Served In Cold Blood


The result of my second assignment from the course Make Art That Sells, by Lilla Rogers.
Description: be inspired by Staffordshire pottery and create plates for the Home Decor market.

When I read about Staffordshire pottery I got interested by the fact they also used to make pottery of talk-of-the-town news, like elections, celebrities, family dramas, murder cases…
With the last one I instantly thought of the book ‘In Cold Blood’, by Truman Capote, and the movie ‘Capote’, played by Philip Seymour Hoffmann.
Since I was fascinated by the murder story, the book, Capote as a person and the actor Seymour Hoffman, I decided to turn these plates into an ode to them.

For this piece I used acrylics and gouache.
The newspaper is the Volkskrant which I photographed at home.

If you like you can check out this gallery to see the work of my fellow ‘students’.


Intergalantic Worms

This is my submission for the Make Art That Sells (part A, bolt fabric) in cooperation with Uppercase Magazine. The assignment was to illustrate a cover for a new Uppercase Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide (part 2) – a mouth full.

I wanted to create a pattern with strange looking creatures trying to be pretty, in a futuristic scenery.


ik doe het niet


July 2015 was a good month!
The book I have been working on for almost two years, together with the author and
‘mother’ of IKDOEHETNIET (her name must be kept anonymous), is OUT!

The book is fully titled:
IK DOE HET NIET – 50 originele manieren om je ex dwars te zitten (met een knipoog).

Freely translated:
I’D NEVER EVER – 50 original ways to bother your ex (with a wink).

The book came to life after a bad break up the author had. In the following days, weeks, months she thought of all possible ways of revenge. But after thinking of them, and sometimes almost planned out, she called herself back with the wise words “I’d never ever…., he’s not worth the energy anymore.” She had so much of those ideas that she wanted to share them with the world, together with the good advice, what became the title as well…

Fifty of them were carefully selected and illustrated.
They’re in order of break up experience: dramatic self-pity, longing back to the good old days, revenge through private and public humiliation, getting over him, feeling sorry, reaching out a helping hand, and finally getting back to your own life again.

Below you’ll find some pictures of the book and the advertising statements.
All the illustrations and the book design are from my hand.
Experience, research and story by IK DOE HET NIET.

(click the images to enlarge)

If you want to contact the author for whatever reason you can check out the IK DOE HET NIET website. If you want to own a copy of this book you can purchase it here. (at this moment it’s only available in Dutch.) If you want to read more about the author’s experience and motivation to start this book, read her story here (in Dutch). And if you’d like to share your OWN story, you can do that here! (every language)

Thumb Collection – a quick manual


Last week I finished my second Thumb Collection book. ” What is it”, I hear you think. Well….Are you a person who collects all kinds of stuff like flyers, newspaper- or magazine articles and pictures and posters and other nice looking papers? And do you have several drawers and boxes to collect them in? With the intension to arrange them in different themes? Or pin them on your pinboard or fridge or other vertical or horizontal surfaces? And does it makes you crazy that everything keeps piling up but you don’t want to throw your collected stuff away or glue it in a notebook or something?
Well…that’s me too. I figured out a way to tackle this problem. It’s not the best and it shows some little flaws but for me it works:

At one day, when my drawer got too crowded I piled up everything very neatly and I just smeared a lot of bookbinding glue along one site. Result? A book consisting of all my collected stuff, through which you can easily ‘thumb’.
(Ok. I don’t know if it is a correct verb to use. Google Translate said ‘yes, it’s like ‘browse’, and when I formed a sentence with it, Google said ‘no’. But when I thought of the name it somehow worked. Of course you can give your collection another name when you’re going to use the idea for your problem.)

And the other big plus is that you can easily TAKE OUT the pages when-e-ver-you-like! Isn’t that fantastic?! ‘Yes’, I will answer for you.

Now… Below you’ll find an impression of how a Thumb Collection can look like. (Number one is less nicely looking from the outside, because it was just a test.) At the end of the post you’ll find a beautiful manual which I drew for you. But I think it will speak for itself.




I hope you like the idea, and if you’re going to make one your own, I would like to receive a picture of it, to add it to my post.

To give my collection some more credits then just covering it up, I will regularly post a picture on this blog and try to track down the maker to thank him/her for having done so. A new category is now born: ‘Thumb Collection‘.


————- Especially for Ejhorne I added some photos of the spine ————-

As you can see I made it very easy for myself to cover the spine. As the spine only consists of page edges glued together I just wrapped the cover of the TC book around it and glued it to each other for solidity.


For the second TC below I had two cardboard covers attached to the first and last page of the content and, again, wrapped a large lace around it and glued it to the cover. There are more ways to do this in a neater way, but that’s up to you and/or a a matter of practice and exercise.

MF-TC2-spine-detail-1 MF-TC2-spine-detail

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