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A dramatic flower from found materials and papier mâché techniques

A dramatic flower from found materials and papier mâché techniques by Nives Cicin-Sain

Here is a lovely tutorial from Nives Cicin Sain. The flower is made from all found materials.

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Paste the surface of the flower and lay a strip of paper. Press it down with your finger and then brush it firmly down. Be careful not to drag the paper as you brush.

Laying the paper strips
Laying the paper strips

Make sure the inner layer goes right to the bottom. Tear off the protruding piece.

Laying paper right down to the end
Laying paper right down to the end

Brushing down edges
Brushing down edges

Pressing down gently with finger
Pressing down gently with finger

Reinforce the edges with thinner strips. It should look like this.

Reinforcing the edges
Reinforcing the edges

Covering all the petals
Covering all the petals

Gently pressing down the strips
Gently pressing down the strips

Petals fully covered
Petals fully covered

Finished petals
Finished petals

Tear some strips of yellow paper. Now for the sophisticated bit! On a plastic or glass surface, lay a good dose of paste, slightly larger than half the length of the paper you will be using.

Pasting a hard surface
Pasting a hard surface

Lay the paper strip on the wet surface. Press with your hands over the moist half of the strip and then brush a little more paste over the surface. Fold the dry half of the strip over the first and press it firmly with your hands. Brush a little more paste over the top surface.

Laying the yellow paper
Laying the yellow paper

Folding the dry half of the strip over the moist half
Folding the dry half of the strip over the moist half

Pressing firmly with the hands
Pressing firmly with the hands

Brushing a little more paste over surface
Brushing a little more paste over surface

Now, using a plastic knife with the serrations cut off (or a modeling tool) ease the tip under the laminate and lift off a strip. This improves with practice.

Lifting a strip of the laminate
Lifting a strip of the laminate

Place the strips on the pistil and smooth down. Scrape smaller pieces from your paper and use these to fill the angle between the dowel and the pistil.

Placing strips on pistil
Placing strips on pistil

Scraping up smaller pieces of the laminate
Scraping up smaller pieces of the laminate

Filling in between the dowel and the pistil
Filling in between the dowel and the pistil

Building up the base of the pistil
Building up the base of the pistil

Continue until the pistil and its stem are covered with yellow, down to the mark you made for the position of the table-tennis ball.

Covering the pistil
Covering the pistil

Covering down to the marked position of the tennis ball
Covering down to the marked position of the tennis ball

Insert the pistil and stem into the flower. Slide the table-tennis ball just above the mark you made and fix firmly with masking tape.

Inserting the pistil and stem into flower
Inserting the pistil and stem into flower

Taping the tennis ball in position
Taping the tennis ball in position

Resume the application of the red layer to cover the bottom of the flower. Use a green paper to cover the ball and the 'stem'.

The finished article

When it is dry, display it or give it to someone you love.

Finished
Finished