Friday, May 3, 2013

Poppy Flowers by Rachel Whetzel

Rachel Whetzel here! I have spring fever!! Because of that, I've been bitten by the flower bug!! I was at a local boutique, and there were headbands there, with layered fabric flowers LIKE THIS. They reminded me of poppy flowers, and I wondered if I could make some using Creative Paperclay® modeling material.
  • Creative Paperclay® modeling material
  • Acrylic Craft paints (I used Folk Art) 
  • Double Sided Flower Stamen (Or something similar. These are pictured below.) 
  • Valspar antiquing stain (watered down black paint will work also)
  • Crafter's Pick the Ultimate Glue (hot glue or any thick glue will work also)
Once you have your supplies, it's time to start!! I began by rolling balls of Creative Paperclay® into different sizes. The largest being about the size of a large marble. (not as big as a shooter)
 Then, I started pressing just inside the very edge of each ball, until I had created small bowl shape. Then I started nesting each piece inside the other.
 I used different amounts to each flower. The larger the flower, the more layers I gave it.
 Next, I painted my poppies red. Once the paint was dry, I worked antiquing stain into the crevices of the flower, and wiped off the excess with a cloth.
Prior to staining
 Have you been DYING to know what a Double Ended Flower Stamen was!? Here they are!! They usually come in bunches. I found mine at a thrift store, but they are available at craft stores too. :) I cut the ends of each stamen, at varying lengths.
 I plopped a dab of glue into the center of the flower, (it dries clear) Then I stood the cut stamen into the wet glue.
 Once the glue dried in the center, I reapplied some stain to the very center of the flower, to cover the transparency of the glue. I have plans to use these on a piece of Spring artwork, but they would be really cool as jewelry too.
Does YOUR Spring Fever have you wanting flowers!? Leave me a comment, and let me know if you create any flowers using my tutorial! I would love for you to visit me at my "house" too!! Thank you so much for reading!!  ~rachel


Jess B. said...

I love the red richness of your poppy flowers. TFS!

Dawn Barrett said...

These are super neat!

Barbara Rankin said...

Love your red poppies. I would love to try my hand at making some myself. TFS how to.