I have been making miniature chrysanthemums for the Tasha Tudor garden. There are many different looks and ways to make the chrysanthemum, this is my version. The pink in the back is made from pale pink copy paper and the one in front, is the one I´ll show in this tutorial. It is made from pale yellow copy paper. The foliage is punched from distressed green card stock.
These are the things you´ll need to make the chrysanthemum: Thin foam board or mouse mat. Green wire gauge 30-32. Paper punches, tweezers and a tool for shaping the petals. I forgot a needle in the picture, but you´ll need that too.
This is the flowers and leaves you´ll need to make one large flower. You can use a regular printer paper in the color choice of your own. I have used a pale yellow paper and then I colorize it further when it is done. You can also color the paper with watercolor before making the flower. There is no right way to do it, but I advice to make some testings to find the method and colors that you prefer.
First you´ll need to make holes in the center of each flower. I use a double layer of foam board when doing that. You need holes that are big enough to get the wire stem through.
No it is time for shaping your flowers. The two flowers with 6 petals is for the center. Shape each petal by pressing the tool on each petal tip. You´ll need the flower to curl up like a tiny ball.
Stick the wire through your flower and glue to the tip. Attach both center flowers and note to place the petals displaced. (Is that really the right word?) The two flowers should be shaped like a small closed center, use your fingers to do that.
Leave them to dry while shaping 3 of the flowers with 8 petals. (Sorry for the blurry picture) Shape these as before by pressing your tool down on each petal. Use your tweezers to make them like 3 different stages of open. You can shape them further with tweezers or fingers when they are glued to the wire stem.
A close up on how to glue the flowers to the stem. Add a tiny touch of glue with a toothpick on the bottom of the previous flower before pushing the next in place. You might have to use the tweezers to get the petals in place. Now you have 2+3 flowers in place. Leave them to dry.
The last two flowers is shaped as before, but these are then turned upside down and pressed down carefully in the center. I hope the pictures explains the process better than my english.
Bottom flowers are now glued in place with the petals pointing downwards. This is the time for shaping the flower to the wanted look. Use your tweezers to place the petals until you are satisfied with the result. Google some chrysanthemum pictures to get inspiration for the final shaping.
And then it is time for coloring if you haven´t done it previously. I used artist chalk in yellow , ocher and rusty colors.
Carefully brushed on to the flower until you are satisfied with the color tones.
These two flowers are colored with the same chalks, the color difference is determined by the color of the paper I have used.
Unfortunately I didn´t get a picture of when I shaped the foliage/leaves. As mentioned they are made from heavier paper than the flowers. I have used a antique green distressed card stock that gives a natural dark green look.
Press while drawing a line along the middle of the leaves with a needle. Use your fingers to shape each leave before gluing to the stem. I always use tacky glue for flower making, but any quick drying glue can be used as long as it dries up clear. For a final finishing touch I sprayed the flowers with a clear spray glue.
If you have any questions to the tutorial please leave a comment, and I´ll try to clarify the process.
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