Raymond Herber is a 70 years old needlepoint artist. He makes several needlepoint-works in a year. The average price of those works is around $100,000.
Yes, needlework is such an expensive art and valued by rich families. It is a very popular form of art that has prevailed for a long period.
Raymond Herber initiated his needlework just as a hobby to use his spare time. And today he is one of few famous needlepoint artists.
The first step to learn needlepoint is to play with needlepoint canvases. You’ll find local needlepoint shops near you. If you don’t, there are many online shops that also supply needlepoint canvases and other kits that you need to start.
Below I’m going to list some of the best needlepoint artists who sell needlepoint canvases and accessories both online and offline.
Needlepoint Online Shops
Local Needlepoint Shops
How to Make Your Own Needlepoint Canvas
You will require a set of items to make a perfect needlepoint canvas. These supplies will help you get the perfect results on your canvas. So, continue reading…
Here is how you will get your perfect painting just by following a few rules and steps.
Below is the list of supplies you need to get for yourself before you begin painting. These items are very important for you because it is not possible to create a painting without the right material.
For this painting, you will need:
- Acrylic waterproof craft paint (the colors of your choice)
- Acrylic craft paintbrushes of different sizes
- A marker or pen, a pencil
- A ruler
- An artist tape
- A semi-transparent tracing paper
- An 18 mesh count canvas
- A design stencil of your choice
How to paint the canvas
Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can paint a needlepoint canvas all by yourself.
1. Make the outline
You need to start by getting a piece of tracing paper. Then you must create an outline for where you want your painting to be. You can use a pencil and ruler to create a box of any size on the tracing paper.
2. Trace your design
From your design stencil, you can now trace out the item you wish to draw. All you need to do is place the tracing paper on your design and trace it out using a pencil. Once you are done tracing the design out with a pencil, you can now trace it using a permanent marker or a pen.
3. Place the canvas on the design
Once you are done tracing, make sure you secure the tracing paper with artist tape. After this, you can place the needlepoint canvas on top of your design. Be sure to place it correctly over the design. Align the edges of the outlined square you first made with the canvas’ vertical and horizontal threads. After this, you can tape the canvas in place too.
4. Tape the surrounding areas
Now you need to take the artist tape and cover the area you are not painting. Mask-off the design region using this tape and secure it in place. The salvage of the needlepoint canvas usually has an orange line. This must either be placed on the left or the right side of the design you are making.
5. Begin painting
Now you can start painting. Take your brushes and your craft paint along with water and a cloth. You need to paint the intersections of the needlepoint canvas first instead of free-flowing the stencil under your canvas. This makes your work of sewing easier and gives you the exact colors you want the threads to be. Follow the intersections that collide with your design. If you accidentally spill some paint over threads, you can cover it up using white paint. You can use as many colors as you want and make your painting vibrant.
6. Let dry
Let your canvas dry for a while. Once it is dry, you can go ahead and remove the artist’s paint from the sides of the canvas. This will give you a clean design free of accidents.
Use the right materials and make sure you are precise with your strokes. Without this, your needlepoint canvas will not look professional at all. It is easy to rectify your mistakes on needlepoint canvas, and you can create beautiful designs on it even as a beginner. Follow the steps through and through and get beautiful results!