What started it all...
This was inspired by another Pinterest viewer, of which I've tried desperately to track down, I'm in the works though!-- The search comes to an end!! Thank you, CANDICE for such a beautiful and fun craft!! I have loved seeing all of the flowers that others have come up with :)
This is quite an easy project and it cost me a total of $13! I went to Michael's and bought the following:
-1 12x16 inch canvas $5.99 (with 40% off coupon, originally $9.99)
-1 Artist's Loft 4 oz acrylic grey paint $3.99 (I used the excess on this project)
-5 pieces of scrap book paper $3 total
I had the following:
-Mini hot glue gun and glue sticks (Michael's has these for about $3)
-Foam paint brushes (Michael's has these for about $1.50)
-Mod Podge (Please read reader comments before using)
1) Paint your canvas. Put the paint in a disposable container and paint it on, it will be see through at this time. Before you add a second coat, you must let it dry completely or it'll come off when you brush over it.
2) While your first coat is drying, cut a 2 inch wide strip off the bottom of each of your scrap book papers. Don't measure these cuts, just eyeball them.
3) Then cut that strip into 2-3 inch rectangles.
4) Starting at one corner of the square make a curved cut to the opposite corner.
5) And back again.
6) Ta-da you have a leaf now! Repeat this process and make them smaller and larger... I found that I made too many large ones (over 3 inches) and had to scale them down later.
7) Once you have a good sized pile of them, add your second coat of paint to your canvas. Remember to paint the edges too!
8) Let your canvas dry completely (I watched a movie). And begin to lay the leaves out starting with your center circle. (You can follow my picture below to get you started).
9) As you lay them out you might have to trim some leaves smaller or cut other larger ones. If you look closely I started with smaller leaves and as I worked my way out I used larger ones.
10) Now comes the fun part (sarcastism). Carefully pick up the center circle and stick some hot glue on it and put it back. Work your way out doing the same things on the leaves. When it gets to the edge wrap it over.
IMPORTANT: Use Mod Podge wisely, I did not use Mod Podge because I liked the matte finish. One reader used it and said it ruined it because of the canvas. However, another reader used it and said it came out just fine. I would test the Modge Podge, (maybe on a side corner) before painting over the whole thing.
I'd love to see your creations and hear your comments so send 'em my way!!
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