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Week Two Painting A Patchwork

Hannah Dunnett painted patchwork blog post featured image

Painting a Patchwork

In this post we are going to be looking at painting a patchwork.

The idea behind this task is to help you experiment with 3 things:

  1. Colour
  2. Words
  3. Patterns

We are going to take a plain piece of paper and sketch curved lines across it to create a “grid” of curved lines as shown below:

Hannah Dunnett painted patchwork outline

You can do this yourself or, if you prefer you can download and print off the template below:

Hannah Dunnett painted patchwork template

Experimenting with Colour

Once we have sketched out the patchwork we are going to look at how to add the colour.
This can be achieved in a number of ways.
You can choose to use as many different colours as you would like to fill the space.
In the example below I have filled each of the spaces with lots of different colours to build up contrasting patches:

Bright coloured painted patchwork example

On the other hand you could choose to work using one spectrum of colour.
In the example below I have used blues and greens:

Blues and Greens painted patchwork example

Adding The Words

The second part of the task is to experiment with words and text.
I have pulled together verses from various Psalms and written them into the different patchwork sections.
This is quite a good challenge as it can be quite tricky to fit the words into the different sections.
You might want to “doodle” it first, sketching out some pattern and word ideas:

Words patchwork example

You can vary the size of the words and also curve them around in different shapes.
If you have a bit of space left in a square you can always fill it in with a pattern of some sort. There are lots of ways in which you can play around with the words.

In this example below, I have written the verse, “The earth is full of His unfailing love” (Psalm 33:5).
I had quite a bit of space left in the section and so decided to write the word “love” in big letters to fill up the space:

Unfailing love text example

Here are the verses that I have included in the pictures.
I hope they give you a good starting point to work from:

Painted Patchwork Bible verse suggestions

Playing with Patterns

The last aspect of this task is to have fun experimenting with the use of different patterns.
You can really let your imagination run with whatever patterns you can come up with.
In this example below I have used circles and wavy patterns to give a water-like feel.

Watery painted patchwork example

In this example, I have used more of a floral theme in my patterns.

Flowery painted patchwork example

The patterns can be straight lines, jagged lines, wiggly lines – basically anything that you like to “doodle”.

I hope you have fun trying out using colour, experimenting with text in spaces and having fun with different patterns.

As always, we would love to see anything you come up with so please do send it through to us via email, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.