Monday, February 4, 2013

Crepe and Watercolor Flower Tutorial

Happy Monday everyone. 
I hope you had a great weekend! 

Every once in a while during the cold days of winter, the sun peeks through the clouds and ever so gently glides over every surface, magnifying the beauty of winter.

Though winter is beautiful, I still long for the sights of Spring and Summer and the gorgeous flowers that dress our gardens. 

While you can purchase fresh flowers year round, doing so on a regular basis can be pricey.  So I decided to make some pretty blooms that will last a lot longer.

As promised, I am sharing how I made these crepe flowers...


Materials:
White crepe paper
watercolor paints or food coloring 
spray bottle
round microwave safe bowl
scissors 
hot glue gun
florist tape
florist wire or old artificial tulip flower stem
(I purchased a bunch of tulips for a dollar at the Dollar Store)



Directions:
1. Cut crepe into petal shapes
2. Turn bowl upside down and place crepe petal on top as shown
3. Spray paper with water - crepe will curl around bowl naturally
4. Gently shape crepe paper around bowl 
5. Apply desired paint colour - you will notice the color will start to run down the petal; continue to apply desired paint colour gradually lighter 
6. Place bowl in microwave and set time for 30 seconds - this should be sufficient time to dry the paper, but if not, reheat for another 5 seconds 
7. Gently peel petal off bowl - your petal will have a beautiful concave shape
8. Remove petals from old artificial tulip to reveal the plastic core 
9. Scrunch some previously painted crepe paper and glue to centre of the plastic core
10. Glue petals one at a time around core
11. Shape petals and finish by wrapping some floral tape around stem
note: if you do not have a stem and would like to use floral wire, simply form ball shape with some pre-painted crepe paper and attach to wire with some floral tape and follow steps 1-10 above. 

I love combining water colour and paper to make flowers.  
Here are some other samples of flowers I have made using this technique. 


 



I hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial.  Thank you so much for visiting; I appreciate and look forward to your visits. 

much love,


61 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful tutorial and the flowers you make are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wonderful, I have to study your tutorial and do it, thanks for Sharing

    Marina from Jerez, Spain

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  3. So beautiful and realistic xxx

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  4. Wow! When I first opened my email and scrolled down I really thought these were real flowers! I got to the tutorial part and was amazed! I must try this in the near future. Thanks for such a wonderful blog, I really enjoy reading it!

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  5. Wow, these are just so pretty that I thought they were real at first! I want to try this soon, thanks. Jean

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  6. Just gorgeous Lucy! Great tutorial also! They look so real!

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  7. Oh Lucy! These are so, so beautiful and delicate looking! It's hard to believe they are crepe flowers! I love them!!!

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  8. Very pretty, Lucy! And a great tutorial! I have to PIN this for future reference!

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  9. What a pretty technique and talented artist you are.. this made my day! What a pretty burst of joy on a winter's day! xx

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  11. These are LOVELY! Thanks for the tutorial:)

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  12. So beautiful and elicits such a warm feeling on a cold winter day! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. Wow these look amazing. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  14. Lucy, these are beyond Gorgeous, TRULY!! They deserve to be on a cover of a magazine. I can't wait to give these a try with my girls. Thank you so much for sharing these with us.
    xo
    Angelina

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  15. I can't believe you made those - they look so real! Gorgeous photos, as always!

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  16. you have some serious talent. Utterly beautiful.

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  17. Beautiful photos, the flowers seems so real.
    Ciao
    Cristina e Laura

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  18. How pretty are these?
    Pinning as well. Great for our next Girls Craft night!

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  19. These are just gorgeous! They look so real.......thank you for the inspiration.

    Sophia

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  20. These blooms are absolutely gorgeous! I thought they were real before I started reading! Beautiful!

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous and I love your photos!!! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  22. Beautiful! I'm doing some crepe paper flowers right now and they don't look nearly as nice as this!

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  23. WOW!! I thought these were real! Thank you for the brilliant tutorial!

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  24. How lovely, would love to give this a go!

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  25. Very nice! I use tissue paper to make giant paper flowers.

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  26. These are gorgeous! Will you post instructions on how to make the cherry blossoms? I hope so!

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  27. Lucy, this is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  28. Amazingly gorgeous...thank you for the tutorial...I pinned it for you!

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  29. Lucy,

    These are amazing....seriously! I can't believe they aren't real!

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

    PS Shared and shared and....oh shared some more. :)

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  30. Love this tutorial.... I am going to have a go at making these... thank you so much!

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  31. Thanks for sharing - this will take some studying for me but you can bet I will give it a try somewhere along the line.

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  32. Awesomeflowers .... Surreal real love them i really hope tht i cn just even make 10 % of wht u did .....!!!!

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  33. Thank you for the great article I did enjoyed reading it, I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back from again. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a good day

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  34. These are absolutely GORGEOUS! What a novel idea. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

    - abany

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  35. This is so fabulous and looks pretty easy!! 'Petally' flowers are my favorite, peonies, old roses, etc... Thanks so much for sharing! Shared on my FB page! :)

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  36. Molto belli!.... grazie per la condivisione...ciao Gio

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  38. Totally gorgeous flowers! I have featured you in my blog: http://krasart.com/2013/03/22/diy-crepe-and-watercolor-flower-tutorial-by-craftberrybush/ Thanks for sharing!

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  39. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

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  40. these are beyond! i plan of popping them on my blog this week and of course linking back. hope that's ok!

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  41. This by far is the BEST paper flower results I've seen yet, and I have seen many. Gorgeous results and awesome tutorials :)

    Thank you!

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  42. What kind and size of crepe paper do you use? Your flowers are the prettiest I've ever seen:)

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  43. Lucy,
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  46. Those flowers are sooo beautiful! Just perfect! :) ♥

    Agi @ Passion shake

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  47. These are so pretty a few questions , what size crepe paper did you cut petals to?

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  48. Beautiful! I'll try it, thanks for sharing!

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    Thank you!

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  50. Yet another inspiring tutorial tysm, I just put your blog on my pinterest board "Favorite blogs" ;)

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