2b. Using a Sharpie, trace the projected painting image onto the posterboard.
Your tracing marks will be used as a guide for cutting out shapes, and later for
yarn placement in details such as the violin and cello on my Vardi piece.
2c. Because I used 3 layers, I traced only the background on the first posterboard piece, then the halo backgrounds on the second piece, and finally, the
musicians themselves on the third. Use your own stylistic judgment in places
that seem ambiguous. For example, on the background layer, I connected lines
that were covered up by the musicians, and I left out some of the lines that
were not necessary on the cello. After all, this is your rendition.
3. CUT OUT YOUR PATTERNS
Using scissors, cut along your trace
lines to create patterns for your fabric.
Because you’ll be using each pattern
piece for a different fabric, take care
not to create pieces too small for the
fabric to wrap around. For smaller
details, such as those on the musicians’ eyes, leave them intact for yarn
4. PAINT YOUR PATTERNS WITH FABRIC
For each cutout pattern, choose your
desired color/texture of fabric, place
it upside-down on your work surface,
then place the pattern face down on
the fabric, using double-stick tape to
keep it in place. Trace a border on the
fabric approximately ½" inch beyond
the pattern on all sides and cut out
the fabric piece.
NOTE: To prevent
confusion, you may
want to make a note
of which color fabric
you’ll use on the back
of each piece.
5. ASSEMBLE THE PUZZLE
5a. Place the fabric-covered pattern pieces on the foamboard canvas to assemble your painting. Because the
fabrics have different thicknesses, there may be small gaps or slight overlapping when you put the pieces back
together. Don’t worry! The small flaws will be covered when you border the pieces with yarn, etc. Just be sure
that the outside edges of the painting pieces are in line with the foamboard as much as possible.