Tuesday, June 13, 2023

VIDEO: Coloring Book Paper Piecing, Discount Code & a Fine Art Cross Stitch Pattern!

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I haven't had a weekend in a while - work has been bleeding over - and I also haven't been on a vacation in a long time, and I needed a break from my routine, so I decided to try my hand at something I've wanted to do for a long time - designing a cross stitch pattern. So more on that in a bit.

Today I'm headed back to my Crafty Rewind series - helping you get more out of products you've already bought instead of showing something new.

So we are rewinding to almost exactly a year ago when this BEAUTIFUL lighthouse die was released. I combined that with this stunning coloring book and black and white cardstock with a few tips in the video below. 

Oh - and before I forget - 

20% off anything at Glassboard Studio  - UNDERSTANDBLUE.
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off at Sweet Sentiment with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
5% off at LBC here with code LYDIA5
Arkon Mounts -  - 20% off sitewide with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
Bujo/journaling supplies - 10% off with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
10% off everything at Acorns & Twigs with code UNDERSTANDBLUE

Here's the video:

Okay - so here was my idea for the cross stitch patterns. I was looking at these stitch cards, and to me, they look like picture frames. So that led me to thinking about art and treating them like a little canvas. 

I started by coloring the card black with an OLO marker. You'll see variations on this as I do more.

I also wanted it to have a soft, impressionist look, so I didn't do any back stitching. When I hold it at arm's length, the detail's of the painting pop out from the soft color variations I used.

I'm not going to lie - this was a really hard process! I have a new appreciation for the people who make patterns!

Here's what it looks like stitched - one of my favorite paintings in the world - Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring. It's going to look so cute in a little mini art gallery on a wall!

This painting also inspired the Hero Arts set!

So if you want to give it a try, you can purchase the pattern here!

If you're a member on Patreon, you can get this pattern for free - email me for a coupon!

What do you do to break up YOUR routine when there's too much work and not enough play?


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