The addition of tiny flowers adds an element of realism and interest to a scene. I like to use flowers to unify a piece with color, add a personal or symbolic touch, or just push a piece a bit farther. Here’s one way I create flowers for my scenes.
Luckily, it’s super easy. There’s basically a supply you need and a trick I discovered.
1) This is the stuff you need. I’m not sure what it’s called, but you can get it at any dried flower store. Support your local business! Probably elsewhere, too. It’s just preserved greenery of some kind. If anyone knows the name, let us know.
2) Cut off a tiny little branch.
Hopefully with this shot you can track down the right plant.
3) Definitely down to the fiddly part now. Cut off just a few little flower buds at a time.
I like lots of smaller flowers most of the time on the ground, but a few or a single blossom from an otherwise dead tree looks cool.
Now, here’s the trick. Those little white flowers? Yank em out. It will create a nice little tulip shaped flower with a hollow chamber inside.
4) Paint the buds. Just the tips, mind. Because they’re so tiny, you can go bright. Really bright!
There are a lot of applications for this little technique. I hope you give it a try.