2.26.2010

Artful Thurday Round 8 - Faux Lucite Posies

Hello! I'm back...sort of....this is a very quick...down and dirty tutorial...what could I do if I had more than 15 minutes to blog?

How can life be such a whirlwind? I don't want to bore you with the details of how few hours there are in a day to do everything...mostly because I know that everyone I know, and probably you too, wishes and dreams of more hours, more quiet hours, to leisurely finish everything that is on our plates. So, I have a little art project....but because I didn't get to let it percolate very long...the application of how far to take it can be left to the reader's creative imagination. I suppose as I leave to go on a weekend quilting retreat, I'll be able to think of hundreds of different ways to use this project. Thankfully, I can leave that for another day.

Here is my project
Begin with assorted paper punches, colored pencils, and frosted, ruffed up shrink plastic.
Lightly color the rough side of the plastic and punch a small hole in the middle.I use my embossing heat tool and a baking pan to shrink the plastic...hold it lightly with the pointy end of a small paint brush. Heat and shrink until flat...quickly, while still hot, pinch and form into a teeny, tiny, flower.
Mold a little or a lot. I tried with both the shiny part and the rough part showing.
I have purposely saved the little stamens that are part of vintage posies...knowing I'd use them sometime...this is the time. I've pushed them up through the little hole and I love them!
The next thing is to find some little leaves, put all together and wrap with floral tape. Add some vintage seam binding, a bow and decorate.

Forgive me if I've made a mistake or forgotten a step...because I've been sick...all of life got piled up in one day....have fun and best wishes!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

they are precious!

Renee

Suz said...

Well, those are soooo cute!

Suz

paperbird said...

I love these- so pretty!

Katsui Jewelry said...

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Tina said...

hey Now this is really sweet - I love shrink plastic but alas have yet to use it. Great idea.

If you get a chance come by and see my artful Thursday show and tell.

xo
tina
pretty paper posies

Jennifer said...

Love this project, I'll have to remember if for future endeavors. Loved your tiny book in Julie's swap. Thanks for sharing your creative heart!

Jennifer

Julie Collings said...

this is such a COOL idea! when i saw your first photo i thought wow, i am going to have to ask where she found those amazing vintage flowers.
you made them! i am going to make some this weekend. thanks so much for the lovely idea, julie

Kika said...

I bought some shrink plastic on a whim a few weeks ago and was still wondering what I was going to do with it...now I know. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

tamdoll said...

I LOVE shrink plastic! Great idea!!! Next time I need little flowers, I hope I remember this tip.

Katsui Jewelry said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog, Michelle!

These are darling...somehow I don't think mine would be as cute as yours!

Suz

andrea creates said...

Those are really pretty-Love the shrink plastic flowers :)

The Queen Of Re said...

they are so sweet. Thank you for sharing

Welcome said...

Oh my, these are so cute! I am going to have to try this for sure!

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Annie's Online Store said...

wow - they are just great, i cant believe that the things we see in the market that are so expensive are so easy to make at home and can look soo good, its great

Angela said...

Michele it was great meeting you at Bella Market Friday night! Me & my mom enjoyed talking with you. I do love your blog - I've been here lots of times before :)

martinamc said...

You can also use Etching Glass with Revolutionary New Stencils Made with Your Own Designs and Artwork to make your artwork more beautiful!!!
sticker paper

Anonymous said...

Awesome tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

Shelley

Heidi Meyer said...

Adorable posies and I love your Avon bottle! This is Heidi stopping by from Danielle's vintage valentine swap. Have a great day!

Beth said...

Very cute blog! You know your way around a computer! Your etsy shop {and Olivia's} are so cute.

Thanks for coming for lunch today. I really enjoyed our visit!

Marti McClure said...

Michele, These flowers are so cute! I can't wait to try some myself. I also have some vintage stamens waiting for a project. Thankyou so much for sharing the tutorial. I just love your blog! ~Marti

Anonymous said...

it was by accident i found you and i discovered this tutorial/creative idea by accident. how fun and cute. am going to attempt it now. merci.. lana cano kloch

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