Monday, September 27, 2010

Painted and Embroidered Mini's

I wanted to use that paint embroidery combo again but this time on framed canvas.

These are my Autumn leaves.....

 I painted the canvas first and then embroidered on the detail.
The kids wanted to get in on the act so yesterday we spent a great afternoon creating our little masterpieces.

I bought little framed canvases at the dollar store...I think it was $2 for a pack of 3.  They measure 6 x 6 inches square.

We lightly sketched out our design in you can see my son uses a heavy hand like most kids with the pencil, the paint covers most of it.

We then began painting our background in.

Make sure to paint the sides as well as we won't be framing these guys.

We used acrylic paints for good coverage.

When you are finished let dry.

Then we started to can go over outlines, add texture stitching, or even add extra embellishment.

  The frames made it very easy for the kids to embroider as it is much like having a hoop.  I was surprised that the canvas was quite durable and we had no rips due to pulling too hard.

I think the boys did a great daughter is still embroidering her starfish..she's adding lots of detail.

and I'm quite pleased with the leaves.

We also had a family birthday over the weekend and I thought I show you how we wrap presents.  I place the item to be wrapped in a leftover plastic shopping bag and the wrap it in plain kraft paper.     I then paint it.  I try to involve the kids but this time they were too busy embroidering.
That's it.....we'll see you next time.


  1. I love your projects, thanks for the inspiration. I have been looking for ways to keep my kids involved in art.

  2. Hi Gail ~ I'm one of those follower/readers of your blog that never leaves a comment, but I wanted to tell you how much I love this project you have posted! LOVE the look of the painted canvas with the embroidered texture. I am very inspired by this!!! Your packaging is adorable too!

    Love your blog and your projects! Keep on blogging! :o)

  3. May I join your family? I want to be one of your kids. What a fun mom you are. These embroidered paintings are fabulous. Your kids will thank you one day for being so creative with them. I love your leaves, they are so beautiful.

  4. Great! Canvas embroidery and wrapping paper,can't say what amazed me most!

    It waill be our next project.

    Thanks for sharing, Gail!

  5. Love the paint with the embroidery!!

    Your beautiful tree weaving project is in this month's Family Fun Magazine!! I was getting ready to email their editor and tell it is wasn't cool to steal your ideas without giving credit to you until I saw the teeny-tiny printing on the sidebar that credits you with the idea for the project. The girls and I were planning to make some this fall -- I have a vision of 4 seasons of woven trees made by me and the girls to hang somewhere in the house.

    Congrats on having such a great project featured. Now you should add it to your sidebar "Featured on... Family Fun Magazine"!!

    (pink and green mama)

  6. Love the embroidered canvases!! The autumn leaves are gorgeous and the added texture is very cool. I may have to try this with my 5th graders especially as all the gorgeous fall colors are just starting here in the smokys.
    thanks gail!
    -Christine in ashevill

  7. those are just gorgeous. why oh why can't you live in my city and give art classes for kids??? (whine) :-)

  8. This is just cool. I love the idea. Thanks for triggering some ideas about combining different art techniques.

  9. Thanks everyone, I'm glad you like this as much as I do. It's my "new" favorite technique.
    pink and green momma: I did add it to my sidebar but I waited until the mag was out here in Canada, thanks for watching out for me! I love the 4 tree idea.

  10. I love this - we always paint on canvases and embroider, but not together in my kindergarten class. Must try!!!

  11. this is extra ordinary smart...very nice!!!!love it...

  12. I LOVE these! Wow--Just found your site and have been browsing all over! Love love love your ideas. Thank you for sharing! With this project--do you have any advice on what kind of thread/string/yarn to use? I know it's not quite thread or yarn, but something in between. I'll try to find something similar, but was curious if there was a term for it. Thank you again!