Bob Ross noted that “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents,” and that was certainly true at my latest brunch with my friend April.
I had attempted a yarn painting beforehand, and even after finishing it, I'm still trying to decide if I like it.
Give me a hug!
Since I used a lot of glue on it, I went to Kroger the day before my brunch to restock, and I stressed for a minute when I found only glue sticks. But it was our first happy accident! After we ate and planned out our designs, the glue sticks were far easier to handle than the liquid glue. The yarn stuck to the poster board well, and the glue was purple, which helped a great deal while working within the designs.
It's always fun to watch the varied results of people working with the same materials. April was fastidious in her yarn placement, very much like the traditional pieces online. Her square bricks for the wall were awesome!
And when she mentioned she wanted to make a black cat to put on top, I had the perfect fuzzy yarn.
It became apparent, however, that the craft was going to take up far more time than than our usual brunch, and April began to wish she'd made the picture on the more colorful side of the paper. We were using precut poster board sheets from the Jot line at the Dollar Tree, and they had corrugated patterns on one side.
Second happy accident! She got the idea to cut out the pieces from one piece and glue them to a second piece on the blue patterned side. Since the paper was corrugated, the ridges fit together, and the picture stayed in place with my Alene's Tacky Glue.
So pretty! A scrap piece of jewelry accessorized the kitty, and the colors were very reminiscent of the night sky, perfect to finish off this piece.
My pattern was more in the vein of the freestyle creations I'd seen online; I knew I didn't have the patience to place yarn after my wooly Yoshi. So I began with the petals of my marigolds:
Then filled in the space between with colorful strands.
I think it will look great as the backing of an ofrenda this Dia de los Muertos. April noted that it looked very Electric Company. Yarn's got the power!
This is such a fun craft. However, you must make sure to bank the time needed to finish, or be quick-thinking like my friend April! Having a variety of glues and thick, fuzzy yarns will also alleviate stress. It's also a better craft for kids with free spirits, or those who are laid back regarding arts and crafts. It can be difficult to make it look exactly like your goal.