Thursday, March 13, 2014

Emma's Zen Flower Garden

It's March Madness at Dreamweaver Stencils and we've all gone a little crazy!  Well, some of us have been there for a while!  Heehee!  Since we get to create pretty much whatever we want this month, I'm going to make a sweet little girl happy.  I had a "Nina request" recently from my adorable little granddaughter, Emmaline Grace.  (I'm Nina, by the way, that's what she has always called me and I love it!)  Emmaline knows I created a canvas for her Aunt Kiki so she wanted one made for her, too.  How could I possibly say no?  Creating art for a five-year old is easy, fast and fun!  You get to keep it simple and child-like.  I had to embrace my inner child and I decided to create something similar to one of the many drawings she has made for me.  Here's my project, I hope she's going to like it!

Here's what I used to create this canvas:

Echo Park's "Little Girl" 12x12 Collection
DecoArt Gesso
     Titanium White
     Cerulean Blue
     Viridian Hue
     Light Green
Artist Loft Canvas Panel
Sweet Petites Grosgrain Ribbon in Moss
Tim Holtz idea-ology fastener
Glue Dots
Office Depot brads

Here's what I did to create this canvas:

Gesso canvas panel, set aside to dry
Place stencil on back side of papers, trace cutting lines, trim flowers
Gesso back side of flowers, this covers trace lines and adds body to paper
Paint canvas as shown, set aside to dry
Layer flowers with brads and shape
Trim ribbon for stems and leaves, fold and fasten ribbon with staples to create leaves
Attach ribbon stems to back side of canvas and wrap to front
Holding ribbon in place, determine leaf locations and adhere leaves with glue dots
Adhere stems to front
Adhere flowers

So that's it for me, here's the list of my teammates that are playing along:

Be sure to leave some love along the way, we aim to please!  If your interested in becoming a member of the Dream Team, go here for more information on how you can apply.  Also, be sure to play along and link your creation here for a chance to win a stencil of your choice. Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you've been inspired to create something for a special child in your life!  See you again real soon!



  1. I love this canvas, how creative! Who wouldn't love to see it hanging somewhere to brighten up a room? IF...she doesn't like it, I know someone who would.

  2. Such a creative way to use the Zen flower - brilliant!

  3. She's going to love this bright and cheerful canvas!! What an ingenious way to make the stems and leaves!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. how brilliant is that?! I had to check the stencil out to see what you had done. thanks for the idea (and all the others you have shared).


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