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Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Bok Choy Floral

Wait! Don't throw out the end of that bok choy head! Now your dinner can also fulfill your hunger for a DIY floral print.
As you can see, bok choy stalks are grouped on the head in a flower formation, and the bottom slice is the perfect stamp to use to make a large floral print. Celery works too, but bok choy has a much smoother looking result.
Materials:
A couple bok choy stubs
Some paper towel
A piece of blank paper
A paint brush
Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
A glass of water
The item you wish to transform with the floral print (I chose a canvas tote bag)
Step 1: Let the bok choy slice dry out on the counter for a day or so. This eliminates the risk of the bok choy juice causing the paint to bleed everywhere. It also creates a better separation between the petals, which will result in a nicer flower.
Step 2: Paint the petals of the stub and test stamp it on the paper. This will help you gauge the amount of paint you should put on, depending on your preferred look.
Step 3: Re-apply the paint on the bok choy and stamp it onto the item you're transforming.
Step 4: If you are switching the colors of your flowers, you will need to get the previous paint off the stamp to keep it from looking muddy. The best way to do this is to stamp off the excess paint as much as possible on the piece of test paper (bonus: you get an awesome piece of printed paper). Use the paintbrush to paint water onto the stamp, wiping it and the paint residue off with the paper towel, and then you'll be ready to paint a new color onto the stamp. 
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have created a floral print that you are happy with!
Now you have a unique floral item all set to be put to use!
(And hey, in terms of putting the item to use, think of all the bok choy I could bring home in this bag!)

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