02 October, 2018

Autumn flowers

Today,  it's going to be a different kind of projct in my corner: a decorated piece of driftwood that I've picked up at the seaside last year. Despite immediately thinking how pretty it would be with a bunch of flowers that would create some kind of mixed media, I've kept it in my stash for more than a year before I finally took the time to figure out what this "bunch of flowers" should look like.
Needless to say, my try to do "some kind of mixed media" is rather simple and beginner-ish. And that being said, I decided to stick with basic embellishments from my cardmaking and jewelry stash only, which would be paper flowers and beads. 
My first challenge turned out to be figuring out my preferable colour for the flowers, meaning: what kind of "flower bunch" did I want at all? 
Since my idea was to create a decoration for mom, I had to find out what colour she prefers without actually asking her. I know that she finds violet shades depressing and didn't think she'd want to have blue flowers around either, so my main decision was to be made between pink/rose/purple and orange/yellow/red. Long story short told: after a "random" chitchat which led to mom's conclusion that the latter combination fits almost everywhere and would therefore be generally better for decorations, I knew my task. 
Taking out my box of yellow, orange and red paper flowers, I picked different shades and sizes of flowers, trying to align them between the cracks in the bark. Once that was done, I took out my jewelry boxes to look for matching beads.
Additionally, I punched a couple of leafs which I could place in between the blooming flowers in case the blooms and beads alone would look a little too boring.
Then, I first glued the flowers to te bark, making my way from one side of the wooden piece to the other. When this was done, I added the different beads to create a little distraction, followed by the leafs as the final touch. 
And then, I just kept adding beads until I thought I had enough of them: Big beads, tiny beads, brown beads, orange beads, beads in the cracks, beads atop of the flower petals, beads underneath the leafs.
The step-by-step process allowed me to slowly work my way towards the final image, which I didn't really have in mind yet when I started. Also, it gave me the chance to work with liquid glue which I normally don't use as I prefer duct tape for my paper projects. 
And finally, I thought this would be enough of everything. Not quite the mixed media I see from real masters of the craft, but still I fun thing to do way outside my comfort zone. And who knows, maybe, when I grow up, I'll dare to add more - a different approach, a different decoration, a different technique, a different result?
A little contribution to the October collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.


4 crafty chicks: ATG with a twist "happy fall"
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
allsorts challengeblog: autumn glory
alphabet challengeblog: N for nature
as you like it: favourite season (I really like every season as each of them brings certain joys to me, but as we're currently having fall, I'll just stick by this one - of course, this counts for warm autumn days with blue skies, colourful trees everywhere, and lots of things to harvest, by no means it includes the rainy, foggy days... even though they, too, have something magical, but usually, I'll just be cold, and not in the mood to leave my apartment at all ;) and probably, that's what makes fall so beautiful to me: the contradiction it brings with a beautiful goodbye, a colourful dying, an ever-present feeling of transience)
C.R.A.F.T.: autumn
craft-alnica: autumn colours
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "colours of autumn"
crafty gals corner: ATG with a twist "fall"
crafty sentiments: fall colours
create and inspire: ATG
creative moments: ATG with a twist "fall colours"
cute card thursday: autumn
everybody artorange/brown
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
love to scrap: ATG
modsquad: fall is in the air
moving along with the times: autumn
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: autumn
wortartwednesday: ATG
pinspirational something different (different technique)
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. Beautifully made. All the colours of autumn. Thanks for joining our challenge. Elaine GDT for C.R.A.F.T. challenge.

  2. What a delightful creation and so unusual using the driftwood as your base, many thanks for joining in with our 'Autumn Glory' theme at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  3. Wow! This is stunning, what a gorgeous piece and so alive with colour, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, x

  4. Such a pretty project, love these flowers, thanks for playing our twist challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT/4CC

  5. This is a lovely project, and I'm sure your mother will enjoy it and appreciate all the work involved. Thanks for linking up at Pinspirational Challenge. Sandy/DT

  6. Wow gorgeous. Great work here. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  7. A really lovely project. Thank you for joining us at the CRAFT challenge this week.

  8. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT, good luck!!! Amy DT

  9. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Craft, good luck!!! Amy DT

  10. What a super piece of artwork, gorgeous, thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Allsorts too, xxx

  11. Fantastic decoration. Love how you incorporated pearls among flowers.

  12. Gorgeous work thank you for joining us over on
    Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
    Dianne xx
    DT for CC

  13. Very very cool.
    Thanks for joining us at the Kreativtanten Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea

  14. Love your take on our nature challenge. Beautifully decorated
    driftwood thank you for joining in the Challenge at MMM.

  15. Lepa barvita dekoracija. Hvala, ker sodeluješ v CRAFT-alnici.

  16. Wow, I love your creation, it's very beautiful and colourful. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  17. Čudovita jesenska dekoracija. Prav domiselno si združila cvetje z vejo.
    Hvala, da si se nam pridružila v Craft-alnici. Lp Lili

  18. Wow, gorgeous piece of Fall/Nature decor...love it an dthnak you for joining our Alphabet Nature challenge.
    Diane AC DT {Nellies Nest}

  19. Absolutely stunning home decor! Love the flowers and all of the bling! Thank you for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you will play with us again soon.

  20. Čudovit aranžma si naredila s pisanimi cvetlicami :-))
    Vesela sem, ker ustvarjaš z nami v izzivu CRAFT-alnice … Srečno!

  21. Beautiful card,thanks for playing along with us at Unicorn Challenge this month! 
    Have a nice day
    Anneke DT

  22. What a fabulous idea! Thank you for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week.

  23. What a brilliant and beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing it with "Love To Craft Challenge Blog". DT Sam x

  24. Wow.. this is stunning. I've never saw some amazing creation like this before. I love it!!!

    Thanks for playing along with our Kreativtanten Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    *GDT* Die Kreativtanten
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives (#22 – Make your own Background)
    *DT* Die Traumfabrik

  25. Beautiful home decor.
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Kreativ-Tanten and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#22 – Anything goes}
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#22 – Make your own background}
    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#53 – Autumn / Halloween}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  26. Such a lovely piece for decorating your home ;o) Thank you for sharing your project with us at PINspirational! Have a great Sunday and happy crafting, Maike ;o)

  27. Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  28. Wonderful!! And wonderful design!!! Love all the flowers and colours!!
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    HUGS Cicci
    Cicci With the Pen {welcome to visit and follow my blog}

  29. Beautiful project! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  30. Lovely project.
    Thank you for joining us at Scrapping4fun challenges.
    Priya DT


  31. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Ania DT