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Back before I had a fancy iPad program with lots of cool texture tools, I used to gather up my inks and brushes and head outside to the garden at the first inkling of spring. Throughout spring and summer, I’d fill up pages of paper with quick sketches of flowers and leaves, trying to capture different stages of blooming, the intricacies and moods of each different flower in its own stage.
Some flowers just SANG of spring joy, new life, and exuberance with their showy colors and strong stems. Others felt perennially melancholy, shyly camouflaged and gently tilting toward the earth from bud to fall finale. Studying the daily details and changes of each made me fall in love with every single one.
Spring is on the wing, so in an effort to brighten things up around here and share my love, I did a little playing with my old scans and made a couple of mini spring art prints. Having this little reminder of my time with the flowers right by the window where I work has been such a good reminder that spring will, in fact, be here before we know it. And I wanted to share a little of the cheer with you!
These free printable spring art prints are sized to 8×8, 12×12 to fit perfectly within Ikea’s square Ribba frames (I had a couple to fill). Whether you’re using these as a sweet mini Mother’s Day surprise or decorating the nursery with little blooms, these are sure to brighten any space they’re in!
BONUS UPDATE: I’ve revised this printable download to include a new mini print sized to fit 4″x6″ or 5″x7″ frames!
We always love to see how you’ve trimmed with b&b, if you post pics tag us for a share (@barleyandbirch, #barleyandbirch)! You are welcome to get as creative as you want and use this for other arts & crafts projects…in fact, we have a few ideas for you…
More ways to use our spring mini prints…
- Instead of using them as framed art, cut them out and add them to your own cardboard foldout secret garden. You can experiment with your own watercolor or ink flower-making by trying our flower garden greeting card tutorial (with a free printable template).
- Print them on watercolor paper and use them as a spring invitation to create! There’s enough white space around the print area that kids can draw their own flowers in, layer the print with real flowers or other natural supplies, or use loose parts to build a garden around them.
- Print them out and trim them to postcard size for lovely spring greetings to family and friends.
If flowers are right up your alley, you’ve hit the goldmine, because they’re one of our favorite things! Our tissue paper and twig spring flowers are a great way to bring the outside in – even in the winter.
This hammered nature process art is one of our most popular posts, and gives kids a chance to smash and splatter while discovering a new way to make spring art.
And for more perfectly gorgeous kid-made paper projects (just in time for Mother’s Day…!) try these modern mini flower collages (perfect for pattern lovers) or our mixed media heart bouquets, or fresh and modern kids paper heart crafts.
Love this? Share away! Our only request is that you please include a shout-out back to us with the original link to this post instead of a direct link to the files. We so appreciate it! (Copyright barley & birch. Prints are for personal use only and are not for reproduction or sale. For more information, please refer to our Printable FAQs or the TOU file that accompanies the download).