dinsdag 28 oktober 2014

New blog

This blog is moving! I have a new blog at my website

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Love, Marieke

dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

How to draw eyes

So. You want to learn from me how to draw an eye, right?

I am so sorry if you truly thought, that I would teach you how to draw an eye. You can check the video here, or here, or here, or here, (etc.) if you want to learn how to draw a realistic eye. These are all great tutorial video's.

Realism. For many there is something magical about that. For many people, I think most people, there is this idea that being able to draw is being able to draw realistically. People who say 'I can't draw' mean that they can't draw realistically.

If I ask my my 6 year old daughter: 'Can you draw eyes?' 
She would never reply: 'No, I can't draw.' 
She would say: 'Yes, sure!'
And she would draw this:

You nor me would ever complain that those are not eyes.

To turn it around: people never tell me that I can't draw. If I tell them that I am a poor drawer, they even start to laugh, as if I was Jamie Oliver saying that he can't cook.

I can't draw an realistic eye. (As all my followers and students know, I can't draw hands either.) Or, probably I can, as it is just a trick. But I am not really interested, so I don't bother.

I draw eyes like these, and I love it!

Share this blog with everyone who ever tells you 'I can't draw' and proove them they are so wrong. Go to  for more fun drawing, painting, illustration, art journaling and mixed media tutorials!

dinsdag 30 september 2014

Typography nerds united!

Did I ever tell you I am a font nerd? Probably I did. :) 

And if not: well, I am. 

Frutiger, Helvetica? I dig it. I have a secret love-affair with Bombshell. I adore Veneer. (It is the font I use for Bloknote.) I studied graphic design at the Academy of Arts St Joost in Breda, so I am educated to be a graphic designer. When you start talking about fonts to me, it is very likely that I start rambling about fonts for two hours. Even about comic sans.

Heidi Swapp
I am an art-journaler. I am an illustrator. I am a designer. I am a YouTuber. I am a mixed media artist. But I am also a.... scrapper! For me scrapbooking is a creative hobby that feeds my designer heart. I love the pretty, well designed surface designs of scrapbook papers or project life cards. Scrapbook designer Heidi Swapp ( is one of my personal heroes. You won't see me using her work a lot here, as, well, I am a designer myself. But I do follow her work and admire it a lot. She brought style to scrapbooking.

Heidi is a graphic designer who pays close attention to trends in design. One of the things Heidi Swapp does well is incorporating the popular hand lettering in her awesome designs. 

The New Calligraphy
Calligraphy old-fashioned? Nope, not anymore! Hand lettering is more popular than ever. And calligraphy is embraced again as an old friend, but a friend wearing an übercool new coat.

To show you that hand-lettering and modern calligraphy is not as hard as it looks (and to be able to talk about fonts all day!), I have developed two short workshops for the Dutch scrapbook shop Creatief Centrum Heesch on Sunday October 19th.

The first workshop is a workshop where you can learn about lettering with a fine liner, starting with your own handwriting. In the second workshop I will teach you how you can make those really pretty, swirly modern calligraphed letters with a fancy dip pen in a very easy way. 
The two workshops combine very well, as in the first I will show you the somewhat more easy techniques. All those techniques you can incorporate in the second workshop and you can really bring your lettering to a higher level. 

It is not about making the final projects, you will really learn a lot about lettering in these workshops!

There are still some spots available for both, so book your workshops now!
Would love to meet you there! :-)

donderdag 19 juni 2014

Art Journaling on your Holiday - the online workshop

If you don't speak Dutch I have some bad news for you... My newest online workshop will only be available in Dutch! I have made this especially for the media site of the dutch scrapbook shop Scrapdelight The good news is... I will run something similar next year, in 2015, in English. That is a promise! :-)

Als je Nederlands spreekt heb ik goed nieuws voor je! Deze superleuke online workshop gaat vanaf 30 juni 2014 online bij Scrapdelight Wil je meedoen? Reserveer nu dan alvast je plaatsje op en koop gelijk ook een van de bijpassende workshop kits!

 Ik ga op vakantie en neem mee.... Veel te veel! Ben jij ook iemand die zich elk jaar voorneemt om tijdens je vakantie lekker met je creatieve hobby bezig te zijn, maar vervolgens veel te veel spullen meeneemt die je amper gebruikt? Zie je op tegen het meenemen van hobbyspullen, omdat je tassen en koffers dan zo zwaar worden? Of heb je gewoon echt geen idee wat je mee zou moeten nemen voor een leuk vajantie journal? Dit jaar doen we het anders! Men neme 1 toilettasje (van bijvoorbeeld de HEMA; circa 24x16x6cm) en we nemen alléén spullen mee die ín dat tasje passen. Past het er niet in? Dan mag het niet mee! :) 

 Gedurende vier weken (elke week 1 filmpje) geeft Marieke Blokland ( je in deze online workshop van Scrapdelight je een aantal vrolijke, zomerse ideeën voor art-journal technieken. Je krijgt elke week een paar inspirerende, leuke teken- en kliederopdrachtjes die je gedurende de desbetreffende week kunt voeren. Na vier weken heb je een mooi persoonlijk verslag van wat je omheen hebt gezien en wat je die vier weken heeft bezig gehouden. Het maakt niet uit waar jij op dat moment de zomer aan het vieren bent, of je nu in je luie hangmat in Italië bengelt, actief in de Zwitserse Alpen wandelt, of op je krent in Drenthe een hunebed inspecteert. Het wordt géén standaard vakantie dagboek met verplichte lange geschreven verslagen. Dit wordt een vrolijk, zomers, alles-mag-en-niets-moet-teken-en-klieder-dagboek, helemaal van jou. Je hoeft voor deze workshop niet te kunnen tekenen, het is heel geschikt voor zowel beginners als gevorderden. 

 De workshop begint op maandag 30 juni 2014 en in de 4 daaropvolgende weken zetten wij steeds een nieuwe film met uitleg online. Inbegrepen bij deze online workshop: 
* Toegang tot een exlcusief gedeelte op de website, speciaal voor de workshop 
* 4 korte, Nederlandstalige vrolijke lesvideo's gemaakt door Marieke Blokland 
 * 1 vrolijke intro video * korting op de speciaal samengestelde materialen kit 
* ondersteuning voor vragen en opmerkingen in een besloten facebook group. Scrapdelight workshop kit "Art Journaling op Vakantie" 

We hebben speciale workshop kits voor je samengesteld. Kijk op de website van Scrapdelight voor meer info:

Published in Cards & Scrap magazine: Art Journaling on vacation

My work is published in the "Cards & Scrap" magazine! It is an article called "Art Journaling on vacation" about how you can make nice art journal pages without bringing too much art supplies. All supplies fit in a small bag.

Here is the video that comes with the article:

woensdag 11 juni 2014

Tutti Colori: Color Inspiration by Bloknote

I was making a color palette the other day and I realized that years ago I used to have these 'color inspiration' blocks on my blog. That was before the Pinterest age ;-) 

I myself love all those inspiring color palettes on Pinterest so I figured it my be nice to put some color inspiration on my blog regularly again for to to inspire you with your mixed media art or art journaling, or for whatever art or craft you need inspiration. Hope you will enjoy! If you have made anything with this color palette, I would love to see it!
Marieke xxx

maandag 2 juni 2014

Summer Art Journal background "Orange slices"

I was playing with the same stencil I used in this blog-post of last month, using the Dutch Doobadoo stencil and Molotow Spray paint again. 

But this time I used neon orange spray paint and I added some shading using a simple graphite pencil and a paper stump. I loved the effect so much that I thought you might be interested too! It has a very happy,  summer feel that reminds of slices of orange. Don't you think this is perfect for your summer art journals? Or use it on bright and happy mixed media art.

maandag 26 mei 2014

"I am free" - A free Art Journaling workshop

Now available on my website a free mini workshop in which I show step by step how to make the art journaling spread in this YouTube video. 

donderdag 15 mei 2014

BloknoteAcademy is now open!

Yesterday I opened my Mixed Media School called BloknoteAcademy with the first workshop called: "Blue, a happy sad mixed media workshop". Right on the first day already a whole bunch of people joined to have some blue fun. I am so grateful - thanks for all your wonderful support!

Now open:

vrijdag 2 mei 2014

Live Workshop Mixed Media Art Dolls

On May 24th 2014 I will be giving a live Workshops Mixed Media Dolls at Scrapdelight, a scrapbookshop in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.

The price will be € 44,95 with a delicious lunch and most materials included (Canvas, paper, paint, gesso, etc). You only have to bring your own graphite pencil, brushes, pens, waspastels, glue and scissors.
For more information and to buy your spot check:

donderdag 1 mei 2014

Neon blue Molotow spray paint + Dutch Doobadoo stencil

<<< A simple background for your art journal using nothing but a stencil, some kraft paper, a strip of paper tape and two colors of neon Molotow Urban Fine Art spray.

Look what I got in the mail today! My new Dutch Doobadoo mask stencils by the dutch company Pronty. Thank you so much Dutch Doobadoo! They are so awesome, because they are A5, which is the perfect size for the type of art journaling that I love to do. >>>

I love this stencil called "Wheels". I think the design has something Japanese. >>>

I placed the stencil on a background i prepaired earlier, in my largest art journal, which is 25cm x 25cm (all my other books are smaller.) Nothing much: a piece of kraft paper that I glued directly on the page with regular craft glue. On the right is a strip of black and white washi tape. With neon pink Molotow Urban Fine Art Spray (colornr. 403) I sprayed a square boarder. >>>

Tak your neon blue Molotow Urban Fine Art Spray (colornr. 404)...

... and spray! This neon blue is so cool! >>>

And that's it. Easy as 1, 2, 3. >>>

dinsdag 29 april 2014

Do you want to take your art to the next level?

Do you want to take your art to the next level?
Then it is time to not be so gentle to yourself anymore!

Huh? Did I write that? Yes I did! :-) I know this sounds the complete opposite of what we normally say to each other. Most of us are pretty hard on ourselves. We criticize ourselves in a horrible way, expect the impossible of ourselves. And because that hurts, we say nice things to each other, that are not helpful on our journey to becoming better artists.

What if a toddler who has just learned how to walk, expects himself to run a marathon tomorrow? Wouldn't that be crazy? You do this to yourself all the time. You have just learned how to draw and paint. But you are not satisfied with yourself, because you expect yourself to make professional art today (the figurative 'marathon'). You will get there. But just not today or tomorrow.

Would you say to that same toddler: "Walking is good enough, just keep on walking, no need to learn how to run." 
No, you wouldn't. You would tell: "Learn how to walk, learn how to walk better. Learn how to run, learn how to run better, practice, try hard and then one day you will run that marathon!"

What if that toddler would be satisfied walking and stop trying to learn how to run? What if the toddler would think with every single step he takes: "Oh, I love taking these tiny steps. I am so good at walking. Walking is good enough." Would he ever run that marathon? Probably not.  

You know you do this all the time aswell, don't you? We want to be kind to each other. And some of us were hurt in the past. So we keep on telling to each other: "Your art is good enough. It is pretty the way it is. Just do what you always do and you'll be fine." 

Sorry. It just doesn't work like that. The people who say this to each other are kind and loving people. And what they actually mean is that YOU are good enough. YOU are pretty the way you are. YOU should stay who you are and you will be fine. But it doesn't work like that for practicing and developing your skills.

Of course you are good enough the way you are. You are a nice person. Your are good at what you do. But don't tap yourself on your shoulder for on every single step you take (= every drawing or painting you make). Push it a bit further. Try to become better at what you do and don't fear becoming better at what you do. 

Let's start making things like you don't care what it looks like. Let's start making things with the only goal is becoming better at what you do. Let's start making 'ugly' things today and not show them to anyone, yay! :-)

(Art by Marieke Blokland, 2005)

What I am going to do today? I am going to make 10 drawings that I am NOT going to show to you! 
Hugs to all of you arty folks out there,
Marieke XOX

donderdag 3 april 2014

Bruynzeel Super Point Felt tips

Short tutorial video made by me for Bruynzeel. Bruynzeel is a supplier of drawing utensils from the Netherlands, very well known for their drawing utensils for kids. In this video I show children what they can do with the Super point felt tips en the white eraser felt tip. 

Korte instructievideo gemaakt door mij voor Bruynzeel. Bruynzeel is een leverancier van tekenmaterialen uit Nederland, zeer bekend om hun tekenmaterialen voor kinderen. In deze video laat ik zien wat kinderen kunnen maken met de Super punt viltstiften en de witte wis stift.

maandag 24 februari 2014

All about gesso - Mixed Media Art Tutorial

When do you use gesso? And when do you need Black Gesso or Clear Gesso? In this video I provides you with the answers on the most frequently asked questions about gesso.

zaterdag 15 februari 2014

Top 8 art supplies to use on a sad day

Most of my followers like happy art. "Happy art for happy people". In general I am a happy person. But sometimes I drown in my tears. I can be very emotional and than I not only feel like crying all day, I sometimes actually do cry all day. About everything. About a a dead bird in my garden. An innocent child I saw on television who broke my heart. The fact that I ran out of coffee. You name it, I have probably cried about it.

This sad feelings, that I guess most of you can relate to, you can easily translate into very pretty art. Here is a list of art supplies that are very suitable for your sad mood and will bring you instant happiness! :-)

Top 8 art supplies to use on a sad day

1. Blue paint
If there is any color that will suit a blue mood, it is of course... blue. I admit straight away that blue is not an orginal color to use, when you feel, eh, blue, but blue allways does the trick for me. Blue paint is like fluid sadness in a bottle. How happy is that!

2. Black gesso
Cover up those white pages and start your art from total blackness. Just because sometimes it feels so darn good to soak in your own gloomy thoughts. (For a while, don't stay there for too long. ;) ) Making something really dark and black that once was white will make you feel better instantly. Black gesso to an artist is like a box ball to a sporter.

3. Water colors
Painting with watercolors is like painting with tears. Make your blank page wet and drip on it with watercolors. Drown in your sadness, and within 30 minutes you'll feel a lot happier. :-)

4. 1" or 2" inch freestyle brushes
Attack your painting with a thick flat brush, as if you were a knight and your brush a sword. You will feel so reliefed afterwards, I promiss!

5. Water-resistant crayons
Most mixed media lovers I know use water-soluble crayons. But when you feel sad, try to use the water-resistant ones instead. You'll feel really ehrm, well, resistant  using water-resistant wax pastels!

6. Spray ink
Spray ink will make you feel very arty, grungy and recalcitrant, hehe!

7. Super heavy gel
Sometimes when you are going through stuff, it will feel as if there is something super heavy on your shoulders. I am convinced that the super heavy gel once is developed especially  for those days ;-)

8. Dip pens
Because they are so old fashioned. There is just something about dipping a pen into a bottle of black ink that will bring inner peace. :-). 

And now it is your turn. What art supplies do you love to use when you are feeling blue?

maandag 20 januari 2014


Media: Gesso, ecoline (liquid watercolors),  Caran D'ache Neocolor watersoluble wax pastels, Paintmarkers, Sakura Gelly Rolls, Sakura Pigma Micron, Graphite Pencil, White Posca, Ara Acrylics (Neon).