I just love the new Prima Innocence 2 flowers and was inspired to make my own using some inexpensive thin mulberry paper (found at a local art supply shop). You can use thicker paper like people use to make tear bears but then the cost is a lot more.
Supplies you will need:
- a sheet of mulberry paper (a 12x12 sheet will yield 3 good sized flowers)
- a very firm bristled toothbrush (if you don't have a wire brush used for tear bears)
- a Q-tip type cotton swab
- a decorative brad
- a little pot of water
- a small pearl strand (optional, not shown)
Step 1: Using the Q-tip, freehand "draw"one water circle at a time and then with dry fingers gently pull out the circles. For a 2-3 inch flower you will need 7 circles (anything bigger use 9 circles). You will want to progressively get smaller with your circles.
Step 2: Stack the flower larger to smaller circles and secure with your brad.
Step 3: Brush the layers stroking from middle to outer edge to make the paper fuzz a little more.
Step 4: One layer at a time, starting with the smallest, crumple them up toward the center as shown below. Be careful not to pat down the fuzzy edges though.
Step 5: Carefully open up the layers starting with the largest circle. This circle flower is about 2 inches in diameter.
Step 5: You can further decorate your flower by adding a ring of string pearls around your brad but be careful not to put too much glue as it will stain the thin paper. The larger flower below is over 4 inches in diameter and I used 9 circle layers for it.
Here are the original Prima flowers I used as inspiration. I suspect they are made of thick mulberry but I have not seen these yet in person so unsure.
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