Just a quick post to share my excitement with this technique! I love the idea of working with thread but not every student is going to be into the idea of sewing so if you've got any students like this get them to give this a go!
Drawing with thread & pva
what you need:
- embroidery floss (I used black but you can use any colour!)
- pva glue
- a flat plastic surface (I used a paint palette)
- glue stick or brush
1. Pour a layer of pva into your palette (approx. 5mm thick) - you can pour and tilt your palette or push the glue around to make a particular shape that suits your drawing or go right to the edges for an even shape
2. Cut stripes of thread to work with - if your using embroidery floss experiment with separating the 6 strands into different thicknesses so that you can get a range of line in your drawing
3. lay the strands thread into the pva to create your drawing - if you can't get them in the right position use your glue stick or brush to push them into place. You can also create loose threads around your drawing by hanging them outside of the glue area!
note: the threads will start to sink into the pva and will look faint but the glue will dry clear so do not worry!
4. Once you have completed your drawing leave to dry! This could take 24-48 hours depending on the thickness of the glue!
5. Once completely dry carefully peel your drawing away from the palette to reveal!
extension: you could work into your drawing with machine or hand sewing OR cut away areas of glue to leave loose threads
tip: I used a slightly dirty paint palette (you could paint the palette before hand if you wanted more control over this aspect) - the pva will pick up the paint from the surface which can add an interesting effect to your drawing, if you want it to dry clear use a super clean one!
As always we'd love to see anything you create if you followed our instructions!
- Claire ❤