Back in the day, before I was consumed with my sewing hobby, I dabbled a bit in scrapbooking. I remember looking at double sided papers back then and thinking to myself that it was such a silly idea, because you would only see one side of the paper in a scrapbook layout anyway. My thoughts about double-sided paper have since subsided, now I think they rock.
Presenting last night's work of art - Pinwheel Canvas...
Double-sided paper was awesome because it meant that I didn't have to worry about sticking two single-sided pieces together, making for a very quick and easy Saturday night craft :)
It was fun. I bought a massive canvas last year, wanting to make an art display similar to this for a blank wall in the kids bedroom. I still love the idea and want to do it sometime, but pinwheels have been calling my name for quite awhile now and after being inspired by Sam's Butterfly Canvas I could picture a bright and colour pinwheel wall art being made in a similar way.
I really love how it turned out, even more so the next morning (things always look/seem better the next day, don't they?!) and it will definitley inject a bright punch of colour into their bedroom.
A few specifications for people who want to make something similar themselves...
Making pinwheels is really, really easy - just google for a tutorial if you aren't sure. If you use double-sided paper, it is much faster. You can stick two pieces of printed paper back to back using some glue or spray adhesive if you want to though.
I cut my squares for the pinwheels at 11cm x 11cm. My canvas size was 90cm x 60cm. I made 28 pinwheels.
I used a random selection of brads from my old scrapbooking supplies for the center of each pinwheel then arranged them on the canvas and stuck them down with a hot glue gun. (Make sure they are in the correct position before sticking them down, it is really hard to pull them off once the glue is set and makes a mess of your canvas...ask me how I know...)
In hindsight, I'm wondering if it may have looked better if all of the pinwheels were sitting in random directions rather than all uniformly lined up like mine are - I did pull a couple off and play around with the direction but it lifted the white coating off the canvas and was going to be very messy so I stopped (- now you know how I know...)
Anyway, I'm loving it and it was a nice change from the crazy sewing of samples that I have been making of late to take to the Craft and Quilt Fair in Sydney. I think making a similar canvas using all the one colour or even all of the one paper would look striking too - how many pinwheel canvases can one house have?!
P.S. The market in Ulverstone on Friday night was great - such an impressive turn out, lovely to meet lots of new faces and although I was there with Citrus Pop, it was fun to talk sewing for a lot of the night too!