Every year, white and soft pink cherry blossoms are found blooming all over Japan. This annual rite of spring is eagerly celebrated by gathering in parks to picnic under the flowering trees. These trees, known as sakura, carry great cultural significance for the Japanese. With their short blooming season, they remain an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. They are also a popular good luck symbol, and can frequently be found depicted in art, as well as many consumer goods such as clothing and stationary.
Sakura is native to Japan and other Asian countries, but can also be found growing in many other parts of the world, prompting similar kinds of celebrations. This project is a nice way to welcome spring after a long and loathsome winter.
- watercolour paper
- assortment of pink and white papers
- brown or black ink
- small paintbrush
- hole punch
- flower punch
- glue stick
Begin by viewing some images of cherry blossoms. The following sites will be helpful:
Cherry Blossoms in Art:
Next, paint some branches on your paper using the ink. While this dries, use your hole punch and flower punch to create shapes in a variety of pink and white papers. Lay them on the branches and when you’re pleased with the layout, lift a few off at a time, apply some glue to the paper, and press them back on. Craft/flower punches can be found in art supply and scrapbooking stores.