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Saturday, February 6, 2010
TUTORIAL: Yarn Painting
Here's the other activity that we taught at the 4-H Idea Fair last weekend: Yarn Painting.
Here's the supplies you will need:
Yarn (different colors & textures, pre-cut in various sizes) Scissors Pencils White Craft Glue Cardstock (various colors - regular paper gets too wet and sags and tears) Wipes
STEP ONE Have the kids select their cardstock and gather a pile of yarn in colors and textures that they like.
STEP TWO We had some pencils on hand and a few kids wanted to draw an image first, but most of them were comfortable with just creating their design with the glue first.
"Draw" a small portion of your picture with the glue and then start "tracing" the glue with the yarn. It is important to do a steady, thick stream of glue - not gloppy but not thin and dashed either. Stick the starting point of your yarn down firmly and gently use one hand to lay the yarn on the glue and the other hand to gently pat the yarn down as you go.
Try not to get your fingers too goopy as the yarn will obviously stick to your hands. That is where the wipes come in handy. Keep adding to your picture, a bit at a time so that you don't have your yarn trailing through your glue design. And cut off the yarn if it is too long for that particular design.
STEP THREE LET IT DRY! Yep, it's that easy. The glue will dry clear and some of the yarn takes on the texture of twine. Wanna see some more cool pictures of what the kids did?
Cute Creatures: (This chicken is Lil' Mermaid's)
Detailed Dedication: (The tank is Hot Rod's.)
Okay, so I'm tooting my own horn a bit - the last four photos are from the samples that my dear girlfriend, Michelle, and I made the night before the class. :-) I must thank her because she came over to visit and I roped her into cutting miles of yarn and string and then told her we needed to make samples. She was totally game and created the beautiful yarn painting at the top, of the flowers growing in the sun. I have cool friends. And luckily they're usually up for anything!
Oh, and actually the final step is the clean-up - or the aftermath, as I like to call it:
Easy, inexpensive, and very, very fun. We hope you enjoy it!
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