Punch Art

A new method of art I have started was Punch Art. It’s really simple, and all you need are a few supplies: cardstock, high gauge needle with a tapered point, sewing needle, cardboard, thread, and tape.

I needed something to encourage me to finish writing my dissertation recently and I had a ton of thread from all of my cross stitching projects so I thought why not put a collage up of words! I bought a set of cardstock 6″ X 6″ pieces of paper. Then I found a font that I liked: Broadway. I googled words that were encouraging and insightful: Learn, Laugh, Focus, Live, etc.

From there I printed the words out, punch their outline into the cardstock with the high gauge needle, and sewing the words together. It’s so easy, the hardest part is punching the outlines for you need to stay as similar in space to each hole as possible. Also, when you start a new piece of thread, tape the end to the back of the cardstock so it will stay and not be loose.

I used thread that faded into different colors for I didn’t want the designs to be monotone, and I also matched the shades to what I characterized the word to be. When you think of “Dream” I think of the shade of blue, etc. Now, when I look at these words framed, the colors go hand in hand with the theme of the word they are to represent.

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Let me know if you have any questions!

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