I’ve got an upcoming event in which I’m going to try yarn painting, and this activity made me nervous enough to try a piece beforehand. I got a bagful of yarn during the St. Patrick’s sale at SmArt, in a plethora of colors. Little did I know, color was one of the minor considerations of this craft.
I first saw this pretty picture by Melissa Langer at Fave Crafts:
Such a neat treatment for the photo- it would make a great present for a pet parent. I knew it would take awhile, but the plans provided here looked more manageable- and it provides more background on this lovely art.
For my first attempt, I asked Son One to draw me a picture of Yoshi. I was channeling Yoshi’s Wooly World and thinking of a portrait style, but I decided I could work with the full body landscape I got.
I worked the outlines first, as all the tutorials suggested. Then I realized that the fuzziest yarn made this craft so much easier. The blue looks fantastic circling the sun.
As I worked each section, I used Elmer's glue and a paint brush with stiff bristles to lay down a thick coat before I placed the yarn. Smaller pieces were easier to handle than longer ones. The thinner green would look better if I’d given the page a coating of complimentary paint color underneath. This is a more careful, ambitious craft that I can see myself trying again with the boys.
What I've got so far, will probably - eventually - make something cool.
Son One has high hopes, anyway!
But thank goodness it also looks good freestyle, like these sun catchers from Picklebums: https://picklebums.com/yarn-painting/
On my second attempt, I'm thinking I'll try something simpler and smaller. I am considering a backdrop for an ofrenda that Son One mentioned putting together after we watched "Coco" (and after I quit crying). Perhaps some bright orange petals surrounded by color.
Wish me luck!
And when I'm not crafting, you can find me and the youngest in our garden, checking the crops. Our neighbors are probably so impressed!