Category: Creatief

Stuffed animal drawings in soft pastel – art project

Stuffed animal drawings in soft pastel – art project

One of my own favorite materials when I was an art-class student were soft pastels. I love how you can blend it and add texturen afterwards. Layering, blending, drawing and using your own hand the most! When I thought artclass, one of the least favorite projects were the ones where the kids had to do observational drawings. So some years ago I came up with the idea to link the fun of soft pastels to the more boring observational drawing. I asked them to bring a stuffed animal to class to do stuffed animal drawings in soft pastels.

Observational drawing.

The hardest part when kids have to do observational drawings is making sure they learn to draw what they see, not what they (think) they know.  Measuring and studying the object you want to draw is very important.

 

Knuffels in zachte pastels

Tips and tricks for drawing with soft pastels.

  1. When you hold the pastels on the side you can color larger shapes. When you use the tip, you can draw more precise.
  2. Work in layers. Make sure the kids don’t color their sheet too full to start with. It is better to draw layer onto layer and add texture later.
  3. You can blend with your fingers, but you can use a tissue or the special stumper to blend the colors.
  4. You can add texture using the hatching technique. It’s best to first color a shape and add hatches later.
  5. Use a paper in a different backgroundcolor than white. It gives unity to your drawing.

 

Drawing stuffed animals with soft pastels – art project

  • Make sure the kids measure their stuffed animal. They can use a ruler of the measuring technique using a pencil.
  • Talk about all the different shapes they see in their stuffed animal.
  • Let the kids chose a background color. If you don’t have pastel paper, you can use colored craft paper, it works too!
  • Let them sketch out the big shapes of their animal, using a soft pastel that matches the background color. Dark grey for a black background, light yellow for a yellow background.
  • Let them color the big shapes. Talk about where the dark parts of their stuffed animal are and how they have to do some shading too.
  • Let them draw lines with the tip on the soft pastel to create texture.
  • Fixate the drawing when it is finished. (You can use hairspray too)

The results were amazing.

Take care and see you soon!

Love Ilse 

 

 

Christmas handbag pattern for children

Christmas handbag pattern for children

My girls are real ‘girls girls’. They love perfect outfits, accessories and glitter. They chose lovely light colored outfits with gold for the holidays. I still had some lovely glitter yarn that has the perfect color to match the outfits! So I decided to try and crochet a real Christmas handbag with this yarn. The little bags tuned out great and I decided to share with you all. 

Christmas handbag crochet pattern

Christmas handbag materials

Kerstbal tasje haken met Prestige van Lammy

  • I used Prestige yarn. 50 g is 90 meters. (You have some yarn left when the project is finished).
    The yarn is quite bulcky and has glitters. Remember this when you choose another kind of yarn!
  • 1 wooden button
  • Hook 5 (4,5 -5 on the label)
  • Stitch marker – very handy here because you have to crochet a perfect circle!

Christmas handbag free pattern

 I used these stitches UK therms: chain, magic loop , secure, slip stitch.

You need two identical circles to start. You connect them later. To get perfect circles it is very important to follow the pattern. If you don’t, you will get corners! 

Perfect circle (you need 2)

R1: 6 sc in magic loop (6)
R2: 2 sc in every sc (12)
R3: (2sc in sc, 1sc) x6  (18)
R4: 1sc, (2sc in sc, 2sc) x5, 2sc in sc, sc (24)
R5: (2sc in sc, 3sc) x6 (30)
R6: 3sc (2sc in sc, 4 sc) x5, 2sc in sc, 1sc (36)
R7: (2s, 5sc) x6 (42)
R8: 4sc (2sc in sc, 6sc) x5, 2sc in sc, 2sc (48)
R9: (2sc in sc, 7sc) x6 (54)
R10: 5sc (2sc in sc, 8 sc) x5, 2sc in sc, 3 sc (60)

Finish off.

Christmas bag - two circles Christmas bag crochet - attach 2 circles

Put the two circles on eachother. Make sure the good sides are on the outside.
Crochet the two circles together using secure. 
Crochet 48 in total.
Do not finish off.
Chain 110. My daughter is 6 years old and this made the shoulder band long enough. I do recommend to measure the child. If you need a longer shoulderband, just add more chains.
At the end of the chain I turned, starting 2 stiched from the hook.
I crocheted all the way back to the fist chain using secure stitches.
I finished of. 
I sew the shoulderband on on the other side using a needle. Make sure the shoulderband is not turned when you do tis. 

Start again on one side of the bag, 2 stiches from the shoulderband.
crochet 7 sc – chain one and turn
crochet 7 sc – chain one and turn
crochet 7 sc 
Use slip stitches to get to the 4th sc (middle)
Chain 8
Slip stitch in 4th sc
Finish off. 

Sew one button on the other side. When you close the bag it is ‘just a round bag’.
When it is open it looks like a bauble. 

Christmas bag crochet Easy handbag crochet

Let me know if you used the pattern. 
You can tag me on instagram

Take care en tot snel

Liefs Ilse 

 

 

Mondrian animal drawings for kids

Mondrian animal drawings for kids

Mondrian is a Dutch painter whose famous for his abstract line paintings using the primary colors.  Art projects about his art in class are great because the kids love the simpleness about his art helps them to think it can be successfull, even if they aren’t that talented in art!

Animals in class

Animals are a favourite subject of many children. At all ages kids can be triggered about an art project, just because of the theme!

Talking about Mondrian in class

I always use different painting to show the process that Modrian went through. He started very realistic and started his abstract works later on in his life.
The famous tree shows that very well. How it starts by being a tree, but slowly changes into just lines and shapes and some color.

We look at the famous black and white with primary colors. The lines are not the same all over the painting, they have various thicknesses.
We talk about the line, shape and primary colors in his work.

Chosing an animal 

Using several animal books the kids could search an animal they would like to use. They had to simplify the animal. They left out the details or just used the most important shapes 

Dividing the animal into Mondrian shapes

Once the animal was drawn completely, they could trace the drawing and the division lines. All the shapes could be colored, just like Mondrian did. He used red, blue and yellow. 

Pin the Mondrian Animals? 

Mondrian animals

Take care and see you soon

Love Ilse 

Simpsons Zelfportret of is het disenchantment?

Simpsons Zelfportret of is het disenchantment?

At the beginning of every new school year, we start with a self-portrait in art-class. Many years ago, when I first started teaching, the Simpsons were hip and trendy.
My collegue and I decided we wanted to let the kids draw their own Simpsons self-portrait.
It’s actually quite simple to get a cartoon portrait to look Simpson style!

Now with the new Netflix series ‘Disenchantement’ the old project can be dusted off and used again! 

How do you draw yourself like the ‘The Simpsons’

As I said it is actually pretty simple. With a few easy steps you can change a cartoon drawing very easily to the Simpson stule.
I put the steps here, so the kids can use them to make their self-portraits the same style! 
I let them draw in pencil and trace with permanent black fineliners. 

1) Draw 2 eyes against eachother.
2) Start the nose against the eyes. Think about your own nose when you draw. Do you have a large one or a smalle nose?
3) Draw the upper lip against the nose.

4) Draw the lower lip against the upper lig, but start more inwards.
5) Draw your hair Simpson Style. (Try to make it just like your own hair! 

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Tips:

Hair is drawn cartoon style. So don’t let them draw each hair, but shapes. 

Details make the drawing a self-portrait. Accessories, favorite necklace or earrings, clothes,…
The drawings can be colored in colored pencil or markers. 

Sketching is always a good idea. I let them use the window to trace their sketches! 

Hair is drawn in cartoon style. So not every hair is drawn seperately. The shape is much more important here! 

 

Pin Simpsons Self-portrait for later? 

simpsons self-portrait

Good luck! Let me know if it worked! On social media you can use #kreanitried, so I can come and check it out! 
Take care and see you soon
love Ilse 
pinecone flowers craft – flowers to play with

pinecone flowers craft – flowers to play with

A few years ago my sons was crazy about a little book called ‘Musti and the Treehouse’. Here in Belgium Musti is a TV character of a cat for small kids. Daddy had a treehouse too when he was a kid, so mini-daddy wanted a treehouse too. The new planted trees in our garden were nog treehouse material though… our niece bumped into a wooden playhouse on a second hand facebookgroup. We went and bought that wooden house and it got called the treehouse as soon as it was built up again. Today I’ll show you how we made pinecone flowers to decorate the table of the treehouse.

The treehouse

As I already said, the treehouse isn’t really a treehouse. It’s nog around or in a tree, but we call it treehouse anyhow. Inside there’s a big chalkboard and under the house we have built the sandbox. That way, when it’s raining the kids can still play in it. There are beautiful sun-powerd lamps and they even have their own mailbox now. (We bought a new one and gave the old one to the kids for their wooden house.)
From the attic the got a little vase to put flowers in, but real flowers tend to be forgotten. So pince cone flowers could do the trick there!

Searching for pine cones

The ladies and I went searching for pinecones. We live in a town where trees and forrest are very common, so we didn’t have to walk fare. Pine cones are there all the year round! Some people tend to think that pinecones are autumn and winter craft supplies! When I was a kid, my dad used them to light up the BBQ.

Other inspiration: The cutest bauble in the tree – craft 

denneappels

At home we cleaned the pincones and glued wooden sticks to them. 

Pinecone flowers painting

The day after we glued the pinecones we could paint them. I used acrylic paint with water in a glass bowl. That works very well to paint faster. With a small brush I painted the upper parts, which hadn’t touched the paint in the glass jar.

Denneappel bloemen in wording.

When the paint was dry we added some glitter – off course!

boeketje denneappel bloemen

Now the kis have beautiful pinecone flowers in their treehouse! 

denneappel bloemen knutselen

Tips for crafting with pinecones

  • go searching when it has been dry weather for a few weeks.
  • or dry the cones in the oven to bake out the insects. The oven should be on 160-180 C and you should bake them half an hour. Keep an ey on the oven though!
  • Use transparant glue – it looks better!
  • You can use differen sizes and shapes of pinecones.
  • Make sure the glue has dryed perfectly before you start painting.
  • The acrylic paint has toe be dry too

Other flower project: Yayoi Kusama flowers in paper mache

Pin for later? 

pinecone flowers craft

Take care and see you soon!

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Unicorn bag for kids – free crochet pattern

Unicorn bag for kids – free crochet pattern

I saw a beautiful unicorn bag for kids on my Pinterst feed. The link brought me to to this etsy store where I could buy it for 20 dollars. Now if there’s anyone who appreciates handmade stuff, it’s me, but this looked so easy I wanted to try and make one, just by looking at it.

Used crochet stitches for unicorn bag

magic loop, chain, single crochet, double crochet, single crochet in back loop, single crochet in front loop, fasten off.

This bag is a short project and perfect for beginning crocheters.

Unicorn bag pattern

Eenhoorn tasje patroon:

  • Start with magic loop in the color of the nose.
  • R1 – 6 sc in ml
  • R2 – 2 sc in every sc (12)
  • R3- (1sc, 2sc in nest st) repeat until the end of the row (18)
  • R4 – ( 1sc, 1sc, 2 sc in next st) repeat until the end of the row (24)
  • R5 – (1sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2 sc in next st) repeat until the end of de row (30)
  • R6 – 30 sc (30)
  • R7 – (4 sc, 2sc in nest st) repeat until the end of de row (36)
  • R8 – (5sc, 2sc in next st) repeat until the end of de row (42)
  • R9 – 42 sc (42)
  • R10 – (6sc, 2 sc in next st) repeat until the end of de row (48)
  • color change to white
  • R11 to 25 – 48 sc (48) – Do NOT fasten off!

ch 120
1 dc in 2nd chain from the hook
118 dc
sc in sc where the chain started – fasten off.

Count 24 stitches to the right and put a stitch marker in that one.
Sew the shouder belt to the other side. Make sure it’s straight.

Unicorn bag ears

Put the bag flat on the tabel and count three stitches to the the left of the shoulder belt and put a stitch marker in those stiches.

Attach white yarn in the marked stitch and crochet 5 sc in the back loops.

Crochet 1 chain and turn
Crochet 5 sc (in both loops from now on) – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 2 sctog, 1 sc, 2sc tog – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 3 sc. – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 3sctog – fasten off

Put the back flat on the table again. Count 8 stitches from the shoulder belt to the right.
Attach white yarn and crochet 5 sc in the backloops.

Crochet 1 chain and turn
Crochet 5 sc (in both loops from now on) – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 2 sctog, 1 sc, 2sc tog – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 3 sc. – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 3sctog – fasten off

Attach the pink yarn in the front loop (in front of the white ear you just made). Make sure you start one stitch further than where the white triangle started.
Crochet 3 sc in the front loops.

crochet 1 ch and turn
crochet 3 sc – 1 ch and turn
Crochet 3sctog and fasten off

Repeat from “Attach the pink yarn in the front loop) on the other side.

Sew the pink part onto the white part of the ear. Make sure you don’t see this at the back of your white ear.
Weave in all ends.

Unicorn bag – ears

Crochet 3 sc in ml
Crochet a sc in every sc (3)
Crochet 2 v in sc, crochet 2 sc  (4)
Crochet 2 v in sc, crochet 3 sc (5)
Crochet 5 sc (5)
Crochet 2 sc in sc, crochet 4 sc (6)
Crochet 2 sc in sc, crochet 5 sc (7)
Crochet 7 sc
fasten off

Sew the horn onto the front, in the middle of the two ears.

Unicorn bag – hair:

Attach yarn in a color you want and ch 20.
Crochet 2 sc in every ch. The curls come on their own that way.
Crochet a slip stitch in the sc your starte and fasten off.

Repeat as many times as you want. I chose to attach 3 colors.

 

Unicorn bag the eyes

Sew the eyes with black yarn. Make sure to put your bag flat on the table so you put the eyes on the same hight! Eyelashes complete the look! 😉

The bag is ready to magically put some smiles on some kids faces!
The pattern can be used, but please link back to this post and give credit.
Let me know if you finished it, I’m so curious!

Maybe you would like to crochet te troll head too? Check out the pattern here.

Take care and see you soon

love Ilse

 

Anna hat crochet pattern – easy pattern for beginners!

Anna hat crochet pattern – easy pattern for beginners!

A while ago a crocheted an Elsa hat, by now my daughters have grown out of that one. So the time had come to crochet another hat. This time I chose an Anna hat. I saw on someone’s instagram stories a hat like this and asked how it was made. (So sorry I forgot who it was, I follow a lot of crochet people, so if you see this and you think: hey, that was me, give me a yell and I’ll give you credit! ).
I didn’t get the pattern, there was none, but she did tell me how to start and what to do.

I still had the right color in Bravo yarn and I used a 4mm. hook. These are USA crochet terms!

Anna hat – part 1

I started with a 35 chain, but that way the hat turned into a giant Anna hat! So I frogged it all and started over.
This time I chained 30 stitches and crocheted rows of double crochet up and down util the rectangle was 43 cm. long. I folded the patch in half and measured on a hat one of the girls that still fits very well. That way I had an indication it the hat was turning out ok.
You can make the hat smaller by starting with less chains and/or making the rectangle smaller. Use a hat that fits to make sure that is isn’t turning into a giant hat!

Anna hat step 2: fold in half

I folded the rectangle and closed one side using single crochet stiches.
I changed color to dark purple and crocheted aroud the border with single crochet stitches two times. You can finish off by now!

Anna hat part 3: the braids

I used brown and white yarn to attach to the sides. These strings will be braided into the two braids Anna has! The white yarn is for the string of white hair Anna gets when Elsa touches her heart with her ice magic.
Make sure the strings of yarn are long enough. Mine were almost 1m. That was a bit too long though. But I’m always scared that the strings will be too short, so that’s on me! 😉
Each side got 15 strings.


Anna hat – braiding

Make a braid on each side of the hat.

Anna hat – pompons

I made 5 pompons that had to look like ‘fur’. I made them a bit too large though. Make them a bit smaller! 😉

And now: anna in the house!

 

anna muts

This Anna hat can be used for dressing up, but my daughter already took it too school!
If you make it in red yarn, it can be a red rindinghood too by the way!

I also have this pattern to add to your kids collection:

Princess Poppy hat – free chrochet pattern crea-cross

Fox Poncho for kids – free crochet pattern

 

Take care and happy crocheting!
If you have any questions: shoot!

Greetings from Belgium!
Ilse

Structured heart on canvas – DIY

Structured heart on canvas – DIY

Hello everybody! Ready for yet again a super easy DIY project with great result? Here we go! Let’s make a structured heart on canvas!

Contrast on a canvas

The great thing about this DIY project is that it just can’t go wrong! It’s so easy and it looks so ‘artsy’! 😉
That’s why I love doing this project in artclass too, because it will certainly make the children proud! And that’s so important, don’t you agree,

You can do this project for Valentines day or just when you want to teach them about contrast. I used complimentary contrast in this project!

Structured heart on canvas:

supplies for your structured heart on canvas:

  • (little) square canvas
  • gesso
  • box of tissues
  • brush
  • oil pastels

Step by step your structured heart on canvas: 

  1. put some gesso on your canvas.
  2. glue the tissue papers on the canvas using the wet gesso! Be sure to make some structure!
  3. don’t forget to paint over the tissue paper too.
  4. let the canvas with the gesso and the tissue paper dry
  5. color the background with yellow oil pastels
  6. draw a red heart on the canvas
  7. color the background with greens. Use blue and yellow to make other tints of green if you want to.
  8. trace the heart with a black oil pastel
  9. add a little white and pink if you want to. werk af met roze en wit oliekrijt
  10. finished!

I really hope you liked this super easy DIY on canvas! If you make one of your own, please let me know, so I can come and take a look at it!
If you use it in class, let me know too! It works really well, I promise.
You don’t have to use red and green.
I think baby blue and pink will do great in nursery for example!

Bye for now!

Take care and see you all soon!

ps: have you ever painted with silk paper on canvas? That works great too! –> click here

 

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Postcard like Hundertwasser in artclass – markers

Postcard like Hundertwasser in artclass – markers

Welcome at this creative Thursday linkparty. This week’s prompt is travel. Now the days are getting shorter and the cold is outside, I catch myself longing for summer! While my husband is sitting on a terrace in Macau with 27 degrees, I’m tuning the heat up and making hot chocolate for my kids! Oh well… 😉 Today I’m going to tell you all a bit more about the Austrian artist Hundertwasser. His work is very colorful and his lines are not straight at all. This tends to catch the kids’ attention every time I bring him up in class. During this project the kids get to know the work of this bearded artis and they learn how to draw a postcard like Hundertwasser. Not all projects can be done in markers, but this one can! If you are looking for another project with markers I can recommend the one with the origami butterflies in Kandinsky style.

Who is this Hundertwasser guy?

Hunderdwasser was born Friedrich Stowasser in Austra. When I learned ‘Sto’ means ‘hundred’ he changed his pseudonym to Hundertwasser (Hundert = hundred in German)

He was an architect and a painter. His architectural word is just like his paintings. Colorful and the lines are everuthing but straight! Kids love this, it means they don’t have to try to be perfect either!

Hundertwasser

Postcards like hundertwasser

Possible ways to give an introduction:

  • The kids name their favorite countries to go visit on holiday.
  • Show the kids monuments like the Eifel Tour and The statue of liberty and let them name the cities they stand in.
  • Be sure to look at some paintings of Hundertwasser and talk about them with your class/kid. That way they find it easier to use his style in their drawings. Mention the fact that his work is colorful, but sometimes has a dark feeling within them. Let them see that his lines aren’t that straight at all. His backgrounds are made out of big shapes with colorful lines. When there is some room in their drawings they can fill the space with his typical lolly trees.

What do you need

  • Sheet of white paper
  • markers
  • Pictures of important monument of countries
  • Scissors
  • ruler

Step by step to the postcard like Hundertwasser:

  1. Cut out a rectangle (10×15 cm = postcard size)
  2. Draw the builings, monuments or landscapes that you chose
  3. Trace with the color of the object (Trees with dark green, sun with orange….)
  4. Devide the background into large shapes.
  5. Color all the object and the background shapes with tints of one color and use lines. They don’t have to be precise of straight! (yay)
  6. If you have some room left, you can always add some lolly trees like Hundertwasser did!

Some results:

Can you guess the cities and countries?

postkaart zoals Hundertwasser

Pin postcard like Hundertwasser project for later on? :

Postcard like Hundertwasser

 

 

That’s it for today!
Let me know if you try this one! I’d love to see the results

For now, take care and see you all soon

Ilse

Christmas tree out of empty tealight cups DIY

Christmas tree out of empty tealight cups DIY

I’m one of those people who likes to burn candles to get a cosy feeling in the house. Scented ones or tealights in lovely holders. Sometimes I use those LED lights, the ones that are safer when you’ve got kids in the house. But most of the time I go for the real thing. And when you burn a lot of those little candles you get a lot of empty cups too. Years ago I learned that you can use these to make decorations. Today I’ll show you how to make a christmas tree out of empty tealight cups.

Supplies for a Christmas tree out of empty tealight

  • A lot of empty tealight cups. Not all the cups will turn out as nice when you flatten them. I wish I would have had some more so I could have chosen what ‘leaves’ turned out the best for my tree. But I still have some time left to burn some more candles and change the leaves I don’t like.
  • A pepper foam cone
  • pins
  • pearls or other things to decorate your tree.

christmas tree out of empty tealight cones

 

Step by step Christmas tree out of empty tealight cups

  1. make leaves by folding two opposite sides of the empty cup to the inside. Flatten the leaves as much as possible. Select the most beautiful ones if you have enough of them.

    benodigdheden

  2. start pinning the leaves at the bottom of the cone. Fold the leaves to so they don’t show the white cone.
  3. the second row has to be pinned like roofing pavement. The point of the leaf pointing down should come on top of the overlap of two leaves of the first (or previous)  row. (see picture)
  4. Go on like this until your cone is full. On the top I used white pins. For the other leaves the color doesn’t matter because the heads of the pins don’t show.kerstboom van lege theelichtjes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Decorate your tree with pearls or other decorations and give your tree a nice spot in the house!

 

Pin this Christmas tree out of empty tealight holders for later:

christmas tree out of empty tealight cups

Crea-cross –  creative linkparty

This week the linkparty crea-cross has the prompt ‘fire’. Empty tealight cups fit that prompt, don’t they! 😉

If you have nice creative links to add, please do! you can use the blue button!

Take care and see you soon

Ilse

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