First, I just sloshed water colors on three pages in my sketchbook -- fronts and backs of each page.
Then I played around adding some details and patterns.
I enjoyed exploring how the paint flowed over wet and dry areas of the paper.
I ended up with three colorful pages.
I cut circles from the pages.
Then cut each circle into a spiral. I think the width of the "strip" is about half an inch. But this project can be created with much bigger or smaller circles. You should experiment! (Of course, you could even work with plain paper, no need for paint.) I left a small "circle tab" at the center.
Beginning at the outside edge, I just rolled up the strip, keeping the inside edge even and letting the outside (top) edge naturally flair out. I dabbed some hot glue on the circle tab and pressed the wound up edges into the glue. Ta Da!
This one is my favorite.
I grabbed a branch from our back yard and hot glued the blossoms to each little twig.
Totally springy, right? Definitely some good spiral fun!
I think I first learned this spiral flower technique from Betz White's blog where she created a beautifully pomander using felt rather than paper. You can find tutorials for the technique all over the crafty blogosphere.