Its interesting how different things can trigger a new idea. I recently saw an embroidery book and it gave me the idea to add embroidered flowers to splattered acrylic paint. I used to enjoy doing embroidery, but had put that hobby aside as I pursued other interests. It hadn’t occurred to me to combine it with splattered paint until I saw a book by Kazuko Aoki.
When I saw the cover of “The Embroidered Garden” by Kazuko Aoki it reminded me of my splattered paint flower art. I wondered if it would work to add embroidered flowers to splattered acrylic paint. It did! My embroidery skills aren’t quite as exquisite as Kazuko Aoki’s but I am happy with my finished piece.
- Starch a piece of good quality muslin or cotton fabric. Cut it larger than the finished size you desire.
- Cover your fabric with a piece of paper that has an opening cut out the size you want your embroidered design. Tape it in place so it won’t move.
- Splatter acrylic paint using the methods outlined here.
- After the paint dries remove the paper and place your fabric in a hoop centering your splattered paint design.
- Start adding embroidered flowers and leaves in a random natural pattern. I used three strands of DMC floss for my flowers. On some flowers I used two strands of a color combined with one strand of a lighter or darker shade of the color to give it some depth.The Art of of Whimsical Stitching and Embroidery Pocket Guide, are a good resource along with The Embroidered Garden.
My Finished Embroidered and Splattered Paint Flower Art!
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