Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Strangest Art Tool Yet

As I was cutting celery sticks for my daughter's St. Patrick's Day class party (yes, I was "celery mom"; you know that must have gone over big), I remembered a trick I have read about dipping the cut end of the celery stalks into paint to get the effect of a painted rose.
I decided to give it a try, pouring a few shades of pink craft paint onto some palette paper, and dipping the celery right in.  So far, so pretty:
I dabbed the celery into lighter pink first, and then into a brighter pink, and spread them all over a piece of white Bristol paper to check out the effect:
Then I made a couple straight lines of celery prints onto another page:
I added black lines with a Sharpie pen to define the rose petals, painted a green background with watercolor paints, and flicked some white watercolor paint over it all to make it a little more interesting:
I am amazed by the creative design that went into making joined celery stalks look just like a rose.  Go, God!
I stamped a few ATCs while I was at it:
I added some dots and cross hatches and got some good graphic effects:
What's next:  carrots?  green pepper?  onion?  I might just have to raid my vegetable crisper drawer to find some more strange art tools!

8 comments:

Beverley Baird said...

Love your pieces! Great how they turned out!

Tina said...

I love this! Just have to try since I happen to have the celery/art supply occupying real estate in my frig right now!

Esmee Lynne said...

I tried this several times..every time I cut celery. Mine are not nearly as pretty as yours! Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

What a neat idea. You can find stamps anywhere.

Jo Murray said...

Wow! What a great tip! That worked REALLY well.

Jewels said...

This turned out GREAT!

Patty Antle said...

Oh, Andrea, you inspire me so! I am pinning this. I have a stalk of celery in the fridge right now!

Parabolic Muse said...

I've done these printings, but I've never actually doodled or embellished them before. Looks great!