DIY: Floral Relief Artwork

I’ve been smitten lately with some of the new fabrics I’ve seen on the market. Several that have caught my eye have a strong contrasting background with a relief pattern, and I love how fresh and modern they are! I’ve also noticed a lot of watercolors trending, and floral (which are basically ALWAYS trending).


I decided to try my hand at combining a few of these trends and make my own easy artwork. Here’s how I did it:


  • Watercolor art paper (any size you wish)
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Single color paint (I used black poster paint)
  • Flowers and leaves (Mine were shrub roses from my garden)


1.     Lay the petals and leaves flat on your watercolor paper in a random pattern. If something has real trouble laying flat, you can use a tiny swipe from a glue stick, but go sparingly. Remember, you will want it perfectly white when you remove the petals.

2.              Hold your leaves down in place with one hand while dabbing paint around the edges with the other hand. Yes, this is tricky, and you need patience. Go slow. The dabbing motion ensures the leaves won’t move around, but do mix in some brush strokes when possible so that your final product has great paint texture.

3.              You can remove leaves and petals as you go along, or all together once you’re finished. The goal is to paint all the space between the petals and leaves, and then have blank white spots where they were laying.

 4.              That’s it! Let it dry, find a frame or a spot to display, and enjoy!

Posted on September 7, 2016 and filed under Building Your Home.