Decorating your Arabesque ornaments can be hard. They are everywhere across the web. And they look so beautiful! I will make it simple for you. They come in different sizes and shapes but I can help there too.
The first thing you need to do is size your ornaments. I sized these three sizes and you are welcome to those patterns. But if you have a different size or shape to your ornaments, you will want to read my tutorial on sizing your Arabesque ornaments and it will tell you two methods for doing that. If you need help working with your vinyl, read the tutorial here.
Cutting the Vinyl For Decorating Your Arabesque Ornaments
If you want to make your own design or have a different size ornament that is covered in the next section.
Making Your own Pattern
Small ornaments work best if you slice a pattern out of a bigger pattern. Make sure to keep a copy of the pattern for more ornaments before you slice. Medium and large ornaments have a little more room for creativity. You can choose to repeat the same image, as in the Santa Hat or holly ornaments or put a single image in the middle and add flourishes around it as in the other ornaments. Whatever you decide, place the pattern you either made or downloaded in the center and add images or text to it. Keep with in the borders of the pattern and when you are done hide the pattern and cut the vinyl.
Weeding For Decorating Your Arabesque Ornaments
Once the Arabesque Ornament pattern is all cut, you need to weed it. I have a Cricut Bright Pad. They are about $48 at amazon. You need some type of light source to put under the project. Before I got the Brightpad, I used a LED lamp , a bowl and a piece of glass. It wasn’t high tech but it worked. Any light pad will work. You can find others (smaller) on Amazon for under $20.
Also you will need a sharp pick. I have a set from Harbor Freight that cost 2 or 3 dollars. I have just found a pinpen from 651vinyl.com that works great. While you are there look at the weeding ring. It is great! I used to stick the weeded vinyl to my hand but my skin had a reaction to the sticky. The weeding ring solved that.
These designs are small enough that you probably won’t need a light source.
Positioning Your Design
The ornaments do not require sealing.
Applying A Hanger
And you are done decorating your Arabesque ornaments.
History of Arabesque Design
- Arabesque uses intricate patterns of leaves and flowers.
- These patterns were common in wooden carvings, stone reliefs on buildings, textiles, and in decorated books.
- In Europe from the Renaissance until the early 19th century, arabesques were used for the decoration of illuminated manuscripts, walls, furniture, metalwork and pottery.
- In 1757 the Comte de Caylus published his Recueil de peintures antiques and by 1770 engraved models for arabesques again were being published in Paris.