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Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

Over on the Simon says stamp and show there is a challenge to create something with a quote. This can be any kind of quote, from movie quotes, to something a family member always says, a qoute on a stamp, or a quote you find insirational. Since I have been meaning to work more with quotes in my art journal, I felt I would try and work with this.

In searching for a way to deal with a burn out I have taken up art journalling as a tool to get clarity in my mind about the things I do and don’t do. Things that are good and things that need changing. As a part of that process perfection and imperfection have lately been on my mind. So I choose a quote about this subject, that spoke to me. As, in real life, I am an IT engineer.

“As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.” Ernst Fisher.

This quote speaks to me on so many different levels, that I cannot begin to tell you. I did however try to translate all those layers into my journal page, wich I build up out of many, many layers, most of wich aren’t even visible anymore.
I choose a picture of Leonardo DaVinci as a representative of the time where science and art were intertwined and the world of knowledge was a far smaller one then it is today. The gears are a representative of the machine as time progressed, with a human heart at it’s centre core. 

And because I was having such fun with quotes I made another journal page with a quote by Salvador Dali: “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”.


Thank you for watching, and should you have any questions, tips or remarks, please leave a comment below.

20 thoughts on “Inspirational quote

  1. Wow Monique, these journal pages are absolutely fantastic and I love your story behind them. Both quotes you used on each page are brilliant. I love all the layers you added to create your textural tactile pages. The gears look fantastic and the images irk so well. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy c


  2. Monique says:

    Thank you, Tracy.


  3. Candy C says:

    Monique…both of your sets of art journal pages are stunning! The Dali one is very “artsy” and very much has a Dali feeling. I particularly love your first pages because I am such a lover of vintage! 🙂 The pages are wonderfully laid out. I love all of the textural patterns of gears and the mechanical feeling. It is perfect for your sentiment. I also really like the sweet vintage photograph you have included on your pages. It reminds us of man's vulnerability and as your sentiment suggests, our imperfections…even with the perfect little being. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. ❤ Candy


  4. Monique says:

    Thank you for your kind comment, Candy,


  5. Yvonne says:

    Love love love your pages. The first one speaks to me so much…it is stunning!!! Love your work.


  6. Monique says:

    Thank you for your kind comment =)


  7. WOW!!! Grungy goodness here! These pages are amazing, and the quote is perfect for the scene, and totally speaks to me as well! I understand what you mean in your explanation on being stuck. I feel like that a lot. You do beautiful work! Thank you for using your words with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!


  8. Monique says:

    Thank you, Anita.


  9. Wow! What a great quote! And your pages are absolute masterpieces. Gorgeous!!!


  10. paper yum says:

    Gorgeous grungy smeary beautiful! I love your work.


  11. Robert says:

    Monique, the pages are beautiful and I love your quotes. They are so true. Great work!


  12. Suzanne C says:

    Brilliant pages and quotes! I love the texture and richness of color on your pages! Fab! Glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


  13. PsyPenguin says:

    Wow! These pages are amazing. I love the quotes you've used.


  14. butterfly says:

    Completely stunning pages… Congratulations on your so-well-deserved win at SSSaS, and I'm so happy to have found your blog – amazing work here. I've joined up as your latest follower so that I don't miss anything, and will definitely be back to explore in more detail – wow!
    Alison x


  15. Monique says:

    Thank you all for your kind comments.


  16. artwolf2009 says:

    these pages are really great, I had to subscribe.


  17. Candy C says:

    Monique…I am so happy to see that you are being recognized for your wonderful art journal pages! Congrats on making the TOP 3 at Simon Says Stamp and Show. It's well deserved! ❤ Candy


  18. Monique says:

    Thank you Candy and Artwolf =)


  19. Your pages are fantastic! Love your style!


  20. Maura says:

    Love, love your steampunk style pages! And congrats at SSS!


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