You can make beautiful wreaths out of unframed OMA artwork. You will need about 4-5 sheets of 9×12 painted watercolor paper with similar color palettes.
- Wire wreath structure from Michael’s ($3-4 for a 14 inch diameter)
- Flower wire, 26 gauge
- Tiny paper hole-punch (not the usual office size)
- Gold metallic paint, Lumiere by Jacquard Light-body Metallic Acrylic works best
- A small brush
- Mod Podge, diluted with water 2:1 ratio (2 part glue, 1 part water)
- Rice paper
Cut OMA art into strips of about 1.5 – 2 inches wide. Fold the strips in half and cut into leaf shapes. The leaves do not need to be exactly the same. It adds to the natural look if they vary slightly in size. You may want to use a contrasting color for accent.
Apply the gold acrylic around the edges of each leaf. This will add definition and shimmer to each leaf.
Punch a hole with a tiny hole-punch about 1/3 from the wide edge of the leaf. Cut 4-5 inch 26-gauge wire and insert into the punched hole. Twist the wire on the back of each leaf. Repeat with all leaves. For a 14-inch wreath, you will need 90-100 leaves like this.
Use the wire to wrap each leaf around the metal wreath structure. Make sure you overlap each leaf.
Starting from the inside of the circle, go all the way around. And then keep adding more leaves to the center wire and finally the outer wire. You are building the wreath from the inside of the circle outward.
Cut rice paper into about 3×6 inch strips. Flip the wreath and place thin rice paper sheets on the back, and apply diluted Mod Podge on the entire back of the wreath. Overlap rice paper to cover the entire back and to hold all the leaves in place.
Add a gold thread to the back of the wreath so that it hangs flat on the wall. Take the wine out and congratulate yourself on your beautiful OMA wreath creation!
Contributed by Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. Dr. Lokon is the founder and director of the OMA program.