Goodness it has been quiet around here! I haven’t meant to be away, it is just that I have a million things happening and it is all due now. I still have a ton of projects from CHA to show you, and at the rate I am going, it will be summer before I post them! What has kept me so busy you may wonder? New stamp and die designs for one! Can you believe we are already working on the next release? We do them several months in advance. The other thing… it is a big one… a coloring book! I can’t tell you many details yet, but I am pretty excited to tell you that after CHA a publisher contacted me and asked me to do a coloring book! I am pretty excited and crazy busy trying to get it all done before the end of the month. Now that you know why I have been absent, I will get back to sharing a little project inspiration…
It is no secret that I love vintage things and have a few collections. Vintage art supplies are a real weakness for me. You also know I love making fabric flowers. This fun little decor piece allowed me to combine both of those loves into one fun piece.
I started with a vintage watercolor paintbox. This paintbox is from England and is super used and a bit rusty in places. I love sets worn and used because that means they were used to make art and were treasured.
I created a small cluster of flowers using my Pinked Posies die (leaves are from the Pom Pom Posies set). I die cut the pieces from crinoline and colored them with Distress Spray Stains. I added a bow made from Crinkle Ribbon and dyed with Distress Spray Stains.
I used small pearl stamens for the centers of the small flowers. I found these stamens in the cake decorating section of Hobby Lobby. The pearl stamens are a great supply because you can easily change the color of them with alcohol ink! The center of the large flower is a pearl bead coated in USArtQuest Prills and then colored with alcohol ink. It is the same center that I have promised a tutorial on soon. (Check out my earlier fabric flower making tutorials in the Millinery project gallery.)
I wrapped thread wrapped floral wire around the paint brushes to hold them together. I attached the flowers to the wire. I didn’t want to permanently glue the flowers to the paint brushes if I ever decided to repurpose either one.
I curled the ends or the wires so that they would look like vines growing around the paintbrushes. I think a little curl at the end of a wire is a nice (and cute) finishing touch.
The flower piece is not attached to the paint box either. It just lies on top, again for when I want to use either part again in another project.
What I really like about this project is that it is a simple way to add a handmade touch to your house and to play up fun little collections. Can’t you see something like this sitting on top of a stack of vintage books? So simple and fun!
PS. The ship date for all of my products is April. They will be available at stores worldwide (independents and online) and online at www.spellbinderspaperarts.com!