Recently I was at a big box furniture store with Joe and while he was talking with the sales associate, I wandered over to the decor section, specifically to look at the flower art.
There were wall pieces, bouquets, resin art, metallic and wrought iron art.
There three things that were consistent throughout all the flower art pieces.
- Manufactured from overseas
- They were beautiful
- They were overpriced
I don’t mind paying money for hand-crafted art…but not for something that came off an assembly line and the quality felt like it.
As an artist, we like to tell ourselves that we can make anything right?
But when it comes right down to it, the excuses start to come in:
- I can make that, but I don’t have the right supplies
- I can make that, but it will look like it was made by a kid
- I can make that, but I don’t have the space
- I can make that, but I don’t have the time
Should I go on? Does this sound familar?
For me, the last point always hits home and on my way home I was thinking that if I came up with an excuse of “not having the time”, how can I coach my students into “finding the time”.
Finding the Time to Make Flower Art
What’s funny about the process I’m going to describe to you is that it took more time to write this blog post than it did to create the flower art!
I broke it down into another three points (can you tell I love the number 3?)
- the flower art must be done with supplies you have in your home – no trendy supplies needed.
- have it simple enough that you can do it regardless of your skill level.
- give you a process of staying focused to create this without distractions.
Is your Creativity Worth 30 Minutes?
The Right Supplies: I’ll list out what I used to create this project, but really…all you need is a piece of cardboard, cut to 4″ x 4″. Use food packaging, moving box or upcycle existing art instead. A couple of paints and glue/decoupage/matte medium is all you need to paint and stick things together. I ended up upcycling an background page I created in the Book of Backgrounds that I did not like. You do not need to use the same background, but here’s the link if you wanted to check it out.
The Skill Level: The daisy is probably the easiest to look at for shape.. it’s oval in the middle and surrounded by wonky tear drop shaped petals. The colour is yellow and white.
The Space: This project can be done at the smallest kitchen table or even a TV tray. Do they still make those?
The Time: Although there is drying time involved, this can be done in under 30 minutes. To focus on the project, put on your headphones and play some music from Brain.FM or find some “creative binaural beats” music from YouTube. If your household is a busy one, tell your family that unless it’s an absolute emergency, you are “out of service” from 8-9pm (of course use whatever time is convenient for you). You deserve the time to be creative just for you…so the next time you want to go onto social media, just think how much time you’d have for art…the world won’t come to an end if you take a break from it for 30 minutes.
Ready to try this?
Here’s what I used:
Substrate: Book of Backgrounds #23 or you can use any type of cardboard packaging, cut down to 4″ x 4″
Palette: Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics
- Transparent Red Iron Oxide: PR101 – DMFA41
- Quinacridone Magenta: PR122 – DMFA35
- Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide: PY42 – DMFA42
- Phthalo Green-Blue: PG7 – DMFA24
- Hansa Yellow Light: PY3 – DMFA16
- Raw Umber: PBr7 – DMFA37
Prep, Mediums and Finish:
- DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
- DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20
- Americana DuraClear High Gloss Varnish – DS128
Collage Material: I”m using dictionary paper. You can use magazines or newspaper. Anything with text on it or some type of pattern you like.
Brushes: Synthetic round and bristle brush
- Paper Towels/Baby Wipes
- Palette Paper/Freezer Paper/Tempered Glass
Colour Mixing Notes:
- Viridan can be made with Phthalo Green-Blue and Raw Umber
- Alizarin Crimson can be made with Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Magenta and a touch of Phthalo Green-Blue
So you don’t need to have the latest trendy art supplies, a formal studio or hours of time to create art. Find a subject you like, simplify it, turn off your phone, sit down and make it.
It really is that simple.
Is this flower art project you could try?
Would you consider making this project for someone that lovers flowers and by upcycling existing art at your substrate? I’d love to hear from you, please share your thoughts below in the comments.