April 14 – May 19 Shop Around presents in cooperation with Concerto and Record Store Day: ‘Vinylize’! Several illustrators and artists will create new artwork on top of an albumcover they picked for an expo at Concerto, Amsterdam. I picked this Lady Gaga album. Not really my cup of tea music-wise, but that pink hat just begged me to be turned into a pudding. Afterwards all covers will be put up for auction. The profits of that auction will go to The Ocean Cleanup. There are plans for a book that contains all albumcovers. The profits of the book will also go to the Leonard Cohen Stichting.


Very pleased to show you this animation for a new mobile application for carpooling called Toogethr. (via Shop Around) Enjoy! (Dutch only, sorry)

Photography & Art Direction: Corriette Schoenaerts | Animation: Nina Spiering | Illustration: Tineke Meirink.


Last june uitgeverij Snor, a Dutch publisher, received the keys of a supernice warehouse in Utrecht (NL) now called the Snorfabriek. To Claudette Halkes (uitgeverij Snor) it seemed like a perfect Stop:watch location. And it was! Three weeks ago I went there with my camera and walked around for hours. So much to see! From the photos I took I made a new series of Stop:watches, or Snor:watches if you like. These Snor:watches were shown last weekend in the Snorfabriek at the 3rd Snorfestival. I enjoyed it so much. Met a lot of nice people and got lovely comments. The Snorfabriek officially opens half november. If you have the chance you should definitely pay them a visit. It’s worth it.

Appie en opa

The theme of the Dutch Week of the Children’s Book 2016 (de ‘Kinderboekenweek’ is an annual event to promote children’s books) is grandma’s and grandpa’s. Because of that a new Appie en opa book has been published by Gottmer publishing.  For this I made twelve new illustrations.

Rian Visser (the author of Appie en opa) also took care of the bookdesign and designed a nice bookdisplay.

Trashures, the beauty of useless stuff

Earlier I wrote about Trashures and how it all started. Now I can officially announce the book is in stores! And already spotted in the Stedelijk Museum shop in Amsterdam this week. Online you can order it here. At the end of August there wioll be an official booklaunch at ABC Books (Spui)in Amsterdam. Please check our Facebook-page for the latest news.


For almost two years I’ve been working at Studio Push & Pull in Groningen now. I share the studio with Madeleine van der Raad and Mara Piccione. There’s also a sreenprinting workshop in the studio. At artacademy the  printmaking workshop was my favorite place in school (besides the bar), so a workspace with nice collegues and the possibility to screenprint seemed great. And it is! I really like working there on my commissioned work as an illustrator but also on my own projects like Stop:watch and Trashures. Recently a new project can be added to the list: Helehelena. Last year Mara and I organised an international silkscreen testprint expo called ‘A Beautiful Mess’. This collaberation was such good fun, we decided to continue working together. So now there is a name: Helehelena, we focus on screenprint (artprints and zines) and murals. And there is a first screenprinted zine! You can take a look at it (and buy it) at our new website

Trashures and how it all started

The day Anja Brunt mails me by accident (september 2014) is in fact the day the idea for Trashures is born. We start mailing back and forth and the same day we decide to start a project together. We don’t know each other too well, but we do have some things in common.  We both like stuff on the street, things we find during our walks, objects of no value or use that we can re-use in our work. We decide to focus on these things.

The idea is to design a book in which we show the work of artists who work with ‘useless’ materials. We combine it with DIY projects inspired by the work shown. The projects’ name Trashures (a mix of ‘Trash’ and ‘Treasures’) is soon found. And after we partner up with BIS Publishers it’s official!

We start looking for artists worldwide and we collect loads of DIY ideas. Because  this project is something we do besides our regular jobs as designer and illustrator there are times during the process of making the book that things slow down and not much is happening.  But now, after one and a half year, we can say the job is almost done! The artists have been selected, we received all images, took care of the DIY projects, all texts have been written (and rewritten) and the lay-out is nearly finished.

In ten days the book will go to the printer and it will be published next month. Exciting!

Featuring: Mari Andrews, Sarah Bridgland, Anja Brunt, Gerard Collas, Alice Fox, Studio Fludd, Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, Maartje Jaquet, Richard and Judith Lang, Tineke Meirink, Nana Rosenørn Holland Bastrup, Slumbird, Marc Sparfel, Anna Taratiel en Natasha Tastachova. And illustrations (stamps) by Gertie Jaquet.

New website!

Hello and how nice of you to drop by at my new website! Let me show you around so you’ll know where things are.

This new website is a combination of the former (just illustration) and (my photo/illustration project). I added another project called ‘worn wood’ and perhaps new projects will follow.

You can read more about me at the bio page and the latest news can be read on the blog, which also is the homepage. Please feel free to contact me if you have something to ask or if you  just want to say hi. Hope you’ll enjoy the work.


CPNB campaign

A lot of fathers in The Netherlands don’t read bedtime stories. That is a shame because research shows it increases children’s vocabularies by 1000 words every year. But, as you may remember yourself, many fathers make up stories before bedtime. So CPNB gives fathers the chance to turn these made up stories into a book. Famous Dutch author Jacques Vriens turnes the best made up story into a real bedtime story. Making Dutch dads read more to their children.

For this campaign I worked wih Lemz. I took care of designing the images.

Idea and campaign: Lemz
Illustrator: Tineke Meirink

Client: De Leescoalitie / CPNB Mascha Ravelli

Dans la rue

Today my book ‘Dans la rue’ hit the French bookstores! It is published by the young French publisher ‘Le Diplodocus’. The book stimulates ‘young kids (and probably also adults) imagination by looking at the world around them in a different way. It is based on my project ‘Stop:watch’.

I am so thrilled and I absolutely love the look and feel of the book!

You can order it online here.

In the paper!

Today an interview in local newspaper ‘Dagblad van het Noorden’ is published.

You can read the article online here
You do have to register, but it’s for free.
And if you do you’ll get a nice bonus! You’ll get to see two short films in which you see me illustrating some photos the journalist brought with her. Here and here. See for yourself if I succeeded.

Enjoy! XTineke.

(I’m sorry it is only available in Dutch).

Stop:watch anniversary!

Hip hip hooray! Stop:watch is 3 years online!

As you might know, Stop:watch is an ongoing project by me, Tineke. Let me tell you how it all started.

It originally starts off as a joke. I already painted (and I still do) on worn wood, using old nails, stains and stuff on the wood in the image I paint. To practice my digital skills I decide to do the same thing on photos in Photoshop (instead of paint on wood). I take pictures of rubbish, stains, irregularities and draw on them digitally. A crack in the wall turns into stairs, a dirty tissue suddenly is a ballerina. The apparently uninteresting images get a whole new meaning by the illustration added. They come to life. I post them on Twitter. After many nice comments I start a blog in april 2011 with the impossible name, later changed to
(Thank you Liesbeth Strik!)


Stop:watch now

Now, 3 years later, Stop:watch is more than a joke. Worldwide people write about it (read it all here), for Dutch Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival an app is made, a memorygame ‘Can You See What I See’ is published (by BiS Publishers) and in november 2012 I work on a campagne for Samsung France in Paris.


It’s just more fun when you take a closer look

Here, on this website, I try to post a new set of photos every week (I really try!);
I post the original photo and the illustrated one. So you can see what I see. And I hope it makes you realize that there is beauty and inspiration everywhere. In a door handle, in a chimney, even in dog pooh. If you just take the time to take a closer look (maybe in case of dog pooh not too close) you’ll have so much fun.


let’s celebrate and have a good time

Because of the 3 year anniversary a new website is launched today, the 15th of April.
(Thank you Jeroen Smeets!)
And you also will get nice extra’s when you order something in the shop (15-25 April).
I thank you all very much for taking the time to take a closer look at my work all these years.

Hope to stay in touch. XTineke.

Reprint memorygame

I’m very pleased to tell you that there is a reprint available of the Memorygame ‘Can You See What I See’! It’s got a brand new coverdesign by Lilian van Dongen Torman which I’m very pleased with. You can order it (€15) from any country via BIS Publishers. If you like you can take a closer look here.

Your photo, my drawing

From left to right: Maartje Jaquet, Martin van der Giesen, Sabine Hoes.

Congrats to you three! You can take a closer look at the photos on the Stop:watch Facebookpage
(If you like you can also like the page) Tomorrow I will post my creations on the mainpage of the website.
In the meantime, I am very curious what you see…XTineke.

Your photo, my drawing?

Hi everybody,

Once in a while I get mailed by people who send me a photo of a tree, some food, a rock…all kinds of things, in which they see something. Last december Jari Perho send me a picture and asked if I could draw something on it. I thought it was a nice idea and I decided to actually do something with these photos.

What I’ll do: on february the 13th I will post 3 ‘fanphotos’ on my Facebookpage. On Valentines Day, february the 14th, I will post the photos + drawings on that same page. The ones who get picked will receive their photo+drawing-file via mail in high res. The photos that I have received already automatically join.

If you’d like to join, make sure I receive your photo(s) in highest resolution possible before february 6th (


Stop:watch in Adformatie

The campaign for Samsung I worked on, was mentioned in Adformatie, a Dutch magazine on media and advertising. Very pleased with that!

More here.

Samsung digital billboards

If you happen to be in Paris during the holidays, you might bump into these Samsung Galaxy Note II digital billboards. This is a spin-off from the online campaign I showed earlier here.

Take a closer look at the animations below:

Credits: Heaven Agency / La Bande Originale / Fortiche. Illustration/idea Tineke Meirink.

Samsung billboards

(Photo by Céline Larre)

A pity I’m not in Paris right now, because my drawings are now to be seen in THE PARISIAN METRO!!! These billboards are part of the campaign for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II in France. If you happen to be in France and see one of the billboards, I’d absolutely love it if you could take a picture and send it to me. For this same campaign a short film was made. You can check it here.

Samsung Mobile France campaign

This is what I’ve been working on the last weeks: a campaign for Samsung Mobile France to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note II in France. I had a blast in Paris and I learned so many things working with Heaven Agency, La Bande Originale and Caleb Krivoshey.

For me it was a great experience. Hope you enjoy the results of it.

Heaven Conseil : concept et stratégie
Tineke Meirink : illustration et direction artistique
Heaven Studio : créa et pilotage production
La Bande Originale : Créa et Production film / réal. Caleb Krivoshey
Fortiche : Post-Production film
Biborg : Créa et production Expérience Interactive et masthead Youtube
Heaven RTM : évènement blogger & Animation des espaces Facebook, Twitter, G+
Heaven Media : stratégie média online et suivi

Stop:watch in Paris

Hi everybody!

There’s bad news and there’s good news.
The bad news is I’m busy, really busy at the moment. So the blog is being shamelessly neglected.
I’m really sorry about that.
The good news is, I’ve spent a lot of time in Paris lately and the cause of it all is Stop:watch! You can expect some nice things in the near future. Let’s say round the 15th of november.
I’ll try to upload new work next week. XTineke.