I'm looking for instructions for making realistic paper flowers. I'm also looking for information about paper mosaics and faux stained glass.
Look up HGTV.com. Then look at Creative Juice--they have done the projects you are asking about.
For paper flowers, use dyed coffee filters and trim the edges to look like the edges of a flower. I can't remember the rest, but I think you use a wire ore pipe cleaner for a stem and attach flower and stem with florist tape.
Mosaics--cut or tear small pieces of paper, create a design you like then glue or mod podge onto your project. Cover with a layer of Mod Podge which will dry clear.
Faux stain glass--I do the real stuff, but it did look interesting and easy enough. Good luck.
This is a great Stained Glass & Mosaics site! ...It's an online catalog that sells stained glass supplies.
* They also have many "How-To" pages:
OR: search this GREAT site for directions
* Just type in "mosaics, stained glass or flowers" in their search engine:
-----> CLASSES <-----
I'm "self-taught" in pretty much all of my many crafts (except sewing which I learned back in school & weaving & spinning). I teach painting (on pottery) classes... And, I've found that if you take classes, (with most any craft) You'll not have to learn things "the hard way" as the instructor will teach you their tips, tricks & short-cuts... I teach my students things that took me nearly 20 years to learn the hard way.... They pay $45 per class... to learn from my many years of experience & I MAKE SURE it's well worth their time & money.
HERE'S SOME IDEAS:
* Call your local Community College or an "ART Supply" store (or as a third option, a Craft Supply store) & ask about Classes...
* Or just look on Crags List for a "Starving Artist" (like me!) that would be happy to make a little bit of money to teach you tips, tricks, short-cuts & wisdom they've learned through the years.
(I especially love to see children learn!)
* Or, if you see someone selling Stained Glass or Mosaics at a Farmers Market or Craft Fair, take their card, & call them when they are less busy & ask them if you can apprentice or work for them & do their "dirty work" at no charge. * A GREAT way to learn!
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