Spring Flower Vase
Using nail polish for watercolor effect and paper flowers
If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have missed this craze of using nail polish to create watercolored mugs. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty darn cool. With my obsession with mugs, it’s a wonder I haven’t tried this earlier. With all the other projects I have on my plate, I decided to squeeze a little trial and error into my day to see if I could master this technique. How cool would those be for Christmas gifts?! So, here I am, making a complete mess out of everything and not really getting the desired look, until I pressed pause for a minute to research some videos. Low and behold, I’m doing it wrong!
Let me save you the time and trouble by telling you this, “Dip the cup straight up and down, not in a circular motion!” Maybe that worked for other people, and maybe it’ll work for you, but I wasn’t having any luck. The nail polish was caking onto the mug in a very non flattering way. Once I dipped it straight up and down it was like magic! Unfortunately, by the time I found what worked for me, I ran out of experimental mugs! I dug through my cabinets and found these clear glass ice-cream cups. BINGO! Thus came my Spring flower vase idea.
Nail Polish Watercolor Technique
Again, let me save you the trouble by making this as simple as possible for you to follow.
1. Fill a large container with warm water
2. Pour a few drops of one color nail polish into the water, and quickly add a few more of another color, if desired
3. Work quickly, use a tooth pick to swirl the colors, making somewhat of a design, if desired
Some of my trials did not need this step as the nail polish will create pockets that spread, sometimes in just the right way.
4. Dip your mug or glass straight down into the water, hold for a second, and bring it straight up
5. Let dry
I read that some people sprayed or painted with a layer of sealant once their mugs have dried. I would recommend doing this if you’re using mugs. Since my end project was a vase, I didn’t feel the need to use any sealant.
One of my favorite things to create using my Silhouette Cameo are flowers. I make a lot of paper succulents, mainly because I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening. Yes, I’m that one person who manages to kill succulents! So, if you’re like me, you’ll love all of the paper flowers you can create with your Silhouette Cameo.
1. Open your flower design in Silhouette Design Studio
2. Resize if needed
I resized my flowers with the largest piece being about 2.5″ so that they would fit nicely in my flower vase
3. Send to Silhouette to cut
4. Using a stylus or similar tool, curl the pedals in various directions to add dimension
5. Begin to glue each piece on top of the other in the center
6. Once completed, using the sharp edge of the stylus, or needle, poke a small hole through the center of the flower
7. Place your flower in the desired position on styrofoam ball and secure with straight pin
Once you have all your flowers secure, you can use your hot glue gun to secure the styrofoam ball to the glass if you wish. I left mine unsecured so that I can interchange the vase later on.