Two of my favorite projects from Creative Bloom by Jennifer Swift are the “Blooming Flower Sculpture” and the "Birds on Branches" projects. I was also inspired by the fun and vibrant colors on the cover of the book, so I gathered some primary colors of acrylic paint and decided to give the wire projects a whirl.
Before beginning the wire sculpting, I prepared my canvas fabric. Using sticky back canvas, I painted three different colors of the primary acrylic paints by Eco Green Crafts onto one sheet of canvas and allowed the paint to dry.
The book very clearly gives instructions on how to wrap the wire; furthermore, the detailed pictures and steps make it very easy for beginners to follow. I decided to use the 20-gauge wire by Vintaj Natural Brass Co. to create both the flower and bird.
After creating the wire flower, I held it up against a piece of the canvas that had been painted with red paint, and with a needle, I stitched the wire onto the canvas with a yellow-colored thread. Next, I stitched the leaves that were painted with the green paint onto the canvas. Very carefully using a small knife, I made a small hole in the top of a cork and then inserted the end of the stem into it.
For the bird sculpture, I followed the bird-wrapping technique from the book to create it. I didn’t want the entire bird to be blue, so I stitched a piece of canvas painted with blue paint for only the area where the wings are. I then added some decorative paper to the back of the rest of the bird. Next, I wrapped the excess wire around a glass bottle to secure the bird to it. I decided to paint a couple of pencils in the same primary blue, attached a small strip of the same patterned paper from the bird, and added them to the jar as a finishing touch. Place your wire projects on your desk, kitchen windowsill, on a dresser, or anywhere in view to be inspired throughout your day!