Well, its the middle of June.. and is it summer yet? erm, not in Blackpool anyway!!!!
Still, the flowers are out in my studio, and I know that because I made them! Today is the first of a two part project. I’ve made exactly the same piece, twice. Once with a natural rustic look, and again using colourful paint techniques to show how your colour theme choices can make a huge difference to the look of your finished piece.
First up is ‘Au Natural’……
A home decor flower display, using driftwood discs, rusty wire and acetate. Add in some bamboo bbq skewers and a childs wooden block, a dash of paint and ink and you’re all set!
To begin, bend a length of wire into a flower shape. I’ve chosen a five petal flower, but it really doesn’t matter. Don’t worry about the ‘mess’ of wire in the centre, as this will be hidden…
Use this shape as a template, and draw around it onto some acetate…..
I’ve now stamped some dots onto the flower using gold paint. You can decorate the acetate how you want!
Once the paint is dry, cut out the shape. Remember to cut inside the lines so you don’t have black marker all over the finished petals!
Take driftwood disc, the wire flower and the acetate shape, and glue them all together in a sandwich! I’ve used hot glue for this.
For the stems of the flowers, I’ve wrapped rusty wire around a bamboo skewer. These are in all the supermarkets at the moment, so stock up whilst you can! Strong kitchen scissors will snip off the skewers to the desired length.
Next, glue the stem to the flower head.
I’ve used a wooden building block as my base. The edges were swiped with some brown ink just to take away the bright pine colour, then the flower stem glued in place. Remember to hold the stem upright until the glue hardens, and don’t worry about using lots of glue as it will be hidden later!
Repeat this for all three flowers. I’ve tried to have a variation in sizes in my flower heads just for a bit of interest. Once all three flowers have been glued to the base, add in some more driftwood discs to hide all the glue, and to give more texture to the base.
That’s it! Very simple, but very effective. Don’t forget to come and look tomorrow, when I’ll show you the multicoloured version, and you can decide which you like best!!
Love Trish xxxxx