Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Birthday Present- Mixed Media

While my mom and brother were here, I had the boys make my mother a birthday present. I was quite pleased with the result, the result being that my mom was thrilled. She had apparently been considering asking me if she could have them when they were complete. We made them right in front of her. In fact, she took the pictures of us working on the project. So, when she opened the package and found out they had been made for her, she was very happy.

First, we stamped images onto burlap. It's better to paint the stamp than to dip it in paint. You're less likely to get paint around the edges of the stamp.



We added detail with markers, if we wanted to. Dominic added shadow to his lizard.



We then did stitching to add texture to the pieces.



I taught them how to do a straight stitch and a backstitch. They chose what would work best with their design ideas.


 Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of this one. It was really cute. He formed quite the attachment to it, and wanted to keep it. My mom didn't get this one. J packed it in his suitcase as soon as he was done with it. I consider that a success, too.

What you'll need for this project:
Burlap
Stamps
Acrylic paint
Yarn
Blunt needles
Markers

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