Crumpled Up: How to Make Paper Flowerscomments (15) April 3rd, 2014
For the center of each large flower, I tore a strip of paper approximately 12 inches x 1/4 inch and painted it yellow on one side and mustard on the other. I then wound each strip around a pencil to form a spiral and glued the outside edge to prevent it from unraveling. Each yellow center was then glued onto the flower as shown below.
For the smaller flowers, I tore small disks of paper and painted them black before gluing them into the flower centers. Stems and leaves were torn from the remaining scraps, creased down their centers, and glued in place. In keeping with the looseness of the shapes and the irregularity of the watercolors, I tried to use curved leaves with curved creases (accomplished easily enough with a bone-creaser or a ballpoint pen drawn along the back of each leaf).
The last step was to glue all of these pieces to a sheet of watercolor paper (approximately 21 inches x 22-1/2 inches) using a white, acid-free craft glue. (The large sheet of paper I used bears the evidence of a failed winter landscape on the backside, so this project allowed me to, quite literally, build on my past failures.) I now have a work suitable for framing that is bright and cheery. The rich colors make a bold, graphic statement and the three-dimensionality of the flowers, paired with the deckled-edge of the white paper they're mounted on, add texture and visual interest.
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