I have a deep appreciation for burlap and I have pined countless projects involving burlap. One of the projects I have seen over and over is an adorable picture of something burlap, with the description: "paint letters on burlap using Sharpies = super easy and super cute!" Well, just like my Sharpie on the Dollar Store mug fail, this was totally not as easy as you would think. First off, burlap is a rough material. Because of this, it makes it very difficult to draw on and fill in all the holes.
I started with a regular Sharpie marker which barely made a dent. I graduated to some IKEA water based paints that I stole out of my kid's craft supplies. The paint actually worked the best, but was still slow going. I used the last remains of a Sharpie paint pen, but when it ran out I gave up. I later purchased a Sharpie oil based paint pen to fill it in a little, but I never successfully found an easy option! Maybe my task was too large. I was going for that cool, subway art styled collage look that is so popular right now. Maybe one letter on a pillow case would have been easier...
What started as a regular printed picture in a frame, had long been replaced by a piece of material I found attractive.
I removed the material and replaced it with burlap, securing in place with Duct Tape along the outer edges (yes, the only color I had on hand was hot pink!)
I hesitated for a moment and considered leaving it like this, but decided not to be lazy and got the iron out to eliminate these wrinkles.
Since I planed on painting free-hand, me genius idea was to tape this piece of yarn across the picture as a guide. It worked pretty well! The other thing I did was type up a draft of what I wanted in a Pub document to refer to.
As you can see, I did a rough outline of everything first, then began the loooong process of filling everything in. Sit back and bunker down, this will take some time and may cause intense hand crampage.
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