I love making these type of projects. They are deceptively easy to do, but don't worry, we won't tell your friends.
Today I'll show you exactly how to make the flower vase collage, but the techniques for all of them are mostly the same. And, if you have any questions about anything, just ask!
To start, I needed a flower. I used my sewing pattern tissue paper, cutting a 1.5" strip and ruffling it onto a 1" Gluber starting from the outside edge and working in. (Ignore the big flower, it is not used in this project.)
For my "canvas" I am using a 2" by 7" scrap of wood. I used Gesso to cover it. Then I gathered my supplies. I do this just by focusing on colors. I picked out a green background and varying shades of yellows, looking for lights and darks. This is a great project for scraps!
Once your gesso-ed wood is dry, trace it onto a piece of type paper. We'll design our collage right on the type paper and use it for our template too.
I purposely wanted my vase to be a bit "skiwampus" so that it would have more visual interest and a folk art feel. Once you're happy with the drawing of your shape (hearts, butterflies, etc are all easy things to start with) cut it out.
Next, take your papers, cut scraps and stick them to the paper until it's covered. I put lights on one side and darks on the other to create an illusion of shading. I'll enhance the shading with Distress Inks later on.
It's completely optional, but you can stitch the seems if you like. I think it's cute, but I don't always take the time to do this.
Then just flip everything over and trim the excess.
Now you want to think about the background that your pieced shape will sit upon. I tore a piece of green patterned cardstock and used Liquitex Acrylic medium to glue it down. To do this, just paint it onto the backside of the paper, press that to your surface and then paint over the top too.
On a separate note, this medium is what I use to seal paper before painting on top of it. If you've ever tried to paint on paper and haven't been happy with the results give it a try!
Distress your background by sanding off any edges you don't want and layering up coats of ink to make everything good and dirty.
With the background finished, it's time to add our pieced vase. I used the same technique for this as I did for the background. The Liquitex will hold all the loose threads and everything. It's super-awesome! Use more Distress Ink to add any shading or antiquing that you think your piece needs.
Then you'll need to paint a stem. I used a dab of acrylic craft paint. Don't be afraid here, we are only talking about a simple 1/2" line. You can do it! If you're super afraid and you don't mind a black stem, just use a pen.
Then peel and stick your Gluber flower in place. I also added one of our new Tiny Text stickers because I like sentiments! I coated those with Liquitex too for the brushed texture that looks so nice with a little more Distress Ink over the top.
That's all there is to it! If you decide to give this a try, send us a pic or post to our facebook fan page. We'd love to see your projects!