We are long-time fans and we’re now thrilled celebrate the book release of the talented Tiffanie Turner! She creates some of the most realistic paper flowers and is now sharing all her tips in “The Fine Art of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Beautiful and Lifelike botanicals.” Be sure to grab yourself a copy as the book comes out TODAY! We’re sharing the tutorial for Morning Glory here at Lars to give you a taste of how wonderful this book truly is! See how to win yourself a copy of the book below!

In the first incarnation of my botanical art career, I spent countless hours working on detailed watercolor paintings of blue-hued hydrangeas and delphiniums. I revisited those flowers several times when considering which blue flowers I might like to make out of paper, but their tiny petals and parts do not easily lend themselves to three-dimensional work. I was inspired to create morning glories out of paper after noticing their little blue faces poking out of the vases in the still life paintings of the seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painters Jan van Huysum, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, and Nicolaes van Verendael, among others. It is a plant-choking nuisance of a weed to some people, so perhaps it represented suffocation or persistence in those works.
Morning glories can be made from virtually any shade of blue crepe paper and still look natural, which I’ve demonstrated with a few colors here. Their trumpet-like shapes can be made either more realistic or more ethereal by draining the color from the tapered coronas with a little bleach. Instead of a pistil and five stamens, I’ve taken liberties and just added a few bits of paper-wrapped wire to the centers. This is not the most precise or accurate flower in my arsenal, by any stretch, but it is quick and fun. Try it in shades of red, pink, purple, and white.

Morning Glory: Fine Art of Paper Flowers

Materials:

Get the templates HERE

  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • 180 gram peacock blue crepe paper (also shown 100 gram iris blue, 180 gram #555 deep blue, and #600/2 sky blue ombré)
  • 100 gram white crepe paper
  • 60 gram #296 yellow crepe paper (optional)
  • Rounded paintbrush handle
  • Light-green floral tape
  • 24-gauge green cloth-covered stem wire
  • Leaves (below)
  • Bleach (optional)
  • Small glass bowl (optional)
  • Round, pointed paintbrush that can be bleached (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cut five petal segments using template MG from outstretched blue crepe paper in yourdesired hue. Attach two segments together face-to-face with a line of tacky glue along one edge, starting a hair wider than 1⁄16” at the base and tapering to a very thin line at the top. Press together to set, then gently open the petals, turn them over and glue the back flap down from the bend in the petal to the base. Repeat with the remaining petal segments, gluing the flaps down in the same direction each time.

Fine Art of Paper Flowers2. Crease the centerline of each petal segment inward, then repeat step 1 with the two unattached ends to close the flower and glue the back flap down. Insert a round-ended paintbrush and twist the bottom tip closed below the end. Groom the top open by bending the petals back at each seam gently.

Fine Art of Paper Flowers3. Trim the seam corners to round the top of the flower. Cut tiny Vs with rounded edges where the petal segments meet and at their centers. If bleaching, dip a round, pointed paintbrush in a small glass bowl of bleach, wipe off the excess, and insert into the flower’s base, bleaching the bottom. Carefully extract the brush, then run the tip up the center of the back of each petal segment to ¾” below the top edge. Allow to dry. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area. For a tricolored flower, glue small segments of finely fringed outstretched white crepe paper layered with ripped bits of thin yellow crepe paper to the inner petal surfaces before closing.

Fine Art of Paper Flowers4. Wrap the top 1½” of two 2”-and one 8”-long pieces of stem wire with outstretched white crepe. Wrap the wires together with floral tape, the 2” pieces set ¾” below the 8” piece, leaving most of the white exposed. Snip the twisted bottom end from the flower and thread the wrapped wire through, aligning the tip of the wires with the bend in the petals. Secure in place with hot glue. Cut five continuous sepal points from a 5/8”-long bit of floral tape and attach at the base of the flower with tacky glue, holding in place until set. Wrap leaf and flower wires around a ¼” paintbrush handle 3 or 4 times in a few different spots to mimic the morning glory’s spiraling vines.

Morning Glory: Fine Art of Paper Flowers

Morning Glory: Fine Art of Paper Flowers

MORNING GLORY LEAVES
Templates: 5A to 5C
Paper: Outstretched 180 gram moss green crepe laminated to outstretched 180 gram green tea crepe.
Special Instructions: Brush the stem wire with a light red stain and let dry before attaching. Crease the tip of the leaf inward, then bend the bottom ¾” of the center of the leaf backward and cup the sides upward to create a recess at the stem.
Attachment: Attach leaves on the stem wire 7” to 12” down from the flowers, or wrap several leaf stems into vines with outstretched 180 gram moss green crepe. Use only one leaf shape per vine.
Morning Glory: Fine Art of Paper Flowers

Giveaway

We are pleased to be giving away two copies of Tiffanie’s book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers over on Instagram. Head on over to enter. Contest ends Friday night at 11:59 MST.
Reprinted with permission from The Fine Art of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Beautiful and Lifelike Botanicals, by Tiffanie Turner, copyright © 2017, published by Watson-Guptill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Images by Aya Brackett
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