Mini Drawing Spark #4

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Here we are again, it's Mini Drawing Spark #4!

This one is inspired by my favorite daily lunch, salades ;-). We're drawing veggie and fruit!
Wait, not only drawing, we're also taking a little side step to collage.

Go to your fridge for vegetable examples (or fruit of course). Empty fridge? No worries, just look for veggie pics on the web. Look closely at the shapes of your finds.
Cut those shapes out of (colored) paper and glue onto a sheet of heavy paper (I prefer 160 - 200 grams Academic drawing paper). You can make a still life, let the shapes overlap, choose whatever composition you like.

Now draw the vegetables / fruits onto the shapes using a fineliner or ink. It's totally okay if they do not match the paper shapes perfectly. I drew my kiwi and fennel a bit off on purpose, makes it look more dynamic and fun.

Enjoy!

Kunst Klub [Art Club]

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I think I can say that the Kunst Klub [Art Club] I organised in our little village was a succes! You never know how many kids will join but all days had enough subscriptions, wednesday was even fully booked. All kids were between 4 and 7 so it was - age wise - a good group as well. I got enthousiastic feedback from both parents and kids, which of course is the most important of all!
Overall a great start with this first Kunst Klub.

So what did we do?
On monday we made our own flags/ wall decoration using fruit and veg stamps. The kids sewed, stamped, painted the flags and crafted tassels.


Wednesday was ice cream day. First drawing your fave ice cream, then making a big version out of paper and cardboard.


On friday the theme was 'wood'. The little artists made boats out of scrap wood. I also made them little ship journals which they filled with drawings of creatures and sights seen on their imaginative sea journey.


Because each lesson took 2.5 hours I also prepaired some side activities outdoors like: blowing super bubbles (I eventually used this recipe) and making a sidewalk chalk painting (recipe for the paint here, I used the much more food coloring though, about the double amount).


My personal favorites were making the boats and the big bubbles, so much fun! I'm now aiming for a weekly Kunst Klub and maybe a summer version again next year... I'll keep you posted!












In The Moment Mag - comfort box DIY

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For the very first time in my life I can say I am on the cover of a magazine! Okay, It's not my face, it's my work and it's tiny, but still, I am on a cover, hooray!

So on what cover? It's a new magazine from the UK called IN THE MOMENT - mindful ways to live your life well. And, very cool, it's the very first issue that I'm featured in!

They asked me to design three Instant Comfort Pocket Boxes for their readers to DIY.
I made three cut sheets, one for each box design, pictures for each DIY step and the tutorial. The lovely (truely, they are very sweet) people at In The Moment Mag made this into a 10 pages feature, including an interview in the end. Huzzah!

I already saw a lot of finished - in the moment mag - boxes on instagram, so great to see people enjoy making them (and they all looked very well made, couldn't have done it better myself)! Have you made one too?

Get your In The Moment copy here.


Testing art lesson material

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When I'm teaching art to kids -in this case at De Kunst Klub [The Art Club]- , and I'm using new material or method, I'd like to test it in advance. My 3.5 year old is always very willing to help me out with this. Even though he's a bit younger than my regular art class kids, he's a very skilled crafter (ok, I know, I'm his mom, but he really is) so if he can do it, I know the older kids can too.

This week we tested lots of things:
1. Super Bubbles
I found out that my bubble wants needed some improvement and I needed to try another bubble recipe...

2. Sidewalk chalk paint
This was an intant hit. I used this recipe (but added a bit more color), it dried up beautiful. And, also important (I almost can't imagine but I did found out that some people feel a sidewalk piece of art is 'a mess that should be cleaned'), it was washed away easily.

3. Scrap wood boats
I'm planning to work with wood with 4-7 year olds so I figured testing some skills would be wise. With my toddler I found out that using a hammer is still a bit too much to ask (even when holding the nail with a clothespin) but using wood glue is a good alternative. I loved seeing how his imagination took him to make two amazing boats that are both very different (a sail boat and a cargo ship according to the toddler, I can only agree).
I decided during the testing process on letting the kids use crayons and markers to decorate their boats, this will add a little bit extra to the creations.

Looking forward to start the art classes at the  Kunst Klub in Ilpendam next week!
Would you (your kid) like to join this art feast? There are a few spots left on monday and friday. Please contact me through email to subscribe---> see the about section).

Work in proces - sketches

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These sketches (okay, it's not literaly a sketch, I'm just not that 'pencil-sketch-person', fine liner and paper are my way ;-)), I've been working on -among others- the past two weeks, for an illustration for a dutch development aid organization.

Key was to show a cultural diverse neighborhood and collaboration. I've cut silhouettes from black paper to make people and drew houses using a fine liner (I prefer steadler pigment liners or lumocolor). These were scanned into the computer and made into a colourful spread illustration, but more about the finished product in a later post.

I like working this way, with different materials and techniques. Normally I would draw almost every element but lately I'm focussing more on paper shapes and elements. (also see this post on paper cut illustration). It forces me (in a good way) to think differently, more in 'shapes' than in 'lines'. Especially with figures, I prefer keeping it a bit 'abstract'. This makes it easier (for me that is) to create a specific posture or character without having to draw it over and over again because one small piece (fingers/ the way a dress is draped/ face) didn't turn out the way you wished.



Kids art class

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After years of teaching mostly adults, I recently started to teach kids more again. I forgot how much I enjoy this! Although it's a bit more juggle than an class of grown ups, it's also so rewarding and inspiring. Especially to see the shy or frustrated kid bloom during the course.

The boy that seemed a bit rude and unmanagable in the beginning, turned into a hard worker with some encouragement and compliments. The girl that mostly yelled through the classroom that her work was ugly, slowly became more confident and focussed. But the best of all is that when I come into the classroom they all scream: yeah, Miss Kim is here again!


Although a group of 20 ten-year-olds are quite a bunch to handle, they also give me so much energy back (not to mention the great artwork they made, I just love their drawing style!), I always go home with a smile.
Such a shame next week is already the last lesson of this school year. Luckily I can look foreward to the summer Kunst Klub [Art Club] I'm organising in my own village :-).

Above a selection of the artwork they made during this weeks lesson (some during the process, some finished). I put up a few still lifes with veggies, fruit and flowers, which they drew using pastel crayon on black paper. At the end, we ate the fruit and veggies, which was a hit!

Mini Drawing Spark #3

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Time again for a Mini Drawing Spark... #3! 

In this mini I dare you to play with black ink, make spots, dots and ink-accidents. You can do this by pouring some ink on a piece of (heavy) white papier and blow softly till the ink starts running. Or, wet the paper first with a large brush and water, then drip the ink onto the paper and it will spread.
Play, have fun, make a mess! Let it all dry.


If you have a few small and larger ink spots, take a closer look. What do they remind you of, what do they look like? Is it an elefant with wings? Or a rabbit with two heads? Let your imagination run free.

Now take a fountain pen or bamboo pen, some white paint or white pen. Add eyes, extra legs, paws, and so on, to make your ink spot into an animal or other creature.

Enjoy!

Kinder Kunst Klub Ilpendam

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This post is in Dutch because the event it's about is local (sorry world!).

Na jaren in Utrecht te hebben gewoond staat mijn huis alweer 4 jaar in Ilpendam, een piepklein dorpje net boven Amsterdam. In Utrecht gaf ik natuurlijk illustratie les aan volwassenen maar heb ik meer dan 10 jaar ook les gegeven aan kinderen.

Nou leek het mij een fijn plan om ook eens in ons pittoreske dorp een zomerse week met drie middagen kunst en knutselen voor kinderen van 4 t/m 12 jaar te organiseren.

De Kunst Klub vindt plaats op 31 juli, 2 en 4 augustus 2017. Elke middag heeft een eigen thema en een eigen materiaal/techniek waarmee we werken. Je kan kiezen om 1 middag mee te doen maar allemaal mag ook.
Enne, natuurlijk hoef je niet uit Ilpendam te komen om mee te mogen doen, iedereen is welkom!

Dit is het programma:

fris & fruitig stempelfeest 
maandag 31 juli 14.00-16.30 uur
Stempelen met gekke materialen en we maken iets dat wappert...

knip plak papier hier
woensdag 2 augustus 14.00-16.30 uur
Knip plak en versier jij een levensgroot....?
(hint: het is koud en smaakt lekker) 

hi ha hout
vrijdag 4 augustus 14.00-16.30 uur
We gaan bouwen met hout en restmateriaal en het heeft iets met water te maken... 

  
Wat kost dat?
Een losse les €17,50
3 lessen         €48,-
Dit is inclusief materiaal en een hapje en drankje
locatie: Het Dorpshuis in Ilpendam

Wil je meedoen?
Mail je naam, leeftijd en telefoonnummer naar: kim apenstaartje kimwelling punt com










DIY design vase

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Browsing through photos of my work from the past 10 years I found a little project I totally forgot about! A few years back I had a quarterly DIY item in Genoeg, a dutch magazine about living with minimal needs and made -among others- this funky vase!

And because one can never have enough vases, plants and flowers, here's the DIY design vase tutorial:

Material
+ old newspapers and toiletpaper
+ empty and clean plastic bottles in different sizes
+ chicken wire (but you can also use a handle from another bottle)
+ wallpaper glue
+ acrylic or wall paint
 (I used black and white but feel free to go nuts with colors)
+ strong tape
+ scissors, cutting knife 

how to

 
1.
Start with a large bottle, and cut elements from the other bottles to put onto the larger one. Cut holes the sizes of the extra elements. Make sure you place everything in a way that the vase can still hold water. Stick everything firmly onto the base vase with tape.


2.
Cover your vase design with about three layers of newspaper strips and end with a few layers of toilet paper (all layers and strips covered in wall paper glue) to make the surface smoother. Let it dry (this can take a few days).

3.
When your paper mache layers are dry, paint your vase. I choose simple stripes so it doesn't compete with the pretty flowers.




Father's day DIY for kids

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What better gift to give on father's day than a personally made peice of art? Kids art!

With my 3 year old I made a No. 1 Best Daddy Award for father's day (in the Netherlands it's father's day upcoming sunday the 18th). And, in case you are desperately seaching for 'what-to-give-this-year', I'll share the DIY steps with you.

Needed material
+ 1 wooden block
+ shells
+ left over material to make the daddy figure
   (we used a wine bottle cork, a small ball made of newspaper and tape
     and two small wooden bars, eye stickers, buttons and a peices of string)
+ fineliner
+ paint (preferably acrylic or wall paint)
+ small white paper card that'll fit onto the front of the wooden block
+ strong glue (or glue gun)

How it's done
1.
Decorate the wooden block on 3 (long) sides with the shells (glue them onto the wood).

2.
Glue the cork and ball together and add the wooden bars (or anything else you choose) as arms.
Let the glue dry.

3. Paint the figure and glue the eyes, mouth, nose, hair, etc. onto the figure. Then glue the figure onto (short side of) the wooden block.

4. Write 'No. 1 Best Daddy Award' adn the name(s) of your kid(s) onto the blanc card and glue it to th efront of the wooden block.

5. Done! Go give this piece of art to the lucky man!

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