Gather your supplies
• 100 x 1.5mm balsa wood, lengths to suit
• Water-based craft paint in orange, yellow and black, plus colours of choice
• Size 10 round paintbrush n Size 12 flat paintbrush
• Square-format stretched primed canvas, size to suit (we used 60 x 60cm)
You’ll also need:
Sticky tape; pencil; sharp scissors or craft knife; cutting mat (optional); ruler; PVA glue; 42 x 18mm vinyl-wrapped pine DAR in White (see Tip, below); saw; mitre box; power drill; small screws (8); picture hanging triangles (optional); picture hanging wire (optional)
Tip: Instead of using vinyl-wrapped pine DAR, try painting, staining or varnishing regular 42 x 18mm pine DAR however you wish.
Using a photocopier, enlarge Apple template (below) to suit size of chosen canvas (here enlarged to 50cm across 2 pieces of A3 paper). Use scissors to cut around outside of apple shape, stem and leaf. If necessary, join 2 halves of apple template together with sticky tape.
Trim balsa wood into strips roughly larger than size of template, then lay out side by side. Position apple template on top of balsa wood and adjust to fit if necessary.
Using pencil, lightly trace around apple template. Cut balsa wood along marked lines with scissors, or carefully use craft knife on cutting mat. Trace stem and leaf shapes onto balsa offcuts. Cut out stem and leaf shapes.
Using scissors, cut out 1 seed shape from apple template. Trace 6 seed shapes onto balsa offcuts. Cut out seed shapes.
With lengths of apple-shaped balsa laid out side-by-side, use pencil and ruler to mark up 1 half of the apple in any geometric pattern you desire, or use our template as a guide.
Apply 1 coat of paint to each section of your geometric pattern, using your choice of colours. Use round brush to paint along edges and in fine corners of shapes. Use flat brush to paint body of each section. Wash brushes with water before changing colours. Paint stem orange, leaf yellow and seeds black. Allow to dry.
Glue apple shape in a centred position on canvas with PVA glue, keeping lengths of balsa butted together. Glue on stem and leaf, then fix the 6 seeds in position on top of apple using the design as a guide for positioning. Gently place a plastic-wrapped weight on top of balsa (a magazine will do the trick) until it dries.
To frame your artwork, measure and mark 4 lengths of pine to suit, then use saw and mitre box to cut lengths. With frame in position around border of canvas, predrill from reverse side of canvas frame into each length of pine frame. (Take care not to drill right through pine.) Secure each length of pine in position with an even spread of 2 screws.
You can hang artwork using existing canvas hanging string, but if it doesn’t quite hang correctly with new frame, screw picture-hanging triangles to each side of back of frame. Attach hanging wire to triangles. Hang finished artwork.