Sunday, April 3, 2011

How to Make Paper Flowers

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Once you have made your own patterned paper, why not turn them into adorable paper flowers!

I just love the way they go along with the papers. Once you have developed your own style, anything you do can be combined together. As I have said, the best shop for papers and embellishments is the one you can set up for yourself!

So take out your hand decorated papers (I have quite a pile of them) and start making flowers! In addition to papers, you will only need correction pen, black marker (I love PITT artist pens), some embroidery floss, glue (Tombow is my favorite) and scissors.



Pick three papers that work well together. Remember to ensure there's enough contrast between them.


Cut three circles, a small one, a medium one and a large one. My largest one is about 3 inches (7,5 cm) but you can make them in various sizes. Just be sure the smallest circle is big enough to add details like button holes.


If you have made your papers drawing layered circles, you have your circles ready to be cut. I cut the circles free hand as I am not so fussy about making them accurate.



After cutting the circles, take the biggest one and draw the shape of the flower with the black marker. I like my flowers to be asymmetrical. I think they look more artsy that way!

Cut by following the marker line so that the black marker line remains visible. The line frames your flower and make it look more dimensional.

You can also change the shape of the second circle if it feels right. I often find myself adjusting the shapes of the circles during the process.


Make the smallest circle to look like a button by drawing circles with the marker and the correction pen. Then add holes with the marker. Big holes look better than small ones.


Now you have the three parts of the flower ready to be attached. Glue the parts together. Then take your needle and sew the buttonhole. After this phase I often add details with the marker. Here I have added little dots around the button and circled the second circle. As I love adding layers to my work, I finally glued the flower to another paper (blue one in the picture) and cut it out.


Here's the finished piece. Have fun with your papers!

25 comments:

  1. they look so fantastic, all the colors and the shapes are a little psychedelic. Loved them!

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  2. These are lovely! :]
    I just found you blog/site...and I am loving it!!!
    I have had a wonderful visit, and will return.

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  3. Just found your work and Love your free style! These flowers are incredible!

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  4. What fun! Love your style!

    Diane

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  5. Love these flowers. Perfect for spring

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  6. I love these - I'm thinking they might make a pretty pin for a sweater.

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  7. What a great idea. Very fun to the wacky looking side! Love it! thanks!

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  8. i wish i can, i hope i can, NO I WILL TRY AND SUCCEED!

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  9. thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations with us.

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  10. Thanks so much all! Be sure to check my new blog at www.peonyandparakeet.com!

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  11. J adoreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    bravo
    monique

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