Monday, January 17, 2011

Dough flowers

FLOWERS FOR FOREVER

Flowers always make people better, 
happier, and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, 
food and medicine for the soul.



This is such a reality that I think no one can deny it. 
Flower makes you happy from your heart ... 
a beautiful Rose,
a fragrant Jasmine, 
a Lotus swims on water 
all those beauties gives your heart a true sense of happiness,
and nothing can be compare to it.

But before I start my tutorial I want to say
 THANK YOU 
to
GINGER KNOX
author of

SAVANNAH GRANNY
who honoured me with


I am very much Thankful for her love for me.


Visit her blog, I am sure you will enjoy her
pleasant and lively way of blogging.
Love you very much Ginger


My today's post is about flowers,
but they are neither fresh flowers nor the silk flowers
they are hand made dough flowers.

There are several methods and doughs for making flowers,
like Italian dough, ceramic powder, porcelain and bread dough as well.
I am here giving you a tutorial of Italian dough, 
because first of all its cheap on your budget
and as beginner it is better to work on it.

First we are going to make Italian dough 
and than I will show you how to do the flowers

Now lets start with making the dough


 Things you required
1 cup Cornflour
1 cup white glue
1 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp Petroleum Jelly
 1 tsp lemon juice
 1/2 cup water


 First beat the glue, water, glycerin, lemon juice and
 petroleum jelly. Beat it very well that no lumps remains.


Now add cornflour and beat again for more mixing.
You can see clearly the consistency of the better.


Now start cooking, first cook on low flame and
when you feel that your dough become thick and
 forms lumps than increase the flame and stir consistently.
You will not stop stirring for a moment even.
And don't you worry if you feel that dough is not smooth.


After 2 to 3 minutes of high flame cooking you see that 
dough leave the corner and come into a shape of a ball.
When it is perfect? Simply touch the dough if it don't stick
on your finger, it is time to off the stove.


When it is perfect? Simply touch the dough if it don't stick
on your finger, it is time to off the flame.
 Now grease a polythene bag and put the dough in it,
  and over the bag knead it well, now your dough is ready.
Keep it in bag otherwise it will become dry,
it can be store up to 2 weeks.


Now we are ready to start making flower, 
here I want to mention some more things.
 Oil colours will be the priority, otherwise you can use
acrylics, water colours (tubes), even powdered food colour.
Some different colours stamens, different leaf cutters (optional).
Oil colours will become darker after drying so try a little amount.
 Always use Petroleum jelly when you feel it become sticky.


One more thing to remember... 
what colour you want to make just add a bit white always, 
it will give your flowers an opaque touch, 
otherwise they look bit transparent.
I added white with red for pink shade and 
green with white for leaves.


Here you can see the four colours
white, lemon, pink and green



Take a little bit of dough and make a ball 
and than press it in the shape for the inner bud of the rose.


Roll it like this, now your inner bud is ready, 
put it aside.


Now its the turn to make petals for the rose.
First make a ball than than transfer that ball into a tear shape,
and lastly in a petal as I show you in the above picture.


After the bud we need 3 petals for the first round, here you can see
that I attache only one side of the petal to the bud.
The second will be attached to the bud 
from almost to the half of the first petal 
and than first petal overlap the second one 
and in the same sequence the third petal also sticked.


It is the rose of three petals, by this picture you understand 
that how three petals overlap each other one by one.
 One thing that when you attached petals to the bud, 
be careful that your petals will not go up the bud.
They should be on the same height as of the bud is.


If you want to make a big flower 
than you should need 5 more petals for the second round.
As I completed my rose with the next round of 5 petals
with the same method.


Leaves ... 
Press the dough on a smooth surface with a roller and 
used  cutter for the shape of leaf.
But don't worry you can do it also with any knife, just mark
the shape of leaf on the dough and lift it up


Its a leaf printer, if you press the dough leaf on it the
print of veins appear on the leaf.
It can also be done by any fresh leaf which has very
prominent veins.


The method of drying the leaves ...
Take a newspaper and ruffled it roughly. 
Now it has a wavy effect when you open it.
Dry your leaves on it for a day, 
it gives your leaves a very natural look


Here you can see the different flowers, leaves and fillers to make
an arrangement.
Always used white glue because it will become transparent 
after drying, so there will no sign of  anything except your flowers.

On the second option you can use hot glue also.
 &
Always allow 24 hours for drying for individual 
flowers and leaves and 2 days for an arrangement.


This arrangement is made on a tile, normal ceramic tile.


It is on black glass.


Another rose arrangement...
First the frame is made than I arrange flowers on it.

Now I want to share some individual leaves and fillers for a closer look


Leaves with different shapes and vein pattern


The pink portion of these buds I made by the 
pressing of dough with a simple net.


A carnation, it made with three layers on a bud inside.

Hope you enjoyed today's post and may be give it a try,
its nothing difficult in it, I tried to write each and every little tip about
Italian Dough's making.
If still you have something to clear which make confusion,
please asked me here or via e-mail. I will reply you and try to solve the problem

Waiting for your love and opinions anxiously

HAPPY CRAFTING



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62 wonderful people gave their lovely opinion:

Fiona said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your flowers are very beautiful - Is the glue at the start a powder or is it a liquid? I would very much like to have a go at making them.

Hugs - Fee X

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah those are fantastic. They almost look like porcelein. Very neat tutorial, they looks pretty!

Farah Muzaffar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@ Fiona
its White glue easily available on hardware store its in liquid form and thick in consistency... and the powder is simple cooking corn flour

@ Debb, thanks Dear... I will go for ceramic also with tube roses soon:)

Penny said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my, they are gorgeous! You are very crafty and artistic!! Beautiful!

Saritha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The flowers look so beautiful!!You are an expert in so many things!!

John'aLee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great tutorial. You should post this at Totally Tutorials!

anandhirajan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

beautiful flowers and the tutorial .Bahut mehnat kiye honge na Thanks for sharing dear

Biljana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great job, great tutorial, thanks for sharing. Flowers are simply beautiful:-)
Hugs, Biljana

Hani@Craftionary said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow these are beautiful flowers.. and your technique is so easy to follow.. Love
Hani
http://craftionary.blogspot.com/

Johanna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello Farah,
you are a real artist. Those flowers look really precious like porcelain. I will try to make them also. Do they get hard just on the air?
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents.
Greetings, Johanna

Farah Muzaffar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@ Johanna ... Yes they dried in normal room temperature... but try not to expose them directly under AC or Fan air...
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love

Farah

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, Farah, they're just lovely. Have you ever thought about writing a book? You have so many wonderful talents. I could see some of your wonderful projects in a book - maybe available for download?

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Oh, I have another little 'happening' on my Feng Shui blog - Clean in 15! - because 15 minutes is about all the time I want to spend cleaning!

http://FengShuiSavvy.blogspot.com

June said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh Farah...your tutorials are the best I have ever come across! And these dough flowers are truly amazing!
What an artist you are. This would be so much fun to do. I can't thank you enough for this great inspiration.

Thank you for your sweet message that you left at my place. It always makes my day.
sending hugs

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very pretty Farah! My husband made our wedding cake and made some flowers for it out of dough it was really beautiful!

Lana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have NEVER seen anything like this! How beautiful. You are amazing in your talent. I am in awe.
Wow.

ace and friends co. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

GORGEOUS! thanks for the follow... right back at ya. REALLY looking forward to reading more!

michelle @ ace and friends
http://www.aceandfriendsco.com
twitter://www.twitter.com/aceandfriendsco

Jenny of Elefantz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful! You have so much talent, Farah!!
Hugs
Jenny

Naturally Carol said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah you are very good at making three dimensional craft...these are like sculpture...you have to be able to think in a particular way like a potter for instance. You are talented at this!

Bella said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello Farah,
My Grandmother made bread dough roses with me when I was a girl, It was an fun craft!
I love seeing yours and they look amazing! You have taken it to a new height so perfect and so much detail, you do beautiful work!!
Hugs to you,]
Bella

Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am amazed at your talents! You realy have done a spectacular job here! The flowers are so well detailed...you definitely have artistic abilties!
We are all so glad to know you are ok after the recent earthquake!
Many hugs -Liz

linda said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah these are truely a work of art :)

Yasmin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lovely flowers , Farah. I love your tutorials. Thanks for sharing:)Someday , I hope to be half as good as you at so many crafts!
Thank you for visiting me.

SavannahGranny said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah, These are so beautiful. You are so talented. Do you sell your beautiful creations? You are so good I think you should have a gallery or shop to exhibit your art.
You make everything seem so easy but it is your artistic talent that makes the difference.
Hugs, Ginger

Allison @ House of Hepworths said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, those are amazing!!

~Allison @ House of Hepworths

bikim said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

your blog is gorgeous and you are so talented! can't imagine myself doing those flowers!!! thanks for sharing! i will try to do something basic.
have a happy day!
Rosa

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah, your tutorial makes this process look easy, but your finished product reflects great skill and an artistic eye! Just amazing!

big B said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those flowers are gorgeous - you are so artistic. The leaves are beautiful too with all their details. Beautiful post!

The Crafty Side Of Life said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for becoming a follower!! Those flowers are so pretty! You did an amazing job!
Thanks!

Tasha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah...those are just beautiful!! Truly. I agree, flowers do just make one happy.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah, you are quite gifted. You make it look easy to make those, but if we don't have your artistic ability our flowers will not look lovely as yours. Those are amazing and don't look like dough. They look so real.

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

One word: WOW!

Radka said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You make some beautiful things, Farah:)) Thank you for you visit:)

Anitakumarcrafts said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lovely blog ,thanks for sharing !

Rubina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Farah for encouraging me, I am very impressed by your work and so glad to see Pakistani blogger.
This dough flower tutorial is best for beginners.
Rubina

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those flowers are beautiful, Farah! You're so talented! They look amazing! :)

Deborah Raymond said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a wonderful talent! You make a lovely home.

farah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hello,
i am an indian artsist and happened to see your blog. your work is amazing and the way ypou give your tutorial is so wonderful and explanatory. i too have a blog. pl do visit it at http://www.farahartcreations.blogspot.com and become a member. i am putting your blog on my bloglist and would loveto be featured on your list as well.
regards
farah

lilla said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Really useful and well explained tutorial! Your arrangements are wonderful.
Saluti da lilla from Italy...

The Creative Muslimah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ASSALAMUALEIKUM, dear aunty :-)
I'm a 15-year old pakistani crafter living in Denmark, and I really LOVE your tutorial!! SO many great pictures, and its explained so well! And your work is just SOOOO great, MashAllah!! :-)

Thanks for sharing :-)
FiamaniAllah

The Creative Muslimah @ www.thecreativemuslimah.blogspot.com

MiniBinoy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Farah, this tutorial is wonderful!! and the flowers u hv made are just superb!!they look like ceramic flowers!!i luv the arrangements too!!!

GeethuSathiyaN said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Farah,ur way of explanation with step by step snaps is simply awesome.I wud like knw whether corn flour can be replaced with any other flour like wheat flour,rice flour??

Blue Creek Home said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am so glad you linked these pretty flowers up to my first Treasure Hunt Thursday. I hope to see you every week!
Rhonda

GeethuSathiyaN said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Farah,hru?i've brought all the ingredients for making dough,later i got few doubts..

1)When should i hav to mix color,after cooling down or in hot dough?
2)If i shld add color in cold dough,will thecolor mix/blend well?
3)At last while arranging the dried flowers,wat kind of adhesive shld i use?like normal white glue or any special adhesive?
4)If i refrigerate the dough,can i add color when the dough is too cold or should i have to wait till it turns to room temperature?
5)can i store the colored dough in refrigerator?

God!!!!i'm getting more doubts....sorry for disturbing u by asking such silly ques!!I want to get a perfect outcome!!!Hope u understand!!thanks byeee.

Farah Muzaffar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello Geethu....

Oh no dear no silly question at all ... from last two days my net is not working now I amon my way ... Thanks to God

I answer you as per qustion numbers...

1) Colours will be mix after cooling down... and first of all add white colour, (poster or oil as per your choice ) in the whole dough... otherwise your colour never go with a strong and vibrant shade...

2) Yes tit blends very well... the consistency of your dough should be with quite elesticity and kned with colour for bit long time... And always remeber the colours should go in darker tone after drying completly so whatever colour you want try to be bit lighter....

3) If you used OASIS (grey colour brick) then no need of any adhesive you can prick any stem or anything in it... you can use a bit white glue when you pricking the stem for more strength... otherwise I think hot glue is the best because it sticked the thing in no time ... but in my opinion Oasis is best... grey brick is for dry or silk flowers and green brick is only for fresh flower becaise it is soaked in water... both of them easily available on flower shops...

4) You can refigerate the dough in air tight jar... better first to keep in an airtight polythene bag
and than in a jar .... if you are in hurry than you can microwave it on defrost for 1 minute.... because colour best mixed on room tempreture...

5) Yes you can store the coloured dough in the fridge... the life of dough in refrigerator in about 10 to 12 days...

Hope I answered all your questions but I am very happy to reply you if still you have any problem...

Trend Square said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

your flowers are really beautiful, you are very creative MashAllah. love your frames :)
i make Italian dough hand made jewelery.
do visit my blog: http://trendsquare.blogspot.com/

mycreationandinspiration said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mashallah beautiful flowers....

rabia qasim said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hi farah , can we use any other thing, if we dont have glycerine.

zunaira riaz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hi farah ,ur work is so beautiful.i want to ask that my flowers are getting cracked after drying what should i do to avoid this,please help me

Farah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@zunaira riaz
Hello Zunaira.... Thanks for your sweet remarks, you don't mention your e-mail ID that's why I answer you here only.... you can contact me @craft.a.world@gmail.com or on my face book page ...
The reason of cracking is basically because of over cooking the dough... it is quite critical to stop cooking on a right time, just insert your finger and if it comes out clean it means your dough is cooked , and quickly remove from heat and more quickly shifted it in a thick shopper and knead well... this checking is critical basically when it comes in the shape of ball than start to insert your fingers in it for checking...
The second reason... you mixed lot of petroleum jelly while making flowers, or if you used oil colours than you mixed large amount of colours...It also create cracks after drying...
There is no third possibility for cracking... just ceck these errors and I hope your next end result will be fine...
I hope it will work but if any other question you have ...please ask anytime
Love
Farah

zunaira riaz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thankyou farah ,
you solve my problem ,thankyou so much once again for your time n concern.and plz tell me which are best colors to used for coloring the flowers?

Farah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Zunaira thats ok:)... tha best colours are Oil colours for Italian dough ... but you can use acrylic colours, fabric colours even the food colour too... But oil colour will give you the best end result...
and secondly try to work with your hands mostly rather than tools ...
Love
Farah

Gheza e shiriin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful. Your blog is really inspirational.

GeethuSathiyaN said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Farah,i wanna protect my dough flowers from insects n moulds...do u use any product to make them pest proof n water proof???

Annu said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

`Hi Farah, this is a very pretty blog you got here, and a great tut, thanks for sharing and best of luck in everything.

shadaan zafer said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

assalamualaikum farah:)
u've got a lovely tutorial here!thanks for sharin ur ideas with us :) i had a question...i had tried makin these flowers earlier but they got fungus on them after a few months..what can be done to prevent it?have u ever had fungal growth on ur flowers??or could i be doing something wrong?

Shafaq Ahmad said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

HI! i m loving it :).....i just wanna ask k jewellary making main bhi yehi flowers use hotay hain na? i want to make jewellary with them!

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barbie d said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi farah can you tell me how to make flexi dough

Wajiha Ashraf said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Farah aunty this is Maira I really like your work it's wonderful I am making italian dough jewlery and it's working really well but the problem is when I join petals and flowers together to make rings I used hot glue and I think it's not working good I don't no what to do plz give me some suggestion about what glue I should used and does hot glue is good for this purpose.

Farah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello Maria, its so nice to hear that your doing with Italian dough ... Love to see your work if you have any facebook page ...
Regarding to your prob I suggest German White Glue instead of Hot Glue... Althought it takes a bit more time for drying but it stick very well and secondly it appears transparent after drying... Being transparent after drying is so very helpful specially in your case because your work is miniature and delicate ... Apply white glue in bit little quantity and leave them for drying ... M sure it will work ... I always used White Glue for Italian and ceramic dough ... And results are perfect ...
Hope it will helps you ... And its nice to see you regarding with DOUGHS ...

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