Hello Crafty Friends :)
Samantha here with another garden themed make I would like to share with you.
I don't very often get the urge to use a needle and thread so when I do funny things happen like this sweet little cushion.
I'm not totally sure where the idea for this cushion came from. Our theme for the month is Art Journal Fun - Explore your back yard/garden. I know there isn't technically any journaling but I love the positivity of the 'Let your heart sing' sentiment.
I started my cushion by applying interfacing to the back of some plain white muslin. The interfacing stops the material from falling apart and helps to give the cushion strength and structure. I painted the green grass and blue sky directly on the front of the cushion. I used a stencil to add a little layer of detail to the green grass by painting a light green first and then using the stencil a dark green. I then stamped the sentiment also straight on to the cushion.
The sun and birds and flowers were all stamped separately and after stitching and filling the cushion they were glued and stitched in place along with some sequins for a little sparkle.
I didn't use any specialist paint just normal acrylics did the job.
One of my favourite garden birds is the robin so I used Derwent watercolour pencils to colour my robin as I was a little concerned that paint wouldn't blend on the fabric how I wanted it to.
The stamps I used for my 4in x 4 in cushion are:
Sing Your Song which can be found by clicking here
and Journal Doodles with a Heart which can be found by clicking here
I do hope I have inspired you and wish you a lovely day
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member