Christmas illustrations

Last weeks I made a lot of Christmas illustrations.







































































Happy holidays! Fijne dagen!






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Gratis Sinterklaas cadeaulabels = free Sinterklaas gift labels

Omdat ik alleen cadeautjes geef Sinterklaas heb ik, naast de kerst labels, ook Sint labels gemaakt. Voor mezelf maar ook voor jou!

Zie de maan schijnt door de bomen vind ik een leuk liedje, maar ik hou er nog meer van om het echt ‘s avonds naar de maan door de kale boomtakken te kijken. Voor mij hoort dat bij de Sinterklaas tijd.


Je kan  ze hier downloaden.  sint-cadeau-kaartjes (474 downloads)

Print ze op 200 gr wit papier, knip ze uit, een gaatje erin en een leuk touwtje of lintje en je hebt heel originele cadeau labels.

Because I only give presents on the 5th december with Sinterklaas, I also made free downloadable gift labels for that celebration. I love the song: See the moon is shining through the tree’s. And I love watching the moon at night through the tree branches.

Hope you like them and I wish you a great Sinterklaas this year!                                           Veel plezier met Sinterklaas!


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Free downloadable Christmas gift tags!

For the first time in my live I made Christmas gift tags. We don’t give presents at Christmas, we give them at Sinterklaas. (5th december)

In the last illustration lesson (illustration studio Claudi & Valesca) the assignment was to make Christmas gift tags en make a PDF so you can give them away. I love that idea! So I hope you give presents at Christmas and I hope I can make you happy with these free tags.


You can download them here. And print them on 200 gr/m2 white paper. You only need a scissors or a cutting machine to cut them. And off course a fancy string to finish it off nicely.

Thanks to Valesca van Waveren who designed the template of the tags. I changed them a bit but is was so great to know what to do!

For the creative and curious, this is what I did. I started with little pieces of leftovers (from the moth stamp) to make nine little christmas tree stamps. I glued the stamps on cupboard, made prints. They needed a bit of something and I draw trees over the stamps with a marker.

I made four ‘analoge’ tags too, you can see them on my instagram account together with other interesting stuff.

You know me, I couldn’t stop. So I made a pattern in three colors with Photoshop. You can order them as fabric or paper at Motiflow.

Have a nice day!  Herma

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New illustration lessons

I learn so much at illustration studio Claudi & Valesca! I don’t have time to post…

A quick show of the last assignment. Forest was the main subject. I choose for Tom Thumb (=klein Duimpje). I made three illustrations (the assignment was one) to show the progress in the story. I hope you know the story…This is the end: He and his family lived happily ever after.

tom tumb illustration

tom tumb illustration

tom tumb illustration


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Illustrating poems

I have so much fun with illustrating poems. It is a lot easier than illustrating a story because you don’t have to make different drawings with the same characters. You can concentrate on one illustration.

It started with the haiku’s of my son. I illustrated 26 haiku’s. Of course all these illustrations have the same style. I hope it will be a little book one day. You can see two examples here.


I bought a book this summer: één gedicht is nooit genoeg. (one poem is not enough) It is a book made by plint (poezie en beeldende kunst). I read so now and then some poems and I enjoy the illustrations a lot! That inspired me to take another book out of the bookcase. Verzamelde liedjes van gedichten van Willem Wilmink. He was a Dutch poet. I really like his poems. Simple and moving.


I took random a poem: Boterhammen smeren (= making sandwiches) and I illustrated it. Real fun. Did it in one morning. Finding the right font was the most difficult part.

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And I did it again, same procedure but it took some more time. This poem is called twee vriendinnen (= two friends).

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I’m sorry for the English readers, I can’t translate the poems. But I hope you enjoy the illustrations.

Have fun,

Liefs Herma

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Simple thoughts about art 2

I visited museum de Fundatie in Zwolle. Very special on the outside and also on the inside.

IMG_1032To create more space they build a kind of egg on the top of an old building. I love it!







This is the view from the inside to the outside. Also very beautiful!






But that is not where I want to talk about. There was an exhibition by Rob Scholte. He collected old embroidery, bought that for next to nothing and put a frame around it with the back side on the front and put his name on it. Now he sold it for a lot of money (I heard). And the museum showed it to us…


IMG_1027All the embroidery was nicely sorted by subject. That look very interesting because of the similarities and the differences.






But when I walked there I constantly thought I’m fooled. This can not be serious. Is that what people thought when they saw expressionisme for the first time? Or the urinal by Marcel Duchamp? Is it brilliant art? Is it a new trend? I really don’t know. I’m confused.

For now I think it is ridiculous. I’m sorry Rob Scholte…I’m sorry de Fundatie.

I’m curious about your thoughts on this!

Liefs Herma

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Surprise…I’m teaching!

I surprised myself. A couple of months ago I decided that I want to concentrate on painting and illustrating.  For years I wanted to teach but I realized that I didn’t do anything to teach. Only in my head. So no teaching….

I’m a member of Skillshare and I really like this creative community. You can always find a nice lesson and I learned a lot. I made my logo in a lesson.

A few weeks ago there was an email from Skilshare. They liked my projects and asked me to join a teachers challenge in may. I had to publish a lesson before June 1. I was exited and anxious at the same time. I talked it over with friends and family. And I again decided not to do it. (Not the right time)

But they send a mail with an invitation to follow the lessons and then with other deadlines. Every time I got exited and before I knew I was following the class. First just for fun but in the end I really did make a lesson! And after one day I already have 17 students!

Crazy world the internet. I never met them but they are following my class. (I do hope so…)

Is this an example of let go something before it comes to you?

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If you are a member of Skillshare you can follow my lesson here.

If you are interested in becoming a member I can offer you a membership for three months for $0,99. You can become a member with this link.
Normal membership is $9,99 a month.
ATTENTION: You have to sign out your self! But may be you like it as much as I. 🙂

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In the lesson I show you how to draw and paint your own character. I made these two faces. You draw with a marker, paint with watercolor and make interesting hair with gesso.

I would love to see you there!

Liefs Herma


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Simple thoughts about art 1


I’m thinking about art.

What is art? I think there are three components.

There is a creator (or more creators). There is the work and you have a public.

The more the public likes the work the more important the creator(s) become.

But what if there is one creator, one work an one person public who likes the work very much ?

Can you call the work art?

Does it matter why the public likes the work?

And can you call work art if nobody likes it?

I’m not sure…

Yesterday I send two works to an art contest for the television. I have no idea if I send art to the contest.

What is art?


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Why making series? II

I hope you want to hear why I start this series.

portraits above the piano

It started with a lesson by Carla Sonheim in The year of the Spark. We learned a fabulous technique with gesso and watercolor.


I used that technique for a portrait of a girl from the newspaper.

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And I made a self portrait.


That was the beginning of the idea to make more portraits based on family pictures. (only as a reverence) I also had a lot of old frames at my attic and I want to use them for the portraits. I made two last year and then I lost focus. Now in the lessons by Carla Sonheim Y is for Yellow we learn to make a series. The perfect time for me to finish this series. I used all the old frames, painted them black. That is the practical story.

The romantic story is that I made a new family. You can look at a face(s) and imagine if it is your mother, your aunt or your granddad. What is it for person? And how do they all relate? I hope everybody who looks at these imaginary people find there own story.

Here are the last 4 portraits:

Albert en oude tante en overgroot opa en Vonne en Jelte



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Why making series?

I started this series a year ago…. finely I finished it! Such a good feeling!

portraits above the piano

I start series all the time. Mostly in my head. No damage there. But as I really started a series of work I lose interest after 2 to 4 pieces. I know the process and more or less the outcome so why bother to do more…

All these incomplete series are a burden for me. I know that there is something, in my studio or on the attic waiting for me. I really wanted to finish these series but I lost interest. That cost a lot of energy. So there is damage. I hope to finish all the all ready started projects this year. (or next year)

And I’m more motivated now because I experienced how fantastic it is to see more than four pieces!

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I read somewhere that you have to create a lot off the same work to let the public understand what they see. They don’t understand a piece of this and some pieces of that and than again something completely different. To be honest, I don’t understand myself in why and what I create.

So I’m sooo pleased with these portraits. Creating them wasn’t boring, it was interesting. They hang above my piano in the living room so I can see I can do it!

I hope to learn more about myself and my art work by finishing the other series. I let you know!

And I hope to tell you later more about why I made these portraits.

Liefs Herma

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