Saturday, November 13, 2010
What Else Can I Do With this Wildflower Pattern?
I began to wonder what else could I do with this project to make it more versatile, which we all know that painters and crafters are so good at doing. My daughter, who loves hiking and camping in the back country, wanted a photo album painted with wild flowers for her birthday. I used the flowers in this piece as the border and painted a young lady with her backpack holding a map as the centerpiece. It was truly lovely and unfortunately didn't have a chance to get a photo of it prior to giving it to her. I just used a larger sized album that I purchased from Creative Memories, I think that it was 12"X15", and this size gave me a nice sized canvas area to paint on. Now my daughter can save all of her backpacking memories in this album.
I also thought that maybe it would be nice to have summer even in the cold winter months and painted these flowers on glass ornaments to give for Christmas gifts. I personally love nontraditional ornaments on my tree and thought that these were a great idea. I sat down one afternoon and within 2 hours had painted 2 dozen ornaments. I've also painted these on my old standby of cards that I've given to friends on their birthdays.
So often we look at a design and are put off by it because we don't own the brush that the artist used to paint it. I used two of the Dynasty Butterfly brushes to paint these but have found that you can easily substitute the Dagger brush to paint the Scarlet Paintbrush with outstanding results and a small flat brush to paint the Lupine. I've painted both of these flowers with a variety of brushes and had a great deal of success in fact I used a 1/8" Lettering brush to paint the Lupine recently and loved the result.
When I was demonstrating this project at the Hoot Show in Ohio this year I had a number of ladies mention that "of course I could do these wildflowers I designed them" which made me laugh because they are truly so simple to do if you follow my instructions and look at the color worksheet which I am posting for your information here.
Let me know your thoughts on this project? Does it scare you off because you feel it is too scary or do you feel comfortable giving it a try?