Two Friends’ Favorite Blog Posts (#4)

Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts #4 (Marjie Kemper)

Two Friends’ Favorite Blog Posts (#4)

Welcome to installment #4 of my series called Two Friends’ Favorite Blog Posts. You can see the the earlier posts here:  TFFBP#1: August and TFFBP#2: September  and TFFBP#3: October. I’ve asked these artists friends to identify one of their favorite posts of all time. A daunting call for long-time bloggers who each have been creating for years.

Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts (Marjie Kemper) two friends art posts

Astrid Maclean

Astrid lives in Scotland and has been featured here a few times earlier in my Tuesday’s Tutorials series. Her projects always have great attention to detail and I enjoy reading her blog. I hope one day we can meet in person.

Astrid Maclean

Astrid says, “Well, first of all, I have become addicted to Midori size notebooks, so this is what this is. They are inserts for a Midori Travelers Journal, and I love putting these together.  This one is going to be used for handwriting practice, as it has squared paper inside. Second up, are Tim Holtz Oxide Inks – the more I use them, the more I love them! And last but not least, stencils and sprays. I used these latter two for this cover.” You’ll find a full tutorial on this gorgeous journal on Astrid’s blog

Art journal created by Astrid Maclean and featured on Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts (Marjie Kemper)

Alison AKA “Butterfly”

Alison makes such gorgeous projects and always includes lots of photos to help you understand the process.  Though she lives near London, her work brings her to New York often and we have enjoyed some fun times together here.

Alison AKA Butterfly of Words & Pictures

In her words, “I found it really hard to choose one favourite blog post. There are so many projects which reflect moments of discovery or realisation along the journey. In the end, I’ve gone with Remember, Remember – a large reverse canvas that feels like a good example of how my creative process often works. I’ll get an idea and then I have to just keep playing until that idea becomes a reality. The spark here was the thought of using tiny lights to create fireworks in the night sky… and then I had to find a way to make it happen. And of course it does have lots of my favourite things – the ingredients which turn up again and again for me – blues and browns, darkness and light, and of course plenty of crackle!”

Mixed media canvas created by Alison AKA Butterfly of Words & Pictures and featured on Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts (Marjie Kemper)- November

The lighting of this was tricky. You can read the whole story about it and see lots of additional photos over on Alison’s blog.

2 Friends' Favorite Blog Posts - Astrid Maclean and Alison AKA Butterlfly - art journal and mixed media art canvas

I hope you enjoyed this peek at two of my artsy friends’ favorite posts.

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  1. Don’t know how I missed this post on their blogs x But it was lovely to read them and view their favourite projects. I have met with Astrid for many craft days in my home as well as at hers and have been lucky to meet Alison at a TH workshop a few years ago xx

    TFS Marjie and best wishes xx

  2. I’ve enjoyed both of these artists for several years now, these projects are delightful

  3. A fabulous Duo, showcasing a smidgen of their creativity… Imagination unbound!! Thank you for sharing.
    Warm Wishes Tracey x

  4. Bev Wilson says:

    Lovin’ your “friends favorite blogs” !

  5. Two of my favourite artists in one blog post, how fabulous is that! Alison and Astrid are so incredibly talented and it is always a pleasure to see their work! xx

  6. Thanks Marjie for gathering here two of my favourite artists, I admire their work and they are always such an inspiration for me. It’s hard to choose a favourite blogpost but here we have a perfect expression of their sensitivity.

  7. Great choice Marjie ! I love these two too ! Great stuff !
    Corrie xx

  8. You have two of my favourite artist here so of course I will be taking a look at their blogs! Before that though I must take a look at what I have missed by being away from home so much!! Chrisx

  9. A big thank you from me too – and equally pleased to be paired with the wonderful Astrid – we’ve been on so many teams together that it seems very appropriate! I’m back in NYC early in the New Year, so I hope we’ll get to rendezvous again.
    Alison x

  10. Thanks so much for this shout out Marjie :o) I am delighted to be featured here especially together with the lovely Alison! Fingers crossed one day you and I will be able to meet in person too! xxx