Yellow Day / Rose Day 2020: Bee My Sunflower

“I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.”
“But I’m a sunflower, a little funny. If I was a rose, maybe you’d want me.”
“Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.”
“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”
Mark Nepo


What would first come to your mind when you think of something that is a flower and yellow in colour? A sunflower of course! ๐ŸŒป Hehe I don’t know if it was also because Sunny’s birthday also happens this month of May, just 1 day apart from Yellow Day/Rose Day in Korea, that gave me the idea of making a DIY sunflower for this Korean couple day (as you know Sunny’s name is almost synonymous with sunflowers!).

In fact, I already kind of teased what I would be making for Yellow Day/Rose Day as early as mid-April. Not just a handmade DIY sunflower, I was going to have a couple of surreal Taenggu bees buzzing around it standing in a small yellow vase too! ๐Ÿ

This Taenggu bees idea was actually adapted from my previous #52 MONTHSARY: I AM A BUSY BEE drawing of her.

So in preparation for this project, I took some time to study how to make DIY sunflowers using various mediums by watching a few youtube tutorials. I decided to try out one that is made out of crepe papers. I managed to get the crepe papers in the specific colours I would need from Popular just before the “lockdown” (or “circuit breaker”) in Singapore took effect. Then one day I sat down and started making this crepe paper sunflower but it turned out to be an epic fail. It was because the quality of crepe papers I used was different to those that were used in the youtube video. Mine was too thin and light. โ˜น๏ธ

Not giving up, I decided to refer to another tutorial that uses the medium that I’m more familiar with – standard coloured papers. However, I improvised my own materials or technique used along the way. For example, for the central pistil, instead of normal coloured papers, I used black and orange felts for an even more realistic effect.

So here’s the rough process of how I made it! ๐Ÿ˜™

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Detailed photos of my completed product! ๐Ÿ“ธ

Hope you like this special artwork that is so full of bright, cheerful yellow colours!

Thank you for pollinating my sunflower like sweet honey bees! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ
I would love to BEE YOUR SUNFLOWER too, bringing love, water and sunshine to your world. ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’œ

I love you very much!

Handmade with love,
Celeste Koh

Listen to: “Sunflower Song” by Nice Peter

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