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ankerundlanguageselector-deutschAnke, creativity addict and fontaholic with more ideas than time, can be incredibly silly, has a wide range of interests. Want to know more?  Click me 😀
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Easy CD scratch-off Art


These CDs were made by my 8yo student

Mother’s Day is approaching quickly (in Germany it’s on May 8th), and here’s an easy diy project for kids of all ages. You can turn any old CD or DVD into a little work of art and use it as (window) deco, as coasters and more.

You simply need:

  • old CD or DVD
  • Acrylic paint (black and white result in nice contrasts, but any colour is possible)
  • container to mix paint
  • dishwashing liquid
  • paint brush
  • toothpick/skewer
  • drinking glass (optional)

Into your mixing container, add a drop of dishwashing liquid plus a small amount of acrylic paint (approx. 1 tablespoon full). Carefully mix both with the paint brush, not too quickly or it will result in bubbling.

Put the CD/DVD on top of your drinking glass, the printed side facing down. This way your disc won’t stick to any surface when you paint it. Put on an even coat of paint until the disc doesn’t shine through any more. It may be necessary to apply a second coat of paint. Tip: Use a blow-dryer to accelerate the drying process.

When the paint has dried completely, use a toothpick or skewer to scratch patterns into the paint. Even kids who can barely draw have fun scribbling along, and it looks great 😉

Now you can seal your disc with a clear varnish if you want to use it as a coaster. Or you glue a piece of pretty ribbon to the top of the back and hang it on your wall. If you glue the disc onto a piece of felt, you can use it as a lid for drinks which keeps wasps away (great in summer!). In my little collage on the bottom left, you can see how it looks if you remove all the silvery material from the disk by using a strong piece of duct tape. The disk becomes completely transparent where you scratch off the paint, and it looks pretty as a window decoration.

Easy CD scratch-off Art, a great art activity for kids of all ages - not only for Mother's Day


Programming is like Sex…

As an Instagram user you’re always happy about hearts and new subscribers, right? Two days ago I uploaded one of my posters instead of my usual art journaling pages, “faces in places” and random photos.

Wow, that image got more likes than any other of my pics!

It seems that there are quite a lot programmers out there who share my humor. And/or they can relate to the quote…? It’s a quote by Michael Sinz, here you go:

I think the text is a little too small. Okay on a large monitor, but on a phone screen? *squint*
Here’s a larger version:

Programming is like Sex

Do you think Bill Gates would like such a poster?

It’s available as a digital printable here: “Programming is like Sex… Poster”

Tutorial: Polo Shirt in Charlie Brown’s Look 1

Last week we watched the new Peanuts movie with our son. And I had the idea to make a Charlie Brown shirt for my son – oh how cute! Now here’s the tutorial for all of you who want to give it a go as well:

A Happy Page, a little tutorial, and a font preview

Did you ever buy kitchen towels just because you loved the embossed pattern? Some time ago I came across cute towels with a heart pattern, and now I used them to prime my altered book pages in my art journal. Totally quick and easy:

Then you can add different layers to your liking. I want to try this technique with bold colors as well, but for now I simply used it as a base. For the current Get Messy season of “Happy”, I did this spread in my favorite colors:

I wish I had more time for experimental art, but I am working on two fonts which I had planned to release this weekend. Well, my child caught a bad cold, so my priorities shifted :) Anyway, I can show you a preview of one of the fonts:

Now doesn’t that look promising?

Wish me luck that I’ll be able to publish this happy little font within the next days!