I’ll freely admit that I’m not an artist. I love to be creative, especially in the kitchen, but art is not my strong suit. I can copy if I have something to reference, but coming up with something that looks like actual art isn’t something I can easily do. But that is ok! Sometimes it is better to tap someone else for a little help. When I decided to join in on Tour the World by Flower from Playground Parkbench and represent my state, I knew it would be fun to create some artwork. So I commissioned Lizzy Barrett (who specializes in drawing flowers) to create a beautiful black and white photo featuring the Minnesota State Flower. This Pink and White Lady’s Slipper Orchid was just what I wanted and so I’m offering it up as a free printable!
Originally this was meant to be a cutting project. I had a grand idea of using multiple scrapbook paper scraps in various shades and prints of green, pink, white and yellow in the background and cutting away the white sections of the print. In my mind it turned out awesome. But unfortunately executing that idea wasn’t so easy. Because there are so many sections with very thin black lines, especially in the leaves, it was much too easy to rip the printable on card stock.
Because our state flower is mostly white, it presented a bit of a challenge. I decided to fill the white part of the flower in with white glitter glue. It works great when close up, but doesn’t show up well in pictures. (I would recommend a bit more than I put on if you want it to stand out.) Alternatively, you could use traditional white glitter to really make this flower sparkle!
Once dry you are left with artwork that is perfect for hanging in a 8×10 inch frame. And while I used watercolor, you could just as easily fill in with marker, colored pencils or even crayons. Not only does this project offer something beautiful to hang in your home, it is also a way to show Minnesota pride or as a teaching lesson of the beautiful Pink and White Lady’s Slipper Orchid.
Download Free Printable
To complete this project, print out this Orchid Free Printable.
And for more great flower art and craft projects from around the world, check out all the awesome Tour the World by Flower ideas from other bloggers.