Illustration Course / workshop

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Hi everyone, just a quick post to remind you about the illustration course that's starting again!

In 12 lessons I'll teach you (live, in Utrecht) all about illustrating with different materials and how to transform your drawings into beautiful illustrations and illustrative products (think cards, posters, fabric and such) with the help of our good friend the computer.

If you'd like to join, you can subscribe and find more info at the UCK website.
Not able to attend the course? I also have an online illustration workshop available.
You can find it in my Etsy shop.

Hope to see you in september! (Till then, I'm off to enjoy the summer...)

Museum Market Prep + summer break

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On sunday august 16th I'll be at the Museum Market in Amsterdam and share a booth with The Machinery. This and next week, we are working hard on (new) products and our presentation so we'll be at our very best on august 16th!

The Museum Market takes place at the Museumplein in Amsterdam from 12am - 6pm and is filled with booths with handmade goods, good food and music.
We will be selling lasercut products, paper goods, quirky gifts and of course the comfort boxes, diy kits, prints and handmade wooden products.
If you're in the neighborhood... it would be great to see you there!

Not being able to attend the market? No worries! We sell all products in our webshops too:
kimslittlemonsters.etsy.com
themachineryshop.etsy.com

After that I will treat myself to a well deserved summer break ;-) and will be back by half september.
Have a lovely summer everyone!

Toddler Pants DIY

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Hello this monday!
The weather here is beautiful today , truely summer. And because august always is a relaxed month workwise I finally have time to do the things I have been waiting to do for quite some time.
James has grown out of almost all his pants so it's the perfect time to make him some new ones. And even better: I'm sharing this super easy pants pattern and how-to with you!

What you need
+ the pattern, you can download it here
+ 50 cm / 20" jersey (or other stretch fabric), at least 100 cm / 39" wide
+ fabric paint
+ small sponge
+ material to use as a stamp (I used an eraser and the back of a pencil)
+ 1x a 44 cm / 17" piece + 2x a 18cm / 7" piece of elastic, 2-3 cm / 1" wide
+ sewing machine (perferably a serger / overlock machine)

How to
1.
First I made a pattern on the fabric using stamps. Iron the fabric (I forgot to do this as you can see in the picture ;-). But the pattern turns out better if you iron your fabric first).
Put some of the fabric paint onto a small piece of sponge and dab it onto the stamp. Stamp it onto the fabric. Repeat this untill your happy with the design and all fabric is covered. Let is dry

2.
Print the pattern in the proper size (make sure the dotted line is 38 cm / 15" long).
Put it on top of the folded fabric and cut the pattern + 1 extra cm / 1/2".

3.
Sew the ends of the elastic pieces together so you have three circles. The small ones for the legs, the big one for the waist.

4.
Put the two pants pieces with the stamped sides on top of each other and sew the crotch seams together (front to front, back to back). Sew the leg seams together.

5.
Now sew in the elastic waist. Make sure to stretch the elastic evenly along the waist. Do the same with the trouser legs. Done!

this free pattern is for personal use only



And the winner is...

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Congrats to Emmi & thanks to everyone who joined!

By the way, since I discovered Toile de Chine in Flow Magazine I'm a bit obsessed with the color blue. I even subscribed to this Indigo Workshop!

On adventure - sneak peek poster

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Hello to you all!
After a few days being stuck to the bed due to the flu, I'm happy to be behind my desk again (although I must confess I will take a little nap after posting this... ;-) )

Above a sneak peek of the third poster for Menudos Cuadros. A adventurous striped little chap strutting around the forest. More about it later...

Hurray a give away!

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Because it's summer, because I'm sorting my studio*, because I feel like it... a GIVE AWAY!

It includes:

3 Flow weekly (Dutch version. They're previous issues but no dates in it so usable for any week)
1 package with 7 beautiful letter pressed gift tags by HappyMakersBlog.nl & letterpers.nl
1 wooden keychain with girl face

Leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner friday july 31st. Of course you are most welcome to share this give away!

* I always receive a copy of every issue of every magazine I've illustrated for and so you can image things are piling up a bit here in the studio. Although I enjoy these copies and gifts very much, I feel it's time to pass on a few of them.

Super Hero comfort box

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Instagram Followers might already have spotted this in the making... A new comfort box design is here to save your day! This time a super hero brown bear with blue mask and suit saying: 'you are my hero'. A perfect gift to give someone that extra boost they need or to show your appreciation.
Not the text you were going for? No worries, I've also got a new service in the shop (for all boxes): the 'custom text' option!

You can find the Super Hero Comfort Box at my etsy shop.

Color the Hood - the Utrecht coloringbook

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Musing about places to live, I realized I've lived almost 1/3 of my life in Utrecht! I moved there one year before I started studying illustration at the Utrecht art school and live there (in 4 different houses) for 10 years. When I moved to the tiny village I live in now (just above Amsterdam) it took me about a year to get used to this new environment and not missing Utrecht all the time.
Now I can say I really enjoy living in my (not so) new (anymore) town but I still have a soft spot for Utrecht.

So when a few days ago I opened a brown envelope that popped in my mailbox, I was very excited! The envelope contained a copy of the Color the Hood coloring book for grown ups, a project three of my former students were working on (remember?).
They made beautiful (and detailed!) drawings of their neighboorhoods in Utrecht and looking though it was a party of memories. I remember picknicking with my friend in the Lepelenburg park (the colored picture), close to my home and cycling by lots of the illustrated buidlings.

I'm so super proud of Maruga, Anne and Karin who took the efford to make this wonderful book of the city of Utrecht. The book is printed on heavy paper that not only is suitable for coloring with pencil but also does very well with water color.
Very well done ladies! ;-)

Do you want a Utrecht coloring book of your own? You can purchase it in Utrecht at (among others): Broese bookstore, Keck & Lisa, Rachmaninof and the VVV. Or via the Color the Hood website.

posters for Menudos Cuadros

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A while ago I was contacted by Menudos Cuadros, a spanish webshop that focuses on kids room decoration. They asked me to design 4 posters for them and today I started on the first one!

First I painted a few structures in blues and whites with guache paint. Normally I scan those into the computer and then cut the shape digitally. But today I felt like a more manual approache and cut and colored (shadows and such) the animals with the good old scissors. Then I scanned it and assembled all elements to the painted (and also scanned) background.

I'm thinking about different animal themes for every poster. This first design will feature a...?


Natural Histories - a book review

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A while ago I was browsing through the art books at the Amsterdam public library and found a book about Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717). She must have been quite a spectacle in her time as she was one of the very rare women who illustrated and studied nature.
Mrs Merian was mostly facinated by the metamorfosis of carterpillars into butterflies and was the first to draw them together with the plants they lived on. She made a book (with her daughters) about the insects and plants of Surinam. Later in life she lived in Amsterdam where she continued her work.

I am quite facinated by this woman. Imagine her in a male domitated scientific scene breeding and studying her own carterpillars. She must have been looked at as a bit weird at the very least...
Therefor it's even more inspiring that in a time when this was quite an uncommon thing to do for a woman she kept following her own path.

This brought me to another book, in which she is featered which I found and purchased online:
Natural History - extraordinary rare book selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library

This book contains a wide range of funny, beautiful and interesting illustrations of animals, plants and other discoveries. It comes in a beautiful box with a selection of prints of the featured illustrations in the book.
The pictures are lovely and so are the essays about them but there's one thing that I wish would have been different: the paper of the book.
The prints and box are printed on beautiful paper that has a slight grain and therefor a natural look and feel. The book however is printed on this shiny paper in a very common A4 size and I so wish it would have had a more natural feel.

I quess I'm a bit neurotic about paper ;-)
But other than that, it is a wonderful and inspiring book to have!
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