photo by Anastasia Marie
- foam brush
- tissue paper
I’ve been a fan of paper flowers as soon as I saw them for the first time. I always told myself that one day I would attempt to make some just like Martha Stewart, but after years and years, I still haven’t quite made the time. I remember almost buying a book on how to make paper flowers, but in the end putting it back on the shelf saying to myself, “Maybe later …”
Paper flowers or no, at least I have made tissue flowers. They don’t have quite the same look, but they are just as fun and so much faster to make.
My latest creation was fringe blooms on painted paintbrushes.
Here’s the how to:
1. Take your foam brush and randomly apply thin layers of various colors of paint on your paintbrushes. This really only looks good when you have the natural uncoated wood paintbrushes. Let them dry completely.
2. In the meantime, cut strips of tissue paper about 1.5″ inches wide, varying the length of each set of six strips so you can make both small and large flowers.
3. Give the strips some fringe action with your scissors, leaving about half an inch uncut from the end.
4. Roll the six tissue strips together; make sure to interchange the colors for some texture.
5. Insert the dry paintbrush through the middle, pinch the end of the tissue flower, and secure onto the paintbrush with tape.
6. Wrap a piece of tissue paper around the taped portion to hide it, and secure it with a dab of glue.
7. Ruffle the flowers up a bit and place in a glass jar and you’re ready to go!
Although we have a few days of summer left, autumn will be here before we know it. Days are already getting shorter, and golden harvest hues and warm amber light are here to remind us that fall is just around the corner. Leaves will soon be gold and red and ready to rake, nature will soon give us a spectacular show of color and richness.
Let’s welcome September with a round-up of autumn-themed DIY projects, shall we?
I’ve mentioned before that my favorite insect is a butterfly. I see them as ballerinas of the insect world, graceful in flight and seemingly light as a feather. I’m happy to present you with a roundup of creative and colorful butterfly DIYs with which to adorn your home or yourself if you’re keen on being a butterfly queen for Halloween in a couple months or if you have little ones who want to be a unique butterfly princess.
Photo by Anastasia Marie
- blank sheet of white rough paper
- oil paints (or a paint that is easily smear-able)
- scrap paper with straight edges
- camera + Photoshop (or other graphics editing program like gimp)
- smooth white paper
I’ve been doing some painting in my studio lately. I’m putting together a new set of notecards for my shop, and I while I was at it, I put together a post for you on how to mass-produce your own painted cards.
The print I’m going to show you is one of my “play” designs as I was learning how oil paints work. But it turned out pretty fun, nonetheless.
Step 1: Squeeze a bit of paint on top of your paper and smear that paint down your page with your scrap paper. Change out your colors and repeat the process until you get your rainbow. The rougher your paper, the more textured your painting will look.
Step 2: Snap a few shots of your painting (from up above) with a good digital camera. Make sure your lighting is plentiful; it helps to turn off all fluorescent lights and place your painting right next to natural light coming in through a window.
Step 3: Import your images into Photoshop and adjust the colors and white balance as desired. Choose the best one.
Step 4: Create a file in Photoshop or InDesign in the size of card you want. Place your image as desired, and print on super smooth white paper. And just for fun, you can download and print my version of the card here if you’d like!
If for you summer means hitting the local beach and collecting shells, sea glass and driftwood or if you’re willing to bring the beach inside, we have found 8 DIY projects to keep your hands busy all August long.