Author: Calli Hopper
FB: CALLI CREATIONS
Skill level: BEGINNERS
I’ve made up the flower as near to nature as possible, but used artistic licence so not botanically accurate.
I made three stamens (two joined with one behind it) . The petals sit as follows: Two tear drop petals either side of stamens, with a larger one at back of flower and a cupped one in the front.
You will need:
- Saracino Flower Paste
- Saracino Colour Dusts (purple, red, blue, white, yellow, green, brown)
- Saracino Colour Paste (green, purple)
- Florist Wires (30, 28, 22)
- Florist Tape (Light Brown and White – ¼ inch)
- Edible Glue
- Cornflour for dusting
- Balling tool
- Non stick rolling pin (I use 9”)
- Cel Pad
- Cel Board
- Dresden tool or cutting wheel
- Paint brushes (Flat for dusting (size 2 – 4 and one fine line brush [eg 000 size])
- Small daisy cutter (I used tinkertech brand metal)
- Wire Cutter
- Kitchen Roll
Roll out a small ball of premixed pink flower paste onto a 30 gauge wire
Using a twisting movement downwards between fingers, spread the paste down the wire about a 1.5 centimeter with it thinner at top. Make two of those and one slightly longer. Curve slightly over finger and leave to dry. Stick the two shorter ones together and make sure the point meet at top.
Tape the longer one over the back, with white tape
Dust with a light dusting of purple and white mix dusts
Mix semolina and yellow dust colour to make pollen. Dip the end of the double stamen into edible glue, then into pollen and leave to dry
Back Petal: Place a small ball of pale pink paste onto a 30 or 28 gauge wire. Roll paste between fingers to taper into a teardrop shape. Make as many as you require.
Roll the tear drop out into a large petal on your board, and using small sharp scissors, cut a v shape at the top in the middle and using the ball tool on the centre of each side, at back of petal, to help it curve outwards
Brush lightly with purple/white mix colour dusts.
Tape to back of stamens
Two side petals: Repeat same process at the back petal, but using a slightly smaller ball of paste onto a 28 or 30 gauge wire . Make 2 petals
Using a ball tool, spread out to thin either side and upwards, keep the point at tip
Dust very lightly with purple and white mix, keeping it slightly darker at base.
Your petal should look like this.
Tape, with white tape, to either side of stamens.
Front petal:Same as before, roll out a ball of pink paste (about same size as back petal) onto a 28 or 30 gauge wire
Then ball out into a round cup shape, thinning the edges. Place ball of tool in centre to help it form cup shape.
Dust lightly as previous petals.
Take a very thin fine line brush and create a soft mottled effect, at base and centre of petal, with colour mixed with a little water
Tape onto front of flower with cup facing upwards. Your flower is now complete
Rosemary leaves – You will need to make a lot of these ( depending on how much you need to use). I used about 50-100 various sizes as you will see the rosemary sprig is varied.
Place a small ball of pale green paste onto a 30 gauge wire and taper between the fingers down the wire to form a long tear drop.
Place onto your cel pad and gently press with your finger to flatten
Form a middle vein by rolling up the centre, gently, with a cutting wheel. You could also use a dresden tool to do this.
Dust with pale green first (I mixed a little green into yellow).
Then colour dust with a darker green (I mix a little brown and blue into the green) keep it lighter at the tips and no need to dust the back as leaves are lighter at the back.
WIth the fineliner brush with a little white that’s been mixed with a little water, paint a line down the centre. I put some onto the edges as well, just here and there
Make a lot of leaves, all different sizes.
Group leaves with brown tape.
Leaves should be grouped in various sizes and numbers
Start with a small sprig of leaves at top of taped full wire, then work your way down the wire with single as well as groups of leaves
Add the occasional blossom as you go down.
Tape a few short branches to main one.
Here is completed rosemary sprig with blossoms