Shabby chic flowers are rarely single. In the vast majority of cases, they are collected in floristic compositions and attached to a common base. It can be a cup, a cage, a wreath, a jug or an elegant vase. The field for the craftswoman’s imagination is limitless here – plants can be arranged into the most unexpected containers. In these workshops, shabby chic flowers are collected in the traditional way: in a cup and a jug.
Master class “Shabby flowers in a cup”
A delicate, neat bouquet of shabby chic flowers in a cup will be an excellent unobtrusive decoration for a work or dining table, a shelf with your favorite books, or a bedside table. The classic combination of pink and blue shades, delicate delicate texture of flowers will bring lightness and airiness to your interior.
Assembly: a floral oasis is fixed in the cup, all elements of the composition are glued into the oasis with latex glue.
The color scheme of shabby chic flowers in this mater class consists of white, pastel pink, grayish green, lilac and light blue colors.
Pansies . Graceful flowers of pansies repeat the form of a violet . The variety of their colors and color combinations is simply incredible: from pure white to completely black; you can find a flower of almost any shade – yellow , orange, blue, lilac, pink, blue, red and all kinds of combinations of these tones. In the center of the flower there is often a spot of the original shape and color.
In England, pansies are sent to lovers on Valentine’s Day (February 14), when all the feelings hidden for a year can finally be expressed. It is said that more love letters are written in England on this day than in the rest of the world. Often a dried pansy flower is sent in an envelope instead of a letter. And the recipient immediately understands everything – this is a declaration of love. This flower plays the role of an intermediary, expressing without words the thought and desire of its sender. In England, this flower is also called heart calm.
Pansies are incredibly delicate flowers, their petals are quivering, and gentle transitions of colors simply captivate with their charm.
1. Glue a small piece of yellow-colored polymer clay onto a medium-sized wire (No. 24 or 26), form the middle of the flower. We prepare small pieces of white and light blue clay – for this we add white and blue oil paints and a small amount of cream to the clay, knead thoroughly. We take a piece of plastic with a diameter of about 5-7 mm, fashion a drop.
2. Using the SS dumbbell stack, roll out a small elongated petal from a drop, walking the stack in the center and from the center to the wide edge of the petal. The thinner you roll the petal, the more tender the flower will turn out as a result. If desired, we print it on the mold (in my case, the rose mold S, you can take a universal mold or any with a fine texture).
3. For pansies, we need five petals: in this case, three are white and two are blue.
4. To make these shabby chic flowers with your own hands, you need to follow a certain sequence of attaching the petals during assembly. We start gluing from the bottom white petal, which will be located on top of the rest. We glue it to the stem with the texture up so that the yellow center peeks out by about 1 mm. We wrap the petal around the stem like a calla flower and turn the petal outward a little with our fingers.
5. Next, glue the second and third white petals at an angle of 90 degrees relative to the first.
6. The last two upper blue petals are glued: first one with an offset to the right, then the other with an offset to the left. Let the flower dry.
7. It is best to tint an already dried flower, preferably the next day after sculpting. For tinting, it is better to use dry pastel crayons or watercolor markers. We select the colored crayons we need, rub them into powder with a blade. First, apply a yellow color with a brush under the middle of the flower. Then we tint the white petals with lilac and blue, and the upper petals with dark blue, shading the paint with a damp cloth. To achieve bright shades, the process can be repeated – add more paint with a brush and blend again with a damp cloth. Bright blue highlights can be added with a watercolor marker and blended. Similarly, you can tint the flower with a small amount of oil paint.
8. For the perianth, take a small piece of green clay, roll it out and cut out a “fence” of five sepals.
9. We wrap them around the flower, carefully glue them. You can also glue the department in a circle, it has five small sepals.
10. We fashion a thin stalk.
Look at the photo of shabby chic flowers: they are elegant and very effective:
Clover . This herbaceous plant is found everywhere in our area and is absolutely unpretentious in cultivation. Clover inflorescence is a rounded multi-flowered head. Creeping clover flowers are white or light pink, with a slight pleasant aroma. Clover does not have a special decorative effect, in this regard, it is rarely used in bouquets and compositions. However, this shabby flower will wonderfully complement a wildflower arrangement or a small tabletop bouquet.
1. Cut thin wire No. 26 or 28 with pliers into pieces about 1 cm long (at least 50-60 pieces).
2. We prepare the clay of the desired shade – for a flower it is better to knead white and light brown. Take a tiny piece of clay (about 2 mm in diameter), SS dumbbell stack.
3. Roll out a small rounded petal from clay.
4. Glue the tip of the wire into the center of the petal, fold the petal itself in half. We need about 50-60 pieces of such blanks for a flower. The more blanks we stick, the more magnificent and beautiful the flower will turn out in the end.
5. Half of all blanks to make the second petal. To do this, again you need to roll out a rounded petal (slightly larger in size) and cut it from one edge. It turns out a forked petal.
6. Glue the second petal behind the first one so that one peeks out from under the other.
7. We got blanks for clover – half from one petal, the rest – from two glued petals. Let them dry for a while. After that, we cut the wire-stalks at the blanks, leaving a length of about 2-3 mm.
8. Knead green plastic. We take a piece with a diameter of about 1.5 cm, form a rounded drop out of it and glue it onto wire No. 24. Before that, at the end of the wire, do not forget to make a small loop with round teeth – this will ensure a more secure fastening of the base.
9. Cut the top of the drop into small cloves with scissors. This stage, in principle, can be skipped, but it is worth cutting at least the top of the drop to simulate undeveloped flowers in the inflorescence.
10. For the stalk, we roll out a thin sausage of the desired length from clay.
11. Lightly roll it out, coat it with glue and wrap it around the wire.
12. Align the stalk with fingers lightly dipped in water.
13. We apply glue to the base of the flower and, starting from the top, gently, tightly to each other, glue the blanks with one petal, folded edges down.
14. Next, we glue the blanks with two petals more loosely, right up to the stem itself.
15. In the same way, we sculpt several clover inflorescences. Since the composition will be glued into the cup, they can be left in this form, without leaves.
Ranunculus (garden ranunculus) . Ranunculus is a bright and delicate spring-summer flower native to the East. For a long time it was very popular and was valued as highly as a tulip. Garden forms of ranunculus have luxurious double flowers with many rounded petals. Flowers are single or in inflorescences, yellow, white, red, all shades of pink, lilac, two-tone – white-pink, green-pink, green-white, green-yellow. The coloring of these shabby flowers is very clean, bright and juicy. Bouquets are usually made up either of buttercups alone or in combination with wildflowers or peonies .
1. We take wire No. 22, at the end of it we make a loop (in order for the clay blank to better bond with the wire and not fly off it during further work). We knead white oil paint into a piece of cold porcelain with a diameter of about 2 cm, then add quite a bit of green paint, knead thoroughly until a uniform light green color. We form a ball from clay, glue it on the wire.
We leave to dry, preferably for several hours – so we will be sure that the workpiece is firmly attached to the wire.
2. We mix a small amount of white and green paints into the new clay, we achieve a light green tint. Do not forget to periodically add a small amount of cream to the clay so that it does not dry out and does not crack during the work. We pinch off a piece of about 7 mm, fashion a drop.
3. Roll out the petal with a dumbbell stack M. Roll out the wide edge of the petal thinner than the narrow base.
4. We carefully work out the center of the petal with a stack so that it acquires a concave “cup” shape. We need 10-12 such petals.
5. We add a piece of white polymer clay of a similar size to the colored clay, we get a slightly greenish tint. We take a piece of clay about 1 cm, fashion a rounded petal with our fingers. If necessary, trim uneven edges with scissors.
6. We roll the petal in the center in the palm of our hand with the help of a dumbbell stack, making it more concave.
7. Similarly, we fashion all the petals and dry them a little. It is desirable to dry on folded paper napkins or on special dryers for ceramic floristry. In total, for a medium-sized flower, we need 10-12 small light green petals and 5 petals of other flowers – two shades of greenish-white, white and three shades of pink. Each subsequent series of petals is approximately 2-3 mm larger than the previous ones. To achieve a smooth color transition, gradually add white clay to the piece of clay originally painted in light green, then add pink oil paint a little bit to the white plastic.
8. Glue the petals in rows in a circle, starting with small ones. We place them overlapping, overlapping each other. Going from a darker shade to a lighter one.
9. Next, glue the petals of white and pink flowers in the same way, layering each other by about 5 mm.
10. Leave the finished flower to dry. You can stick a wire into a floral oasis, place a flower in a vase, or place it on folded paper napkins. During the drying process, periodically check the correct arrangement of the petals – whether the flower has caked up and whether the petals have peeled off.
11. The last step in making these shabby flowers with your own hands is the design of the stem and perianth of five sepals. Since we will glue all the flowers into a small cup, we fashion the stems not too long, 6-8 cm will be enough.
Blueberry . Blueberries are bluish-black in color, with a whitish wax coating, up to 1 cm in diameter. Centuries ago, artists made purple and violet paints from these berries, and by mixing fruit juice with other components, they obtained paint for wool and fabrics.
In recent years, a variety of berries and fruits are increasingly used as a complement to flower arrangements. Refined curves of shrub stems with blueberries can complete an exquisite miniature composition, bright and lush multi-colored bouquets, floral wreaths with wildflowers.
- We take wire No. 26, at the end of it we make a small loop so that the berry does not fall off the stem.
- We paint polymer clay in the blue-violet shade we need – you can mix blue and purple oil paints. You can also add some green or purple dye to get more hue from the berries in the branch. We tear off a piece of clay about 7 mm in diameter, roll an even ball out of it and carefully glue it onto the wire. Remove excess glue with a napkin.
- We make a small hole in the berry with the help of the SS stack.
- With a sharp stack or needle, we apply a texture inside the recess, imitating the core – we draw a circle and a point inside it. For greater realism, you can pry the clay with a needle, pulling the border in the middle of the berry a little outward.
- We leave the berries to dry for a couple of hours. After that, we tint them with a small amount of purple and white oil paint, imitating a raid on the berry. The paint must be applied with point light movements with a dry brush. Excess paint and too clear strokes can be blended with your fingers or a damp cloth.
- For a bouquet in a cup, berries are collected with a tein-ribbon in small bunches of several pieces.
Master class “Shabby chic flowers in pink and lilac tones”
Lush peonies, large delicate roses and graceful lilac branches together create a solemn and romantic composition, while you can find many variations of beautiful combinations of various shades of these flowers. Such an interior bouquet will become a beautiful accent of any interior in bright colors, it can decorate an elegant festive table, living room or spacious bedroom.
All the flowers collected in this composition require perseverance and accuracy in modeling. At the same time, roses , lilacs and peonies remain the most favorite objects of attention for most masters of ceramic floristry. The laboriousness of the process of creating these flowers pays off with the incredible beauty and brightness of the result of the work. With the proper approach and focus on results, excellent specimens are obtained even from those who first decided to pick up cold porcelain.
The composition of the composition “Shabby chic flowers in pink and lilac tones”: five large roses, four full-sized peonies, five branches of lilac, lilac leaves and roses.
As you can see in the photo, these shabby flowers are made in pastel pink, lilac pink, lilac, white and grass green:
Peony . Peonies were known several centuries before our era in Greece, China and Rome. They were used as an ornamental and medicinal plant. But the most popular peony was in China.
So, for example, in the 1st century AD, it was widely used in cooking and medicine. To this day, this flower enjoys great reverence and love in China as a talisman that protects against evil spirits and diseases.
The plant has carved bright leaves and large beautiful flowers with many color options. Peonies are considered the most romantic, feminine, sensual and elegant flowers for a bridal bouquet. At the same time, there is an opinion that color, like the flower itself, has its own special meaning.
So, for example, since ancient times it was believed that pink peony flowers attract respect, prosperity, mutual understanding and love into family life.
1. To create peony pestles, knead green paint into clay, take pieces about 1 cm in diameter and roll out elongated droplets (you will need 5 pieces).
2. Glue all the droplets around the thick wire so that it closes from above.
3. Glue the core in a circle with a large number of yellow stamens.
4. We begin to sculpt the first type of petals – narrow and elongated. We take a piece of clay about 7-10 cm in size, paint it with white paint, add a little raspberry, achieving a soft pink hue. From a piece with a diameter of 1.5-2 cm we fashion an elongated drop.
5. Roll out a drop in the palm of your hand with a dumbbell stack.
6. We leave the lower edge of the petals a little thicker so that the flower is strong and holds its shape well during assembly.
7. We roll out the upper edge of the petals as thinly as possible with a dumbbell stack so that it turns out to be wavy. We sculpt 25-30 such petals and leave to dry.
8. Add white clay of the same size to the painted piece of cold porcelain, thereby obtaining a lighter shade of pink. We sculpt the petals of the second type – about twice as wide as the first. We take a piece with a diameter of 2-2.5 cm, fashion a rounded blank – a layer of clay for a petal.
9. Roll out the layer in the palm of your hand with the help of a stack to a thin, translucent petal.
10. The lower part of the petal, as in the first case, is left denser, the upper edge is rolled into a thin layer. Additionally, we roll the sections along the edge of the petal with a dumbbell, giving it volume. We need 35-40 such petals.
11. Add some more white clay, diluting the shade of pink. With our fingers we fashion rounded petals a little larger than the previous ones.
12. Carefully roll out the edges and center of the petals with a dumbbell stack so that they become cup-shaped. For the last row, you need five of these petals.
13. After drying the petals, proceed to assemble the flower. First, glue three narrow petals to the core in a circle, so that they only slightly open the core of the flower from above.
14. In the next layer, glue five petals, leaving gaps between them, the next circle – also five petals placed between the petals of the previous row. First, glue all the narrow petals, then move on to the wide ones, the last row consists of rounded petals.
15. Thus, it is necessary to glue all the petals in rows, the last large petals are glued without gaps. The peony perianth consists of five rounded and five elongated sepals.
Rosa . The rose is a well-known flower in history since ancient times. Growing roses and selecting the best samples began as early as three millennia BC. Ancient India and Central Asia are considered the birthplace of the rose, from where the flower came to Asia Minor, Greece and further to Europe. It was believed that the contemplation of blooming roses clarifies the mind, heals the soul and brings it into harmony with the world.
Not a single flower has been endowed with such different meanings and symbols as a rose. The Greeks saw the symbol of infinity in the rose flower, in Rome during the Republic, the rose was considered a symbol of strict morality and courage.
In ancient times, Hindus associated love, joy, mystery and silence with the rose. According to legend, Lakshmi, the most beautiful woman in the world, was born from an opened rosebud, which consisted of 108 large and 1008 small petals.
Since the 19th century, the language of flowers has attributed to the rose the meaning of a love confession. But at the same time, roses were distinguished by variety : an Austrian rose meant “with great love”, a damask one meant “shy love”, a white one meant “tender and quiet love”, and a yellow one meant “infidelity”. However, it was also of great importance with which flowers the rose was connected in a bouquet .
Rose flowers amaze with their diversity. Their sizes range from 1.8 cm to 18 cm, the number of petals can range from 5 to 128, there are up to a dozen different flower forms, they can be either single or in inflorescences from three to two hundred pieces. The color scheme is very diverse: in nature there are no only pure blue roses. In addition to monophonic varieties, there are varieties with a combination of colors, as well as changing color during flowering .
To create a large rose, we take a large piece of clay, 10-15 cm in diameter, paint it with white oil paint. We paint two-thirds of the piece pink, wrap the rest tightly in polyethylene so that the clay does not dry out and crack.
We take a cotton base on the stem. It is better to use a cotton base with a stem wrapped in paper – in this case, the flower is guaranteed not to fall off the stem during work, it can be dried by hanging the flower down. Also, the cotton base helps to give the flower glass the desired shape and lightens the weight of the product.
Glue a small piece of colored clay to the top of the base so that the workpiece does not show through in the center of the finished rose.
1. We take a piece about 1 cm in diameter, fashion a petal (the first petals are slightly smaller than our base, then they will need to be made a little larger).
2. Roll out the edges of the petal with a dumbbell stack as thin as possible. The middle and lower edge of the petal can be left a little thicker.
3. We print the petal on the mold. Do not forget to pre-lubricate the mold with a small amount of fat cream – so your petal will not stick to the mold and will not tear when removed from it.
4. We coat with glue the side that was not printed on the mold, and glue it to the base so that the upper edge of the petal is about 5-7 mm higher than the top of the base.
5. We glue the edges of the petal in front of the base so that the petal forms a kind of bag.
6. Glue the second petal on the side and wrap its edges around the first. The third petal and all subsequent ones will be located according to the following principle: each petal is glued on top of the previous one with an offset – the middle of the new petal should be located where the edge of the previous petal is. Thus, the petals cover each other half and go in a spiral. Please note: the rose will look more realistic if each subsequent petal is glued not on top of the previous one, but under it. When doing this, do not forget to ensure that the upper edges of the petals are located at approximately the same height. In total, for the core, glue 6-8 petals in this way.
7. To the main colored piece of clay, add half of the remaining unpainted. Next, we fashion the petals a little larger. We print them on the mold already on both sides – first the one that will be external, then the one that is internal. In any case, the outer one will be a little worn out, but a certain texture will remain on it. We pinch the edges of the petals in two places to give the petal natural curves.
8. We roll the petals with a dumbbell stack along the upper edge and in the center to give them a slightly concave shape.
9. Similarly – we sculpt four or five petals, dry them a little and glue them in a circle with the same overlap on each other, but so that they are arranged vertically.
10. Add white clay to the main piece again. We fashion five more petals, again a little larger. We work with a dumbbell – along the edge and in the center, dry for about 5 minutes and glue, slightly bending them back. We should get a half-blown rose.
11. We sculpt five more petals, a couple of millimeters larger in diameter than the previous ones. We dry them a little longer than the main ones, so that they keep their shape better (about half an hour), and glue them so that an open rose comes out, that is, the petals are located at an angle of about 45 degrees to the main axis of the flower.
Lilac . Lilac is a popular ornamental shrub, with luxurious inflorescences blooming in and heralding the beginning of a warm and beloved season. Lilac flowers smell unusually and create an amazing, soft, gentle mood in bouquets and compositions.
Lilac comes from Persia, from where it came to Europe only in the 16th century. At first, she adorned the gardens of crowned persons, but just a few decades later she appeared in gardens and parks throughout Europe. Lush bouquets were created from lilac to decorate interiors, it was given to each other as a sign of the deepest recognition, various signs were also associated with it.
For example, one of the most famous signs promises happiness to those who find a flower with five or more petals in a bouquet. And in old England it was believed that lilac and personal happiness are incompatible: to send a branch of lilac to a wooing groom meant refusing to marry.
1. We take a piece of wire No. 26 or 28 about 8 cm long. We apply glue to the wire and roll a small piece of cold porcelain painted with yellow oil paint onto it, forming a narrow droplet. We apply the texture to the clay – with a stack we draw stripes crosswise, dividing the middle into four sectors. It is advisable to dry the middle before proceeding with the flowers. The smaller the ep radish, the neater and more realistic the lilac as a whole then looks.
2. Knead a light lilac shade into polymer clay. We take a piece with a diameter of about 7 mm. We form an elongated droplet.
3. Cut it in half from the wide end to the middle of the length. Cut each piece in half again. It turns out four blanks for the petals.
4. With the reverse side of the stack, flatten all four parts of the flower a little.
5. Next, place each petal in turn with the index finger and roll it out with the SS dumbbell.
6. Gently press the flower at the base of the petals so that the flower opens a little.
7. Gently fold each petal with a boat, making a corner.
8. Lubricate the wire under the middle with glue, pierce the center of the flower and drag it up, placing the middle in the center of the flower so that it “drowns” a little in it.
9. For the perianth, we take a tiny piece of green clay, coat the bottom of the “leg” of the flower with glue and roll the green clay onto the “leg” and onto the wire.
10-17. Collection of lilac branches. The top of the branch must begin with buds. To create a bud, roll out a drop like for a flower, glue it onto the wire and apply the texture, dividing the bud into four segments. We take a thick wire for the base of the branch, we attach three or four buds or flowers to it with a teip tape, the central one is slightly higher than the rest. Next, between these flowers, we wind another row of four flowers a little lower. We go down below and collect 4-5 more flowers on a branch.
18-19. Even lower we wind a row of 5-6 flowers. We wrap the branch to the end with teip tape. We attach a few leaves to the branch.