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.
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.
Separate the clay into 3 logs.
Make a slit in one of the logs and put dark purple clay inside, attach some white on top.
Make a heart shaped petal (right log in the picture below) the same way. Top it with some yellow.
Shape the logs so that when you slice them, your slices look like petals.
With the tip of a toothpick, draw some lines very lightly to stretch the colors. Add some angles to the petals with your fingers.
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.
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.
To make violas, just do the same thing as pansies a lot smaller.
You can now make a nice, spring garden!