I remember flying kites with my grandfather when I was a little girl. The kites were made out of paper, I think -- the ripstop kind -- and we sometimes decorated them with markers and crayons. We would tie a ribbon and torn fabric to the tails. If we were lucky and the spring winds cooperated, we would have one really sail, way up high! Then we would tie the string to a metal stake in the ground and let it dance in the sky while we worked on launching a second kite.
I hope you feel a childlike fancy when using the kites stencil. Let your imagination soar with colors, patterns, and embellishments.
I consider a Cosmo like a mashup of a daisy and a zinnia. (They're actually in the aster family.) I'm amazed at how different they can look -- and it's no wonder since there are 30 species of Cosmos. From vibrant pinks and oranges to delicate whites with a magenta fringe, these beauties are fun to paint.
Who can resist a bouquet that has hydrangea in it? Their globe of blooms can be a single star, but they also work well with a supporting cast, like in this stencil design. Artists can experiment with a wide range of colors in their bouquets. For example, let the brights and primary colors come out to play. Or, keep everything understated with muted hues. When you need a little accent on a tag, stencil just one of the flowers (or the hydrangea with its leaves).
The exotic fuchsia is native to Central and South America, Australia, and Tahiti. Push the drama using this stencil with fluorescent pinks and showy purples, and let your art supplies transport you to another place in the world.
Columbine grows in different colors, such as purple, pink, and blue. The blue version is also the state flower of Colorado (Rocky Mountain Columbine, representing the sky, snow in the mountains, and mining for gold). The Latin root, 'columba' means dove. Columbine symbolizes endurance, fortune, faith, and peace. (Fun fact: it's also called "Granny's bonnet"). There's fascinating mythology and meaning surrounding this flower. However you stencil this perennial, they are a sign of spring and early summer woodland meadows.
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