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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Ivy Leaf Geraniums -tutorial

                                   




VENICE
is famous for many things,
with one of them being
its flowered covered balconies, 
and so, 
since I am patiently awaiting some products for the Villa's bathroom,
and since I am STUCK once again in a miniature limbo,
I thought that I would try and make some flowers 
to fill up a long planter box 
which I'd also made,    
to eventually sit on the wide ledge 
directly outside the Villa's 3rd floor bathroom window.

The length of the planter box is 6.5 inches/16.5cm
which is unrealistically long 
but since I didn't want to make 2 planter boxes, 
I'm okay with it. 

 I decided to fill the box with 
IVY LEAF GERANIUMS. 

Having previously made regular geraniums from kits, 
I felt I already had a good idea of how to do it. 
 And having collected A LOT of paper punches from thrift stores and on-line vendors,
I thought I could do it from scratch and hopefully well enough to give me the look I was aiming for; 
AN EXUBERANT ABUNDANCE! 



There are a total of SEVEN individual plants in the planter box.
4 pink & white ones 
and
3 solid red ones. 

It took me about 3 days to completely assemble all of the plants. 

I'm pretty happy with the way they look 
and so I'm going to pass on what I did,
 which is neither special or unique,
nevertheless-
 I thought you might like to see the entire process 
from beginning to end. 


FYI
To any "professional"mini flower maker looking at these 
be forewarned- 
they ARE NOT "anatomically correct"
because I'm far too lazy to be that precise

 what I'm showing you here
is how I've chosen to make them 
using a style I'm very fond of 
and like to call:
"Close Enough!"



 so 
with that said-
On With The Show! 



The pink geraniums are made using both plain 
and acrylic painted 
photocopy paper. 
Some of the red ones 
were also made using the painted photocopy paper.  

After making 2 of the red plants with the photocopy paper,
I switched over to Japanese writing paper
which I'd originally found at the thrift store.  
I later found the same packs of paper at a local mall retailer which sells DAISO Japanese products.  
It was $2.00 for 80 sheets.
The weight of the Japanese #19 writing paper is similar to old cigarette or tracing paper. 


For the pink geraniums 
I used a 5 petal paper punch 
 for both the blossoms AND for the leaves .







The smallest of the flowers was what I used for the flower heads and
the medium and the large punches 
were what I used for their leaves. 
Here's what I punched out

sorting through the 3 sizes was a bit of a pain 
since they all looked the same! 



I used all 3 sizes in green for their leaves 


For the red geranium plant I switched to using the painted Japanese writing paper.
The reason was that it was not only thinner,
but the blossoms held their shape better.


I'll elaborate more on this a little further down.



Here's how I built the plants:

I began with 3-4 lengths of 30 gage paper covered florist's wire




I folded the ends up about a third 




Using a pair of pliers
I twisted the folded ends together to a length of about 
1 and 1/2 inches.
This stem gave me plant base as well as a handle to hang onto 
as they were being constructed. 


 I fanned out the stems and cut them down 
into irregular lengths.  
The upright ones would be the taller plants 
and the bent wires; the cascading ones.


I  then cut  pieces of the leftover wire 
into short lengths 
of less than an inch 
The short lengths were bent into a 
"V" shape

The "V's" were then wrapped around each of the stems. 
 To secure them into position, 
 I pulled both ends tightly by using my pliers

Each sub-stem will support flower heads and/or leaves.




This is what it looked like when the armature was done
The only glue I used throughout this project was 
Carpenter's Wood Glue. 

To stabilized all the connections and add strength to the armature,
I coated everything with a thin layer of the wood glue. 
I used a metal ball tool to apply the glue 
but
a toothpick would've worked equally as well. 

I made sure to completely coat the joints of each of the sub-stems
so they wouldn't move about when the flowers were attached.

The glue blobs which you can see below
where smoothed out using the ball tool.

Everything dried quite quickly!

Once the glue had set
I prepared to add the flower heads.

I found some fake plant parts in my stash
 which had tiny styrofoam balls glued to it.  
I carefully picked the little balls off.


Once the styrofoam balls were removed
I pierced them through with a corsage pin, 
 Glue was added to the ends of the stems and the tiny balls were slipped onto the ends through the hole I'd made.
( I am showing a straight pin in the photo below
however the corsage pin was better
since it made a hole which was the right size for the wire





The petals will be applied to all of the little balls
The balls were given a coat of Wood glue 
right before the petals were attached.

The petals for the pink/white geraniums
 were first cupped using a ball tool 
which helped to break the tension of the paper, 
but
 for the red ones
I changed my technique to what I show below. 

Using a sharp pair of scissors
I cut each of  the paper flowers towards its center.

Then
using fine pointed tweezers
I gripped the flower on one side of the cut
 and wrapped the rest of the paper around
the tweezers forming a cone-shape






I dipped the end of the flower cone into the wood glue 

and then onto the styrofoam ball









I continued this process until the entire ball was covered.
HOWEVER,
After I began building the red geraniums,
I noticed that the stiffness of the paper
 was causing the flower to unfurl as they dried. 




So it was at this point, that I stopped using the photocopy paper and switched to using the Japanese Writing paper, which continued to hold its shape as the blossoms were glued to the balls. 






To make the pink/white geraniums more interesting,
I coloured the flower heads
with felt pens. 

then
 I cut into the petals of each flower head with very sharpe scissors, to help separate their petals.
The leaves for the pink plants were also coloured 
with felt pens.  


To make a clear distinction between the foliage of the pink plants and the red ones,
I decided to use this shamrock paper punch which I'd purchased from the Japanese $2.00 store.

For their leaves,
 I used painted Origami paper 
rather than the photocopy paper, just to try it out. 
fyi
There wasn't any significant difference between them.

I used the same method of application for the leaves of both the red and the pink plants. 

here's how





The shamrocks punches came in two different sizes.
Using a ball tool
I pressed along the outer edges of the leaf shapes
which cupped them.



Then I flipped them over and using the same ball tool
I pressed them down in the middle of the paper.
This gave the paper an undulation.
This technique is found in Pepperwood Miniatures booklet of 

HOW TO MAKE FLOWERING PLANTS


To apply the leaves
I dipped the tiny stems in the
Wood glue and attached a leaf at the joint of the sub-stems.
 

I used my tweezers to compress the paper stems around the wire armature of the geranium
eventually working my way up and down the length of the plant






The photos above illustrate how I applied the leaves
for each stem of the geraniums
HOWEVER  in reality
I finished ALL the flower heads FIRST
and THEN
I applied all of the leaves.
as shown in the red plant below




Once all the leaves had been glued on,
I finished around their edges with a red felt pen.
I also used a green felt pen to fill in the white undersides 
of each of the flower-head balls.



When that was done,
I clipped off some of the length of the handle 
leaving enough of a stem to be able to 'PLANT' into the styrofoam base of the planter box. 


I made a potting soil mixture of
 wood glue,
 dried coffee,

 and tea grounds. 
This thick dirt paste, 
was layered onto the top of the styrofoam inside the box.

Then the wire ends of each of the the geranium plants
was forced through the wet soil and into the foam base
.

and 
VWAH LAA!

a planter box
a la'Venetian Style
and 
as we say in Canada,

not bad eh? 





elizabeth

😊
One final observation: Since posting this tutorial, I've been making more of these plants using only the Japanese Writing Paper for the flower heads.  I've found that to get a really clean cut using the paper punches, I needed to paint ONE or BOTH sides of the paper with a nearly undiluted acrylic paint. Leaving the paper unpainted as I'd done with the photocopy paper, produced more tears in it than usable confetti and then when it was made wet by the glue, it became even more difficult to use.  
So: painting the paper with acrylics gives it more stability, cuts cleaner without requiring any paper backing, and doesn't compromise the weight of the paper or it's flexibility.  
Just so you know. 😉

84 comments:

  1. Absolutely genius! They look so real. thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Linda

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    1. Your welcome Linda and I hope that you're able to use this info for your Conservatory build.

      elizabeth

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  2. They look so real, they remind me of a holiday in the south of Germany where every balcony was covered with this plant in various colours.

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    1. Thank You Very Much Kieine Vingeres! :D
      These kinds of floral displays are what I generally associate with Europe and your Lovely comment certainly confirms it! My dear miniature friends who regularly travel the world, have made the same observations when they saw them, and so I know that I am definitely on the right track with these geraniums. :D

      elizabeth

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  3. You're GENIUS, Elizabeth, they are a feast for the eyes (and your bathroom planter ;)) they look fabulous! And thank you for this outstanding tutorial!
    Have a lovely Sunday!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank You VERY MUCH Ilona! :D
      Your are one of those Professional Miniature Florists who have MORE than MASTERED your craft, so I'm Delighted that you've given these your personal stamp of approval! ❤️ :D

      elizabeth

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  4. Not bad at all I would even say fantastic flowers!!! I love the colours. Thank you for showing us all the steps to achieve this great result.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank You Genevieve! :D
      40 years ago pink and red weren't a very popular colour combination, and I wouldn't have chosen to place them side by side, but today I feel entirely different. I love their contrast as well as their harmony and I am Thrilled that you have enjoyed this colourful paring as well! :D

      elizabeth

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  5. You are as always a miracle worker. Love the geraniums and as I like to remember something you once said to me...it is not that it has to be exactly as the real thing but that it gives you the essence of the real thing. ...And that is exactly what you have accomplished! Sitting in the airport in Lisbon on a 4 hour delay...a welcome post .Thank you for sharing...you are so very kind to share your talent as you do. Hugs and "MISSES"

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    1. What a Pleasure to hear from you during your travels Fats, and Thank You for reminding me about what I'd forgotten I'd told you! ;D hahhaha
      I glad that like the geraniums Fats, and that you've taken the time to reconnect during your long delay in Lisbon; Thank You! :D
      I'm wishing for you a safe and "RELAXING" time while you're away and counting down the time until your return.❣️

      elizabeth

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    1. Grazie mille Judy! :D
      It makes me Very Happy that you like them!

      elizabeth

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial. Your geraniums are amazing and so real. Beautiful colors.

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    1. Your Most Welcome Faby and Thank You for your encouraging comment- Much Appreciated! :D

      elizabeth

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  8. Your 'close enough' style has definitely teetered into the realistic school of modelling. Such patience -all that cutting, sorting, bending, snipping and sticking but even more talent and patience with the wonderful subtle colouring - they absolutely beat many a 'pro'seller of flowers. Take a bow Ms Elizabeth x

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    1. Thank Yo for your comment and your compliments, Marilyn! :D
      It gave me a bit of a chuckle because I wouldn't have done it if I felt I had to cut out each of the flowers or the leaves individually- I'm just not that kind of girl! ;D
      Using the multi-flower paper punches made the process move along much faster and once I developed a rhythm, it also became( dare I say it? )..... FUN!

      elizabeth

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  9. Hi, Elizabeth - You are the ultimate inventive genius! When I saw the first photo in your post, I assumed that you had included a photo of real geraniums as an introduction. I was amazed and in awe when I realized that those were the miniature geraniums that you had made! Your "close enough" style has hit realism with complete accuracy. Thank you for including each step in creating these beautiful geraniums. Your technique for making the complex stems is at the heart of such realism, and the color mixtures and folding techniques for the leaves and flowers complete the effect. I love, love, these flowers and can't wait to see them in all their glory on the ledge outside the villa's bathroom.
    Marjorie

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    1. What a Great Pleasure it was to read your Beautiful comment Marjorie- Thank You! :D
      In the beginning I was just trying to pass the time until my mail order arrived, then as I got more into it and as I saw how the geraniums were coming together, I was ready and willing to make even MORE!
      The armature is a technique which I've used before when making ivy and since it worked for them, I knew it would work for these geraniums too. :D

      elizabeth

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  10. Geraniums are such a perfect choice for the villa's window boxes, and I love your method for making the armatures because I think the final versions look so much more realistic and natural! I had a little trouble with my leaf and petal punches when using thinner paper. It would tear rather than punch a perfectly cut shape. To solve this I was able to punch both a piece of printer paper and the thin rice/tissue paper at the same time. I wonder if you experienced the same with the Japanese writing paper? I am so excited thinking about what the exterior of the villa is going to look like, and teasing photos of the geraniums makes me even more so! The tiny peek at the box itself and it's old world aging is intriguing! Your detailed rendition of the plants is like everything you do - straordinario!

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    1. As soon as I read your comment, Jody, I retrieved the painted Japanese Writing Paper and re-punched the flowers using the same punch, and it cut through it cleanly without any back up paper.
      Then I tried a little cheapie dollar store single shape punch and it still cut through the painted paper without tearing it.
      The hand punches were a different story and I DID require the use of back up paper when punching through the Writing Paper so I am THANKFUL for your inquiry as it has helped me to know too! :D
      Now that I have a flower box full of geraniums for the ledge, I feel that I MUST make some more specifically for The Balcony on the second floor as well. This makes me Happy because the flowers will serve to soften the hard surface of the Villa, which is still undergoing extensive renovations, butThank You Jody for your observations AND for each of your Encouraging words too!
      :D

      elizabeth

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  11. Not bad and close enough??? Your geraniums look amazingly realistic and thank you for the well explained tutorial. A Japanese Daiso shop was recently opened not far from where I live. I'm going to find out if they carry this paper. By the way, I also use tiny styrofoam balls and paint them green before I glue on the flowers.

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    1. You're Most Welcomed Drora and Thank You for your Beautiful comment! :D
      The styrofoam balls make EXCELLENT bases for the geraniums and so I'm not surprised to learn that you've used them too, since you're more experience in making mini flowers than I am. I make them in fits and starts and only if I HAVE to! ;D
      But I was SO EXCITED to find a Japanese Daiso shop in the local Mall and the best part was that it carried a lot of the "exotic" craft items which I've seen for sale on line and on Youtube channels i.e. Polymer Air Dry Clays which I've just discovered and LOVE, so make sure to look in their craft section at DIASO when you go Drora, because there is far more there than just the paper! :D

      elizabeth

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  12. Thanks you for the tutorial. The flowers and the colors look real.

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    1. Thank You VERY Much Joc! :D
      That is the Greatest compliment a miniaturist can hope to receive and I Cherish it! :D

      elizabeth

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  13. Dear Elizabeth,
    Thank you for the detailed description of the making of the flowers. They are so realistic and the colours are perfect.
    I would love to try and do this.
    You always say how impatient you are but this project must have been quite tedious but you pulled it off brilliantly.
    Hope to see it in person soon.
    My workroom has been taken over by the first granddaughter for the next few weeks so things will be at a standstill here.
    Thinking of you,
    Janine

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    1. Thank You and Hellooooooo Janine! :D
      After reading your detailed comment regarding my detailed description, I hope that you WILL try and make them!
      BUT-
      if you can arrange to come over, we can do them together. :D
      They ARE a bit tedious but not at all difficult, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered.
      and I AM impatient but perhaps because I was getting good results and could still be just as sloppy with the glue as per usual; I was determined to keep at it until they were done.
      I do however, need to make some more for the Villa's balcony so....
      let me know what works for you :D

      elizabeth

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  14. Lovely Elizabeth! Really love these, and the colours are great. I have heard of people dampening the flowers before shaping so they hold their shape better. Anyway, not sure that helps at this point! Haha! Can’t wait to see these on the outside of the villa. Xx

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    1. Thank You for your comment Shannon AND for your Lovely compliments! :D
      I've not tried the dampening method so THANKS for this information. I have more of these to make so I WILL give that a go! :D
      I'm Still re-working on the exterior of the Villa so it will be a while before they are able to be installed so I'm looking forward to that event too! :D

      elizabeth

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  15. Está muy bien. Se ve frondoso y el colorido es perfecto. Un gran trabajo!!!

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    1. Thank You Very Much, Isabel! :D
      I am So Glad that you like the leaves of the geraniums because I had been Dreading the application of so many leaves. But much to my surprise, THAT turned out to be my FAVOURITE part! :D

      elizabeth

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  16. Gracias por el tutorial, un trabajo fantástico y el resultado genial.Buena semana:-)

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    1. Gracias Rosa-Maria and you are Most Welcome to the tutorial! :D
      I had fun building each of the plants and I'm Happy to share, because it also helps me to remember what I did and how I did it :D

      elizabeth

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  17. Beautiful work, Elizabeth! Love seeing your technique and problem solving :)

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    1. Hello Nancy and Thank You Very Much! :D
      I actually surprised myself!
      I had a picture in my mind of what I hoped to achieve and the geraniums turned out BETTER than the vision;
      and how often does THAT happen? ;D

      elizabeth

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  18. They are beautiful Elizabeth!

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    1. Thank You Carrie! :D
      I am VERY Pleased that you like them!

      Because I like them too! ;D

      elizabeth

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  19. Wonderful! The colors, particularly on the pink ones, are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for the tutorial. It's always fun to learn new techniques. I will need to find that paper at my Daiso. It sounds perfect for flower and leaf making. P.S. I have used the exact same punch (just the small shamrocks) to make geraniums in half scale, and it works great! It's close enough to a geranium leaf for me. :-)

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    1. Hello Deborah and Thank You for your comment- Very Much Appreciated! :D
      I must say that I am love with the pink flowers too.
      Initially I was going to make purple Petunias as their companion plant in the planter but then Linda Park suggested that i just make them All Geraniums so that's when I decided to include the red ones and to change their leaves. The shamrock punch worked like a charm, and I'm not surprised to learn that you've used the smaller leaf in your Half-Scale projects because it's size and shape would be Ideal! :D


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  20. Absoluely fantastic!!! They certainly turned out much better than 'near enough' whether or not they're "anatomically correct' lol

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    1. Ha! Thank You Very Much Norma! :D And since I don't do "anatomically correct " very well in any case,; "close enough" will always have to be "good enough" for me
      heeheehee ;D

      elizabeth

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  21. Pa mal ... Je dis et même je proclame que ces géraniums sont criants de réalisme !!!
    J'aime beaucoup les teintes choisies, cette jardinière est très belle. Merci Elizabeth pour ce joli tuto !
    Bonne continuation ! Bises. Joce

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    1. Thank You Joce, you Always say such Very Nice things to me regarding my work! ♥️ :D

      elizabeth

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial! Looks a bit tricky...problable takes for hours :)Your flowers look just amazing!

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    1. Thank You Mirel for your comment and for your compliment! :D
      I have been making more of these plants for the Villa's balcony and have found that the "Trickiest" part is wrapping the little sub-stems onto the main branches of the armature. That part was definitely the most fiddly. And although these DID take hours, I had the time and I was also in the mood, so the time flew by and before I knew it- They Were DONE! :D

      elizabeth

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  23. Que explosión de colorido,espectaculares tus geranios hiedra! Muchas gracias por el tutorial!
    Besos.

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    1. Thank You SO MUCH Pilar because "An Explosion of Colour " was PRECISELY
      the effect, which II was hoping to achieve! :D

      elizabeth

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  24. Your geraniums are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for a very detailed tutorial and congratulations on the fab results. I love flowers and plants and always look for ways to make them, although lately I am a bit lazy about it. So, I will save this tutorial to try it in the future as your flowers are not just beautiful but very realistic and charming. I really love them. xxx

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    1. You are Most Welcome to this tutorial Alexandra and I Thank You for your Lovely comment! :D
      I am lazy too and always looking for short-cuts and so I was pleased to be able to use the paper punches for all of the leaves and their flowers.
      The building of each of the plants took me more time that I had imagined but I was also making each of them one at a time.
      With the new plants I currently constructing, I am building them as per an assembly line, which SEEMS to make their construction move along much faster! :D

      elizabeth

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  25. Im a great fan of 'close enough' - your geraniums are absolutely fabulous and look very realistic. Love the planter! xx

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    1. Hahaha! :D
      I think that we should start a Close Enough Club, Robin because I don't think that we would any trouble getting new members to join! ;D
      In the meantime, Thank You for your Compliments - always Greatly Appreciated when coming from a RL Gardener! :D

      elizabeth

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  26. Buongiorno Donna Elizabeth,
    Your geraniums are fantastic. I really love them and they look quite realistic. Thank you for posting such wonderful and clear instructions, though I don't know if I would ever have the patience to try flower making myself. The window boxes will be the absolute perfect touch to your venetian masterpiece.
    Un grande abbraccio,
    Don Giacomo

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    1. Mille Grazie Don Giacomo! :D
      Speaking to the "patience" part of your Most Welcomed comment: I KNOW that I would NEVER have the "patience" to build with precision, the Incredible structures you make Giac or the "patience" to construct the complex floors, walls ,ceilings and doors you do; so perhaps the word "patience, is relative;
      or is it subjective? ;D
      Un Grande abbraccio Back, mio caro!

      elizabeth

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  27. Your geraniums are very realistic, Elizabeth! They are beautiful. Love the colors, and japanese paper sound perfect for flowers making! great methode for armatures too! Thank you very much for tutorial!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Nono! :D
      Keep in mind that making the armature is perhaps the most fiddly part of the process, but I like the delicate airiness which the cascading stems produce.
      I am still testing out the Japanese Paper by making more plants and painting the paper with different colorants. Thus far the acrylic paints are still working for me for the flower heads although I still prefer using the photocopy paper for their leaves. More experimentation and exploration is required regarding the Japanese Paper but one thing for sure, is that the price is right! :D

      elizabeth

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    1. Thank You Very Much Megan! :D
      I've made many geraniums in the past, but must say that I am ESPECIALLY pleased with these!
      So much so, that I have decided to make more; striking while the mojo is hot! ;D

      elizabeth

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  29. Aww these are really beautiful! You are so creative and I love "watching" you work :)

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    1. Many Thanks Linda! :D
      I am feeling pretty chuffed about how these geraniums have turned out and Glad to hear that you like the look of them too! :D

      elizabeth

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  30. Your work is beautiful and inspiring as always! I love the realism in your miniatures. Celia

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    1. Thank You Very Much Celia! :D
      It's true that I strive for a certain degree of realism in my work, but I also want it to remain looking like A Dollhouse. For me it's similar to straddling the middle of a seesaw between how much realism and how much make-believe- if you know what I mean? :)

      elizabeth

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  31. Thank you so much for this very well explained and shown tutorial - your geraniums looks awesome and very realistic. It was fascinating to follow your process and it's always interesting to see how many ways there are to achieve a terrific result. Or as we say here - all ways lead to Rome. ;O) And it was amazing to see that although you did not paint the balls in advance no white showed up - a sign for a very good job at attaching the single blossoms. Your planter turned out so beautiful and I'm already looking forward to see it in place at Villa Leone. And although your geraniums are far from being just close enough your "Close Enough" style made me smile - when it comes to flower making my aim is something in the range of "Hopefully it will be recognized that this is supposed to be a flower in the end" *LOL*

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank You Very Much Brigit and may I say that I Really Appreciate your comment and observations regarding how many roads there are which lead to Rome! ;D
      I have seen many different approaches to making not just geraniums but other plants as well, and each artist makes them just a little differently and so that you feel you've learned something new from reviewing their process.
      But I hear you about making flowers and then "hoping" that they will be recognizable in the end- if you could only see my BOXFUL of Fails!

      elizabeth :D

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  32. Dear Elizabeth, perhaps I need to take a page from your book and learn to make my plants in the "not anatomically correct" way! It might reduce my labor from a year of fiddling to a month of breezing along! LOL! Your geraniums look Fantastic! (And I have grown ivy leaved geraniums... so I know them well!) In the first picture I was not sure if I was looking at the "real thing"! I particularly admire the pink variegated blossoms! And as usual, your methods make so much sense and are quick to produce! I think I need to make some "Elizabethan Venetian Geraniums" just to soothe my overworked finicky obsessiveness! (This morning I was even dreaming of making a lilac bush in a not-anatomically correct way just to see if it looked much different from my obsessive ones in the end! LOL) I know... Ii am nearing the end of my Marathon and getting a little punchy! :) But seriously, I LOVE your ivy leaved geraniums!!! You have proven that the results don't depend on anatomically correct parts! And thank you for sharing all the details.... glue type and paper type and painted or not painted... I learn so much from you! :):):)

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  33. Dearest Betsy!
    I am all about reducing labour when it come to minis but don't you EVER stop doing what you do to PERFECTION! ♥️
    I think that I must have been born looking for short-cuts but not you! You are one of my "miniature Hero's" precisely because of your "anatomically correct" correctness, so please don't even speak of changing -even in jest! ;D
    I am just glad that these ivy geraniums have passed inspection with you and with Ilona- WHEW! such a relief! :D

    elizabeth

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  34. Wow your flowers look amazing I love them. Thank you so much for the wonderful informative tutorial.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Thank You Very Much Maria! I have been getting lots of practice making these plants, so far I have made 11, and although it does takes time, the end results have been worth it! :D

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  35. Han quedado preciosos, y tu técnica es genial !!!!

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    1. Thank You for your Most Welcomed comment Eloisa! :D
      I have tried to make this tutorial as concise and as detailed as possible so that each step was illustrated, just in case anyone should wish to try making them too! :D

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  36. Genius at work ! Absolutely fantastic tuto ..... I`m sure I will use it in my balconies (whenever I start them ;)).Thanks a lot , Elisabeth !!!
    Big hug

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    1. Greetings Luli and Thank You for enjoying this tutorial and the end results of it!
      I have enjoyed making these plants and have since made 4 more! It's not hard but they are time consuming so if and when you ever do decide to make them -
      be prepared! ;D

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  37. Oh wow! So neat, thank you for the tutorial!

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    1. Your Most Welcomed to the tutorial Brandy and I Thank You for your comment! :D

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  38. Thank you for not only producing the most amazing geraniums, but sharing such a great tutorial with us all. Bless you for your generosity and effort that it takes to create such great tutorials. xxxxx

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    1. Hello Kathrene! :D
      I LOVE the enthusiasm in your comment and you are Most Welcomed! :D
      I was well on my way of making these plants before I felt that I should stop and take the photos for a specific tutorial since I hadn't presented one for a long time.
      PLUS, I'm sure that it will come in handy as a future reminder for ME too! ;D

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  39. Elizabeth hello , I am soooo admiratif ! I love geraniums, mum gran used to have her porch filled with them and I remember the scent still. I always have a lot of them on my terrace and in winter they sit around the house hibernating. I can't wait to fill my dollhouse with them and your tuto is amazing! You gave me an idea to use cigarette paper when I begin. Thank you for sharing this, huggs Stephanie xo

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    1. Hello Stephanie and Thank You for your comment! :D
      I have made paper geraniums before and they haven't turned out as well as these ones have so I Really Appreciate your mutual admiration of them! :D
      And since I don't have as much success with my Real Life annual geraniums it feels quite satisfying to be able to grow them in such wild abundance for the dollhouse. ;D
      But do keep us posted regarding using the cigarette papers whenever you begin to construct your plants. I know that I'll find your ventures in miniature garden totally engrossing!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Gonda! :D
      I am so glad that you've enjoyed the results of the geraniums and this tutorial! :D

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  41. These are wonderful Elizabeth! So gorgeous when bunched up together like you've done. I will add this to my must try list. And that extra tip at the end I think will make a big difference I've run into copy paper tearing on me before as well. Okay, just need some spring weather outside now!

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    1. Hello and Thank You Very Much Kristine! :D
      After posting this tutorial I made some more of these plants assembly line style, and the process went a little quicker than building each one to completion before beginning the next. Even so, I have to say that it has given me Enormous Satisfaction to haveI actually stuck with it to the end seeing as how I tend to get bored and/ or distracted quite easily.
      And I'm Happy with them all bunched up and intertwined too, and although it was more work to make multiples of the same small plants, yet I think that they've worked better together than a few individual bigger ones would have done. :D


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  42. OMG, they look gorgeous! I admire what you've done, that was a lot of work. But it was worth it, they are amazing!

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    1. Thank You Kamelia! :D
      It was a lot of work but because it was a project which I'd been contemplating for a while, it took me less time actually making the plants, than it did in thinking about making them! :D

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  43. This is fabulous Elizabeth! Your geraniums are much much more than good enough. Thank you so much for sharing your technique which I must try. I’m particularly enamoured with your paint job on the petals and leaves. Adding the brown & yellow tones to the leaves in particular adds so much. I’m so inspired by this post, I can only hope mine turn out half as good!

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    1. Hi Sam!:D
      I am Happy to hear that you've enjoyed this post and have plans to give this tute an try, sometime in the future- Thank You! :D
      Regarding the paint job on the petals and leaves; I used brush tip felt pens and made random strokes on the petals and outlines on the leaves- very casual colour applications and yet they turned out just as I wished.
      Easy Peasy! ;D

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