Paper Tulips on Wooden Board

Sometimes it feels like winter is here to stay. We’re sure that some of us just cannot wait to put their winter coats and wooly hats away and start enjoying the warm rays of sunshine. But before that happens, why not put some spring into your house. Our Crew Member, Karen Crossen, has put together a rustic project reminding us all that ‘No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow’.

hand painted tulips

‘The other night was cold and wintry (by Atlanta Georgia standards anyway) and I was sitting here dreaming about spring. And I found myself wondering just when my tulips would start to poke through the ground. I just love when they show up because I know that warmer weather will be on its way!! So I grabbed an old rough piece of wood and created some shiny bright colored tulips to brighten up the room!! I used sprays, glazes, paint, paper and modeling paste to create my rustic tulips! This is a really simple project but requires a little bit of time and patience to let the modeling paste dry to create your tulip petals!’ – Karen Crossen

spring is sure to follow

Materials used:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze Satchel
Tattered Angel Glimmer Glaze Mercury Glass
Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist Cork
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Polka Dot Pink
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint Lime Green
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint White
Canvas Corp Black and Ivory French Script Paper
Canvas Corp Brown Kraft Paper
Wood Board
Matte Medium Gel
Archival Ink
Modelling Paste
Cream colored chalk paint
black and white pens

Parchment Paper

Start with a small wooden board or scrap of wood, cut to a size you like. (Your big box hardware stores will cut the wood for you!!) Spray the wood randomly with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist Cork

distress with glimmer mist

Brush on Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Satchel and Tattered Angel Glimmer Glaze in Mercury Glass. These will give the wood a weathered, rustic look. Use stencils and inks to add some more dimension to the background.

tattered angels paints

After the background is complete you can continue to layer with stamps, gesso, stenciled designs and so much more….there are no rules just have fun.

mixed media background

Now comes the patience … Spread a thick layer of modelling paste onto parchment paper and let it sit for 24 hours. You want it to harden so that you can cut shapes out of the paste when it is dry. Some pastes are more brittle than others – you want one that dries a little bit flexible!


While it is drying, make a sketch that is the same size as your wood background so you will know what size to cut your flower petals!

sketched tulips

When the modelling paste is completely dry, draw the shapes you want to cut out onto the modelling paste with a pencil. You can erase your lines later! I usually cut up my sketch and use the actual size pieces that I need.

how to make paper tulips

Then, mix the Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist Cork and the Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist Polka Dot Pink to create a pinky-brick color. Brush the color onto the tulip petal pieces. Gently dab off the extra with a little bit of tissue paper but play around until you get the color you are looking for.

glimmer mist

Once that layer of color is mostly dry, brush on Glimmer Glaze in Satchel to darken up the brick color! (You might want to experiment on some scrap pieces first, but this is the fun part!)  Paint your Canvas Corp Black and Ivory French Script Paper with Tattered Angels High Impact Lime Green Paint.  Make it a nice thin coat so that the script on the paper shows through! 

After it is dry, cut the paper into the shapes that you need to make the leaves and stems.

paper leaves

Cut a piece of Canvas Corp Brown Kraft paper down to the size of paper that fits into your printer. Then using a word processing program type up the text and print it out on the kraft paper!

spring quote

Finally, assemble all the pieces and glue them into place with matte medium or your favorite glue. Doodle with black and white pens all over the flowers, leaves and script pieces. To finish, taking just a tiny amount of cream colored chalk paint with on finger, go around the outer edge of the wood; this will make it look slightly weathered.

Now, all you need to do is step back and admire your work!!

If you’re looking for more inspiration from Karen, visit her blog; we’re sure you’ll find loads of brilliant projects there!



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