I love this little decorative tray! I have one on the wall in our bedroom, and another in the new bathroom.
I had to take it off the wall and into the art studio to use as inspiration.
The colors, patterns, flowers, and birds immediately sparked some ideas:
1) I need to draw birds!
2) I need to felt these flowers!
3) I see a kids’ art project using sponges as stamps to make the triangle pattern!
4) I love this color palette!
It was nice to have a guide to loosely follow for this needle felted flower.
This felting uses the color palette: cream, tan, pale pink, greens, orange
Let’s be honest, I say this is a kids’ art project, but just as fun for adults! I used sponges cut in triangles to make the triangle border. Painted flowers with acrylic paint for the border. I drew one bird with pencil and one is watercolor painted. Then it gets all glued together as a mixed media collage. (Along with scrapbook paper). The finished product is a totally different vibe than the tray inspiration piece – especially with the black background (can’t help myself!) but all the elements are there.
Then I took to the iPad…adding the tray photo, color palette, and practicing drawing
Need lots of practice with birds! I found it easier to draw birds with a real pencil, rather than on the iPad.
More drawing practice. I enjoyed the challenge of copy and practice, using the images to inspire and spark more creativity.
I looked it up online and saw that the tray was probably made in 1980; not quite an antique!
Here is where the tray lives in our room. I’m trying to fill the wall with flowers!
And the other in the bathroom, more flowers. I don’t apologize for flowers. That’s how God chooses to decorate, so it’s a good plan to follow! 🤣
All in all, a super inspiring piece to spark lots of creativity.