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Texture Painting With Yarn


Yarn Painting - lead image

This post contains affiliate links. Maia and I painted with yarn dipped in liquid watercolors yesterday, which was so much fun!

Yarn painting is one of the projects from MaryAnn Kohl’s book, Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff.

Yarn Paint - Art With Anything Each two-page spread in the book has five different activities using one everyday material such as salt, sand, egg cartons, cotton swaps, plastic wrap, puzzle pieces, rain, newspaper, aluminum foil, or cardboard tubes.

The idea is to do the five projects in order over the course of a week. We’ve been doing the yarn week, albeit out of order, and have tried a couple of other projects from the book as well.

How To Make A Textured Yarn Painting



Step #1) Add Paint.

This yarn painting project called for tempera paint, which would be awesome too, but we decided to try it with liquid watercolors instead. In fact, you can do yarn painting with most paints, so feel free to experiment!

Yarn Painting - beginning

Step #2) Apply Yarn.

We dipped our yarn in the paint, then swirled it around our paper.

Painting with Yarn and Liquid Watercolors

And dribbled with it.

Yarn Painting - using yarn

Then printed with it by pressing the yarn on the paper and moving it around.

Yarn Painting - printing

We really loved this process, so we each made several paintings!

I think the finished product is as beautiful as the yarn painting process was fun.

Yarn Painting - finished

By the way, you can follow MaryAnn on her Facebook page. She has fabulous process art ideas!

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    June 23, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hi, This looks great. We shall try this. What paper did you use with the watercolour paint?

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    Childhood Magic
    June 23, 2010 at 8:36 am

    so fun!

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    Welcome To Our Wonderland artist
    June 23, 2010 at 10:15 am

    that book looks awesome have to see if our library has it!
    crumbs just checked it doesn’t :( so bummed!
    we are doing a bunch from her The Big Messy Art Book! Can’t wait to post pictures

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    The Artful Parent
    June 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    We used watercolor paper, but any paper would work. Thicker paper such as watercolor paper, poster board, or cardstock would work better than thinner paper.

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    The Artful Parent
    June 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Can’t wait to see your pics! It’s a brand new book, so the library might not have it, but you can always ask them to order it.

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    June 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Very cool!

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    June 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    We have the book as well, pre-ordered it (per your blog of course!). M has enjoyed looking at all the pages and picking out what we’re going to do. We did the wrapping paper page the other day and cut out clothes to paste onto people drawn on paper (although we cut people out of cardboard). Simple, but really fun! Love that M looks through the book and gets excited about the different projects she sees. We’ll try the yarn painting soon, can’t wait.

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    The Orchard
    June 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    That book looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing the book and the ideas about the blog.

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    Welcome To Our Wonderland:my 2 artist's
    June 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I’ll be posting them on my free micro typepad till i decide if i want to pay for typepad :)
    also Mary Ann Kohls site offers the first week free on her site:
    I gotta find this book I want to review it for my Blogger blog!
    Her String art is soo pretty we are going to try it next week!

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art author
    June 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    If you’d like to own a copy and you are interested in a special price on the book, “Art with Anything”, go to my blog and take advantage of the 25th anniversary special.
    Go here — it would involve writing a check:
    I’ll have it on my website soon, too, with PayPal options…not quite up yet. The special is through July 30.
    This offer has not been released to the public yet, other than through my blog. If I run out of books, the offer will close.
    I love how the yarn painting turned out. Liquid watercolors are the BEST PAINTS in the WORLD!!! I get mine from Discount School Supply. By the way DSS is having a 10% off anything sale that ends June 27th. You can use my keycode if you want PWA1132 so that you can enjoy the discount.
    ~ Happy Creating!
    MaryAnn Kohl

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    June 24, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Hi, This is such a cool art project. I will try it with my art playgroup. By the way, what type of art paper do you normally use with your art playgroup?

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    June 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    i ordered this book a few days ago on amazon… cannot wait for it to arrive!

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    The Artful Parent
    June 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Different papers depending on the project:
    For watercolor projects I use this watercolor paper: You can also do any painting projects (like tempera) on watercolor paper, but it’s more expensive than other paper so you might not want to.
    We also buy this heavyweight (80 lb) white sulfite paper and use it for drawing, painting, and collage projects:
    And many times I’ve purchased large sheets of poster board from Target for 33 cents each and cut them down to smaller pieces for the kids to paint on.
    And, for a free option, you can ask a mat and frame shop to save their mat remnants for you. They are thick and great for painting or collage.
    Hope this helps!

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    August 2, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Mam i have put ur link here

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    June 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Lovely website!

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    Jurrien Collins
    July 8, 2020 at 1:30 am

    I’ve been meaning to string paint for some time. My kids love alternative ways to paint and this one seems like so much fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

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