DIY Project #48: Flower Words Art Print
I had some beautiful bunches of flowers delivered from friends and family this week, and while enjoying their beauty, a little idea popped into my head for a cute Valentine’s DIY.
So often we end up throwing out the floral arrangements we receive once they start to wither and I thought it would be great to find a way to make them last forever.
This project was so easy to make and the results are a beautiful art print you can treasure long after the flowers blooms have faded.
I chose to use the word love as I was feeling very loved this week, but you could use a word like “create” or “escape” which would make pretty pictures for any day of the year too.
Let’s get started with materials:
- White cardboard or white table top
- Photoshop, Picassa or similiar
- Glossy photo paper
We used Photoshop for editing our photo, but you could use your IPhone for this and your Instagram filters for a similiar result.
STEP 01 // SORT YOUR FLOWERS
I found it much easier to sort my flowers into colour groups and sizes.
You don’t have to be precise with arranging your petals, flowers and stems, but your word needs to be clear so it will take a little trial and error to choose the right flowers.
STEP 02 // BUILD YOUR WORD BASE
Once you’ve decided on your word, use one colour of petals to make a loose outline of the word.
This step is the most important as you’ll work out your spacing between letters (trust me, you don’t want to create an awesome letter than have to move it slightly left!).
STEP 03 // FILL IN THE SPACES
Using another colour, start to build up your word.
Play around with the colours and petal arrangements. This is the fun part!
STEP 04 // ADD YOUR FINAL TOUCHES
I found that it was best to add the big bright flowers in only one or two spaces so they didn’t take over the look of the word.
The key is to create a recipe of petals, flowers and stems that looks balanced to the eye. Step back from your word and look at it so you can get the full effect.
STEP 05 // PHOTOGRAPH, EDIT & PRINT
Now all that’s left to do is photograph your word, edit it’s appearance in your photo-editing program and then make a print!
Tips for editing: Play around with the colour balance, brightness and contrast. Programs like Rad Lab make this part so easy!
We played around in Rad Lab to make some cool effects on our art print as well.
We used Pool Party, Rusty Cage and Troy to transform our print and I love the look of these too!
We think these would look beautiful as framed art prints for Valentine’s presents for friends and loved ones.
Stay tuned this week for some more Valentine’s craft projects!
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