Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Yarn Painting ~ Corgi

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I just finished another yarn painting!

I cannot tell you how fun and easy this is to do!

You do not need to know how to draw, knit or crochet to make these!

All you need is a board, some glue, yarn scraps, sharp scissors and a bone folder to help place & burnish the cut yarn.

I made this one from a photograph of Melanie's Corgi Moe!

The first thing I did was to print a photo of Moe.

I glued it to a board

and then started filling in the shapes with strips of yarn.

I burnish each piece of yarn down with the bone folder after I lay it on the strip of gel glue. I gently push it up against the previous row and snip it at the end with the sharp scissors to the correct length.

I think it really changed from a photo to a painting when I filled in the eyes.

The cheeks and ears are done and now for the nose & body...

Here I am working on the body.

I think it adds more interest when I change some areas from horizontal to vertical yarn placement.

I just love how it turned out so far!

The final step was to put in the background which I also filled in with both horizontal and vertical yarn placemant to add flow and texture.

Ta da!

The process is simple, fun and relaxing.

This 8 x 10 inch project took me about 20 hours over several days to complete.

You can go as fast or slow as makes you happy!

I had so much fun making this for Melanie & Mark that I promptly made another yarn painting of my pug, Emmitt. I call it "Pug Love". Please click here if you would like to see how I made it.

I will definitely have more yarn paintings to show you soon.

Update 2010:

Fun News!

I have created 8 Yarn Paintings in 2010 !

They have all brought me so much joy to make and share with you.
To make it easy for you to see them, I have written a blog post to show them all to you.

Please let me know if you try it too!

Have a super day!



Melanie, Moe, Ollie said...

Thank you so much missy! we LOVE the moe yarn painting. i can't wait to make one too. I love seeing this in my kitchen everyday!

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Melissa!! I really love these yarn creations you do!!!!!


Oh wait.... hold on...

Hello's Melissa and Emmitts..
We's loving our Grub Man and we's taking extra special cares of him..
Thanks Again!!

Josie, Izzy and Anakin Man

Ruth Welter said...

Melissa, this is did you ever get such an idea?? I love it and I hope you will be adding some of these new yarn paintings to your etsy site, I'm betting they would be popular.

Recently on another site I saw someone making art from drier lint...amazing.


JJ Lynne said...

your work is so stunning and creative. this print is one of my new favorites. it looks so real and charming! I keep meaning to try yarn painting. maybe this weekend I'll relax and give it a try :]

pug hugs - Jess, JD, & Ringo

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

You did such a great job. Love all the shading you were able to do with the yarn.

Woos ~ The OP Pack

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

Moe Moe we luv him!

Linda O'Neill said...

I love these! I think I'm going to have to commission you to do one of Maisie May because they are just so adorable. These have such a soft and wonderful quality to them. You are amazing, missy!

3 doxies said...

Wowzers, yous super duper talented. I haves never seen one of these so I thinks it is purty darn cool...and da shading is phenomenal.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Simply pawesome!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Melissa
These are sooo dimentional and cool.
The yarn really makes the photo of Moe come alive.
We love all the colors you chose.
Not only do you do an amazing job, but you share with us.
That is what is so special about you. I feel like you want us all to have fun,,,, so you share.
One of these days, we will do it too.
We loves you

Molly the Airedale said...

This is just fabulous, Melissa! You are such a talented artist!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is such an effective technique, it makes a wonderful picture.
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

Tara's Art Camp said...

Wow, what will you think of next,, you are so creative.


Julie said...

Hi Melissa
Just linked to this page from my site at
I loved the idea of using a photograph.
best wishes, Julie

Resweater said...

That is so cool! How did I miss this post? I just love these yarn paintings!