Thought I'd put this up after using it for one of my jewelry pieces. Comment or fav if you'd like a picture tutorial as well.
Technique for creating a flower-chain boarder on a miniature piece (please credit back to this journal if you use this!). Supplies used:
pin-tool (or pin/needle)
small embossing tool (or tip of a mechanical pencil, MAKE SURE THERE'S NO LEAD!!!)
size 0 brush
3 shades of acrylic paint for each leaf and flower
Good set of nearsighted eyes or a magnifying glass (optional, but it helps) Step 1:
Take a tiny piece of clay, about the size of a pin-head and roll it into a ball then flatten it into a disk. Poke the disk at the center with your embossing tool. Step 2:
Take another piece of clay and space it evenly from the last one and repeat step 1.Step 3:
Repeat steps 1-2 until you have the desired amount of flowersStep 4:
Take a piece of clay, try to make it a bit smaller than your pin-head sized ball. Then take the ball and gently twist a little point onto it to make a tear-drop. Flatten the teardrop.Step 5:
Lay each leaf in alternating directions in the space between your flowers. You can borrow my technique or use your own.Step 6:
Take your embossing tool and indent your flower at the edges to make petals. An even number is usually the most appealing looking. Step 7:
Take your pin tool and score along the indents diagonally to the dip in the center of your flower.Step 8:
Repeat steps 6-7 on each flower.Step 9:
Score the center of each leaf with the pin-tool starting from the tip and going towards the round not vice versa. Step 10:
Time to paint! Select the base color you want to paint your flower. For me it was yellow, white, and pink. This will determine the color between your petals. Step 11:
For creating an illusion of depth or texture for your flowers you can do the following-
Take a tiny bit of paint like I used for the yellow flowers and gently dab it at the center to make an orange spot that doesn't cover the edge of the petals.
Take a bit of white and gently brush your purple flower so very slightly over the petals so it doesn't dip into the folds between the petals to create an illusion of shadows or lines. Step 12:
Take a darker color for the center of the flowers (green, black, purple) and dab a dot into the indent at the center.Step 13:
Now pick a base color for your leaves, usually a dark/pea green will work. Cover the whole leafStep 14:
Now take a mid-tone green, lighter than your darkest base coat and gently brush the surface of the leaf, you just want to get the general surface, just barely. You don't want to go into the cracks and underside or it will remove the illusion of shadow from the dark coat. Step 15:
Take a lime or yellow green and gently paint one side of your leaf, you can alternate, keep them facing the center, or whatever you think will look best. This is your high-light.
Now your flower-chair boarder is done!