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 Old + the New, scanning negatives to use as overlays for digital photography, creative photography, www.Fenne.be

The old + the new

All the things I've learned to avoid as a photographer: dusty negatives, scratches, light leaks or grain,...

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...

Not all there is to know, we can see.

There is an emptiness, a void, that has to be filled with the wild air that wanders from the mountains back to the sea. We watch but don't see what we don't know. We watch the objects but fail to see time floating by. We can't see what we're not...

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...

Inside my sketchbook

  During October, I've been experimenting a bit with ink for Inktober- an inky challenge for one month. Last year it worked out rather well, but this year I was just not into ink. After all the inky frustration, there was only one thing to do: painting in thick,...