Saturday, October 30, 2010

Canvas and hemp cord flower tutorial.....and RAK!

It feels like such a long time has gone by since I've posted a tutorial. I've been happily creating, but just haven't seemed to get the time to take pictures and put posts up. Well, I was determined to change that today because I have a new flower I absolutely love! They're made with canvas and hemp and are loaded with shabby chic texture. They will work with any theme, just color them to your needs..


* canvas
* hemp cord or twine
* Scissors
* paint/color sprays/ink

Step 1.) Gather your supplies. Cut your circles out of the canvas. I just trace cups and bottles I have on hand with a marker and cut them out. It's a good idea to make a big batch.

Step 2.) Use your scissors and cut slits about one third of the way into each circle. Space them about a half inch apart, depending on the size of your circle. You are making the petals, and if they are too thin, your flower will completely unravel in step three. These slits do not need to be evenly spaced.

Step 3.) Place a circle in your hand, and then crumble it between your fingers. Do this fairly gently, or again, your flower will fall apart. Unwrap the canvas ball to see that your petals have separated and frayed.

Step 4.) It's now time to color them. I used the amazing glimmery paints from Creative Inspirations. If you are painting, it works best to wet both sides of the flowers. This cuts down on the curling effect. I paint both sides, again, to help with curling. You can also use color sprays like Glimmer Mist, Maya Mist, even your own homemade mists.

Step 5.) When the flowers are dry you can add the hemp cord centers. Apply some Fabri Tac to the flower center. Roll some hemp cord into a spiral in between your fingers. Roll a piece large enough to cover your glue center, then place the hemp cord spiral onto the glue and hold down for a few moments. You can ink the edges of the flower petals for more dimension if desired.

I used yellow, turquoise, and green paints to color the batch on this page:

So what do you think of this flower? Is it one you will try? If you do like it, and would like some of these beauties, then leave me a comment. I'll RAK one lucky person a set of the above fall colored flowers. Winner will be chosen on November 6!


Karen Lee said...

I love 'em!

xoxo Karen Lee

Scrap Vamp said...

Those are some awesome flowers! They look great!


Lenethren said...

Beautiful flowers...very creative! Now to go find me some canvas to give these a try...

Dymphie said...

such lovely flowers, thanks for telling how you made these.
Is it okay to link to your post on "deze is ook leuk" and use one of your photos to do so?

kind regards,

MindyRadio said...

These are so cool and perfectly BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love em.

LISA said...

Those are awesome!! And pretty!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful chabby chic looking flower. Although on a vintage/antique page they would work in a very cool way too. There are too few in my mind.
You're a peach to share.

Renbear said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial!
When I saw the flowers on your page I was trying to figure out how to make them ;) I am going to try to do this as soon as I pick up some canvas.

Thanks Again!!

AllAmy said...

this is awesome!! Love them for vintage or boy LOs. You are so creative!

Casey Wright said...

What a cool project! Thanks for the tutorial! I love how this turned out and I'm writing it in my idea notebook - cool layout and thanks for the opportunity to win :)

Rika said...

These are lovely!
Tanks for the tutorial!

Godelieve said...

Thanks for sharing how you made these beauties!

Anonymous said...

Love these flowers the colors are amazing