I’m Marieka Diepenveen. Thanks for visiting!

I love all things arts & crafts and design.

I’ve been a graphic designer for almost 15 years now, and I would say an ‘Artist at heart’ my whole life.

Computer design lets me work and re-work a piece with complete control and precision, which satisfies the perfectionist in me. Whereas, painting is much more therapeutic and liberating. Specifically, alcohol inks are a medium that can produce some unpredictable, yet, amazing results. It has the vibrancy of acrylic or oils and the blending qualities, somewhat, of watercolours.

About My Paintings

I create Alcohol Ink paintings. Alcohol inks are essentially fast drying dyes, (very concentrated ink pigment in an alcohol base.) They come in little liquid bottles and need a non-porous surface to work with. I paint on a variety of surfaces, such as Yupo paper (a synthetic non-porous paper), plastic/acetate sheets & primed wooden boards.

Each of my paintings use colour to build interesting forms and texture, creating abstract compositions or very flowy landscapes. 

Alcohol inks are known to produce very unexpected results. I enjoy that aspect and find that I am often pleasantly surprised at the ever evolving colours, textures and forms that are created in front of my eyes.

You have to have an open mind to work in this medium; a sort of “roll with the punches” attitude. Ultimately, I’m forced to experiment with many different techniques and to constantly grow as an artist.

I like to describe my art as “controlled chaos”. Even though there can be much thought and planning behind a painting, the end result is often a combination of multiple “happy accidents” (thank you Bob Ross). My paintings are very fun to create and I hope that is reflected in the finished pieces.