Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Yarn Painting

Happy Wednesday everyone!
I have the most fun art project to share with you!
It is fun, simple to do and very relaxing!
You do not need to know how to draw, paint, crochet or knit!

It is called yarn painting and I found the inspiration for my project on the Lion Brand Blog last week!

A light bulb went off in my head when I saw this post and actually got started on my pug that afternoon!
I often feel like I am painting with yarn when I make my dog sweater vests and now I actually would be!
It is also the perfect way to use up your stash of small yarn balls that I never know what to do with!

The first thing I did was to cut out a print of one of my pug paintings and glue it onto a 1/2 thick hemlock wood board.

You can use any image you like including blown up photographs.

Then I went into my yarn stash and found puggy colors.
I and started filling in small sections of the print with a layer of elmer's gel glue, a strip of yarn, trimmed the end with sharp scissors and pushed it down carefully and tight up against the previous row with a bone folder.
It is a wonderfully mediative process that you can do as slow or as fast as you feel happy working.

You work in small sections filling in blocks of color.

I took several days to complete my piece.

When I was all done with the pug, I went into Fred's train supplies and pulled out a sheet of grass mat paper that is fuzzy like grass to create his landscapes!
I think it created the perfect rich background that still let the texture of the yarn pop out!

I am totally addicted!
I will show you more completed yarn paintings soon!
Please let me know if you create one too.
I would love to see it!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a great idea! Mom says the little grand bipeds would love to do this on a much simpler level. You did a great job.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Jen said...

Wow, that is super awesome!!!!!


Salinger The Pug said...

OOHHH Emmitt in YARN!!!! So cute!!!

You need to open your own art school/camp, Melissa! Emmitt can be the director of entertainment!


BriannaBlueStudio said...

Oh my gosh Melissa-this is awesome! Emmitt turned out beautiful in yarn! I love this idea, so unique. Thank you for sharing:) I am going to have to try this!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That is khwite interesting!

Thank fur sharing!


Sequoia & Petunia said...

This is so neat. I was looking at the first picture wondering how you did that if you weren't knitting. It looks great!

Rebecca Collins said...

What fun! I love this.

Those Elgin Pugs said...


What a Brilliant idea!! I LOVE IT!!

I can't wait to see more!!
Very Creative!!


Sharon said...

I made a yarn painting once for an art class. LOVED IT!!! You're right. It's very meditative. I meant to do some more, but haven't. Now you've flung a craving on me to do another one soon! LOL Great job on Emmitt! :)

Jessica Lynne said...

that looks like fun! I will have to use one of my many photographs of JD and Ringo to make one of these.

thanks for sharing, Melissa! hope you and that cutie-patootie Emmitt are well :]

Liss said...

I love it!

nanke's stuff said...

This is so cool, and I love all your pugs! nancy

Maggie and Mitch said...

That is so cool, Melissa! We love it!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love your creation sooo much!
Thank you for always sharing ideas.
Tell ya what- we must try- we must

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Oh wow, loves it!
I might actually try this one.
Lynne xx