A friend of mine was showing me pictures of a wedding for which she had done the flowers. I asked her where in the world had she found the beautiful yellow hydrangea that she had used to carry out the bride's color scheme. She said that she uses ColorTool Floral Spray. Now I had seen this at Michael's in the paint aisle but had put the label "super tacky" on it in my mind. When the need arose for me to have pink hydrangea (which were not in season) for a friend's wedding, I decided to try to "kopy kat" her. I was happy with the results and the flowers kept their softness. Here is a re-creation of how the process went down.
I started with a white hydrangea (you can use other type and colors of flowers too)
I put a "collar" of paper towels over the leaves so they would not get the pink color on them
The Design Master Floral Spray is available at Michael's. It is about $8 per can but it is usually not on sale so you can use your handy dandy coupon to purchase it. Of course, I have lost the top (just like I do for my toothpaste too).
I read later that the label on the can says "Keep the can 15" - 18" away from the object". oooops! I think these pictures will show that I didn't read the directions before starting. I learned that if you spray closer than that, the propellant in the spray can can "freeze" the flowers and turn them brown. Happily, mine did not turn brown.
Spray lightly moving your hand in small circles, turning the flower as you spray.
Stop every now and then to allow the flower to dry a few seconds and decide how much color you want . You could stop at this point if you like some of the white showing.
With one coat of spray paint, you get translucency. As you add more paint, the color becomes more opaque.
For realism, I think that's about as much color as I would personally add.
And here is your (now) pink hydrandgea. There are lots of other paint colors to choose from.
This might be TMI but here is a short clip of a person who actually knows what she is doing and the different techniques you can use to spray flowers.
I always hate to see non-professional pictures (like I take) of my flowers because I like to think they looked better "in person".
These hydrangea had more spray paint on them...
...and these had less spray paint on them...it's just up to you!
I am going to post this at
for her "Color My World" spray paint party