I love making gifts. Here’s one I made for a girlfriend of mine.
For the image I used watercolor pencils— which I love because you can draw fine lines. And honestly I don’t know anything about watercolor technique. So these let me be precise, and get the nice color.
After I’ve penciled it and gone over it with a water brush to fill in the color, I use a black Sharpie to darken the lines and keep it defined.
I cut strips of cloth. In this case I also knew that I envisioned this work for my girlfriend’s kitchen, so I made sure I knew the color of her kitchen walls (yellow) and chose my fabric colors accordingly. I used the zig-zag stitch on the brown fabric pieces with another color thread (yellow) for more color and contrast.
Then I glued the whole image on the wood and then glued the individual color fabric strips on as well. I used wood– because my husband is a carpenter and can produce me one to my measurements in a flash. But a store bought canvas would also work. Then, presto. (Well it does take time!) But the result: something fun. Something lovely. From one heart to another.