anke-art is…

ankerundlanguageselector-deutschAnke, creativity addict and fontaholic with more ideas than time, can be incredibly silly, has a wide range of interests. Want to know more?  Click me 😀
Here you’ll find my fonts and all my creative outbursts, tutorials, crafts, art, a few freebies and a lot more.

Great to have you here!

P.S.: I had to completely re-design my site. Please let me know if something looks weird or won’t display correctly. Thanks! :)

A Happy Page, a little tutorial, and a font preview

Did you ever buy kitchen towels just because you loved the embossed pattern? Some time ago I came across cute towels with a heart pattern, and now I used them to prime my altered book pages in my art journal. Totally quick and easy:

Then you can add different layers to your liking. I want to try this technique with bold colors as well, but for now I simply used it as a base. For the current Get Messy season of “Happy”, I did this spread in my favorite colors:

I wish I had more time for experimental art, but I am working on two fonts which I had planned to release this weekend. Well, my child caught a bad cold, so my priorities shifted :) Anyway, I can show you a preview of one of the fonts:
HAPPYMAIL

Now doesn’t that look promising?

Wish me luck that I’ll be able to publish this happy little font within the next days!


My Christmas Cards 2015

Even though some of my postcards are rather naughty, I can be nice as well 😉 – these are classy and a bit vintage, some of them were inspired by this card:

While I was at it, I made these greeting cards as well:

Do you like them? I’m happy about your feedback 😀


Easy, fast and beautiful Advent Calendar

Surprisingly enough, Christmas is coming again this year 😉

As I’m going through some (positive) changes in my offline life, here’s a little tutorial I had published some years ago.

Time flies, and it’s only a little more than a month until Christmas. If you need a last-minute advent calendar which is easy to make, looks great and doesn’t cost a fortune, go on reading:

You need:

  • a sheet of Scrapbooking paper (12″x12″)
  • a piece of sturdy carton in the same size (old vinyl record covers work great!)
  • Paper Glue
  • scissors, cutter knife, cutting mat
  • a 3/4 inch circle punch or stamps/stickers with numbers
  • thin ribbon
  • hole punch, for example the Crop-a-Dile
  • 24 printedstories/recipes/quotes (I can’t offer mine for download because I don’t own the copyright).

The basis for each calendar is a simple 12×12 sheet of scrapbooking paper glued to a 12×12 piece of sturdy cardboard. I used a 3/4 inch circle punch to create numbers in matching colors. If you like, you can download my numbers-in-circles design, print and punch (3 color schemes on one sheet).

Beneath the numbers, I used my crop-a-dile to punch small holes through the calendar. If you don’t have a crop-a-dile, you can use an eyelet tool or a hole punch out of daddy’s toolbox. Punch two extra holes in the upper left and right corner, so the calendar can be hung to the wall.

As you can see, I chose to stamp the numbers directly on the dots of this beautiful paper.
I chose 24 short stories, poems, recipes etc. and printed them on high quality paper. I folded and/or rolled the sheets, tied them to a pretty ribbon and threaded the ribbons through the calendars’ holes. A square knot on the back – that’s it. I used a small IKEA Allen wrench to push the ribbons through the holes. If you give the calendar to a couple, you can use two different ribbon colors for them to take turns in opening the gifts.

Here’s another version …

… with a tinted mirror snowflake as an embellishment.

This tutorial was first published in 2009.


I swapped with myself

… because I joined Get Messy after the paper swap had taken place. Something with a nice texture, something stamped, some paper with text… as I have all of that in my stash, anyway, I pretended to gather papers for an imaginary swap partner. The result is this combination which I’ll show you as the finished art journal page:

 
For the newest Retro Sketch I made this card:
anke-art_rs187

Apart from that I am looking forward to next week’s craft show which I am preparing for. Details follow tomorrow 😀


Words don’t come easy

… at least if you do it as clumsily as I did. It is obvious that putting your hand on freshly written text is a bad idea, but I smeared the fresh ink all over my newest page. Duh. And ironically, the page’s title is “Wisdom” 😉
Well, I simply wrote the text on some notebook paper and taped it in.
As my mobile phone is dying a slow death, I cannot upload any pics to Instagram *sniff*. And as it’s autumn and grey outside, my photos didn’t really get enough light today.
Thanks to my husband’s desk lamp, here’s an improvised picture show:

2015-10-wisdom

The image at the bottom is spliced – consisting of two images. The inspiration came from Get Messy.

For a double page I used some older pages from my CitraSolv experiment. On it I wrote some lyrics from the song “All the Answers” by Kieran Halpin with a stencil, then I filled them with a gel pen. The page is about all those existential questions.

2015-10-answers

The funniest page is about my favorite word: Schlabbergulsch. It only exists in our family, describing the gelly-like state of egg-white which isn’t fully cooked yet. Yuck!

2015-10-schlabbergulsch

My favorite page is about my most loved books from my childhood: “The Little Vampire” by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. Gosh, I loved them!…

2015-10-vampireLet me know if you like it! 😀