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:

+ 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

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.

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).

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
Decorate the wooden block on 3 (long) sides with the shells (glue them onto the wood).

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!

paper illustration

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illustration detail 
 illustration detail 

 elements cut out of paper and scanned
Lately I'm drawn more and more towards cutting and assembling paper in my illustration work. Normally when making an illustration I would first draw every element by hand using fineliner or pencil and then put everything together on the computer. But since I started with the little portraits project - and got myself some pretty paper from my favorite shop Vlieger in Amsterda- paper is speaking to me ;-).

For a new commission for Maters Hermsen (a dutch company that publishes in-corporate magazine for a diverse range of clients) I made illustrations with only paper and computer. I started by cutting diverse elements that fit the theme (more about it later, it's not published yet so I cannot reveal all), scanned those and put everything togheter on the computer. As finishing touch I added a few pencil lines and structures.
I'm illustrating for 10 years now (oh my, it's an anniversary!) and over the years my style has evolved. Meanwhile, I can still make new things and surprise myself, hurray to that!

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