I got a new Mary Engelbreight's Home Companion and was very inspired. In Mary's new home she had a big painting of a vase of flowers. I looked at I and thought how cool would it be to build a floral arrangement out of paper flowers? It brought me back to my days as a florist. I miss that sometimes and I think that is why I love gardening and also why I enjoyed doing this mixed media piece so much as well. I started by painting some pages of an old music book with fun colors. Then I cut out flower shapes and stems and leaves. I painted a big canvas black and started by layering the tablecloth. Then I cut out the vase and then started building my arrangement flower by flower just like a real floral arrangement. Each flower has it's own stem. I then accented the whole thing with black paint and high gloss gel medium. I really like it and actually am thinking of keeping it? Aw heck maybe I will just make a bunch more.
Oh and another cool thing about this months Home Companion...my friend Amanda is in it at her little booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. So cool. She is super talented and has an etsy shop called Smarmy Pants. Check it out!