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Do it at Home with the WAG! Creative Spring/Summer Bouquet

Celebrate the warmer weather on the way and create a WAG inspired paper spring/summer bouquet. This family art project highlights the beautiful floral works in the WAG’s collection and invites you to make your own paper flower creations to keep for yourself, give and share.

Many artists create floral works of art. Using examples of works in WAG’s Collection, follow the easy step-by-step instructions below to inspire your own beautiful version. All you need is pencils, markers, paper, and a good imagination to improvise or alter any or all steps below. There is no limit to the flowers you can make. You can also invent your own!

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Activity 1: Paper Roses

Create your own paper roses, inspired by Roses in a Brass Bowl by artist Florence Carlyle.

Watercolour painting of a bouquet of white roses in a brass bowl

Florence Carlyle (Canadian, 1864 –1923), Roses in a Brass Bowl, no date, watercolour and gouache on wove paper, 50 x 75.9 cm, Purchased with funds from Woodstock City Council.  

A round glass bowl in a display case

Brass bowl, Bequest of Florence Johnston.

Florence Carlyle was born in Galt (now Cambridge, ON) in 1864. She lived in Woodstock in her early years, studied art in Paris and later died in England in 1923. A post-impressionist oil painter known for figures and portraits, Carlyle also explored other genres and mediums such as this still-life watercolour.

Did you know: The WAG also owns the brass bowl in the watercolour painting!

Step 1

Download the spiral circle and leaves template here.

Gather the materials:

  • Primary: Construction paper (any colour), pencil, glue, scissors, printable template
  • Optional: beads, ribbon, leaves, glue gun  
  • Alternatives: paper bag, newspaper, magazines, scrapbook, copy or wrapping paper

Craft supplies including markers, tape, glue, paper, ruler and scissors laid out on a table

Step 2

  • Draw a circle approximately 4 inches in diameter, or
  • Trace a circular object, or
  • Use the spiral template provided

Hands tracing a masking tape roll on a red piece of paper

Step 3

Cut out the spiral circle template.

Hands cutting a red circular piece of paper into a spiral

Step 4

Start at the outside of the spiral and roll tightly to the centre.

Hands rolling a spiral cut out of red paper into a rose shape

Step 5

Glue the paper in place at the center.

Hands using a glue stick to glue rose-shaped red paper together

Step 6

Cut out leaves using the template or design your own.

Decorate as desired and make as many as you want!

Four paper roses with green paper leaves laid out on a table


Activity 2: Paper Hyacinths

Create your own paper hyacinths, inspired by The Garden at Englewood by artist Florence Carlyle.

Florence Carlyle was born in Galt (now Cambridge, ON) in 1864. She lived in Woodstock in her early years. Studied art in Paris and later, died in England in1923. Florence was considered a skilled colourist and enjoyed painting portraits and figures performing domestic tasks such as this painting describes in the Garden at Englewood.

Did you know: The model is Carlyle's younger sister Maude, painted in the garden at Englewood, the Carlyle family home.

 

Florence Carlyle (Canadian, 1864-1923), The Garden at Englewood, c. 1907, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 48.4 cm, Purchased with support of Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications and Art Gallery Trust Fund.

Painting of a young woman standing in a garden with purple hyacinths and sunflowers

Step 1

Download the flower parts template here.

Gather the materials

  • Primary: Construction paper (any colour), pencil, glue, scissors, printable template
  • Optional: beads, ribbon, leaves, glue gun  
  • Alternatives: paper bag, newspaper, magazines, scrapbook, copy or wrapping paper

Craft supplies including markers, tape, glue, paper, ruler and scissors laid out on a table

Step 2

  • Draw and cut a rectangle 2 inches x 8 inches, or
  • Use the petal template provided.

Hands using scissors to snip the edge of a rectangular piece of purple paper

Step 3

Tightly roll each petal towards the un-snipped edge.

Hands rolling snipped edge of purple paper to create curled petals

Step 4

  • Draw and cut a rectangle 2 inches x 8 inches, or
  • Use the stem template provided

Hands using a glue stick across a rectangular piece of green paper

Step 5

Glue on entire side of the rectangle.

Roll diagonally to form the stem.

Hands rolling a rectangular piece of green paper into the shape of a stem

Step 6

Tape or glue the petal to the top of the stem.

Hands gluing the purple paper petals to the green paper stem

Step 7

Wind the petals around the stem and glue or tape in place.

Hands winding the strips of purple paper petals around the green paper stem

Step 8

  • Draw and cut a rectangle 2 inches x 3 inches, or
  • Use the leaf template provided

Accordion fold 5 times on the long side of the rectangle.

Hands accordion folding the long edge of a small rectangular piece of green paper

Step 9

  • Cut diagonally from the top of the folds to three-quarters of the way down, or
  • Use the template and cut on the red line

Hands cutting the previously folder piece of green paper diagonally

Step 10

Glue to uncut edge of the leaves.

Start halfway down the stem and wind the leaves toward the petals.

Hands gluing green paper leaves to the green paper stem of the flower

Step 11

Make as many as you want to complete your bouquet!

Four paper hyacinth flowers made of various materials laid out on a table


Activity 3: Paper Peonies

Create your own paper peonies, inspired by Peonies by artist Ruth Yamada.

A Japanese Canadian watercolour painter and Sumi-e artist, Ruth Yamada founded the Toronto based group of Sumi-e Artists of Canada.

Did you know: In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Yamada taught art lessons in the Sumi-e tradition at the WAG.

 

Ruth Yamada (Canadian, 1923-2001), Peonies, 1970, ink on washi paper, 45 x 60 cm, Gift of the artist, 1970.001.006. Photo credit: Robert McNair.

Ink drawing of a pink peony flower with a blue butterfly

Step 1

Download the petal templates here.

Gather the materials.

  • Primary: Construction paper (any colour), pencil, glue, scissors, printable template
  • Optional: beads, ribbon, leaves, glue gun, tape
  • Alternatives: paper bag, newspaper, magazines, scrapbook, copy or wrapping paper

Craft supplies including markers, tape, glue, paper, ruler and scissors laid out on a table

Step 2

Trace the three sizes of heart-shapes from the template for your petals.

You can also resize or change the design to your liking.

Hands tracing a heart shape onto a red piece of paper

Step 3

Cut out 6-8 of each of the three sizes of heart-shapes for your petals.

Ask for help if you need it.

Hands cutting out a heart shape from red paper

Step 4

Trace the three size of circles from the template for your petal beds.

Hands tracing a circle onto a yellow piece of paper

Step 5

Cut out 1 of each of three sizes of circles for your petal beds.

Ask for help if you need it.

Hands cutting out a circle from yellow paper

Step 6

Check to see that you have three circles (1 of each size) and three heart-shapes (6-8 of each size).

Varying sizes of red and pink paper hearts and yellow paper circles laid out on a table

Step 7

Cut a 1 inch slit at the bottom of each heart-shaped petal.

Hands cutting a 1 inch slit into the bottom of a red paper heart

Step 8

Curl the top of each heart-shaped petal, one at a time.

Hands using a pencil to roll and curl the top of a red paper heart

Step 9

At the bottom of each heart, glue one half of the cut slit to the other by overlapping them. This will create 3D petals.

Hands using a glue stick to glue the cut ends of red paper heart together

Step 10

Arrange and glue 6-8 of the smallest heart-shaped petals around the smallest circle.

Repeat this step for the other 2 sizes of circles and petals.

Hands gluing red paper petals to a yellow circle

Step 11

Layer the three arranged petal beds, placing the smallest into the medium petal bed, and then into the largest petal bed.

Glue or tape in place and decorate as desired.

Make as many as you want!

Three paper peonies of varying sizes and colours laid out on a table

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