DIY Disaster!

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Don’t give up!  What if you found a paint or two (the Martha Stewart line at Michael’s includes an amazing number of colours for all kinds of different materials) that bridges the gap between the two purples and painted a varying number of petals between the two different colours and sort of forced the gradation.  This would be easier to show than it is to explain…but basically lighten a few of the darker ones, and darken a few of the lighter ones and they should blend better.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you notice on the pink one, they don’t all change colour at the same place which helps to fool the eye.  Try a few strands, walk away and then come back and look later in the day.  Also, consider the lighting at your venue.  If the lighting is not direct, or dimmed, the contrast may not be as evident.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I agree with blueberry girl…I love the idea so dont give up.  You still havent added the ivory ones in yet… try alternating the colors so it doesnt look so uniform….

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i think it will look great in the end. keep working on it.  i painted some of my silk roses using regular acrylic paint mixed with water.  i needed a gradient variation in them for my bouquet and think that worked great. try that between the purples and also vary the height of color change just like the inspiration photo.  cant wait to see an update. great idea 🙂

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I hope you don’t give up. This will look amazing regardless if it matches the pictures or vision in your head. Keep in my that your guest wont have the same expectations and will probably the enjoy the finished piece without ever knowing it wasn’t “perfect.” 🙂

That being said, maybe you can experiment with the style in which you sew the petals together. I noticed the white&pink petals in which you draw your inspirtaion seem to be more “messy.” They twist and turn away from the adjacent petals while yours seem kind of uniform or flat. I still think your way makes for a very powerful and beauitful statement but maybe you’d like to try something new if you’re not happy with it.

I’ve never tried this before but maybe if you leave more of space between the petals the twine will naturally twist and flow?

 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it’s an awesome idea! I was just discussing how I would love to have these for our ceremony but it’s out of our budget. Was this costly to create? How did you go about this?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think that blueberry girl makes a great point. The color needs to change at different heights. It also looks like there is more distance between the individual petals in your inspiration photo… I think that that is making a big difference too. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with the above comments. 

 

Maybe you could also try blending the two colours of petals a bit just at the bottom (grape, grape, eggplant, grape, eggplant, grape, eggplant, eggplant, grape, eggplant, etc..) in an attempt to blend the colours together? No idea how that would look, but it might lessen the contrast. 

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You could always try dying it 🙂 keep at it! 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Don’t give up. Take a break and try again. Good luck!

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with the above. Where the colors join dont make a strait line across stagger them a bit.

Also with the 2 toned ones (grape and ivory) dont make them all face strait across. Make it look more random. While you are sewing them just pick up the petal and sew it in whichever direction you are holding it without adjusting. I think because you have them all facing the same direction it looks like stripes.

Lastly, in the inspiration photo it looks like the petals are attached very loosly so they fall quite naturally. But yours look very structured, like they are glued together. Not sure how you are attaching them together, but maye try just stringing them together using a few loose stiches in each, and stager the placement of the stich (some off to the side, some in the center, top bottom etc. 

 

Dont give up,  I think your colors will blend nicely if it looks a little less structured and a little more random. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

another option is to slowly blend the two purples together, to tranisition a little less harshly…and do this at the top to, so that you dont have 3 distinct colours, but a very nice and smooth deepening of the purples.

Keep up the good work, looks great so far!

Post # 16
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Wannabee

I really LOVE this idea..can you please give me instructions on how you created it..pretty please!! [email protected]

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