Sunday, May 1, 2011

cut and paste wreaths

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time for more cut and paste fun! ever since i saw dana barbieri's gorgeous flower wreaths, i've wanted to try my hand at the activity. and with may day upon us, i thought it would be nice to leave something more durable and lasting than fresh flowers on our neighbors' doorsteps when doing our ding dong ditching this year.

i already had all the materials on hand so these came together fairly quickly. for the wreath base i used papers that i painted earlier this week inspired by some of the other 21 Secrets workshops (in these papers i combined techniques from connie hozvicka's abstract adventures, jane davenport's draw happy, debra cooper's playing with patterns, and alma stoller's child's play). i was really happy with how they all came together. originally we were going to make journals from those papers this weekend (and still will, because there's plenty left) but when i got the urge to do the cut and paste wreaths, i realized they would make perfect bases because they were both thick and colorful. each one is about the size of a salad plate (because, surprise, i used a salad plate to trace it).

i cut the flower pieces freehand (i preferred the wonky look) from scraps of mi-teintes papers and other bits in my collage stash. i didn't plan it out, just took it flower by flower and let each one come together, then punched a little hole in the top and threaded each with a piece of colorful yarn. now watch out, neighbors. here we come!

**update 5/2 9:15 a.m. -- i saved one wreath to give away today on my artsyville FB page -- hop over there to put your name in the hat! happy monday!**

29 comments:

painted fish studio said...

love the color!spring did not arrive with may. it's winter here, still and i am going to lose my sh*t. seeing the color was the highlight of this cold, grey day!

aimee said...

the weather is disgusting here too, so i am launching a full-scale revolt in color. take that, crappy weather of may!

rachel awes said...

your rings have been
tossed and have landed
around my heart,
like a summer yard game..
& i have WON!
they are delightful
pitter-patter, friend!
xox

Candied Fabrics said...

Lovely! I wish I were your neighbor! :-)

Claudine Intner said...

So cute! I love the colors!

Chel said...

LOVE!!

Dana Barbieri said...

These are so great! I wish I had you as a neighbor! I am glad you were inspired by my wreaths. I hope spring arrives soon for you!
xo

Paper Squid said...

This is a really cute and fun idea. Something easy and very creative I will do with my niece! Thanks :)

S.E.Minegar said...

you have some lucky neighbors! i'll add this to my list of nephew and me projects.

We Three 3 said...

I just made some wreaths too! Its so much fun, isn't it? I used scrapbooking paper but I oughta try painting my own paper next time the way you did. I just love the colors in your wreaths, Aimee!

Andria said...

What a blast of bright colors....love it! You guys can leave a wreath on my doorstep ANYtime! :-)

MaryL said...

What fantastic memories your children are going to have...as well as inspiration and freedom of 'whatever' creativity!!

JessiVille said...

Wow, wow, wow! I LOVE the wreaths and all the painted papers. Oh to be one of your neighbors! Happy May. Yesterday was our first and only beautiful sunny Sping day and today it is back to gray. I will gaze at this blog post throughout the day to keep me inspired!

Anairam said...

I love the hand art below - instruments of divided loyalty! WONDERFUL!

M said...

J'adore!! Des vitamines pour les yeux!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh how FUN! That would totally brighten my day. Dang, why don't I live in your neighborhood?

So THAT's what a salad plate is for!

Carrie said...

come over to my house and let's play with coloured paper and glue :)

Vicki Smith said...

Oh sooooooooooo pretty!

L'Atelier said...

they are great fun! hope the weather has cleared up a bit :):):):)

freebird said...

Cute, cute, cute!

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

These are so fun and so inspiring! What a delightful idea. I certainly would love having one of these in my front yard.
Thank you for sharing this creative craft :]

Cindi aka Ericksoc said...

These colors are gorgeous and happy and fun! Great idea.

hanna-happenings said...

fun and full of sun!

Alma Stoller said...

omg, Aimee, what fun! I LOVE the bright colors. This is such a fun project, perfect to brighten any room any time of the year.

Alma

The Dreaming Bear said...

Soooooo freakin' adorable! I'm tucking this idea away for next year!!! Love 'em!!!

peggyfussell said...

Oh, it has been so nice catching up around here! It's been a while since I've been here and boy did I need a dose of you.I've been too busy to blog or read blogs lately! Can I tell you that reading yours just plain makes me happy? My shoulders go down to normal level and all is well in the world. Honest. Thank you.
ps. These wreaths are fabuloso!

oneartistjournal said...

Fun fun Aimee, happy Mother's Day to you..
XOXOrly

Rabbit Hole Report said...

Gorgeous explosion of color. I'm coming back for more!

●• Thereza said...

aw the flower season... the best!