I’ve got some questions for you:
Do you know how many countries there are in the world?
How many countries national flowers do you know?
Chances are you probably don’t know that many national flowers.
I’m on a mission. And my mission is to paint every country's national flower and compile them into a book.
The idea came into being when one day, while discussing another project with my 3rd grader son, a light bulb went off about finding a book on the national flowers of every country in the world. Up until that time, I wasn't aware of the total number of countries in the world, let alone their national flowers. Of course I know my native country’s national flower.
So my son and I went to the computer, did a google search and found that there are a total of 195 countries in the world! Then we searched for a list or a book that would have all the national flowers, but to no avail. Honestly, I was quite disappointed because I thought this type of book should exist for educational purposes.
Then, I asked my son, ‘What if I made paintings of every country’s national flower and compiled them into a book so that not only us, by the way we’re a homeschooling family, but everyone who is curious to know what the national flowers are can benefit?
So, curiosity and the love of flowers led to The National Flowers of the World project.
Here is a detailed overview of the projects two phases.
Phase 1: Paint 195 flowers
All the flowers will be painted in large sizes, starting from 16x20 inches. What’s unique about this painting project is that all of these national flower paintings will have video tutorials, showing the steps I took to complete each painting from start to finish. This is really beneficial because you can access my videos and trace back the steps that I took for every painting. If you have any particular flowers that you’d like to watch being created, then these videos will be really helpful for you.
This is a big undertaking for me. Not only will I be creating the flower paintings, but I will be providing step by step videos of the creation of each painting.
Phase 2: the Coffee Table Book
All the paintings will be compiled to create a beautiful coffee table book. If you’re not familiar with what a coffee table book is, here’s a definition of it.
A coffee table book is an oversized, usually hard-covered book whose purpose is for display on a table intended for use in an area in which one entertains guests and from which it can serve to inspire conversation or pass the time. Subject matter is predominantly non-fiction and pictorial (a photo-book). - Wikipedia
Personally, I really love these types of books because you can usually see beautiful paintings in them, which is great to get inspiration from. They are also great conversation starters.
I’m in the beginning stages of this project and there is a lot of research to be done. This initial research allows me to get to know each country better.
If you’re interested and want to join me in this journey into making the project a reality, you can check out the information here on how you can get involved. Also don’t forget to share this project with your family, friends, and circle of influence. I truly appreciate it.
I really hope that this book will help millions of people to get to know the countries around the world and their national flowers. When the book is finally in print, we all can appreciate the beauty of the flowers that our Creator has blessed us with.