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.


  1. I love that! It is beautiful Scarlett! Especially the stitches in the hair. Thanks for sharing! ~sue

  2. 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.

  3. holly osborn

    love both of these you are amazingly talented
    love you

  4. 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.

    • 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!

  5. How fab! I love the colors and all the details you outlined~
    She looks beautiful before n’ after 😀

  6. Gorgeous!

  7. Your altered photos with the stitching are so unique and clever and beautifully done. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts…

  8. 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

  9. That’s pretty amazing. I love your ideas so much. Hope all is well.

  10. 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.

    • 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!!!

  11. 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.

  12. Sandy Keroack

    Love this – especially the spiral garden and the cupcake liners made into Angels!

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