DIY: Painting in 11 colors tutorial!


Do you remember I was working on a painting project?

Here’s the sneak-peek I showed:

Well, It’s finished!


Here is the result! I only used 11 colors, “Painting by Numbers”style. I’m very pleased with it, and so is my family. Now it only needs to go on the wall.

It is made in the same style as this one:

and this one:

In this post I will show you how you can make a painting like this yourself!

What you need:

-a canvas

-a computer/laptop with printer

-carbon paper

-a pen

-paint and brushes

– something to mix paint in and with, such as plastic cups and wooden sticks.


Step 1

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new painting project

I’m working on a new painting project.

Not that I can paint, but I can do the painting-by-numbers style 🙂

It’s a variation on this painting which I made some time ago:


new painting project

It’s a silhouette of our children, I think the (original) photo was taken about 5 years ago.

I changed the photo to a two-tone digital drawing, and transfered that to a canvas. Here you can read more about this painting.

So now I’m working on a similar project, but this time it’s going to be a landscape, and the painting will be in 11 colors.

Here you can see a work-in-progress photo:


new painting project

Lots of figures to fill with paint 🙂

Curious how it’s going to turn out?!

Actually, so am I.

I will post pictures when it’s done, now first, time to paint!



DIY: wooden houses, a whole street filled with lights

Houses with lights!

I have another DIY project for you, with wooden houses.

The base of this DIY is a creative set by Action, a Dutch shoppingchain. (but perhaps there is a similar kit available in your vicinity)

The idea is not my own, I found it somewhere on the internet, but I gave my own twist to it.

In the picture below you can see the finished project:


A set of canalhouses with lights behind the windows, it looks so cute!

Curious how I made it?

Below you can find the tutorial with lots of pictures.

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coldfoiling technique

Valentine card with handlettering and coldfoiling technique


As you may have read I’m uploading some older posts from my Dutch blog.

Today I will show you a card I made for Valentine’s day:

I will also show you the coldfoiling technique how to give the card a glossy finish.

coldfoiling technique

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canvas silhouette

Canvas silhouette DI, Wall deco of our kids

This canvas silhouette hangs on the wall in our house.

I made it myself, it’s a silhouette of our kids playing in the water.

canvas silhouette

It’s quite big, about 80×100 cm (that is about 31.5 x 39.5 inches).

I ordered the canvas once with a picture of my husband on it, but he didin’t like it so much any more so I got a free pass to make something else from it!

That’s always fun 🙂

I first painted the canvas in the same color as the opposite wall.

For the silhouette, I altered a picture of the kids into black&white, and then blew it up to the size of my canvas with Rasterbator.

That site is very handy, it will enlarge your picture and turn it into a series of print-size papers which you then can print out yourself.

You can tape the prints together to make a poster. I used the poster to transfer the picture with carbon paper onto the canvas, and then painted the silhouette with a grey wallpaint.

Wait, wall paint you say? no acrylic paint?

well, acrylic is also a very good choice but I had this paint in my house and thought it would look nice. And it does, it gives a “cloudy” effect.

You can see the cloudy effect clearly in the kids. I made this canvas silhouette about three years ago, they have grown quite a bit since then.

 canvas silhouette

I really like my new wall deco, and so does Hubby 🙂

Mission succeeded!