the color later.

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5. Draw Tip Tuesday: A Quick Portrait Sketch

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today we will use a fineliner. It can be just a cheap fineliner, in fact that's even better because we want the ink to be water-soluble!
Let’s draw a portrait today - Yes, you can do it... It’s like drawing any other shape.

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6. You don't know me but I know you

A couple of weeks ago I was at a food truck festival. It had everything good you can imagine: Great food, beautiful old (and new) food trucks and caravans, music, and a nice vibe. Music was provided by my husband and his band, Dirt Road Music Band. (Like them on Facebook!)
That's how I got to the festival in the first place. He has gigs often and sometimes I tag along, but most of the time I don't. But when there's food involved and I feel it's a great opportunity to draw, I'm in! So I got in the car with him and we drove to den Bosch, just a little over an hour from Amsterdam.
While the band was setting up their gear and instruments, I walked around, tasted some of the food and found a perfect spot to sit and draw.

After putting down my first three pen strokes, a lady came up to me and said: "Koosje?"
I was surprised because I don't know anyone in den Bosch, and she explained: "you don't know me but I know you'". She has done one of my online classes and is a Sketchbook Skool student. She even started apologizing for not drawing that much lately, but now that she saw me sketching there, the itch to draw was coming back. She didn't join me though - her husband was patiently waiting for her to move on...
I can't help it but this unexpected meeting and chat made me kind of feel like a celeb, so I had to share it with you.

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7. 3 things NOT to do for your creative habit

So the other day I had a conversation with someone who loves to draw but doesn't seem to get into the habit. As with every habit, you may need to push yourself a little bit before it becomes something that you have implemented in your life or schedule.
Here's 3 tips for you to give you a little (and maybe much needed) kick-in-the-pants:
1. Don't make it any bigger than it is with thoughts like: "I want to draw. I really should draw. I should make time to draw. I should pack my drawing things and then go and draw".
That first thought: Yes!!
The ones that follow, though - boo! As soon as you feel the need to draw: do it! There's always a pen around -grab it! And even if you don't have a sketchbook lying around, grab something to draw on - it could simply be the back of an envelope! 
And draw.
2. Don't make the subject too important. Are you really expecting to sit down and make a masterpiece? Do you really have to find a very specific subject?
Honestly, I think you're simply procrastinating!
Simply draw stuff that's lying around. as soon as you feel that urge or have the thought: I want to draw: don't go look for things, just draw what's there.In the drawing below, I drew my husbands little black old suitcase that's filled with all sorts of stuff he uses for his music and instruments.

I had this other conversation with someone else, who said she caught herself being a total couch potato lately. Well I don't blame you if you show any of that lazy couch potato symptoms - we all have busy schedules and at the end of the day there's not much energy left!
But to nurture that creative habit of yours - you can still squeeze in a drawing. It's not like it's as hard as getting your butt off the couch and out to the gym or something... no it's a fantastic way to wind down and to relax!
3. Don't forget drawing is something you love doing
Whether you take just 5 minutes or longer - either way it's rewarding and very satisfying too.

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8. Draw Tip Tuesday: Water Soluable Ink Painting!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Last week we made this sketch, and used this fineliner with soluble ink. Today we will need water and a brush.

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9. Travel Journal pages: Oslo

Traveling is the best excuse to draw. A Lot. Especially when you're on a holiday and time is not an issue: there's plenty of it!
Here's a bunch of my travel journal pages of my visit to Norway. We first went to Oslo. I will share more pages, of my drawings at the Oslofjord later.

Sketching makes the wait feel a little less longer
Our AirBnB apartment in Oslo
The owners of the apartment are coffee geeks. Can you tell?

The girl in the back waved at me when she noticed me sketching and signaled if I could show my page. When I left, I went up to her table to show what I did - she loved it. The woman with the glasses (on the left page) was outside smoking a cigarette when I left and she too was curious. Turned out she's an artist herself!

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10. Draw Tip Tuesday - Hatching Shades

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Even though you may be familiar with the hatching technique, here’s a quick draw tip on how to use it. It certainly won’t do any harm repeating techniques!

Hatching is basically placing a lot of lines next to each other to fill a shape. If you have only pen and pencil, it’s a great way to color your drawings, using a variety of shades from light to dark. It’s also a way to draw shadows and to give shape and form to the subjects you draw.

I hope this video is helpful (subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you want more)- why don’t you try the hatching technique yourself today? I’m sure you will make awesome art!
If you want to learn more, click here to join one of my classes today!

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11. Travel Journal pages: Norway 1

 Like I promised, here are a few more sketchbook pages I did during my 1 week vacation in Norway.

The summerhouse we stayed in. On the porch - the banjo man I always bring with me.

This doesn't look like my husband, but I don't mind

Even my sketches got lazy - I fell asleep right there for a little nap just a little after putting this drawing away.

A little narration to my drawings
These drawings were all done in a Strathmore toned paper sketchbook, with black rollerball pen and a white gelpen (uniball Signo broad)
The one on top also has red color pencil added.

I'd like to tell you about the aha-moment I had about how to use this toned sketchpaper best. It happened when I was filling the last few pages of my sketchbook.
It will take another blogpost though so stay tuned!

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12. Forgetting everything around you - Flow!

Art Journaling is a great way to draw the world around you AND forget about it at the same time.

The other day I went to the park for a picnic with family/friends and of course I took my sketchbook with me. This is the page I drew during the picnic:

And this is what I looked like doing so:
Photo by Cathy Levesque

I am actually sitting with my butt towards everybody, totally consumed with my drawing, in the meantime listening to the chatter of conversation around me. Luckily, my company was very forgiving, and they all enjoy the creative process. See what I mean: I was completely in the flow of drawing and forgot about the rest!

During the picnic, we also had a blind drawing contour drawing (yes, even the people who never draw, joined in!) and got crazy signing our drawings using our feet.

In my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling', you can join the fun too. I will guide you through 4 weeks of drawing daily and help you to start and keep your creative habit. Find out more and enroll by clicking here.

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13. Rainy Days in Amsterdam

We're already deep into may, but I still think these April drawings are worth posting:
April 25 was the quarterly Worldwide Sketchcrawl day. In Amsterdam, we gathered with about 30 people and mostly sketched inside, avoiding the rain. We basically took over 't Blauwe Theehuis, which is a great tea house in the middle of Vondelpark.

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14. Getting the hang of it

That brown paper background seems to work really good with black pen, a pinch of white, grey brush pen and a dash of 1 colour.

I enjoyed doing this drawing of people listening to my husband's band playing. It felt like my pen caught up the rhythm.

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15. Paris, je t'aime!

Oh lala, how I would love to trade my Dutch accent for a French one!

This weekend I treated myself to an early birthday present and hopped on the high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris. I hardly got the chance to answer my emails, listen to a podcast and do a couple of drawings - in less than 4 hours time I was brought to a different world: Paris!

Ever since I visited last year to shoot Jean-Christophe Defline's lesson videos for the Sketchbook Skool Kourse 'Storytelling", I wanted to come back to Paris, for pleasure. We shot fantastic footage and got a quick feel of the Paris atmosphere, but when doing production work like that - you're not really there with your full attention. Things need to be checked off; great filmic shots need to be made, video lectures need to be managed and art demonstrations need to be documented. All in a short amount of time. With great results, thanks to our camera man and the charming Jean-Christophe. Storytelling starts this Friday - you don't want to miss it - there is so much good stuff in there. To learn more and to sign up, click here

So yeah, finally this weekend I went back there.
And it was even more wonderful than I thought it would be.
Right after arriving I had lunch with Jean-Christophe and we went outside to do some sketching for Sketchbook Skool's summer kourse (yes, it'll be announced soon and I promise it'll be a fun kourse!).

What followed was a two-and-a-half-day sketching spree, between visiting museums. These are my toned paper sketchbook drawings*:

Can you tell I enjoyed myself?
I think I'll be buying myself (early birthday) presents like these more often.

*The toned paper sketchbook is from Strathmore. The white details are done with a white gelpen: a Uni-ball Signo broad.

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16. More Paris pages

Here's a few more sketchbook pages I made during my weekend in Paris. Great memories!

people sitting alone are often playing with their mobile phones; that way they sit perfectly still for a sketch

this drawing took 2 cappuccinos and a mineral water and some perseverence
quick last sketches before catching my train back home

in the train back to amsterdam

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17. a bit about perseverance

At the half time break, at life drawing this evening, I was ready to give up forever. I wanted to sneak out, go home and never pick up my pens again. My drawings were an embarrassment and why was I even at life drawing? I shouldn't be there. I didn't deserve to be there - not with what I was producing. I, obviously, was getting ideas above my station going to life drawing. But I finished my cuppa and went back in. I persevered and I'm glad I did. I pulled this one out of the bag. And now I can carry on drawing for a bit longer. 

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18. Draw Tip Tuesday: How to Hatch - part 1

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today we’ll get back to some basics: The hatching technique.

Next week, I’ll show you a quick drawing, using the hatching technique
I hope this inspired you to make awesome art.

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19. Draw Tip Tuesday: How To Hatch - part 2

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Remember how I showed you how to do hatching and cross hatching in last week’s episode?
I’ll do a quick drawing of a jar in my kitchen, to show you how you can use the techniques in your daily drawings.

Why don’t you try it yourself, with an everyday item? It’s a fun exercise to do and I’m sure you will make awesome art!

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20. Amsterdam Canal

Great view. And it's all mine!

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21. Who needs a selfie stick anyway?

You see those selfie sticks popping up everywhere. It is so funny to see people get into awkward positions for just the right shot on their smartphone at the end of the stick...
But really, who needs that if you can DRAW a selfie? Drawing self portraits really never gets boring. Results are always different, and it's a great way to try techniques and tools too. 
This one is done on Strathmore toned paper with cheap gel pens and a white color pencil.

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22. Summer in Amsterdam!

Summer in the city! Gosh we are lucky lately, with wonderful days of warm sunny weather. 
What do you do when the weather is so gorgeous? Head outside and draw, of course!

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23. Draw Tip Tuesday: Lettering with 3D effect!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Remember Last week’s juicy watercolor exercise?
Well I promised you to add some lettering so here goes!
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24. Yummy Summer Salad Recipe

Great news:
You can learn how to illustrate recipes, and to draw food in just 4 weeks! Online, from your own lazy chair if you will. My new online boutique workshop 'Draw It Like It's Hot' starts September 21!
Seats are limited, so get your seat today by clicking here!

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25. Off to the beach

The beach! The smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and the sea gulls, the warm wind on your skin... staying out of the sun and in a shaded area, I could spend hours, drawing and enjoying thins place.

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