If you read my first post you know I'm sculpting a flower garden in honor of Gramma, who passed away last May. When I last posted I had sculpted the base, fence, roses, and hydrangeas in polymer clay. The flowers I wanted to sculpt next were the Irises and daffodils. Because I'm working on such a small scale I simply bent the end of the stem wires and dipped them in purple paint for the Iris centers and yellow paint for the daffodil centers. I tried sculpting polymer clay centers around the wire, but they were just to big. So I figured the painted wire would work better. After the paint dried I sculpted the first set of petals for the irises and the trumpets for the daffodils.
I'll be baking these flowers twice before adding them to the sculpture. Baking them after adding each set of petals makes them much easier to work with. After the outer petals have been added for all the flowers and baked I painted the edges of the daffodil trumpets orange and the centers of the Iris petals yellow. You can see how I textured the petals to make them as realistic as possible.
The next step is to give them leaves and "plant" them in the garden.. You might notice there's a tiny bunny hiding between the Hydrangeas. Gramma has always had bunny rabbits in her yard, so I thought it was only appropriate to add one in this little garden. The bunnies have usually been pretty good about not eating our plants (the neighbor's poor tulips seem to be their preferred snack- LOL).
I'm trying to keep the flowers looking natural and of course I want the piece to look balanced. The next flowers I want to add are Tulips and Hyacinths. From there, I'm not sure what flowers I'll make. I have quite a few to choose from, but some make be too difficult to sculpt, at least on this scale. So far I'm very happy with the way this is turning out- it feels "right" and it's flowing well. Plus studying all sorts of flowers online and in my yard is sure to put me in a good mood ;-)
Thanks for following yet another creative journey! Stay tuned for the next installment!
-Michelle of CreativeCritters