I'm really enjoying getting back into the corndollie style plaiting, but this time with paper, recycled paper to be precise. Altered Eclectics is a challenge blog for recycled art and mixed media, anything goes except cards and ATC's.
When using damp straw it is relatively easy to shape, holding in place as it dries keeps it's shape well but paper is a little different, I didn't want to get it wet incase it fell apart. An overnight hold using a rubber band seemed to help and once glued together the tubes stayed put.
After a light spraying of white paint the colourful tubes were a little more distressed, I didn't want to loose all of the colour, just knock it back a little.
The joins were less obvious once painted but still visible so that's were the flowers come in.
Before glueing the roses on I glued a small length of white organza to the heart for hanging.
The flowers had several positions before I decided just where to glue them, spending two days just sitting on the table with a tweak every time I passed, until I was finally happy with their position.
I'm now working on a smaller version with much smaller straws, a bit fiddly but hopefully worth it. This heart, including flowers, measures approx 13 inches square, if you made a slightly smaller one it would fit in a clean, decorated, pizza box for presentation as a gift.
Altered Eclectics challenge runs all month, so you have plenty of time to be creative before you come and join us.
I would like to enter this heart wreath in the following challenges: