Tutorial: pansies and violas

2015-04-29


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In the last post, I wrote about how to make color gradations with your clay.  In today’s post, I will make pansies using the same technique.  Pansies use multiple colors and are pretty complicated, but once you get used to making them, you can actually make violas, too.

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In this tutorial, I will make a purple pansy flowers. Because my camera has poor quality, in order to take good pictures I’ll be making these on a much larger scale than I would normally when making them for my diorama.

First, make a gradation clay like below.  For the gradation tutorial, please go here.

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Separate the clay into 3 logs.

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Make a slit in one of the logs and put dark purple clay inside, attach some white on top.

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Make a heart shaped petal (right log in the picture below) the same way. Top it with some yellow.

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Shape the logs so that when you slice them, your slices look like petals.

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With the tip of a toothpick, draw some lines very lightly to stretch the colors. Add some angles to the petals with your fingers.

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Stick the completed petals together.  Please refer to a real flower for details as each type of pansies have slightly different petal formation.  The flower on the left in the picture below is the actual size.

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You can me different colors like these too.  Spreading the dark purple with the tip of a toothpick for the middle part (kind of like using paint) works quite well for pansies.

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To make violas, just do the same thing as pansies a lot smaller.

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You can now make a nice, spring garden!

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    1. I just discovered your blog and I am amazed and inspired by your fantastic work! My big dream is to make a diorama like this. Until then I can come and admire your creations!

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          1. Aww thank you so much! I will check out the forum tonight. I’m excited!!

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