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Rainbow Art Flowers

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there friends!  I’ve finally gotten my hands on some Dylusions ink sprays and let me tell you they are even more wonderful than I could have imagined!  After seeing so many wonderful works of art using the boldly colored Dylusions sprays from Dyan Reaveley I decided I MUST have some of my own.  While pruning my Hydrangea earlier this spring I put aside a few of the dried flowers to experiment with once I obtained some Dylusions ink sprays.  Nature had left me a lovely white canvas and thanks to Linda at The Funkie Junkie I was able to alter natures original work and create some bold and beautiful Art Flowers!  Big thanks to Linda of the Funkie Junkie …not only does she have great prices, she shipped my inks so fast I didn’t even have time to stalk my mail lady!  Linda my Mail Lady and I thank you!

Rainbow Art Flowers

Rainbow Art Flowers

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the color changing capabilities of a Hydrangea when left to its own devices in nature, but now I can enjoy them all year round!

Rainbow Art Flowers Side

Dried Flowers in every color of the Rainbow

I was even able to add some shimmer and sparkle to my flowers.  Can you tell I like Rainbows and shiny things?

Rainbow Art Flowers Aerial

Birds eye view of colorful dried flowers

In this aerial view of the dried art flowers you can see some flakes of the chunky glitter I used to add even more sparkle and shine!

Wondering what to do with dried flowers of your own?  These art flowers are easy to make let me show you…

STEP 1:  Set up a cardboard box lined with Wax paper and spray Dylusions spray ink on to dried flowers (I used Hydrangeas)

Art flowers Dylusions Ink Spray

Art Flowers with Dylusions Ink Spray

This photo is a touch blurry…I was really excited about how cool these turned out :)  To blend the colors (instead of water) I used Tsukineko Shimmer Mist.

Art Flowers Blue Hydrangea

Art Flowers Blue Hydrangea

Check out my arsenal of Dylusions!  Now this is my kind of firing squad!  I used a box that my new pots and pans came in as my spray catcher.  I love it because the box has large flaps on all sides…perfect for messy, bessy me!

Art Flowers Dylusions Ink Spray Rainbow

A Rainbow of Dylusions

 STEP 2: Coat Dried Flowers with spray adhesive and add fine and chunky glitter.

Art Flowers Rainbow Krylon Glitterblast

Seal and Add Sparkle with Krylon Glitterblast

STEP 3:  To ensure an even coat of sparkle mist with Krylon Glitterblast Diamond Dust and seal with Krylon Glitterblast Clear Sealer.

Art Flowers How to Dry Flowers

How to Dry Flowers

STEP 4:  Dry…yes you need to “dry” your dried flowers…again :)

Art Flowers Galvanized Tin Pail

Galvanized Tin Pail

STEP 5: Find the perfect container….for me it was this galvanized tin pail…c’mon you know you have SOMETHING in your stash somewhere.

My pail was a bit too plain…much like my dried Hydrangeas were when I started.  After they were colored they just seemed magical to me.  They reminded me of one of my favorite books as a kid “Cassie’s Magic Flowers”.  Seriously, this book has inspired my art since the age of 6.  I told you I love rainbows and shiny things…I think I may have been a unicorn in a past life.

Art Flowers Book

My inspiration since Age 6 “Cassie’s Magic Flowers”

Of course I had to re-read my favorite childhood book.  Within the pages I found the perfect quote for my plain tin pail!

Art Flowers Quote

Quote from “Cassies’s Magic Flowers”

Why yes they can!  And so they Shall!

STEP 7:  Find a Quote You love and Mod Podge it to your container.

Art Flowers Mod Podge Matte

I’m usually a glossy Mod Podge kind of girl but I decided to go with muted Matte Mod Podge for this project.

Art Flowers Mod Podge Baby Wipe

Baby Wipe away your troubles…and brush strokes

You can eliminate a Mod Podge mess and wayward brushstrokes the same way you clean a baby’s bottom…with a baby wipe of course :)  I always keep a tub of baby wipes on hand to clean up crafty messes…they work great on sticky Mod Podge fingers too :)

STEP 8:  Find a spot on the wall or mantel to hang your creation and admire it!

Rainbow Art Flowers On Wall

Rainbow Art Flowers on the Wall

Rainbow Flowers on the wall are you the fairest of them all?  I think so!  How do you think they look on this wall?  This is me surveying the wall space anxiously anticipating DH’s arrival…I make them…I DON’T hang them :)

Hope you are having a colorful day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Amy*

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1 Johnnie August 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

Squeeeeal!! I am in love.
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2 Linda Coughlin June 1, 2012 at 12:54 am

Oh my goodness, Amy! These are truly drop dead gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors and adding the glitter spray is positively brilliant. LOVE the vintage style bucket too. Thanks so much for your kind words about my boutique and my service. I’m thrilled to have you linking up with our Sunday Share and good luck winning a 25% discount coupon! So happy to have you joining our fun this week.
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3 Marjie Kemper May 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

Too clever! LOVE these!
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4 Dyan May 29, 2012 at 7:35 am

Ha ha just frikkin love it. Need to find me some hydrangeas now. xx

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5 Amy Bowerman May 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thanks Dyan…I just LOVE your Sprays! I have multiple Hydrangeas in my yard. Once they bloom they will be in abundance…if you ever need any just let me know and I will send them off :)

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6 CuddlyBunny May 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I’ve always thought hydrangeas one of the world’s most beautiful flowers … and now I think they are THE most beautiful!

Love the quote, too!

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7 Donna Mundinger May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Gorgeous! Bummer, I’ve got WADS of dried hydrangeas but no Dylusions and she’s already sold out. I’m on the hunt. LOL xxD

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