I started by drawing out the Silhouette with a fabric pen. Tip: when you use the fabric pen and have something you want to erase, simply spray it with water and blot - the pen mark disappears.
Once I had the drawing the way I wanted it, I painted a light underpainting to ensure the Silhouette was really going to look like I wanted it. Then started with a dark brown (to better match my living room decorations). This is where I had to switch directions: I couldn't get the acrylics to spread evenly on this type of material so - I worked with it, worst case scenario, I do it again - no big deal. :-)
While I was painting, Em was also painting. We like to turn on Pandora radio and dance to the music and paint.
She and I painted for about an hour without realizing it, I stepped back from my painting and was shocked by what I saw.
She was really shaping up to be something better than I expected! The under-painting became the highlights. This is where I had to stop the first night because it was the kids bed time.
The next night we were all back to painting and I was almost done, just had to finish the flower and then add some contrast strokes around the primary painting.
Em was working on a new painting. :) I think she has potential - she's not even 3 and has the ability to focus for an hour on painting!
Finished the painting.
I waited a couple of days to ensure the paint was dry before I applied a Liquitex Soluvar Varnish to protect the painting against dust.
I could've stopped here, but I really wanted to make the pillow stand out, and what better way than to accessorize, with some Stretch Magic and Beads I bought at Hobby Lobby. :-)
With a needle that has an eye large enough for the Stretch Magic, I tied several knots to ensure it didn't come through the material and pulled the needle through from the back. Once the Stretch Magic was through the material I removed the needle to add on the beads.
As I was building the necklace I took another needle with brown thread and loosely looped stitched around the Stretch Magic so the necklace would lay as though it were on a person.
The back of the fabric looked like this.
A little extra precaution: to ensure the knots didn't come through the material, I took a small piece of cardboard, cut some slits in it and slipped the Stretch Magic through.
The earring and necklace are in place. Then I added the piping and sewed it all together.
She brings elegance to wherever she sits, like all ladies in pearls do.
Note: If I had a Silhouette Cameo Cutter, this project would've been a snap! (cut out the Silhouette and use it as a template to spray paint on the Silhouette, then embellish). I would love to hear if you've been able to do this with a Silhouette Cameo Cutter (I've been debating whether to buy one).