I thought I would show the rose first. Then you would have your curiosity engaged and stick around for the rest of the PAPER FLOWER TUTORIAL. I was inspired by Ulla's post with a link to Miz Smoochie Lips blog about how she created a flower with a silk flower and some bits of fabric and lace and I was further egged on by my Stepdaughter Lexi telling me about Cassie Chappell, www.mommymakesroses.com who was going to be on Martha Stewarts show with her paper roses- made from Coffee Filters!!!! Ok, Now I was blown away by how real they looked! I wanted to make my own with the Calamity Kim Spin! SO I bought the coffee filters- the triangle shaped kind- I do have some round ones I am saving to make yoyo's with (seen on Carol Duvalls show) and gathered my materials.
Mis en Place is a term used by Chefs to arrange all the ingredients and prepare everything a head of time so that then they can combine them without having to stop and chop...etc. So ...
Step 1. Gather all materials:
Petal and leave patterns from PDF Pattern TEmplates from Martha Stewart
triangle shaped " cone" coffee filters
floral tape in green
old papers, books, sheet music, paper doilies
lace- at least 3 " wide
floral 16-gage wire
walnut ink stain
brushes and containers for water
green paper for leaves
***Go to www.marthastewart.com or follow this link to her website. I recommend watching the video and printing out her directions and the pattern for the leaves. It is listed under Paper Rose Craft***
Step 2. cut out the petals from coffee filters. All 8 sizes.
Cut out each size and keep separate on paper plates with the number written on them.
Like plate one would be labeled first petal. plate 2 would say second petal...etc however you can have them organized and ready. Once you start you won't want to have to go back and cut petals.
Step 3. Cut out special addition petals from paper ephemera. Like pages from old books or magazines or newspaper or wrapping paper. Sometimes I pick a theme and then use that through out the project. Alice in Wonderland seems especially appropriate for this one. Painting the roses red and all that!
Step 4. After painting the completed rose like the directions call for, I really think that it would be easier and faster to watercolor the coffee filters first. You can enlist the children in this and I would cover the table with plastic or even do this outside.
Wet the coffee filters with a spray bottle filled with water and the use some water colors to get the look you want. If you really want to control the color then cut out your petals first and do a lighter shade in the center and darker around the rim. Study pictures or go buy some roses to use as an example.
Flickr has a wealth of roses and choosing a color is tough. The petals will dry quickly in a warm oven or use your heat gun or blow dryer. Once the rose is complete you can always touch up the color.
Step 5. Begin by placing a set of stamen in center. I used some that were already wrapped in a bunch from Michaels( from the bridal section). If you are using loose ones then just put the end of the wire in a loop over the center and hold stamen up and wrap tightly with floral tap. You must pull floral tape as you go to open it up and get the waxy stuff going. Be sure to wrap tightly and compress the base of the petals where it is wrapped to the wire at all times.
Step 5. Take the first petals and place on wire, over the stamen and wrap. The directions from Martha were good except I would use a glue stick and put a dab of glue as I added each petal for better stability. Add petals and keep them on top of each other and don't slide down stem. WRAP TIGHT.
Step 6. Add some petals and then every other time add some lace petals or fabric or ephemera papers. Continue dotting the base of petal with glue stick and wrapping tight after each addition. You don't want the petals to fall out or be pulled out when Aunt Pansy comes over for a visit and is knocked out of her socks by your luscious vase of roses.
****I suggest you don't leave anyone in the room alone with your spectacular roses because they will either be stealing them or picking at them to "see how you did it."If you must leave the room take them with you and cover your behavior by saying that you were just moving them to the next room, where they look so lovely in the light streaming in the window.
Unless, you have spent days and days crafting and not cleaning the windows and they are so thick with dust and rain marks that you keep the blinds pulled and the lamps on. If this is the case then you will have to be quick on your feet and make up a different lie as you deftly remove the roses, so they don't get hurt or put into purses or coat pockets while you aren't looking.
I am just warning you. You can't come crying to me, OH THE CALAMITY!!!!!!
They stole MY ROSES!!!!!
You have BEEN WARNED!
Step 7. Keep adding layers of filter petals and stuff until you think you might have to quit and take a nap.
Step 8. Make a nice refreshment if you start to feel faint or exhausted. Remember, sugary drinks like sweet tea and coke are just going to make you more tired and the afternoon gin and tonic-a isn't gonna let you finish-a, so better skip it till after you're done and celebrating a vase full!
Step 9. I ended with the last two rows of petals as the filter paper . Then I mixed some walnut ink crystals in a tiny bit of water and brushed the edges of the roses. You can try a marker or watercolor.
Use your imagination!
The important thing is trying.
And having fun.
I had to keep telling myself to be patient.
Flowers take days to be this open and lovely.
****The key is this: Your eye sees shapes and your brain wants to recognize that shape. The key to roses are the turned down petals.
So Be sure to use your bamboo skewer to roll each side of the petal down with a point in the center.
Like a real rose.
Just roll it with your thumb and forefinger and you will be really good at it after the 3oth petal....be patient.
Stand back and admire your rose often and talk to it!
Tell it how beautiful it is becoming!
Remember the children and dog shouldn't hear you mumbling curse words !@#$%^&* as you are crafting- it will make them run and hide and then who will be there to help clean up all the scraps of paper you have most assuredly gotten all over the floor and table? Whew!
Step 10. I didn't add my leaves yet but I am pretty sure I will be cutting them out of some green Japanese paper- like in the art dept of Michaels- go look, they have some. Or you could use the coffee filter paper and watercolor it green....then use the same method with the glue stick and floral tape to wrap them onto the stem. I would go over it once more with floral tape pulled tight around the length of the stem, to give it a nice even presentation.
After you have shaped all the petals and attached leaves add a bit of glue to some edges and sprinkle glitter on...if you like Gypsy roses.. I used brown german glass glitter..Or if you want a more realistic rose only use the coffee filter petals and omit all the extras.
If You really want to jazz them up you could add some feathers inside and ragged edged fabrics; you could bead on the petals or use cut up vintage linens with embroidery...look around...what do you see? Poems, love letters, eviction notices? All usable!
You could employ those colored pictures the kids have layered 3 feet deep on the fridge, or the latest Anthroplogie catalog.... Doritoes or Lays bag? I see roses. Liner from giant dog food bag- roses! Maps? Junk Mail? ROSES!!!!
Dog ate a library book? After you pay $112.00 for it, what are ya gonna do with it? Don't throw it away- Recycle it into a rose!!!
Ok. I hope you enjoyed this. If you do make a rose then let me know. I will start a Flickr group for us. The next time one of those holidays comes and you are expecting roses but don't get them- Make Your Own!!
If you do get some and are one of those people without allergies who dry them out- consider making them into paper and Then making roses from that!!
Now, the paper making Tutorial will have to wait for another day....I am worn out!
I am going to hit the couch with my current embroidery and new Peter Pan DVD....