Saturday, April 17, 2010

Grunge Paper Calla Lily

Today I have another fun paper flower for you to try...

Calla Lilies!

A bit about the flower....

The Calla Lily most commonly means "magnificent beauty" which why it lends it's self so well for weddings, mother's day, birthday's or just to tell someone how much you love them.

Usually found in white (which is what I used for this example) calla lilies are also available in various shades of cream, pink, yellow, purple, red, lavender, gold, peach, deep burgundy and even black! So if you do need a specific color for your card, scrapbook lay-out or other creations keep that in mind.


Flower Pattern

Grunge Paper

Adirondack Acrylic Dabber

Adirondack Alcohol Ink

Flower Stamen

Thick Tacky Glue

Floral Wire

Floral Tape

Cloths Pin



1. Cut desired number of flowers using the pattern below. Each flower takes one overly exaggerated fluffy heart. I am using Grunge Paper. I tried several types of paper from copy paper, various brands and types of cardstock, pattern paper and even chipboard. Nothing works as well as the Grunge Paper for achieving the gentle roll that Calla Lilies are known for.

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2. On a soft surface, use a stylus to emboss a line about 1/8" in from the edge around the entire upper section of the flower. This will help create the roll in later steps.

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3. Paint the flower white on both sides.

4. Dry brush yellow paint near what will be the center of the flower on once side. calla lily 006

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5. Flip and dry brush green paint near the center on the other side. Set the flower aside for now.

6. Color flower stamen using alcohol ink.

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7. Make a knot in the end of a piece of floral wire.

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8. Place the flower petal on your work surface. Apply a 1/4" strip of glue near the center of the flower. Lay the knotted floral wire in the glue and tuck the stamen into the knot/glue. Let dry.

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9. Once the glue has dried, fold the left petal towards the center, add a bead of glue along the back edge as shown...

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10. Fold the right side petal over the left and secure using a cloths pin until the glue has dried.

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11. After the glue has dried, roll the edges of the flower.

12. (optional) For a more natural looking flower wrap floral tape around the flower and floral wire once or twice.


here is what the finished flower looks like!!!!

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Amazing isn't it?!?!


  1. Hello Roni

    a tutorial easy to follow, but with what a great result !
    Your calla looks indeed real !
    Very , very nice.

    greetings from belgium

  2. Your calla is beautiful! I will be trying this - thank you for the tutorial!

  3. These are lovely,I'm particularly fond of the dark purple ones in real life. I would definitely give these a try,Judith x

  4. Great idea, thanks for sharing with us. LOL Bxxx

  5. They look so REAL! Gorgeous, and you do make it look easy!

  6. Roni, you did an amazing job! I had no idea you could do such a realistic looking flower with grungepaper!
    Hugs, Pat

  7. You are so - I used to make these with sugar paste - they look so realistic

  8. This is awesome! The calla lily is my favorite flower. I will definitely make some. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Very pretty Roni and finally a store in my town has grunge paper!!!! Love these!

  10. What is simple according to the course. Maybe I should try, if you can?

  11. Your's looks REAL - what a beautiful job! Stunner!

  12. Roni -

    Stunning! I can't get over how real it looks. Sheer genius! Thank you for the tutorial.


  13. This is absolutely fantastic, Roni! So real looking!

  14. Very amazing--and to think it's grunge paper! I received the beautiful flower pin I won from you. Thanks, again.

  15. Roni, these are absolutely lovely! Thanks for the tutorial. Will definitely have to give this a try.

  16. over the top Roni...over the top! tyvm! Cher

  17. So very pretty. I'll have to try making some. Thanks for sharing.

  18. This is really, really cool! I will give it a try as soon as I can.

  19. Beautiful!!!! And thanks for the step by step!

  20. Roni, your calla lily does indeed look real and the tutorial is really well done! I'm going to have to try this.

  21. Wow. Stunning work. It definitely looks real.

  22. That is so cool! The Grungepaper looks great painted white and the movement you are able to get is wonderful!

    Much admiration, Pam M

  23. very pretty and good tutorial. thanks for sharing

  24. Amazing it IS! Thank you for the very clear tutorial TOO *smiles*

  25. These are gorgeous and look like real flowers. Great tutorial.

  26. Wow Roni...that is amazing! I don't have the patience for this...but kudos to you!! That's why you're an artist. and I'm not! I'd much rather sit back and admire your work!

  27. It is amazing! Calla Lilies are my favorite flower. They are just such a simple and lovely shape. They look fantastic made of grunge paper. Who knew!

  28. Wonderful tutorial again Roni!

    Funny though how the language of flowers is different in different parts of the world - here in Scandinavia Calla Lilies are funeral flowers.

  29. This is just beauiful what is grunge paper and where do I buy it?
    thans for sharing your lovely work.


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