We all know what season it is. The season of “Oh NO, I am never going to have time to do everything on my list and what am I going to do about ________________________(<= fill in worry du’jour here)” This month I wanted a fast, easy, festive project that you can make in a short amount of time with very few materials and for next to no money. Keep reading and see how you can make some too!
Here is what you will need to make your own:
- Watercolor Paper
- Watercolors, liquid or pan
- Embroidery Floss
- Marker or Pen and Ink
- Colored Pencil
I then used my paintbrush to gently help the paint float together to make the colors touch without blending too much. This is especially important if you have all three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) represented at all..unless you want a brownish grey color. You can also play it safe by only using colors that have two primary colors (I used blue and magenta(red+blue) so I did not need to be concerned about getting a meatloaf colored butterfly)
The next step is to draw (or trace) a simple shape on to the white side of the paper. By working on the back side you hide any pencil lines that might still show once you cut your shapes out.
You can use these templates if you wish. Just click on one and size it to print the size you like. I have heard rumors that one can feed watercolor paper through a printer. Based on my dysfunctional relationship with my printer, I have no reason to believe this to be true .If you want to try, print the ornament shapes on before you paint the paper.
Why, you may ask, is there an Abraham Lincoln included? My answer? Because I can.
Once the shape is cut out use either a marker or pen and ink to add on details. I used some colored pencil to enhance areas of color and a white gel pen as well.
Use a pushpin or your needle to pierce around the edges of your shape, being sure to lay it on a stack of paper toweling or newspaper to protect your work surface.
Put the front and back pieces together .(You can use a little piece of tape or a single smudge of glue to help hold it in place while you sew the edges.
Thread your embroidery needle and using a blanket stitch go around the edges adding a sequin to each hole as you connect the front and back of the ornament. Be sure you hide the start and end of the thread in between the two pieces.
Use a hole punch or your needle to put a hole in the top. Put a loop of ribbon , a curly wire or a simple ornament hook in the hole to enable you to hang it . These also make beautiful gift tags to make a package extra special.
These same techniques are a great way to make gorgeous gift tags or cards as well. For this card I used the painted paper and wove a heart shape then used the sewn sequins on top of it to attach it to paper which created a card.
So there you go…really easy, right? So easy in fact, you will probably feel a little guilty when you find out you can win a prize for making some! You have until January 6 2012 ( aka: the day I have already been off my New Year’s Diet for 4.5 days) to post a picture of your work based on this tutorial in our forum. Then we will let our visitors (and YOUR fans) vote on the project they love most. The winner not only receives this 6×6 acrylic painting but will be a featured artist on our Home page for the month of January!