Monday, March 5, 2012

Adoption Map Wall Art {Tutorial!}

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break." -Chinese proverb
My Wall art is inspired by the above proverb. Many of you know that we adopted both of our children from South Korea.  We believe that we were connected with them even before we met them.  The Red Threads were pulling on our hearts brings us together!  

Here is what you will need:
2 canvases
Scrap fabric
Craft Paint
Red embroidery thread and needle
Felt (not pictured)
Here is how you can make it:
1. Paint your canvas your base color.

2. Around the sides of your canvas mark off 1 inch marks.  My tape was 1 inch thick so that is why I used 1 inch marks... if your tape is wider you can use wider marks.

3. Use you marks to tape off your stipes.  I wanted a Chevron look to mine so I put my tape at a slant.  
The ScotchBlue Edge Lock Tape is Magic!  Seriously... I did not need to touch up any of my stripes. I wanted to test this tape out to see if it could live up to the hype... and it can.
I reversed the slant on the other canvas to get the chevron shape.

4. Paint your stripes with your other color. 
 I wanted a distressed look so I did a thin layer with lots of brush strokes. 

5. While the paint is STILL WET, take off the tape.  The ScotchBlue Edge Lock works WONDERFUL for this project.  The lines were crisp!  This tape made this project so much easier!
Look at those beautiful stripes!

6. I used my Silhouette to cut out the shapes of the map.  First I ironed on the Shape Edge interface to the back side of the fabric.  I used the trace feature to make the map shapes and cut them out the fit on to the canvas. 

7. Cut out heart shapes out of red felt and hot glue in the location of the city.

8. Lightly draw a line for the thread to follow.  I made mine with some loops.  It is hard to see my pencil marks so I tried to point them out to you.

9. Thread your needle and sew on the line you drew.  I thought that it was going to be harder then it was.  The needle went through the canvas and paint very well.  When I got to the edge I wrapped the thread around the side and hot glued it to the back to hold it in place. 

All done!

This would make an AWESOME gift for some one who is adopting internationally!

I am linking up with:
Home Stories A2Z
Today's Creative Blog

***Disclosure:  I was supplied with ScotchBlue Edge Lock Painter's tape for free.  However my opinions are 100% honest***


Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

How cute! Both of my kids were adopted too. They're all grown up now, but I bet they would still like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

laxsupermom said...

I love this idea! Filing this away for later. Thanks for sharing.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

What a nice idea! Our oldest two kids are adopted. My daughter especially would love this.

Creative Raisins said...

Oh my gosh what a great piece of art with such heart behind me.

Megan/Brassy Apple said...

always have LOVED this proverb and we have a red thread tugging at our hearts! :)

thank you for linking up on Make it MOnday!!! just love this!

I'll be sharing on the Brassy Apple FB page and twitter too!

Jenni Swenson said...

I didn't know you were from Minnesota! We should have a bloggers get together! Jenni

Katie said...

I love this. It is so cute and also says a statement. I would love for you to share this with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday!

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