Friday, 15 June 2012

VerDay Flower Tutorial By Carol Fox

I do really enjoy making my own flowers and embellishments for projects, so I thought I would share with you how I have made these flowers using the New Verday paint available from the shop, and some mulberry paper ( yes I too have a mountain of this) The Verday paint works really well on mulberry paper as the paper is porous, so it soaks into it, which gives a much better patina finish.

Step 1
I  cut my shapes using a flower die, but if you don't have a die cutter just cut them by hand. You need 3 shapes for each flower.

Step 2
Now cut them as shown in the picture.

Step 3
Glue them together using a glue like glossy accents, PVA can react with the verday and stop the patina working so well. Snip the bottoms of all of them except the smallest one. Now using something small and round, the end of a paint brush is good for this, curl the petals under. Your shapes will now look like this.

Step 4
Start with the small center one that has not had its bottom bit cut off, put some glossy accents onto the point and twist it, so it is quite stiff, now start to layer your flowers up. Put the point through the cut center of the next smallest, pushing it down well into the center. Add some more accents to the bottom rim of the flower and layer the next piece onto the bottom, placing it so the petals are spaced around the flower, carry on with the  remaining flower shapes until you flower ends up looking like this.

Step 5
It will dry quickly, and when it is give the petals a bit more of a roll back to define their shape. Paint the flower with the Copper verday paint. Give it two thin coats letting it touch dry between coats. Now put it to one side to dry throughly.

Step 6
Once Dry, place it on a craft mat and give it a spritz with the patina solution. I use mine in a mini mister as it gives a nice light spray, which is all you need. Once they are thoroughly dry they will look like this and have a nice stiff feel to them. They even feel old as well as looking old.

Add anything else you want to them, distress stickles look lovely on these, or add random spots of glossy accents and add Beadazzles, glitter or Frantage Shaved ice would add a lovely morning dew appearance to them.

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  1. ...great step-by-step, these are just fabby...thanks for sharing...Mel :)

  2. Stunning flowers, great tutorial now I just need some verday. xx

  3. I love these! Will have to put some verday on my list with the black gesso!
    Sam xx

  4. Stunningly beautiful - and what a great product Verday looks

  5. Fab tutorial, thank you for this! I absolutely love the Patina look on this. Can't wait to try these paints!

    Lucy x

  6. The tutorial is wonderful and I found it to be interesting even though I don't own a die cutting machine.
    The colour is remarkable.

  7. wow do I need some verday.........x

  8. would grungepaper work as well....all my mulberry paper appears to have vanished

  9. I dont see why not Mikki, its flexible and so it will hold the shape well. if you try it with Grungepaper put your make on the happydaze face book page as I would love to see your results. Carol x

  10. I think Tim Holtz originally designed these flowers to work with grungepaper and you can see lots of them online, including of course in his original tutorials. They look great, but I have to say that with mulberry paper and the Verday paints they look even better! I have some coloured/printed mulberry papers and I'm sure they would work with paint on them as well...:D Thanks for sharing these, they're fab!


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