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The Dutch style of painting called Hindeloopen uses lots of flowers, leaves and birds in its design and is named for a northern town in the Netherlands. The Dutch began this style of painting at the end of the 17th century. Anything wood or metal (such as furniture, trays, boxes, and even wooden shoes) can be decorated with a Hindeloopen-style of painting. Today, there are still artists in the Netherlands who carry on this tradition.
object to paint*
varnish or clear nail polish (optional)
*Suggestions: a wooden or cardboard box from a craft store, a paper plate, a wooden plaque, or any wooden or metal object from around the house. Check your family's sewing basket for empty spools of thread. Either the old wooden ones or plastic ones work fine. Paint the spool and thread it with leather or cord to make a pendant necklace.
Your Hindeloopen-style painting project is complete. If you like, you can spray your finished product with varnish or paint it with clear nail polish to protect it. Objects decorated with Hindeloopen painting make great gifts, so start painting!