It’s June! Hooray, summer is on it’s way in the UK – At least I hope we get some summer weather here… it doesn’t always happen!
To celebrate the start of the summer months I’ve got a summer watercolour wreath layout for you today (plus a free printable for the wreath if you aren’t a painter):
She’s a ‘Weed Sprite’ instead of a flower fairy! My daughter doesn’t discriminate on which flowers she thinks are pretty. She particularly likes dandelions because of how they change into ‘wish flowers’ – I just found a time lapse video of the change HERE which I’m going to have to show her!
This layout is inspired by several things. First I enjoyed making my Focus Canvas HERE and when I was making it I thought a messy circle would be a great place to have a title inside for a layout… then K did just that in her ‘Cosy’ layout on THIS POST, and Claire at Creative Makings also used a messy circle to house a sentiment on a card – both inspired by my canvas. I also liked making the wreath tag on my ‘Art In Miniature’ post HERE, as I thought the wreath looked nice and summery and reminded me of flower crowns like THIS ONE which I’ve been dying to try out. So I had all these many things in my mind when I decided to make a summer watercolour wreath layout!
When I first began the page I picked a 12×12 piece of white textured cardstock, and painted circles on it:
Which did look kind of pretty, but I realised it was too spread out to look like a wreath, and it filled up too much of the page, as I wanted the title to be inside the wreath but the journaling and other embellishments to be outside it.
So I started again with a piece of smooth white A4 card. I used a bowl to paint my first circle around:
Then I took the bowl off and painted some messier circles. I painted a couple more green lines first, then blue, then yellow, then green leaves – allowing the paint to dry between each layer so that I could overlap them without the paint colours blending into each other:
I added a couple more layers to the leaves so that you couldn’t see the lines below through them too much:
And then I was ready to cut it out and use it on my page (but I scanned it in first so I could turn it into a printable for you – keep reading for that!). Here it is cut out and stuck to my background – I stuck the circle part of the wreath down flat with tape, but popped the leaves up with foam dots for extra dimension:
Then I just embellished to my heart’s content!
I dug through my stash for a selection of flowers and pretty things in a variety of textures, and tried them all out around the wreath before sticking them all on – mostly using my hot glue gun:
For the journaling I asked my daughter why she likes weeds as well as flowers, and wrote down what she said – ‘Each weed is special to me. A dandelion turns into a wish flower’:
Do you like this look but you aren’t a painter? I created a download for the wreath, which you can get HERE (it will prompt you to download). Printed at A4 this will print a little smaller than my wreath, but you are welcome to crop the image and resize if you are able to. You could even make it a lot smaller and use it on a card or PL pocket. Personal use only please (not for items you might sell):
Make sure you print it on card if you want to pop up the leaves for some dimension!
What do you think of my summer wreath? Is it summer where you live? If not you could always add different colours of flowers to make it a spring or winter wreath… maybe not autumn though, that would need some brown and orange leaves!
Have a great day,