Altered Photo With Cross-Stitch (#3)

I brushed over the color copy of my photo with gel matte medium and let it dry overnight, face down, on an 8″ x 10″ framed canvas.  The image came out fairly clear so I didn’t need to do a second transfer like I did on my first one.

After I removed the paper, there was still a small un-printed area at the bottom right of the canvas and I’m not sure why.   It’s a learning process!

After doing a ‘half-face’ photo and a ‘whole face’ photo, I decided I like the look of the half-faces more.  They have a whimsical look that I like.

I took some watercolor pencils and added some color back into the red glasses and her lips…


And also her hair and eyes…

Added some fine detail with a .03 pen…

Then I started adding some stitching…

I was experimenting with using the stitching as texture and pattern instead of only accenting details in the photo.

14 thoughts on “Altered Photo With Cross-Stitch (#3)

  1. I really like this. It’s beautiful. I would have never thought to incorporate the pencils and the stitching. This is why I enjoy your blog so much. Your work is always stunning and such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. My 13 year old granddaughter who is a budding artist will love this. I will have to watch for canvas on sale. I wonder if a stretched piece of twill fabric on stretcher bars would work.

    1. Hi Rose, I think the twill would actually take the transfer better than the canvas! If you try it out let me know how it goes!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this- it really has me intrigued! I’m excited to try it out this weekend, and I have the perfect photo in mind.

    Shine on! Kelley

  4. Oh Scarlett! Your imagination has NO bounds does it. this is Brillant. I love the look of the cross stiching, This is so quirky and brillant at the same time. I love it and can’t wait to try something like this. I am going to be searching pics now for this project.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Ideas.
    Big hug.

    Ps I love the music.

    1. I cannot express how touch I am by your posts… Even though I am not a mom, and just a girl from Argentina, I feel what you are living is amp8;ng&#z230iHoae you continue bringin light and joy to your son’s life as you have been doing =)Is the most valuable and precious thing someone can give to his child!!Lots of love from Argentina!!!

  5. ok, I just scrolled down and looked at all of these. I love doing image transfers and altering too, but yours have a whole different look. I really think these should be sent into Somerset Memories! I think they would flip over them! Or you can write Jana a query.

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