Miniature Flower Tutorial

Tiny blue flowers sprout from an otherwise dead tree branch.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.

An overhead head of a woodkand scene featuring mushrooms, leaves, moss, rocks, and several types of flower.

Luckily, it’s super easy. There’s basically a supply you need and a trick I discovered.

A preserved flower material used for making miniature flowers.

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.

A close-up of the material

2) Cut off a tiny little branch.

Hopefully with this shot you can track down the right plant.

Just a few buds held in a pair of tweezers.

3) Definitely down to the fiddly part now. Cut off just a few little flower buds at a time.

The same woodland scene from another angle. Many red flowers spill onto a dirt path.

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.

While still on the stalk, the flowers are painted red.

4) Paint the buds. Just the tips, mind. Because they’re so tiny, you can go bright. Really bright!

A scene featuring miniature flowers is shown under fluorescent lights, which glow brightly.

There are a lot of applications for this little technique. I hope you give it a try.

Purple flowers on a mossy tree. A purple mushroom sits below.


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