Simply Neutrals 49 - bird illustrations and mixed media journal


mixed media journal and bird illustrations by AppleApricot Wen


Hello dear friends, a very warm welcome to Simply Neutrals for October 2018!

Thank you so much for your beautiful and heart warming link ups last month, I really feel this is a beautiful group of kind souls, encouraging each other and sharing our stories. Although I'm very busy with my illustration journey, I would not want to miss you sweeties! So I'm dedicated to keep this Simply Neutrals going for as long as possible.

The monthly Simply Neutrals gathering is a good motivator for me to keep on working on my Forest mixed media journal, which is mostly neutrals with green here and there.


mixed media journal and bird illustrations by AppleApricot Wen


For one of the projects for the illustration year course that I'm doing (and I will probably do another year in 2019!) I had to draw birds. If you know me, you know that I LOVE birds! So I don't mind drawing them, at all.

And one of them ended up in my mixed media journal :)


mixed media journal and bird illustrations by AppleApricot Wen


Above you see my journal surrounded by some of the other birds I drew.

In the (near) future I'd also love to embroider birds (and more flowers) in my journals, because besides drawing and painting and photography, embroidery is one of the things I'm passionate about. And besides illustration projects I'd love to go on with my exploring journey in textile and mixed media arts.


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FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


Last month we welcomed Alison of alisonbomber.blogspot.com to our gathering. A very warm welcome to you, Alison! I was enchanted by the gorgeous nature themed tags she created. There is so much texture and layering going on on these small canvases. I love that she added dried flowers too.

tags by alisonbomber.blogspot.com


Dear Alison, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this month's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #49

It's the 49th SNT already! Next month will be the 50th party, a jubilee one! And I will have a little surprise for you then! But for now, let's focus on this month, shall we?




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot










Simply Neutrals 48 - working in my mixed media journal


Forest journal - mixed media book by AppleApricot


Hello sweet friends!

Summer holidays are over, the kids are back to school, so I am back in Blogland! I hope you don't mind that I kept quiet during the summer holidays?

At the moment I'm really busy with an illustration/art course by the wonderful art agent Lilla Rogers, called Make Art That Sells. And besides the course my main focus at the moment is drawing a whole lot of all kinds of objects and living creatures, including human beings :) To practice practice practice.
I hadn't been working in the little mixed media books that I created (and which you can see some of HERE, HERE and HERE) and thought it was about time and wanted to draw a little tree in my forest book. I also added some lace that was gifted to me by SuziQ and Odetta, and a a clover four that I found and pressed. Not sure if these pages are finished yet. The whole book is a work in progress to which I keep adding bits and pieces here and there.

I'm wondering about the health of our trees lately, because we had such a dry summer here. It's been said that some of the trees really suffer and most likely some will not make it through autumn and winter...



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FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


Thank you for joining in the fun again last month!

For the feature I chose this month a most gorgeous card created by dear Karen of Roosterhead Designs.


card by Karen of Roosterhead Designs


I chose this gorgeous work by Karen because I so much loved the romantic beauty of it - the layering, the aging, the textures, the beautiful image.

As you can see in the work of both Karen and me, I really don't mind some hints of colour here and there in the work you share with Simply Neutrals. As long as the overall feel of it is in neutral tones. If you know what I mean :)


Dear Karen, here is your feature blog button if you like:



On to this month's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #48



To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot



You have the whole month of September to link up!







Simply Neutrals #47




Hello dear friends, welcome to Simply Neutrals #47!

We just came back from the Austrian mountains, where we stayed for a couple of weeks. And today I just had to share with you one of the amazing glaciers we visited.




To think that the glaciers shrink so much and will be gone some day...




We told our young children to really soak in the beauty of these enormous ice structures, because who knows if they will still be there when they take their children to the mountains.


Simply Neutrals #46




Hello sweet friends,

Gosh, it's time again for another Simply Neutrals. Time flies... So...
Hello hello and a warm welcome to Simply Neutrals for July 2018!

Today I'm sharing some photos I took in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland.

This summer we will be spending some time in the mountains again, so it might take some time for me to be able to visit your blogs. But the SNT party will go on, so please join!

And dear Jo had a great idea: from now on the link up will last the whole month in stead of for one or two weeks only. So you will have the whole month of July to join the party of July. And if you feel like joining multiple times, please feel free to do so!




Back to my photos: top left of this second photo collage is a dairy farmer who is cleaning the huge pot in which he makes Alpine cheese the traditional way. Next to him is the oven.

The cheese gets its unique taste from the alpine herbs that the cows eat during the summer months, when they spend their time on the higher grounds in the mountains. I always love hearing the sound of the bells they carry. It's so typical for the Alpines. Can't wait to be going there again this summer! 


Simply Neutrals #45




Hello dears!

Welcome to the Simply Neutrals monthly linky party for the month of June. I'm sorry I'm a bit late today! From now on it will look all a bit different because I changed from paid subscription to the free one of the InLinkz linky tool. So instead of little thumbnails showing up in the link up, there will now be only text links. I hope you don't mind? (And I hope it's working properly. Please let me know if it isn't!)

My entry for this month is a collection of some of the round robin pages I created over the years.