Friday, June 11, 2010


What I love most about the internet is getting in touch with people. As a teenager, I used to spend my pocket money on postal stamps and envelopes and paper, so I could write long letters to my penpals all over the world. I lost touch with most of them (though my Norwegian penpal got in touch with my through Facebook the other day!) but the feeling of connecting with people all over the world, learning about their lives, getting inspired by what they do, that is still very much alive on the internet.

If it had not been for the internet, and sites like Flickr and YoutubeI doubt my creative side would have developed at all. I was a words kind of girl. I was always writing. I looked at pretty pictures every now and again, thinking how great it would be if I could do that too, but I never really tried, because, to be honest, I didn't think I had any talent and why waste my time.

For the last 3 yrs or so I have been art journaling (something I would have never thought of if it hadn't been for the internet!) and been inspired by so many people, through Flickr, Youtube and more recently ArtJournaling.Ning. One of those people is Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio, who this week has put up some amazing videos on Youtube, where she is doing what she's calling FEARLESS painting.

Last night I decided to give it a shot.

I had no idea where I was going with it, I just started with a few shapes and connected them and all of a sudden there was this little creature. I used colours I would not normally use, like yellow and a shade of green I don't particularly like, and just went with it. It was well and truly FEARLESS. And then, when I was finally happy with the result, I added the black outlines to finish it off.

Thank you Connie for being such an inspiration!

And the most amazing part?? Just as I was writing this, Connie posted a BIG announcement on her blog. She'll be hosting a new online art workshop, in which she'll teach you how to paint BIG, even if you have limited space. How cool is that??


  1. Good job! Makes ya feel great to create doesn't it? When the pool closes I'll be able to paint again. Right now no time,with working 7 days a week. Used to be Monday was my art day because the pool was shut down. But oh well I still have my Zentangles! lol
    Love & Hugs, Poe

  2. EVELINE!!!!

    This is awesome. You are awesome. AND inspiration.....that's how I feel about you? I LOVE your style and your brave way of taking out in the world in the park. I'm grateful for the internet as well--for, when I was a kiddo--years and years ago--I got a penpal through the library...and I wrote them three times. They never wrote back. :(

    Now look....I have an awesome friend in England--who rocks the Art Journal!!

    Big hugs!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. PS I'm going to post this on the Dirty Footprints FB page a little later!!!

  4. You're very welcome Connie! I had such a great time last night just letting the paint flow without thinking too much about it.

    And Poe: zentangles are great fun! You can try out all kinds of different shapes, designes, use colour or stick to black and white, go big or teeny tiny... They're as diverse as you want them to be. Keep up the great work!

  5. This is where all the cool kids are hanging out! Eveline you GO with your bright colors and carefree-edness. :)