Trying my hand at other crafts: I love it, even though I realize it can be highly dangerous… Before you know it, you’re looking at yet another crafty addiction, and I don’t know about you, but time is already a precious commodity here at casa “maRRose”.
However, having admired Nienke‘s utterly beautiful work for a long time (feast your eyes on these), me starting “stipping” (dot art) was inevitable. Quite unexpectedly we met at Annemarie’s / “Studio Hip & Stip”‘s book launch last year – as it turns out they’re best friends – and we had a click. A couple of months after that, I was lucky to score a spot (pun intended…) at one of Nienke’s immensely popular dot art workshops, here in Amsterdam, at “Handmade Heaven”. Long story short: after that night, I was hooked!
As it turned out, Nienke is not only a fabulous artist, but an excellent teacher on top of that! With the right mix of her (tremendous) knowledge, passion, humor, and determination, she’s able to guide you through the whole “stipping” experience, and makes sure you go home with a beautiful piece of dot art at the end of the work shop.
She’s also very good at remembering and realizing how – this may sound strange, but is so true – scary it is to actually put those first couple of dots on your virgin piece of ceramic. Apart from having a whole array of tips and tricks to correct any blooper, throughout the whole night she continues to encourage everyone by saying: “rest assured, it will be ok”, “trust me, it will be ok” (“het komt goed” in Dutch). And with her fantastic skills and help, yes, everything IS ok at the end of the workshop, and all participants leave feeling happy and proud (knowing, that indeed, they do have a new crafty addiction, haha).
Within a week after my initiation to “stippen”, Quinn and I spent a morning ‘stipping’ the hours away, both experiencing how, well… meditative this was –> now Quinn was hooked too! And not only that – proud mother speaking here: – she’s very good at it as well!
Another thing that was inevitable: Nienke writing a book on dot art, which is exactly what she’s been doing during the past couple of months. And boy-oh-boy, what a won-der-ful book did she write! Super inspirational, but also super informative! In the book she’s sharing all her “stippen”-knowlegde, and believe you me: that’s a lot! Information on the best material to use, the dot art technique, advice on colors and paint, 12 beautiful patterns (ranging from beginner level to pro), and I’ve even seen tips on how to remove paint from your clothes. I mean: does this sound like a complete book on dot art, or not?
Add to that, beautiful photography and editing/styling (crisp, clear, colorful), and you totally understand why the book not only made it to the Book Bestseller Top-60 in its first week after publication (very unusual for a creative book), but actually even ranked number 16! How cool is that?
Also – extremely – cool: Kosmos & Nienke are graciously allowing me to give you a chance to win this wonderful book! I think you know the routine by now ;-): just leave a comment under this post, make sure I can reach you via email, and do all this before Sunday, September 10, 22:00 GMT, after which this giveaway is closed, and a winner will be drawn¬ified.
Good luck everyone!
edit: this giveaway is now closed – a winner has been drawn and notified!
PS: I needle punched a present ↓ for Nienke on the occasion of the release of her book and gave it to her during last Saturdays fantastic book launch party in the “Gelderlandfabriek” ↑.
Colorful dots and her “het komt goed”-mantra, what else ;-)?