July 21st, 2010
Yarn painting is a fantastic way to craft with yarn without knitting or crocheting. Most famously practiced by the Huichol people of Mexico, yarn painting is a simple way to create beautiful art. All you have to do is adhere the yarn to a background surface. For my yarn art, I printed out Andy Warhol’s famous painting of Marilyn Monroe. To make the background a bit sturdier, I used cardstock instead of regular paper. Next, I cut strips of yarn and glued them one by one to my picture. The result is a fun little portrait where the yarn imitates paint strokes.
Yarn painting doesn’t just have to be portraits. You can mix colors to create an abstract piece, or you can make basic outlines to help children learn shapes. You can learn more about traditional yarn paintings by clicking here.