Painted Daisy

Had some fun with painting the petals on this daisy. I used white gouache on extra fine purple crepe, painting before I cut the petals out. I also tried rolling long strips of fringe in a tight spiral to make the center of the flower. I like it!

Crepe Paper Anemone Flowers

Anemone flowers that I’ve been working on this week. Super fun to make… I watched this tutorial by Lia Griffith and then winged it on making my own templates. I’m really happy with how they turned out! They are a little bigger than I had originally thought, I was planning to make some to go with the ranunclulus flowers from last week (still in progress, but I’m excited to finish those up too) but I’ll have to make some scaled down for that specific project.

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!