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Wild Flower Art from Paper and Polymer Clay, Easy Sculpting Techniques

Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

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8 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Reference Pictures

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Poppy Sculpture

    • 5. Cornflower Sculpture

    • 6. Daisy Sculpture

    • 7. Queen Anne's Lace Sculpture

    • 8. Final Words


About This Class

A comprehensive class on how to approach flower sculptures.

I am going to show you different techniques and will be using different materials.
The idea is to guide you from an idea to a finished sculpture, so you can choose what suits you best.

Reference Pictures
Sculpting a Poppy
Sculpting a Cornflower
Sculpting a Daisy
Sculpting a Queen Anne's Lace
Final words & Class project

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1. Introduction: Hello. I am 70 and I have been sculpting for 10 years. And today I'm going to share with you how to sculpt wildflowers. I'm going to show you four different kinds of flowers poppies, daisies, queen ace lace and con floors thin. This class, I aim to show you different techniques with different kind of materials to chief. Different kind of looks. It should be interesting. And I really hope that this will inspire you to find out what kind of flowers you would like to sculpt and for you to choose what best techniques to use to make those flowers. 2. Reference Pictures: when sculpting anything you are baiting, for that matter, it is very important to find reference pictures for you aren't this will ensure that you aren't is off higher quality and that you don't do something that just looks approximately good. It is also true for different types off styles, including abstract, centralised IQ art but also expressionist are you always want to start from the real thing and then deconstructed if you'd like to a simple form. If you do this just by imagination, you will end up with the result That is not going to be very convincing unless off course you sculpt or pain flowers all the time. In that case, you are so used to the shape that you can do it by imagination. But we are talking here about things are subjects that you don't do every day. And for those you're going to need those pictures. So I will ask you to find a few good pictures of flowers you would like to replicate in whatever style you wish and put them aside for future sculpting. You can also use reference pictures for the flowers I chose to sculpt, knowing cremains slays poppies, daisies and cornflowers. However, I would really increase you to choose your own flowers and to find the best techniques suited to the flowers you would like to sculpt. During this class, I aim to give you different approaches and techniques so you can choose what suits best you own style and your own flowers. So let's get this reference pictures and let's start sculpting. 3. Materials: for this tutorial, we are going to need some acrylic panes. We're going to use some green yellow okra, two shades of red, some blue and some purple. Although the purple is optional, we also are going to need some brushes, a thick, bigger brush and a few smaller ones, and also a spatula to mix the paint together. We're going to use some paper. I used some simple printing paper, and I used it blank. But you can also reuse some paper you printed on and that is supposed to be trashed. I am always working on tiles when working with Parliament clay, so you're going to need some tiles as well. The politically we're going to use is whites, translucent, some yellow and also some orange and red to warm up the yellow. This going to be useful for the daisies and some green that we're going to dirty. With some soccer and prone, you can make certain it and female together because they're bake at the same temperature. We are also going to need some liquids. Polymer clay. We also need some wire, some very thin wire and some thicker wire. I've used some gardening wire in green and some stainless steel wire. However, you can use whatever wire you have on hand. Also some masking tape to cover the wire and some cutting players some good universal glue as we're going to make our own. Cutters were also going to use some tea lights, candleholders and a pair situs. Aw, cutter. I also use some plastic covered speeding wire in brown for the puppy statements and various sculpting tools. But you're going to be just us fine with a toothpick and oblate. I'm also going to use some drivers tales more specifically in green, yellow and ocher. I'm using sanity and Fabio Castel, but most brands will do, and this is optional. But I'm using a small animal candle open, and I really like it's It makes the baking much faster so I can pre bake in just 10 minutes without putting the of non. Just be sure to use it for pre baking and then to bake everything at the end. I also used just two candles to heed the album, and finally, I always have a past a maker that I used to make very thin slices off politically 4. Poppy Sculpture: for the puppy. I am starting with the middle, and for that I mixed some brown with some black, and I rolled a very tiny bowl, and I pushed all the sides to have a dome shape. Then I rolled out a very thing snake, and I'm cutting out tiny bits of it to form a sort off star on top of it. Uh, after that, and using a metallic embossing tool, I'm smoothing down along the lines on the pud. Do you could also use a toothpick instead of the embossing metal off the metallic and boosting after that's using a needle tool? I am pushing tiny holes into the lines, giving it some texture. Alternatively, you can use a needle or a pin, or even that you think that you have Sharpton's down with the cutter for the statement base . I'm adding some clay all around and pushing it as to ensure the bunt is strong. I'm cutting out tiny pieces off plastic coated beating wire on. Then I'm going to dip each statement into liquid politically and then push it into the circle around the way I dip everything in liquid polymer clay simply to ensure that the bond is strong. Once you're happy with your pond, bake for the flowers for the petals. I decided to use painted paper, and for that I makes two shades of red. I had to have rich deep red. Now I decided to go with paper because polymer clay just didn't cut it. This is where, as this culture, it's important not to always be blinded by the use off one material you really like, and to try and explore different materials. I used blank paper, but you can use printed paper as well for some ad itek chur and details. Once you have painted one full side, let it's dry, then turn around and paint along the other side. And let's try again after everything is stri ng, I cut out some circles for the petals. I bunched each circle into a tiny bowl and then unfolded. It's shaping its into a pittle. I ended up making three petals, but if you look at reference pictures off puppies, sometimes they are four or five pedals. You will also realize that that painted paid that paper painted with acrylic panes, is very versatile and easy to sculpt with. It is a very interesting texture that you're going toe work with, and it's easily shape herbal into petals or anything like lands. Once I was happy with the look of them, I simply put them together and glued everything. Way also ended up blowing the petals between each other just so I could manage the shape a little bit better. And after that, I added some red paint on the white spots on the white edges in the white spots that I created by bunching the petals into a time. I didn't do this for this one, but you could also give some extra shades and that point. And then for the stem, I cut out a piece off wire. I'm using stainless steel wire and then wrapped it into masking tape. I always rub my wire into masking tape, because that way it sticks much better to the polymer clay as it gives the wire some texture to hold on way e always brush some polymer clay around the wrapped wire just to again give it more hold. And then, after having a very thin sheet of polymer clay, I wrap it all around the wire, and as you can see, I am trying to avoid a bubbles. A bubbles could be fatal. Teoh The strengths of the Parliament Clay, since it's going to be very thin around the wire and the green I'm using is a mixture off some basic green with some okra brown and probably a little bit off whites. I don't have the exact recipe because I always I always makes by I and I tend to work from scripts. And then I added a green pud. At one end, I simply put some clay around and shaped it into a pod. I added a little bit more clay and then smooth clay down onto this damn flattened it on one side, checked if it was the right sizing for the puppy flower and baked after baking, I send at the top, so to ensure that it would glue much easier and woods hold much better onto the flower, and then I just don't get to it. You want to hold it a few seconds for the glue to dry on, and at the end, I've added some black pains in the middle for more realism for the petals. You could also play around and add different shades of red on the petals, and I also added some gray onto the lines just to show them better. 5. Cornflower Sculpture: for the corn flour. I started a little bit differently for the stem. I decided to try to use only masking tape and should you. So I wrapped it in a diagonal fashion as to use one strip off masking tape to cover the whole wire. I'm always using stainless steel wire here as well. This was really fiddly, so it's not something I would replicate. But maybe you are much better than I am if it comes to why of wrapping, so that might be a good option for you. The good thing is, she don't have to add politically on top of it, and you simply painted. And then I did one end of the wrapped wire and to some liquid clay and added some called Pola Maclay on top, and ended up shaping into into a nice little pod. So far, the screen I used a mixture off green that I doubt it up with some okra and brown and probably white. I usually always makes by I from scraps, so I don't have the exact recipe, and then I bake After baking. I proceeded to find the rights color texture off the politically, and I mixed green, Auker and yellow as this seems to be the rights coloring and it waas so And this is also what I mean when I say I makes with my I usually just see the colors that are in some in a color, and then I just go with that, and I simply painted the whole stem in the nice green shade. Now, for the count flower petals, I make some you. I mixed some blue and purple and some little magenta to find that supple color off cornflowers. It is a kind of very bluish purple and kind of light as well, so I painted both signs of a blank paper, but you could use a printed paper paper as well. It might add some details and textures that would be interesting. After letting dry the painted paper, I cuts out round circles. This times help myself with the spool of the beating wire, but you could do it. Pell I It would work as well. Just be sure that it fits the pod in stem. And then he I'm drawing. It's just to show you, but I didn't end up really drawing it. You want to cut out small triangles as to form all the pedals. Now I started doing it with the payoff sitters, but it's not as easy as it looks. And so I thought it would be much better to use a cutter, because that way you see where you are cutting exactly. And since you do everything by I, it is a lot easier that way. Now it doesn't matter if the pedals are not off the same size as that never happens in real either. And we are going to bunch everything together the end like we did with the puppy, and so just try to make it as regular as possible without going nuts. Also, be a little bit careful when using the cutter so close to your fingers as cutting yourself can happen very quickly and just repeat this with the other circle and then bunch everything together, unwrap very carefully and do the same with the other one. And now we're going to glue it on top of the blood. 1st 1 circle off petals and at some more glue. I used a bull and a tool to give it some more shape and then push it on top on No, we're going to make a tiny circle for the middle of the flower and again, same technique. You cut out a circle that just is going to fit nicely, and then you cut out some petals. Now this technique is a lot easier year than sculpting all the petals from polymer clay. But it's also a simple, a simplified version off the corn flour, which could be a lot more complex. So this is where I just decided to show you an easier way off making flowers as sometimes It's good to deconstruct and simplify things for a very interesting result as well. And again, with the tiny circle, you want to punch it together and then unfolded carefully and then glue it to the center. 6. Daisy Sculpture: for the daisies. We're going to start to make our own cutter using a tea candle holder. Those tiny metallic T candleholders. Great to make your own cutters. Just cut everything out so you have a thin sheets off aluminium and then shape into a teardrop for the daisy petals. Fold one end. Maybe I just the shape of it. So it's a little bit more rounded and then push into some scrap clay. You can also add some liquid clay all around the cutter just to ensure that it's going to hold really well to the politically and then bake after baking. Roll out a thin sheet off white clay. I always mix in half translucent into any of my colors to give it a more natural look. And then, for all the petals, you're going to push them down onto your tile with your finger and doing so you brush your finger onto the petals to removal fingerprints. This is how I always remove fingerprints. Also, be sure to work in a rather dust free environment because white clay tends to stick dust really fast, using a metal embossing tool. I just drew two lines on each petal and m shaping limb a little bits. However, you can also use a toothpick that will work just as great for the middle of the flour. I used some yellow and added a touch off Mandiri. No orange to it. So it's it's It's giving off a nice warm yellow and then removing the petals one by one with the blade, I'm adding them all the round the middle parts. As you can see, I am adding them from below and pushing the clay and chili yellow so it sticks all nicely together. You might want to add a tiny bit off pulling off liquid polymer clay in between with a brush. Right now it's really hot. Why live? So? The clay is sticky and I don't really hit Need to do that. However, If you are sculpting and it's cooler or colder where you live, you might want to add some brush because you polymer clay might not be a sticky and then sought off double all your petals. You can put the end the pedals from upside, but it also works if she put them underneath and just go on and you more petals. Also, when working with Weitz, you might find out that some dust arrives on your pittle. One good trick is to use a sharp blade that you remove the dust and then she smoothed it out again with your fingers, and you keep your fingers really clean. One thing that always helps is to roll your fingers between some clay to remove all dust before using the clay you are working with so the dust will stick to your scrub clay and not to you work. So these are just a few techniques on how to keep your were clean, but it's It's never perfect, so don't stoned panic if you have a bit off dust somewhere, sometimes you can also remove it after baking by just scratching the surface off. Just add a little bit more yellow where the white is showing because you want a nice round shape. I'm using a spatula tool for that, but you could also easily use a toothpick in general juice. Pick really gives tools to use one sculpting. I used to work on Lee with the to speak and a pin for years before adding some real chul's my collection. And now, using a needle tool I'm making tiny holes in a form off spiral in the middle and on the outside circle and just picturing by punching holes a bit more randomly inside the yellow. No, no. And then I added some Drypers tell on the white petals just to give it some more realism and some okra in the middle just play around with different shades off green for the whites . And then I baked everything. Now this is to understand the stem is the same technique than shown in the puppy. And no, I'm simply adding it's to the back of the flower. I made a relatively short stem. You can make it much more longer. It really depends on what you're going to plan on, what you're planning to do with it. And so I've added some liquid clay all around to ensure everything sticks nicely together. And now I am smoothing everything down. Now for the Leafs behind, I am using a say the same green than the stem, which is again some some green and Okkert basically and maybe the ground all depends on the green. You are starting with you kind of want a dirty green, not something that is to clean ash, neon looking something that looks very natural. And you just on a with the Leafs on the back, right, and you bake again. 7. Queen Anne's Lace Sculpture: now for queen and slaves. One of my favorite wildflowers high Had you simplify everything a bit. I used her tiny camper cutter in the shape of a flower, and then I cut out many white flowers and pushed them onto the tile to flatten them thin. I removed each flower from the tile using a blade and using a bull and a tool. I gave each flower some shape, a bit of the shape of a cup, and then I bunched them all together. You know you're going to needs 11 Bunches of flowers once you have your 11 Bunches. Now for the stem, I am using a much smaller wire. It is a green shaded gardening wire that you can find in any gardening department. And as usual, I am dropping the wire with some masking tape. I am preparing now one frakked wire per bunch of flowers. Once you have all you've wrapped wire, I am dipping each end into liquid polymer clay. I'm adding some of the green parliament Lee dipping its Impala Maclay again and then putting the bunch of flower on top. I'm swilling down the clay onto the bun, fusing my fingers first and then a metal embossing tool to give it some texture and some lines. And I repeat this for all the Bunches of flowers. Once I have my Bunches, I bake. And now the goal is to put them all together in a bunch. So I'm starting with three, and I'm cutting out the excess via rapping. I simply cut it with the cutter and then removal the wrapping. That is too much. Just be careful not to cut through the wire, Uh, said. I'm starting with the three in the middle and putting them together. And then I am doing all the wrists first, folding each off the wire to see where and what I have to cut. Now this is all actually rather fiddly part because you do everything by I and it's not very precise. So start with the three and then two and vier up and wrap them all together and then continue with the other ones, removing the wrapping That is too much. As you can see, I given indented with the culture and then just remove it and then add to the bunch of flowers uh, on. And then I also use the wire to wrap everything around way on at the end, I am dropping with some masking tape. You don't want to see all that. Why amiss, Uh, and eventually painting everything in acrylic paint. So the stem is of the same green shade, then the way, way. 8. Final Words: and now it is your turn. I invite you to choose the floor you would like to do. Maybe in a style you are very interested in even so realistic ones. I have done so realistic flowers before to find the reference pictures you're going to need to choose the best technique regarding your project and then she just dive in. And I very much hope that you're going to share your project with the whole class because I love to see what students come up with. And since you on skill share, maybe also check out my chortle on mushrooms that is going to show you difference approaches and techniques to sculpt different types of funny and also my to chill on crystals where I am sharing how to sculpt for different minerals. If you have any request for my next class is on skill share. Please share those Baloo Thank you so much for watching and then we'll see in my next video , which hopefully will be in less than a month. I'm trying to make one class per month on skilled friend now, so I hope to see you in my next video by