Paint sustainably

Small things, big impact! As you read the headline of this article, you might think: That too. Now she’s also adding her mustard on this subject. Especially since sustainability is used in all sorts of sensible and nonsensical contexts and is sometimes misused to promote advertising. It’s not that I’m an environmental activist. And there are a few things I could do about myself. In fact, the best thing would be to forego creative work entirely. But that is definitely not possible. People have always felt the need to express themselves artistically. And there are definitely different forms, if I wasn’t allowed to paint, draw or be creative, I would wither. So this is not an option. Nevertheless, my perspective has changed over the years. I’m looking for solutions how I can work creatively, but still not produce tons of unnecessary garbage. But everyone has to decide for themselves how the priorities are set. Sometimes there are small things that don’t hurt, but in the long run and in large measure they have an effect. Here are a few of those little things that I practice to reduce the junk Disposable gloves, Zewas or paper plates I hardly ever use such things. Washing hands, old tea towels, old T-shirts or empty plastic packaging that are already there anyway also serve the purpose and can be used several times. I don’t need a fresh plate every time, a sturdy cover made from wall paints or acrylic binders is very durable and can also be used with water-based glazes without softening. An old glass or plexiglass plate is also great. If the disposable cup is frowned upon, why not the disposable, palette, cardboard plate too? Use existing tools or misuse them You don’t always need the very best artist quality, you can also use existing tools for your painting. Dish brushes, rubber squeegees from the hardware store or pot sponges can withstand a long time. You can prime your pictures with remnants of white wall paint. A mixture of dish soap and sunflower oil can replace the solvent for your oil paint. Work with surfaces that can be revised Since I’ve been an artist for many years, I have a lot of painted canvases. A very large amount, really. And for some time now, I have rarely used a completely fresh canvas. In the majority of cases I recycle old pictures. Pictures that are outdated because I am at a different point in my development or pictures that I have never really worked out anything new and which are a repetition of earlier work. I can let such pictures go again and form the basis of a new design. Among other things, because I often over-paint the old pictures, I hardly ever varnish my work. It is difficult to get an absorbent primer back on a very smooth and sealed surface. Keeping the paint moist for the next day of painting I need a lot of paint for large canvases. But sometimes it’s hard to tell how much. Sometimes I put the paint directly on the canvas, then I can save myself the detour via the palette. If I have leftovers on the palette, I wrap them with the packaging film from the freshly bought canvases (mostly those of my course participants). If I can’t paint for a long time, I spray a little water over it with the spray bottle. The acrylic paint will last for a few days. Should I still have leftovers that I need to rinse off, I first remove most of the paint with an old rag or dirty paper before cleaning the palette. This means that less acrylic paint ends up in the sink. Maintaining materials well Unfortunately, many artist’s brushes no longer have the long service life they used to have, these are my experiences. But if you handle your material well, you will definitely benefit from it for longer. When I wash the brushes (which I usually only do at the end of the painting session, as I work wet on wet with the different shades) I then place them on an old terry towel to dry. I don’t put them in a jar, otherwise the moisture will pull into the clamp and the wood in it may swell. The brush hairs fall out quickly and the brush becomes unusable. Now and then painting on paper For me a playground: Working on paper. We use less material than when using stretcher frames and it takes up less space to store the finished pictures. In addition, you can let off steam on paper, because it is “only” paper. You can cut it wonderfully to change the composition or cut it into pieces to make cards, bookmarks, etc. out of it (if it doesn’t seem to work as a whole). You can also later integrate it into acrylic paintings. Collect materials and include them in collages Some participants bring real treasure chests with them: The collections of special papers, old documents or newspaper clippings are great to use in collages. I also enjoy self-made sketches twice: once when I draw them and a second time when they find a place in a picture. Patterned or structured fabrics can also be worked in perfectly. You can make it yourself and only touch it if necessary.You can use natural materials with acrylic binders (or white wall paint, if the structural compound should be white) to make the structure yourself: sand, ash or colored earths are structure and first coloring at the same time. And because you only do that when you need these substrates, nothing will go bad or firm. I am happy about everything that gets a second life! Have you already thought about this topic and do you have any further tips for me? Then I look forward to your comment! Have fun with all experiments, let the color flow,

My portrait palette

How do you actually mix skin tones? The road to my current range has been a long one – 12 years to be precise. Since I started painting faces until today. That implies that my palette is constantly changing – but it’s relatively solidified now. How it all started: I somehow mixed up my first faces in terms of color purely intuitively and without much background knowledge. The finished color “skin color” played a large part in this. Otherwise, I’ve tried this and that. I was very astonished when I was pointed out in a painting course that purple and green are essential color components of a face. I hadn’t noticed that myself until then, but then discovered it for myself and worked for a while with various green and purple colored tubes. The turning point: At some point I was told that the first thing I had to do was delete the color “skin color” from the range. I started mixing my skin color myself and found that the results looked much more natural. This opened up a whole new world for me and I began to deal more technically with mixing colors. I quickly realized that purple and green no longer had to land directly on the canvas from the tube, but only mixed or mixed in. What is the advantage of mixing over the pure colors from the tube?Why should I mix a purple instead of buying a purple directly? Well, the crucial difference is that the mixed colors also get along much better with each other. If I take a certain shade of purple directly from the tube, it will only stay purple until it is blurred into another color, and then it usually suddenly looks completely different, sometimes even dirty. But if I mix a purple from blue and red and this blue is also part of my mixed brown or gray that I paint, then the transitions when painting become softer and more natural and do not look dirty. The originally mixed purple shade is retained even longer, at first it simply becomes lighter or darker. Also, I don’t always have to completely clean the brush every now and then, My palette , which I am now presenting, is therefore always only the starting point for a painting session. As soon as the first brushstrokes are made, more and more colors are mixed wildly. Colors straight from the tube come in very small blobs on the left edge – these colors are usually only mixed and rarely applied directly! They can (more rarely) either simply be mixed with titanium white or (more often) in the color mixtures suggested below: cadmium yellow light, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin madder, ultramarine blue, sap green, ocher yellow, permanent green dark. At the very top, I press a very thick blob of titanium white onto the palette as this is an essential color that I need all the time. Now the first colors are mixed and come to the right edge: Titanium white + cadmium orange + ocher yellow> skin color Cadmium orange + ultramarine blue> medium brown Cadmium red light + ultramarine blue> brown Cadmium red light + ultramarine blue + permanent green dark> dark brown Cadmium red light + 2-3 parts ultramarine blue + permanent green dark> anthracite Alizarin madder + ultramarine blue> violet In the second row from the right I mix each of these color combinations from the very right row with a shot of titanium white in a lighter and more pastel variant. As you can see, cadmium yellow and sap green are not directly mixed. I usually only use them sparingly later and for certain accentuations. The colors ivory black, green umber and sienna brown at the bottom literally only lead a shadowy existence and can be used carefully here and there for shading. But they are often not necessary at all. Except: The ivory black always looks good in the pupils of the eyes. Incidentally, the suggested mixtures are suitable for all skin types!

Market bags are trending and I love this macrame version of it. The slightly thicker macrame thread makes the market bag more stable than the crocheted version and of course the macrame look is just super cool … Market bags are totally trendy right now, the look is somehow light and summery and a bit retro. This DIY macrame market bag is quickly knotted and is somewhat more stable than a crocheted market bag due to the somewhat thicker macrame cotton ropes. I really like the macrame look for the bag and am thinking of trying a version with thinner thread and a knotted shoulder strap … what do you think? DIY MACRAME HANDBAG INSTRUCTIONS The macrame handbag is actually super simple because it only consists of square knots. I have already explained the basics in the macrame lamp video . So if you want to take a closer look at it again, please stop by again. MATERIALS For a DIY macrame handbag you need the following materials: Straw handbag Raffia Embroidery needle small scissors NOTE: Macrame yarn varies greatly in thickness, so it is best to have a look at it beforehand or order the same 😉 TIPS & TRICKS 1. Cut macrame ropes  – You need 10 cotton ropes of 1.20cm each, i.e. 20 cuts 2. Loop cotton  ropes around the rings – take 10 of the ropes in half and loop them around the ring. Then hang up the rings somewhere to knot. 3. Tie square knots  – The first row of square knots can now be set with even spacing. If you want to take a closer look at it, check out the video or the illustrated version in the macrame lamp blog post. 4th Rows 2-5  knots – For all further rows, we leave out the outer knots, which we need to connect the two sides of the bag evenly with each other at the end. This creates a knotted triangle for both rignes down to a knot in the middle. 5. Putting the sides together  – hang the rings side by side and fill in the missing knots. After the first row there are 2 threads over on both sides, which together again form a square knot. In the third row 2 nodes can be added, etc. Then fold over and connect the two sides on the other side in the same way. 6. Bottom knot  – The macrame market bag can now be finished in different ways. Often the remaining cords are simply tied together. I put another row on top and then laid the final row flat on the floor and knotted ropes from the front and back to form square knots.


I finally managed to prepare a few wedding memories and turned a few pictures into a photo cube. I think a photo cube is such a nice idea whether as a gift or as your own memento … It’s such a thing with wedding memories … after all the hustle and bustle of the wedding, you get the pictures and are really happy at first. The pictures are beautiful and are first sent around, then you print out a few and send them with thank you cards … and then you make a book … sometime … if you have time … or finally print a large picture for the wall in the Hallway … or the living room chest of drawers. So that you can get the pictures in your hand a little more often, in the truest sense of the word, I thought of something else and stuck the pictures on a photo cube. The cube can be folded down infinitely and is a welcome distraction and decoration on every desk. That’s how you keep it in your hand every now and then, play around with it and remember that beautiful day. Making the cube is not difficult at all. The 8 wooden cubes are connected with adhesive strips and it almost automatically emerges on which surfaces the pictures are then to be attached. Once you have glued the cubes together according to the instructions, you actually only have to choose a few nice pictures. I printed out the pictures on photo paper to get a chic look. DIY GIFT IDEA – MAKE YOUR OWN PHOTOCUBE MATERIALS For the photo cube, you need the following materials. Wooden cube 3×3 cm UHU glue stick Adhesive tape or masking tape TIP: A wooden dice game is also a wonderful gift idea for friends and does not necessarily have to be covered with wedding memories. Looking back at the most beautiful moments in recent years is also a wonderful idea for a memory cube. TIPS & TRICKS 1. Prepare the dice – 8 dice are required for a photo dice. You start by gluing the wooden cubes together in groups of 2 with a piece of masking tape. Simply place 2 cubes next to each other and glue one side together, fold this side down and fix the same edge from the other side again so that the cubes are connected to each other on both sides. We do this with all 4 pairs of two. 2. Place dice – All 8 dice are placed flat next to each other in their groups of 2. For the two outer ones the tape points upwards, for the two inner ones outwards. 3. Turn the cube over and fix it at the back – the dice are now fixed again at the back. To do this, take all the cubes together and turn them around. The two pairs lying next to each other are now connected to each other on the back with a piece of tape. 4th Fix the sides of the photo cube – the last step is to fix the sides by folding up the two cubes on the right and left and connecting the side cubes from top to bottom. 5. Glue pictures – Glue pictures with the UHU glue stick. We start with the 2×2 area that is on top after putting the cubes together.  The cubes are 3cm wide, so the pictures can be printed out in the right size. You need 4 pictures of 8x4cm and 4 pictures of 4×4 cm. If in doubt, just print a bit larger and place, mark and cut out the cubes.    6th Gradually unfold the cube and add pictures – unfold the cube to the right and left and add a picture to the areas of the 2×4 cubes. If you go forward little by little and fold the cube further and further, it automatically results which surfaces have to be covered. It is best to cut the pictures to size beforehand so that the tapes that connect the cubes are not cut. 7th Glue the sides – gradually coat all sides of the cube with UHU glue stick and add the prepared images.  Have you prepared your wedding memories nicely? I like the idea of ​​the cube that keeps falling into your hands. As a desk decoration, it is not kitsch and simply a somewhat different souvenir.  This article was created in collaboration with UHU.


The first cool days always have a very special flair, everyone is back from vacation, everyone in the office can be reached again and you realize that it’s getting dark again pretty early. I love these days because somehow they bring a cool head and the feeling of a new beginning. This weekend I spent highly motivated to devastate the entire apartment, of course everything under the guise of late spring cleaning. Because while I admire a minimalist lifestyle with others, I keep collecting these subjects with stuff – and there are really ONLY things that you really need. That’s why today I have my tips for better organization, namely the tips for life that I have in mind for this autumn. The DIY for the embroidered postcards with all my tips and tricks as always can be found below, so a reward, so to speak, to give the actually minimalist white corner in the hallway a little splash of color. 😉 The belongings in cupboards and drawers – finally really clearing out – and with it my REALLY! When I open my drawers, I actually only find things that are really needed or that are perhaps very useful, for example sunscreen with sun protection factor 50 in a small size. You absolutely need it when your favorite brand’s little sun cream is empty and you only travel with hand luggage, for example to a sunny country over the weekend and if you don’t want to get tan and don’t want to get any vitamin D … could be. This is of course difficult, because you don’t want to be wasteful either, but especially with cosmetics you should just throw away things that are good and maybe also expensive but that you REALLY just don’t use. E-mails – once the apartment has been cleaned out, you usually stop, but what often saps a lot of energy these days is your own e-mail inbox. Since I’m registered for pretty much every newsletter that sounded interesting somehow, I have a newsletter mailbox, one that doesn’t distract me and that I only check every few days. What has slipped through lately is updated every day and all e-mails in the mailbox are processed. Eating – The unhealthy habits somehow always become naturalized faster than the good ones … the vanilla ice cream in coffee in the summer months, for example, I really didn’t need 2 coffee breaks to get used to it. Just to look again at which unhealthy habits can be replaced by healthier ones is certainly a good idea from time to time. Friends – Sounds stupid, but it’s true, you just have acquaintances that are not good for you. The colleague, for example, who actually only gossips during the coffee break. Just reduce the frequency of coffee breaks or invite a couple of happy colleagues to do so. Probably the final point in such a listing should be, “this is how you keep order” but I think that’s a whole other chapter. It feels good to tidy up, but at the latest when you have desperately searched for the mobile phone three times, which you have put in the drawer in the tidying up frenzy, or the bill that was filed in a folder before it was transferred, you realize that a little more Order is definitely good, but maybe you shouldn’t overdo it – you just need a bit of creative chaos. (Should my friend read this paragraph: Honey, unfortunately that does not apply to you, you can NEVER create enough order.) These postcards were part of a great black and white calendar from 2015, which of course is still in the drawer because the postcards are so beautiful. However, as part of my clean-up campaign, I decided on my favorite postcards, separated them out ALTHOUGH the calendar had super nice slogans printed over them, and some of them were embroidered in a beautiful color. As always, here are my tips, tricks and lessons learned: Material postcards: The postcards in black and white are of course practical, but printing out an old picture in black and white is also a good idea. Embroidery thread: The embroidery thread I had ordered actually make the Freundschaftsbändchen me, unfortunately it was me then the quality is not good enough but something like it enough perfectly embroidery needles: I embroidery needles used a thicker in size 21 for preparing the holes, and a thinner 19 to embroider the thread. Pad: It is best to take a piece of cardboard or another pad that can break. Finding shapes and piercing Of course you can let off steam creatively with something like this, but you don’t have to. You can also just look what recurring shapes are and copy them, I think that looks very cool. It is best to prick the shape with the thicker needle, making sure not to put the holes too close together so that the cardboard does not tear. Embroidery Now it’s time to color in, the light colors naturally look best on a dark background, the dark on a light one.  Have fun, loved ones, doing handicrafts, cleaning up and mucking out and making plans for autumn.


It’s september! And that means back to school, university or to the office … for this reason there is a great campaign from PILOT today, Design your FriXion and the instructions for a simple rubber pencil. As much as I mourn after summer every year, I look forward to autumn. I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, afternoons with hot chocolate and the general motivation and activity that will return. For many, it’s back to school, university or back to work after a long, extensive summer vacation. Everyone has energy, is in a good mood and really wants to rock something. Just in time for the “start of school”, there is a mega cool PILOT campaign today. At the moment you can personalize your favorite pens on the PILOT website. In other words, you can create an individual sticker for a FriXion Ball, FriXion Clicker or a FriXion set of 3 leads. Pattern, color and font can be chosen and of course the text! So you can label all pens with your own name or print a few funny or inspiring messages on them. On the “Design your FriXion” website you can simply scan your receipt and personalize your FriXion. Have lots of fun with it! DIY SIMPLE PEN HOLDER YOURSELF In keeping with the newly rediscovered autumn motivation, I have thought of a little DIY so that I will hopefully never again be with my book without a pen or with a pen without my book … The pencil rubber is simply sewn on a rubber band in any width and can be wonderfully looped around any notebook. MATERIALS For the macrame vase stockings you need the following material: Elastic band sewing machine matching yarn Clips or pins of course a notebook and a couple of FriXion pens 😉 TIP: You can also use a narrow elastic band for this DIY, anything wider than 1.5cm is ideal so that the pens have enough hold. TIPS & TRICKS 1. Determine the design  – It is best to think about how many pen compartments you would like to have and how to hide the ends nicely. For this reason, I roughly sketched out how I would like to lay the rubber band and, above all, how I would like to fold the ends so that the end of the rubber band is hidden in a loop. 2. Pin  the elastic band – Since the elastic band is elastic, it is difficult to fix everything in the right position. For this reason, I worked my way step by step and tested every step on the booklet again so as not to sew too much or too little tension on the elastic band. I sealed the first edge with the lighter and then formed a loop and sewed it on. 3.  Fix the loops – Place the elastic around the booklet and simply measure roughly so that the elastic is under slight tension. Lay all three layers on top of each other and go over them with a normal stitch. My sewing machine managed the 3 shifts without any problems. I pinned the other loops so that the end is hidden again and forms a final loop.

My material tips for art journaling

Are you wondering what materials you need for art journaling? Which glue is right or how do you prime your sides correctly? Here I have put together my personal material recommendations for your start in art journaling. Have fun with it! Basically, it doesn’t take much to get started with art journaling. You are completely free in your creativity and can choose your materials as you like. However, some things are very helpful when you have them on hand. I would like to introduce these to you here. The most important basics for art journaling Below you will find the most important basics that I recommend for your start in art journaling: Art Journal Paints and pens brush Glue for collages / mixed media Gesso Brackets Magazines, journals, books and Co. Other materials & aids Have fun reading and get inspired! I am happy if I can give you a good overview! 1. Your Art Journal Your diary itself is of course the basis for art journaling. You can use a regular sketchbook, a special Art Journal book, a spiral pad or a notebook for this. If you like, you can also make your art journal yourself – there are also many beautiful variations. In my article “ Which book as an art journal? “I have written extensively about the Art Journal myself and here I also present my personal recommendations. 2. Paints and pens Your personal favorites are required here. What do you particularly like to paint with – or what would you like to finally try out, but haven’t really dared yourself yet? There is space for experiments in your Art Journal 🙂 I personally use for art journaling: Watercolor paints (preferably Van Gogh * and Schmincke) Acrylic paints (here I have a hodgepodge of cheap acrylic paints from the craft store through to high-quality Lukas paints or other brands) Colored pencils (my favorites: Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils *) now and then oil or pastel chalks and sometimes wax crayons . Usually just a few colors are enough. You don’t need a huge assortment to get started! It is better to buy colors little by little if you notice that you are missing something in your collection. My black and white fineliners are also indispensable for me ! The white fineliner is the Uniball Signo UM-153  * – a white ink pen that really paints and covers in brilliant white. With the black fineliner, I currently particularly like to use the waterproof Uniball Eye Fineliner *. If you hantierst with acrylic paints and paint over it like, also are marking pens or special acrylic marker a good choice. 3. Brush The brushes depend on which colors you are using. For watercolors I like to use Da Vinci brushes for watercolors   in different sizes, for acrylic colors I use bristle brushes in “No Name quality” or the chic Da Vinci acrylic brushes  . 4. Glue for collages / mixed media Matt medium! Personally, I now almost exclusively use Matt Medium for gluing pictures, magazine clippings and the like – a liquid painting medium / binding agent. This fluid can be used like a normal liquid glue and brings your pictures, papers and text snippets into your art journal without creasing . It dries clear, and you can with acrylic paints or water colors in additional layers about painting (watercolors to see something blunt, but even that can be an exciting effect!). You can also use the matte medium to make photo transfers (that is, to put an “imprint” of a photo or print in your art journal). The matte medium is also suitable as a seal and protects your finished work from fading and external influences. I work with the Matte Medium from Liquitex *, the M att Medium from Golden or the Matte Medium from DecoArt are often recommended around me . In addition to the matt drying matt medium, there is also a glossy medium , which gives your picture a glossy finish. Depending on your preference, you can choose a matt or gloss finish. The classic UHU glue stick You can also use a classic glue stick as a glue for collages. I also use this again and again – especially with smaller snippets. Here I take the classic – the UHU glue stick . 5. Gesso (the all-round talent) Gesso is used in a variety of ways in the creative sector. It is basically a color binding agent that is mainly used as a primer . It prepares the respective substrate for the use of colors and ensures that the colors adhere better . It is ideal for preparing a surface on acrylic paints, watercolors or even oil paints or gouache and tempera paints. With the help of a gesso primer, you can also paint on unusual materials such as wood or metal: You can make cardboard and cardboard shine through your paintings or prepare an acrylic canvas so that it can be painted with watercolors, for example. You can also use Gesso to make your pages in the Art Journal “thicker” and more durable . This is especially useful if you are working in a classic notebook or in a notebook, book or calendar with thin paper pages. Gesso is mostly used in white . It has a high pigmentation and therefore a high covering power. So you can easily paint over printed or already painted surfaces – the cornflakes pack turns into a gleaming white canvas that is just waiting for your paintings 🙂 Even small mistakes can be ironed out with Gesso by simply placing a white layer over the unwanted areas of your picture. You can use it to lay layers on top of each other in a playful way! The radiant gesso white also ensures that your colors appear incredibly bright . You can also mix your colors with it . Gesso is not only available in white , but also in transparent or even in black – just as you like it and how you want to use it! (in the Happy Art Journaling course I use gesso in white – this gesso from Liquitex  *) Particularly ingenious: You can also incorporate different structures in Gesso . Very exciting experimenting in the Art Journal! 6. Brackets If you are working in a bound book , I particularly recommend brackets. You can use it to keep your book open and your pages lie flat while you are painting and designing. I use so-called foldback clips or multi-purpose clips  * for this. In theory, however, you can also use normal clothespins or large paper clips. 7. Magazines, periodicals, books, pictures, papers If you like to experiment and make collages, your waste paper suddenly takes on a completely new meaning! 😀 Keep nice magazines, periodicals, old newspapers and books and use texts and images from them for your art journal. For example, I love magazines like Happinez, Flow or Happy Way, in which there is a lot to be cut out and pasted in … but classic women’s and gossip magazines also have a lot that you can use! Also nice: brochures and catalogs from trade fairs (the creative fairs are perfect for “collecting”!). Discover old books on a shelf or at the flea market – the older, the more exciting! 🙂 With newspapers can also play great. I also collect sturdy cardboard boxes , for example from muesli and corn flakes packs, I cut up old wall calendars and much more. You will be amazed what you can find in everyday life if you sharpen your eyes for it! Particularly practical: old pictures and works of art that you no longer want (or that may have been an experimental “failed attempt”) can be easily reused in art journaling! 8. What else do you need for art journaling A pair of scissors , possibly a cutter knife for designing your own templates or “punching” pages, old cardboard as basics for stencils a cup of water Kitchen paper or a cloth for handling brushes and paints For backgrounds and techniques depending on your choice: old sponges, toothbrushes, stencils, colored tape, stickers, fabrics, napkins , … whatever you like! Your imagination knows no boundaries! You will be surprised how many ideas come to mind about what can be used once you start 🙂 And now I wish you a lot of fun collecting your materials and getting started with Art Journaling! Happy painting!

Annoyed? Angry? Emotionally? Why you should paint NOW

Are you really annoyed? Did you feel particularly annoyed about something today? Do you feel like the whole world is against you? Great – the best conditions for painting! 🙂  It always seems as if you should grab pens and paper especially when you are in a good mood and glittering unicorns and colorful rainbows accompany you through everyday life. Of course, it is also really fun to paint – but you will feel the ingenious effect that creativity triggers especially when you are really frustrated, sad, angry, annoyed or anxious or just feel misunderstood.  Really! In my life so far, painting has often carried me through challenging situations. And you can use it for yourself too! Painting reveals feelings and liberates! The moment you put colors on paper, your feelings find a place. You are opening a channel to let your emotions flow in a good way and to feel what is really moving you inside. Because there is often a deeper feeling behind anger, anger or fear – and this is often very clear during the creative process.  This gives you the chance to deal with your feelings and see what touches and moves you.  Painting gives you a liberating feeling and it helps you let go. You get the necessary distance from your feelings and can look at them from the outside in a more relaxed manner. On some days you need an extra helping of serenity 😉 Colors and images are healing for the soul Our subconscious thinks in pictures. Colors have a psychological effect on us: They can enliven us or relax us, calm us down or provide more clarity and concentration (here you will find an interesting overview of the effect of the individual colors ) . When you paint a picture, you intuitively create exactly the mood on paper that it needs now to feel good. The creative process as such is also balm for your soul: painting is like meditation . You are completely in the moment and very attentive to and with yourself. You take time for yourself and immerse yourself completely in your experience. Painting becomes an oasis of relaxation and tranquility in your everyday life – especially when things are hectic or challenging around you. Do you feel like an alien among other people? Get it on paper! 🙂 Humor is when you laugh anyway Do you know what always helps me best when painting when things get hot around me? I paint humorous pictures. This creates annoyed owls, grinning fat cats or ironically sketched everyday situations that have just thrown me off my concept. Humor helps wonderfully to take things easier – and on top of that, it’s just great fun to put funny scenes on paper. It is not important that you present everything perfectly – rather, it is about that it can be easy, with lots of joy and liveliness! Let out everything that’s burning on your soul – it’s often so much easier with painting than with words. Sometimes you have to swim against the current … 🙂 Feel free to paint! Painting is YOUR comfort zone. You alone decide what you paint. YOU decide what you feel comfortable with. What is doing you good right now. Because that’s exactly what it should be about – that painting frees you, makes you lighter, happier and happier. Even on challenging days! I wish you that painting can be your channel to let your emotions run free! Happy painting!

Why your knowledge of painting is not enough

I recently went to a parents’ evening. The teacher said to us, “Many students in this class understand everything very quickly when we are dealing with a new topic. But the reason why the written performance is still not that good is that they do not anchor their knowledge sufficiently. They think they have already understood everything. But they also have to practice. Because only through repeated practice can the knowledge really be safely applied and transferred. “ You can think what you want of our school system? – but these words make something very important clear: We have to get into DOING to really, really understand something. To turn knowledge into an experience. I don’t want to learn English vocabulary with you – and I don’t want to teach you any classical knowledge from the visual arts. You have already passed school (you might also say: Fortunately!). Today you are free. But what I would like to make clear to you is that you   need EXPERIENCE to truly understand something. Also and especially in creativity! Experience beats knowledge – also in creativity Maybe you already know that it’s somehow  not about copying. You may already know that you  want to create something of your  own when you paint. You feel somewhere in you  that there is more that wants to be visible. And you know that the path is not about copying, comparing or learning any techniques. Perhaps you have already read a lot about creativity with me or elsewhere and know that you have to  let go of external guidelines . That you  have to allow yourself to do things  in painting, that you have to be  courageous and open to new things . That you  have to learn to love and accept yourself  – and you also have to allow your pictures to be everything they want to be. But do you just KNOW all of these things – or did you really EXPERIENCE them alive? Have you just read somewhere that your picture doesn’t have to be classically beautiful, that it’s not about good or bad, but more about your own expression? Or have you really ever painted a picture that you left standing for the sake of its expression, even though you didn’t find it beautiful in the classic sense? Have you only watched videos that were wildly and freely painted – across borders, lines, borders, completely imperfect? Or did you allow yourself to take this step while painting  and experience what it feels like? Have you just heard somewhere that you should give in to your inner voice while painting? Or have you actually given yourself the freedom to  spontaneously follow an impulse from within while painting ? No matter how crazy or “stupid” that felt to you at first? It is not enough just to understand things in your head. It is not enough to gain a lot of knowledge if you do not really experience it. Go deep. Pick up paints, brushes, pens and get started. Do those things that you read about that fascinate you. Finally allow yourself to be free in your painting! Realize how you secretly imagine your pictures! Unleash the artist in you to feel WHOLE while painting! Experience takes you so much further than pure knowledge. Experience is feeling, feeling, experiencing – with all your senses Knowledge is something that happens in the head and is then usually stored in some drawer. Experience is something that lets you experience, feel, sense with all your senses, with body and mind, what your knowledge REALLY means. Knowledge makes you safer, gives you orientation. But experience is what makes you richer, more perfect, happier. And also more fulfilling in your creative process. Because it is experience that leads you to yourself – not knowledge alone. Don’t let yourself get stuck in learning and knowledge accumulation. The true courage, but also the true liberation of your creativity, lies in doing. Get started right away – take the first step and dare to do exactly what you’ve always wanted to paint, draw, do, but have only secretly reeled it off in front of your inner eye. With your experience it becomes real. And you are one step further on the way to your very own creative power! I wish you a great, creative day!

Fineliner fun with happy painting: tips and tricks

One of my favorite steps in happy painting is the fineliner fun: Here we play wild, free, happy and exuberant with a black and a white fineliner to bring our picture to life.  My Happy Painters often ask a few questions here:  What do I have to pay attention to when I buy fineliners for happy painting?  Which pens are good? How do I find the right one for me?  How do I vary my patterns and lines and decorations?  How do I loosen up my bottom line?  And how do I make my fineliner scribbles look really loose – and not so cramped and “too precise”?  I would like to answer these questions in this video and tell you some tricks and tips to have a lot of fun with the fineliner fun with the black fineliner – and above all to feel good!  Basically, I recommend that you just keep painting! 🙂 It gets easier the longer and more often you deal with something – this is also the case with Happy Painting. The painting method itself is easy and uncomplicated – but you will discover even more joy when you go deeper and deeper and develop more and more routine. Then you will really get into the flow when painting!  Happy Painting: Feel free and easy while painting! And that’s exactly what I wish you: Because nothing is more beautiful than the feeling of being completely with yourself and at the same time sinking into the picture … this feeling of feeling completely free and light and lively while painting and welcoming everything that is there just like to show ! Then you will be able to feel more and more how the positive effects and experiences from painting are carried over into your everyday life.  Painting can do so much in your life! Get involved in the gift of your creativity and just have a lot of fun with it!  I now wish you a lot of fun with Happy Painting – and here very explicitly with Fineliner Fun 🙂  All the best and:  Happy painting!