Claude Monet


The French painter Claude Monet was in love with flowers:

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

He especially adored water lillies and often painted them with a small, rounded bridge. He painted them so many times that you can find these paintings nowadays for example in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery in London or the Metropolitain Museum of Art  in New York City (and many, many more). All together he spent about 30 years painting his lillies in all kind of lights and moods. Well, he must have owned a very permanent card to a botanical garden, mustn’t he?

But no, one day after many years of struggeling without money, he became rich enough to build himself a beautiful, perfect-to-paint-garden with a Japanese bridge and an extra gardener only for the water lillies. An artist’s dream come true!

“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things.”

You can easily create your own water lilly garden with deluted fabric colors on any prewashed cotton bag. Use a strong masking tape to shape the bridge through your future scenery and maybe to frame your image. Don’t forget to protect the back side of the bag with some cardboard just inside of it. After your colors are dried, remove all the masking tape and see your bridge over un-troubled water!

DIY and photo by Friederike Fankhänel