Mother's Day is coming up soon, and May Day even sooner, so I was trying to think of a new and exciting flower-based project. As I was looking around the studio, considering different materials to try, it suddenly occurred to me: Why not use all of them? Well, not exactly all, but a bunch.
I present to you the flower sampler card! I call it a card even though it's a full-sized, unfolded 8.5 by 11-inch piece of construction paper. Leave off the message for an any-day art piece.
Here's how you make one, or how you trick your child into making one for you, or how to explain to your child how to make one for Grandma. First, get a piece of paper. Then, look through your art and crafting supplies and recycling box, and gather up any and all stuffs that could potentially be turned into flower shapes and glued onto paper. Cut and/or shape any pieces that need cutting and shaping, then glue them down. Try for a wide variety of materials, both 2D and 3D, smooth, textured, or furry...
From left to right (roughly) I used:
Birch bark cut into petal shapes with regular scissors
Fabric tape that I got on clearance at JoAnn's
A small piece of faux fur
Half a purple pipe cleaner
A security envelope
UPC code from a cereal box
Sections from red rickrack
At this point you can call it a day, and just have a nice scattering of abstract blooms. I wanted to put my flowers in a vase, so I added some stems. It would have been smarter to have put stems on the top/back flowers before gluing down the bottom/front flowers, but I was going with the flow, and the flow is not great with project management.
I trimmed off the excess stem lengths, and then added a few small leaves. I cut out a simple vase-top shape — a simple rectangle would do just as well — and glued that over the bottom of the stems.
See how I left some space at the top? It's a good idea to think about leaving a place to write a message, if you're making a card.
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.