Join PNW papercrafter and flower maker Kate Alarcon as she transforms paper into GOREOUS Japanese anemones...with a little help from Copic, of course!
What You'll Need
- Aleene’s tacky glue
- Doublette (aka duplex) crepe in white on white for the petals
- Off-white fine crepe for the stamens and center
- Gold light-weight paper of any kind for the pollen
- One 10 inch length of 18 gauge, cloth-covered stem wire
- 3 inches of light green floral tape
- Copic Sketch or Ciao markers in: RV69, V15, V12, V91, YG95, and YG03
- Paper scissors
Why Use Copic Various Ink?
Although crepe paper comes in a fairly wide range of colors, their bright, clear hues don’t quite capture the subtle mauves of the Japanese anemone, a late-bloomer with charmingly irregular petals. I experimented with using acrylic and watercolor paint to have more control over the color, but because these paints are water based, they distort the tiny crinkles of the crepe paper, which are essential for shaping natural-looking petals. When I finally tried alcohol inks, I was thrilled to find that they gave me the color I was looking for, while preserving the grain of the paper.
I love Copics in particular, because their color range allows me to create delicate shading that resembles real flower petals, and the tips give me the control to produce fine details.
Step 1: Cutting Out the Center
Step 2: Coloring the Center
Step 3: Gluing the Stamens Together
Make a light zigzag of glue across the bottom uncut portion of your fringe. Wrap it around the wire just under the “pea,” so that the stamens surround the flower center. Squeeze out a small puddle of glue and dip the ends of the stamens in the glue.
Step 4: Adding Confetti
Then, dip the ends in the confetti and let dry.
Step 5: Cutting Out the Petals
Using the petal template provided here, cut one each of petals A-C and two of petal D. Be sure to cut the petals so that the grain runs from top to bottom and not side to side.
Step 6: Coloring the Petals
The petals are colored by layering ink from dark to light and from the base of the petal to the tip. Each subsequent layer covers the ink from the layer or layers before it, until finally the lightest color covers the whole petal. I use the lightest color to soften and blend any noticeable “edges” in the color, coloring and recoloring the areas that need extra blending. It looks most natural if you vary the coloring a little bit for each petal so that they look less uniform.
For flower one, draw a very short line or two at the very base of the petal with V12. Then, use V91 to color from the base up to the tip of the petal, blending any harsh lines at the bottom.
Step 7: Second Flower Petal Variation
For flower two, use RV69 to draw some longer streaks from the base to about half way up the petal. With V15, cover the darker lines and surround them with about 1/8th of an inch of ink. Then, using the lightest color V91, color the whole petal, blending the streaks to make them look softer.
Step 8: Third Flower Petal Variation
For flower three, use V15 to color the bottom two thirds of the petal and V12 to color the whole petal, blending as needed.
Step 9: Fourth Flower Variation
For flower four, use RV69 to create a dense line of streaks radiating from the base up to cover about two thirds of the petal. Use V15 to cover the entire petal, blending the row of streaks.
Step 10: Shaping the Petals
Step 11: Gluing the Petals Together
Dot a small amount of glue on the base of one petal D and press it to the stem, just under the center. Then do the same with petal C, placing it beside petal D and slightly overlapping them.
Directly across from the point where petals A and B overlap, place your other petal D.
Now you’ll have a space on either side of this last petal. In the space between this petal and petal C, place petal A. In the remaining space, place petal B.
Let the glue dry for a minute or two, and then use a three inch length of floral tape to wrap the bottom of your petals and an inch or two of the stem, stretching the tape as you wrap to activate the adhesive. Using your fingers, gently adjust the petals if needed.
Finished! Now just repeat the process for each of your flowers.
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