Today we’re superexcited to have multitalented artist and designer Jordan Gottsacker guest posting on Fresh American! Annie came across Jordan’s yarn art while on her travels, and immediately fell for her colorfully cheeky dogs and other “counterfeit crochet creatures.” Jordan lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is currently exploring the many facets of interior design. Although the majority of her work is done in computer renderings of architectural spaces, she loves to unwind by delving into the infinite possibilities of color, texture, and technique through art. Contact her through her website www.bananapeppery.carbonmade.com.
This colorful concoction came to life when I was working in a boutique that had a lot of blank wall space after a few of our staple paintings had sold. Instead of continuing the traditional painting-on-canvas technique featured on most of the store’s wall space, I wanted a bold and impactful art piece while working within a small budget. Yarn bombing was becoming a popular trend that I continuously found myself drawn to. Although I seriously lack skills in the knitting department, I improvised and made my own custom canvas into an intricate pseudo–yarn bomb extravaganza!
The yarn wrapping is a simple and therapeutic process that is so forgiving in technique that anyone can do this project! Although it depends on the complexity and size of your silhouette, this project typically takes between three and four hours to complete. The final product is an art piece that can speak volumes in a space. Also, the soft texture and potential for crazy color combinations makes this piece wonderful for a child’s bedroom. Versatility in canvas shape is open to the ends of your imagination; pigs, giraffes, jellyfish—oh, my!
What you’ll need:
- Pencil or other drawing tool
- 1 foam core sheet
- Cutting mat
- X-Acto knife
- 2–3 solid-colored rolls of yarn
- Masking or duct tape
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
How to do it:
1. Draw the silhouette of a jellyfish onto the foam core. Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfect; the yarn will eventually cover any drawing mishaps. My drawing comes out to about 18” x 24” in size.
2. Place the cutting mat on a flat surface and the foam core on top of it. Carefully cut out the jellyfish silhouette with an X-Acto knife.
3. Select one of your yarn rolls. Tape the loose end of yarn roll to the back of your silhouette, keeping the line loose for wrapping purposes.
4. Starting where the base of the tentacle and body meet, begin winding the yarn around in a tight and continuous row. Once you reach the end of the tentacle, cut the yarn and secure with a dab of hot glue. Repeat this process with all of the tentacles.
5. If at any point you want to switch to a different color yarn, cut the yarn you are currently working at a length that reaches the back of the panel. Tape the end of this piece in place and cut off any excess yarn. Follow steps 3 and 4 with your new color selection.
6. Starting at the opening between the two outermost tentacles, work the yarn in sections to cover the body. When the gap between two tentacles is completely filled with yarn, switch over to the next tentacle opening. As in step 4, use a dab of hot glue to secure any loose yarn ends.
7. Fill in all of the remaining white space on the body by wrapping from any point on the body until the woven look you want is achieved. As in step 4, use a dab of hot glue to secure any loose yarn ends.
8. Secure your jellyfish to a wall, stand back, and gasp in delight at its magical power to transform any space!