The other week, whilst scrolling through Instagram I came across this post by Megan Weller.
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PSA – My @twitter account got hacked (same username, @wellermegs), PLEASE don’t click any links coming from that account, I’m not selling Ray Bans or whatever they’re trying to push 😂 Twitter doesn’t seem to be helping me get the account back anytime soon, but I’ll let you guys know if I get it back. On a lighter note, I finally made one of these embroidered canvases! Swipe for the TikTok ➡️💜• • • • • • • • • • #embroidery #embroidered #embroideredcanvas #tiktok #tiktokart #dollartreecrafts #artezaacrylicpaint #sewing #quarantinecrafts #twitter #canvasart #canvaspainting #wallart #gallerywall #diyroomdecor #bedroommakeover #purpleaesthetic #aestheticart #daisy #painting #paintingideas #explorepage #drawingideas #sketchbookideas #artideas #diyhomedecor
Megan is one of my favourite YouTubers. She posts lots of videos of art and craft content. This one looked really fun and easy to do, and I happened to have everything I’d need.
Step 1 – grab a canvas
Step 2 – add a stripe of painters tape
Step 3 – get out your purple mayonnaise
(Spoiler: it’s not mayonnaise. It’s poster paint – also called tempura paint I believe. The bottle it came in broke during delivery.)
Step 4 – paint.
Step 5 – paint a squillion layers cos it’s the wrong type of paint to be using. Get out the heat gun to help dry between layers because you’re impatient.
Step 6 – don’t forget to make a mess and go slightly too far.
Step 7 – peel back tape and realise that the paint seeped through.
Step 8 – pick out some paint pens and swatch to decide what to use.
Step 9 – apply washi tape creating a thick-ish band between the purple and the white.
Step 10 – use paint pen to fill in the thick-ish band
Step 11 – remove washi tape, and realise you still don’t have a nice crisp line.
Step 12 – attempt it by hand, and fail.
Step 13 – give in and get out a ruler.
Step 14 – totally freehand the edges because you’re getting frustrated.
Step 15 – print out a template the right size, and spend a minute or two lining it up.
Step 16 – realise that it’s too big and that thanks to the thick frame you need to have a smaller image.
Step 17 – print a smaller version and tape into place.
Step 18 – use a pointy tool to punch holes at intervals around the image.
Step 19 – rummage through tub of embroidery floss and dig out the colours you need.
Step 20 – start to sew.
Step 21 – stop to pet interrupting cat.
Step 22 – complete the sewing and admire your wall art.
I really enjoyed doing this. It was simple, relatively quick. A nice distraction. And it creates a really effective result. I might do another one at some point soon though. There are a few things I wasn’t happy with.
The poster paint was the wrong paint to use. It cracked everytime I pushed the needle through. Next time I might just use paint pens – the dark purple stripe was fine.
I’ll probably use something thinner to punch the holes too, so I can use thinner thread.
Maybe I’ll use a canvas with more space to sew, get more detail in.
But that’s a future project.