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Art Project | Field of Flowers

Art project | field of flowers

Hello MOCA Fam!

We hope you enjoy this series of  MOCA Fun Fridays, at-home arts projects that will pull inspiration from contemporary artists, techniques, and accessible art making.

For this Spring Celebration project, I gathered inspiration from the long history of painted flowers.  With this project, we’ll be creating three cards that you can give to someone you love, perhaps for mother’s day! From the historic to the modern, artists have been depicting and studying flora through painting, fashion, photography, and sculpture all in their own styles and forms. A great article from My Modern Met wrote about this stating “Whether painting roses, irises, or peonies in a vase or painting them straight from nature, each artist brings their own unique style to the finished artwork. In fact, just by examining paintings of flowers over time, one can trace the progression of art history. And even if the history of art isn’t something you’re particularly interested in, there’s no denying that there’s a powerful quality to floral paintings, no matter what era it’s from.”1

For this project, we’ll be using a few different techniques. We’ll be creating a Rorschach Bouquet, using tape to create Andy Warhol inspired flowers, and lastly using a straw to make Gustav Klimt inspired flowers.


Things you’ll need:

Art supplies needed for field of flowers

3 sheets of cardstock or watercolor paper
A paintbrush
A cup of water and paper towel
Painter’s tape
Scissors
Acrylic paints

 

I decided to work on all three at once, to give each a chance to dry, but I’ll start with the easiest one first.


1 Jessica Stewart, “12 Famous Flower Paintings that Make the Canvas Bloom” My Modern MET, March 29, 2019, https://mymodernmet.com/famous-flower-paintings/

Rorschach Bouquet

Steps

Rorschach is a fun test that uses squished paint to create shapes and images, kind of like looking up to the clouds and trying to imagine them as creatures or animals.


Start by folding your first cardstock in half short ways to make a card. Then, on one side, start drawing dots with lots of paint. The key for this project is to work quickly! I started with yellow.

Start by folding your first cardstock in half short ways to make a card. Then, on one side, start drawing dots with lots of paint. The key for this project is to work quickly! I started with yellow.


 

I drew a whole lot of dots, only on the right side of the cardstock. I used yellow, blue, pink and purple. Try to keep your dots close to the fold, that will help you make your bouquet later.
Step 2 I drew a whole lot of dots, only on the right side of the cardstock. I used yellow, blue, pink and purple. Try to keep your dots close to the fold, that will help you make your bouquet later.


 

Remember to work quickly! This will only work if the paint is still wet. Once you’re happy with your dots, fold your paper and press.
Step 3 Remember to work quickly! This will only work if the paint is still wet. Once you’re happy with your dots, fold your paper and press.


 

Then unfold your card and reveal your Rorschach design!
Art project | field of flowers


 

Now we’re going to add the stems of the bouquet! Use your green paint to make a few lines down from the bunches of colors you made. You can also add some extra leaves, and fold it over again to copy the leaves on the other side
Art project | field of flowers
You can also add some extra leaves, and fold it over again to copy the leaves on the other side


 

Now you just need to add the bow for the bouquet! Use your red paint to draw a straight line and loop on one side of the end of the stems, then you can either copy it, or fold it over.
Step 7 Use your red paint to draw a straight line and loop on one side of the end of the stems, then you can either copy it, or fold it over.


 

Then finish your bow, add some more stems, and you’re all done!
Step 8 Then finish your bow, add some more stems, and you’re all done!

Klimt Flowers

Steps

Klimt’s flowers were very loose and gestural, made of simple shapes in a field of color.

 

Next, we’re going to do a design on the front of our second card, start by folding the second piece of cardstock in half, then use the painter's tape to line the edges of the cardstock. Make sure you have a clean cup of water before you get started painting. Take some water with your brush and line the bottom of the card on the top edge of the blue painter’s tape.
Next, we’re going to do a design on the front of our second card, start by folding the second piece of cardstock in half, then use the painter's tape to line the edges of the cardstock.
Make sure you have a clean cup of water before you get started painting. Take some water with your brush and line the bottom of the card on the top edge of the blue painter’s tape.

 

After you’ve put some water on the bottom, add green paint to water to stain it, and grab your straw. Blow upwards from the paint and water to create stems. Repeat until it’s dark enough and/or you have enough “stems.”
After you’ve put some water on the bottom, add green paint to water to stain it, and grab your straw. Blow upwards from the paint and water to create stems. Repeat until it’s dark enough and/or you have enough “stems.”

 

Let the stems dry, and then add in flowers! For poppies use red and some orange, for a chrysanthemum or a marigold use yellow and a bit of orange, for larkspur or lavendar, use blues and purples in a triangle shape.
Let the stems dry, and then add in flowers! For poppies use red and some orange, for a chrysanthemum or a marigold use yellow and a bit of orange, for larkspur or lavendar, use blues and purples in a triangle shape.

 

I also added little dots of pink and additional yellows and blues to make it look more like a bunch of wild flowers. Then just take off the border of painter’s tape, and you’re all done!
I also added little dots of pink and additional yellows and blues to make it look more like a bunch of wild flowers. Then just take off the border of painter’s tape, and you’re all done!

Warhol Flowers

Steps

Andy Warhol was one of America’s best known Pop Artists. He used screen printing to create many of his works, and this project will similarly take several layers.


 

First, frame the card with painters tape, then paint circles of bright colors everywhere you would like to place a flower on the front of the card.
First, frame the card with painters tape, then paint circles of bright colors everywhere you would like to place a flower on the front of the card.


 

Let those circles dry, and cut out “petals” or tear drop shapes from painter’s tape. If this is too difficult, just cut out circles. Place the petals right on top of the circles of colors.
Let those circles dry, and cut out “petals” or tear drop shapes from painter’s tape. If this is too difficult, just cut out circles. Place the petals right on top of the circles of colors.


 

Once you’ve placed all your petals over the circles you’ve painted, then take your green paint, and paint a whole layer over the card.
Once you’ve placed all your petals over the circles you’ve painted, then take your green paint, and paint a whole layer over the card.


 

Paint the whole rectangle with green, and wait for it to dry. Then cut some painter’s tape into skinny lines, and lay it down on the dry green paint at odd angles all across the rectangle.
Paint the whole rectangle with green, and wait for it to dry. Then cut some painter’s tape into skinny lines, and lay it down on the dry green paint at odd angles all across the rectangle


 

Once you’re satisfied with the amount of lines, paint over the whole rectangle with black paint.
Once you’re satisfied with the amount of lines, paint over the whole rectangle with black paint.


 

Once it’s all covered and fairly dry, peel off all the tape carefully.
Once it’s all covered and fairly dry, peel off all the tape carefully.


 

Peel off even the tape from the petals and frame, and reveal your masterpiece!
Peel off even the tape from the petals and frame, and reveal your masterpiece!


 

And you’re all done!

Three wonderful cards to give to those you love, or keep to as a gift to yourself. What other ways do you know how to paint flowers? Share your final cards with us by tagging @mocanomi and using the hashtag #MOCAFunFridays.

Art project | field of flowers