Amazing things to do with drawings from your kid

If you’re on social media (and it is 2015 after all) you might have already read about Tatsputin, a dad/artist who takes his kids drawings with him on the plane and then colours them. An endearing way to pass the time resulting in great images.

Tatsputin lighthouse

(Source: Imgur)

Tatsputin overview

(Source: Imgur)

Tatsputin robot

(Source: Imgur)

But despite the internet going bazooka over this guy, he is far from the only one. In fact, I found so many similar collaborations between kids and their artistic parents that I now feel extremely sorry for my kids who are stuck with a mom who can barely colour inside the lines, let alone draw something recognizable. “What’s that mom?” “It’s modern art my dear, modern art”


(Source: Ruth Oosterman)

Or how about this guy, who recreated his own childhood drawings using digital painting.

Telmo Pieper Bug

(Source: Telmo Pieper)

Telmo Pieper car

(Source: Telmo Pieper)

Ok, so drawings from kids make for great new drawings. But there is so much more you can do with that colourful painting posted on your fridge. How about turning it into a stuffed toy?

Child's own bug

(Source: Child’s Own)

Child's Own Bus driver

(Source: Child’s Own)

Of course, the great thing about this is that there is no doubt it will immediately become your childs favourite. The downside being that it will either end up grubby from all of the TLC it receives or spending most of its time in a kiddy bedroom. Probably both. So take some pictures when you take that baby out of the box because it will be the last time you will ever see it looking as good as this.

So why not take things even further? Why not turn have your child design your next piece of furniture?

‘working with a local primary school, we took an art class and gave the children a simple piece of paper with the words, ‘please draw a chair’. with a little encouragement and some coloring in pencils, the children started scribbling away their dream chair! after an hour, we had the most beautiful selection of designs that we couldn’t come close to even dreaming of.’

childrens_drawings_furniture_01

(Source: Designboom)

I wouldn’t stop with just a chair though. I would have my son draw a whole range of furniture. Sure, it might not always be practical to live in the fantasy of a 6-year old, but there is no way that living in a house filled with such bright and colourful furniture doesn’t bring a smile to your face.

Which brings us to the final entry for this post. Without a doubt the extremest thing anyone can ever do based on a drawing from his or her child. Build a freaking house. To be fair, this is more of a collective effort where the viewers from a Dutch tv-show for kids designed a house together. And it is everything you would expect and then some.

Klokhuishuis

(Source: Klokhuis)

Klokhuishuis inside

(Source: Klokhuis)

Pretty amazing right?

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Matchbox miniatures: artsy crafts on a teeny tiny scale

I stumbled upon this Etsy page today where they sell so-called matchbox miniatures, i.e. teeny tiny dollhouses that are really not good for anything useful. But hey, if you always wanted a doll house but couldn’t get one because you live in an extremely crampy studio with hardly any space to move around, then this is the solution for you!

Matchbox minitature house, Old Canberra House

(source: Etsy)

And just as I was wondering about how fascinating it is that somebody actually makes these, I discovered there is an entire community of people tinkering with matchboxes!

Matchbox minitature, Welcome Home Baby

(Source: Microminis)

It almost makes you wonder why the hell anyone would even want to use a lighter when there are people out there dying to get their hands on empty matchboxes. And it’s not just miniature houses, take a look at these matchbox people:

Matchbox people

(Source: Mai Ly Degnan)

Now you might think that fiddling on such a small scale requires more patience than the average adult can muster up, but as it turns out some people actually are brave enough to bring their kids into it. Which in itself is already worth a medal or two, plus a bonus one for the excellent outcome.

These have to be my favourites though, even if it’s just because they have a more “grown-up” feel to them.

Matchbox minitature Personalized Box Art 1

(Source: Sherry Mills)

Matchbox minitature Personalized Box Art 2

(Source: Sherry Mills)

I most admit there is something very practical about this form of artsy craft, since you can carry it with you wherever you go. But in the end I would always be afraid somebody would mistake them for plain matchboxes and discard them during a sudden urge to de-clutter. Luckily, thanks to the internet I can look at these without having to mess about with craft supplies all the while silently scolding myself for ever having attempted such an exacting project ;-)

Dreaming of Italian castles

If you are anything like me, you have probably spent more than a few hours daydreaming about what it would be like to own your own little place abroad, where you can get away from it all. And while these castles may not be little, they are certainly worthy of a day-dream, or two.

It seems that due to a number of reasons, ranging from taxes to economic troubles, many Italian families are putting their castles up for sale. In fact, Italian real estate company Lionard currently has about 70 or so breathtakingly stunning castles in their portfolio.

italian castel 1

Now this is certainly the kind of place that will make you feel like nobility right? Just imagine standing on those stairs, awaiting your friends or family. Add a butler to the picture and all that’s missing would be the title.

Italian castle 2

But if you’re looking to host a glamorous party with celebrities and such this seems more fitting. Fancy a dip in the pool George?

Italian castle 3

Of course most of these castles come with a few extra’s. Private chapels, dungeons and charming little houses like these. I can totally see myself transforming this into my own little writing space. Scribbling all day, with the occasional break to simply sit in the sun, drink lemonade and enjoy the views of my estate.

Italian castle 4

A more traditional castle, this one. Except for the ultramodern pool of course. Which seems inconveniently far away from the entrance of the castle. Still, strolling around in your bikini seems like a small price to pay to be able to call this place your home.

Italian castle 5

No need to turn anything into a writing space here, simply place a desk in that conservatory like room and you are good to go! Ahh… the novels I could write in there.

I could browse through and look at all of these castles all day. They are so gorgeous and totally have me dreaming of long summer holidays with nothing on the agenda except for “la dolce vita”. Tell me, which one takes your fancy?