Looking for easy art ideas? Applique patterns make great patterns for painting, paper crafts, and more! What is an applique, you say?
From the Merriam Webster dictionary: an applique is a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material. Quilters decorate quilt tops by fusing and stitching appliques to a base fabric. Fashion designers use them to embellish clothing.
There are tons of applique patterns available! Some are free, others may cost a few dollars. Over all, they are very inexpensive.
Take my “Love Those Shoes!” pattern designs, available for download right here at Janice Holden Designs. Gabrielle – a fun take on Chanel style. Fashionista – disco ready platform pump. Oh La La – a stiletto mule with maribou trim. Over the Rainbow – a sky-high rainbow wedge sandal. I designed these fun, colorful shoes several years ago, when I started designing and painting needlepoint canvases, and they were such a hit! I’ve used them on note cards, in calendars…even Christmas cards.
A few years ago, I decided to focus more on sewing and quilting patterns and “Poof!” they magically transformed into applique patterns that make really sweet pillows, wall hangings, quilt blocks, and more. If you can sew, you can easily follow these patterns to create pillows and wall hangings.
Late last year, I started thinking about other uses for applique patterns, and came up with a pretty good list of easy art ideas. Here are just a few:
- Trace and paint them onto canvases, wooden signs, walls, floors, even furniture and plates
- Create a stencil by tracing the pattern onto stencil plastic and sponge-paint them on all of the stuff above.
- Roll out fondant and use the pattern or stencil to cut out decorative accents for cakes.
- Create banners, table signs and more by tracing on card stock, cutting and assembling pieces.
- What else can you think of?