A Compromise & Flower Adorned Antlers Tutorial

Marriage is all about compromise...amen?

So, when my husband (an amazing hunter and sportsman) asks me to hang any of his prized antlers in our living room and I repeatedly say, "how about we hang them in the closet?" Probably not so fair...?

My husband is incredible at putting my needs ahead of his own, but we still are so, so different and often times...a compromise is what we need to make this whole thang work. Compromise needs to be strong and functional like a deer's antlers, but also nurtured like a flower to bloom beautifully.

Well this weekend when my man was working hard prepping the fishing boat in the garage for spring and I came across this gem...I decided it was only fair to compromise and hang his antlers...but with a touch of bloom!

Of course, I have never crafted with carcass before, so perhaps this seems fairly odd? But please bear with me (or perhaps "deer" with me)? 

Recently I was inspired by this incredible mama's graphic art and my girl Ruthie's nursery for her sweet baby Lucy Joy - due in 5 days!!

Here is what you need to re-create at home. {If you don't have your husbands extra antlers lying around, you can always purchase faux ones....like these!). 

1. I found these stunning blooms at Harvest Home in our home town. Truly, I will take any chance I can get to support small business! {I just hated cutting up such lovely stems}.

2. The most important part of this process for me was adding tissue paper as a barrier so that I would not get any hot glue on my husband's deer. Especially if he ever decides to mount them (sans flowers) some day.

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3. When cutting blooms, the best thing to do is cut the stem a bit far away from the base. If you cut too close, your flower can fall apart...depending on its structure.

4. Arrange your blooms and hot glue right onto the tissue. At first I didn't want to add any greenery, but after the flowers were added, it needed a something extra. I added some to the front and longer stems to the back.

5. Finally, I added a bit of sturdy fabric (you can also use felt) to the back to prevent scratching on your wall and to hold your greens in place.

What do you think? I adore how it gives this space just a pop of the color it needed. And it is the perfect combination of my adoration for bloom and my husband's incredible skill as a huntsman. It is also a great reminder, hanging right there on my wall to see daily, that compromise, love and nurturing one another is what we need.

Please share photos if you try this at home!! I would LOVE to see your creations!

Happy Blooming {and compromising} ;)

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A Handful of FAVORITE Art Projects for Home!

In the spirit of listing our SUMMER CLASSES TOMORROW (EEEEK!!!!) and since we have taken a bit of a break from curriculum-based classes at Bloom-Prints Art Studio since the birth of our baby girl, I thought it would be so fun to share a few of some of my FAVORITE classes that I have either written and/or taught for previous sessions...

...Classes that you can do AT HOME with your sweet littles!

Please share your photos with me if you do any of these at home! I would so love to watch your little ones blooming with creativity!!

I hope you all enjoy!!!

1. DEGAS DANCERS - A STUDY OF MOVEMENT

Also, from my "painting with the masters" series, this is probably my favorite study I have ever written! I simply adored their use of movement & watching each artist bloom as they overcame their fear of failure by underpainting in white and not being able to use pencil to pre-draw! Try this one with your sweet kiddos!

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2. THE BOY WHO COULD ENTER PAINTINGS - A 3 and 4 Year Old Tiny Tykes Session

For this sweet Tiny Tykes class I read the book "The Boy Who Could Enter Paintings" (an incredibly imaginative and whimsical story of a boy with an artist father who experiences life inside famous paintings! In this lesson, each child figuratively "jumped" into their paintings (with a picture of their hands on their page) and they finished them with finger-painted flowers!

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3. ABSTRACT PAINTING WITH LITTLES: A reverse painting method

This was a birthday party with a group of sweet young girls, and the birthday girl's mama requested "abstract art" for a theme.  They started by drawing in sharpie, adding color to their blooms and in a reverse style, added their backgrounds in at the end! The result was lovely!

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4.  GEORGIA O'KEEFE FLOWERS (Painting with Glue)

This mixed media project is from my "painting with the masters" series. Each child learned techniques in still life drawing, working in chalk pastel medium, blending and working in glue! 

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Check out a handful of other classes in my ART CLASSES Link! Happy BLOOMING!

Create. Be Inspired. Bloom.

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