The flowers are almost beaded -- they are tactile. There was only about 2 yards of it left on the bolt, and while I didn't have a project in mind for it, I "had" to have it. Here is a close up:
I've been thinking of a design to paint on my dining room wall for a while... but hadn't been brave enough to try my hand at anything. But this crysanthemum just calls to me! Here is what is happening... I bought some poster board, and cut a row of eyelets in it. I tack one end in the middle, and tape the other end down, and then dab my finger in paint, dab it into each eyelet, and then move the strip to a new location.
Sort of makes you feel like your eyes are out of focus, doesn't it? I hope that when I get it all filled in that it looks softer. It looks sort of sharp and spikey to me right now -- I think I should have made the eyelets larger...
I have placed it off center on the wall, and if I like it when it's done, I think I'll do 1-2 smaller ones somewhere nearby. (This one is probably 4 feet in diameter.) I paint a few spokes, and then I have to let it dry overnight so I don't smear it. The good news is, if I hate it when it's done, I'm only out my time and $4.99 in paint. And I have more of the Martha Stewart clove shade of paint left, and I can just paint over it!
The paint I am using is an iridescent gold, which plays off the chandelier that was in the dining room when I bought the house. (I think it's original -- how cool is that?)