Let’s Make An Easy Flower


Quick little post today. I have something much bigger I am working on for possibly tomorrow. While working on tomorrow’s art, I needed a small ink pad. Opening my ink drawer I saw these little petal shaped ink pads I had forgotten all about. And I got a fun idea! And I am going to show you all the things that worked and the things that didn’t. I don’t typically show you all the mess-ups and boo-boos along the way. Today I will.

These ink pads came from Prima. I thought this Blossom Bud color was pretty, and I picked up a 4.5″ apprentice tile from Zentangle┬«.

This is the ink pad. My immediate thought was flower!!! Yes, I know it looks like an iron. Hahahaha!

And so I stamped it down on my tile. Easy enough. I don’t mind that the coverage isn’t solid. This almost looks shaded this way. Almost intentional. Hahahaha! But it was intentional on the rest of this project.

I rotated my tile and added another petal.

And I kept rotating and adding petals. I had no plan at all for a number of petals, so I just kept adding. Perhaps I should have had a plan.

Uh, yeah, I should have had a plan. I like the eight petals but I needed a way to line them up better. Grab another tile.

This time I went with the traditional hands on a clock routine. Petals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. More or less. Not perfection but then how many perfectly formed flowers does one find in their lifetime?

Then I rotated my tile and made it offset. I used the Cold Ice ink pad to again add four petals in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. Making this an eight petal floral wonder. Hahahahaha! And I love it and will tangle it but it still needed something. And yes, I can hear people all around the globe giggling at me right now for the simplicity in this but I had never thought to make a flower with ink pads before.

My flower needed leaves. I figured the easiest way was to replace two of the petals with green. So I stamped out the first six petals leaving those two spaces open.

And used this beautiful Green to make two petals. Two very dark petals. Grab another tile. Yep.

So I repeated my experiment and stamped my leaves lighter. Yep, they still look wrong. And they are wrong because of placement. Grab another tile. My pile is growing.

And this time I stamped the leaves first . . . so they would be under the petals and not over the petals. Because flowers just don’t grow that way. Except in my garden apparently. Hahahaha!

And then I added the petals in their proper God-given placement. Hahaha! I really like the way this looks shaded. It will save me work later.

Here is part of my work process. It took a few tiles to get to one I liked. Want to see my scrap paper I started with?

This is what I stamped on at the very beginning. To see if it would look like a flower. I even added those leaves but didn’t realize about heaviness of hand or placement until I actually worked on a tile. A fun process. And a note to help you steer clear of one other problem: make sure your tile is big enough to accomodate your flower. Yep. Lesson learned. See you tomorrow!

Prima Chalk Ink Pads

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8 thoughts on “Let’s Make An Easy Flower

  1. What would happen if you inverted the stamp pad to make the leaves pointed at the ends, keeping the flower petals as you have them here. Or, you could invert the stamp pads for both the leaves and petals. Mmm…just an idea.

  2. I can never imagine what something might look like, I just have to go for trying. I agree the inkpad looks like an iron though. I’d not thought about the leaves needing to be placed beneath the petals either – makes total sense when you mention it though. There’s nothing like the actual doing of something for it’s then that you make discoveries, sometimes in strange directions.

    • that’s true. a couple people pointed out that the leaves could have been turned and stamped in the opposite direction. and that’s true. but I think it could work both ways. I may tangle on one of these today and see what happens.

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