Big Flower!

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Last week, I shared the oyster ring bowls I made and liked so much (https://crapsmanship.com/2020/02/23/oyster-shell-ring-bowl/). I especially liked the gold modeling paste I used for the perimeter of the shells. So I decided to go big this week, using an 18″x24″ canvas and some Vicki Boutin modeling pastes.

My first step was to paint the canvas black using inexpensive acrylic paint.

I then cut out some big white petals out of plain tissue paper. I decided where the center of the flower would be and used matte medium to glue the petals down. I wanted the tissue paper to crinkle and warp to add texture to the petals. (The streaks in the picture above are undried portions of the matte medium.)

While the petals were drying, I used the gold modeling paste to make an irregular center to my flower …

and then painted the petals with white and gray acrylic paints. 

After everything had dried, I blobbed on more modeling paste, this time in three colors–gold, iridescent, and silver. This photo above shows my final product (maybe). I like the modeling paste so much, I may go back for some additional blobs!

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