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LilyPad Arduino Painted Canvas with music and lights

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This is a project that I created for my Children and Technology class that I am taking in my Masters of Library Science Program. This was one of my first experiences with coding so this was a trial and error process but this instructable should outline my success throughout the process.

My initial inspiration came from pinterest where I saw this canvas painting of song lyrics with lights. I decided to recreate this painting and then add some flair with my LilyPad by making it play the song "From the Inside Out" by Hillsong (the song the lyrics come from) with lights that blink along with the song. The following steps will dictate how I went about creating this and how you can do the same. Below you can download the video of the finished product (it is a little dark so that you can see the LED's lighting up through the canvas).

Step 1: Materials

Electronics Materials:

    LilyPad Arduino Simple board - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10274
    6 white LilyPad LEDs - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10081
    Li-Po battery - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/731
    Conductive thread - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10867
    LilyPad FTDI basic - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10275
    Mini-USB cable
    FTDI driver (http://arduino.cc/en/main/software) and Arduino IDE (http://arduino.cc/en/main/software) should be installed on your computer

Crafting Materials
    Canvas (I used 14x18, but any size you are comfortable working with is good) - make sure to get the stretched canvas that has the wooden frame so there is room for the LilyPad on the back
    Acrylic paint - I got a 2oz bottle of each color and it was plenty
    Paintbrushes - preferably a sponge once for painting the whole canvas and then a very thin one for tracing letters
    Tape (or some way to attach the thread, LilyPad, etc.)
    Needles (this should come in the kit) - you will need them for connecting the thread and also for poking holes in the canvas
    Song inspiration (you are going to need the sheet music of whatever lyrics you are using)
 
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This is very cool! I'd love to see a picture of it lit up in the dark!