Day-Trip 4: Netherlands

Hi there, day-trippers, Stuart here again! Steven is around somewhere, too. I think he might be around trying to buy a souvenir fridge magnet. That’s his thing – collecting fridge magnets from all over the world. Neat, huh?!

Anyway, we’re about to set off for the Netherlands, today. So, while we wait for Steven to choose his fridge magnet, let’s take a look at some of the marvelous artwork that was sent in from Africa. There are some great colours in there, but I have to say, I find the black and white drawings particularly striking! Thanks to everyone who sent artwork in.

Please do keep those designs coming in. If you email your doodles from the Netherlands to gallery@claritystamp.com, I’ll pick those up and be sure to post them in tomorrow’s blog to show off 🙂

Right, looks like Steven has finally turned up. Don’t worry we’re still on time for a nice full day in the Netherlands.

I’m particularly keen to see the sights and hear the sounds, as I wasn’t around for the original trip there with Barbara. Why don’t you let me know what was your favourite thing from Barb’s SHAC lessons there? I’d love to know specific doodling techniques you learned from Barbara that you didn’t know before. Why not leave me a comment on this post below?

You can use the links below to re-live the Netherlands, from either Facebook or YouTube.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/claritystamp.co.uk/3046539905400145/

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCRkRNF5pg0&list=PLmytW2NIfA_YMIebwvOimT6seMMx1dqpC

As always, there is a free template to download to help you with the doodling, if you’d like it. I’ll be honest, that windmill does look tricky, I’d be going for this template myself.

Download Here

And don’t forget to pick yourself up a little souvenir to remind you of your stay. We don’t sell fridge magnets, but we do have a fine selection of Groovi, Dies, and stamps with a distinctly Dutch theme. Check them out below!

A wide selection of Dutch themed Clarity souvenirs; everything from tulips to bicycles to windmills.

Ok! We’ll leave you to explore the Netherlands for a little while and we’ll catch up with you a bit later on. Do leave comments on Facebook or on this blog post. We’d love to know what you think of the Netherlands.

I don’t know much about the Netherlands, but I do know that I love Dutch art. In fact, my favourite artist is Dutch. Hmmm, sounds like another competition to me… I’ll give you some clues and, if you can guess his name, leave a comment below. I’ll choose a winner at random and announce who won in tomorrow’s blog. And yes, there is a nice little prize I’ve picked out for the winner.

Clue 1: He is best known for his involvement with the De Stijl art movement.

Clue 2: Many of his paintings only use two or three colours, with black and white.

Clue 3: His work was the inspiration behind a very famous collection of dresses by Yves Saint Laurent in 1965.

Do you know who he is? Fun fact – I have a tattoo of one of his paintings on my arm!

Good look. And have fun in the Netherlands.

Stuart and Steven.

52 thoughts on “Day-Trip 4: Netherlands

  • 9th July 2020 at 9:55 am
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    I enjoyed learning how to draw the tulips and the rope border- simple but effective. The artist is Piet Mondrian.

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    • 9th July 2020 at 8:03 pm
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      Loved a carrot person, never ever thought of using a carrot shape to create people. Loved the Tulips too! I couldn’t get the song out of my head, but of course it had to be a little mouse with clothes on, tickled me pink that story. I love a BG story. Love a Shac day. Good job boys keeping us company whilst Barb has a shac clear up/ she’s not doing well clearing our, I think I’d be worse, guarantee if I bin it I’ll need it the following week. Happy Thursday. Artist answer:Piet Mondrian

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:02 am
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    Piet Mondrian?
    Loved being in the Netherlands with a Barbara….couldn’t stop singing ….there is a mouse, where? Great fun

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    • 9th July 2020 at 2:57 pm
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      I loved our trip to Holland. Really amused by the carrot people.
      I think your artist is Piet Mondrian.

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    • 9th July 2020 at 10:58 pm
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      Piet Mondrian , although I do have to say I prefer Barbara’s doodles.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:03 am
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    Amazing examples of African “doodling”, Barbara’s SHAC sessions have really brought out the artists in Clarity’s family.
    I’m guessing your favourite artist is Mondrian, you should show us the tattoo!

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    • 9th July 2020 at 12:59 pm
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      Quite right you are, Ken… They are great examples of African doodling. (Not going to give away the answer that easily).

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    • 9th July 2020 at 3:08 pm
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      The artist is Piet Mondrian. I love the colours of the tulips in Holland when they’re all in bloom!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:03 am
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    I agree the rope border is very effective. I think the artist is Piet Mondrian, Cant imagine what the tattoo is.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:03 am
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    Hi found the windmill a challenge as not good getting perspective right . Think the artist might be Piet Mondrian . Have a good day 😊

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    • 9th July 2020 at 10:18 am
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      Loved the windmill and the visit to the Netherlands. The artist is Piet Mondrian, hopefully I’ve spelt that right!

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      • 9th July 2020 at 9:28 pm
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        The artist is Piet Mondrian. Hugs from Canada 🇨🇦

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:18 am
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    Piet Mondrian is the answer. Loved the Neverlands trip but what a challenge. Great invention of 2020 The Shak shack

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    • 9th July 2020 at 10:27 am
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      Piet Mondrian is the artist
      Thank you for the daily blogs

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    • 9th July 2020 at 12:57 pm
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      A challenge, hey? Well, nothing wrong with that, but I do hope the template helped. Keep persevering, Anne!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:18 am
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    Piet Mondrian, loved the trip to Holland but found the windmill hard, xx

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Hello Stuart and Steven
    I hope you are all safe and well. I think the artist is Piet Mondrian.
    Love,
    Roz.xxx

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  • 9th July 2020 at 11:05 am
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    Loved the Netherlands but preferred country to town. The tulips where an eye opener.
    The artist was Piet Mondrian.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 11:16 am
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    Your favorite artist must be Piet Mondrian. I’ve always liked his geometric art, but while searching, I looked at his early impressionistic style and it’s really nice too. I learn something new every day here.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 11:25 am
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    Hello Stuart. Glad Steve has found his fridge magnet!
    Holland…. loved the windmill and the tulips……the buildings???? Well they didn’t get past the planning committee….too many defects and an unstable construction 🤣🤣🤣🙄.
    Your artist is Piet Mondrian. My favourite Dutch artist is Vermeer (aka Colin Firth lol)
    Have a good day 👍

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    • 9th July 2020 at 12:56 pm
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      Hi Alison! Windmills are pretty neat. Glad you enjoyed the trip! Vermeer is in interesting choice. A prime example of becoming famous only after death. Great artists are never appeciated in their time, hey!

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      • 10th July 2020 at 10:48 am
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        Thank Barbara. True about the great artists. We can’t see what’s under our noses!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 11:26 am
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    I think that would be Pieter Mondrain

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  • 9th July 2020 at 11:34 am
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    The artist you are referring to is Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan . I hadn’t come across him before but remember the seeing pictures of the fashion items. His art changed quite a bit over the years as I suppose it does for us crafters – always trying new things. I liked doing the rope border & the carrot people whilst on our stay in Holland. I need to finish my drawing but at the moment it is in my pile of TFO’s.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 11:54 am
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    Piet Mondrian is the artist.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 12:18 pm
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    Piet Mondrian is the artist.

    Love his work.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 1:37 pm
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    Theo van Doesburg 

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    • 9th July 2020 at 2:33 pm
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      Now that’s an answer I wasn’t expecting, Sharon!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 1:52 pm
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    Piet Mondrian, abstract paintings usually with 3 colours, black horizontal and vertical lines on a white page

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  • 9th July 2020 at 2:38 pm
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    Piet Mondrian is the artist did not finish my doodle in the Netherlands but sent it to you for the gallery. Loved the button designs we did on this trip and the rope border. Su

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  • 9th July 2020 at 3:09 pm
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    The artist is Piet Mondrian. I love the colours of the tulips in Holland when they’re all in bloom!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 4:25 pm
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    Holland was the only doodle I didn’t finish. The windows of the houses beat me! I may do them once I’ve had treatment to my hands. I loved learning about the carrot people -my favourite thing to learn so far.
    Piet Mondrian started the De Stijl art movement.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 4:41 pm
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    I think the artist is Piet Mondrian, lovely bright paintings.
    I’ve loved learning perspective, also the rope border and the buttons.
    Jackie

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  • 9th July 2020 at 5:14 pm
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    I think you are referring to Mondrian. I enjoyed doodling in The Netherlands. The carrot people were an eye opener!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    Piet Mondrian is the artist that you are alluding to. I have a genetic blood condition…Leiden Factor V…and yes my haematologist told me it was discovered by Dutch scientists….so Barbara’s referencing to the beautiful town of Leiden, certainly struck a chord with me!! Funny how things turn out to be interlinked, don’t you think?!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 5:56 pm
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    Hi Stuart, the name is Piet Mondrian.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 6:41 pm
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    I’m guessing you mean Piet Mondrian – my favourite screensaver from the 80/90s. I love all the doodling but particularly the regular filling patterns which when broken down are so much easier

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    • 9th July 2020 at 9:01 pm
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      Piet Mondrian is the artist
      Loving the shac shack thank you, xxx

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  • 9th July 2020 at 7:02 pm
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    It could be either Piet Mondrian or Theo van Doesburg, who was the founder of that movement. It’s all down to who is tattooed on your arm!! Lol. Loved doing the tulips. I still have the buildings to do which look great. I’ll pay another trip to Holland soon and finish what I started!

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  • 9th July 2020 at 7:05 pm
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    I think the artist is Piet Mondrian, loved all of the Netherlands but especially the windmill scene. The pergamano ruler truly is very useful and made the Blades much easier to draw! Am loving all the places we visit and have learnt so much over the weeks I am truly grateful

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  • 9th July 2020 at 7:32 pm
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    Thank you Stuart & Steven for driving the bus this week, whilst Barbara takes a well deserved rest!!!!!
    If she doesn’t show up on Monday we need to check under the piles of crafty goodies she is tidying!! LOL
    I think the artist is Piet Mondrian.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 7:42 pm
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    Hi the artist is Piet Mondrian.
    I have loved the challenge of all the doodles, the windmill certainly was, but I loved doing it and the rope border is so useful for other projects.
    Thanks to you both for continuing our daily catchups xx

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  • 9th July 2020 at 7:51 pm
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    What I loved about the shac Shack was the way Barbara broke everything down into small chunks which seemed to make it more doable (hope that’s a word). It was so relaxing listening to her stories while we did our doodling too, she had faith in us as well insisting we could do it. Wish our art teachers at school were of that mindset.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 8:05 pm
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    Was Amsterdam where we discovered Carrot People? I could only dip in and out, so I missed Day One of this trip (and the rope which so many people commented on as being difficult) but I enjoyed the Carrot People!
    I will be catching up on the Windmill, etc – it’s on my list along with Africa and Hawaii!

    The artist? I had to google it, I didn’t know the answer, but I think it’s Piet Mondrian?

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  • 9th July 2020 at 8:11 pm
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    Enjoying your day trips, and looking forward to seeing Barbara again next week 🙂 Piet Mondrian is the artist.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 8:18 pm
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    The artist is Piet Mondrian. Love his art. My 2nd attempt at Holland. The windmill was a challenge but wanted to try again. Sent my picture to you. Good luck everyone.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 9:06 pm
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    Piet Mondrian. He inspired the dresses. I love his stuff. I used to live in Holland. Brilliant street and other art.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 9:18 pm
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    Really enjoyed our trip to the Netherlands, learning how to draw tulips and their different variations, finding myself singing I saw a mouse out loud which amused my husband as I was wearing earphones at the time! Loved how we could make the carrot people so animated.

    Your favourite artist is Piet Mondrian 👨‍🎨

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  • 9th July 2020 at 9:50 pm
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    The artist is Piet Mondrain. Learning to make people from carrots was fun. So easy when you’re shown how, thanks Barbara. Loved the challenge of the windmill, had a few issues but please with my final design.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:21 pm
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    The artist is Piet Mondrian . Living the Shac Shack and looking forward to Monday when Barbara will be back.

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  • 9th July 2020 at 10:22 pm
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    Piet Mondrian I think.

    Really enjoying revisiting the projects we did with Barbara. Also really enjoying the many competitions we are having.

    Hugs Julie x

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  • 10th July 2020 at 2:03 am
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    I visited Holland with my husband last year but we didn’t get to Leiden but I remember how pretty it looked in Barbara’s photos. I think the artist you are referring to is Piet Mondrian. That must be a great tattoo you have..very distinctive!

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