Thursday, December 15, 2016

FUNKY LAYOUT WITH STENCIL & STAMP Creative Team Thursday with Marit Barentsen

I don’t care a lot for holidays. Easter, my birthday, "(Dutch) Sinterklaas"… I don’t pay much attention to it and I don’t celebrate. Even Christmas used to go by like any other day – but that changed in 2009 when I started my "Top 2000 Creative and Musical blog party."

The "top 2000" is a big, annual event in the Netherlands on radio and television. From Christmas right to the New Year, the radio in the Netherlands presents the 2000 favorite songs of the listeners. One week, 24 hours a day: a musical marathon.

In the slipstream of the broadcasting I decided to create something inspired by a song from the list, every day during the time 'the list' was on the radio, and publish it on my blog daily. In no-time, many of my followers joined me and the party was born. And the really fun thing is: it is not "Dutchies only"… the party brings together artists and crafters from all over the world, making art inspired by the songs on the Top 2000 list.

How special my international blog party has become is proven by the fact that the Dutch media picked up my initiative and sent a television crew to film and interview me in 2011.

When December arrives, the Top 2000 virus starts rearing its head. On the radio, people are called to vote for their favorite songs and I can't wait for the event to start. What better to do then, than create a 'Countdown' layout to get in the mood... and Jesscia Sporn's stencils & stamps are just perfect for creating such a layout.

Put some funky music on and GO...!

I hope that you enjoy this video!  You can watch it on YouTube and while you’re there, go and have a peek at the other creative team members fabulous tutorials. 

Used Stencils

Other used materials
·         White scrapbook paper 12x12"
·         Dylusions Ink Spray: Pure Sunshine, Bubblegum Pink, London Blue, Cut Grass, Postbox Red
·         Some funny photos (printed)
·         Glue
·         Sand paper
·         Black stamping ink
·         Black acrylic marker
·         Colored brush pen

Have fun creating!
Love from the Netherlands,

Marit Barentsen is a passionate art journaler, mixed media artist, art instructor and creative writer from the Netherlands. Marit inherited a passion for words from her mother, who is a writer. Her father taught her to not only “look “ but also “see.”  That combination led Marit to become an art teacher and her art always showed images and words. After art school, she worked as a graphic designer. Years later, she re-discovered the  combination of words and images in art journaling and her art took flight.  Marit's art has been published in various magazines and art books. 

Find Marit on her websiteFacebook page, and  blog.

THANK YOU MARIT for an awesome post! 

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  1. I love your page Marit! It captures the fun and excitement of the Top 2000 perfectly!

  2. Marit this was such a fun and beautiful layout. You video was amazing. I love your story about the 2000 countdown sounds like so much fun ❤️❤️❤️


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