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I love creating with different items and mixing and matching materials – it makes for such a fun project! I had a blast with this Watercolor Floral Flamingo Embroidery Hoop Art – I combined watercolor with embroidery for a fun 3-d look.
I’m definitely a beginner with watercolor so if I can do this, anyone can! The embroidery really helps to cover up any little oopses and it adds such fun highlights.
I painted this with the new Martha Stewart Watercolor Paint and brushes. It’s an awesome new gel based acrylic watercolor paint that is permanent so unlike traditional watercolors you can use it on all kinds of things – wood, paper, fabric, canvas and more!
You can find these online and at Michael’s, they come in 40(!!) gorgeous colors and they have specifically designed watercolor brushes and new watercolor brush pens! Those are super cool – they have brush tips and you fill the base with water, then you can watercolor paint or do lettering on the go!
They are so easy to use – so let’s get started on the tutorial!
- Martha Stewart® Soft Gel Watercolor Acrylic Paint in an assortment of colors
- Martha Stewart® Watercolor Brush Set – I used the small round for this whole design
- 10″ square of white fabric
- 8″ embroidery hoop
- DMC embroidery floss in coordinating colors
- Flamingo Pattern – for layout
- Helpful Extras: Parchment paper, paper towels, cup for water, paper plate or other palette
Begin by printing out your layout pattern. You can see I didn’t do this exactly, you want a more free form design to get that watercolor look but this will give you placement and size of flowers. Place the pattern on the table, then cover the area with a sheet of parchment paper. This will protect your table. Place the fabric on top of that.
Begin on one side and paint in your flowers. You can use mine as a guideline or you can go wild and paint them however you’d like! You’ll want your brush to be a little wet but not dripping or the paint will spread and the color will bleed a little. If you’ve never done watercolor before, especially on fabric, it will help to practice a bit on some scrap fabric before diving in.
You could also use stencils for the flowers if you’re not comfortable freehanding this to start off – adhesive stencils work great with these watercolors so the paints don’t bleed under the stencils.
Repeat for the flowers on the other side of the design. Try to keep them close to symmetrical in layout. They don’t have to be exactly the same, but you want the flowers about the same size and in the opposite locations.
As your first colors dry, go in and add some highlights and color variations. It’s so fun to mix up different shades and colors!
Paint in your flamingo, with several different shades in the body.
Once your fabric is dry, place the design in an 8″ embroidery hoop.
Using straight stitches, fill in some highlights with coordinating colors of embroidery floss.
Use a mix of colors and shades, similar to what you did in the watercolor.
Finish off the back of the hoop by trimming the fabric around the hoop to about 1/2″ and gluing it to the inside back of the hoop. Add some trim to the hoop – I used this fun burlap bias tape. I think it looks so cute with the watercolor design!
Now you can show off your cute new hoop! I think this would be so fun to do with all sorts of designs – a Monogram, a cute summer theme like a popsicle or even a holiday project.
Have you done any watercolor before? It’s so relaxing and fun to work with! Make sure you check out all the info on the new Martha Stewart watercolors – you can find them exclusively at any Michaels store or at Michaels.com. While you’re there – check out Martha Stewart’s new Marbling Medium – it’s sooo easy to use and really fun! She also has a new Home Decor paint that has a really pretty eggshell finish. There are so many fun new products!
I’d love to see any projects you make up with the watercolors!