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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!

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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!


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

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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


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.


  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!


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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!

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Paint with silk paper DIY – step by step instructions for all ages

Paint with silk paper DIY – step by step instructions for all ages

Did you know that you can paint with silk paper? Not as accurate as when you would use a brush and paint, but it does work. The paper and the colors often have a will of their own, but that makes it exciting for the artists.

How to paint with silk paper on canvas

Sometimes art projects go totally different in class than you intended. My eight graders were supposed to use this ‘paint with silk paper’ technique to make a background on their canvas to paint over. But when they were done they didn’t want to paint anything over them!

“No, Miss! What if we paint over it totally messes things up?” – They loved the results very much!

And sometimes a good teacher has to listen tot her pupils! We decided to leave them just the way they were!

paint with silk paper


What do you need to paint with silk paper on canvas?

  • a canvas (duh 😉 )
  • water
  • brushes
  • silk paper in different colors
  • scissors
  • old newspapers or other protection for your table
  • protection for your clothes and if you want platic gloves for your hands.

How to paint with silk paper step by step

  • Chose the colors you want to use. Think of a pattern, that makes it easier!
  • Cut out the shape(s) you want to use in diferent colors.
  • ‘glue’ the pieces on the canvas, using only water! This way, when the the pieces of silk dry, you can just swipe them off. The color will stick on the canvas.
  • You can mix colors by ‘gluing’ different colors on top of each other.
  • Let the ‘painting’ dry. Make sure to protect the spot you let the canvas dry! The pigment on the paper is a killer for untreated wood. Your hands will need a good saok!

Watch out!

  • as I said silk paper, when wet, will get color everywhere! Protect your works space, drying space, clothes and hands!
  • When dry little pieces of silk paper will fall off the canvas when you walk by because they are very light! So best you put it in a space where you don’t walk by it every 5 minutes if you don’t want to be pick up lots of pieces of paper! 😉

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Paintining with silk paper is ideal to use in projects about shapes and color and even patterns.
The result will be surprising every time!
Little children can do this already, but the older ones will enjoy it too because of the surprise effect it brings!
I still think it will work well as a background too!

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Fox Poncho for kids – free crochet pattern

Fox Poncho for kids – free crochet pattern

Sometimes an idea pops into my head and I just have to start crocheting! This is what happened when I took al look at the poncho of my daughter. I noticed the shape of it looked like a fox head! So I got the idea to turn the poncho into a fox poncho.
I wrote the pattern down for all of you! Happy crocheting!

Materials (5 year old size 116)

Lana Red ochre (for hook size 6.5) – Wool en acrylic – 250 g/450 m. This was a very larg skein, so one was enough
Lana ecru
Leftover black yarn for hook size 4
Hook size 5.5
Hook size 3

Pattern fox poncho

Basic poncho (with hook size 5,5)

  • Crochet a chain of 72. (or a muliple of 8 that fits)
  • Close the chain with with a slip stitch. Be careful that the chain is not turned.
  • Sc in every ch (72)
  • Start the granny stitch
    Granny stitch = 3 dc, 1 ch (skip one)
    Put a stitch marker in st 18 and 56 – you are going to increase in every row in these stitches.
    Go around with the granny stitch.
  • Keep going until your poncho has the right length – end with a slip stitch.
  • fasten off

White parts

(Crochet 2 with hoog size 5.5)

  • Ch 4, 1dc in 1 st ch. – turn
  • 2dc – 2 dc (4dc) – turn
  • 2 dc in 1st st – 2 dc – 2dc in last st (6dc) – turn
  • 2 dc in 1st st – 4 dc – 2dc in last st (8dc) – turn
  • 2 dc in 1st st – 6 dc – 2dc in last st (10dc) – turn
  • 2 dc in 1st st – 10 dc – 2dc in last st (12dc) – turn
  • 2 dc in 1st st – 12 dc – 2dc in last st (16dc) – turn
  • 1 sl st – 1 sc – 1 hdc – 2 dc – 2 tr – 2dtr -2tr -2dc- 1hdc- 1 sc – 1 sl st (16 st)
  • fasten off

Nose for fox poncho

(hooksize 5,5)

  • 8 sc in ml
  • 2 dc in every sc (16)
  • 2 dc in 1st st, 7 dc, 2 dc in last st.  (18)
  • fasten off

eyes Fox poncho

Hooksize 3 – black yarn

  • 8 sc in ml
  • 2sc in every sc (16)
  • fasten off

Mouth fox poncho

Ch 25 – fasten off

Ear Fox Poncho

Crochet 2 in orange/red yarn (hooksize 5,5)
Crochet 2 in white (hooksize 3)

  • ch 2
  • 1 sc in 2nd loop from the hook – turn
  • 2 sc in sc – turn
  • 2 sc in every sc (4)
  • 2 sc in 1st st – 2 sc – 2 sc in last st (6) turn
  • 2 sc in 1st st – 4 sc – 2 sc in last st (8) turn
  • 2 sc in 1st st – 6 sc – 2 sc in last st (10) turn
  • 2 sc in 1st st – 8 sc – 2 sc in last st (12) turn
  • 3 sc in 1st st – 10 sc – 3 sc in last st (15)
  • Fasten off

Tail fox poncho

Start with orange/red in hooksize 5,5 – every row has a ch to turn.

  • Ch 14
  • 1 dc in 2nd st from the hook – 1 dc in every next st (13) turn
  • crochet 4 rows of 13 st
  • dc2tog- 9 dc – dc2tog (11)
  • dc2tog – 7 dc -dc2tog (9)
  • dc2tog – 5 dc – dc2tog (7)
  • change to white yarn
  • 2dc in 1st st – 5 dc – 2dc in last st (9)
  • 2dc in 1st  st- 7 dc – 2 2c in last st (11)
  • dc2tog – 7 dc – dc2tog (9)
  • dc2tog – 5dc – dc2tog (7)
  • dc2tog – 3dc – dc2tog (5)
  • dc2tog – 1dc – dc2tog (3)
  • dc3tog

Put the poncho together:

Put the eyes on the 2 white pieces.
Put the 2 white parts on the front of the poncho so it looks like a nose bridge.
Put the nose between the two tips of the white parts.
The chain for the mouth should have the middle part against the nose.
Sow the white ear part on the brown – Sow them both on the shoulders of the poncho.
Sow the tail on the back of the poncho? make sure the tail doesn’t stick out too much.


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fox poncho

Happy crocheting

Broomstick stitch: infinity and beyond scarf – crea-cross

Broomstick stitch: infinity and beyond scarf – crea-cross

Summer scarf

I was looking for a summer scarf and found a lovely pattern called the infinity and beyond broomstick scarf.  I never heard of the broomstick stitch when I made this scarf.  I had to google to know what it was exactly.  The broomstick stitch is made with a very large hook. I used 35 (no, not 3,5 – really 35 )
Often even thicker sticks are used… hence the broomstick stitch! 😉
What’s is a name! 😉

Broomstick stitch

The pattern of the Infinity and Beyond

This is not my pattern en just copy pasting is not the way to go!  I asked Heidi, who did write down this pattern if it was oké to translate the pattern for my Dutch readers.  She was oké with it.  So here, on the English translation of this article I will link back to her, so you can find the English pattern and all other pattern specifications over there.
If you are Dutch or Belgian and you want the translation, just click on the translate button on my blog and it will take you to the right place to read the Duch version of the pattern!

broomstick stitch
Pattern design by Heidi of Hello Speckless – translated by Ilse on Kreanimo

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Bookmarkers DIY – PinterTESTed for you. Which failed?

Bookmarkers DIY – PinterTESTed for you. Which failed?

And there’s Thursday again!  The weekly prompt for Crea-Cross is Books so I went on Pinterest and found some great bookmarkers to test out.  I did make a few changes in the designs and made a whole new idea on my on!


I still love the smell and the feel of books, even now that I hava an  e-reader. I love illustrations and the colors!  My son is learning how to read now, so that means that I have more books in the house…


Bookmarkers DIY – PinterTEST

I tested three bookmarkers as they were explained on Pinterest.  The orange origami bookmarker on the right corner is very simple and you can follow the steps. When you use lovely paper with cute patterns, your result just can’t go wrong!
The second one I tested is the one on the right upper corner, made out of an envelope and Washi tape. You can find the instructions here.

The third pin I tested, the one on the left, closest to the fold I used magnet paper and washi tape. This one failed, because the magnet paper wasn’t strong enough and the bookmarker kept falling out! If you want to see if you can do better, be my guest and follow the instructions.  It looks oké, but the magnetpaper wasn’t very qualitative.

The two I combined

For the one with the pink feather and the paperclip I combined two other pins: The feathers out of washi tape and the flags out of whashi tape on a paper clip.

I made a feather flag on a paper clip!

The new bookmarker

I a dollor shop here in Belgium I found these funny paperclips in the shape of a dog’s bone.  I made a macramé rope with a white pearl.  This became a nice bookmarker for a dog lovin’ friend.

Next week’s prompt is ‘smile’

I’m hoping for lots of smiling faces… but for this week: show me your bookmarkers or other book related DIY!

Take care and see you soon!


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Lizard like Gaudi mosaïc – artclass project

Lizard like Gaudi mosaïc – artclass project

Mosaïcs – art into pieces!

Antoni Gaudi used a special method of putting pieces of ceramics and glass in cement.  Lovely mosaïcs were made this way.
One of his most famous works is the one in Parc Guëll in Barcelona, called the lizard.  All over the parc you can find mosaïcs like this!


Collage like the lizard of Gaudi


  • Shape of a lizard, printed out for small children, drawn by the bigger ones! 😉
  • Watercolor
  • table protection
  • scissors
  • colored paper
  • glue stick
  • salt
  • large watercolor paper (stronger paper)

Step by step:

  • Cut out the lizard shape.
  • Cut the colored paper in small pieces.
  • Put the pieces on the lizard shape, make sure to think about the pattern of the colors.
  • Glue them onto the shape.
  • Draw the shape of a stone on the large white paper, make sure the lizard will fit on the ston.
  • Paint the shape with watercolors and put salt on it when the paint is still wet.
  • Let it dry.
  • Wipe off the dried salt.
  • Cut out the stone.
  • Glue the lizard onto the stone.

Watercolor and salt technique

Why you should put salt on the wet paint, you ask?  Well, it’s a super fun technique and gives a nice stone like effect.
The salt will take the water and the paint in and make a lovely structure.
It’s always a surprise how it will turn out!
Kitchen salt gives a more subtle structure, sea salt will give large ‘stains’.

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lizard like Gaudi art project

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Print the sea with plastic bag printing – Crea-cross

Print the sea with plastic bag printing – Crea-cross

It’s Crea-Cross time again!  The weekly creative linkparty for all creative people to show what they are up to!  This week my kids did a print the sea project by using old platic freeze bags.  It’s a great ‘bad weather’ activity that they will love! Trust me!

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Today my co-host is bij Patricia and I’d love you to take a look at her blog too.  I’m very curious to see what she did!

Use old plastic bags

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but getting a plastic bag when you are shopping or buyin groceries is rare here in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Fabric bags or shopping bags that can be used more than once are much better off course.
I often use cardboard boxes too.

Some people use plastic bags to crochet things with.
I even know somebody who washes freezer bags to use them again, I just don’t know if it’s such a good idea to do that food safety wise. 😉
If you use plastic freezer bags and if you don’t want to throw them away immediately, you can use them to do some printmaking with your kids!

Print the sea

The idea of using plastic bags to print is nog mine!  Alisa Burk has a lovely blog post in which she explains how to do this.


  • paint
  • brushes
  • old plastic freezer bags
  • water jar
  • plate
  • protection for your table
  • pictures of fish for little children.

Print the sea with paint

Let the kids use different tints of blue to paint wavy water lines on a bigger plastic bag.  Beware that the bag is not larger than the paper you are going to use to print on. Try to make sure that they spread the paint well.  That makes the print more like the painting on the bag.
Put the bag with the paint on the sheet of paper en let them push with their hands on the bag.
Pull off the bag and let the print dry.
If there is still alot of paint on the bag, you can make a second print!

Make sure the paint is dry before you go to the next step!

Under water world

Let the kids paint little fish or plants on smaller bags and let them print on the dried wavy blue prints you did earliers.
Fish can swim in all directions, plants can brighten things up.  Let the kids use their imagination.
Let it all dry again!


With markers details can be added when the paint is completely dry!

print the sea

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print the sea

Next week.

The prompt next week is ‘broken’.  Not that easy, but maybe you can put your recycle hat on!  Hope you have a lot of fun with this weeks prompt ‘Blue’.  Don’t forget to link your blue projects in the linkup beneath!
Have a nice week!

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Self-portraits like Gustave Klimt – crea-cross linkparty

Self-portraits like Gustave Klimt – crea-cross linkparty

Hello everybody!  Nice to see you all again on this creative Thursday!  Ready to go ahead with a new linkparty theme in Crea-Cross?

Hope you can all come and join in linking your creative articles on self-portrait drawings or photographs!



Self-portraits in photography

Maybe you couldn’t tell, but I did have some photography courses up to now.  I use Pixaby or Unsplash way too much for my blog.  Lack of time is my excuse, but I actually do love making pictures.  At highschool I learned it the old fashioned way.  We went into the dark room and everything!  Where’s the time?!

When I bought my digital camera I didn’t have a clue how to use it an always made my pictures on full automatic!  Such a shame!  So I went on a new photography course to get to know my new camera and to learn how to use it better!

For all those of you who do come and read but say you don’t have te patients of the skills to craft or draw… this is your chance!  Take your camera or your smartphone: it’s selfie time!  Don’t forget to have fun!  And make the portaits about yourself and not just of yourself!

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt mini biography

Dowload the Gustav Klimt Mini biography here

Gustave Klimt is a Austrian painter that’s part of the Jugenstill.  He is known for his ‘tree of life’ and ‘the kiss’.
My colleague did a project in class that’s inspired on one of Art Projects for kids .
The project uses gold an silver markers on black paper.  She used scratch paper instead.


Step by step

  • Print a picture of the heads of the kids.
  • Cut out the heads and glue them on the scratch paper.
  • Scratch clothes in Gustav Klimt style: patterns all the way!
  • Draw the trees of life next to the self-portrait.

*we used the black rectangles to make sure the kids privacy is taken care of.

Leonie van Sugarframe

Today my co-host is Leonie van Sugarframe. She loves to take pictures, so I’m hoping she did soms self-portraits for her inspiration post!


Next week you can all go crazy with the next prompt: blue!
All creative sea projects, blue knitted scarfs, drawings in blue markers or whatever you can come up with!
Have a lovely creative week!

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