WIP – Crepe Paper Ranunculus

This is what I’ve been working on over the weekend, almost finished with this first Ranunculus flower. There have been so many petal layers to this, I think about 50 petals so far. My plan is to make another smaller bloom, not as open, and a few completely closed buds. I think I’ll also try my hand at making a few anemone flowers to go with the bunch.

Here’s a sketch of what I’m thinking:

I’ll post again next week with more flowers!

Paper flower magic

As I’ve committed to paint and draw several sessions per week, I found that I really wanted to work on botanical pieces. Downside? Flowers don’t last a long time. And my cats eat them. So I thought I would make my own floral still life models.

A few Pinterest searches later… I found that there are sooo many cool options for making paper flowers! I found a lot of great tutorials by Lia Griffith, and purchased a crepe paper bundle. I started out by making a few simple flowers to get the hang of it. I did some studies in oil paint using those flowers, pretty cool. (Oh yes, I haven’t used oil paints in oh… 20 years. So a little rusty. But I LOVE IT!!!)

Then, as I wanted to make a few flowers as gifts for coworkers, I was inspired by this peony tutorial that I found on designsponge by paper flower artist Kate Alarcon. I loved making these flowers!!! And though I made a few changes due to the materials I had, they still rock! I am so into this paper flower thing, I can’t wait to make the next one. I want to fill my art space with flowers and paintings oh my!

I just love how you can stretch and form the crepe paper into petals. And the slight translucence of the material is so pretty. I’m definitely inspired here!

Getting back to a regular art practice

To all those out there taking those first few steps to get back into a regular art practice (including myself)…

You can do it! I know you have it in you… talented, smart, capable in every way…

Nervous? YEP! It’s a blank canvas! A sheet of paper! SO intimidating!

Seriously, how can it be scary to just pick up a paintbrush and start making marks?

You would think that I haven’t done this before. That I had not experienced the elation of making something amazing appear on the surface in front of me. No, no, no… that is not the case here. I’ve always been an artist. It’s something near and dear to my heart, something I have invested time, money, blood, sweat, and tears. It’s been my main mode of expression. My pride and joy. But the past few years… I’ve been struggling. It’s like losing your way in your own backyard.

This follows a time in my recent past of raw emotion, breakup and start-over, picking up the pieces and figuring out who I am. A time of major self reflection and rebuilding. Honestly, now I feel great about myself, about life, but getting art out of my head and into the world is a HUGE task of enormous proportion. Or… is it deceptively easy? Just a matter of making that first mark?

I set out to make time each and every week for creative expression.

Do the work! I say. Let it be free! WOOHOOO!

Don’t think too much and see what happens. OK?

I’m curious, is anyone else currently feeling this way? Or if you have in the past, what did you do to get going again?