Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Watercolour paper shabby flowers Tutorial

Here is a tutorial for some shabby vintage flowers using watercolour paper. This is the most sturdiest of papers that I have used because the wetting and drying of it makes it keep it's shape and form. 
Try it and see.

I have used a 230gms watercolour pad.

I used a Sizzix sizzlet die on the left and tattered florals on the right.

Take 2 large tattered florals, 1 large sizzlet and 1 small TF die cuts.

Ink the edges with distress ink.

I used victorian velvet distress stain misted with water ...

... and dipped the die-cuts in making them wet.

Fold each die cut around the end of a paint brush.

Scrunch it up and hold it down on your heat resistant craft mat and heat dry it. 

Do the same for each one.

Uncurl each flower carefully.

Punch two small flowers for stamens. I used pink photocopy paper.

Soak them in the distress stains and mist them with water.

Scrunch them slightly and dry them.

Now start assembling the flower. I use art institute glue.

Hold each flower for a couple of seconds and push it down into the one below.

The four water colour paper layers assembled.

I added the stamens and thought I would take the photo on white paper.
Look what happened to the colours!!!

Here it is back on the craft mat.
A good photographer would be able to explain why this has come about with the colour changes, but I haven't the faintest idea LOL.

This is the method I used on a scrapbook page which can be found here.

I hope you enjoy using watercolour paper for your flowers.

hugs {brenda} xox

Challenges to have fun with -
Thanks to Gina - Butterfly Effect - Flowers


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42 comments:

Laura said...

Fantastic tutorial. I feel as if you have written it especially for me as on a previous post I said I had never seen these flowers created with watercolour paper before. That Victorian Velvet is a beautiful colour and perfect for the flowers, Yummy. Thank you for the terrific tutorial.

Claire said...

Fab idea Brenda, I'll definitely give it a try, the flowers have such a lovely shape with the watercolour paper. Thanks for the tut
Claire xx

Gina said...

Ooow I lurves me some home made flowers :D Why don't you link these up to The Butterfly Effect, their theme this week is flowers.:D XXX

Karin said...

wow, i'll give it a try, the flowers look beautiful!

Sue said...

A really lovely tutorial..thank you, Brenda:)
xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Next time I make flowers, I'm linking to you my friend. This is such a great tutorial!

inkypinkycraft said...

These are beautiful and thanks for the tutorial, must have a go soon!!! Hugs trace x

Suze Bain said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I'm going to give it a try - don't know if they'll end up looking like yours though! Amazing the difference of colour in the two photos, I always thought it was just my camera that sometimes didn't show up the true colours but maybe I need to try changing the backgrounds. xx

1CardCreator said...

So glad you did the tutorial, the flower is gorgeous! Love that Art Glitter glue too!

Elaine said...

Fab tutorial thank you Brenda I must try distressing my flowers , great result. Hugs Elaine

Dawn said...

Great tut Brenda, will certainly be giving these a try after the weekend. Hope you are well? x

Nichola said...

Those are amazing! I am totally going to give this a try. They are really fabulous :)

lainey said...

great tutorial Brenda, love the flowers lainey x

craftymum said...

Wow Brenda. These are gorgeous. I am going to have to give them a go. Great tutorial. Hope you are enjoying your week

Big Hugs sarah x

Terry said...

Wonderful tutorial, Brenda! I think I may just give this a try. Such a realistic flower! Thank you and have a great day!

Martina2801 said...

The flowers look great, dear Brenda! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Fabulous tutorial Brenda! I must try this technique! ;))) xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Thank you for a great tutorial, Brenda! I love that stamen punch. I think I like these even better than the 'Grungepaper flower' style, they seem softer and more organic some how,

Lucy x

NatashaMay said...

Fantastic tutorial! Thanks for sharing. :)

Ellie said...

WOW!! Thanks for sharing, Brenda! I'm gonna try that!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, the results are great.

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Fabulous flowers and a great tutorial Brenda. I have some old watercolour pads sitting in a cupboard - what a great way to make use of them.

I would never have thought that the different backgrounds would cause such a huge difference in the colour of the flower photos - it's quite amazing.
Sylvia x

2amscrapper said...

This is one fantastic tutorial--I love the flowers and am going to give this one a try. Also love the scrapbook page you used them on.

Carol said...

The flowers are beautiful and the tutorial was fantastic :0)

Terrie Purkey said...

visiting from Butterfly Effect - what a great tutorial! I can think of so many uses for such shabby chic, vintage looking flowers. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Wow!
Stay inspired!

Uuna said...

Oh, it's just like real. Thank You very much this inspired moment :-)

downrightcrafty said...

oh it is so long since I did this and you have inspired me to have another play thank you so much
Hugs Kate xx

Sue said...

Wow! fab tutorial Brenda - the photos are all great and it's really easy to understand! and the flower looks so beautiful when finished!
Hope you are well and having a good week!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Brenda those flowers look real. Don't know why I never thought of using watercolor paper. It sure makes sense!
Gorgeous!
hugs Lynn

Fallingladies said...

They turn out sooo pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Junibears said...

A wonderful tutorial Branda! The finished flower looks perfect! xx

Eileen said...

Thanks for this Brenda.... I am going to make a few. I will take a picture to show you lol. Love the look of them. The tag on the post below is just wonderful ... such clever work ! I hope 'nicking' your Autumn theme for you know what! is okay with you.... don't mind changing if necessary :) xxxx ..xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Fab flowers and a brilliant tutorial, thank you for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend
Lindsay xx

Piarom said...

thank you for showing how the bloom grow and turned out so cute in the end... wonderful!!

Cameron said...

That is one beautiful bloom! Giving Prima a run for their money, eh?!

Thank you for the tute, too :)

Ephemera said...

Hi Brenda, only just seen this post, these are gorgeous, I love them and will definitely try making these. They are superb, such a brilliant tutorial thanks so much for sharing, hope Hubby is feeling better now. xxx

Angelica said...

Stunning flowers!!!
...and a great tutorial, Thank You!!

Gerri Herbst said...

Wow what an incredible tutorial my dear. I dont have that flower die but now you have given me another reason to get it. thanks so much!

Sarah said...

Hi Brenda, sorry I haven't been over for ages! I'm still loosing blogs off my reading list and don't know how to fix it.

Just been having a read back (and forwards) gorgeous cards and projects - as always - but had to comment on this. The finished flower is just amazing! I haven't got any flower dies (well apart from the rolled ones that I can't get the hang of) but I have got lots of watercolour paper. Will really have to have a go!

Hope you are keeping well,
Sarah

Ellie said...

A fantastic card with great details.
xxx Ellie xxx

Ellie said...

Thanks for sharing this!