Nature’s Sketchbook by Marjolein Bastin

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Nature's Sketchbook by Marjolein Bastin
Celebrating the beauty of nature

Since childhood, Marjolein Bastin has been observing nature’s little miracles and preserving them on paper in watercolor.

She didn’t always want to be an artist. But Marjolein can still remember the early experiences that called her to celebrate nature – the touch and smell of daisies and green grass, and a book of nature sketches given to her by her father. After leaving a modern art school, Marjolein resolved to follow her heart, and her own artistic path. Perhaps that’s why, as she says, “…you are a river, that will someday end in an ocean. Let the river go where it wants…that’s the only way to reach the ocean.”

Stationery and Gifts

Birds and butterflies lift gentle wings across gifts and stationery for that special person in your life. Nature’s Sketchbook gifts will beautifully mark a special occasion or turn an ordinary day into a memory to savor. And beautiful, functional stationery inspires you to put your own musings and observations on paper, leave pretty reminders, or write a note to a friend.

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Wielding her paintbrushes like magic wands, Marjolein Bastin creates her own version of the natural world that comes to life on her line of greeting cards. By showcasing Mother Nature in all of her perfect imperfection, Marjolein creates images of life that are rich with emotion. Special features and embellishments on some of the Nature’s Sketchbook greeting cards bring added dimension to her delicate paintings.

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Did You Know?

Like father, like daughter... Marjolein Bastin’s father, John Uit den Bogaard, was the author of a popular series of books in the Netherlands about a mischievous vagabond called Swiebertje.

And in May 2013, Marjolein Bastin was named one of the first ever recipients of the Greeting Card Association’s LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement! (Marjolein Bastin and Mary Englelbreit are the only artists who have received this honor.)

A few moments with Marjolein

Spend some time getting to know Marjolein Bastin. You can hear more about the inspiration behind her work and see a glimpse of her creative process in these behind-the-scenes videos.

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