Art by Wendy paintings, crafts, and other handmade items

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Paper Flower Tutorial

I just love the paper flowers you can get at the craft store..I wanted to see if I could try and recreate them. This is what I came up with , with the help of a you-tube video and a bag of scraps!

This idea started when a friend's mom gave me a huge bag of leftover paper scraps from her scrap booking. What can you do with little pieces of paper?....

O.K... this is the only paper punch I own.. so there are probably better ones to use for this project. I would probably use a flower punch with more defined petals than this one....but I made it work!

Punch out a bunch of these. You need 4-5 per flower.Make sure you use paper that has a design on both sides because both sides show up.

I like to make everything vintage so I brushed the edges with my brown ink pad. (I have a serious attachment to my brown ink pad.. I brown the edges of EVERYTHING!)

Then I cut into the flower a little bit...this is where a different flower punch would come in handy!

I sprayed the flowers lightly with water to make them a little damp.You have to work on a soft surface and a thick foam mouse pad works the best. Then I use the end of a sharpie to rub into each petal forming a bowl shape.

after you do a few you get the hang of how much pressure to use.

Try to make different sizes by using more or less pressure. The bud in the middle I scrunched up when it was still damp to get a smaller bud..I also used a little glue to keep it together.

Starting with the one that's most open I put a drop of glue in the center and place the next one on top. Make sure you alternate the petals as you place them.


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I used some music note paper cut outs I received from Lemay at  leaping frog designs last month! I love how they turned out! I think you could use all kinds of different shapes and come up with all kinds of different flowers. Thanks Marion DeMuth for all of the scraps of paper!

30 comments:

Jill said...

Great job. Very pretty!

artbyvic said...

I love your flowers, TFS

Creations by Tee said...

Yes You Did Make It Work! They Are Gorgeous! Hugs,Tee

Janis said...

these are really beautiful! Glad to have found you on the Linky blog hop!!! I'm a new follower!!!

Jenxo said...

gorgeous Wendy :)

sjmcdowell said...

Wendy...These are such adorable little flowers!!
Thank you so so much for the tutorial...I think I could make some now!!

Love and Hugs,

Susan

Erika Price said...

What a beautiful tutorial - thank you so much! I'm so glad I found you through the Linky hop, and I'd love it if you followed me back at Erika Price's Blog Thank you!

4you-withlove said...

This is beautiful! I especially like the ones made out of music paper (my daughter is a music education major!). I saw you on the blog hop and am your newest follower!

Marilyn
4you-withlove.blogspot.com

maj. said...

Thank you for the beautiful tutorial! The flowers are adorable!!!!

Beth said...

hi.i hopped over thanks to the linky followers hop. hope you will follow me as well. so enjoying all the great blogs i'm finding. love this tutorial. have a great week. (:

Leaping Frog Design's said...

Thank You Wendy!!! I have been searching for just the right type of flower for my projects. This is it! After the kids are off to school I am back to try these-with the help of your great tutorial. Thank you so much!! Have a great week. p.s. I love my brown ink pad too!!! Picking up your button too!

Melody said...

Wow Wendy!
What a great tutorial! Those look beautiful...now I'm gonna have to get some paper stacks and try this...I'm an embroiderer/mixed media fabric art
not paper, but this looks fun!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, these are gorgeous, Wendy!!! How amazing how you made them too....thank you for this awesome tutorial!!! XO Cindy

Cindy F. Adkins said...

These are beautiful, Wendy! Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to try it soon! Happy Valentine's Day!!
Hugs, Cindy

Tera Leigh said...

Found your adorable blog via the Linky Blog Hop! I'm following you, now! Hope you can come visit my blog at http://www.eccentricleopard.com/ Thanks!

Rupa said...

Came here via Cindy's linky party. Your flowers are gorgeous. You make them seem very doable, I can't wait to try these. Thanks for the tut!

Lori said...

So glad I found your lovely blog. I'm following you with the new Linky tool, straight from the Linky blog hop. I look forward to getting to know you better, Lori

Hopes And Dreams Studio said...

New follower from linky party. If you don't mind, I'm gonna post a link to this tutorial under my favorite tutorials page. Stop by and see me.
Jacque

Pieced Pastimes said...

Lovely and great tutorial! Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. I hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps become a follower of mine as well.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Okay Wendy....you rock! I tried to make one of these yesterday and failed miserably! Thanks for the inspiring tutorial.

blessings,
karianne

1CardCreator said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! So glad I saw you at Cindy's Woman Thing link party. ~Diane (I am #31)

BEAR's Mom said...

these are awesome
thanks for tutorial
stopping by via
Cindy's Link Party
i'm # 57
~victoria~

Cheryl said...

Wendy... is there anything you can't do? lol.... super cute!!!!!

Amy P said...

That's a great project, thanks for sharing your techniques!

Chris said...

Hi Wendy, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Mina said...

Wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much.

Carole M. said...

Adorable! I can see they would be fiddly but with a chain-method going it could be fun project. Love the last photo with all your colourful collection of paper flowers completed.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

My favorite is the ones with music notes on them. Great job.
QMM

M Smith Gentry said...

Wendy, these turned out awesome! I can't wait to try it...I keep saying that and don't do it, but this I'm gonna do! :)

Miss Kitty said...

Wow Wendy...those are fabulous and adorable at the same time! Thanks for showing us how you made them. I saw your post over at "Cowgirl Up" blog party.