Fenne Kustermans, art blog, mental mastery practice, staying focused at creative work, www.Fenne.be

Popping sugar brain

I love chocolate. All chocolate, I thought, until one day I took a bite of an easter egg only to discover a horrendous feeling on my tongue, going all the way up to my ears and there is no escape but waiting until it's over. I had no clue what...

The Happiness Factory, artwork by Fenne Kustermans. Risography, etching, printmaker Sweden, Society 6 artist. www.Fenne.be

The happiness factory

One concept, one sketch, 3 different end results- this is the process behind the Happiness Factory. While my dogs were quietly sleeping in the sun, the loose sketching, the thinking scribbles, found their way to a details A3 sketch. Normally, I don't put all the details in the sketch but this...

Fenne Kustermans illustration, making buttons, handmade pins, drawings, printmaking, www.Fenne.be

Magic Machine

  One of the fun things of being a maker is that exciting moment when the final product is ready. When sketches become a real drawing or painting in a frame, a book that is ready to fly out. On these pictures, it's the little drawing or print that suddenly becomes...

Learning something new: making spoons

Diogo is a very skilled guitar builder who works with European woods- so lots of experience with wood, something I don't know much about, but one can always learn from the masters, right? By a warm campfire by the lake, Diogo showed me step by step how to get started- and...

#MarchMeetTheMaker the unlimited where.

MMTM, aka the no-secrets-month! It's been one week into the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge where every day you get a prompt that will ask you to share something about yourself and/or your work. Since it's mostly focussed on Instagram, you can connect with other makers by following the hashtag (it's a rather new...

#MarchMeetTheMaker

Because I feel like I never know enough makers, because I love to find new creators and because I love to see what others bring to life. Enough reasons for a last minute jump on the MMTM-train. What it's all about? MMTM is a challenge share something every day on Instagram that...

The stories are in the scratches

It's almost midnight and I am staring at my glowing screen, being painfully aware of a headache that has been following my every move the whole day. Normally I wouldn't be in Sweden right now but visiting my home country Belgium for a week to celebrate my grandmothers 94th birthday, meet...

Linocut experiments

When I was in Belgium a few months ago, I bought a few different types of lino to experiment with. Since this type was much softer than the one I usually use, it doesn't have to be warm to be cut in a gentle way. It sounded great for cold...