Today I decided to combine my two favorites, watercolor and embroidery. I used watercolor to decorate my fabric and then did some freestyle embroidery stitches to create an abstract piece of art. I found this project to be so meditative and relaxing. Want to give it a try?
You will need some light fabric. Unbleached muslin fabric takes paint beautifully (called Calico in other parts of the world.) You will also need a big ole' wooden embroidery hoop. I used an 8 inch. You want a lot of room to experiment on!
Next, gather some different paints to experiment with. You don't need fancy or expensive paints. The cheap set on the right worked great! The difference between cheaper sets and more expensive paints is both the richness of the pigments and how long the paint lasts. The cheaper paints tend to have a more pastel effect. I loaded up the brush with pigment and I found the cheaper paints were great. Use what you may have lying around. If you are going to purchase paints the cheaper sets are very reasonable.
I use a mid-range set on the left, some liquid watercolors in the middle and a cheap set on the right.
Above is an example of a cheaper set of watercolor paints in a wide range of colors.
Here is an example of the metallic watercolor paints. They leave a shimmer on the fabric that was just so gorgeous and subtle.
I also should mention here, there will be some paint splatter during this project so you may want to protect your surfaces by laying down a table cloth and/or placing the hoop in a cardboard box to prevent side splatter. The paint will also get on your wooden hoop so if you could protect it by sticking painter's tape on it. Personally, I liked letting the paint splatter onto the hoop. It will evolve into part of the art somehow.
A set of inexpensive craft brushes like the one above will work great for this project.
I am still pulling out this piece and working on it when I have free time. It is a great meditative practice paired with some music or a juicy podcast.
How do you know when you are finished? When it feels done. If you have a tendency to over work things, like me, stop when you are 85% finished. An excellent rule of thumb. I will update when I have 'finished'.
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