They are the artwork of two elementary school classes. In our school system, we have an art docent program, and I am privileged to be the docent for a first and a fifth grade class.
Each year the school has an auction to raise funds for the art docent program, and each classroom in the school creates a piece of art to sell. Prints are also made of the originals, so everyone who wants the artwork can have access to it.
Here's what I did:
1. Out of nice sketch paper, I cut out a large (3.5" long) and small (2.5" long) petal shape for each student.
2. I gave them Sharpie markers and oil pastels and had them go to town decorating their petals to their heart's content. For the 5th graders, I did encourage the boys to use mostly cool colors, and the girls to use mostly warm colors. But in the end, I don't think it really made a huge difference. They really did what they wanted to.
3. I painted a 16x20" canvas with acrylic paint.
4. I arranged the petals so the colors were well spread and coordinated.
5. Then, it was ModPodge time! If you haven't done much ModPodging-- it works best to use it generously to glue down each piece, rubbing the pieces to remove any air bubbles. Then, let them dry completely before you do a top coat. I did two top coats--one with vertical brush strokes, one with horizontal. This gives it a canvas-like finish.
6. Once it dries, it's done!
I love this yellow!
All laid out. I wrapped the ones that hung over around. It was challenging to get them to stick well. Cutting them off would be fine, too.