This is a precious one as I drew it for our son Erwin, who was born on the 6th of October.
I love the idea of having a spirit animal and for Erwin I choose the seagull and the whale. Spirit animals are believed to represent skills that you want to learn or that you have, they symbolise who you are or who you want to be. They also guide, help and protect.
All right, back to the seagull and the whale; The seagull is fearless and a born survivor. It’s a spiritual messenger that connects different worlds (wind and water). A seagull also tells you to trust your instincts and that there are many perspectives to consider. It shows us to expand the horizon and go where opportunities are. It’s said that whales are a symbol of the world. Whales stand for compassion, solitude, inner truth, creative energy. Whales communicate clearly from the heart.
So I mixed this with the elements, nature, vivid colours et voilà.
I think the idea of having a spirit animal is beautiful. Do you have a spirit animal too?
A big hug,
The truest story of your life is found in the every day moments shared with the people that matter the most to you. And THAT’s a story worth sharing.
I illustrated such a beautiful story by creating a Tiny Book of Life for a friend whose husband passed away. It’s a pocket size, hand-illustrated memory book about the life of her loved one. The process of making a Tiny Book of Life has been a way to get in touch with feelings and to connect with others. It also provided an opportunity to talk about life and all the great memories.
This is what she said about the Tiny Book of Life: “For a while now, I’m carrying a Tiny Book of Life in my purse wherever I go. It’s a little book with beautiful drawings made with love! As Laurien needed our input for the drawings, the process of creating the little book wasn’t always easy because memories came up and this made me feel sad, happy and grateful. Talking with Laurien did me well and choosing treasures (the most precious memories) for the drawings helped me in my process of grieving. I especially appreciate her patience and time.” Lia, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
In this short video you can see the result. This Tiny Book is in Dutch and I anonymized some names and dates for privacy reasons.
A tiny book of life:
- tells the story of a lifetime;
- makes memories last;
- is a personal gift;
- is tiny so you can keep it with you;
- helps you to connect with your feelings;
- can help you to share stories about your loved one;
- is an ode to life;
Lots of love,
Nine months ago we started our biggest adventure and now we’re getting closer and closer to meeting our little baby. I was reflecting on the last nine, crazy, miraculous months. Apart from being pregnant, we moved countries, I started B-School, I created and launched my website and we made a new home. A little note to self here; next time try one life event at a time 😉
Life changes constantly and pregnancy is a very special time of transformation and growth.They say you ¨grow into it¨ and I think that’s about right. It inspired me to draw these nine matryoshka dolls. They nestle inside each other perfectly, yet each one’s different.
While I created these magical nine my thoughts were with my mama and her mama, my sisters, my girlfriends, my aunties and all the (want) (to be) mamas.
When you look at the drawings please send some loving thoughts too!
Lovely pregnant yoga girls that stretch, relax and breath into motherhood. My weekly prenatal yoga class at Yogacentrum Tilburg inspired me.
Last Satuday’s gig of the Siloetters inspired me to make this drawing. Being part of a band must be so much fun! I love to see how each musician plays her or his music and how it all rocks together.
Are you a musician? If so, what do you enjoy most about playing or singing?
When you have space, you have room in your life for things to happen.
I wanted to create a special place for me to write and draw and this is it. It’s about 2m2; simple and all I need. I want my space to be Sacred, Playful, Authentic, Constructive and Enerziging.
Do you have a special place in your home that is just for you? Do you have any rituals or special items in that space? And what makes your space YOU?
How do you see the world?
I created this tiny book of a fabulous family holiday in Normandy, France. Here’s a short video of it for you to watch.
I find drawing much more satisfying than taking photos. It’s just the process of choosing the moments that you want to keep which makes it fun. Using my imagination, my shoulder, arm and hand to put these precious memories on paper and tell a story is what I love.
How do you collect your memories when you go on holiday? Do you take loads of pictures and make an album of it (I used to do this and still have all my 2016 pics to organise and print…)? Do you keep a travel journal? Do you draw or paint?
Bye for now! XX
Honestly, do you ever complain about your body? I know…
Being pregnant makes me realize that OUR BODIES ARE A WONDERLAND. Instead of blaming and complaining I LET THE SHI(FT) HIT THE FAN and wrote an ode to my body:
Yep, drawing body parts isn’t my strongest point but I did it anyway. Are you going to write or draw too? I found creating these pages empowering; they made me help to embrace the things that make me… ME!
When you’re walking the creative path, you find joys and challenges, whether you paint, write, sing, draw, plan new adventures, take photos, set up a business or create a plan for your new kitchen.
To me, one of the delights is meeting new people and trying new things to help me find my style. Lately, I’ve been very excited about trying out new techniques and meeting up with two very inspiring women that have something in common: Letter Love!
I met my friend Vivian Welling in her beautiful house in Wortel (Belgium). We hung out in her studio ‘Viefelavief’ where she showed me how to work with a letter press. I’m in love with the results and possibilities! Vivian creates one of a kind notebooks and uses paper leftovers. You can follow Viefelavief on Instagram and her website is coming soon.
I’ve also been practising hand lettering in ‘Letter journal’, a book by Karlijn van de Wier (the Dutch hand letter legend). I joined her book presentation and workshop, during which she gave me some tips on how to improve my lettering. They worked and I’m really surprised how much better my letters look! On her website you can find information about her online workshop, and of course I recommend her book 100% (in Dutch).
Trying something new can spark your inspiration and can give you a boost to continue with what you were doing.
Do you have an example of something that lifted your creativity?
A passport size Midori traveler’s notebook turned into an illustrated journal of the trip I made to the Basque Country and Switzerland last week. I used to take a lot of photos when I travelled and made albums when I got back. However, nowadays I prefer to take a moment and draw.
What’s your favourite way of collecting and keeping your memories? Would you like to make an art journal when you’re travelling?