What is yarn art?
Yarn art is simply creating with yarn. In this case I am making pictures with yarn. Some call it Painting with Yarn. This is how this particular yarn art works. You use the yearn to outline or cover your picture. If you don't want to draw a picture yourself you can always find them in coloring books or on line. Here are a few of the online sites that have pictures suitable for use for this yarn art.
As this is a simple project the supplies needed are few.
- Piece of paper, any size. I used watercolor paper, the glue will not soak through it. You can also use foam core board or any paper you wish that will not let glue soak through.
- White glue. I used Elmer's, the white school glue also works.
- Bits and pieces of yarn.
- Simple picture if you don't want to draw one yourself.
Step by Step directions
- The first thing you need to do is to sketch a simple picture to use. As you can see from my yarn piece I chose to draw a very simple rainbow with hearts in differenty sizes attached to it. On the tip I wrote out the phrases Best Friends. I chose this particular sketch because of the simplicity. If you feel you cannot draw at all try tracing a page out of a coloring book. Make sure it is a basic simple picture. If you get too complicated it becomes almost impossible to complete.
- Next, choose the yarn you want to use. I used bits and pieces of scrap yarn. Any color combination is allowable - the sky's the limit. After all, you're being creative, so create a new combination.
- Now you can begin the fun part. I used plain white glue to trace a small portion at a time. I then cut pieces of yarn that looked like they would fit on the spot I waned to cover. I did 1/2 of the heart at a time. The bottle that contained the white glue had a nice applicator tip that allowed me to run a line of glue on the line I was covering with yarn. Most glue containers are supplied with these tips.
- Let yarn and glue dry flat and you have a picture most tweens will love. They can hang their artwork on a wall or give it as a gift especially when they write I love you, best friends, or any other message.
Tips for successful yarn painting
- Make sure you choose a picture that is simple. If you choose one that has a lot of lines you may become discouraged and never finish it.
- Try to do one little section at a time when gluing the yarn. If you try to do too much at one time you will be dislodging pieces.
- Be creative, use as many colors and combinations as you can.
- You can paint a background on the paper and then sketch a picture and glue the yarn.
- You can fill in the images you create with yarn, glitter, feathers, sequins, or other crafty items.
- If you choose to fill in with yarn you can fill with straight lines, coils, waves, or anything else you can think of.
- Make it your own.
Wait, There's a Little More...
It doesn't have to sop here. You can fill the hearts with more yarn, beads, glitter, or whatever else you please.
May it your own special piece of art. Whatever you decide to do make sure you have fun. That's the whole point of this art.
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