A Re-flowering.

Recently I’ve been having a bit of a rest from paper.

I started a new page on Facebook called Heartfelt. DO go and have a look if you like mice and rabbits!

Not so long ago a friend gave me a lot of small pressed paper boxes. She was clearing out her craft room and she wasn’t going to use them any more; her loss was my gain.

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These boxes were in several sizes and quite a few shapes – just like those I had used before to good effect when I created my BoxCleva Vintage look range.

A musical box! 3 inches square. Unusual colour scheme of pink and green silk and muslin with Maltese lace panels and paper leaves. I'm doing my bit for recycling here as the lace was once a tablecloth and the muslin, a scarf and in the centre is a glass dome bead I have had for nigh on thirty years!

A musical box! 3 inches square. Unusual colour scheme of pink and green silk and muslin with Maltese lace panels and paper leaves.
I’m doing my bit for recycling here as the lace was once a tablecloth and the muslin, a scarf and in the centre is a glass dome bead I have had for nigh on thirty years!

Yes…this box was once one of these unprepossessing pressed paper ones.

I didn’t want to make any more Vintage  boxes though.What I did want was pretty boxes on which to mount my new mice and hares, over on Heartfelt and so a collaboration between Heartfelt and BoxCleva was the order of the day.

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I painted the boxes, both inside and outside with match pot emulsions in very pretty colours of pink, yellow, pale green, lavender and pale blue. Since these boxes were to be used as stands for figures I couldn’t decorate the top completely as I might have done previously. I needed to keep a space for the bases of the figures to rest. ( above ). This set me thinking about paper flowers again and how I might make some which resembled the Prima flowers which are SO beautiful and decorative, if rather costly.

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Prima have brought out ranges which are multi coloured and which seem to be made from papers with patterns on. Most of them however are made from Mulberry paper, in itself a costly material and I suspect they are printed and starched in sheets before being die cut and formed. Here you see what I mean.

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Now you ALL know how much I love my very versatile Tapestry Stamps. I sat looking at these flowers for a while trying to work out how I might use my beloved Tapestry Stamps to make the patterns on the flower petals before I painted them with watercolour and shaped them to form all sorts of fantasy flowers. The boxes above have flowers all made by me with this technique.

I bought some white die cut mulberry paper ( well, I assume that’s what they are ) flower petals in the raw from Docrafts. These are inexpensive and come in two sizes and about four patterns of flower petals.

By stamping with different inks and small and large Tapestry stamps onto the white petals and then colouring lightly with water colour paints, I was able to make up a variety of similar flowers to those Prima ones sold by the sixes and tens above.

I also tried painting the flowers with the emulsion I used for the boxes to great effect. This stiffened them nicely too. Here you can see how I used the flowers on the little Spring houses I made for Easter. All these flowers were made by me with these techniques. And they cost a fraction of the price of the Prima ones. You can afford to go a bit mad with them, when they cost so little!

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One Response to “A Re-flowering.”

  1. Brooks Tyler Says:

    I used a soft pad (this is a piercing pad – but you can just use a mouse pad) and a stylus and bone folder to shape the flower and leaves. Basically, you rub the stylus over ares you want to be cupped – applying pressure to shape the paper. For larger areas you can use the bone folder.

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