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The colour writer project plus 50 inspiring quotes

The colour writer

English version below

Recentelijk ben ik bezig geweest met een project dat ik ‘The colour writer’ noem. De naam ontstond toen een lokale Indonesiër wees naar één van mijn tekeningen en vroeg: “you write this?!” Ik vind het leuk om deze kunstwerkjes te creëren omdat ik zing wanneer ik eraan werk en het houdt mijn creatieve ziel bezig terwijl ik op reis ben. Bovenstaande foto’s laten enkele van mijn recente creaties zien. Ze zijn allen eigen design, behalve die op de foto rechtsonder (dit is een remake van een kalligrafie die me inspireerde).

Quotes die ik tegen kom inspireren me om deze tekeningen te creëren. Sommige van jullie vinden quotes misschien cliché, maar ik vind quotes stiekem erg leuk. Vooral degenen die me aan het lachen maken of aan het denken zetten. Als je me volgt op Instagram was dat je waarschijnlijk al opgevallen. Daarom heb ik deze lijst samengesteld met (Engelstalige) quotes over het leven, reizen, geluk, eten, gedachten en kunst. Wellicht kun jij het ook als jouw inspiratie gebruiken!

1 // “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans” – John Lennon

2 // “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

3 // “Never get so busy with making a living that you forget to make a life” – Unknown

4 // “Creativity is intelligence having fun” – albert Einstein

5 // “Be a voice, not an echo” – Albert Einstein

6 // “Respond to every call that excites your spirit” – Rumi

7 // “Radiate positive vibes” – Unknown

8 // “A flower doesn’t think about competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms” – Unknown

9 // “There’s always a little bad in the good and a little good in the bad” – Unknown

10 // “I’d rather wear flowers in my hair, then diamonds around my neck” – Unknown

11 // “Happiness is only real when shared” – Christopher McCandless

12 // “It feels so good to be lost in the right direction” – Unknown

13 // “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

14 // “Wherever you are, be all there” – Jim Elliot

15 // “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

16 // “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

17 // “The planet does not need more succesful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds” – Buddha

18 // “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” – Ronald Dahl

19 // “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples, my philosophy is kindness” – Dalai Lama

20 // “We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles?”- Unknown

21 // “Getting lost is not a waste of time” – Jack Johnson

22 // “People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia child

23 // “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates

24 // “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” – Pablo Picasso

25 // “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun” – Alan W. Watts

26 // “Being honest might not get you many friends, but it will get you the right ones” – John Lennon

27 // “You can turn off the sun, but I’m still gonna shine” – Jason Mraz

28 // “Being considered ‘crazy’ by those who are victims of cultural conditioning is actually a compliment” – Jason Hairston

29 // “Be here now” – Ram Dass

30 // “We are all just walking each other home” – Ram Dass

31 // “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”- Ram Dass

32 // “Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her” – Lao Tzu

33 // “Those who know don’t talk, those who talk don’t know” – Lao Tzu

34 // “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

35 // “Be truthful, gentle and fearless” – Mahatma Gandhi

36 // “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win” – Mahatma Gandhi

37 // “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it” – Mahatma Gandhi

38 // “Let go of the things that no longer serve you” – Unknown

39 // “Art wasn’t supposed to look nice, it was supposed to make you feel something” – Unkown

40 // “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb

41 // “You are the average of the five people you spent the most time with” – Jim Rohn

42 // “I knew all the rules but the rules did not know me, guaranteed” – Eddie Vedder

43 // “Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion” – Rumi

43 // “At the end of the day, your hair should be messy, your feet dirty and your eyes sparkling” – Unknown

44 // “The world is big and I want to have a good look before it gets dark” – John Muir

45 // “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt” – John Muir

46 // “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – Unknown

47 // “Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell” – Charles de Lint

48 // “We are fools, whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance” – Japanese proverb

49 // “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

50 // “Don’t let your dreams be dreams” – Jack Johnson

Heb jij nog een inspirerende quote die je wilt delen? Zie hem graag terug in de reacties!

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The colour writer

Recently, I’ve been working on a project I call ‘The colour writer’. The name came up when a local Indonesian guy pointed at one of my drawings and asked me: “you write this?!” The reason I like these artworks is because I sing when I create them and it keeps me busy with something creative while travelling. In the picture above I showcase some of the designs I recently made. They are all my own, except for the one on the bottom right (this is a remake because the design inspired me.)

Quotes I come across can be an inspiration for me to create these artworks. Though some people find them cliché or even lame, I am actually quite into quotes. Especially the ones that either make me think or make me smile. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed this. So I put together a list of my favorite quotes on life, travel, happiness, food, hippie thoughts and art. Maybe you can use it as your inspiration as well!

1 // “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans” – John Lennon

2 // “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

3 // “Never get so busy with making a living that you forget to make a life” – Unknown

4 // “Creativity is intelligence having fun” – albert Einstein

5 // “Be a voice, not an echo” – Albert Einstein

6 // “Respond to every call that excites your spirit” – Rumi

7 // “Radiate positive vibes” – Unknown

8 // “A flower doesn’t think about competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms” – Unknown

9 // “There’s always a little bad in the good and a little good in the bad” – Unknown

10 // “I’d rather wear flowers in my hair, then diamonds around my neck” – Unknown

11 // “Happiness is only real when shared” – Christopher McCandless

12 // “It feels so good to be lost in the right direction” – Unknown

13 // “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

14 // “Wherever you are, be all there” – Jim Elliot

15 // “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

16 // “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

17 // “The planet does not need more succesful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds” – Buddha

18 // “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” – Ronald Dahl

19 // “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples, my philosophy is kindness” – Dalai Lama

20 // “We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles?”- Unknown

21 // “Getting lost is not a waste of time” – Jack Johnson

22 // “People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia child

23 // “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates

24 // “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” – Pablo Picasso

25 // “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun” – Alan W. Watts

26 // “Being honest might not get you many friends, but it will get you the right ones” – John Lennon

27 // “You can turn off the sun, but I’m still gonna shine” – Jason Mraz

28 // “Being considered ‘crazy’ by those who are victims of cultural conditioning is actually a compliment” – Jason Hairston

29 // “Be here now” – Ram Dass

30 // “We are all just walking each other home” – Ram Dass

31 // “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”- Ram Dass

32 // “Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her” – Lao Tzu

33 // “Those who know don’t talk, those who talk don’t know” – Lao Tzu

34 // “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

35 // “Be truthful, gentle and fearless” – Mahatma Gandhi

36 // “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win” – Mahatma Gandhi

37 // “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it” – Mahatma Gandhi

38 // “Let go of the things that no longer serve you” – Unknown

39 // “Art wasn’t supposed to look nice, it was supposed to make you feel something” – Unkown

40 // “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb

41 // “You are the average of the five people you spent the most time with” – Jim Rohn

42 // “I knew all the rules but the rules did not know me, guaranteed” – Eddie Vedder

43 // “Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion” – Rumi

43 // “At the end of the day, your hair should be messy, your feet dirty and your eyes sparkling” – Unknown

44 // “The world is big and I want to have a good look before it gets dark” – John Muir

45 // “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt” – John Muir

46 // “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – Unknown

47 // “Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell” – Charles de Lint

48 // “We are fools, whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance” – Japanese proverb

49 // “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

50 // “Don’t let your dreams be dreams” – Jack Johnson

You have an inspiring quote to share? I’d love to hear it in the comments below!

If you are interested in any of my artworks, I have some good news. They are for sell! You can tell me the quote you would like and maybe the style for your artwork and I’ll make you a custom one for 25 euro’s including shipping. Bonus: you’ll be the reason I can stay abroad a little longer!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Lisette

    Die tekeningen zijn super mooi Iris! Een quote waar ik altijd aan denk (naast die van Eddie Vedder van de nummers die hij schreef voor Into The Wild, die zijn echt geweldig) is:
    “It is important in life not to be strong, but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once. If you want something in life, reach out and grab it.”
    ― Christopher McCandless

    9 November 2015 at 12:27
  • Reply Renata

    Ik vind deze erg inpirerend: “where the mind goes, the body will follow”.

    17 December 2015 at 20:58
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