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.