How to Make a Yarn Painting

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How to Make a Yarn Painting
Angie Diersman

A yarn painting is a great way to bring new life and texture to the photos you love most. By taking an image, yarn and glue, you can create a hand-crafted art piece that will make your photo come alive.

Supplies
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Supplies

Before gathering all your supplies, it's important to choose an image or photo for your yarn painting. Make sure it has a variety of colors, detail and is in focus.

Supplies: Printed image Yarn to match each section and background Foam core White glue Spray glue Wooden skewers Scissors

Prep Your Image
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Prep Your Image

It’s easier to work on a large surface, so take your image and print it out on a full sheet of paper. You can also enlarge it, print it out on two sheets of paper and tape together. Once you have your printed image, lay it face down on newspaper and use spray glue to cover the entire surface.

Mount Your Image
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Mount Your Image

Mount your image to a piece of foam core. The foam core should be larger than the image so you have a good work surface. This will also come in handy if you want to frame your piece. If needed, it can be trimmed down when finished.

Start with the Outline
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Start with the Outline

Using white glue, trace around a small section where you want the yarn to lay. Press the yarn down with a wood skewer as you go. When you get to the end, cut the yarn with sharp scissors.

Continue the Outline
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Continue the Outline

Continue the outline, switching colors as needed. It’s best to outline the entire image and allow to dry for an hour before moving on to the next step. This prevents the yarn from moving around.

Fill in the Sections
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Fill in the Sections

Once the outline is finished, you can start filling in each piece. Apply glue and lay the yarn around the inside edge and work to the center. You can wrap the yarn around so it’s continuous or you can cut small pieces to fit into tight spaces. Only do one section at a time so the glue doesn’t dry before you get to it.

Yarn Techniques
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Yarn Techniques

For something that has sharp lines or edges, cut the yarn into small pieces instead of wrapping. A great example is the orange center of this flower.

Background Outline
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Background Outline

When you’re finished filling in each piece, it’s time to work on the background. Start by laying yarn along the edge of the outline. Build it out one line at a time.

Divide the Background
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Divide the Background

Dividing the background into small sections will add more interest and texture. Gradient yarns work great if you need to show a variety of colors.You can also add a border to give your piece a finished look.

Finished Yarn Painting
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Finished Yarn Painting

Your yarn painting is complete! Hang it as is or frame it to highlight it even more.

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