Remember when the internet was obsessed with painted fruit a few weeks ago? Super adorable, but very perishable. These decorative painted sculpey flowers are our more permanent answer to the fun painted objects question. Decorate your home or office with them, or give as gifts!
You will need: Sculpey oven-bake clay, acrylic paint and brushes, gesso, floral wire, and an oven
It's so pretty it makes you want to squish it all up, right?!
If you've never played with Sculpey before, rest assured, it's very easy to mold. Warm up a small chunk in your hand and roll it into a ball. You can them form any shapes you want! I chose to do a rose shape for the flowers. I started with the ball shape, flattened it out to a "pancake," and then curved the flat piece slightly to form the center of the flower. I then repeated the same process adding on petals and molding them together at the base of the flower. As you work, curve the petals inward.
Once you've completed your flower(s), put a piece of floral wire in the base as the stem. You'll want to make sure it's far enough in so that your flower can rest on it when it has been baked. Bake the sculpture according to Sculpey package directions.
Once the flower has been baked, it's time to paint! I decided to do a gold-lined flower and a colorful, marbleized one. I started the marbleized flower by painting a few of my favorite colors with plenty of paint on the flower. The goopier the better! Before it dries, dip the entire flower in gesso, a paint primer. Remove some parts of the gesso with a medium paintbrush so that the wet paint appears from underneath. It will have a marbleized texture that peeks through the gesso. Don't overwork it or you'll lose the marbled texture.
For the gold-tipped flower, I dipped it directly into gesso, let dry, and then applied a metallic gold acrylic paint to the petal tips. Let the paint dry and place in your favorite vase!