Friday, 3 May 2013

Every Flower is a Soul Blossoming in Nature....



This is a lovely piece which definitely need sharing on this blog! Thank you to Zoe Ford
who is one of our UK Design Team Members. Here's an art journal page that Zoe has made with a lovely quote by French novelist Gerard De Nerval. Zoe said she thought it was the perfect quote to go with the 3D flowers she made. 

Want to try making these flowers yourself? 


Here's what you'll need.




For the flowers:




For the background page (Optional):


Step 1:

On a large sheet of watercolour paper, draw several flower shapes with a pencil, in varying sizes. You're going to need 3 large, 3 medium and 3 small flower shapes. I traced around some chipboard flower shapes I had.




Step 2:

Test out the colours of your ZIG® Art & Graphic Twins and go over them with a ZIG® H2O Brush to see which colours you like best for the flowers. Here are the colours I chose to use - the numbers correspond with the colours you can buy from the Kuretake shop.





Step 3:

Using the brush tip of your ZIG® Art &Graphic Twin markers, outline the flower shapes using your preferred colours. Using the ZIG® H2O Brush, gently 'draw' the colour away from the edges and towards the centre of the flowers to give them a watercoloured appearance.  





Don't worry about being neat - we will be cutting these out later so it doesn't matter if you go over the pencil lines!




Step 4:

Continue to outline each flower shape with the ZIG® Art & Graphic Twins.





Step 5:

Fill in all of the outlined flowers with the ZIG® H2O Brush until they look as though they have been painted. This is so easy to do! The ZIG® Art & Graphic Twins stay wet for a while giving you plenty of time to keep drawing that colour away from the edges.







Step 6:

Once your flowers have all dried, you'll need to cut them out. You will notice the edges curling up slightly. This is great because once we start sticking them together it will help to make them look more 3D.







Step 7:

Play around with your flower shapes, stacking them on top of each other in threes until you are happy with how they look. Put a dab of glue on the back of the medium-sized shapes and stick them to the larger shapes, then do the same with the smallest shapes. For the best 3D effect, keep the glue in the middle of the shapes and don't glue down the petals.





Your flowers are finished! Don't they look pretty?



Step 8 (optional):

If you like you can stop at step 7 and use your flowers on cards, bookmarks, scrapbook pages and any other papercrafts. My favourite thing is art journaling so if that's what you want to do, then here are the steps to recreate my page:

1. Using your black waterproof ink pad and background stamps, stamp randomly all over the page. It's not going to show very well once we get the paint down, just enough to give the background some texture and extra interest.

2. Paint about two thirds of the page using your brayer with blue and white acrylic paints. I drizzled both paints directly onto the page and then brayered them together which makes the sky look as though it has faint wispy clouds.  The reason for using a brayer here is to allow the paint to spread out really thinly so we can catch glimpses of the stamped images behind it.

3. Using various shades of green acrylic paint and your paint brushes, add in the grass. For added texture you can pounce some paint through your punchinella, as I have done.

4. Once the paint is completely dry, add some bunting across the top of the page using the ZIG® Millenium Pen and colour in the flags with the ZIG® Art & Graphic Twins.

5. Glue down your flowers, keeping the glue away from the petal edges as before.

6. Doodle around the edges of the flowers with the ZIG® Millenium Pen.

7. Write your quote or journaling with the Saji-pen Nib Pen and ZIG® CartoonistInk.



Finished!  Sit back and admire your creativity.



THANK YOU ZOE :) 

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